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When a work is populated by more than one Large Ham, and at least two get a scene together, it will usually turn into Ham-to-Ham Combat, where they try to out-over dramatic each other. The scene can become either really funny or really corny, or both, and really fast. If it goes too far, it may reach a Hormel Event Horizon.

Note that they do not have to be enemies. It can be the Big Bad and The Dragon trying to out-evil-laugh each other, or a pair of heroes spouting Bond One Liners as they mow down the Mooks. The point is that their screen presences and overacting are competing.

Compare World of Ham. If they're villains trying to creep each other out, that's Eviler Than Thou. Bigot vs. Bigot is when these characters are not only hammy, but extremely opinionated as well. Contrast Snark-to-Snark Combat.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is filled to the brim with those, but usually the final battle of each part takes the cake when it comes to haminess, such as Dio Brando vs. Jonathan Joestar, Joseph Joestar and Rudolph Von Stroheim vs. Kars or Jotaro vs. DIO.
  • In Ouran High School Host Club, anything involving Lobelia inevitably turns into this.
  • Hellsing: Alucard vs. Alexander Anderson. On other words, Joji Nakata vs. Norio Wakamoto, or Crispin Freeman vs. Steven Brand.
  • In Baccano!, someone managed to get Ladd Russo and Graham Specter into the same enclosed space for a bit. The results were... explosive. About five minutes after Graham's introduction at that!
  • Mazinger Z:
    • In the Dynamic Heroes e-manga (a Crossover featuring the main Go Nagai series), Kouji Kabuto fought Great Marshall Of Hell as riding Mazinger. The two of them have very hammish tendences. It is noteworthy as it was, maybe, the first time in the history of the franchise Kouji and Dr. Hell faced each other directly as both were riding giant robots. Too bad it was a Curb-Stomp Battle.
    • And in Great Mazinger the legendary duel between Tetsuya and Great General of Darkness. They were trying not only to kill each other but also out-ham each other.
    • And in UFO Robo Grendizer the final battle between Duke and Emperor Vega.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is essentially a continuous series of Ham-to-Ham Combat scenes, with all moments of Kamina and Viral together on screen automatically topping the list.
    • The final battle was a concrete embodiment of this trope, as made clear with the dubs:
      Simon: EAT THIS!!!
      Anti Spiral: NEVERRRRRRRR!!
    • Lagann-Hen turns this Up to Eleven by having an arms race with Team Dai-Gurren trying to out-ham each enemy. Case in point:
      Simon: Take this! Finishing move! Super Tengen Toppa... Giga... Drill... BREAKER!!
      Anti Spiral: Interesting! Then; Anti Spiral... Giga... Drill... BREAKER!!
  • In Code Geass this is what happens when you get Charles and his son Lelouch together. They don't even need to be anywhere near each other to engage in this — they once hammed at the whole world by hijacking television in sequence.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • The fight between Alex Louis Armstrong and Olivier Armstrong to take over the family mansion in the manga, expanded in Brotherhood.
    • Can't forget whenever Alex is in the same room as Izumi's husband Sig Curtis. Pec Flex contests inevitably ensue.
    • Or when Alex and Sig teamed up to take care of Sloth.
    • In the first episode of Brotherhood, Isaac MacDougal gets a chance to do this with Alex.
  • Pretty much every card game in the Yu-Gi-Oh! series, especially in the 4Kids dub, where all the ham levels are cranked up to eleven.
    • Just one example would be Marik vs. Yami Bakura in Battle City in the 4Kids dub. The two feel the need to remind the other every ten seconds that Once they lose this duel they'll be BANISHED TO THE SHADOW REALM! MWA-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
      • Even after losing and while being absorbed by the shadows, Yami Bakura doesn't think of dialing down the ham exclaiming: "Don't you realise, that I am the darkness? [...] It's simple, it means I can't be destroyed. You haven't seen the last of me! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
  • In Sgt. Frog, the snowball fight between Giroro and Paul was at least one of these in the dub.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam. All the freaking time. Especially when it involves Domon and Master Asia together.
  • ∀ Gundam has Harry Ord vs Gym Ghingham. UNIVEEEEEEEEEEERSE!!
  • Sengoku Basara: "Yukimura!" "Your Lordship!" "Yukimura!" "Your Lordship~!" "YUUUKIMURA~!" "YOUR LORDSHIIIIP!"
  • Guy Shishioh vs Palparepa in GaoGaiGar FINAL
    Guy: I'll show you...the true power of courage!
    Palparepa: You will show me?!
  • The Angel Beats! OVA takes this Up to Eleven. As part of a plan to trick Angel, Yuri pretty much orders an Apocalypse of Ham where everyone tries to out-ham each other with the Tension Meter. If the plan fails, everyone fasts (including no water) for a week. Shiina of all people wins, bringing the Tension Meter up to 9999 just by saying "CUTE!!!" The plan still fails, though. Good thing Death Is Cheap!
    • Yuri herself brings the Tension Meter to it's second highest rate (99) a few minutes earlier due to laughing her ass off in the most maniacal way imaginable when she's thinking about how well the plan is going and how it looks to be successful. It could be argued that she ends up the winner when her shouting that the Battlefront must not eat for an entire week at the top of her lungs causes the Tension Meter to rapidly drop all the way down into the negative numbers for everyone around her.
  • Bleach: Tite Kubo admitted he struggles to write fights in a serious way and can only do it by involving jokes along the way. Many characters therefore ramp up the ham during battles. Only the most important battles lack any humour to showcase just how significant they are. To wit:
    • Yumichika versus Charlotte kicked off with Yumichika trying to fight with his eyes closed so he wouldn't have to look at Charlotte and them calling each other ugly until they agreed the loser would be the ugly one. It sets up an abrupt Mood Whiplash into a very serious Let's Get Dangerous! reveal of Yumichika's true power.
    • Ikkaku's fight against Shishigawara is Played for Laughs due to him using it to teach Shishigawara how to fight like a man... by them beating the snot out of each other with their fists. Ikkaku wins the fight with a massive, hammy headbutt — but not before he pops his dislocated shoulder back into place with a muscle flex while screaming "FUCK YEAH", much to Shishi's horror.
    • Mila Rose and Apacci from Harribel's Amazon Brigade simply can't be in the same scene/panel without punching/kicking/screaming/etc. at each other. In the meantime, Sung-Sun will snark at them from the background.
    • Being two Large Ham Mad Scientists, Mayuri Kurotsuchi and Szayel Aporo Ganz's match was not just a matter of who was the creepiest, but also of who was the hammiest. And Mayuri wins spectacularly in the end.
    • Renji Abarai and Buzz-B scream insults at each other until Renji insults Bazz-B's mohican. Bazz-B's so enraged, he reveals he had really liked Renji's tattooed eyebrows. Renji is utterly thrilled, but Bazz-B tells him it's too little, too late. Meanwhile, a disbelieving Rukia snarks their behaviour in the background.
    • Mayuri's decision to fight Giselle turns into chaos due to Mayuri's decision to bring "allies" that he has secretly implanted with punishment devices to inflict Electric Torture directly inside their brains. He ends up arguing more with them than with Giselle. He revives Cirucci, Dordonni, Luppi and Charlotte For Science! with their personalities intact. Cirucci and Dordonni are obsessed with finding Ichigo and Uryuu, Luppi resents being saddled with them and they all mistrust Mayuri. Meanwhile, Charlotte's busy annoying Yumichika, accusing Giselle of being a Drag Queen and randomly trying to hit Mayuri with Bambietta's body.
    • As of 630, there's a really GLORIOUS ham duel between Askin and Grimmjow. It starts with the first surviving a massive attack from the latter, then trying to make a run for it when the other's distracted and it goes downhill from there.
    • After Askin's fight is over, an oversized Gerard Valkyrie take the center spot and engages several captains at once, one of which is Kenpachi, who gladly matches the Schutzstaffel boast for boast.
      Hitsugaya: Is it just me... or are these two like a match made in heaven... maybe hell is more appropriate...
    • Almost at the end of the manga, there's a gloriously porky exchange and fight between none other than Yhwach and... Aizen, of all people. It has to be read to be believed.
  • Nichijou:
    • Makoto vs Manabu Takasaki, Go-soccer match.
    • Mio and Yukko often; sometimes Mai even joins in.
  • Penguindrum. Masako Natsume vs. Yuri Tokikago. Much awesome, dramatic flail and weapon flinging issue whenever these two meet.
  • Gintama: Happen usually when Gintoki stop goofing around to fight the Arc Big Bad. Like his fight with Hosen, one of the rare cases where he had to Dual-Wield. But the kabuki-cho four devas arc take the cake with the confrontation between the Yorozuya and the mob lead by Saigo, and the final fight between Gintoki and Jirocho when they charge at each other while screaming.
  • Puppetmon versus MetalEtemon in Digimon Adventure.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers: This show may be anthropomorphic personifications of countries on the surface, but you'd be surprised on how much screaming occurs more than talking.
  • In Kotoura-san, Manabe and Kotoura's grandfather get into a perverted argument about Haruka in episode 4, the grandfather bragging about direct contact with her thighs and butt, Manabe about the joy of seeing her flustered face, by deliberately thinking dirty things about her so as to invoke her Dirty Mind-Reading.
  • They Are My Noble Masters has an epic one between Ren Uesugi and Kojyuuro Takeda... Only to be interrupted by the Colonel. Doubles as an Actor Allusion for all three characters due to their famous roles.
  • Kill la Kill set a new standard for World of Ham in anime, so it's expected that they'll have some of this:
    • Mako Mankanshoku and Ira Gamagoori wind up in a cheering contest for their respective sides during the Naturals Election. It's just as ridiculous as it sounds.
    • When Ryuko and Lady Satsuki fight in their Kamui Uniforms, they're yelling at each other at the top of their lungs about ambitions, aspirations, and kicking ass. This time, it's completely serious.
  • Dancougar Nova features the first conversation between the very hammy Moon Will and the usually more subdued Earth Will, but both of them are voiced by the same guy, the normally hammy Norio Wakamoto so it ends up counting.
  • This happens twice early on during a City Hunter arc.
    Ryo: Show some respect while talking to your elders, enemy of my penis!
    Kimiko: Shut up! I'm not obligated to show you any respect, you lowdown playboy!
    Ryo: Lowdown?! Take that back right now! I'm a very upright, earnest, and honest playboy!
    Kimiko: And who's supposed to believe that?!
    Ryo: You! Now apologize to my penis!
    Kimiko: I won't! Everything was your fault!
    Ryo: Do you know how much I suffered?!
    Kimiko: Not one bit less than you deserve!
    Kimiko: Ha! If you die, all women in this world would win!
    Ryo: If I die, more women would cry than the sky has stars!
    Kimiko: Oh, do you know how many stars there are in the heavens?!
    Ryo: I was just using an euphemism, stop taking everything literally!
    • After the scene above ends, the other one takes place, right after Kimiko decides that she wants Umibozu instead of Ryo to be her bodyguard, in defiance of the wish of her grandfather, who has hired Ryo to guard her:
    Kimiko's grandfather: Impossible, Kimiko! I already decided that Mr. Saeba will be your bodyguard!
    Kimiko: No way! Uncle baldy over there is much better!
    Ryo: Yes! Choose baldy! Choose baldy!
    Umibozu: Wh-Who's bald? I shaved my head!

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    Fan Works 
  • Substitute Harmony: Trixie and Twilight Wish get into this; Gilda complains about it.
  • The premise behind Family Honor is that Walburga Black's portrait meets Major Armstrong.
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged:
    • The latest thus far is Goku vs Frieza. The latter loses his cool the more Goku demonstrates his stupidity by being oblivious of Frieza's insults and making random shouts at each other. Frieza finally snaps and goes all Large Ham and so does Goku upon becoming Super Saiyan.
    • Recoome spends his sweet time boasting and yelling in his fight with Vegeta, who in turn tried to shut him up, right after they had a theme song introduction.
    • Ginyu vs Goku. Impressive considering the fight was only seen for a few seconds. Ginyu compliments Goku's skill in battle whereas Goku comments on his skin color (purple).
  • The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney fandub of "Rise from the Ashes" evokes the game's Ham-to-Ham Combat nicely, which is impressive given that Phoenix and Edgeworth are the same actor.
  • The Heavy thinks he's the biggest ham, until Duke Nukem thoroughly cooks him in this fan video.
  • Blackened Skies: When Gundam first meets Kaito, he's briefly taken aback by how he proudly introduces himself as "Luminary of the Stars!" and gives a brief speech bragging about himself. That momentary shock's swiftly followed by a rapidly spreading grin and booming laughter as he declares how rare it is for anyone to introduce themselves with 'their true title', before the two plunge into what Kaede calls a monologue-off.

    Films — Animation 
  • The final 15 minutes of AKIRA: "TetSUOOOOOOOOO!" "KaneDAAAAAA!"
  • Alice in Wonderland:
    King of Hearts: What do you know of this unfortunate affair?
    March Hare: Nothing.
    Queen of Hearts: NOTHING WHATEVER??!?!?
    March Hare: NATTHING WHATEVVAAAH!!!!!!
    Queen of Hearts: THAAAAAT'S VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!
  • Robin Hood: Prince John as a spoiled, petulant brat, vs. Sir Hiss as a neurotic, scheming chancellor, devour the scenery with gusto. Matters get even hammier when Little John shows up in the royal box in disguise as the Duke of Chutney.
  • Fittingly, given it's based on the '60s Batman series and two of the actors present, Batman vs. Two-Face features this, between Adam West as the Caped Crusader and William Shatner as Two-Face.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Alan Rickman versus Ralph Fiennes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, at the very beginning. Interestingly enough, rather than go the whole nine yards with their roles ("NYEEEEEEEHHHHHHH!" and "POTTER!" respectively), they seemed to be having a contest about who could be the most subdued while still being the most dramatic. At several points, Fiennes even uses dramatic pauses like Rickman is famous for.
  • Into the Storm (2009) features a battle between Winston Churchill (as played by Brendan Gleeson, a famous Large Ham) and General Montgomery (as played by Patrick Malahide) having a one-scene showdown of pure Ham.
  • A mythic scene from French cinema is in The Trip Across Paris (La Traversée de Paris), the dispute between Jambier (Louis de Funès) and Grandgil (Jean Gabin). The script required for Gabin's character to be as loud as possible; Gabin was a living legend and de Funès was not the King of French Large Ham yet. Nevertheless (and despite being visibly intimidated), de Funès held his own, and was noticed by a lot of people.
  • De Funés and Gabin were reunited in the movie The Tattoo (Le Tatoué), and most of their interactions there are Ham-to-Ham Combat.
  • De Funés again: in Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez series, Cruchot and Gerber (Michel Galabru) often compete with each other on who can ham it up the most (particularly in the last films).
  • One scene from A Series of Unfortunate Events has Jim Carrey and Meryl Streep trying to out-act each other.
  • Ernest Scared Stupid gives us a Ham-to-Ham Combat between Jim Varney and Eartha Kitt.
  • "Agony" from Into the Woods, complete with ripping shirts open, kneeling and swooning in the waterfall, before getting up in search of a more dramatic-looking part of the waterfall to sing at. Did we mention it's set in a waterfall?
  • The Ten Commandments has, quite literally, an epic (indeed, Biblically Epic!) ham fight between Yul "As it is written so let it be done!" Brenner and Charlton "Let my people go!" Heston. The high water mark of classic Hollywood hamminess? And then Anne Baxter enters the fray and nearly outdoes both of them.
  • Birdman has this in-universe: Riggan Thompson is a stage actor, and suspects that his co-star Mike Shiner is overacting to try to steal the show.
  • In The Huntsman: Winter's War the battle of Ravenna and Freya is secondary to Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt fighting to chew the most scenery.
  • Mommie Dearest is infamous for Faye Dunaway gobbling up scenery as a mean and abusive Joan Crawford. Once the daughter grows up, Diana Scarwid tries to overact as much as Dunaway, running the whole gamut from "Tranquil Fury" to "screaming her lungs out".
  • The Addams Family: Any scene with Gomez and Uncle Fester together usually turns into this in short order.
  • Summer Stock: Gene Kelly and Judy Garland going head to head and toe to toe in a spectacular ham-to-ham dance!
  • The Producers exists in a World of Ham, so this is only to be expected, but worth particular mention is the opening sequence in the 1967 film version when Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder's characters first meet. Mostel goes on a screaming rampage and Wilder has a panic attack.
  • Death Becomes Her is all about Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, and Bruce Willis indulging in Ham and Cheese - and the latter two also each have a scene with Isabella Rossellini, who might be even the worst of them all. The "combat" part is specially prevalent as a just-dead Hawn indulges in a shovel fight with Streep, both shouting insults at the top of their lungs.
  • In Descendants 3, Mal (who gets an overly-dramatic solo at least once per film) and Hades (one of the hammiest villains in the Disney Animated Canon) have a father-daughter argument in song form. And it is glorious.
  • Legend (1985): A teenaged Mia Sara manages to hold her own against Tim Curry.
    The Lord of Darkness: We are all of us damned, my queen... (evil laughter)

  • The first meeting between Gustav Adolph and Mike Stearns in 1632 is described as a lion (Gustav) fighting a tiger (Mike).
  • This is invoked when Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, in Fritz Leiber's "Swords in the Mist", where the two heroes meet unexpectedly as the champions of opposite sides in an arranged combat. They use traded insults and challenges to covertly establish the rules of what becomes, unbeknownst to their respective employers, a staged combat instead of a battle royal.
  • Pathruushkè and Trang Barok of The First Dwarf King manage to combine this with Evil Is Hammy every time they argue (which is pretty much every time they speak to each other).
  • The argument between Severus Snape and Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix escalates quickly into childish name-calling. Considering both characters are scene-stealing and bombastic on their own, the fact that they have a scene together at all should make the wizarding world explode. Just imagine if the scene had been in the movie.
  • Shadow of the Conqueror:
    • Daylen and Ahrek occasionally get into this. Ahrek is usually calm, but he's capable of matching Daylen shout for shout.
    • After Ahrek helps Daylen escape the custody of the Archknights, Ahrek and Lyrah positively pommel each other, with Lyrah even giving him the in-universe equivalent of the Precision F-Strike. They agree to have Lyrah join the group to keep track of Daylen shortly afterwards, but nobody is happy about it, especially not Daylen.
    • Daylen and Lyrah are both such Hot-Blooded Determinators that their first few conversations are practically endurance matches until their related psychological issues force them to retreat to their rooms to recover.
  • Warhammer 40,000: In the Ciaphas Cain novel Cain's Last Stand, the confrontation between Cain and Warmaster Varan starts out like this. Then they fight. Bonus points for both of them explicitly playing it up for the propoganda potential, as it's being broadcast to the entire planet.

    Live-Action TV 

In General:

  • Basically a recurring element in Soap Operas. This can go Up to Eleven with Latin American telenovelas, and Filipino teleseryes which were influenced by the aforementioned telenovelas.
    • As in the case of Maria Mercedes and its 2013 Philippine remake, and countless others that are basically rags-to-riches fairy tales with the underdog emerging from the slums and managing to out-rant at the aristocratic snobs...
    • ...and in the children's drama serye Annaliza where the eponymous Shrinking Violet ends up getting bullied and pissed at by her Attention Whore sister.note  It degenerates even more to a full-blown ham battle when even the adults are pissing the living daylights out of each other due to issues within their family, all while a Big Bad is plotting something sinister at Anna and her family.
  • Norwegian comedian Harald Heide Steen Jr. managed to make a Ham-to-Ham Combat with himself in a spectacular historical parody, taking it Up to Eleven in Canis Latinicus and a strange variety of old Norse.

By Series:

  • 3rd Rock from the Sun:
  • 30 Rock:
    • Whenever occasional guest star Will Arnett's character gets into it with Jack Donaghy. Lampshaded by Liz Lemon when she affects a deep, gravelly, "intimidating" voice and asks if they're going to have a "talking-like-this contest".
      Devon: I'm honestly not trying to make this sound gay.
      Jack: No one is, it's just happening.
    • One episode has Jack encounter an Identical Stranger, meaning Alec Baldwin tries to out-ham himself.
  • Babylon 5:
    • Londo and G'Kar, pretty much every time they met in the first couple of seasons led to a spectacular argument with actors Peter Jurasik and Andreas Katsulas trying to out-ham each other.
    • Ham is part of the job description for any Centauri ambassador.
    • The climax of "Moments of Transition" turns into three-way Ham To Ham Combat between Delenn, Neroon, and Shakiri. The part where Neroon makes his Heroic Sacrifice elevates the whole thing to Narm levels.
  • The Colbert Report:
  • The British impressions show Dead Ringers had a repeated sketch in which Ian McKellen and Alan Rickman battled it out in Ham-to-Ham Combat for token British bad guy roles. They were inevitably blown out of the water by a dramatic entrance from BRIAN BLESSED!!.
  • Doctor Who is practically a Ham-to-Ham Warzone.
    • Even the cast and crew weren't averse to a bit of it among themselves. Roy Skelton, one of the Dalek voice actors during the classic series, says he and his colleagues would often compete with each other on set, to see who could be the most evil-sounding Dalek.
    • Averted, surprisingly, in "The Underwater Menace". The normally quite over-the-top Patrick Troughton prepares to go up against the incarnation of Evil Is Hammy in the form of Professor "Noffink in zuh VORLD can SHTOP ME NOOOW!!" Zaroff... and scales his performance right down so he manages to upstage Zaroff by using his own ham against him. This is something his Doctor tended to do a lot — only ramping up the drama against a hammy villain if it was as part of a bluff, or when he's completely losing his cool at the end of "The War Games".
    • Showdowns between the Doctor and The Master. Any of them.
    • The entire Jon Pertwee era is just one huge Ham-to-Ham Combat zone. If it isn't Pertwee and Roger Delgado, it's Pertwee and Nicholas Courtney.
    • Any time there's a multi-Doctor story:
    • This happens any time one of the Doctors confronts Davros.
    • Tom Baker is clearly having an excellent time going up against the outrageous Pirate Captain in "The Pirate Planet" in the scene that calls for him to dispense with the cutesy Obfuscating Stupidity and launch into an Unstoppable Rage.
    • "The Horns of Nimon": Lalla Ward almost manages to out-ham Tom Baker himself. He resists the onslaught, but then, unbelievably, they are both beaten — completely and utterly beaten — by Graham Crowden as Soldeed. His famous DREEEeeeAAAAaaAaAAAAms of CONquest are only the icing on the cake. He overacts so outrageously that he manages to corpse during his own death scene and it was still put in because it wasn't breaking character.
    • "The King's Demons", for the master class in ham from Gerald Flood's King John and Anthony Ainley's Master. Gerald Flood's performance is utterly magnificent. It's been a while since they boilllled someone in oilll.
    • "The Mark of the Rani" has a three-way ham-fest among Colin Baker's Doctor, Anthony Ainley's Master and Kate O'Mara's Rani, and it is glorious.
    • Colin Baker again in "Timelash" where he squares off against Paul "Avon" Darrow. As has been said elsewhere, the resulting combat has to be seen to be disbelieved.
    • There's a truly spectacular ham-off between Colin Baker and BRIAN BLESSED in "Mindwarp". No wonder Peri (Nicola Bryant) left the show after this; it would be physically impossible to be exposed to such overwhelming hammy glory for more than five minutes without ending up either dead or pregnant.
    • "Ghost Light" is famous for two things: its Neon Genesis Evangelion level of incomprehensibility, and the sheer level of glorious over-acting by every. Single. Cast. Member. Even the extras. Somehow, though, it manages to be utterly awesome and a firm fan-favourite.
    • "The Christmas Invasion": The Tenth Doctor argues with the Sycorax leader. While still in his jimjams and dressing gown.
      Sycorax: [roaring] I DEMAND TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE!
      The Doctor: [bellowing in outrageous imitation] I! DON'T! KNOW!!
    • "Doomsday": The Cybermen and the Daleks meet for the first time... and promptly proceed to bitch at each other for a good five minutes. It's hilarious. (Not in the least because they're all voiced by magnificent ham Nicholas Briggs.)
      Cyberman: Daleks be warned, you have declared war on the Cybermen!
    • Whenever the Tenth Doctor and Donna get into a ham-off, it's epic. And Catherine Tate's very first appearance as Donna Noble had her up against the Racnoss Empress, truly one of the largest hams the series has ever seen. Tate as Donna Noble also has another special distinction: In "Partners in Crime", thanks to a sheet of soundproof glass, she and David Tennant had what might be one of the first silent examples of Ham-to-Ham Combat.
    • Let's not forget Donna's epictacular send off — the FOUR-WAY Kombat between the Doctor, the Doctor-Donna, the Donna-Doctor and Davros in "Journey's End". It is GLORIOUS.
    • The mexi-ham standoff between the Doctor, the Master, and Timothy Dalton from "The End of Time".
    • River Song is an incredible ham when she's very young, and Alex Kingston has a lot of fun overacting when her character gets to meet the Doctor for the first time (from her perspective). Eleven decides to accessorize with an impeccable top hat and tails tuxedo for the occasion while wildly gesticulating with a cane. It's absolutely incredible.
    • Every time Strax shows up. He will find an excuse to pick a fight with anything that moves and promptly obliterate it with anything from laser monkeys to acid traps, and grenades. ESPECIALLY grenades.
    • "The Crimson Horror": In one corner, Matt Smith as the Doctor. In the other, Dame Diana Rigg as the Axe-Crazy old crone Mrs. Gillyflower. The winner: Everybody.
    • "Nightmare in Silver" has Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor compete against an even hammier Matt Smith as the Cyber Controller, and it is glorious.
    • "The Time of the Doctor": Matt Smith hams it up against every Dalek attacking Trenzalore.
    • "The Husbands of River Song": River Song, the 12th Doctor, and a constantly-shouting Hydroflax (even when he's just a head in a sack). Gloriously over the top. Special note of the Doctor's Bigger on the Inside speech when River doesn't know yet who he is and they enter the TARDIS, and he describes how he thinks such a speech really should go.
      The Doctor: Oh... my... GOD! It's bigger!
      River: Well, yes.
      The Doctor: On the inside—!
      River: We need to concentrate.
      The Doctor: Than it is—-!
      River: Yeah, I know where you're going with this, but I need you to calm down.
      The Doctor: On the outside!
      River: You've certainly grasped the essentials.
      The Doctor: [prowling round the console, gesturing wildly] My entire understanding of physical space has been transformed! Three-dimensional Euclidean geometry has been torn up, thrown in the air and snogged to death! My grasp of the universal constants of physical reality has been changed... forever. [beat] Sorry. I've always wanted to see that done properly.
  • In the second episode of Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza, Jeff Davis and Chip Esten get into one of these while singing that little-known jazz ballad "Dust Storm". Near the end, Jeff puts his hand over Chip's mouth, then Chip grabs Jeff's microphone and sings the last line into two mics at once.
  • Frasier:
    • The rivalry between Frasier and Cam Winston was truly a joy to behold.
    • Whenever Frasier and Niles got worked up with each other was the cue for an impromptu ham-off, due in equal parts to their natural pompous demeanors, their high education levels and established familiarity with theater, opera, and musicals, and their Sibling Rivalry urging them to show off by trying to outdo each other in the dramatically complex insults and long, hard-to-pronounce words departments. Also, Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce having too much fun for their own good.
  • A scene in Friends has Joey and Gary Oldman devolving into one of these as both attempt to spit more in their dialogue.
  • Matthew Morrison and Neil Patrick Harris in Glee, competing for a role in Les Misérables, singing Aerosmith's Dream On and getting progressively more over-the-top. It is unbelievably awesome.
  • The main characters in How I Met Your Mother absolutely love, love, LOVE doing this, usually over very bizarre, trivial, or theoretical disputes, and usually while sitting in their booth in McLaren's. So commonplace is it to see them over-dramatically (and often over-eloquently) yelling and cussing at each other in the middle of the crowded bar over, say, what the most common food in America is, that Fridge Logic forces the conclusion that their Ham To Ham Combat must be a well-known, taken-for-granted fixture of the bar, or else it would draw dozens of gawking spectators or scare customers away.
  • iCarly: Spencer and Jack Black in "iStart A Fan War".
  • James Nesbitt as both Tom Jackman and Billy Hyde in Jekyll.
  • In the Kamen Rider crossover movie Movie War Megamax, Shotaro Hidari meets Gentaro Kisaragi. "Right!" "Right!" "Right!" "Right!"
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat was really the basis of Hawkeye and Trapper's (later B.J.) whole relationship in M*A*S*H. This was as much their characters desperately trying to deflect the horror around them with silly puns, as it was Alda, Rogers, and Farrel having altogether too much fun working together.
  • The Match Game regulars and host Gene Rayburn turned the ham up, but when it came to Brett Somers and Charles Nelson Reilly, pork flew fast and thick.
  • Any scene in Mork & Mindy with Exidor and Mork. Exidor is a role that requires the finest hamming, and Mork is... well, Robin Williams.
  • Any episode of Our Miss Brooks where Madison High Principal Osgood Conklin faces his archrival, Clay City High School Principal Jason Brill.
  • Basically, any time any group of Power Rangers face their Big Bad. Especially when a Hot-Blooded Red Ranger faces their Big Bad.
    Devastation: That was your lesson for today! Your homework: Feel the emotion that rages within you. It is called—FEEEEEEEEAR! [Best if imagined in Macho Man Randy Savage's voice.]
  • Psych: There are at least flashes of this in either of William Shatner's appearances as Juliet's dad, any time he and James Roday share screen time.
  • In Robin of Sherwood, guest star Lewis Collins and Nickolas Grace had a competition to see who could out-camp the other. The results are magnificent and full of glorious Ho Yay.
  • Rome: Any scene in involving Pompey, Cicero and Cato. Pompey and Cicero will attempt to out-bumble each other, and Cato and Pompey will attempt to out-snarl each other.
  • An episode of Roseanne had Roseanne's cousin Ronnie visiting from New York. Cousin Ronnie was played by Joan Collins. A rare female case of Ham-to-Ham Combat ensued.
  • RuPaul's Drag Race runs on this trope. In addition to the Passive-Aggressive Kombat and screaming matches between drag queens that make up a normal episode, the two worst contestants in a challenge are forced into a "Lip Synch for your LIFE!" dance-off. The backstage companion series RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked has become notorious for this:
    Nina West: Why are we yelling?
  • Plenty of examples from Saturday Night Live, but one of the best is between Jon Lovitz as Master Thespian and Phil Hartman as R.H. Macy in "Master Thespian: Santa Claus":
    Macy: Weeelll, are we ready, Mr. Thespian?
    Thespian: Pleeease, call me MAS-TAAHH!!
    Macy: Well, aren't we PICKY?!
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Put two System Lords in a room together, and this is the inevitable result. It helps that their voices are extremely deep and they often like to display their Glowing Eyes of Doom.
    • Or put Anubis (who takes the traits of your average System Lord Up to Eleven) up against President Henry Hayes, who goes full confident folksy politician. While relatively subdued compared to Anubis, after their conversation is over he asks his staff "Did I overdo it?"
  • Star Trek:
    • In just about every episode of Star Trek: The Original Series, William Shatner brings enough ham to the table to feed a small nation. But in "The Doomsday Machine", he meets his match in Captain Matt Decker. Shatner wisely chose not to engage Ham-to-Ham with William Windom. His performance is for the most part very subdued, making Decker look even more deranged.
      Kirk: Matt, where's your crew?
      Decker: ...On the fourth planet.
      Kirk: There is no fourth planet!
      Decker: Don't you think I know that? THERE WAS! BUT NOT ANYMORE!!
    • The TOS episode "Whom Gods Destroy" featured a veritable clash of the titans between Shatner and Steve Ihnat. When Inhat's character disguises himself as Kirk (and is thus played by Shatner) it's a miracle that the universe didn't collapse in on itself.
    • About Shatner: look at most of the big-name guest appearances on most of his shows. Basically, Shatner is the Iron Ham, and any show he's on automatically becomes Ham Arena. Presumably, it's every actor's dream to go Ham-to-Ham vs. Shatner.
    • On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Ambassador Sarek comes aboard the Enterprise — and brings aboard a Hate Plague in the form of Bendii Syndrome, a degenerative disease causing him to lose his emotional control. Coupled with Vulcan telepathy, it causes him to inadvertently project bursts of anger onto random people, leading to such disturbances as a Bar Brawl and a shouting match between Picard and Riker on The Bridge.
    • Then there was the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Rules of Engagement". In the red corner: Avery Brooks as Ben Sisko, one of the few Starfleet captains who could give Kirk a run for his money. In the blue corner, Ron Canada as targ-acting Klingon Amoral Attorney Ch'pok. Given that the judge was a Vulcan, and thus unlikely to be swayed by mere volume, presumably they were trying to intimidate each other.
    • As if that wasn't ham-tastic enough, "Waltz" provides Sisko's next major competitor: former Cardassian ruler (i.e., Dominion pawn) Gul Dukat, driven insane by the loss of both his conquest of the Alpha Quadrant and his daughter, Ziyal. And just to make it an even bigger ham sandwich, hallucinations of Kira, Weyoun, and Damar take turns screwing with what's left of his mind. If they hadn't been able to escape the uninhabited planet they were stranded on, they could've feasted on their own ham for the rest of their lives.
  • That '70s Show: Bob arguing with a drive-thru statue of a clown, "voiced" by Fez. Must be seen to be believed.
  • What We Do in the Shadows: one episode has Laszlo (played by Matt Berry) up against Jim (played by Mark Hamill) and the two are clearly having a blast hamming it up opposite each other.

  • The song "Under Pressure". Freddie Mercury and David Bowie duet.
  • Bowie and Mick Jagger dueting in "Dancing in the Streets", too, especially in the video.
  • Related to Mick Jagger, live performances of "Gimme Shelter" usually devolve into a hammy duet between Jagger and whoever is doing the female parts. Up to Eleven in Meat Loaf's live covers.
  • Anywhere that Gackt and Yoshiki appear together. Also contains major shades of Ho Yay or possibly Foe Yay.
  • We could be here all week if we tried to list all the examples in the genre of Power Metal considering the prominence of Large Hams and guest vocalists. Special mention, however, goes to the following:
    • Ayreon is described on its page as an excuse for the "who's who of Progressive Metal to compete to out-ham each other."
    • Avantasia, much like Ayreon, gets this as a direct result of the numerous guest vocals. The songs "The Wicked Symphony" and "Stargazers" in particular have managed to bring together three (four in the case of "Stargazers") of the largest hams in power metal by having Tobias Sammet, Russell Allen, Jorn Lande and, in the case of "Stargazers," Michael Kiske all sing on the same songs.
    • Allen/Lande is a superband that came together entirely for the purposes of this trope in regards to the aforementioned Russell Allen and Jorn Lande.
  • From the realm of classical music comes Rossini's "Duetto buffo di due gatti" ("Comic duet for two cats"). Any sopranos who do not use this song as an exercise in competitive hammery are just doing it wrong.
  • Depending on whom you ask, Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman's Spirituals in Concert & Mythodea concerts were either the most sublime music of their genre (especially the latter) or a massive friendly showdown of two divas trying to outham each other (especially the former).
  • Heavy metal is made of this trope, especially if a band has two lead guitarists (Glenn Tipton and K. K. Downing of Judas Priest, most famously). They'll hit all the highest notes, play the fastest riffs, and do everything short of tickling their guitars to death. The hammiest of them can not only short-circuit their guitars, but cause them to melt.
  • The Flanders and Swann song "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better" ends every verse with a singing duel between the two duetters. The ham level is high enough it can alter your blood cholesterol.
  • Daemonic Angel's song "That Which Is Wrought of Fear." It consists entirely of two "Metal Screaming" vocalists, playing the part of a demon and a monster slayer, talking trash on each other. It then ends with a flurry of lyrical trade-offs before the both of them let out a massive unison roar.
  • Meat Loaf and Ellen Foley during the second half of "Paradise by the Dashboard Light". "LEMME SLEEP ON IT!" "WILL YA LOVE ME FOREVER?" "LEMME SLEEP ON IT!" "WILL YA LOVE ME FOREVER?!"
  • Led Zeppelin once opened for The Doors. Led Zeppelin once opened for The Doors. If only we could've gotten Jim Morrison and Robert Plant on stage at the same time...
  • Korn's "All in the Family," a sort-of rap battle between Jonathan Davis and Fred Durst that ends with the two of them just screaming at each other.
  • Michael Jackson and sister Janet in "Scream". The title already states they have to raise their voices, and they don't disappoint!

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  • In Journey's "Chain Reaction" music video, singer Steve Perry and guitarist Neal Schon engage in this, culminating in Steve laying the smackdown on Neal.

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  • During the legendary Jack Benny-Fred Allen feud, any time either of the two appeared on the other's show, the hamminess reigned unrestrained.
    Jack Benny: (as his pants are being removed) Allen, you haven't seen the end of me!
    Fred Allen: It won't be long now!
  • In the Rotterdam episode of Cabin Pressure, Roger Allam and Anthony Head compete to appear in the introductory video for MJN in oh so smooth duvet tones - leading to Carolyn complaining she is being drowned in syrup.


  • Chicago: The climactic scene of the original play note  is a contest between Billy and Roxie to decide who can do more to guilt the jury into exonerating her. Billy makes his closing argument furiously Chewing the Scenery, but Roxie, not willing to let her lawyer steal the show from her, wins without uttering a single line of dialogue.
  • The two princes singing "Agony" in Into the Woods frequently takes this form. It's in the script. "Agony! Far more painful than yours!"
  • In a recorded production of Jekyll & Hyde starring David Hasselhoff as the eponymous character(s), he's at his highest level of ham in the climactic song "Confrontation". Why is that an example of this trope? Because Jekyll and Hyde both sing that song. That's right, The Hoff can have Ham-to-Ham Combat with HIMSELF.
  • Les Misérables: Any scene between Valjean and Javert. Notable on the original cast album with Colm Wilkinson and Roger Allam, taken to extremes with Alfie Boe and Norm Lewis in the 25th Concert.
  • Cirque du Soleil's Mystère turns the eternal struggle that is Order Versus Chaos into this, pitting the conceited emcee Moha-Samedi against story-intruder Brian Le Petit. This climaxes with the emcee declaring "GET OUT!" and Brian taking on a look sooooooo pitiable that one can't help but "Awwwww..." for him... which is his intention — effectively calling upon hammy reinforcements.
  • Peer Gynt: The titular character goes head to head with almost everybody else currently on stage. It begins with the first exchange of lines:
    Aase: PEEEER! You are LYYYING!!!
    Peer: NO! I AM NOT!!! ...and so forth.
  • Older Than Radio: Mozart's opera-within-an-opera Der Schauspieldirektor has two sopranos both insisting "Ich bin die erste Sängerin" ("I am the prima donna") and seeking to prove their claim with abundant coloratura.
  • A Very Potter Musical has three extremely Large Hams (Voldemort, Malfoy, and Snape). They finally get a scene together and it turns into this. And it's totally awesome.
  • Wicked has a scene set almost immediately after Dorothy leaves munchkinland in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz where Elphaba and Glinda begin bickering and eventually catfight. Now, Glinda is miscast if she's not a Large Ham but the special treat in this scene is the actress playing Elphaba beginning to ham it up as well. It's also the last comic scene in the show too, so the actresses clearly like to have fun with it.

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  • The Forgotten Realms is a World of Ham, but having Big Bad Irenicus (David Warner) facing off with Minsc (Jim Cummings) in Baldur's Gate is incredibly, epically hamtastic.
    Irenicus: Once my lust for power was everything, but now I hunger only for revenge, AND I. SHALL. HAVE IT!
    Minsc: I am tired of shouting battle-cries at this mage! Boo will finish his eyeballs once and for all so that he does not rise again! Evil! Meet my sword! Sword! Meeet eeeeviiiil!
  • Metal Gear lives on this trope. Rather try to find any characters that are completely unhammy.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Dissidia Final Fantasy: Pretty much any voice-acted scene where the villains are talking to each other counts. Doubly so if Kefka or Exdeath is involved.
      Garland: We will never come to accept one another. WE SHALL ALWAYS BE IN CONFLICT!
    • Since voice-acting was introduced, the games seem to do this rather regularly. Special mention has to be given to Tidus and Yuna's Stylistic Suck laughing scene in Final Fantasy X, although Wakka and Rikku came close to out-doing them with their regular sentence-ending occurrences of "yah?" and "y'know?"
  • Final Fantasy VI. Trust us, this is hammier in the actual game:
    SABIN: Kefka! Wait!!!!
    KEFKA: "Wait," he says... Do I look like a waiter?
  • The final boss fight in Dead Space 2, where both Issac and Nicole/The Marker take their scenery-chewing levels Up to Eleven.
  • Planescape: Torment has one where Ravel (Crazy Ham) meets The Transcendent One (Evil Sounds Deep). Or the ending sequences of PS:T in the Fortress of Regrets for that matter. You don't even need the sound. The writing at that point is sufficiently epic to convey the "hamminess" all by itself.
  • Dante vs. Agnus before their fight in Devil May Cry 4, a bizarre in-universe example. For starters, the fight happened in a trashed opera house, so we have Agnus opening with poetic dialogue and Dante following suit, complete with stage lights (whoever mans them probably does so out of fear of evisceration) as well as stage props like benches and confetti. It really has to be seen.
  • Warhammer 40,000 games:
    • Dawn of War: Dark Crusade. Any stronghold mission featuring two of the following: Space Marines, Orks, Chaos, Imperial Guard, and Eldar (exception: if Eldar are on defense). Two grimdark hams will duke it out along with their armies.
    • Especially apparent in the Disorder campaign of Winter Assault. Watching the Ork Warboss and Chaos Champion talk to each other is...impressive. [1]. This is, of course, completely and lovingly appropriate for the setting.
    • In Dawn of War II every single unit (except the Tyranids, for obvious reasons) has the habit of making brilliantly (yet, in many cases, appropriately) hammy remarks both while fighting and not. In the first case, this leads to a ham-to-ham combat during an actual one - that is, if you can hear it over the ludicrous amounts of dakka. For some of the narmiest, try ordering your units to take cover in bushes.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in Soulstorm, which adds the Sisters of Battle and Dark Eldar, who somehow manage to be even hammier than their Space Marine/Craftworld Eldar counterparts.
      "FIRE!!! FIRE, my sisters! Do not falter, do not BLINK, until the enemy are CINDERS! CINDERS and ASHHHHHH!!!"
  • BlazBlue:
    • Check out an average match sometime. Ye Gods.
    • Any time Ragna and Jin meet.
    • Special mention for when Bang and Makoto, two of the most hammy and Hot-Blooded characters, fight. This video demonstrates.
    • Another notable example lies in Hazama vs Ragna matches, in which the entire fight consists of both shouting at the top of their lungs for the other to die.
  • Halo:
    • Halo 3:
      • At the end of the level "The Covenant", the Arbiter, Gravemind, and the Prophet of Truth all have a scene together. Truth's participation ends with:
      Truth: I! Am! Truuth! The vooiiice of the Covenant!
      Arbiter: And so, you must be silenced. (stab)
      • Right afterwards, Gravemind chimes in with an evil laugh and a rhyming verse describing how he's now unstoppable.
      Gravemind: Now the gate has been unlatched, headstones pushed aside! Corpses shift and offer room, a fate you must ABIDE!
    • The levels in Halo 2 when you fight the Elite heretics as the Arbiter, alongside your own Elite allies. The Elites being a race of Large Hams, this trope crops up frequently.
      Sesa Refumee: I wondered who the Prophets would send to silence me. An Arbiter... I'm flattered.
      Rtas Vadumee: He's using a holo-drone. Come out so we may kill you!
      Sesa: Heheh... get in line.
      Arbiter: Turrrrn, heretic.
      Sesa: Arbiter. I would rather die by your hands than let the Prophets lead me to slaughter.
      Arbiter: Who has taught you these liiies?
  • Super Robot Wars Original Generation 2 has Sanger Zonvolt, the Sword that Cleaves Evil! fighting his own clone undead cyborg alternate universe counterpart Wodan Ymir, the Sword of Magus! By the time the conflict reaches Critical Ham, however, they immediately turn around and unleash it on a common foe.
  • Super Robot Wars Z features a save-skit with two villains voiced by Takehito Koyasu, Asuham Boone and Gym Ghinganham yelling at the top of their lungs about ending the game, especially on who's louder. And meanwhile, Neo Roanoke (also voiced by Takehito Koyasu), just shrugs and not participate in the Ham-to-Ham Combat.
  • Team Fortress 2:
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night: Due to the So Bad, It's Good nature of the voice acting in the otherwise fantastic game, the clash in the prologue between Dracula and Richter Belmont could qualify.
    Richter: Your words are as EMPTY as your soul! Mankind ill needs a savior such as you.
    Dracula: What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets. But enough talk; HAVE AT YOU!!
  • Command & Conquer:
    • It's been that way since the beginning, but Red Alert 3 goes all out for the World of Ham.
    • Tiberium Twilight gives it a good showing between Joseph Kucan and Iona Morris.
    • Tiberian Dawn averts this for the vast majority of the game... but not through a lack of ham from the actors (most of the recurring ones ham up at one point or another). There just aren't all that many scenes with more than one actor.
  • Almost all dialogue in the God of War games defaults to this. It was ancient Greece, they hadn't invented indoor voices yet.
  • Shadow vs Mephiles in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). Mephiles spends his sweet time chewing the scenery while Shadow tries to shut him up. In Shadow's self-titled game, it's basically him vs. Black Doom vs. Dr. Eggman. Oddly enough, Shadow's fairly low-key in Sonic Adventure 2, his debut game.
  • Air Force Delta Strike: The combat flight sim has the "Stand By" missions and the largest aerial ham to ham combat ever produced in a video game.
  • The Witcher: Though Geralt of Rivia tends to play low-key, the banter between him and Azar reaches a crescendo with the climax of their battle.
  • Dante's Inferno: Dante is rather hammy by himself, but it's only when he faces Old Nick that they both crank it up to sufficiently scenery-chewing intensity.
  • Brütal Legend: The core gameplay has two military leaders trying to destroy each others' Rock Stages.
  • Wallace and Vaida's supports in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. Armoured general Wallace is already a loud Boisterous Bruiser by himself, but when he meets this wyvern-riding Dark Action Girl with a scarred face and a no-nonsense attitude, the scenery becomes dense with their combined hamminess as they attempt to assert their superiority over one another in combat. Observe.
    Vaida: There you are, you bald old fossil. Still smarting from our competition?
    Wallace: Bald old fossil!? You spitting cobra! Are you trying to make me share in your bitterness at being so soundly defeated the other day?
    Vaida: Spitting cobra? I rather like that! But victory was mine the other day... So now which one of us is bitter?
    Wallace: You talk madness, woman! By what reckoning do you believe I lost to your pathetic display? Surely we are not talking about the same battle! I was perfection unleashed... Those lance thrusts were blindingly fast, intoxicating in their sublime form!
    Vaida: Wishful thinking, teapot! You were no prize on the battlefield! I saw you poke each unit one by one with your little needle... The whole thing took ages!
    Wallace: Well, all I saw was a big lump of grey flesh flitting about in the sky and belching on occasion! And your wyvern wasn't much better!
    Vaida: ...Well, obviously, we have not settled our score at all!
  • Bowser against Fawful and Midbus (a literal Large Ham) in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge: Several of the boss battles can qualify (and the final battle definitely does).
    • First take Jack, whose natural hammy theatrics are Turned Up to Eleven when in Musical Assassin mode then pit him in dance fights with huge song and dance sequences — complete with backup dancers (no, really, you can actually sing and dance most the bosses into submission Broadway style) — against the following:
      • Oogie Boogie, who is voiced by Ken Page, who has voiced some of the hammiest musical characters in in the last 30 years.
      • Lock, Shock, and Barrel - each one seems to have been personally trained in the ways of ham by Oogie himself.
      • And Dr. Finkelstein, the local Mad Scientist whose been Brain Swapped and Crazier (nuff said).
  • Several Gundam games allow crossovers where the hammiest characters from each series can battle each other. Here is what happens when the aforementioned Master Asia and Gym Ghingham are pitted against one another.
  • Sengoku Basara is Ham 'n' Slash in Sengoku era Japan.
  • Street Fighter has several, including the Rival Matches in IV between El Fuerte vs. Zangief and Dee Jay vs. Rufus
  • Kingdom Hearts has a cast of Large Ham villains from the Disney Animated Canon... and Xehanort's incarnations. In every game he is in, Xehanort's incarnation wins the battles handedly. There's a reason his Terra-Xehanort's form Heartless is the picture for the Large Ham for Video Games page.
  • Killzone 3 casts Malcolm McDowell and Ray Winstone as Chairman Stahl and Admiral Orlock, the top rivals for leadership of the Helghast. They chew much scenery during committee meetings, and eventually go to the logical extreme of literal combat while still spitting scenery at each other.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising has a large amount of hams in its cast, and they get into combat a lot.
    Vridi: Darn it, Hades! Get your filthy troops out of my bomb depot!
    Hades: You're really cute when you're flustered, rosebud.
  • Diablo III, being the World of Ham that it is, often has this during dramatic scenes. The most obvious example is the cinematic between Act I and II, depicting Tyrael and Imperius' argument that led to Tyrael's (willing) fall.
    Imperius: TYRAEL! The ancient law of the High Heavens strictly forbids us from interfering with the mortal world. Yet YOU have done so! BRAZENLY!
    Tyrael: All I am guilty of, Imperius, is bringing JUSTICE! While you hide, COWERING, behind your throne!
    Imperius: SILENCE! You will now answer for your transgressions!
    Tyrael: You CANNOT judge me! I am Justice itself! We were meant for more than this—to protect the INNOCENT! But if our precious laws BIND you all to INACTION... then I will no longer stand as your brother!
    Imperius: SACRILEGE!
  • Two PSP Mega Man remake games, Mega Man Powered Up and Mega Man: Maverick Hunter X have mountainous piles of ham thanks to the new voice acting they were given. Highlights include X and Sigma's final dialogue in Maverick Hunter X, featuring none other than Mark Gatha (former voice of Domon Kasshu) as X, and Fire Man saying anything to anyone in Powered Up, but especially Bomb Man and Doctor Wily.
  • The dialogue in Ganondorf's segment of Hyrule Warriors is mostly composed of Zant and Ghirahim competing for who can be a hammier kiss ass towards their boss. Ganondorf, in turn, admonishes them both and reminds them he is the largest ham of them all.
  • The Silver Shroud questline in Fallout 4 allows the otherwise stoic Sole Survivor to pretend to be Radio Drama crimefighter the Silver Shroud and ham it up as a golden age Anti-Hero. But it's only in the Automatron DLC, where the Mechanist, who has also taken up the identity of a comic book character, will acknowledge the Sole Survivor as the Silver Shroud, allowing the two to engage in gloriously hammy exchanges.
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, Rean Schwarzer engages in this with Crow Armbrust in their respective Divine Knights where while they're about to fight one another, they're also trying to out-ham one another. By the time the fight was over, their classmates mocked them for being so over-the-top.
    Crow: I won't let anyone interfere! This is going to be our final battle!
    Rean: That's exactly how I want it to be! We'll fight until we can fight no more... until our strength runs dry and our souls burn out! (cue epic screaming from the both of them)
  • Even in the original The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel they were doing at the end of their first battle.
    Rean: I have to warn you — the International Bank of Rean has the highest interest rate on the continent.
  • Despite the potential in having very hammy villains in the Reapers, the Mass Effect series essentially averts this until Mass Effect 3 and an encounter during the Citadel DLC. Shepard finds Traynor playing Kepesh-Yakshi (nor, as Shepard calls it, "space chess") and they meet Polgara T'Suzsa, an asari player who Traynor has a rivalry with. Traynor and T'Suzsa have a grudge match, and soon the pork starts to flow, complete dramatic closeups.

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  • Whateley Universe example: in "Boston Brawl", The Necromancer and Fey have a one-on-one magical battle in the middle of Boston, complete with calling their attacks.

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  • Transformers:
    • Optimus and Megatron are the masters of this trope, pretty much in every continuity (and they usually play it up during actual combat). Megatron and Starscream have their moments, too.
    • Unicron, Primus, and the Original 13 (7?), too, ham it up every time they activate their vocal processors, and go into overdrive when running combat subroutines.
    • Near the end of the Rebirth story arc, which serves as the conclusion to the original G1 cartoon, Spike Witwicky!Fortress Maximus and the evil Nebulan Lord Zarak!Scorponok have such an epic confrontation. In particular, Spike not only out-fights Lord Zarak, he arguably also manages to out-ham him. It has to be heard to be believed.
    • In Beast Wars Megatron and Tarantulas have formulated an Evil Plan. They begin to laugh in celebration. This becomes an Overly Long Gag as they try to have the last laugh.
    • Just about every fight between Autobots and Decepticons are this.
  • Invader Zim: Anybody going against Zim will inevitably be involved in one of these, although Tak is probably one of the best examples. Dib vs. Zim is an odd aversion: while both are accomplished Large Hams in their own right, whenever they have a scene together one or the other will generally fall into a more subdued Straight Man role...generally.
    Dib: Just this once, we work together! Mortal enemies working together for the common good!
    Zim: BE QUIET!
  • Danny Phantom: Technus (who was a grade A ham from the start) versus Super Danny (who, apparently, is one of the hammiest characters of all without his human side to subdue it).
  • Colonel Gathers and General Treister in The Venture Bros..
    Gathers: Don't kill yourself, you crazy bastard!
  • Anytime Brain and Snowball face off in Pinky and the Brain.
  • From Xavier: Renegade Angel, Xavier's epically stupid battle with himself, from "Shakashuri Blowdown."
    Xavier: You sound like the ugliest son of a bitch I ever heard!
    Other Xavier: YOU sound like the physical manifestation of some LOSER'S inner DEMONS!
    Xavier: YOU sound like some total chode's inability to confront his past actions!
    Other Xavier: If I ever hear one more word from your stinky mug, I swear to Jack-off I'll knock your clock off!
  • Adventure Time:
    • There are a lot of these, but special mention has to go to any scene involving Finn and Lemongrab together.
      Finn: [puffs out his chest and slaps Lemongrab on the hand] WATCH your MANNERS with the PRINCESS!
      Finn: What the HUH?!
      Lemongrab: [frowning] MMMMMM...! [gasps] -MUH!
    • Any scene with Finn and the Ice King.
  • In Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century, just about any exchange between Beth Lestrade and Professor Moriarty...
    Lestrade: Must the two of you be so theatrical?
    Moriarty: [practically purring] But of course.
  • Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: There's a reason the World of Ham trope is listed on this show's page.
    • Every scene with Buzz Lightyear and the EVIL Emperor Zurg. Every. Single. Scene.
    • For that matter, XR's exchanges with Nos-4-A2 and Warp Darkmatter...
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants, Plankton and Mr. Krabs commonly do this.
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball, this trope is the natural state of Gumball and Darwin.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
  • Looney Tunes: Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck both would usually attempt to out-ham anyone else on the screen, so when the two of them faced off against each other (as in the "Duck Season/Rabbit Season" cartoons), it was epic.

    Real Life 
  • Frequently seen in high school drama classes, both on stage, and even more often it will happen when participating in improvisation games.
  • The United Nations can on occasion descend into this when representatives of two unpopular countries, like North Korea and Myanmar, end up in a debate with each other.
  • It happens a lot among sport fans: matches between teams that share a bitter rivalry with one another will see their respective fans fully indulge in this most of the time.
  • World War II: Patton and any other general. Special note goes to him and Montgomery: The invasion of Sicily would have probably been a lot less bloody for the Allies if the two weren't trying to show each other who was the better conqueror. The movie Patton had Patton say this line:
    Patton: Hell, I know I'm a prima-donna, I admit it. The thing that bothers me about Monty [UK General Bernard Law Montgomery] is he won't admit it.
  • The British House of Commons, because of the incredibly adversarial setup of the Chamber, often features attempts by the Members to out-ham one another. A typical exchange generally goes like this:
    Minister: (outlines government policy)
  • Really, any parliamentary government will get into this on a regular basis.
  • On the battlefield, feudal Samurai often engaged in single combat, all the while exchanging colorful and extravagant insults and self-promotions. It occasionally got to the point that they'd momentarily stop dueling just to argue or praise their own combat prowess.
  • Salt Lake City Comic Con 2013 had a panel featuring, for the first time ever, William Shatner and Adam West on stage together.
  • The Norwegian constituent assembly of 1814 had several. Most notably the on going feud between the speaker, principal of the University Georg Sverdrup known for his lack of indoor voice, and the priest Nicolay Wergeland (the father of Henrik Wergeland), known for his lengthy speeches. They continued out-hamming each other even when the constitution was signed and sealed.
  • As of September 2017, the war of words between the United States and North Korea, or rather, between Trump and Kim Jong-Un. However, given the stakes, this is less entertaining than disturbing for observers.


Video Example(s):


Nostalgia Critic vs. Dr Insano

Literal combat later on with Critic fighting Dr. Insano. The ham becomes a Godzilla-sized monster of its own during the battle when the Critic goes on his rant about superconducting electromagnetism, complete with epic, bombastic music.

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