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Apparently, even static images are able to overact. While hammy villains are no stranger to the other categories, they seem to have an even higher concentration in the world of comics.

  • "Doom is displeased that people think he underacts. Doom NEVER underacts. Doom is also displeased that some one-shot video-game tie-in lout is calling himself DOOM in the third person! There is only one DOOM - Doctor DOOM! These are clearly plots by that perfidious dolt REED RICHARDS!!"
    • Lampshaded during the Onslaught saga; Joseph was telling Captain America about being rescued by someone and Cap interrupted to say he knew it was Dr. Doom. When Joseph asked how Cap knew that, Cap's answer was "Frankly, the entrance line alone told me that much."
    • Also lampshaded during a cameo appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man, in which Doom expresses displeasure at being escorted through the public terminal of an airport due to mechanical difficulties (amusingly, the guard turns out to be Captain America undercover.):
      Doom: Typical shoddy American workmanship. Such incompetence would not be permitted in the Latveria of — DOCTOR DOOM.
      Guard: How do you do that?
      Doom: Do what?
      Guard: Speak in all capitals like that?
      Doom: Silence, minion.
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    • In an essay about his run on Fantastic Four, Mark Waid once noted that "you know you've Doom's voice down when every single sentence contains at least one pompous adjective."
  • The graphic novel Twice Blessed has Cade Masters, ADVENTURER EXTRAORDINAIRE!
  • Apocalypse is full of this.
  • Master Menace, Marvel's alternate-universe equivalent of Lex Luthor heavily mixed with Doctor Doom, shamelessly chews the scenery whenever he appears.
  • Norman Osborn has shown surprising talent for this trope when he staged an attack by the Green Goblin on Air Force One. It's filled with such delightfully hammy lines as "GET BEHIND ME MR. PRESIDENT!" and "No Goblin! What YOU need is YOUR GLIDER!" However, when it's Osborn in the Goblin suit, the ham quotient goes up to 11. As does the insanity quotient.
  • Super-strong characters tend to get this way, especially those who are gods. Marvel has Hercules and Thor, DC has Orion of the New Gods, and now the Dark Avengers have Ares. Who possibly tops Thor for sheer hamminess.
    • Thor has the excuse that he comes from a world of ham — Asgard. Where you know the inevitable fate of the scenery the moment anyone at all opens their mouth.
      • According to Thor (2014), Thor's hammer Mjolnir is a ham-filter. That is, if it's wielder tries to talk normally while transformed, it will automatically filter it into ham. Asgardian ham. Including calling Earth Midgard.
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  • Destruction of the Endless, who was modeled after BRIAN BLESSED!
  • "I am GALACTUS... And I HUNGER!"
  • When Stan Lee was still writing comics, he wrote every character this way. Lee himself has shared his love of ham on many occasions. "EXCELSIOR!"
  • Pick a Jack Kirby character. Any Jack Kirby character. And when Lee and Kirby collaborated, it was something to behold.
  • Of all the characters that qualify for this trope, Darkseid deserves a special mention.
  • Falstaff (again) in the Seven Soldiers of Victory story from Leading Comics #14, "The Bandits from the Books." In a story where everyone talks in all capitals and ends their sentences with exclamation points, his dialogue is in bigger, bolder type with more exclamation points. He even makes eating a banana sound epic.
  • A rare instance where the narrator is a Large Ham occurs in Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers: Frankenstein.
    "All in a day's work...for FRANKENSTEIN!"
  • The X-Men villain Mojo. Even in the Ultimate Universe where he's human. If the Joker were a fat, alien media tycoon, this is who you'd get. Mojo runs a world where people are engineered to be reality TV stars. Needless to say some of these people are quite the large hams when they come over to 616, Shatterstar for example
  • Rasputin in Hellboy has a tendency to ham it up even when he's losing. In his final appearance, as a ghost, he was shouting a hysterical tirade at a god. She didn't take it too well.
  • Loki is displeased that thou hast not included me into this page.
  • Empowered's Caged Demonwolf. He spends all of his time as a voice emanating from the alien power-draining bondage gear he's stuck in, but even as a talking inanimate object, he has the biggest speech balloons and an endless supply of Expospeak Gags. The sinister, sealed sovereign's hammery rivals that of blessed Brian himself!
    "Heh, heh, heh. The merely mortal fools have failed to perceive the ravening shadowlord's burgeoning powers of suggestion! And by the time they dotoo late will it be — for the sinister snuffer of civilisations will have seized ABSOLUTE CONTROL of the much-vaunted TV REMOTE!!!"
  • Spidey gets to ham it up and have fun doing so in his Marvel Adventures team up with Doctor Strange. In fact, the level of ham becomes essential in bluffing a Cosmic Entity, who is blind and can't see how small the "Great Hidden One Known As The Spider Man" is.
    • Spidey purposely took the ham Up to Eleven in his own title, during the "Identity Crisis" storyline, where he took four new superhero identities while a fugitive, specifically in his identity as Prodigy. (An exaggerated version of Golden Age heroes.) When he finally ditched that identity and the other three, he told Mary Jane that "even Mighty Mouse wouldn't say half the things" he had said as Prodigy.
  • For that matter, Strange himself too, on many occasions. His Magical Incantations were what appealed him to fans in the first place. (Like, "By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth." Or, "By the All-Seeing Eye of Aggamoto.")
  • The Blue Blade from The Twelve or, as he would announce, "The Bluuuue Blaaaaaade!!!", was an Errol Flynn wannabe, with the camp elements of his original design turned up to eleven for laughs.
  • Sergei Korolev (the head of the Soviet space program during the Cold War) is like this in public in the graphic novel Laika ("All because of that lying b*stard, GLUSHKO!"), but in private, it turns out he's actually much quieter and very sad.
  • Batman:
    • The Joker, especially in the Comics Code Authority days, thrives on this trope.
  • Black Mask, especially during Judd Winick's run on Batman.
    I swear to God! I spent serious quality time thinking about ways to TORTURE your irritating, BOMB-THROWING BUTT TO DEATH!

    Brother... I am ready to TORCH this hell hole into ASH... to KILL every sad mouth breather who was dumb enough to live here... and I'm ready to GO DOWN WITH THE SHIP. And between the two of us, little man... we both know I'M the one who's not afraid to die.
  • Haazen from Knights of the Old Republic is one; during that sequence when he reveals his evil plan and blows up the courtyard with the fleet, he screams, "Let the Fire of Truth Rain Down." Of course, the man's spent almost his entire life forced into the role of the fawning servant, unable to act otherwise in public without blowing his cover. Under those conditions, the culmination of the Evil Plan he's been working on for decades deserves a bit of ham.
  • Deadpool. Always talking, cracking jokes, and being full of himself.
  • Justice League International villain Manga Khan is not only the founder and former president emeritus of the Manga Khan School of Melodrama, he suffers from a disorder that causes him to behave in a ridiculously grandiose manner. He neglects to take his medication because he's in denial.
  • Spider Jerusalem from Transmetropolitan.
    "Who did you vote for vermin woman? Did you vote? Can you Read? Have you got Thumbs? Show me your fucking Thumbs! THUMBS!"
  • Vitamin Flintheart from Dick Tracy. He was originally designed as a parody of John Barrymore.
  • Orange Lantern Larfleeze: The greediest creature in the universe!
    "The spotlight is MINE! This wiki is MINE! If you're reading this page, you're MINE! The blinky cursor letters are mine, too!"
  • Superboy-Prime frequently demonstrates that his power levels are Silver Age and hamminess is no exception. "I'LL KILL YOU! I'LL KILL YOU TO DEATH!!
  • R. Crumb's Fritz the Cat is very hammy in a number of early strips.
  • Most of the Azraels had a penchant for this.
    "Know that men call you liar! Know that men call you betrayer! Know that men call you defiler! Therefore, it is the duty of the angel Azrael to bring you punishmentthe punishment of death by fiery sword!"
    Azrael (Ludovic Valley), shortly before being shot multiple times.
  • Every single major character in The Metabarons by Alejandro Jodorowsky.
  • From The New Guardians, Snowflame, who is powered by cocaine, and deems himself a "TRUE GOD" after beating up some nobody.
  • Logicomix depicted Ludwig Wittgenstein as being like this.
  • This is your old pal Carnage saying you can't spell slaughter without laughter, AHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
  • Les Légendaires have several of these. One of the most notable examples includes Captain Shamira, Shimy's mother, who often delivers Badass Boasts in an overly aggressive tone.
    • Of course, considering Evil Is Hammy and what the villains are, Darkhell, Skroa, Anathos and Abyss all displayed large ham tendencies. Notably, most of them are usually quite calm (though still having a taste for Evil Gloating), but will easily go full large ham when excited or angry.
    • Elysio had a very hammy moment at his introduction (which was most likely a foreshadowing of the fact he was actually an amnesiac Darkhell). After Darkhell and him split up, however, he seems to have lost this tendency and become calmer.
  • The titular character in The Tomb of Dracula was incredibly hammy even by most vampire standards. Every issue had him speaking in terms like these:
    Dracula: Feel HONORED clod—Be PROUD that your pitiful life can be used to further MINE. You did not DIE for any peasant...but for Dracula—LORD OF THE DAMNED!
  • Rainbow Dash, the Cloud Gremlins, and the TV news anchorpony in My Little Pony Micro Series Issue #2 .
  • Sporting her Season 1 look hasn't stopped Luna from showing she's the real Princess of Ham in the second story-arc of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW):
    Twilight Sparkle: "One more chance" to what?
    Princess Luna: To claim what Nightmare Moon promised - An all powerful kingdom of their own! *said while on her hind legs with a dramatic lunar eclipse in the background*
    • Pinkie Pie turns up the ham when she confronts her nightmares in Issue #6.
    Pinkie: I am the MOST laughter-giving, fun-having, friend-making pony ever! YOU HAVE NO POWER OVER ME!
  • "ANNIHILUS IS THE WILL AND THE WAY AND HE WILL NOT BE DENIED!" Marvel's Annihilus always refers to himself in the 3rd person, always shrieks at the top of whatever it is giant purple-and-green bugs have instead of lungs, and got a whole Cosmic Crisis Crossover named after him, during which he murdered billions and threw frequent temper tantrums because all of creation wasn't dying quickly enough.
  • Asterix and the Actress manages to pull this off as Stylistic Suck with Latraviata, in static images. She's a famous Roman theatre actress and thus acts out her ingenue character like a Melodramatic sex bomb.
  • Doctor Dinosaur in Atomic Robo.
  • The British Lion comic book character The Spider is rarely loud, but constantly over-acts in the most pompous and self-assured way imaginable.
  • Almost any time Batroc the Leaper shows up in a Captain America comic, you know ham is going to be on the menu.
  • Superman and Supergirl villains tend to get this way. Scenery-chewing, dramatization and verbosity are practically mandatory. Some examples:
    Lex Luthor: I'm the only sane inmate of Asylum Earth. I'm not eager to hand tomorrow over to an interplanetary extremist with laser eyes. There's only room on this world for one leader, Superman. When I'm finished with you, every last gibbon out there will know you for the menace you are... and they'll realize that Lex Luthor is their savior.
    Nightflame: NAY! Your chrome-plated chariot does not frighten me! Now you shall know of the power of Nightflame! And of my flame-sword!
    Black Starr: FOOL! You think all there is to reality is what is seen? Yes – I appear young – and I may be younger still... or even be you, if I so desire!
    Satan Girl: Fool, you'll NEVER find a cure for them! I know... because it was I who unleashed this doom of the crimson virus on them!
    Darkseid: Darkseid IS!


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