Uncle Walt's company sure knows how to create exaggerated characters.
- Many Disney characters in the animated canon, but especially the villains.
- 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, played by an actor who deserves his own folder at the Film page.
- "IDIOTS!!! THERE WILL BE A KING!! IIIIIII WILL BE KING! STICK WITH ME, AND YOU'LL NEVER GO HUNGRY AGAIN!!!!" With Scar, it takes a lot of hams to feed a pride of lions.
- From the sequel: Zira, if her lullaby is anything to go on.
- Their son Nuka qualifies too. Probably It Runs in the Family.
- Those Two Guys: Timon, voiced by scenery connoisseur Nathan Lane, and Pumbaa, who is possibly a literal Large Ham.
Timon: "When he was a young warthog..."
Pumbaa: "WHEN I WAS A YOUNG WARTHOOOOOOG!"
Timon: [cleaning his ear] "Very nice."
- 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...
- 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.
- In poker terms, Marina Del Rey from 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!"
- "THE UNIVERSE IS MINE TO COMMAND!!! TO CONTROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!"
- 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.
- 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":
Cave of Wonders: INFIDELLLLLLLS! YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE FORBIDDEN TREASURE! NOW YOU WILL NEVER AGAIN SEE THE LIGHT... OF... DAAAAAAAAAY!
- 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?!"
- The delightful Captain Hook, voiced by Hans Conreid, aka Doctor Terwilliger, aka Snidely Whiplash. A connoisseur of fine ham if there ever was one.
- Clopin is a good example. Frollo was fairly conservative compared to other villains.
- 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.
- MOOOOOOOOOOOOTHEEEEEEEEEEER KNOWS... BEST!!!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Into the Woods:
- The Princes, especially during "Agony". They over-dramaticize their rather insignificant problems ("When the one thing you want/ is the only thing out of your reach!") and it is hilarious.
- Meryl Streep as the Witch is clearly having a blast in the role.
"WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CARES!?! Cow's gone! Get it back!"
- David Warner usually plays quiet, Affably Evil or Faux Affably Evil types. Sark? Yeah, let's serve up some serious digital ham (or is that spam?). When you can make the future Captain Sheridan look restrained, that's a massive slice of pork. While brief, the whole final duel between Sark and Tron is a classic Hamto Ham Combat.
- Not to be outdone, Jeff Bridges really cranks up the spam as Clu 2.0 in TRON: Legacy, especially in his New Era Speech. Everything is shouted at full volume at a degree that would make BRIAN BLESSED jealous.
- 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.
Television and shorts
- The title character from Darkwing Duck, particularly when he's monologuing. Over on the villain side, we have Negaduck (whose hammy nature is befitting, as he's DW's Evil Twin), and Tuskerninni, an ex-actor/director turned criminal:
Darkwing: I caught that hateful, underhanded ham Tuskerninni robbing a bank!
- Practically all of Darkwing's enemies are Grade A Hams: MegaVolt, The Liquidator, Quackerjack, and even one time villain Ordinary Guy.
- Magica DeSpell often gets so carried away.
- Behold the shadowy ham that is The Phantom Blot.
- Anton Sevarius of Gargoyles. Not only is he voiced by the delicious Tim Curry, but in his first episode he spent it all play-acting a stereotypical Mad Scientist!! (In later appearances, he's slightly more subdued. Slightly.)
"NO! That's my CREATION!"
- The muses from Hercules (the series) get in on it as well. 'Hercules was so HOT, steam looked cool!'
- The Narrator of Dave the Barbarian, whose thrill-packed Purple Prose is often hilariously at odds with the mundane activities shown onscreen.
- Dr. Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb. "CURSE YOU, PERRY THE PLATYPUSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!"
- He is later upstaged by THE REGURGITATOR! (Dramatic Thunder)
- "You can start by making me a FRESH POT OF COFFEE!" (Dramatic Thunder)
- Candace Flynn is always dramatically overreacting to everything.
- From Gravity Falls you take a Cloudcuckoolander, feed her a bag of sugar, give her a massive collection of home-made sweaters and a voice that seldom goes below 75 decibels, and you've got Mabel Pines, Dipper's Annoying Younger Sibling.
- The universe of Wander over Yonder is definitely a World of Ham. Almost every character can qualify for this trope, but most notably, we have Wander, an idealistic, hyperactive Cloudcuckoolander who travels the galaxy helping others, and Lord Hater, an evil overlord who also happens to be an arrogant (yet insecure) Psychopathic Man Child that could give any Disney villain a run for their money. The two of them frequently engage in Ham-to-Ham Combat and it's GLORIOUS.
- Jerry Colonna as the narrator in the 1950 short ''The Brave Engineer"