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  • As seen at right, The Rescuers Down Under has Percival C. McLeach, as portrayed by George C. Scott.
    Let's see if we can't refresh that rusty old memory of yours. Is she on SATAN'S RIDGE? Or NIGHTMARE CANYON? What do you think, Joanna? Yeah, that's it. Right smack dab in the MIDDLE, at CROC FALLS!
  • The Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first in that canon and a particularly wonderfully nightmarish example. (This may have a lot to do with her being voiced by Lucille LaVerne, a stage and silent film actress. She's also visually based on Kate Hepburn.)
    • Actually, although she has a few drips of ham, the Queen is one of the more subtle villains out there. When she turns herself into the hag on the other hand, all bets are off, and she chews the scenery wonderfully.
  • Scar, from The Lion King (1994), played by an actor who deserves his own folder at the Film page.
    Timon: "When he was a young warthog..."
    Timon: [cleaning his ear] "Very nice."
    Pumbaa: "Thanks!"
  • Cruella de Vil is another example. 'Specially as played by Glenn Close in the Live-Action Adaptation.
  • Hercules has Hades, which James Woods plays akin to a car salesman. Except for the angry (and literally fiery) outbursts, particularly against his incompetent minions...
    • “I'm about to rearrange the cosmos... and the one SCHLEMIEL... WHO CAN LOUSE IT UP IS WALTZING AROUND IN THE WOODS!
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    • “I've got 24 hours to get rid of this... bozo, or the entire scheme I have been setting up for eight. Teen. Years and you. ARE WEARING. HIS MERCHANDIIIIIIIIISE!?
  • Mulan has Mushu. "I LIIIIIIIIIVVVVEEEE!!!!!!"
  • No one hams like Gaston.
  • Except maybe Pat Carroll's Ursula the Sea-Witch from The Little Mermaid, who actually turns herself into a very large... octopus... for the finale. She may be the first and only Disney villain to actually shake her moneymakers for the camera.
    • "And don't underestimate the importance of...BODY LANGUAGE!"
      • The writers probably just said to her: Right, Ursula is a few screws short of a sea anemone — go mad!"
    • Well, the only one until Alameda Slim, who not only dances, but can "YODEL ADLE ELDE IDLE OOOOOO!" No ham is complete without a Las Vegas performer-esque shiny outfit.
    • Her sister Morgana in The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea also has her moments, especially in the climax where, when she achieves virtually complete control over the oceans, she howls at the skies, "SEE THAT, MA?! WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE NOW?!".
    • In poker terms, Marina Del Rey from The Little Mermaid III: Ariel's Beginning will see you that outfit, and raise you a time-space wormhole from Bob Mackie's warehouse that leads directly into her underwater armoire.
  • Timothy Mouse from Dumbo. Who knew a circus mouse impersonating Nosferatu in one scene would take hamminess to extremes!
  • For pure, unadulterated, lean Grade A ham, nothing beats a thick, juicy slab of Jafar.
    • "GENIE! My second wish! I wish to be the most POWERFUL sorcerer... IN THE WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORLD! AH HA HA HA HA HAAAA!"
    • Even better, in the second film he gets a whole musical number, every line of which seems to made entirely of pun-filled ham.
    • The only thing that could make Jafar more hammy is if he was voiced by Tim Curry. Case in point; his Reprise of the Prince Ali song.
    • Let us not forget the scene where Jafar and Iago try to out ham each other. Through laughter.
    • Jafar may have been killed off by the start of the TV series, but the Hamjitsu was conserved by the late Jonathan Brandis as the smarmy sorcerer Mozenrath. Who knew you could fit all that ham into a pair of leather pants?
    • From the TV series, Mechanicles, "THE GREATEST OF THE GREAT GREEK GENIUSES!"
    • Iago as well. Think of Gilbert Gottfried channelling Daffy Duck and this is what you'd get.
    • The Cave of Wonders doesn't have many lines, but the ham gets served after Abu disobeys his command to "touch nothing but the lamp":
  • Clayton from Tarzan, as played by BRIAN BLESSED.
  • Kazar the wildebeest from The Wild, voiced by William Shatner. Also Nigel to some extent.
  • Maleficent. Even the name screams "Ham!"
  • Ratigan may be Vincent Price's hammiest performance— and that's saying a lot.
    • An honorable mention should go to the Norwegian dubbing - courtesy of Rattigan´s Norwegian actor. Helge Jordal is THE greatest ham in newer Norwegian theatre and cinema, and gave Vincent Price a good competition.
  • DON'T YOU DISRESPECT ME, LITTLE MAN! Call it part of his showman persona, or part of him, Dr. Facilier knows how to chew the scenery
    • It is him, he's a ham who tends to steal the scene he's in.
    • And of course, there's also his "ARE YA READY?!"
  • Peter Pan: The delightful Captain Hook, voiced by Hans Conreid, a.k.a. Doctor Terwilliger, aka Snidely Whiplash. A connoisseur of fine ham if there ever was one.
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
  • While we're in Plucky Comic Relief Hams, The Genie from Aladdin, originally played by the one and only Robin Williams.
  • Lilo & Stitch: Jumba. "I prefer to be called... EEVIL GEN-EE-OUS!!"
  • Alice in Wonderland. The Queen of Hearts: OFF WITH THEIR HEADS!!!
    • And from the same film, the March Hare. When the two meet, they engage in Ham-to-Ham Combat:
    King of Hearts: What do you know about this unfortunate affair?
    March Hare: Nothing.
    Queen of Hearts: NOTHING WHATEVER?!?
    March Hare: NOTHING WHATEVER!!
    Queen of Hearts: THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT!!!
  • Gothel from Tangled can also be considered this. Especially in her villain song.
  • AND WHEN IT ARRIVES, (AH HA HA HA!) I'LL SMASH IT WIF A HAMMAH!! You can tell Eartha Kitt had fun playing the aptly named Yzma!
    • Patrick Warburton gets in on the fun as well a couple of times with Kronk: "THE PEASANT! AT THE DINER! ..he didn't pay his check.."
  • Who else but Shere Khan could eclipse every other song in a film with Just. One. Line.
  • Zurg from Toy Story 2. Even more hammy in the spinoff series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
    • Besides Zurg, the Toy Story series has Jessie ("YEE-HAAAAAWWWW!") and an obvious one in Hamm the piggy bank ("PIG PILE!"). Buzz dabbles in it sometimes (helps he usually speaks with intensity), especially in Toy Story 3 when he's reset and starts speaking in Spanish.
    • Even Woody, who's normally a Straight Man, can be this when he gets riled up (YOU!! ARE!! A!! TOOOOOOOOY!!!!)
  • Randall from Monsters, Inc. (and arguably even more hammy as an awkward teen in Monsters University). His voice actor even has his own folder in the Film Large Hams page!
  • Syndrome from The Incredibles flip-flops between dangerously understated and hammier than a Honeybaked warehouse, especially when he's enjoying himself (at a certain point even notices he fell prey to the tendency of villains to give hammy monologues). In fact, he gets so hammy that he actually loses Mr. Incredible.
    Syndrome: [with Mr. Incredible in his tractor beam] I am Syndrome! [wild hand gestures] I am your nemesis! I— [Syndrome's hand gestures accidentally turn off the tractor beam and Mr. Incredible goes flying.] Oh, brilliant.
    "Elastigirl? You married Elastigirl?" (laughs, then looks at the kids) "Oh, and got BIZZAY! It's a whole FAMILY of supers!" (in a redneck accent) "Oh, this is just too good!"
    • Edna Mode certainly qualifies as well, with delivery of such lines as "I used to design for gods," and "Go! Confront the problem! Fight! WIN!" It says something that Lily Tomlin, the director's first choice to play the role and no stranger to scenery-chewing herself, felt that she couldn't do it justice.
  • Oogie Boogie in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
    • Jack Skellington can be pretty hammy too. Seriously: "I AM THE PUMPKIN KING!!!"
  • Does Chernabog from Fantasia count? He manages to be a Large Ham without ever even SPEAKING A WORD.
  • Bolt has both Bolt the dog and Rhino the hamster as somewhat hammy characters, but the director of the Show Within a Show as easily the hammiest character in the movie.
    The Director: Let me ask you, Mindy from the network, what do you see here?
    Mindy Parker: Uhh... the dog?
    The Director: "The dog" she says. Oh, Mindy. Poor, poor Mindy.
    Mindy Parker: ... am I missing something?
    The Director: You're missing everything, Mindy. You see a dog. I see an animal that believes, with every fiber of his being— EVERY FIBER— that the girl he loves is in mortal danger! I see a depth of emotion on the face of that canine, the likes of which has never been captured on screen before. NEVER, Mindy from the network. We jump through hoops to make sure Bolt believes everything is real. It's why we don't miss marks. It's why we don't reshoot. It's CERTAINLY why we do NOT allow the dog to see BOOM MIKES... because, Mindy from the network... if "the dog" believes it... then "the audience" believes it.
  • Anna from Frozen is probably the hammiest princess in Disney history, being an outright Genki Girl at times.
    • The only reason Elsa isn't hammy most of the time is the depression she's been forced to deal with, and the emotions she tried to hold back for so many years. The big exception is during "Let It Go", as she gets more and more enthusiastic, until she's belting out the last few notes while doing a Sexy Walk and shouting her new-found freedom to the sky.
    • Olaf The Snowman may be little, but he can ham it with the best of them.
    • The Duke of Weselton hams it up anytime he's onscreen.
      Duke of Weselton: (to Anna) YOU!! Is there sorcery in you too? Are you a monster TOO?!?!
  • King Candy from Wreck-It Ralph, who, not by coincidence, is played by the same actor as the Duke of Weselton. It makes complete sense since his backstory as Turbo centers around the fact that he's an Attention Whore.
    King Candy: HELL-O my ROYAL sub-jects! (giggles) HAVE some CAN-dy!!!
  • Moana features Maui, who's basically Dwayne Johnson channeling back The Rock as a demigod, with the boast and ham only a wrestler can provide. Just see his musical number.
  • The prologue of Zootopia shows Judy as this during her school play, really overplaying her death scene. The climax shows that she's gotten better overall and is good enough to hustle Bellwether into an Engineered Public Confession without her realizing it (though once it's clear they have her confession on tape, Judy can't help milking her "death" as Nick points out.
  • Quite a few Winnie-the-Pooh characters are hammy, especially Tigger.
  • Yellow Submarine:
    • My dear friend, let us not forget that heaven is blue... TAMARROW DA WAAAAAAARLD!!!!!!! Briing in my bluuuepeers!!''
    • A thing of beauty! DESTROY IT FAREVAA!!!!
    • SMAAASH THEEEEEMMM!!!! SQUAASH THEEM!!!! CRUUUUUUUUUUSH THEM!!!!!! Ooooobluuuueeeterate them!!!
  • Ray Winstone in Beowulf (2007), although that's pretty clearly part of the character. A little more creepily, Crispin Glover as Grendel.
  • The Toad in Flushed Away:
    • The Toad, any time he appears on screen (played by Ian McKellen, who earned his own folder in Actors). Coupled with wonderful animation for that extra ham.
    • The Toad's main minion, LeFrog (who, being played by Jean Reno, at least has an authentic French accent).
    • Spike, another of his minions, tried to be one on several occasions, but his efforts usually ended up as successful as his attempts to catch the heroes.
    • Almost every character in this movie becomes a Large Ham at some point, if only for a few minutes. Even the slugs.
  • Hank Azaria VA'ing a cute little bat in Anastasia.
    Now my dark purpose will be fulfilled, and the last of the Romanovs will DIIIIIIIIEEEEEEE!
  • Jon Lovitz as the Radio in The Brave Little Toaster. Practically everything he says from the first lines spoken in the movie identifies him as a "Large Ham Radio".
  • John Leguizamo has a great animated example as Sid from Ice Age. The series has a few others: Jack Black as a smilodon in the first, Simon Pegg as an insane Crazy Survivalist weasel in the third and fifth, and Peter Dinklage as a giant ape Pirate in the fourth.
  • Ludmilla from Bartok the Magnificent.
  • Igor has quite a few, including the mad scientists.
  • Lampshaded in Shrek the Third. When Arty starts guilt tripping Merlin to help Shrek, Donkey, and Puss back to Far Far Away, little Arty starts hamming it up to a fairly respectable degree. After his little guilt-trip is over, Shrek, obviously impressed, asks "Would you like some eggs with that ham?" Granted, little Arty has nothing on Shatner, but still...
  • BOB in Monsters vs. Aliens. Also Stephen Colbert as the president, and to a lesser extent, Kiefer Sutherland as a General Ripper.
  • Nearly every main character from Robots is one in different levels of hamminess. (aside from arguably Aunt Fanny, Cappy, Lug and Rodney's Parents though they had a few moments.) Whether its Bigweld when he makes one of his speeches, Crank being The Cynic "Never try, never fail.", Diesel managing to be one without saying a word (though he's a bit hammy whenever he gets a voice chip) most of the time; Fender with well every line he says, Madame Gasket when she tells her son what to do, Piper taking after her brother with her levels of ham, Ratchet being near Fender levels (his biggest moments his villainous breakdown "No wait, please listen to me; you cant do this to me. This job is my life, it means everything to me! You don't know what I've done to get here, the lies I've told, the lives I've ruined! -pause- this isn't helping me." Then "Wait, please! Can't I just make one more heartfelt plea?" Bigweld asks what he wants to say, he hits him with the intercom mic"THAT!-another pause-Oh my gosh I'm as crazy as my mother!" Bigweld stirs a bit and he growls and hits him again) or Rodney when he confronts Ratchet both times he does so; hell even Wonderbots one, the majority of the cast are hams.
  • Archibald Snatcher from The Boxtrolls (yet another Ham and Cheese performance by Ben Kingsley, even if only through voice acting), who even crossdresses to become more hammy.
  • Alan Cumming playing the Bog King from Strange Magic. He's hamming it up as as possible while singing and in general playing the Bog King as bombastically as possible in the first half of the film.
    "Cause I'm EEEEEEVIIIIIIIIL, my middle name is MIIIISEEEEERY"
  • Lydia from Barbie & The Diamond Castle definitely comes off as one of these, especially considering her villainous motivation.
    "Great singers don't need a chorus!" *jazz hands*
  • Quest for Camelot: Watch the epic hamminess of Baron Ruber's Villain Song, and you will see why he takes this trope Up to Eleven.
    Ruber: Now this chicken... CAN KILL!!! TA-DA!

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