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Tighten: This town isn't big enough for two supervillains!
Megamind: Oh, you're a villain, alright. Just not a super one!
Tighten: Oh, yeah? What's the difference?
Megamind: [marches out of a giant floating representation of his head to "Welcome to the Jungle"] PRESENTATION!

In many conflicts between good and evil, who is going to be doing the lion's share of Chewing the Scenery? The villain(s), more likely than not. It's one way they are Obviously Evil and Drunk on the Dark Side. Muwahahahahaaaa!

As for why, it's not known for sure. Maybe it's a reflection of their narcissism and total lack of inhibitions. Maybe they've decided that since they've already punted a few puppies, called down the lightning, and donned the Spikes of Villainy, they may as well have fun with it. And maybe the moral depravity of their act is balanced by how much fun they are to watch. Or this is used to indicate how Power and Evil Feels Good. Whatever the reason, bacon and scenery are important parts of every villain's daily balanced breakfast.

That isn't to say the heroes never get to have such moments, but the villains will get the clear majority of them. Of course, when they both do, the awesomeness factor increases tenfold. A Genre Savvy Villain Protagonist will act hammy just because it's expected.

Also, when the villains are pretending to be good guys in some stories, they don't really act hammy, but when they show who they really are, they let loose, almost as if being a Large Ham is their true nature.

Often overlaps with Ham and Cheese. Contrast Soft-Spoken Sadist (the villain is the calmest one in the room).

If a hero is also a Large Ham, or there is a World of Ham, it's not this trope unless the villain manages to still out-ham everyone. Hammy Villain, Serious Hero occurs when the villain's hamminess is contrasted against a deadpan hero.

Dastardly Whiplash is a specific character type that embodies this trope — you know, the one with the twirling moustache and cape.

Note: Please explain what makes the character hammy when adding them. Just mentioning their actors or voice actors, or quoting them, or linking to a plethora of potholes instead of providing context is a Zero-Context Example and Fan Myopia if you expect everyone to know the characters from very little context.

If you were looking for villains that are an entirely different type of hammy, see Sinister Swine.


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    Anime and Manga 

    Asian Animation 
  • In BoBoiBoy, cocoa-stealing alien Adu Du is loud and hot-blooded, and he also always speaks in Large Ham quotes about himself being a great supervillain in the universe.
  • In the Lookus English dub of Happy Heroes, the main villain Big M. has a noticeably loud, exaggerated voice. It does get a bit less hammy in the dub's later episodes, though.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf, Darton, the evil twin brother of the egg person Jollie, speaks in an exaggerated voice. In the English dubs, he has a distinct Eastern European accent.

    Audio Plays 
  • Pathetic from Kingdom Paf is basically the incarnation of this trope. She acts hammy even when washing her hands, preparing her lunch, or playing video games.

    Comic Books 
  • Fantastic Four: Silence, You Fool! Nobody possesses more ham than DOOM! Doctor Doom's ham-acting actually stems directly from the Pride that is at the root of his villainy: not only does he have to be the centre of attention at all times, but he's recording his words for posterity on top of that.
  • The Dark Judges are easily the most melodramatic villains in Judge Dredd. As they go around dispensing their own brand of justice, they do basically nothing but spew catchphrases. Maybe undeath just breathed new life into them...
  • Legion of Super-Heroes:
    Servant of Darkness: It grows darker throughout the universe, mortal... And there shall be no dawn. Serve the Great Darkness as I do, and you shall thrive... Oppose it, and you shall suffer an eternity of pain.
    Wildfire: The old hi-low, Superboy!
    Superboy: You got it, pal.
    Servant of Darkness: You have nothing, fool. The Darkness shall swallow it all! Give me the Wand I seek, and perhaps you may postpone your Doom.
  • The Mighty Thor: Most versions of Loki, when they're evil and when they get going (yes, versions. There's a lot of Loki going around.) Thank goodness no more than one hammy Loki has ever been on page at a time, or there might be a hamgularity.
    (A) Loki: (after a particular bout of ham) ... and I am dreadfully prone to histrionics. Do excuse me.
  • In My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights, Luna plays this up for all it's worth while pretending to still be Nightmare Moon.
    Princess Luna: I am Nightmare Moon! I defeated my sister, the sun, and plunged Equestria into darkness! I visit nightmares upon innocent foals. I haunt every shadow you fear in the night. I see what you fear, and I will use it to destroy you!
    Casino Guard: Jeez, lady, leave some drama for the rest of us.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Many of Spidey's villains. Two examples would be Norman Osborn and Doctor Octopus. Venom too, Anti-Hero or not.
    • In Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man, Lex Luthor and Doctor Octopus are permanently trying to outdo each other in this department. Neither of them manages to impress their archenemies, though:
      Doctor Octopus: Curse you, wall-crawler! Am I never to be free? Will you hound me forever? Will there never be an end?
      Spider-Man: Huh?
  • Superman:
    • Lex Luthor loves hearing himself talk:
      Lex: 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.
    • Brainiac can't even stop talking when he's dying in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?:
      Brainiac: I... am coming for you... Kryptonian... my victory... is inevitable...
    • In Krypton No More, one-time supervillain Protector likes being overly dramatic. His verbosity doesn't impress Superman or Supergirl, though:
      Protector: I warned you, Superman! I told you to leave the polluting industries alone! But no — you wouldn't listen! You've set yourself up as judge, jury, and executioner — and to that, the Protector says NO!
    • Alien overlord Mongul is pretty hammy. In War World:
      Mongul: We had a deal, Kryptonian, and you will honor it — or I will crush your three hapless friends with a single gesture!
  • Those Emerald Eyes Are Shining: When the Legionnaires engage Emerald Empress, one of their worst and oldest enemies, Brainiac 5 mocks her verbosity:
    Emerald Empress: "Curse your force shield, Brainiac Five!"
    Brainiac 5: "Isn't that a bit melodramatic, Your Highness?"
  • Wonder Woman (1942):
    • (Earth-Two) Elektro claims to have captured Wonder Woman and dramatically sweeps back a curtain on a stage before his fellow gangsters and waits until they've all tried shooting at her and having their bullets repelled to declare that she's actually a robot which they can use to destroy the real thing.
    • (Earth-One) Professor Menace claims to have captured Wonder Woman and dramatically sweeps back a curtain on a stage before his fellow gangsters and waits until they've all tried shooting at her and having their bullets repelled to declare that she's actually a robot which they can use to destroy the real thing. He somehow manages to be even more dramatic than his Golden Age predecessor, possibly because he controls his robots with his mind rather than having to sit at a console like Elektro.

    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): In this Godzilla MonsterVerse fanfiction, although it's relatively subdued, Ghidorah's heads' voices are not above making a rather cinematic Badass Boast, and they often speak in a non-indoorsy volume to those who can understand what Ghidorah is saying.
  • In All For Luz, All For One can get like this when hyping up their Power Parasite Quirk as the Superpower Lottery to his successor, Luz Noceda, something she wishes he'd stop doing.
  • Ancienverse: Guzma resorts to chewing the scenery with his dialogue whenever he's in a scene.
  • Child of the Storm:
    • Voldemort is a Cold Ham, by and large, preferring the Soft-Spoken Sadist approach, but sometimes veers into this.
    • 'The Beast' a.k.a. the Blob a.k.a. Dudley Dursley at one point paraphrases Superboy-Prime's infamous "I'M GONNA KILL YOU TO DEATH!" line.
    • This is a signature trait of the Dark Phoenix - which, admittedly, has quite a lot to do with the fact that Harry had a taste for dramatics to begin with, especially when in a bad mood. Though it has to be said, the previous Dark Phoenix, Surtur, is just as bad by all accounts.
    • Nimue starts as a frighteningly understated opponent. However, after becoming Drunk on the Dark Side and suffering major Sanity Slippage thanks to a surge of power that should have blasted her apart (but instead 'merely' eroded her remaining sanity), she becomes a textbook example, spending the last two chapters of her arc throwing a cosmic-scale tantrum because the heroes refuse to just give up and die.
  • In Devil's Diary: Magneto's overdramatic speeches are lampshaded by Quicksilver, who notes he talks like a movie villain.
    "I overheard Pietro once saying that I talked like a villain from an old movie."
  • Doctor Dire of Dire Worm! plays this trope, lampshades it, exploits it, and generally enjoys herself immensely. For example, facing Leviathan:
    • Again, facing several soon-to-be-defeated opponents:
  • Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z Abridged. While he can be restrained when snarking at others, for the most part, he lets massive ego show in everything he says, and it only goes up if he gets angry.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: In the sequel Diplomat at Large, per canon, the Storm King is this. Loud, boisterous, wise-cracking, and pretty wild.
  • Dance with the Demons: Kobra needs to pontificate before, during, and after a battle, failing to notice Batman doesn't care about his ravings. So, in chapter 22:
    Kobra: "I congratulate you on your sterling effort. Truly, your wife would be pleased. However, I have a final trump your side cannot counter: a force-field which I have activated. It encases this entire floor, above it, below it, and on all sides. Your allies cannot penetrate it. Nor can you. But there is a way in."
    Batman: "What is it?"
    Kobra: "We have always known it would come down to this. The final battle, the Ragnarok. If I am your Midgard Serpent, and you are my Thor, then we must fight. However, no one has yet prophecied which of us will be slain, and which be slayer."
  • In Evil Belle, Sweetie tries every cliche from the black cloak to speak in a guttural voice.
  • Whether or not she's "evil" really depends on fan interpretation, but in Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness Yuuka Kazami has a blast when she's fighting Megas. Of note is this bit while she's charging up the Double Spark:
    "Marisa's spunk in stealing my attack is to be admired..." (voice steadily increases in volume) "...but when you absolutely must reduce everything in your path to a mist of atoms, accept... no... SUBSTITUTES!"
  • A Force of Four: Mars is a very pompous and verbose War God who loves histrionics.
    Power Girl: "Aren't you tied to Earth? If you destroy it, how will you survive?"
    Mars: "Mars is not tied to Earth. Mars is tied to war. And what better war than that of vast empires within the second Heaven? Where billions may die, billions more be enslaved, and the bloodflow which results nourishes my power with every drop. No. Earth is unnecessary. A canker in my being. When it is destroyed, only my pain will vanish. But it will not be destroyed yet."
  • Hellsister Trilogy: Darkseid is fond of polysyllabic verbiage and has no concept of indoor voice. Nemesis, the Kryptonian/Zeroxian hybrid whom Darkseid has raised, takes after his father and is prone to histrionics and speaking in all caps.
    Darkseid: "I have had three prior sons, boy. Two of my body, one of my charge. But you, my fourth have had advantages your forebears never knew. I left their upbringing to others. I was busy. You, I have tended to with all my attention. With all my knowledge. Do you know why, boy?"
    Nemesis: "Because I am the greatest of the four. Because I am the one who will break our enemies like pottery shards. Because I will avenge you, my father. Avenge you, mother."
    Darkseid: "Just so. Do you... remember who undid my plans, a thousand years ago, boy? And who, not so long ago... undid your mother?"
    Nemesis: (whispering) "The Supergirl."
    Darkseid: "Just so. It will be some years before you are of age, boy. It will be some years before we can reveal ourselves. The United Planets, the Guardians of the Universe, they must be kept... unknowing. Timing is all-important, boy. Any general can tell you that. Timing is everything."
    Nemesis: "Do you really believe she will come back?"
    Darkseid: "She will, boy. They will summon her."
    Nemesis: "That is good, father. Very, very good."
    Darkseid: "Do you know what you shall do, boy? Do you know what you shall do, in that time and on that day?"
    Nemesis: "I will avenge my mother's death. I will avenge your honor. I will make her pay for blocking the True Path. I WILL DESTROY THE SUPERGIRL."
    Darkseid: "And so you shall, my boy. And so, one day, you shall."
  • Parodied in Shazam! fanfiction Here There Be Monsters. The villain known as Acrobat is not good at making overdramatic speeches and he lacks the power to back his threats, so nobody takes him seriously.
    The Acrobat: "I'll kill you. I'm man enough, madman enough, to kill you all! Disc or no disc, I've got the power of ten men when the moon is out, and I ought to have enough strength here to do you all in!"[...] I'll destroy you all! One by one, I'll tear your heads off and make lamps out of them! I'll use your bodies for baseball equipment! I'll–"
    Midnight Maid: "You've been reading too many comic books."
  • A Man of Iron: In his final fight with Iron Man and Centurion, Gregor really chews the scenery.
  • In My Dream Is Yours, Jamie Jam is a bigger ham than she is in canon. She introduces herself with smoke bombs, an Evil Laugh, and by using numerous self-appointed titles that are all Added Alliterative Appeal:
    YES, Odd Squad! It is I! The purloining princess of preserves, the criminal queen of condiments, the malevolent mistress of marmalade, the sinister siren of breakfast spreads, JAMIE JAM!
  • Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!:
    • Present Mic, being the Large Ham he is, milks this trope for all it's worth when he controls the zero-pointer robot (which is a replica of Starro the Conqueror) during the U.A. Entrance Exam:
      I'm back, bitches! Bet you thought Starro was done for good. Idiots. Can't keep a good extraterrestrial telepathic starfish down! AHAHAHAHAHA!
    • Tenya decides to channel Eobard Thawne in his mannerisms when he's placed on the Villain team during the Heroes vs. Villain's exercise. He hams it up as much as possible, interspersing his dialogue with Evil Laughs and Evil Gloating and shouting "Inconceivable!" when things go wrong. Also lampshaded and deconstructed by All Might, who points out that Tenya had been too in-character, leading to Bond Villain Stupidity.
  • The Prince Of Ponyville: Chrysalis chews no small amount of scenery. Subverted by Bank Ledger, who is described as monotone and utterly bland.
  • The Iconians in any Star Trek Online fic involving Worffan101. Supreme High Lord Inevitably-Fated-for-Greatness is noteworthy for the sheer laughable arrogance of his introductory speech in Beat the Drums of War, but all Iconians fit this trope. Worffan101 has repeatedly stated his dislike of STO's portrayal of the Iconians and reacted by taking the hammy Sufficiently Advanced Aliens of the game to their logical extreme.
  • Though several villains from Yu-Gi-Oh! are hammy already, Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series like to take it to comical extremes:
    • Marik is so hammy that he can hardly express himself like a regular person. Then Melvin takes over: he is hammy even when trying to open a door.
    • While usually more posed and calm than Marik, Bakura has his moments too.
    • Dartz combines it with a ridiculous accent that makes him almost impossible for his minions to understand.
    • Movie villains Anubis ("NOW YOU WILL DIE, AND THEN YOU WILL BE DEAD BECAUSE I WILL HAVE KILLED YOU! AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA") and Paradox ("PWOTAGONISTS !") take it to such extremes it becomes ridiculous even for the main characters.

    Films — Animation 

  • Visser Three in Animorphs. While thought-speak can be directed at one, several, or even everyone in range, the Visser is CONSTANTLY BROADCASTING HIS PRESENCE to all, including his enemies. In fact, in the whole series (when in an Andalite body), he speaks to one person at a time a grand total of ONCE.
  • Opal Koboi from Artemis Fowl practically invented Evil Is Hammy. Especially in the eighth book. She even lampshades it.
    "He is mine. The ultimate power is mine. I have the lemur."
  • Venandakatra the Vile in the Belisarius Series. He is a devotee of every vice known to man, and some that haven't been discovered to this day. He loves hurting people, except when they fight back. He wages war by pitching an array of tents that are more ostentatious and less tasteful than the palaces of more Modest Royalty and then makes guarding his comfort a primary objective of his campaigns. He has the most expensive feasts constantly dumped into his mouth and treats slave girls much like food, to be consumed and the husks discarded; and sex to him is no fun unless combined with torture. The book also makes a point of mentioning that he is called The Vile and not The Cruel because the latter might imply respect. In general, the chief pleasure a reader takes in his character is that it is almost impossible to imagine someone so extravagantly and flamboyantly evil - even if we know such people exist in Real Life. In addition, his Royal Brat status means that a good chunk of his dialogue consists of loud, semi-coherent rage.
  • The Dresden Files: Many of Harry Dresden's enemies are this to some degree. Drunk on the Dark Side is quite common throughout the series and coupled with the Antiquated Linguistics of many supernatural creatures, this is a great recipe for some serious ham. The standout example is probably Lord Raith, who is explicitly compared to a movie villain in his extremely over-the-top and melodramatic dialogue, but many other characters also fit the bill.
  • Baron Vladimir Harkonnen in Dune. Ian McNeice definitely shows it in his portrayal of the baron in the miniseries.
  • The Elenium: Invoked in The Tamuli when the normally restrained Sir Bevier goes undercover at the villain's camp as a mercenary. He attempts to appear "dangerously competent", but his stage training takes over and, as a result, he ends up looking like a homicidal maniac and leaves the entire camp terrified of him.
  • The main villain in Fancy Apartments is Vrotheus the Vile, who hams up any line he can. It's hard to tell if that's his nature, or if he just likes being dramatic. Oddly enough, he still seems a serious threat despite it.
  • The villains of The First Dwarf King seem to think they're in a stage opera. Then again, so does everyone else, but Pathruushkè and Trang Barok take it Up to Eleven — especially when they argue.
  • Old Kingdom: Kerrigor in Sabriel. "Blood for the breaking!" Apparently, he was a flamboyant guy who loved having every eye on him even while alive; after becoming undead, getting Drunk on the Dark Side, and becoming quite possibly the most powerful active being on the planet, this natural tendency got exaggerated.
  • Used differently with each of the three most powerful Forsaken in The Wheel of Time.
    • Ishamael is a rather impressive ham in his persona as Ba'alzamon, giving some rather spectacular Card-Carrying Villain rants owing to being Drunk on the Dark Side. Subverted when he comes back later in the series as Moridin, and is much calmer and more restrained, coming across as almost resigned at times, and is much scarier for it.
    • Lanfear is usually Affably Evil, especially around Rand. Just don't mash her Berserk Button, because we're not kidding about the "berserk" part. Lanfear is one of the most deadly channelers of all time, and in a screaming temper, she's more than capable of blasting just about anyone in her way to ash.
    • Demandred appears at first to be a complete aversion; the guy is stoic to the point of hardly ever showing genuine emotion except for the occasional glimpse of the seething core of epic rage at the heart of his personality. Then in the final book he finally lets all that hate out, in the process becoming the Large Ham he was born to be.

    Multiple Media 
  • MonsterVerse:
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: The Original Series:
      • Although William Shatner usually negates this trope since he's the hero, when Captain Kirk was split into good and evil selves in the episode "The Enemy Within", the evil side was much hammier.
        "I'm Captain Kirk! I'm Captain Kirk! IIIIII'M CAPTAIN KIRK!"
      • He does it again when we briefly see the evil Mirror Universe Kirk in "Mirror, Mirror".
      • Same goes for every character in the mirror universe episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. Most of the actors were at near-Shatner levels of hamminess even during the normal episodes, but their evil counterparts take things Up to Eleven.
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
      • Invoked Trope in the episode "Duet". Aamin Marritza, a Cardassian filing clerk who worked in a forced labor camp run by the brutal Gul Darhe'el impersonates the latter, both to make Cardassia admit to the crimes committed against the Bajorans and to soothe his guilty conscience over not being able to stop it. While impersonating Darhe'el he acts pretty hammily, but when the ruse is dropped, he acts far more subdued. This is used to great effect when Kira confronts him with the truth and Maritza gives another hammy rant only to break down in tears once the memories and the guilt start flooding in.
      • And speaking of Cardassians, Gul Dukat puts on some of the most ham-tastic grandstanding ever, to the point where everyone else comments on how much he loves the sound of his own voice.
      • Also, an early episode where Dr. Bashir came down with a bad case of Grand Theft Me thanks to a dying evil space criminal gave Alexander Siddig the chance to let his Cold Ham flag fly.
      • And let's not even get started on the holodeck Bond villain played by Captain Sisko, which allowed Avery Brooks to chew up every bit of scenery around him (and obviously had the time of his life doing it.)
      • As in the Original Series, their Mirror Universe characters are much hammier, with added Homoerotic Subtext.
    • Star Trek: Voyager.
      • Emperor Scientist Dr Chaotica in that Flash Gordon (serial) holodeck homage, The Adventures of Captain Proton. The entire program is a World of Ham with even Captain Janeway joining in, so naturally the villain has to out-ham everyone or get left behind.
        "FOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL! You shall PAY for your inCOMPetence! SEIZE HIM!"
      • Inverted in "Living Witness", where a 'historical recreation' of Voyager shows the crew as squabbling genocidal thugs with a side of ham. Yet the evilest characters in the simulation, Janeway and the Doctor, speak in a calm undertone that contrasts with their normal hammy personas.
    • Star Trek: Picard. In "Stardust City Rag", Jean-Luc Picard has to pose as an organ trader selling Seven of Nine for her Borg parts, so he gleefully hams it up as an eyepatch-wearing French Jerk villain with an overdone Maurice Chevalier Accent.
      Picard: I thought I looked (in exaggerated French accent) appropriately sinisterrrr.
      Raffi: No comment.
    • Amongst the franchise's movies, F. Murray Abraham's Ru'afo in Star Trek: Insurrection, Christopher Lloyd's Kruge in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, and (of course) Ricardo Montalbán's "Wrath Of" Khan were magnificently over-the-top, with Khan in particular even giving William Shatner - in his most over-the-top mode - a run for his money.
      Khan: I've done worse than kill you. I've hurt you. And I wish to go on hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her...marooned for all eternity in the centre of a dead planet...Buried alive...Buried aliiiiiiive...note 
    • In the Alternate Timeline of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek movies:
      • From the film, we have Nero, who gave some choice quotes.
      • Star Trek Into Darkness: Let's face it, Harrison is DEVOURING the scenery.
      • In Star Trek Beyond, Krall at first only has a deep and dramatic voice given Idris Elba is covered in make-up. Though once he becomes more human by the end of the movie, he's free to ham up with no problems.
    • Star Trek: Discovery continues the grand tradition of having the main cast chew the scenery with gleeful abandon as their Mirror Universe counterparts. Especially Mirror Burnham, once she's revealed to be completely bonkers.
  • Star Wars:
    • Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith, once it's known he is a Sith Lord. When he had his good-guy facade on, he acted normally. When his evil side showed up, he started acting hammier. When he finally dropped the act altogether, he went to town (as Return of the Jedi, done many years before, shows).
    • In Dark Empire, Palpatine actually says "I AM the Dark Side!"
    • This is actually something of an occupational hazard for Sith since they draw their power from raw passion and self-restraint is, consequently, not exactly on the agenda. Notice that Palpatine is always at his hammiest when using or about to use The Dark Side. His apprentices Count Dooku and Darth Vader also frequently talk in a menacing to the point of exaggeration manner (with Vader having the bonus of gesturing given his face is obscured by a mask).
    • Even before his Face–Heel Turn, Anakin Skywalker hams it up in some of his darker moments, such as his infamous "I killed them all" rant.
    • General Grievous serves as a proto-Darth Vader and is even hammier than him, never dialing down on the dramatic speech (punctuated by coughs).
    • General Hux in The Force Awakens....mainly during that New Era Speech of his before Starkiller blasts away The Hosnian System.
      • Kylo Ren and Supreme Leader Snoke, the other villains from the same film, and The Last Jedi get their moments too. Kylo spends most of the climax of The Force Awakens beating his abdominal wound until he draws blood and either growling or yelling his lines. Snoke doesn't get to really cut loose until The Last Jedi but it's quite memorable when he does. His final monologue to Rey combines this with Suddenly Shouting.
      • And don't forget that one stormtrooper that sought out, and battled, Finn.
        FN-2199: TRAITOR!!!
    • The Mandalorian continues the above-mentioned tradition with Star Wars villains and this trope with its Big Bad Moff Gideon. He's no Sith or any practitioner of the dark side, but he is every bit as theatric as one.

  • Shakespears Sister's "Stay" is a Concept Video where Marcella Detroit and Siobhan Fahey portray Anthropomorphic Personifications of life and death and fight over a comatose man. Fahey's performance as death is definitely the more over-the-top of the two, mainly due to her dramatic gestures and facial expressions.
  • The Megas: Air Man is an Omnicidal Maniac, Heat Man seems to think he's the Devil, and Bomb Man is a Robotic Psychopath who loves Stuff Blowing Up way too much. Then there's Dr Wily, the Big Bad. They're, for the most part, the most overtly villainous characters, and they get the most over-the-top moments in their songs.
    Beneath the Steel/Bomb Man: CUE EXPLOSION!
    The Annihilation of Monsteropolis/Air Man: There will be a fire in the sky, and YOUR DOOM WILL RAIN DOWN!
    Man on Fire/Heat Man: You are the hero! I am the fire! This is the meltdown! Of your desire! Your fight for justice turns to ashes, MEGA MAN!
    Look What You've Done/Dr Wily: This is the eeeeend! You've started the fall! Can't see the destiny, that we once saw, on the edge of dawn! (What have you done?!) What. Have. You. Done?


    Professional Wrestling 
  • Super villain wrestlers Dr. Cube in Kaiju Big Battel and later, UltraMantis Black in Chikara, chew massive amounts of scenery while describing how they will tear down our society/those stupid heroes/the tecnicos.
  • The New Day is all over this trope.
  • When Bruce Tharpe was managing the NWA talent in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, he would act like a heel so over-the-top that it was almost cartoonish. Bombastic, loud, and condescending, the New Japan fans loved when he would get knocked on his butt by the New Japan Army.
  • Bayley after she evolved her heel character from The Stoic to an over-the-top obnoxious troll.
  • Vince McMahon, when in his Bad Boss Mr. McMahon persona, is pretty much made of enough ham to feed an entire army.

  • Simon from Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues keeps himself low-key most of the time. His split personality, the Dark Dragon, is not only much more evil than him but also revels in the chance to act like a maniac and ham it up whenever possible.
    "Oh, man, tha's just askin' for an over-dramatic speech o' malice, dread, an' bigging meself up."

  • Cora in Anyone Can Whistle is a first-class scene-stealer who even succeeds at interrupting one scene change so she can get ready.
  • Jasper in Deadland:
    • Hel and Loki are so bombastic, they keep providing Jasper with a chance to run away from them just by taking too long to announce their arrival.
    • Little Lu acts hammy while singing about the crimes of the slaves in his factory, and the punishments he inflicts on them.
  • The Phantom of the Opera, especially when the actor portraying him goes into Careful with That Axe territory.
  • In Pokémon Live!, all the villains are hammy, especially Jessie and James.
  • In Shrek: The Musical, Farquaad really cranks up his hammy tendencies, with a generous dose of campy flair added for good measure.
  • The Wolf from The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf requires a Large Ham, to contrast with his lethargic attorney.
  • In Twice Charmed, Franco DiFortunato definitely is hammy, as are Lady Tremaine and the stepsisters.

    Theme Parks 
  • At Universal Studios:
    • Miseria in The Eighth Voyage of Sindbad makes it very clear that she's the evil villain, from the way she acts to the way she dresses.
    • In Poseidon's Fury, Lord Darkenon is about as hammy as a villain could possibly get, always doing an evil laugh and just reveling in how sinister he is.

    Video Games 
Carnby: No, Emily. I get it now! [The Horned Goat] needed me to break the pact. She needed me to bring her Grace! I did everything for her! I just realized I belong here! I'm one of her YOOOOUNG!
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood: If Cesare wants to live, he lives. If he wants to take, he takes. If he wants you to die, you die. And if he wants to ham, he HAAAAAAAAAMS!
  • Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean: Geldoblame is far and away the hammiest character in the game and (unintentionally) probably the best-voiced character, just because it's so amusing.
  • In Bayonetta, Final Boss Father Balder has a gleefully campy World of Ham to live up to... and manages to outdo the rest of the cast. His fashion sense does a good chunk of the work alone, but his tendency to both chew and hurl the scenery, along with his brutal execution of the gigantic demons Bayonetta conjures to kill him carry him over the top.
  • BlazBlue:
    • Hazama/Yuuki Terumi. Part of the reason he's so Laughably Evil is that his voice actors are clearly having a hell of a time.
    • In Platinum's Gag Reel, when Litchi becomes the Evil Overlord 'Boob Queen', she becomes so overly hammy in nearly everything. In canon, however, Litchi is well-reserved and not that hammy (unless you count her suggestive moans of pains to be 'ham'), and even if she's Forced into Evil and in the NOL group, she didn't even become hammy, still retaining her calm. Tsubaki, on the other hand, becomes even more vehement and probably 'hammy' in trying to force the NOL order after her Evil Costume Switch.
  • Blizzard Entertainment loves this trope when it comes to antagonists and raid bosses. It's rare to find one that isn't a giant ham.
  • Handsome Jack, the Big Bad of Borderlands 2, is not a subtle man. As the story of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! goes on, he goes from having a relatively standard acting range to utter scenery-chewing excess as his dark side becomes steadily more dominant.
    Jack: Forgive me. Where's your husband now?
    Helena Pierce: He's dead.
    Jack: That is a heartbreaker, but...[Gunshot] YOU GOT SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH HIM NOW AT LEAST!
  • Dr. Nero Neurosis of Brain Dead 13 tends to shout whenever he gets irritated or scared.
    Neurosis: "Average?" I! AM NOT! AVERAGE!
  • Castlevania:
    • Barlowe in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia normally speaks with a very neutral and verbose tone. However, once his true colours are revealed, he goes nuts with wild abandon, laughing manically the whole time.
    • And Dracula. In pretty much every game with voice acting. In most games' Japanese dubs, he's voiced by the above-mentioned Norio Wakamoto.
    • Death from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow simply never shuts up in his 5 minutes hammy speech even though he has been quite normal when he stayed as Zobek, your ally.
  • Kane in Command & Conquer becomes ever increasingly hammy as time goes on.
  • Dawn of War, since it takes place in Warhammer 40,000, everyone is evil, and hence everyone is hammy, even if they are a Magnificent Bastard.
  • Devil May Cry:
    • Arius from Devil May Cry 2. "OH! NO! I was going to be KING of this world!"
    • Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening: Arkham and his alter-ego, Jester, is a rich source of Ham. With the latter, it's intentional, as he tried to act like a fool in order to effectively play Lady and the the sons of Sparda against each other. And it could also be a way of unleashing his inner goofball beneath that serious facade.
  • Every single Prime Evil in Diablo is this. Diablo, Baal, and Mephisto really love to Chew The Scenery to dust. Just listen to them speak, and even Zoltun Kulle is also an offender.
  • Flemeth in Dragon Age: Origins is very hammy when she isn't pretending to simply be a batty old lady and gets much more so in Dragon Age II. Being voiced by Captain Janeway really helps.
    • Loghain becomes much hammier after his Face–Heel Turn.
    • Though averted for the most part in the first game, since the Darkspawn can't, you know, talk. Until Awakening, when they can talk and get their full opportunity to be hammy.
      • Special mention goes to the ham-tastic Mother.
    • Knight-Commander Meredith in Dragon Age II is one of the best examples in the entire series.
      • Not to mention Well-Intentioned Extremist teammate Anders; while he's only hammy in combat (actually, he's usually soft-spoken otherwise), his combat taunts (and screaming) are a bountiful platter of ham.
  • In Elden Ring, the player will fight multiple demigods who are varying levels of tyrannical, insane, and/or stubbornly dogmatic. However, the two most depraved and evil among them — Godrick the Grafted and Mohg, Lord of Blood — are by far the hammiest.
    Godrick (second phase transition): Ancestors, one and all... BEAR WITNESS!
    Mohg (intro cutscene): Welcome, honored guest, to the birthplace of our DYNASTY!
  • Throughout The Elder Scrolls series, this is a trait of the Dremora, an intelligent race of lesser Daedra who are most commonly found in the service of Mehrunes Dagon as his Legions of Hell. They are essentially a race (the Master Race if they are to be believed) of Large Ham Blood Knights with deep "outdoor" voices. Some prime snippets of their dialogue:
    Morrowind: "After I kill you, I will rape your corpse. Don't worry. I'll be gentle."
    Oblivion: "Bow to me!" "Break and fall!" "Break! Bleed!" "Burst, bloodsack!" (And those are just the ones starting with "B"!)
    Skyrim: "I HONOR my LORD by DESTROYING YOU!" *slays enemy* "THERE CAN BE NO OTHER END!"
  • Far Cry:
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Jegran in Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, after he drops pretending to be good.
    • In Dissidia Final Fantasy, the entire Chaos faction exemplifies this trope with all of the hammiest villains of the series. The only exceptions are Golbez ( but he isn't really part of the Chaos faction...), Sephiroth and Ultimecia, who are fairly restrained. Odd because Ultimecia was quite hammy in her respective game. ("KURSE YOU SEEDS!")
      • Even among the all-you-can-eat ham buffet that Dissidia provides, Exdeath manages to stand out for the sheer amount of it he provides with every line. Between an abundance of evil laughing, obsessive boasting about his beloved Void, and voice actors clearly having the time of their lives in the recording booth, there's almost never a dull moment to be had when he appears. It says something that the sheer volume of ham he provides was enough to make him skyrocket in popularity after decades of being rather forgotten.
    • Final Fantasy XIV is usually subdued on the ham front when it comes to villainy, but then Shadowbringers introduces Vauthry, the leader of Eulmore who decides who gets let into the city, as well as somehow able to keep the Sin Eaters from attacking, throwing a very whiny hissy fit when he realizes that Alphinaud had outright insulted him to his face. He proceeds to have a hammy Villainous Breakdown when it's revealed that he's the final Lightwarden, even to the point that during Mt. Gulg, he shouts orders at the Sin Eaters to kill the Warrior of Light and their party.
  • Nergal from the 2003 game Fire Emblem wasn't THAT hammy until we got to see his disfiguring scar by the end of the game. Then, he unleashed his inner ham and let it run wild.
  • Lord Whitehill in Game of Thrones (Telltale).
    WHAT?! GONE?! That was MY JUSTICE to deliver, BOY, and YOU denied me of it!!
  • Sir Richard Hawksmoor in Ghost Hunter. Sir Michael Gambon practically introduces himself with "I want FLESH." An incredible contrast with his role of Dumbledore in the movies.
  • The Galactic Emperor from Gotcha Force is this trope, pure and simple. Let's look at his nice little pre-final battle speech...
  • In I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream, Harlan Ellison himself put so much feeling into voicing AM that one review said that the name of the evil artificial intelligence ought to be renamed HAM.
  • Poquelin from Icewind Dale, especially before your final fight with him.
    "Over?, OVER?!!! On the contrary, my time has just begun!!!"
  • Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis: When Nur-Ab-Sal fully possesses Sophia, she really chews the scenery there.
    The woman who was is now THE KING THAT SHALL EVER BE!
  • Gouji Rokkaku from Jet Set Radio Future doesn't spend too much time center-stage, but he damn well makes the most of the time he has. It helps that he's voiced by Charles Martinet, of all people.
    Rokkaku: The name of this tower of ultimate beauty, blah-diddly blah blah, the name is IRRELEVANT!
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising: After dispatching the comparatively serious Medusa, Hades steals the show, absolutely ravishing in his evilness like if Tim Curry was an evil god.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Pick a Big Bad. Any one of 'em. They're this trope. It's a Final Fantasy / Disney crossover, so this was basically inevitable.
    • Ansem, Seeker of Darkness/Xehanort's Heartless gets an extra special mention here. Billy Zane (his original voice actor) managed to out-ham the likes of Maleficent and Hades.
    "Kingdom Hearts! Fill me...with the power of darkness! SUPREME DARKNESS!"
    • Xemnas, by contrast, is a textbook Cold Ham. It's in his character to be as hammy as possible. Having no emotions, he makes up for it with exaggerated hand gestures and stretches out a lot of his lines to seem more emotional. His voice actor in the Japanese version certainly helps.
    • Ends up being inverted in Kingdom Hearts 3D [Dream Drop Distance], where one of the villains remains calm and demure until he does turn full-on evil. He's Xehanort from the past before he was corrupted by Darkness. Given that Master Xehanort is one of the characters with the highest potentials for Ham, apparently Evil Makes You Hammy.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie has Ishmelga-Rean, a simulation of what happens to Rean Schwarzer if he decided to do his Heroic Sacrifice at the normal ending of the game. The resulting character ends up looking like a corrupted mix of both Ishmelga and Rean who believes in wiping out everyone to restore peace in the world. And boy does the man deliver so much ham especially when he engages in Ham-to-Ham Combat with Rean, Crow, and Rufus when they engage in the only mech fight of the game.
  • Lord Ghirahim in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, aka Mr. Furious! OUTRAGED! SICK WITH ANGER!! Zant from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is similarly hammy, especially during his Villainous Breakdown. And Master Kohga from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild uses lots of dramatic posing and self-hyping. Ganon is also somewhat hammy (literally, in certain situations), but he's rather restrained compared to the other two.
  • LEGO Dimensions features a whole plethora of classically hammy villains,Including... and the Original Generation villain, Lord Vortech, still manages to out-ham them all. But, then again, would you expect anything else from Gary Oldman?
    Lord Vortech: Welcome to the end of chaos...AND THE BEGINNING! OF! PERFECTION!*
  • Ghaleon from Lunar: The Silver Star and its first remake.
    "My coming out party can begin! Send in the clowns!"
  • The Reapers in Mass Effect are very hammy. Especially Harbinger, who is ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL!
  • Metal Gear:
    • Exaggerated with multiple characters, who are only hammy when they are evil.
      • Most obvious with Gray Fox, whose Heel–Face Revolving Door comes with the appropriate personality. As a hostage of Outer Heaven, he's cool and a little condescending. As the lieutenant of Zanzibar Land, he's a disaster of evil laughter and Say My Name, stomping around in a mech. As the antagonistic ninja, he's monologuing about his soul and doing Orgasmic Combat; after he remembers his true self, he's casually teasing Snake.
      • Huey Emmerich is subdued and gently-spoken in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, but in his antagonistic role in Metal Gear Solid V, acts and moves like a stereotypical tokusatsu mad scientist, drenched in sweat and with his voice actor channelling Davros in "Genesis of the Daleks". Lampshaded when Snake and Kaz watch his arm-flinging delivery, make mutual eye contact, and then both comment that these kinds of dramatics are a dead giveaway about his true intentions.
      • In Metal Gear Solid V, the usually pleasant Miller is reduced to a raspy rage and stumbling around in seething fury, while the usually outrageous Ocelot, who is on your side the whole time in this one, has a calm, cattish delivery that comes off as slightly bored.
    • Liquid Snake manages to do this every chance he gets in Metal Gear Solid.
    • Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance's Sundowner would like you to know that he's FUCKIN' INVINCIBLE!
      • Sundowner pales in comparison to his boss, Senator Armstrong, whose "NANOMACHINES, SON!" is legendary.
  • Vice President RIICHAAARD!! Hawk in Metal Wolf Chaos opened his every appearance with an Evil Laugh and gleefully delivered lines such as...
    RICHARD: "This wild dog of war is on the move, Michael! It'll bite you if you don't move it! It's time for my afternoon tea. There's nothing like sipping some delicious Darjeeling tea...and watching you getting your clock cleaned!"
  • Harvey from Octopath Traveler II spends most of his time on-screen either bombastically shouting his lines or indulging in excessive amounts of Evil Gloating. Especially notable since he's much calmer when pretending to be a gentleman, and he's the personal villain of the much more reserved Osvald. Also helps that in the Japanese dub, he's voiced by Takehito Koyasu, channeling how he did Dio Brando.
  • In Papers, Please, one of the Scripted Event applicants walks up to your booth, and when you ask them for their paperwork, they scream "DEATH TO ARSTOTZKA!" before dropping a bomb on your counter and leaving.
  • In Persona 5, during the boss fight with The Mole after their betrayal, they really go all out.
    Goro Akechi: KILL THEM! PERSONA!!!
  • Pit People is a World of Ham, but the Narrator out-hams everyone else with a fair margin. In a bit of a deconstruction they also imply that they're not used to overacting and find that "being evil is exhausting," lamenting that they really shouldn't have skipped breakfast earlier that day.
  • In Portal, once you escape the fire pit, GLaDOS starts along this path. She really goes to town once you incinerate her morality core.
    • In Portal 2, Wheatley gains several levels in ham when you yank GLaDOS out and plug him in. Apparently, a certain amount of hamminess is literally hardwired into the system.
  • The Professor Layton series isn't exactly a World of Ham, often going with one hammed line per game, but it is ALWAYS said by a villain.
    Don Paolo: Heeere I come.... READY OR NOT!
    Anton: LAAAYTOOOON!!
    Clive: This isn't happening... It can't end this way... IT WON'T END THIS WAAAY!!
  • Mad Scientist Dr. Nefarious of the Ratchet & Clank series. He simply delights in being as over-the-top ham as possible, despite wanting to exterminate all organic life from the universe. It really says something that, in a World of Ham like Ratchet and Clank, he manages to continuously out-ham everyone.
  • Wesker in the Resident Evil series.
  • In Return Of The Obra Dinn, we have Second Mate Edward Nichols, the morally bankrupt official who sounds a bit hammy when it comes to stealing treasure and kidnapping the Formosan Royals and killing anyone who attempts to thwart his plans. Especially when he's about to get shot in a Karmic Death (and his voice actor Chris Sharpes' delivery of these lines certainly helps):
    "Wait! Don't shoot! I have treasure! I YIIIIEEEELLLLLD!"
  • The villain of Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis is certainly a standout. Especially when he goes all out monologuing about his evil plan to lead humankind to a new golden age or his last words yelling how no one can escape their destiny.
  • The Sengoku Basara versions of Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Ishida Mitsunari. The first is absolutely, baby-eatingly, skull-cup-usingly Obviously Evil, and even has ominous background music and Dramatic Thunder to back him up. And he's voiced by Norio Wakamoto. Hideyoshi is the type to surround three armies at war and demand ALL of their surrenders at once in a loud voice and with an even louder fist. He then goes ahead and obliges some hotblooded heroes. He also parts the seas. Mitsunari really likes shouting about what he is going to do to his enemies, specifically those who side with Ieyasu. Mitsunari does not say "Ieyasu!" He says, "IEEEYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASU!!!!!!!!"
  • Any time you get to confront and fight YHVH — i.e. God — in a Shin Megami Tensei game, you can expect him to bust out bombastic speeches about The Evils of Free Will about eternal punishment and hammy one-liners and battle cries during battle.
    (in Shin Megami Tensei II) "Not even a thousand deaths would be fitting punishment for thy sins! I shall smite thee, and in hell I shall torture thee over and over!"
    (in Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, now with voice acting!) "HOW could you diminish me to such a state?! IMPUDENT HUMANS, I CANNOT FORGIVE YOU! I asked ONLY that you take the life I granted you and obediently followed my word! The WEIGHT of your BLASPHEMY is TOO GREAT for death! ETERNAL SUFFERING IS THE ONLY SUITABLE PUNISHMENT! ROOAAAAARRRRR!!"
  • The Big Bad of the Skylanders series, Kaos, is voiced by the same person who voiced Invader Zim and is appropriately hammy.
    "Fear my giant floating head! FEAR IT!"
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • DAN GREEN as Mephiles the Dark is one of the very few good points of Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) for precisely this reason.
    • Eggman has always showed spades of this, but in more recent games (especially in Sonic Colors and Sonic Generations), he's been invoking this full-on, and he doesn't look like he's going back. Best demonstrated in the finale of Generations where even his past self is unnerved by his maniacal laughter.
    • Out of all members of the Deadly Six, Zazz definitely stands out as the most hammiest.
  • In StarCraft, the Zerg Overmind's first line is: "Awaken, my child, and embrace the glory that is your birthright." Every one of its subsequent lines is equally epic and pompous.
    • "Know that I am the Overmind, the eternal will of the Swarm, and that you have been created to serve me..."
    • Duran's appearance in StarCraft II is an interesting case: in disguise as Emil Narud, he has a perfectly normal speaking tone. Once he drops the disguise and shows his true colors, though, out comes apocalyptic levels of ham.
      Narud: It is only beginning. Amon whispered of this from the stars. He told you of his return... he told you of ruin... extinction... the end of all things.
    • Maar's brief appearance in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is also filled to bursting with ham. Now, consider that all three of the above had the same creator, and wonder what his voice must be like...
    • Amon himself. He fancies himself a god, and he pretty much is, and he talks the part.
  • The cruelest and evilest of all Suikoden villains, Luca Blight, is also the hammiest, with lots of exclamation marks, a distinctive Evil Laugh of "HOO HOO HOO HA HA HA HA HA!!!", and, of course, his famous last words "It took hundreds to kill me, but I KILLED BY THOUSANDS! LOOK AT ME!!! I AM SUBLIME!!! I AM THE TRUE FACE OF EVIL!!!!! *maniacally laughs to death*"
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Bowser gets hammier with every game.
    • Fawful in the Mario & Luigi series is a hammy lunatic who speaks in the most over-the-top way possible. Him being the villain in Bowser's Inside Story and being against the aforementioned Bowser is one of the reasons it's seen as so funny.
    • In Super Paper Mario, most of the hammier characters are the villains. Let's see, there's O'Chunks, Count Bleck, Dimentio, Mr. L, and to a lesser extent, Mimi and Francis. And there's also Bowser as always, so it's probably safe to say that this trope is in full effect in this game.
  • Team Fortress 2: Cower, fools! MERASMUS IS HERE!
  • Warframe has a lot of evil bosses who ham it up, but the best example has to be Councilor Vay Hek, a Grineer diplomat who serves as the Big Bad of the Earth maps and The Heavy in general when it comes to anything Grineer-related. He is a violent sociopath in every sense of the word and is also well-known for running around gnawing chunks of scenery with No Indoor Voice and far more Dramatic Pauses than are really necessary, especially while players are on the Plains of Eidolon.
  • Thorgar from Warhammer: Mark of Chaos. Seriously, he's probably the most hammy video game character ever. Just listen to the guy. Of course, the other warriors of Chaos are (almost) as hammy as him, and the Skaven are pretty fond of unleashing the hog as well:
  • Wario has always been hammy, but when he becomes Wario Deluxe in WarioWare Gold, he takes on a whole new level of hamminess. Even with the game's All-Star Cast, Charles Martinet still manages to steal the show.
    Wario Deluxe: HEHEHAHAHA! Oh, the money! The POWER! I feel it inside! Gurgling! Building! It's,'s, uh...EXPLOSIVE! AHAHAHA! OHOHOHAHAHAHEEEEE!
  • The fourth wall-breaking megalomaniacal AI antagonist of Will You Snail?, Squid, is prone to dramatics and Evil Laughter. He shouts a good portion of his lines.
    Squid: Ahhh. Talking about pain and suffering always makes me wanna party! Come on...Let's party! Now dance my puppet! DANCE!!
  • Xenosaga gives us Albedo Piazzolla, an incurable muncher, complete with rampant evil laughs at any given opportunity.
  • The X-Men arcade game introduces us to MAGNETO, MASTER OF MAGNET! Who wants those X-CHICKEN to know that THEY ARE NOTHING and would like to welcome them TO DIE!!

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  • Dreamscape: Ethan! Ohhhhhh boy, does he play it up!
    Ethan: It's me, your far-superior adversary, Ethan!
    • His sister Curien is the same way.
    Curien: Oh my! Did your house suddenly turn into a river?! Now how on earth did THAT happen?!
  • DSBT InsaniT: Boo. If you can even call him 'evil', that is! Still, he puts a lot of emphasis into his words.
  • Epithet Erased:
  • Resident Villain Tobe on Pucca. Taken to insanely OTT levels in the Spanish dub.
  • The AI O'Malley from Red vs. Blue. Just one example, after he's been asked to examine one of the Blue Team:
    O'Malley: We want something from you, but we're not going to tell you what it is, until we need it! Huhuhuhuahahahaha!
    Church: No way! I'm not agreeing to something without knowing what it is!
    O'Malley: Huhuhuhuhuhuh Oh yes you will. You will or your little friend Tucker will die, die a most horrible death. And you know his blood will be on your hands. Years from now, you'll drive yourself mad wondering if there was anything you could have done to save him, so you will agree to what I want. You will agree even though what I want is something mysterious, what I want is something frightening, what I want is something PUUUUUUUUUURE EEEEEEEEEEVIL, AAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!
    O'Malley: I've also been told a $20 co-pay is pretty much standard.
  • RWBY:
    • Tyrian is a constantly cackling, Ax-Crazy lunatic of a man who positively exults in battle and general violence. He's also surprisingly eloquent and has a penchant for the theatrical.
      Ruby: What do you want?
      Tyrian: [melodramatic gasp] The rose has thorns! Why, my little flower, I'm here to whisk you away!
    • The more serious villains of the series become this in the Lighter and Softer Spin-Off, RWBY Chibi. Cinder loves to exult in her evil plans, while Roman desperately tries to get some actual time in the spotlight after his canon death. Emerald, Mercury, and Neo are mostly just along for the ride.
  • The Death Alpha in Wolf Song: The Movie slips into this during half the lines he is speaking, making an otherwise generic villain all the more entertaining. His Dragon Cobalt also is hammy to the point where a good chunk of his scenes are Played for Laughs due to his own vibrant personality and his comically violent outbursts in a work where most of the violence is played seriously. The Death Alpha’s daughters also are this (mostly Mia though). Part of the reason Wolf Song is so entertaining is due to this trope whenever the villains are on screen

  • Dr. E. M. Balmer from Awful Hospital is a Shady Real Estate Agent but for corpses, and probably the most loud-mouthed, egotistical, and flamboyant embalming machine you'll ever see.
    Dr. Balmer: There is a bad thing polluting this environment, madam. A bad thing so contrary to the matter-law that you would be familiar with, it could very well thrive under conventional decontamination procedures, unless of course we can correctly identify a sample and adapt our formulation. One miscalculation, one pseudo protein away from perfection, and this entire vessel could undergo a Category D Extrapaisley Reconfiguration Event! The chaos! The exquisite madness! I'm simply swooning with UNIMAGINABLE terror! Mmmm....yesss....
  • Debugging Destiny has this in Baleyg, who actively tries to satisfy the hamminess requirements. Lampshaded by King upon realizing the braziers ignite and go out when Baleyg appears and disappears.
    King: Is he really so theatrical to set something like that up ahead of time?
  • Dracula from Deep Dive Daredevils, complete with Evil Laugh.
  • The Free Willies: Perhaps due to the luxury he has of being able to manipulate his realm however he likes, Mysterious Monocle Man definitely likes to act and dress over-the-top (one of his favorite things is glitter), especially in his initial interactions with the protagonists.
  • Royce Lashiec, from Heartcore. To say he has a flair for the dramatic would be a grave understatement.
  • Homestuck has Caliborn, the epitome of evil who speaks exclusively in ham large enough to overshadow his constant use of capital letters and who speaks so much about conquering everything that you'd wonder if he could just talk them all to death.
  • The vast majority of the villains in The Order of the Stick. Though Xykon and Tarquin are the most prominent.
  • Invoked in Peter Parker: Foreign Exchange Student when Tenya and Peter practice their maniacal laughter during the Heroes vs. Villains exercise.
  • In Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic, Lewie the Lich chews more than his fair share of the scenery. Lampshaded in "The Art of Villaininess".

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    Western Animation 
  • As Atomic Betty's Card-Carrying Big Bad Maximus I.Q. boasts, being hammy is a prerequisite for Supreme Evil Overlords like himself to be great villains. And considering how much scenery he chews in the average episode, it's safe to say he takes this belief very seriously.
  • Admiral Zhao and Fire Lord Ozai of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the former pontificating endlessly about his own greatness when he plans to kill the moon while the latter gets severely Drunk on the Dark Side when Sozin's Comet arrives (to the point where most of his lines in the final battle are him bellowing one taunt after another). Azula too, especially once her Villainous Breakdown kicks in during the finale. The Ember Island Players' version of Ozai is even worse.
  • The Batman: The Animated Series episode "The Clock King": the eponymous villain, who is The Stoic and a Softspoken Sadist, but just when he grasps the Near-Villain Victory, he commits Bond Villain Stupidity, all while gloating and laughing.
  • Most Care Bears villains:
  • Gargoyles covers the whole spectrum:
    • Xanatos and his wife Fox are always very calm and poised, and their Battle Butler Owen is absolutely (and deliberately) wooden. Xanatos does indulge from time to time when it amuses him, however.
    • Demona can range from dangerously understated to completely hammy depending on her mood, as can Thailog. Sevarius loves to ham it up when he's got an audience but is calmer and more businesslike otherwise; seeing as how he's voiced by Tim Curry, hamminess is to be expected.
  • Zim from Invader Zim boasts a lot and most of the time has No Indoor Voice, and constantly shouts the word "Doom" almost all the time. Even in defeat, he never loses an opportunity to chew the scenery.
  • Kaeloo:
    • Olaf the emperor penguin is incredibly hammy and does hammy things like shouting most of his lines and doing Evil Laughs. The trope is averted with the other villains, Stumpy, Mr. Cat, and Pretty.
    • Mr. Cat did in fact exhibit these tendencies in the second episode of the show, likely due to Early-Installment Weirdness.
  • Similar to the above, it's a required (or heavily preferred) prerequisite to get on Megas XLR, from Warmaster Gorath to Magnanimous, but the REGIS Mark V takes the cake.
    REGIS: You will all beg for mercy, in vain. The debris of your planet shall litter this solar system. I shall suck upon your very atoms.
  • Miraculous Ladybug: Hawk Moth, as well as any super villain he creates. Every time he transforms someone, the guy gives a hammy speech about the villain he'll make and closes every episode swearing revenge against Ladybug and Chat Noir, usually with some good puns thrown in for good measure. Ironically his civilian identity, Gabriel Agreste, is The Stoic. His minions aren't much better, as most of their dialogue is cracking puns about whatever their gimmick is. A few of them sing about it.
  • Ninjago has Pythor P. Chumsworth, who's usually shouting about how he's going to release the Great Devourer, has an honestly amazing evil laugh, and calls Lloyd "Old Chum" or "My Dear Boy" whenever the two meet, usually when Pythor is threatening him.
  • Rocket Power: Invoked in the episode "Double-O Twistervision", in which the four protagonists and their families get involved in producing their own movie. Twister's brother Lars, known for being a troublemaker, plays the role of the Big Bad, and is easily the most over-the-top of the cast.
  • Aku, the shape-shifting master of darkness from Samurai Jack, is prone to Evil Gloating, Evil Laughter, and other dramatics.
  • Mr. Burns from The Simpsons. "Moments from now, I will wreak a terrible vengeance on this town! NO ONE WILL BE SPARED! NO ONE! To say nothing of Sideshow Bob.
  • A number of villains in The Spectacular Spider-Man.
    • Especially in the appearances after his first, Doctor Octopus becomes a cunning Card-Carrying Villain down to having an Evil Genius coffee mug, and accordingly becomes immensely hammy ("TREACHERY!!!" anyone?).
    • Electro has a Hair-Trigger Temper on account of his Power Incontinence and can instantly be prompted into a violent rampage by anyone calling him Max (his name before transformation). On some level, he's kind of amusing, but it's also pretty disturbing given his clear Sanity Slippage.
    • Green Goblin is a highly amusing superficial hammy who retains his original version's wacky personality, manipulative planning, and amazing acrobatism. He is shown to crack sadistic jokes.
    • Mysterio seems to have walked out of the Silver Age, having an immensely hammy Evil Sorceror persona, talking in a Fake Brit accent, and throwing around Gratuitous Latin. As with the Goblin, Mysterio interestingly isn't all that hammy in his civilian identity. In Mysterio's case, it's a combination of a supervillain perk and to hide how dangerous and cunning they actually are.
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: In "Crisis Point", when casting herself as a villainous warlord in a holomovie, Mariner liberally hams up her lines, filling her dialogue with bombastic proclamations, dramatic threats and evil laughter.
  • Steven Universe: Peridot is introduced as a calm and cold villain, but quickly becomes one of the hammiest characters on the show after she gets stranded on Earth. She shouts her lines, laughs maniacally and sometimes even makes faces at the heroes. Surprisingly, she becomes even hammier after her Heel–Face Turn.
  • It's almost a requirement to be a SWAT Kats Villain. Indeed, it would be easier to isolate which ones are not hammy.
  • Tabaluga: Big Bad, Arktos the Evil Overlord snowman, also is greatly vain, loves the sound of his own voice, and is prone to hamming it up all the time.
  • From Teen Titans, Brother Blood, Trigon, and a lot of the minor villains (notably Control Freak, Mumbo, Mad Mod, Killer Moth, and Dr. Light) are all rather hammy. Averted with the show's main Big Bad, Slade, who almost never varies his voice from a very Creepy Monotone, and the Brain, season five's Big Bad, who speaks through a voice synthesizer and really can't ham. While The Brain can't ham, Monsieur Mallah, his talking gorilla assistant, does a pretty good job of it.
  • Most of the Megatrons of Transformers tend towards dramatic speeches, bombastic tones, and a flair for impressive presentation. Beast Wars Megatron is quite possibly the best example of them, yeeesssss.
    • There's a lot of Ham with all the Decepticons (and Predacons and Vehicons); Megatron just happens to be around the most.
      • In one episode of Beast Wars, a Mirror Morality Machine turned the laid-back Maximal Rhinox into a Predacon who chewed the scenery with as much gusto as any of them. Being made evil made him hammy to go with it.
    • Starscream clearly wants to take Megatron's place as both leader of the Decepticons and biggest ham in the Transformers franchise, although his approach to it is noticeably shriller than Megatron's. Or anyone's. Ever.
  • Apocalypse from X-Men: The Animated Series takes it up to eleven million. Every word out of his mouth is an A God Am I rant for the ages, to the point that the film version at "full Skeletor" seems tame by comparison! Voiced by John Colicos, aka Kor, the first Klingon in Star Trek: The Original Series. You can't get hammier than the guy who created Klingon-type ham! A few of his more memorable lines include: "I am the rocks of the eternal shore! Crash against ME and be BROKEN!" "How many peoples have dreamed of my end? You are no closer than the Babylonians with their swords and fire sticks!" "Spare me your petty judgments! They spring from a brain too meager to comprehend my reality! NOW TASTE THE POWER OF APOCALYPSE!" Throw in an epic Evil Laugh like no other with many of those lines.
  • Subverted in Young Justice. After her plan to take over Qurac is foiled, cameras catch Queen Bee shaking her fist at the presidential palace, screaming that "Qurac will be mine!" However, she turns out to actually be M'gann, disguising herself as Queen Bee so that people would know she was behind the scheme. Later when M'gann meets the real Queen Bee, she turns out to be a Soft-Spoken Sadist who calls her performance "a bit over-the-top."
    • Played straight with Gordon Godfrey. He's a news anchor voiced by Tim Curry, who is secretly an agent of Darkseid. So far he hasn't been seen off his news show, so that persona could very well be an act.

Alternative Title(s): Deviled Ham



Diesel 10 makes his hammy debut.

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