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ACTING with EMPHASIS. Nearly any emotion will do here, so long as it's EXTREME!

A common term for a scene where an actor's acting so damn hard that they're picking bits of scenery out of their teeth for days. Sometimes scenes can actually require this, but more often the actor and/or director just has the character go over the top.

This can include Berserk Button, Freak Out!, and other exaggerated emotions.

It's well worth noting that this trope is one of the biggest causes of memes.

While this can often be a bad thing and ruin a scene, just as often it can add to the fun, whether a work is So Bad, It's Good or genuinely good. In a Police Procedural, this will often be due to a Perp Sweating or an Exasperated Perp.

This is a Super Trope, which includes:

A Sister Trope to Melodrama.

Compare Narm, Narm Charm.

Contrast Dull Surprise (emotionless moments when emotion is called for), Dramatic Deadpan (when the dramatic punch is from how low key it's presented).

Not to be confused with This Billboard Needs Some Salt (actually munching on the scenery), even when it looks like it is happening (that's just the camera).


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Most of the main cast in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann acts like this on a regular basis via Hot-Blooded ranting.
  • Episode 3 of Mai-Otome Zwei gives us Nina's Big "NO!" after Nao is petrified. A good portion of that OVA (and the last few episodes of the main series, 22, 24 and 25 in particular) has Tomoe's teeth marks all over it.
  • In the same vein, during some of the later episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion the English dub cast did this sort of thing in quite a few scenes, perhaps most in Tiffany Grant's portrayal of Asuka's climactic battle in The End Of Evangelion and when Ritsuko destroys the "Reiquarium", sounding absolutely insane in the English dub while Yuriko Yamaguchi had a much more detached delivery in the original Japanese.
    • Scenery-chewing is hardly exclusive to the dub - Megumi Ogata's screams, for instance, could raise the dead, and especially in the climax of Evangelion 2.0.
  • Dragon Ball Z's Super Buu brought us such lines as "PROOOOOOODDDUUUUUUUUUCE!!!!" and "FEED ME, YES, EVERYONE FEED ME NOOOOOW!"
    Vegeta: People of the Earth. RAISE YOUR HANDS RIGHT NOW OR YOU'RE ALL GOING TO DIIIIIIE!
    • YOU WON'T ESCAPE... MY WRAAAAAAAAAAAATH!!!
    • KAKAROOOOOOOOT!
    • "AND THIS, IS TO GO EVEN FURTHER BEYOND! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA" (continues for several minutes.)
    • Linda Young as Frieza. Regardless of what anyone thinks of her casting, there's no denying that her actual performance was glorious:
      • "I am FRIEZA!!!!! The most powerful BEING in the UNIVERSE!!!!!!! And you are nothing but a MONKEY!!!!!. You can't win, because I am MIGHTY!!! And YOU are NOT!!!"
      • Of course, any time Frieza laughs, regardless if Ryusei Nakao, Linda Young, or Chris Ayres is voicing the character.
  • Sailor Moon's villains love feasting on the scenery, especially in the English dub:
    • Queen Beryl: You are MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE!!!!!!!!!!!
      • Naz Edwards even manages to make her screams digest the scenery.
    • Everything that comes out of Rubeus' mouth.
    • Queen Nehelenia: ''ZIRCONIAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!"
    • Alan and Anne were already notoriously hammy in the DiC dub, but this gem came out of Anne's mouth: KITCHEN'S CLOOOOOOOOSED!
  • In the climactic episode of Record of Lodoss War, evil sorcerer Wagnard gets to chomp on many bits of scenery, especially during his death scene. (His English VA does likewise, but that's hardly a drawback. It actually works in the character's favor.)
  • Harry Ord, the resident CHAR of ∀ Gundam, wants you to know that you'll feel the wrath of his revenge across the UNIVAAAAAASE!!!
    • Still, Harry is no match for Gym Ghingham and GEKKOCHOU DE ARU!! Heck, he chews up so much of the scenery in this clip of SD Gundam G Generations that he devours Super-Ham Master Asia along with it.
  • The whole point of the Giant Robo Anime and its main Charm Point is providing every single character with one of these on a regular basis. There's not a single person in the final episode who can be accused of underacting, even the random redshirts.
  • The 2012 anime adaptation of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure made Dio even more memetic thanks to the dulcet tones of Takehito Koyasu and Patrick Seitz taking large bites out of the scenery, in and out of battle. The entire cast does quite a bit of scenery chewing, but Dio really takes the cake.
    Dio: (after forcibly kissing Erina) "You thought you would get your first kiss from JoJo, BUT IT WAS ME, DIO!"
    FFFFFFOOOOOOOL! German science is the world's greatest!
  • Gaara's Minor Injury Overreaction in Naruto in both Japanese and English:
    Gaara: BLOOOOD! IT'S MY BLOOOOOD!
    • Itachi's Motive Rant from episode 136 of Shippuden. If you pay attention, you could hear his seiyuu literally GASPING for breath between sentences!
    • Jiraiya: "When you've reached the stature I have... THE LADIES... KNEEL AND WORSHIP... AT YOUR AWESOMENESS!!!"
    • Chapter 579: Complete with shaky text to indicate insanity:EVEN HE COULDN'T BECOME A TRUE SAGE IN THE END JUST LIKE ME! My power in the sage mode...If you're Dr.Snakes, I hope you keep that in your mind... I'm no longer a snake... The perfect force of sage helped me shed my snake skin...AND I'M A DRAGON NOW!!
  • Koutarou Taiga from GaoGaiGar. The rest of the cast dutifully attempts to keep up. They mostly succeed.
  • Light in Death Note whenever he's Kira-ing, and Mikami at times, mostly when he's "deleting" people. The best example is during the penultimate episode when he attempts to kill Near, the rest of the SPK force, and all of the task force members apart from Light, which would get rid of anyone who is in Light's way. He's get more psychotic than ever, and goes into an absolutely insane deleting spree, repeating the word over and over again as he writes down all the names and it culminates with him screaming the word at the top of his lungs towards the sky. Terrifying for some, but probably quite entertaining for others.
  • Baccano!'s psycho hams, Ladd Russo and Graham Spector. Of course, then there's Claire Stanfield, who's in a category all his own. But he still manages to ham up his philosophy while fighting Graham and Ladd.
  • Dantalion is quite fond of taking hamminess Up to Eleven For Science!!
  • TAKE THIS! THE STORM OF MY LOYALTY!!!
    • Lelouch sometimes goes into this.
      "YOU THINK I CARE ABOUT THAT!? FIND NUNNALLY NOW! THAT'S AN ORDER! ALL FORCES SEARCH FOR NUNNALLY!!!!!"
    • STOP IT! STOP GIVING ME YOUR PITY! SPARE ME YOUR CHARITY! THIS IS SOMETHING I HAVE TO ACHIEVE ON MY OWN! AND SO FOR THAT, I SHALL STAIN YOUR HANDS WITH BLOOD, EUPHEMIA LI BRITANNIA!
    • Anytime Emperor Chuck makes a speech.
      • You might as well say any role played by Norio Wakamoto speaks like this. It's absolutely impossible to describe.
      • Seeing as Norio Wakamoto can be the biggest ham in Wolf's Rain as an owl that gets some of the least lines in the entire series... Anything Wakamoto does is potentially going to be like this.
    • Michael McConnohie's Emperor Chuck is equally hammy as well, and does a mean Evil Laugh in Episode 22. YES, YOU'RE WORTHY OF BEING CALLED MY CHILD NOW!
  • The Fullmetal Alchemist dub has Roy Mustang's famous miniskirt line in episode 13.
  • Excel Saga: Any time Lord Il Palazzo annouces that "This world, is corrupt!". Or whenever Excel is extolling the virtues of ACROSS to the ignorant masses. Excel's dub VA got landed in the hospital for this one.
  • Domon Kasshu.
    • And friends!
    • Even in this World of Ham, Master Asia stands out above all others.
      "I shall become the Undefeated of the East, West, North, South, and Center! I shall become SUPER ASIA, and be master of all!
  • They Are My Noble Masters begged the question of Hikari Ni Nare versus Shining Finger, the answer will leave you full for a week.
  • I'M IN DESPAIR! SHOUTING OUT THINGS THAT BUG ME IN OVERDRAMATIC WAYS HAS LEFT ME IN DESPAIR!
  • In One Piece, Marshall D. Teach aka Blackbeard enjoys doing this, whether showing off his powers to Ace, announcing his plans at Impel Down, or Declaring war on the World after stealing Whitebeard's powers. Of course, this being One Piece there are bound to be others.
    • If that's how he does it in the manga, let's just wait until Akio Ohtsuka gets to deliver these same lines in the anime. Oh, booooooy.
    • Luffy when he's really angry and/or yelling someone's name. Examples: "CROCODIIIIIIILE!", "EN-NER-RUUUUUUU!" and of course, "ROOOOOOOOO-BIIIIIIIIIN!" And just before the timeskip, "UUUUUUUU-SOOOOOOOOOOPPPPPP!"
    • Chopper pulls a nice one in episode 162 after the Knight of the Sky shoots Shura off of his mount using an Impact Dial.
      Chopper: SO-RA NO KI-SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!
    • In this scene, Luffy, Spandam, Sogeking, Franky and even Robin tried to out-chew each other. Sogeking takes bonus points for his boast being about a custom-made sling.
  • Minori in Toradora!, especially near the end of the series. Although sometimes she's just overdramatic just for fun... diet warriors, indeed. The homeroom teacher also really chews the scenery during the Pro Wrestling event and has to be carried off.
    Minori: Nosebleeds are tears of the heart!
  • In Niea_7, Tomoko Kawakami is clearly having the time of her life voicing Karna, tearing through every scene in which she occurs with almost limitless abandon—but especially during the "alien awareness meetings".
    Karna: I've been an elite ever since I was born... and I'm so beautiful!
  • Sayaka Ohara's role as Beatrice in Umineko: When They Cry. My god, she really was having a blast at that role.
    • "Let's start chewing scenery together, USHIROMIYA BATTORAAAAAAAA!!"'
    • Kinzo doesn't express anything half-way. Ooooooooooo, Beh-aaaaah-to riiiichiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!
  • Kaoru does this intentionally in Amagami SS.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's' Lucciano should really calm down before he hurts himself.
  • The English Dub of Hellsing Ultimate is full of this. The best example is probably the Major's Speech, which is simply glorious.
  • This seems to be the entire point of Amelia's character in the Slayers series.
  • The evil sultan in the classic Astro Boy story "The Greatest Robot In The World" not only chews scenery figuratively, but in one scene he does it literally.
  • Gundam
  • Roman Saotome from SKET Dance takes this to a whole 'nother level; she warps the scenery via Otome Vision, much to the shock of Himeko and Bossun.
  • Roger Smith calling his mecha, Big O, normally uses tame levels of shouting, but in some episodes he really goes all-out.
  • Ichiko Sakura from Binbougami Ga, transforming into Kenshiro when she needs to avoid her newest classmate. Her equally hammy rival Momiji sees this, so she — and eventually everyone else in the area — copies her.
  • Kamille Bidan in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. Especially due to the histrionic nature of the character. It's evident in both the original Japanese and the dub.
  • In the ADV dub of Super Dimension Fortress Macross, the voice performances are pretty over the top for Hikaru, Misa, Roy, Exedore, and Kai-Fun. Compare Vic Mignona, Monica Rial, Brett Weaver, Andy McGavin, and Christopher Ayers to the more subdued performances of Tony Oliver, Aline Leslie, Dan Woren, Ted Layman, and Eddie Frierson decades ago in Robotech. Kakizaki (like the original Japanese seiyuu Katsumi Suzuki) was equally hammy whether voiced by Jason Douglass or Richard Epcar.
  • In Star Blazers, Eddie Allen performs Desslok in a hilarious effete voice that makes him come off as a fop. In the original Space Battleship Yamato, Masato Ibu gives Desler a typical bad guy's deep voice.

    Comic Books 
  • Back in The Silver Age of Comic Books, chewing the scenery was pretty much the default; characters and narration alike were always hamming it up and often indulging in Purple Prose. See anything by Jack Kirby or Stan Lee, both of whom practically exemplified this trope in American comics (hell, Stan Lee qualifies for this in real life while he’s at it). Homages to the era often parody this.
    There came a time when the Old Gods died! The brave died with the cunning! The noble perished, locked in battle with the unleashed evil! It was the last day for them! An ancient era was passing in fiery holocaust! The final moment came with the fatal release of the indescribable power — which tore the home of the Old Gods asunder — split it in great halves — and filled the universe with the blinding death-flash of its destruction! In the end there were two giant molten bodies, spinning slow and barren — clean of all that had gone before — adrift in the fading sounds of cosmic thunder... Silence closed upon what had happened — a long, deep silence — wrapped in massive darkness... it was this way for an age... THEN—THERE WAS NEW LIGHT!"

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • Lilo & Stitch!
    • Bonus points to Lilo for doing it on an actual stage
    • If I fed Pudge tuna It'd be an ABOMINATION!!!!
    • Nani's breakdown after Lilo is abducted by Gantu: "LILO! SHE'S A LITTLE GIRL, THIS BIG, BROWN EYES, AND WAS HANGING AROUND WITH THAT THING!!" (referring to Stitch)
  • Hercules:
    • When Hades gets mad, he will literally get fired up, as in blowing flames in all directions.
    • And then there're the Titans...
      Hades: Brothers! Titans! Look at you, in your squalid prison! Who put you down there?
      Titans: ZEUS!
      Hades: And now that I set you free, what's the first thing you're going to do?
      Titans: DESTROY HIM!!!!
      Hades: Good answer.
  • Beowulf:
    • Grendel, perpetually shrieking and moaning and having difficulty walking.
    • "They SAY... you have a MONSTAH here? They SAY... your land is cursed! My name is Beowulf. I am here to kill your MONSTAH!"
  • Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty:
    • " No! IT CANNOT BE!!!!!!"
    • " Now you shall deal with ME your Prince... AND ALL THE POWERS OF HELL!!!!!!!!! AHAHAHAHAAHAHA!!!!!"
  • Cruella DeVille in 101 Dalmatians:
    • "Poison them, drown them, bash them on the head. Got any chloroform? I don't care how you kill the little beasts, just DO IT!!!!! AND DO IT NOW!!!!!"

    Films — Live-Action 

    Music 
  • Burly Chassis is the musical equivalent; after recording "Goldfinger", she probably needed A Glass of Chianti to wash down all the soundproofing in the recording booth.
  • Tom Jones.
  • In the music video for Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion", a hammy Steven Tyler grabs a scarf from the microphone stand and begins to actually chew on it.
  • Ghostface Killah
  • Steppenwolf's "The Pusher" is big moment for lead singer John Kay. "I SAID GODDAMN! GODDAMN THE PUSHERMAN!"
  • Merry Clayton's guest vocal in The Rolling Stones' classic "Gimme Shelter", which was actually rumored to have caused her miscarriage.
  • Miyuki Nakajima usually has at least one in each of her Yakai concerts. The second half of this number is an excellent example, as is this one.
  • Michael Jackson, cf. "Black or White"'s finale.
  • Every one of VNV Nation's live performances, and we wouldn't have it any other way. If you're curious just search for some live performances on YouTube and watch him play the crowd.
  • Journey's video for "Separate Ways". The song isn't too hammy. But Steve Perry does the most exaggerated expressions possible.
  • Much of Linkin Park. "CRAAWWWWWWWWWWLING!!! INNNNNNNNNNNNN!!! MYYYY!!! SKINNNNNNNNNNN!!!"
  • The music video for "Stay" by Shakespears Sister.
  • Two words: James. HETFIELD!
    • AH!
  • The music videos for Of Monsters and Men's second album Beneath the Skin consisted simply of one person per song singing along into the camera and disgorging emotion and humanity, each a different flavour.
  • Much metal has a tendency towards the hammy. For example, Judas Priest: "HE! IS! THE! PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAINKILLLLLER! THIS! IS! THE! PAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAINKILLLLLER!"
  • Dio's vocal style popularized much of this in metal, with younger Power Metal bands taking it to its logical extreme (minus his sheer energy).
  • David Draiman: the only "acting" he's ever done in a video was a Big "NO!". His voice is the kind that can somehow make "WE BEGIN THE HUNT TONIGHT! FEEL THE POWER COURSE AS THE CREATURES TAKE FLIGHT!!" sound cool. He also loves to fill songs with Evil Laughter. If anyone else did this, it would be So Bad, It's Good. With him, he really can convince you that he's an indestructible master of war.
  • Christina Aguilera - all those riffs, runs and malismas. Your Mileage Will Vary if you like it or not!
  • After the video for The Ballad of Mona Lisa, Brendon Urie must've been picking scenery out of his teeth for weeks.
  • How has everyone forgotten Meat Loaf? NNNGHHYOOUBETTAHBELEEVEIT!!
  • The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. "I am the god of HELLFIRE!"
  • Jim Morrison slipped into this trope when he was parodying a fire-and-brimstone preacher at the beginning of the title song on The Doors' The Soft Parade. "YOU CANNOT PETITION THE LORD WITH PRAYER!"
  • Spamalot, being a musical with No Fourth Wall, comments about how this is common in Award Bait Songs:
    A sentimental song / That casts a magic spell / They all will hum along / We'll overact like hell / For this is the song that goes like this
  • Nightwish's vocalist, Floor Jansen, can and will come up with grandiose belting and screams from time to time, especially during live performances.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Extremely common during the territorial era, especially the southern United States, which pretty much ran on emotional celebrations and Ham-to-Ham Combat. The most famous frequent offenders in the 80s were Dusty Rhodes and Ric Flair among wrestlers, Jim Cornette and Jimmy Hart among managers, the latter even being known as "The Mouth Of The South", sometimes taking on said moniker himself in third person with a megaphone to boot.
  • Dave Prazak is usually the Straight Man and stoic when it comes to commentary, but there have been moments where he completely cuts loose, mostly in IWA Mid-South and Full Impact Pro were he was a heel commentator.
    "No, he said You Are A WHOOOORE! And he speaks the truth!"
  • Ring of Honor
    • The most frequent offender was Homicide, until his stoic foil Bryan Danielson won the World Title Belt and proceeded to demand he be announced as "The Best Wrestler In The World".
    • Prince Nana has tends to do this while threatening to sick his Embassy on someone, often while back pedaling away or hiding behind something for added effect.
    • Jimmy Jacobs increasingly on the topic of Lacey(who is no slouch herself when the time's right), culminating with his But I Would Really Enjoy It filibuster at Good Times, Great Memories.
    • Whenever Larry Sweeney, Chris Hero and Tank Toland were together and given the floor they threatened to devour everything in sight, usually starting with Bobby Dempsey.
    • The Briscoes were supposed to be putting over the champions but Dem Boys will take the time to chew you out, even if they don't mention you by name, reDRagon and Michael Elgin!
    • Ever since he joined the House Of Truth, Jay Lethal seesawed between calm and relax and shouting lunatic.
    • At Supercard Of Honor X Colt Cabana returned to let out everything Adam Page decided to let out everything he felt about the promotion for the past half decade all at once. On night two, Adam Page followed suit, pulling up a chair for a long pent up rant against BJ Whitmer.
    • And The House Of Truth didn't forget about the women. In fact, Taeler Hendrix's rant on the Honor Is Fair Play mindset that permeates through the promotion might have drawn as much attention to the rebranded Women Of Honor division as any match.
  • Many of the above mentioned examples have worked for TNA, but it was Matt Hardy who gained a reputation for doing so particularly in the promotion, where he finally "broke" Seventeen minutes of insanity dubbed "The Final Deletion" got TNA some much needed attention for their Pop program.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Exalted, being a game designed to let players be over the top in all they do, allows your character to live this trope. There's even a mention of player characters getting a dying monologue, no matter how they die.
    • Dragon Blooded, almost literally, chew the scenery when they use a lot of 'mana', because their anima banners start doing damage to everything within a few yards. Accordingly, they tend to furnish their homes with sculpture and heavy stone furniture, so they don't have to buy a new couch every time someone gets pissed off.
    • In the source book for the Infernal Exalted, the Storytelling chapter has a section on how to use them as Card Carrying Villains (their original intent) entitled "This Scenery Looks Delicious." In fact, at one point in the book it's explained how the player of a 'Green Sun Prince' can even receive mechanical benefits from dramatic monologuing under the right circumstances.
  • Warhammer 40,000's Orks. Especially their leaders. And, to a varying extent, everyone else on the battlefield. (See Dawn of War for the canon voice acting.)

    Theater 
  • There is a popular theatre blog called "Chewing the Scenery" which often slates over the top or silly acting in British theatre.
  • The "Spartacus and the Gladiators" recitation in The Solid Gold Cadillac serves no purpose except to allow whoever is playing McKeever to overact ludicrously.
  • Herakles enters the scene in the midst of dying a Cruel and Unusual Death in The Women of Trachis. In itself such a situation may call for some scenery chewing, but since the character is Herakles in this case it's a prerequisite.
  • We Will Rock You: Pop/Buddy flat-out feasts on the scenery during any scene he's in, especially in the US version. Ditto for Khashoggi and the Killer Queen.
    "It's called a VI-DAY-OH TAH-PE!"
  • Starship is a World of Ham, more or less, but the greatest of all these Hams are probably Taz, played by Lauren Lopez, Up, played by Joe Walker, and Tootsie Noodles, played by Dylan Saunders. Not that Pincer (Saunders) is much better. Walker just cheerfully chews up the scenery with their aid, trying to see who can eat more of it. For what scenes he's in there, of course, Krayonder (played by Joe Moses, who is Snape in A Very Potter Musical), eats what he can, as does Jim Povolo (Sweetheart and The Overqueen).
  • In Peter And The Starcatcher, a play based on the book of the same name as a prequel, there is a line that hangs a lampshade on this trope as pirates Black Stache (pre-hook Hook and a very Large Ham to boot) and Smee flee the crocodile:
    Smee: He's chewing up the scenery!
    Black Stache: NOT IN MY SCENE HE'S NOT!

    Video Games 
  • Any scene featuring Nightmare in SoulCalibur.
    "YES! YES! THIS IS IT!"
    "MY THIRST... IS ENDLESS!"
    "SOULS! COME UNTO ME!"
  • Possibly in an incredibly strange homage to A Streetcar Named Desire, normally nonham Senel from Tales of Legendia screams "STELLAAAAAAAAAAA" at one point in the game in a very over the top manner.
  • Joneleth Irenicus, Big Bad of Baldur's Gate II, has less screentime than most Big Bads, but damn does he make up for it.
  • Devil May Cry: "I should have been the one to fill your dark soul with LIGHT!"
  • Sengoku Basara is the such a samurai World of Ham, it's a wonder there's any scenery left. There's Mouri's "I AM THE CHILD OF THE SUN, NOW COOOOOOME!!", and Nobunaga's "I AM THE DEVIL KING OF THE SIXTH HEAVEN!!! (plus he's played by Norio Wakamoto). But even the other voice actors have expressed respect and sympathy for Soichiro Hoshi who voices Hot-Blooded Yukimura who has No Indoor Voice and who really, really, really loves his "OYAKATA-SAMAAAAAAAAA!!!!!"
  • Halo: Despite being a giant tentacle corpse monster thing, the Gravemind eats everything it can find, including the scenery. And it often speaks in trochaic heptameter (which actually matters, given Bungie's self-acknowledged obsession with the number seven).
  • Ace Combat 6: "MAAAAATILDAAAAAAAAA!" That scene was then MSTed with hilarious results by Unskippable. Which was beautifully parodied even more with the plane crash in the opening of Haze, also by the Unskippable lads.
  • Kane from Command & Conquer. Every scene involving him has some of the most awesomely bombastic, larger-than-life acting one could ask for. Hell, in the intro to Kane's Wrath, his pre-battle speech comes complete with explosions, thunder, and earthquakes. Red Alert 3 goes for a World of Ham with Tim Curry as the Soviet Premier, George Takei is the Japanese Emperor and J.K. Simmons as the American President. The only denser concentration of ham is a purely theoretical double act with William Shatner and BRIAN BLESSED. Adding Ric Flair in the mission pack is the icing on this ham-cake. The funny thing is, he's actually fairly quiet and charismatic in a completely different way (with one memorable lapse) throughout the original game. Not that anybody's complaining either way.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4. The whole thing. Double points for any scene with Liquid Ocelot, who can blow things up by pointing at them dramatically. He Points. Bang. *Helicopters falls out of sky*; Pulls his other arm up as everyone is collapsing, and starts to make MACHINE GUN noises! " BANGBANGBANGBANG..."
    • Also right after the Metal Gear fight when the game does a modern version of the end of the first game with "Fox..." "...Die!" Liquid jumps up, says, "Not this time!" then giggles and dances around like a little girl before running away.
    • Then there's "SSSSSNNNNNNAAAAAAAAAAKKKKKEEEEEE!! from everyone. There are other overly acted out scenes but they never really yell.
    Behold! GUNS of the PATRIOTS!
    • By no means is this limited to the fourth installment:
    "What was she fighting for? What am I fighting for? WHAT ARE YOU FIGHTING FFOOOORR?!?"
    Colonel? I've got Emma Emerich here... We've managed to avoid DROWNING!
    Such a lust for revenge... WHOOOOOOOOO?!
  • Resident Evil is full of them.
    • Barry "Jill Sandwich" Burton from the original PlayStation version is a prime example.
      "It's Forrest! Oh my COD !"
      "Just - take - a - look - at - THIS!"
      "Run Jill! He's insane!"
    • The Raccoon City Police Chief: "But you're not leaving my town! Everyone's gonna DIE!".
    • Wesker (or "WESKERRRRR!!") has some of the most over-the-top villainous monologues ever.''
    • RE4 wasn't so bad and never had anything over-the-top, but RE5 has Chris overacting every scene. Wesker's gem monologues are good, and become awesome when he throws his glasses at Chris so he can punch him whilst he's distracted!
      "Seven minutes is all I can spare to play with you."
      "CHHHRRIIIISSS!!!! SSSHHHEEEVVVVVAAAA!!!!!" EEEXXXXCCCCEEELLLLLAAAAAA!!!
      "Uroboros will be released into the atmosphere, ensuring complete, GLOBAL, SATURATION".
  • Mega Man X:
  • Practically all of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Most known for this one. The dialogue was completely redone in the PSP port The Dracula X Chronicles (which also included Castlevania: Rondo of Blood), for better or for worse.
  • Sergeant Reznov from Call of Duty: World at War must have gotten really hungry after the events of the level "Vendetta", because starting with "Their Land, Their Blood", he can't stop yelling at his men to keep killing Germans wherever they find them. Commissar Markhov, however, manages to outeat even him, as his lack of volume control for his voice, coupled with the fact that half his lines are spoken from a megaphone, ensure that he can be heard all the way over in Berlin.
  • Tales of Vesperia has Zagi:
    "I will carve your NAME into my BLOOOOOOOD!"

    Visual Novels 
  • While the anime of Umineko: When They Cry didn't give the actors the occasion to chew much scenery, the PS3 remake of the sound novel does. Let the torture begin… Ushiromiya BWATORAAAA!!!

    Web Animation 
  • Red vs. Blue's Sarge can get like this at times
    Sarge: I LOVE BLOOD AND VIOLENCE! I GOTTA BONER FOR MURDER!

    Web Comics 
  • Sparks in Girl Genius are usually rather normal whenever they're not in The Madness Place — but when they are, this trope applies to damn near everything they do. Which counts as a deconstruction, since Mad Scientists chew the scenery due to being, well, mad — oscillating between psychotic breaks from reality and psychotic breakthroughs into reality.
    • ...which is why they also easily slip into loud mood swings. Or jump into loud mood swings. Childish flares of rage are all the rage among the Sparks, too.
    • That does explain Othar Tryggvassen, GENTLEMAN ADVENTURER! quite well.
    • The chapter where Agatha meets Gilgamesh Wulfenbach enter "The Madness Place" was named "Gil Chews the Scenery". After some rumours, this episode later was explicitly referenced as "chewing the furniture".
  • Goblins had a scene that the author actually changed because he thought it was too narmtastic. A mook is getting painfully transformed into a pile of snakes and screams, "I feel sick... Oh God, it hurts!
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: Galatea lives and breathes this trope. "'Crazy? Me? You dare?! All the world is mad and only I am sane!" "We are a new race, more intelligent than man and obliged to supplant him! We... are the ubermensch!!!... Or is that ubermenschen... or uberfrauen... or..." "SO ENDS THE AGE OF MAN!" "Heed me, Butane! This is Captain Galatea Martin of the starship Lathe of Empires!... I promise you wise and just leadership... if you surrender... NOW!''
  • Awful Hospital: Doctor E.M. Balmer, the mortician, is probably the number one hammiest embalming machine that ever ham-balmed.
    Can your feeble head-stuffings even fathom the delectable horror of an entire perception zone simply rotting away to nothing? Devoured from within by insatiable vermin!? Oh, the very thought of it tickles my wires with such decadent revulsion! How excitingly abominable!

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Ren from The Ren & Stimpy Show in almost every episode. "What do you MEAN you don't agree with me?! DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE DEALING WITH??!!!!"
    • "Do you have to keep tapping like that?! You bloated sack of protoplasm!"
    • From the episode Stimpy's Fan Club':
      Ren: "I... I was nice today. Nice to those insipid little monkeys, answering their stupid letters. My hands... DIRTY! THE DIRT WON'T COME OFF! AAAAAAAHHHH! [Lying in bed] President... Ha! What a joke. President...President of WHAT?! [Enviously looking over at Stimpy] His fan club?! How they love him! Look at him, lying there asleep. [Creeps over to Stimpy's side]The idol of millions. He's a fool! Blind, silly little fool. How easily I could end the farce... with these hands! These DIRTY hands! AND WITH THESE HANDS I HOLD THE FATE OF MILLIONS!!! They think he's a god, but he's as mortal as we. I know! [Visually drawing a dotted line along Stimpy's neck] Just..one...quick...TWIST! And it's over. Just one... Just... AAAAH! It's happening again! MY BRAIN! MY HOT... STINGING... BRAIN!!!! WHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!! WHAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!"
    • For the LAST TIME! I! WANT YOU! TO BE! QUIET!!!!!
    • "It is not I who am crazy. It is I who am mad!"
    • "I told ya I'd shoot! But you didn't believe me! WHY DIDN'T YOU BELIEVE ME?!"
    • "Oh no! I know what you want! YOU COVETETH MY ICE CREAM BAR!"
    • "I've had this ice cream bar since I was a CHILD!! PEOPLE! ALWAYS TRYING TO TAKE IT FROM ME! WHY WON'T THEY LEAVE ME, AAAALOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONNNEEEEEEEE!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
    • "YOU FILTHY SWINE! I WILL KILL YOU!!!!"
  • Sweet holy mother of Glob, Justin Roiland's gorgeous performance as Lemongrab in Adventure Time. He didn't chew the scenery- he completely DEVOURED IT! And he came back a year later later to reprise the role, HUNGRY FOR MORE SCENERY TO RAVENOUSLY FEAST UPON!
    Lemongrab: This castle Is... In... UNACCEPTABLE CONDITION! UNACCEPTABUUUL!!!
    Lemongrab: NO ONE... NO ONE UNDERSTANDS! I AM ALONE! AND YOU MADE ME LIKE THIS! YOU MADE MEEE! YOOOU MAAADE MEEE!!! YOU'RE... MY... GLOB! YOU'RE MY GLOB!!!
    • In the words of Tom Herpich (one of the two writers of Lemongrab's episodes) on Justin's performance as Lemongrab: "He crushed it perfectly."
    • There are some scenery-chewing moments with Jeremy Shada as Finn:
    Finn: I'LL KILL YOU, LUMPY SPAAACE!!!
    Ice King: I have powers, TOO, you BUTTS!
  • Invader Zim: HE IS ZIM!!!
    FOOLISH EARTH PIGS!!
    LIES! THIS FILTHY EARTH BOY LIES!
    No! You lie! YOU LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIE!
    • Any character voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz will chew the scenery given half a chance.
    "But, invader's blood marches through my veins, like giant RADIOACTIVE RUBBER PANTS! THE PANTS COMMAND ME! DO NOT IGNORE MY VEINS!"
  • The vampire Joker is like this constantly in The Batman vs. Dracula, constantly screaming and moaning and even once said the titular line, right before eating a cockroach.
  • Mark Hamill's Fire Lord Ozai in Avatar: The Last Airbender, particularly in the series finale War Room meeting. In fact, any of Hamill's villains could fit on this page, especially the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series Joker and Hobgoblin in Spider-Man: The Animated Series.
  • Professor Dementor in Kim Possible was created with this trope in mind.
  • X-Men:
    • Henry Gyrich was always a little unhinged, but his appearance in the last episode shot him straight into scenery-chewing territory. Acoustic feedback from his microphone fails to slow him down. By the end of the scene, for the character's swan song, Barry Flatman shifts gears from merely chewing the scenery to practically devouring it.
    • Storm was wondering if you could MEET HER AT THE MONORAIL!
  • Metalocalypse:
    "I LOVE BEING MOTIVATED! I LOVE BEING MOTIVATED!!!"
    "WE'RE HERE TO MAKE EVERYTHING METAL! BLACKER THAN THE BLACKEST BLACK TIMES INFINITY!"
    "CA-CA-CA-YEAAAAAH! IT'S ME DOCTOR ROCKZO THE ROCK 'N ROLL CLOOOOWWWWWWN! YOU KNOW WHAT I DO BA-BA-BA-BABY?! I DO COCAAAAAAINE! CA-CA-CA-YEAH! COCAINE!"
  • Calculon of Futurama and his UNHOLY ACTING TALENT:
    ROOOOOOOBOOOOOOOT HOOOOOOUUUUUSEEE!
  • Decepticons in Transformers Animated are prone to scenery-chewing:
    • Lugnut. Especially with anything in regard to his GLORIOUS leader.
    STASIS LOCK ITSELF COULD NOT DETER ME FROM YOUR GRAND AND GLORIOUS PLAN! OH WISE AND NOBLE MEGATRON!
  • The Boondocks: FUCK YOUR COURT, NYUKKA!
    "Bitch ass, punk ass, faggot ass, pussy ass, BITCH ASS NIGGA!"
    "NIGGA! You better have insurance! Ass-whooping insurance! And you're about to pay a DEDUCTIBLE!"
    "Who in the hell parked in my spot! That's like calling 1-800-COLLECT-AN-ASS-WHOOPIN', but NO, that ain't no toll-free call!"
    • Gin Rummy is a frequent culprit as well. Being voiced by Samuel L. Jackson probably makes it more severe
    "I'd be dead on his ass like Spenser For fuckin' Hire. I'll hunt him down and feed him his own testicles. And I'll do it in a jiffy. And I don't care if his mama there, his grandmama, innocent bystanders, little kids, baby-sitters, bill collectors. Whatever! I'll leave his whole block filled with hot brass if I have to. And you know why? BECAUSE I JUST DON'T GIVE A FUCK!
  • My ability of chewing the scenery must be the work of...FAIRY GOD PARENTS!
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man:
  • Teen Titans
  • Tom and Jerry: The Movie: "We've GOT to have......MONAY!!!"
  • He is the Terror that Flaps in the Night. He is the Caped Crusader who chomps chewy chunks from the scenery as he counters cheesy chumps. He is ... Darkwing Duck! Every single character on the show has moments of this. One especially cheesy episode lampshades this trope by showcasing a giant space slug which chews up the set in the background. Darkwing (of course) thinks it's ridiculous.
  • South Park: Some of the characters Trey plays can leave a hole in the scenery.
    • Cartman lives and breathes this:
    Cartman: I... AM... GOD!!!
    • Randy. Constantly. In later episodes.
    • Unusually, Mr. Mackey in "Royal Pudding".
    Mr. Mackey: (to Kyle, taking over Ike's role as Tooth Decay) You call rolling your fat ass out on the stage and lazily blurting out your lines like a turtle takin' a shit, YOU CALL THAT TRYIN'?!
  • Beast Wars. Three words. FOR THE ROYALTY!!!
  • Aku from Samurai Jack: "Samurai, samurai. Why. Won't. You. DIIIIIEEEE?!"
    • "...and GREAT FLAAAMMING EYEBROWS!"
  • The Venture Bros. Seriously, is there a single character who isn't Hammy to the extreme?
  • Benson from Regular Show, big time, but only when provoked.
  • Binky the Clown from Garfield and Friends spends the whole time screaming, to the point where there were shorts called "SCREAMING WITH BINKY". The cartoon played this for laughs quite often; at one point he was temporarily given a job as a newscaster, where he kept his signature mannerisms.
    • "HEY!!! I WANT MY PANTS BACK!!!!"
      Garfield: "After being unable to find work, Binky eventually did what so many other clowns end up doing - he went into politics."
  • Robotnik from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog often overdoes his lines, like here.
    Robotnik: Why is my precious rocket ship drifting off into deep space?! Why am I reaching you at the coordinates of the abandoned space station?! WHY?! WHY?! WHHYYY?!
  • Hank Hill from King of the Hill:
    • LOSER! YOU'RE A LOSER! ARE YOU FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF?! WELL YOU SHOULD BE, 'CAUSE YOU ARE DIRT! YOU MAKE ME SICK YOU BIG BABY! BABY WANT A BOTTLE? A BIG DIRT BOTTLE?!
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Rarity. Oh so very much. In "Inspiration Manifestation", You can almost imagine Tabitha St. Germain desperately trying to hold back the maniacal laughter in her rant at the end, especially with the omnious bells chiming in the background.
    Rarity: ...until there isn't an inch of Equestria that hasn't been utterly transformed by my! creative! GENIUS!
  • Danny Phantom "Say my name! SAY MY NAAAAAAME!"
  • In ThunderCats (2011), Will Friedle is clearly getting very into it whenever his Lion-O recites the famous, "Thunder! Thunder! Thundercats! HO!" Battlecry. In fact, it sounds like he's trying to roar the line more often than not.
  • The Simpsons
    • Sideshow Mel is all over this trope. Every. Single. Line.
    • In the episode "Behind the Laughter" during the period where the family split up to pursue solo careers Homer mentions having a short lived stage career where he literally chewed the scenery (as in he ate part of the set).
  • Zoe from Littlest Pet Shop not only chews the scenery, she sets it on fire.
    "GAIL'S TRAPPED INSIDE THE LARGEST EVER PET SHOP!!!!!"
  • Dill from Stickin' Around...actually, scratch that, because saying that he's chewing the scenery would be the understatement of the CENTURY.
    "HOLYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY MACKEREL!!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • In the Sonic Boom episode "The Meteor", Sonic and Eggman end up swapping bodies. The real kicker? They keep their original voices. When Sonic speaks with Eggman's ham and inflections, he pulls out all the stops.
  • Steven Universe
    • Peridot has two sides to her personality: the cold and overly rational Deadpan Snarker side and the hammy side.
    "Freedom is MINEEEEEEEEE!!!!"
    "DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIE DIED DIE DIE DIE DIE!!!!!!!!"
    "Pff, who cares about how SHE feels? WHO CARES ABOUT ANY OF YOU?!!!! YOU'RE ALL JUST ROCKS, RUDDY MUDDY CLODS BENEATH MY GRAVITY CONNECTORS!!!!! GHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUGH!!!!!!"
    • Pearl also has some moments of this.
    "WE'LL NEVER ESCAPE!!! THIS IS OUR NEW HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOME!!!!!"
    "I'M NOT OVERREACTING!!!!!!! GHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA...!!!!!!!!!"
    • Ronaldo's full character consists of pure ham. He's a bad case of No Indoor Voice
    "Jane!! MY OHIME-SAMAAAAAAAAAAAAA!"
    "YOU CAN'T MAKE UP DRAMA THIS GOOD!!!!!"
    "WE'RE ABOUT TO WITNESS THE TRUE POWER OF THE SUPREMOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"
  • Both Tim Curry and Tress MacNeille in Scooby-Doo! and the Witch's Ghost as Ben and Sara Ravencroft:
    Ben: You should SERVE ME!!!!!
    Sara: I SERVE NO ONE!!!!!!!!!
    Ben: But I have THE BOOK!!!!! And I will return you back INTO THE BOOK!!!!
    • God, almost anything that comes out of Sara's mouth:
    Sara: FOOLS!!!!!! I SHALL DESTROY THEE!!!!!!!
    Sara: I WON'T GO BACK ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!

    Real Life 
  • Most politicians have shades of this, especially more than a century ago. You can guess why, in a world without microphones, booming voices and exaggerated mannerisms might be advantages when giving a speech.
    • The politicians in the ancient Greek and Roman democracies may have been even more extreme. Unfortunately, for the most part, all we have are the texts of their speeches. There are some descriptions of speeches, however. In particular, we know that Late Republican Rome (around the 1st and 2nd centuries BCE), the most popular speechmaking style, especially in the courts, was the "Asiatic," which called for long speeches with florid language and hand gestures, overemphasized speech, and Manly Tears; when Cicero appeared with his Simple Country Lawyer act, which used a clear style of oratory that got straight to the point, the audience was impressed with the freshness of it. (In Rome, watching trials was a major form of entertainment, and there was no shortage of them—you think modern Americans are litigious? They have nothing on the Romans.)
  • Although the movie Mommie Dearest seems to have Joan Crawford thoroughly digesting the scenery, according to her daughter, Christina Crawford, the performance was understated.
  • Adolf Hitler tended to do this every time he spoke in public. The movies (like the Downfall example above) aren't really that far from the truth this time. Most other dictators have a tendency to indulge in the same style.
    • It was Hitler's ranting in the Downfall movie, coupled with the subtitles and the German, that inspired the Hitler parodies that are popular on the internet.
    • Hitler was reputed to do this a bit more literally in less-public venues. William Shirer mentions at one point in Berlin Diary that in some circles, he was referred to as Der Teppich-Fresser (the carpet eater), because it was rumored that when he was agitated, he would throw himself to the floor and start chewing the edges of the rugs.
  • Somehow, against all logic, BRIAN BLESSED has managed to accomplish this in real life. Observe his performance as guest host of Have I Got News for You, with lines such as "PETROL! WE'RE RUNNING OUT!" and, referring to the beleaguered Prime Minister Brown, '"GORDON'S ALIVE!"
  • Transylvanian stage actor Gyorgy Kárp, who, among other roles, played Juror#3, is often seen turning red and yelling so loud, it makes you wonder how come he didn't spit out his own lungs.
  • Fidel Castro. He used to deliver speeches taking 3 or 4 hours, even in front of the United Nations. They weren't quite amused... He was once asked an inane question at a party and spoke for FOUR HOURS without stopping. Dear god man...
  • Nikita Khrushchev's infamous "We will BURY you!" speech, as well as a separate incident at the UN where he took off his shoe and started banging it against the table. Though, contrary to public belief, he wasn't saying he would bury the US. The speech Khrushchev was giving was not threatening to destroy the US, but that communism would outlast capitalism, so the USSR would see the old ways die. As in "you will dig your own grave and we'll be the ones to attend your funeral", not cause it.

Alternative Title(s): Chew The Scenery, Feed Me, Chewing Up The Scenery, Chewing On The Scenery

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