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In Japan, Large Hams are known as "daikon", meaning "white radish". And Now You Know.

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  • Angel Beats!:
    • Noda manages to stand out from a cast of at least 50% pure grade-A hams by screaming almost every line, usually punctuated by flourishes of his ever-present halberd axe.
    • Everyone in the OVA. Yuri forces them to be as hammy as possible in the hopes that it will confuse Angel.
  • Clackey Ray in Battle Spirits Shonen Gekiha Dan is likely the biggest ham in the Battle Spirits franchise. Ranging from his tendency to shout things in Gratuitous English to his ability to generate roses and sparkles when trying to woo girls, he manages to be fabulous.
    • Tegamaru Tanashi in Battle Spirits Heroes. Oddly enough, he starts out relatively calm, especially for a character voiced by Jun Fukuyama. By the time he's acquired the super-powerful Amaterasu Dragon card, he's become as over-the-top dramatic and crazy as can be.
    • Rei in Battle Spirits Saikyo Ginga Ultimate Zero manages to be one in all his various forms, but his yellow "Zero the Glint" form is especially hammy. He treats his battles like a concert and generates an audience from thin air to cheer for him.
  • Beastars: Despite being a grounded youth drama, two characters in particular stand out.
    • Louis. Even when he's just a figment of Legosi's drug-addled imagination, he still manages to be the most extra character in the scene.
    • Melon's entire personality is just one big ball of Axe-Crazy Ham. Perhaps unsurprisingly, as his presence in the story seems to have been intended to mark a transition into darker, more action-heavy story lines. But the series was cancelled after the conclusion of his arc so we'll never really know for sure.
  • From the English dub of Beyblade we have one of the tournament commentators, "BRAAAAAAD BEST".
  • The Big O:
    • Schwartzwald. In contrast to the largely taciturn cast, Schwartzwald delivers long, rambling monologues VERY LOUDLY, often while setting things on fire. Also applies to Beck.
    • After becoming the pilot of Big Fau, Alex Rosewater gets a number of hammy lines as well.
  • Creed from Black Cat. His super evil over-the-top laugh, paired with him constantly screaming praises of Train make him a rather Large Ham indeed.
  • Black Clover has the protagonist Asta, who is so extremely Hot-Blooded that excitement or anything makes him SCREAM most of the time. He takes it up so seriously that he even screams when giving encouragement in otherwise quiet scenes. His rival and childhood friend Yuno is a quiet person but has been implied to admire Asta's impulsive behavior.
  • Carina's father, Archduke Verritti, in Blessing of the Campanella. In his first appearance in the series, Nina trips him and sends him face first onto the floor (by orders of the Duchess, his wife) because he's about to traumatize Minette with his hamminess.
  • In Brave10, there are a few:
    • Seikai tends to be noisy and larger than life in general, with a dumb Hot-Blooded streak.
    • Date Masamune is a Blood Knight with a tendency towards drama.
    • Jinpachi pitches back and forth between this and being too cool to bother with anything. The hammier moments are usually prompted by anyone trying to tell him what to do or how to live.
  • Buso Renkin: Captain Bravo's public person resembles an adult version of a Stock Shōnen Hero, being extremely dramatic and loud even when just ordering a hamburger. He also has a tenancy to be overly enthusiastic about almost everything and does things simply because "It's cooler that way".
  • Carried by the Wind: Tsukikage Ran: Meow can be... enthusiastic when she introduces herself and other occasions. This involves a louder voice and practiced posing.
  • In Case Closed:
  • Chrono Crusade:
    • Aion very, very much applies. In his first appearance, he is introduced by Biblical Plagues out of nowhere, including a black sun and a red moon. When he first appears on stage, he is introduced by an earth-quake, and immediately proclaims that he will fight against God, and Breaking Speeches everyone, pointing out how he "saved" them from God.
    • Rosette Christopher also counts, due to her being extremely Hot-Blooded and often overly dramatic. In the manga she occasionally makes Aion look relatively restrained in comparison.
  • The Furukawas of CLANNAD are made of this trope. Quite appropriate; the father was formerly an actor.
  • Code Geass:
    • Lelouch Lamperouge, especially once he gets his Zero costume. Lampshaded almost immediately when another character comments that they didn't expect the genius strategist to be such a ham. Lelouch can be more of a ham without the mask, and seeing the relatively low-key Lelouch act like Zero in R2 Episode 20 is actually rather terrifying.
    • The Emperor of Britannia. Even when the man whispers, his voice booms. The man is larger than life, so it's to be expected.
    • Jeremiah "Orange" Gottwald starts off the series looking pretty slick and arrogant, but after nearly getting killed, and turned into a cyborg, he seems to suffer from brain damage getting hammier with each passing appearance, up until the very end of the series. ALL HAIL BRITTANNIAAAAAAAAA!!!, indeed. And "Take this! The storm of my LOYALTY!". Bonus points for being voiced by Ken Narita and Crispin Freeman. And in Season 2, especially his fight with Anya.
  • 007 from Cyborg 009 most definitely fits this. Justified Trope, since he was a classically trained actor in his backstory.
  • Hidenori in Daily Lives of High School Boys hides his big ham tendencies under a (paper-thin) stoic shell. His Distaff Counterpart Yanagin doesn't even have that shell.
  • Dead Leaves: in English at least, is a butcher shop of ham which makes sense when you see that Hiroyuki Imaishi directed it. Unfortunately, he forgot to make it funny in Japanese, so the dubbing crew took up most of the work, so it is undoubtedly funnier in English.
    • Retro: Virtually all of his dialogue... it's incredibly hard to find a bit of dialogue where he's not freaking out, insane, or being a Screaming Warrior. The number of lines that don't chew the scenery is barely enough to be counted on both hands.
      • "I wouldn't use those crappy bullets to SCRATCH MY ASS!!"
  • Death Note:
    • For someone who holds a respectable position in a prosecutor's office and leads a life of such extreme regularity that Immanuel Kant himself would envy it, Mikami Teru of is an extra-juicy ham. His ham moments (which contain a healthy, or perhaps unhealthy, dose of Mundane Made Awesome) are the more startling because they appear in a series that is relatively realistic.
  • And then there's Ryuk the shinigami, a gothic crow-winged psychopomp with a giant mouth, but even so he manages to be hammier, particularly in the English dub ("THE SYMPTOMS ARE STARTIIIING!").
  • The truly blood-curdling Potato Chip Eating Scene by Light Yagami:
    "I'll take this potato chip... AND EAT IT!!!!!"
  • Misa also. She's at her hammiest at the beginning of Episode 18 (just look at those facial expressions). Lampshaded in-universe, when L accuses her of overacting when practicing her reactions to being interrogated. Perhaps being an actress herself (in-universe) helps.
  • The English dub of the Deltora Quest anime has the villains ham up and scream in almost every sentence.
  • Mad Scientist Komui Lee of D.Gray-Man transforms into ham around his sister, Action Girl Lenalee. Yet another one voiced by Katsuyuki "Kamina" Konishi, you see.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Frieza, especially as portrayed by Linda Young. When he's in full Villainous Breakdown, he's practically screaming his line:
    • The Ginyu Force have few rivals in the show when it comes to hamminess. They are so dramatic and over-the-top, other characters often find themselves stunned into silence as they pose like evil alien Power Rangers.
    • Cell, who becomes hammier as he becomes more perfect. By the time of his death, he was eating the scenery.
    • And let's not get into Chris Sabat (Vegeta and Armstrong) and Kyle Hebert (teenage Gohan (in other words, THE GREAT SAIYAMAN) and the narrator, as well as Kamina).
    • The entire dub cast listing of Dragon Ball Z may as well have said "Chris Sabat" (Major Roles: Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Kami, Shenron, Grandpa Gohan, King Vegeta, Porunga, Zarbon, Jeice, Recoome, Nappa, Adolf Hitler, etc)
    • Teenage Gohan's attempts to become a Large Ham through his "Great Saiyaman" identity in the Buu saga. Also, Gohan's training with the Z-Sword. Where he's swinging at nothing and then just stops, raises it to the air, points at it and starts yelling "HOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"
    • Vegeta. Goku's power level is not a meme for nothing.
    • Cell, in all three of his forms. Needlessly creepy? Check. Incredibly hammy? Double Check. With a voice to match? Triple Check. Villainously awesome? You bet your ass.
      Cell: [while gloating about how he's going to absorb the androids, turns to #18] And you, my little peach... I'm going to gobble you up!
      Cell could probably be more hammier in Kai. For example in the Next Episode Preview for Episode 83
      Cell: Greetings out there in TV Land! My name is Cell and I am here to announce my upcoming tournament! But first, for those who have labeled me as a quote-unquote monster: As you can see, that term no longer applies. I have achieved the perfect body! Go on, admire it. Admit it, you know you're jealous.
  • Shizuo Heiwajima from Durarara!!. He enters half the scenes by throwing a vending machine or something heavy at Izaya, followed by him yelling "IIII-ZAAA-YAAAA!!".
  • Ergo Proxy has a few of these. The creators of the show seem to know exactly how pretentious they were and reveled in it. Many of the Proxies have a tendency toward the overly dramatic, but none more so than MCQ, who out of boredom created his battle arena as an elaborate gameshow he hosts with great enthusiasm. The Magnificent Bastard Proxy One is also worth mentioning, as he goes out of his way to act and look as melodramatic as possible.
  • Some of the Devil Bats of Eyeshield 21 can be pretty hammy, Monta and Taki come to mind, but some of the guys on the other teams are really hammy, as well as the announcers (although, they are sports announcers so...).
  • Crispin Freeman has been known to do some stuff like this: Alucard (mentioned below) and Heughes from Baten Kaitos Origins.
  • Ayame Sohma of Fruits Basket would love nothing more than to embrace his little brother and clutch him to his hamly bosom.
    • Ayame is so hammy he managed to keep his hair long by giving the Principal a long, made-up, extremely hammy speech about his hair being sacred.
    • Hamminess may be a side effect of the family curse. Hatori and Yuki seem to avoid it (most of the time), but Kagura, Momiji, Ritsu, Shigure...
    • Hatsuharu is an interesting case. Usually he tends to lean more towards The Comically Serious, but when he turns into Black Haru, he becomes very hammy.
    • Motoko Minagawa is the local Alpha Bitch as well as Yuki's Nº1 fangirl. Contrasting with her idol, she is EXTREMELY prone to overreaction and screaming.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Major Alexander Louis Armstrong, a flamboyantly hammy muscle man with a big boomy voice, the strange tendency to sparkle, and a serious love for losing his shirt. You could say this trope has been passed down the Armstrong family line FOR GENERATIONS! Christopher Sabat turned Armstrong's hamminess up to eleven in the Brotherhood dub... by the first episode! It's every bit as amazingly awesome and/ or hilarious as it sounds. And impressive considering how hammy he already was in the 2003 series.
    • His sister, General Olivier Mira Armstrong, is hammy in her own way — except where Alex is Played for Laughs, Olivier is always dead serious. Whenever the two siblings are together, they will inevitably enter a raging battle of Ham-to-Ham Combat.
    • When Major Armstrong meets Sig Curtis, they communicate entirely through muscle flexing and sparkles. Then they kick Sloth's ass; they kill him until he dies. It is awesome.
    • Flame vs. Fullmetal. You know the lines.
      "When I'm Führer, there will be changes. On that day, all female officers will be required to wear... TINY MINISKIRTS!!!
      Bonus points
      the voice actor based his performance in those scenes on his failed audition for the role of... Armstrong.
  • It's also interesting that neither Roy nor Ed are particularly hammy on their own (most of the time, anyway), but several of their arguments dip into Ham-to-Ham Combat territory.
  • Neither Izumi nor Sig Curtis are hammy by themselves. However, when they are together they have shared intense moments of loving passion for one another, even in the heat of battle. In those moments, their hamminess is immeasurable.
  • Jerso and Zampano in the final episode when they exclaim how they're going to travel with Al. They essentially pull a Maito Gai pose.
  • THE TERRIBLE SERIAL KILLER, FEARED BY ALL: BARRY THE CHOPPER!!!! A possible visual pun occurs when he introduces himself to Al. Actual hams fill the background.
  • Gauron from Full Metal Panic!. Everything the guy does is made incredibly hammy (along with having rapist vibes). And in the novels, he eats ham while dramatically giving orders to the AI when he hijacked the Tuatha de Dannan. Partially lampshaded during the last arc of Season 1, where Mao notices him on the top of the tallest building, not putting any effort to conceal himself, which makes everyone else go "WTF." He then proceeds to hammily yell out "All you people from Mithril~! I've missed you all!" and tell them that "It's party time! Let's dance!!! <3"
    • Gates is the perfect combination of Large Ham and Crazy Is Cool.
  • In Future Diary, the moment Twelfth started putting his costume on to his death, every time he's been on screen is to parody Sentai superheros in the most over-the-top manner possible.
  • The Count in Gankutsuou qualifies to some extent, especially with his melodramatic poses and obvious histrionic enjoyment.
    The fact that he yells this with a dandy pose and with an expression of absolute insanity just after he sobbed desperately like a wounded kid emphasizes the spectacular aspect of the scene.
  • Commander Taiga from GaoGaiGar couldn't be more hammy if he sat in the deli case at your local grocery store. In the dub, he's played by DAN GREEN! Which just makes it even more of a shame the dub was never finished.
  • It might not seem so at first, but after about 60 episodes of Gintama, you start to realize that Katsura is a large ham.
    • There are a surplus of hammy characters, but an honorable mention belongs to Gintoki himself. Especially the strawberry milk speech.
      Listen up! Let's say you drink too much strawberry milk, and have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. But it's cold outside your bed. You don't want to get up, but the urge to urinate is just too strong! You make up your mind to go! You run to the bathroom, stand in front of the toilet, and let loose! You think that all your life has led to this moment! But then you realize! It isn't the bathroom! You're still in bed! That feeling of lukewarm wetness spreads like wild fire! But you don't stop! You can't stop! That's what I'm talking about! That's the truth of the strawberry milk! DO YOU GET IT!?'''
  • In Girls Beyond the Wasteland, The professional writer that Sayuki has Buntarou meet when he has Writer's Block talks in this manner, very loudly and often moving his arms around as well.
  • The titular character of Haruhi Suzumiya has some very hammy moments, particularly when she's waxing lyrical over her plans for her SOS Brigade.
  • Hellsing:
    • Alucard dominates any scene he's in, and is even more hammy when voiced by Crispin Freeman in the English dubs for both the original series and the OVA.
    • The Major himself probably achieved his position by clubbing all other competitors to death with the sheer size of his ham. When he can launch into a ten-minute speech about how much he loves war and make it awesome, you've got a true ham on hand. That must have been one of the performances of Nobuo Tobita's life.
    • Integra Hellsing's "Kill 'em All" speech in volume 3, or the Valentine Bros in 2.
    • And Father Anderson? Aaaaaaaameeeeeeeen!!!
      • Anderson's Dynamic Entry rescue of Integra in Ultimate 5 was hand-crafted for Norio Wakamoto because it is oozing with so much ham and Narm, that only Wakamoto could pull it off while retaining the awesomeness of the moment. Steven Brand does an even hammier version of it with his native Scottish accent in the dubbed OVA, too.
  • America from Hetalia: Axis Powers. There's a reason why his image song is called "HAMburger street!"
    • Prussia! Prone to maniacal laughter and crazy antics, all while technically not existing anymore.
    • Cuba. Not only the guy is larger than life, but 90% of his dialogue is made by him YELLING his lines.
    • That's nothing. Each time that The Axis and the Allies would fight each other in season 1, the sounds of spotlights flicking on in the distance, a chorus of trumpets blaring triumphantly, and all countries looking nervously at the ocean... only to see a blinding light and THE ham of the series: an ENORMOUS Roman Empire traveling on a boat or a bed accompanied by a harem of beautiful women singing the following warning:
      Roman Empire: In heaven, the police are British, the lovers are Italian, the chefs are French, the engineers are German, and the bankers are Swiss. In hell, the police are German, the lovers are Swiss, the chefs are British, the engineers are French, and the bankers are Italian!
    • His eldest grandson Romano (South Italy) is no better, at least in the English dub. Prone to long-winded insults and strange noises, it's no surprise that pork is one of the more well-eaten dishes in Southern Italy.
  • Ryoma of Jin gets hammier with his every appearance, scaring the hell out of Jin. You don't have any money? HA! I don't have any money either! POWAH!!!
  • Just about everything in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is done in an over-the-top, hammy way, something that's only amplified in the anime. Even the Combat Commentary is over-the-top, with the end result being most battles involving more hammy shouting than you can shake a stick at. For some particularly standout examples:
    • Dio Brando tops the list of hammy character in the series. Just about every scene he's in has him going on a bombastic monologue, and Takehito Koyasu's performance in the anime only amplifies this.
    • Robert E. O. Speedwagon is the signature Combat Commentator of the first 2 Parts, and spends most of his screen time passionately cheering on the other heroes.
    • Joseph Joestar, especially in Part 2. While he's more or less mellowed out by Part 3, he still has quite a few moments.
    • Battle Tendency:
      • Rudolf von Stroheim, on account of him having No Indoor Voice, will take any chance he gets to loudly declare that GERMAN SCIENCE IS THE GREATEST IN THE WORLD.
      • Kars, who actually starts out as The Stoic, but slowly becomes more hammy with each subsequent appearance, especially after he becomes the Ultimate Being.
    • Stardust Crusaders:
      • In an interesting case, Star Platinum, the Stand of Jotaro Kujo. While his User rarely shows any emotion, Star Platinum is one of the loudest Stands in the series. This works as a contrast to the previously mentioned DIO, whose Stand, The World, is The Stoic.
      • Muhammed Avdol, while usually a calmer character, tends to ham it up a bit when explaining things.
      • Jean-Pierre Polnareff, being the Hot-Blooded Emotional Bruiser he is, expresses every emotion he has in an over-the-top manner.
      • Gray Fly, the Part's Starter Villain, puts up the guise of a normal old man, but once he's finally caught, he spends his final moments loudly declaring that the Crusaders will never reach Egypt to defeat DIO.
      • Enya Geil really enjoys talking about her Stand.
    • Diamond is Unbreakable:
      • While Josuke Higashikata is one of the calmer JoJos, their are plenty of moments where he gets extremely hammy, usually when summoning his Stand or when his Berserk Button is pressed.
      • Akira Otoishi, which is fitting, given he's a rock guitarist.
    • Golden Wind:
      • Guido Mista has a tendency to be this, but it's nothing compared to his Stand, Sex Pistols.
      • Narancia Ghirga. While he tends to space out a lot of the time, whenever he does react to something, his reaction is very exaggerated.
      • Pannacotta Fugo gets like this whenever he gets mad, complete with large amounts of shouting.
      • Ghiacco is a Grammar Nazi with No Indoor Voice, who just happens to be played by Nobuhiko Okamoto.
      • Cioccolatta and Secco.
    • Stone Ocean:
      • Narsisco Anasui. "If there's no Mickey, this shit ain't Disney!"
      • The Sons of DIO take after their father in this department.
  • Winner Sinclair from Karin. EVERY line he utters is incredibly hammy and ridiculously accented. "TIME FOR TALK IS OVER! I CHALLENGE YOU TO DUEL!"
  • Kill la Kill:
    • Ira Gamagoori isn't just a large ham. He's at least six or seven Christmas Dinners.
    • While nowhere near as hammy as her subordinate, Satsuki can be several platters of ham. She cannot give a speech without a sword stamp or dramatic wind and lighting.
  • Koihime†Musou: Kada insists the name of the guild THE WAY OF THE FIVE GRAINS! be called out in the loudest and most dramatic fashion every time.
  • Dr. Jail Scaglietti of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. He speaks dramatically when he gives instruction. He speaks dramatically when he makes an observation. He speaks dramatically when he's facing defeat. Even when he's been incarcerated for three years, he still speaks dramatically when being interrogated in StrikerS Sound Stage X. And when he's actually broadcasting in front of a camera, hoo-boy... It probably helps that he's voiced by Ken "Orange-kun" Narita.
  • Mazinger series:
    • Mazinger Z: Kouji is the poster boy for Hotblooded, No Indoor Voice The Hero with a tendence to make dramatic speeches accompanying them with dramatic gestures. However, he was completely out-hammed by Big Bad Dr. Hell. After all, Kouji was capable to talk in a normal fashion... but Hell always needed acting in the most dramatic way possible, constantly Milking the Giant Cow while he made dramatic speeches seated on his throne or on the top of a wind-battered cliff overlooked by the full Moon.
    • Great Mazinger: Tetsuya could be a Large Ham... but The Dragon Ankoku Daishogun/Great General of Darkness was large in ALL aspects. Not only he was a thirty-meters-tall, bearded badass with a flowing Badass Cape trailing behind him and a BFS dangling from his belt, but his dramatic speeches and Badass Boasts ("The strength of the General of Darkness, commander of seven armies of Mykene… Now it shall descend upon you!") were legendary.
    • UFO Robo Grendizer: Unlike Kouji and Tetsuya, Duke was calm and reserved most of the time. However, he still WAS a Hotblooded character, and when something fired him up or got him riled up or angry, he easily was a larger ham than them.
  • Hosaka of Minami-ke is an absolutely enormous ham.
  • For an anime full of over the top characters, Master Asia from Mobile Fighter G Gundam takes OTT and corny to new levels.
    • "This hand of mine is burning red. Its loud roar tells me to grasp victory and to defeat you! Bakunetsu God Finger!!"
    • Domon does have THE HELP OF KYOJI!
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00:
    • Prince Ali, HAMMY IS HE, Ali Al-Saachez!
    • Graham Aker, a.k.a. Mr. BUSHIDO, is incredibly hammy as well, especially in season two.
      • In the game Gundam SD G generation wars he gets even hammier; repeat after him; God GRAHAM FINGER!!!
      • If using his Mr. Bushido identity when performing the God Finger, he goes: "LOOK!! BUSHIDO IS BURNING RED!!!"
    • AEU Ace! Patrick Colasaur isn't far behind in the scale hamminess either.
    • Nor, for that matter, is the epicness that is Hallelujah.
      "You're all so dependant on Veda. You don't have what it takes to beat us anymore!"
  • Mark Oliver, the voice actor for Rau Le Creuset in the dub Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. The scene where he reveals Kira's history as the Ultimate Coordinator is incredibly dramatic, but while Toshihiko Seki simply has Rau raise his voice, Oliver chews the scenery with relish.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory's Anavel Gato with Four words: SOLOMON! I HAVE RETURNED!!!! *wipes out EFSF fleet with a nuke*
  • Carta Issue of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans is a 17-year-old Gjallarhorn Officer well known for being hammy in-and-out-universe, and frequently talks mid-fight.
  • All Might from My Hero Academia is as hammy as they come, making bombastic speeches about being a symbol of peace.
  • Haruka Suzushiro from My-HiME (and Haruka Armitage from My-Otome) has a flair for shouting and dramatic gestures (especially finger-pointing) that is too great to be ignored.
    • On the villainous side, Tomoe (post-Yandere snap) tries to out-ham Haruka in Zwei.
  • Might Guy from Naruto, as he's a parody of an over-excited coach from a Sports Anime. Constantly makes declarations about "The Fire of Youth" and Dynamic Entries.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi:
    • Jack Rakan makes the likes of Might Guy and Armstrong look normal. At least he does know that a move can't have too long a name.
    • Evangeline also does this on occasion; when she destroyed a massive demon giving her Evil Gloating speech about how powerful she was. Asuna points this out immediately: "Eva-chan is really enjoying herself, isn't she?"
    • And for the other side of the spectrum, Dynamis can be counted. From the minute he removes his mask for the first time, he immediately begins to compete with Rakan for the title of "Most Hammy Character".
    • There's also the Narrator for Negima!? "AND, WITH THAT, THE CASE IS CLOSED!"
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Asuka Langley Soryu is a Hot-Blooded Fiery Redhead with tons of overemotional moments, some of which are hilarious and some of which are tragic. Evangelion: After the End even has her act as the leader of a sentai show In-Universe, where she is the only one to deliver her lines with the utmost hot-blooded passion. Best exemplified with Tiffany Grant's over-the-top histrionics in the English dub of the show:
  • Karna, the alien "Anime Chinese girl" from Niea_7, is EXTREMELY vocal about alien emancipation. And for the love of all that's holy, don't make fun of her antenna!
  • Everyone in Nichijou is a Large Ham, but special mention is given to the schoolgirl trio of Yuuko, Mio, and Mai, who manage to provide noteworthy hammy moments in basically every episode.
  • Now and Then, Here and There has King Hamdo, voiced by Jack Taylor in the English version, in which the way he acts, he should be called King HAMdo.
  • While usually understated, Robin from One Piece turns into a faux-Shakespearian actor after cast in a play, turning pedestrian dialog into melodramatic tragedy. It's implied that this is because she doesn't know any other style of theatre.
    • In One Piece, it's not just the characters, THE ENTIRE WORLD is like this!
      • Perhaps more than anyone, however is CP9 member Kumadori, who's a large ham even by One Piece's standards. Which is fitting, since his character design is based off of Kabuki theater. In addition to screaming his every line and reciting poems before an attempted deathblow, he even rambles on in faux-Shakesperian speech patterns as he fights.
      • Ceasar Clown was already pretty over the top in the manga, but the anime seems taking things even further.
  • Tamaki Suoh of Ouran High School Host Club is very interested in educating himself in the ways of the common people's ham.
    • Renge Houshakuji, complete with Noblewoman's Laugh.
    • It's hard to tell whether the seiyuu or the English voice actors were having more fun, but let's face it — even if he wasn't into Ouran by the time it was licensed, Tamaki's Berserk Button animation and personality kinda pinpointed who would eventually play him.
  • Rufus Barma in PandoraHearts is a perfect example of this trope. He speaks in old English and often does so in a ridiculous manner.
    • Xerxes Break is another ridiculous example. "I must say, in return for showing me such a repulsively wonderful dream, ALLOW ME TO GIVE YOU YOUR PUNISHMENT."
  • Panzer World Galient has several examples:
    • Redd Windu is very loud. Of course, given that his voice actor is Shigeru Chiba, it's to be expected.
    • Hy Shaltat tends to make dramatic, loud speeches when he gets angry or thrilled:
      Hy: Cur, who are you? I will expose your true might!
  • Penguindrum gave us the Princess of the Crystal and her "SURVIVAL STRATEGYYYYYY!" first, but charas like Masako Natsume and Yuri Tokikago hammed it up as well. To say nothing about Masako's grandpa Sanbei, who manages to ham it up from beyond the grave!
  • Persona 4: The Animation has a surprising example in the form of Yu Narukami, a former Silent Protagonist who is usually comically stoic, but as the series progresses, he gets a few chances to ham it up, such as when he goes fishing and treats it like he's fighting a Shadow (complete with glasses and facial cut-in), describing the Mega Beef Bowl in the English dub, and the infamous King's Game scene.
  • Frazer in Pikaia. Especially in the second season. He gets -loud-. Even the normally collected Irma seems intimidated.
  • Pokémon: The Series}:
  • Mewtwo in the English dub of Pokémon: The First Movie. To put it in perspective, the Japanese version is slightly more philosophical and restrained in his demeanor. The English version, on the other hand, is much more flamboyant, being more prone to boasting and delivers his lines as if he was in a Shakespearean play, not to mention having an appropriately deeper voice. He's even a bit hammy in the moments right before he went stark raving bonkers.
  • The Prince of Tennis:
    • Everything about Atobe Keigo just screams Large Ham, and is a large part of why the character is ridiculously popular with the fans. His most well-known line, "Ore-sama no bigi ni yoi na!", roughly means "Be awed by my prowess". And the musical version takes it up a notch turning the line into a song and dance number titled ''Ore-sama no bigi ni boogie woogie'’. This includes other characters fainting when he blows kisses, and he takes the time to sample bottled water in a wineglass as if it were wine, in the middle of a tennis match.
    • Normally, Takashi Kawamura is a softspoken Nice Guy. But if you put a racked in his hands, he not only goes totally Hot-Blooded, but also unleashes his inner ham and lets it go wild.
  • Perhaps to make up for the (in comparison) low-key main cast, a lot of side characters behave this way in Princess Tutu. Particularly in the ADV Films dub, where the actors were obviously enjoying themselves. Some of the more notable examples:
    Professor Cat: If you don't do well in your studies...I WILL HAVE YOU MAAAAAAARY ME!!!
    Femio: [cymbal crash] OH, HEAVEN! [cymbal crash] POUR JUDGMENT UPON...THIS SINNAAAAAAAH!
    • In the Japanese version, his hammiest moments sound like they're spoken over a loud-speaker!
      Autor: And to think that the stories are so powerful that the endings even had to be torn out! ISN'T IT THRILLING?!
  • Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica is one of the few hams who are also The Stoic or a Sugar-and-Ice Personality. Blame it on her tendence to dramatically appear out of nowhere.
  • Sasagawa Ryouhei of Reborn! (2004) does it TO THE EXTREME.
  • The protagonist Natsuki Subaru and especially the main antagonist of the third arc Petelgeise from Re:Zero, either or both of which can be a Base-Breaking Character for you, make you laugh even during the shocking and horrific scenes because of the Wrong Genre Savvy first and the absolutely insane behavior of the second.
  • Robotech: So many examples. But mostly in a good way. It's worth remembering that the quirks and eccentricities in the original Japanese tracks would be totally lost in translation due to cultural differences. This is why the later straight dub of Super Dimension Fortress Macross tended to seem flat in comparison.
    • Khyron: As voiced by Greg Snegoff. His voice is actually more memorable than the original Japanese voice which just made Khyron seem a little naughty. Snegoff's Khyron oozes evil. The novelizations noted that Khyron sounded like actor James Mason. He does, actually.
    • Exedore: As voiced by Ted Layman. Spock on "speed".
    • Ben Dixon as voiced by Richard Epcar. "HA HA HA HA HA.....".
    • Angelo Dante, Dana Sterling, Anatole Leonard, Col. Fredericks, Zor Prime, Rand, Annie.
  • Absolutely everyone in The Rose of Versailles, which goes with the fact that it's a quite early anime series and easily one of the most melodramatic ever.
  • Rurouni Kenshin gives us an incredible, glorious ham in Houji Sadoshima. The Evil Genius in Shishio's Juppongatana, Houji is both a great strategist and an incredibly Hot-Blooded guy who doesn't have the fighting skills of others, so he expresses his more passionate side via shouting half of his lines, showing his Undying Loyalty in very painful ways, having a massive Villainous Breakdown after Shishio's death, commiting suicide in an incredibly showy way , and finally laughing in joy as he goes to Hell, finds Shishio and Yumi there, and joins their plan to take HELL ITSELF over.
  • Everyone in Sailor Moon with the absolute king of it being Professor Tomoe of the Death Busters.
    • Lampshaded in one episode that focused on a production of Snow White, with Usagi playing the Wicked Witch. When she was at home practicing, Shingo shouted something that was translated as "Ham actress!" to antagonize her.
    • The nicest thing you can probably say about the DiC/Cloverway dub's voice actresses would be that they are this. Serena's second voice actress, Terri Hawkes, in particular, who made her synth-music-backed transformations very dramatic; and Susan Roman, Jupiter's voice actress, too. "I call upon the forces of thunder and lightning to VANQUISH this evil! SUPREME... THUNDER... CRASH!"
      • In the same dub, villains Queen Beryl and Queen Nehelenia were very much this, along with Dr. Tomoe, Rubeus, and Alan/Anne. Also, the late Kirsten Bishop deserves a mention for her memorably hammy performances as villains Zoycite, Emerald, Kaori Knight, Queen Badiyanu, Tellu, and oh so many monsters of the day.
    • The Viz dub continues the tradition of hammy villains with Cindy Robinson as Queen Beryl, Todd Haberkorn as Jadeite, Jessica Gee as Petz, Rena Strober as Esmerauld, and almost any monster of the day (especially if they're voiced by Julie Ann Taylor, Kate Higgins, or Rachel Robinson). Also Julie Ann Taylor as Miss Haruna is pretty hammy too, as is Ben Diskin as Umino. Of the guardians themselves, Sailor Jupiter (Amanda Céline Miller) is once again the biggest example.
    • Minako/Sailor Venus is, by far, the hammiest of the Sailor Soldiers. At least she's the only one whose In The Name of Venus speech was criticized as 'too long' by the Monster of the Week...
      • In one occasion, Kaolinite of the Death Busters had guessed that Usagi was Sailor Moon and thus had kidnapped her and taken away her brooch. When the Outers had apparently derailed her plan, Kaolinite decided to get a victory by announcing Usagi's true identity... And in that exact instant, Sailor Venus showed up disguised in a bad Sailor Moon disguise and hammed her performance so much that not only Kaolinite and the Outers couldn't see it was a fake, but Usagi (the largest ham of the Sailor Senshi after Venus herself) was completely embarrassed (but that could have been caused by how Venus and Mars had insulted her while they convinced Kaolinite the brooch was merchandise...)!
    • OHOHOHOHOHOHOHOHO! There's no mention of me, Esmeraude? That's RIDICULOUS! OHOHOHOHOHOHO!
  • Saint Seiya is already a World of Ham, but Gemini Saga is a special case. He's a rather stoic and serious Tragic Hero at first sight, but when under he's the effects of a Split Personality Take Over, the guy unleashes his inner ham and lets it run WILD. His Evil Gloating and Evil Laugh are truly a sight to behold.
    • Cranked up to eleven in the MEMORABLE Latin-American dub, where it's obvious that his VA Javier Rivero was having waaaaay too much fun as he delivered his lines.
    • By the way, talking about the Latin-American dub, Gemini Saga was voiced in three chapters by Carlos del Campo, the temporal voice that he had during the Split Personality Take Over in the final battle of the Sanctuary saga, and he chewed the scenario.
      • Then again, Carlos del Campo soon went to voice Professor Tomoe and Principal Kuno, and both times the man unleashed even more hamminess. That poor scenery.
  • Principal Edajima Heihachi in Sakigake!! Otokojuku practically leaps off the pages with the sheer force of his hamminess. Him being voiced by the late Daisuke Gōri in the anime only adds to this (and of course, lots and lots of laughs).
  • Nozomu Itoshiki from Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei.
  • Yukimura from Sengoku Basara. But only when dealing with or talking to or thinking about his OYAKATA-HAM-A!! So, all the time.
    • Just Yukimura and Shingen? Every character from that anime has vast amounts of ham. Oda Nobunaga is even voiced by the Japanese incarnation of ham.
    • Special mention to Mitsunari's scenery chewing whenever thinking about/encountering IEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!
  • Seraph of the End gives us the evil Combat Sadomasochist Bishonen vampire Ferid Bathory.
  • Space Deputy Kogoro of Sgt. Frog is made of this. Keroro also has his hammy moments.
  • Tsukiyo from Sketchbook tends to respond overly dramatic when she isn't recognized by the other students — this happens quite often.
    • And Kuma. Then again, he was being voiced by Joji Nakata.
  • Kyoko from Skip Beat! is consistently hammy. Almost everything she does is saturated with Mundane Made Awesome and Hot-Blooded-ness, and there's even a running gag with her using daikon radishes for a variety of things — cold remedies, talent auditions, etc.
    • Also Lory Takarada, the president of Kyoko's agency, always makes a huge entrance wearing the most bizarre outfits (usually a throwback to historical or extravagant settings, such as harems, the renaissance, etc.) flanked by lots of people, presumably his employees who have nothing else to do.
  • Hanamichi Sakuragi from Slam Dunk is, undoubtly, one of the hammiest Sport Anime leads EVER.
    "Muahahahahahahaha! I'm a GEEEEEEENIUS!"
  • Princess Amelia of Slayers, the "HAMMER OF JUSTICE!". Her father, Philionel, is the same ("GOODWILL TO ALL LIVING THINGS SMASH!").
    • Naturally, Episode 16 of Season 1 took it so far Lina had to lampshade her own hamminess during the stage battle.
    • Princess Martina, who hams it to the max in her worship of the MONSTER ZOAMULGUSTARRRR!!
    • Wizer Freyon from Revolution. "I hereby arrest you for the crime of BEING LINA INVERSE!!!!" Not surprising, given that he's voiced by ham-lord Dan Green.
  • Soul Eater:
    • Black★Star (Yes, the "★" is important), who has a tendency to grossly overact, but exhibits less hammy moments as well. Excalibur is much, much worse. It is telling that Black★Star is deliberately a parody of the aforementioned Naruto ...
    • Kid Death and his love for SYMMETRY!!
  • Space Battleship Yamato: In the Star Blazers dub, Eddie Allen gave Desslok a much more sibilant voice, making him seem very Camp. In the original (voice by Masato Ibu), Desler had a typical bad guy's deep voice. Desslok's English language voice, however, does appear to fit in a different way as it emphasizes the decadent ruler that Desslok was at the time. Unfortunately, it became less fitting in Seasons 2 and 3.
  • Spy X Family: Henry Henderson is known for his dramatic declarations of "ELEGANT", and his shocked face when he realizes "SHE SPEAKS TRUTH!".
  • The Story Between a Dumb Prefect and a High School Girl with an Inappropriate Skirt Length: Mrs. Sakuradaimon seems to be quite the character from what little we've seen of her. When Poemu goes over to their house, she's dressed regally, subject to wild shows of emotion, and speaks in an imposing voice. The scanlator conveys this by giving her speech bubbles a different font in some panels.
  • Super Atragon gives us no less than four characters who serve up big, steaming platters of ham:
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
    • K-HAMina. Most of the main characters get a moment of Hot-Blooded or five, but Kamina's tendency to be this way constantly makes him ask "WHO THE HELL DO YOU THINK I AM?!"
    • The Anti Spiral brings epic levels of ham in the final confrontation, at least in the English dub. "BURRRN IN THE EVERLASTING HELLFIRE OF CREATION! BE UTTERLY ANNIHILATED!! DOWN TO THE LAST! SCRAP! OF DEEEEEEEEEE-ENNNNNNNNN-AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!" The Japanese version was also hammy, but only when it/they are being Hot-Blooded and fighting. Its normal tone of voice is a Creepy Monotone, just for added contrast. In the movie remake "Lagann-hen", the Anti-Spiral is so hammy it borders on narm, considering he was portrayed as emotionless before. Justified by Nia's dialog, nobody can supress the Spiral instinct (read, Hammy hot-bloodedness) forever.
  • Gabiru from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime. Almost every one of his reactions is ridiculously disproportionate, and the band of Liard Folk that follow him around serve as a Greek Chorus.
  • Tiger & Bunny:
    • To say that Sky High has a flare for the dramatic would be an understatement: he speaks in an high exaggerated tone and makes grand hand and arm gestures, sometimes even when off the job. He also loves to shout his name when unleashing particularly powerful attacks.
    • On the villains' side, we have Jake Martinez, who dresses in a rather flamboyant style and plays up his role as a Card-Carrying Villain to staggering heights.
  • Karigari in Tomica Hyper Rescue Drive Head Kidou Kyuukyuu Keisatsu makes everything into a production and has a flair for the overdramatic. He steals the spotlight whenever he appears.
  • Tower of God:
    • Rak. Being a 4 meter tall alligator does that to you.
    • Then, there's Androssi:
      "You dare kick the great Endorsi in the face?! Do you realize what you are doing to humanity's greatest cultural heritage?"
  • Trigun:
    • Millions Knives has many Punctuated! For! Emphasis! moments and likes Chewing the Scenery when he's not busy intellectualizing or Wangsting.
    • Legato, whose over-the-top psycho badassery is manifested even when he eats (while laughing maniacally or in-between torturing people).
    • Vash, with his sympathy and determination, is so in love with Rem's ideals that he's so over the top. It's glorious; "LOVE AND PEACE!" never have felt so awesome in any manga.
  • Trinity Blood gives us Brother Petros, Knight Templar leader of the Vatican Inquisition Division and enemy to vampires everywhere!!
  • The Big Bad of ∀ Gundam manages to take complete control of any scene he is in. Takehito Koyasu's performance is so amazingly over-the-top that it has to be seen to be believed; Gym remains one of the most entertaining Gundam villains to watch just because of the utterly bombastic ham he exudes.
    • No mention of Gym's hamminess is complete without his famous: "GEKKOOOUUUCHOOOOUUUUU DE ARUUUUUU!"
    • Resident Char Clone Harry Ord can be a bit of a ham as well.
  • In the anime of Umineko: When They Cry, Beatrice the Endless Witch has definitely been delivering the Large Ham.
  • Lotte, the German karate kid in Whispered Words. WELL MET MY CHOSEN!...
  • Yamada from Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches often shouts, generally exaggerates all of his moods, and he always overacts completely when he has swapped bodies with a girl and has to act like her (ramping up his idea of general girliness instead of actually trying to act like the individual girl).
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Yugi ("DRAW! MONSTER CARD!"), voiced in English by DAN GREEN, one of several stock actors for 4Kids dubs. In the uncut version of Yu-Gi-Oh!, his Large Ham tendency is taken up to eleven. By the end of Yugi's first duel with Kaiba, Dan Green and Eric Stuart have gleefully leapt straight into Chewing the Scenery territory and are shouting their lines at each other. And it is awesome.
    • One of the voice actors for the original series was Marc Thompson, aka Duke Devlin, Rafael, Valon, and a few others. Then in Yu-Gi-Oh! GX he voices Dimitri, a copycat duelist who steals Yugi's deck and copies not only his dueling style, but also his mannerisms. The thing is, he copies Yami Yugi's mannerisms, thus giving us the unique pleasure of listening to Marc Thompson imitate Dan Green's Large Ham and take it up to eleven. And it is also awesome.
      Dimitri: What I'm going to do is play thisDedication Through Light And Darkness! It takes Dark Magician, and turns him into something even more powerful, the legendary Dark Magician of Chaos. Chaos Magician, RISE!...Oh, and in case you haven't done the math yet, Bladedge doesn't have the most attack points anymore — Chaos Magician does!
      Jaden: Twenty-eight hundred!?
      Dimitri: YES! Now watch them all in action! Scepter Strike!
      All that while the Blue-Eyes Shining Dragon theme plays, which is a theme that rivals the original OST of Yu-Gi-Oh! in terms of awesomeness. Watch for yourself here.
    • Jack Atlas was like this in both versions of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds (even more in the dub, where he called himself "The Master of Faster"). Of course, he was in show business. He mellowed a little after his Heel–Face Turn... But not completely.
    • Rival characters tend to all have their moments, even the less overall hammy ones like Kaito and Revolver.
    • In fact, Pro League Duelists in general are like this, which is justified, seeing as they do it in front of an audience.
  • Vector from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL. Done in a very devilish, cruel sort of way. The amount of psychological damage he inflicted on a 13-year-old boy is scary.
  • YuYu Hakusho has quite a few of these.
  • Zoids: Chaotic Century and Guardian Force have their fair share of these.
    • Big Bads Gunther Prozen and Hiltz. Protagonist Van Flyheight gets a fair few as well
    • "The Baron of Wings" and "The Sword of Storms*, aka Rosso and Viola, once they acquire the Storm Sworders, whose tendency to make grand entrances and deliver dramatic monologues while kicking the ass of whatever nefarious character or minion thereof happens to be around is so hammy it borders on intense Narm - but it's still awesome.
    • The same can be said for Stinger, an effeminate mercenary who hams it up almost every time he opens his mouth.
    • From the same franchise, Steve Toros and Dr. Layon are MADE of this trope. Taken up to eleven when the two come face to face.
  • Zombie Land Saga has the girls' manager, Kotaro Tatsumi. Just during his morning meetings with the girls he's done things like pantomime ancient dance, dress as a batter and make a dead shot for Saki's face (don't worry, she's a zombie!), and pretend to blow through a giant conch shell.
  • Zone of the Enders: Dolores, i gives us Baan Dorfloum, an inspector who is racist against Martians and is absolutely obsessed with finding and killing protagonist James Links, who he insists on calling John Carter. Every on-screen appearance is glorious.
    John CARTER is perpetrating EVIL on MAAAAAAAAAAAAAARS!

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