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"THANK YOU! FUCK YOU! The star is here!"
Ladd Russo, Baccano!

A One-Liner that is powerful, portentous, and delivered by a character to announce their presence (as if we could possibly miss it). Often pronounced quite emphatically. Contractually required for a certain type of actor. Can almost always be replaced by, "Did someone order a LARGE HAM?"

Can be delivered as the character enters, or while they are still offstage as a portent. If the show engages in Lampshade Hanging about the largeness of the ham, this can evoke a response of "Oh no!" from those already in the scene. (See Catchphrase Interruptus).

When the line is uttered by proxy, that's Hammy Herald.

The most common form of dialog found in a World of Ham. Often the response to Inadvertent Entrance Cue. Usually a Catchphrase, but not always. Compare In the Name of the Moon, Big Entrance, Dynamic Entry. The Noblewoman's Laugh frequently ends up being a case of this. Sub-Trope of Establishing Character Moment.

When followed by a heapin' helpin' of ass-whoopin', it's a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner. Not to be confused with Food Fight. If this is combined with Say My Name then it's Large Ham Title.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Card Games 
  • World of Warcraft trading card game:
    • In the "Molten Core" raid deck, whoever's playing the raid deck is encouraged to do this when the final boss appears. "Behold Ragnaros — The Firelord! He who was ancient when this world was young! Bow before him, mortals! Bow before your ending!"
    • The card comes by it honestly. The Firelord neutral class in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne is quite a Large Ham — his summoning quote is a Shout-Out to Sinistar.
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • The joke set Unhinged has a card called "Carnivorous Death Parrot" that requires the player to read its flavor text at the start of every turn to keep the creature in play... the text "Save a kill spell to deal with this guy." (It makes sense when you see the picture.) There's also Infernal Spawn of Evil: "It's coming!" as well as "Ach! Hans, run!"
    • "Save a kill spell to deal with this guy" is a drawback — five cards in the same set have the ability "whenever an opponent says [either of the words in this card's name], you may say 'Gotcha!' and return this from your graveyard to your hand". The death-parrot triggers all five. It triggers six if your rules-meister considers 'to' to be a homophone of 'two'...
  • In the digital adaptation of Sentinels of the Multiverse, every villain has an appearance quote except Progeny, and several of them portray the villain as over-the-top. This is particularly the case with OblivAeon, who not only has a special speech format to show how Booming he is and individual lines of dialogue with every hero variant in the game, but has minions who also appear with their own quotes, such as the Sssssnaketalk of Nixious.

  • In his later performances, Sam Kinison would often walk on stage screaming, one time even chained like a wild animal.
  • When Jeff Dunham brings Achmed the Dead Terrorist out, he announces himself to the audience with "GREETINGS, INFIDELS!"
  • At the start of his concert film, You Are All Diseased, George Carlin greets the audience in this way:
    "So, let me ask you something: how's everybody doing tonight, huh? (audience cheers) Good, well, FUCK YOU!! Just trying to make you feel at home."

    Comic Books 
  • "The Fantastic Four!! Hah! Little do they dream they are naught but pawns in the hands of DOCTOR DOOM!"
  • Admittedly, Darkseid has an announcer for most of that. "On your knees for the master! The hour has come! He has come! Who is beyond good and evil? Who is the prophet of Anti-Life? Who is the rock and the chain and the lightning? All powerful! All unforgiving! All conquering! Who is your New God now and forever?"
    Darkseid: Darkseid is.
  • Set in a school for the children of superheroes and supervillains, PS238 is stuffed full with delicious hams who love huge dramatic entrances, no matter what their age:
    • Zodon, a bald, quadriplegic, supergenius supervillain, makes his first grand entrance by hacking into the school's infomercial broadcast: "BEHOLD YOUR FUTURE MASTER AND TREMBLE, YOU WHO CALL YOURSELVES HEROES!!" He's five. The school tries to rein in his profanity-laden hamminess with an implanted microchip that auto-censors his outbursts with random words and Broadway showtunes — which makes Zodon's ham even bigger:
    • A couple issues later, another new supervillain-in-training child, Victor Von Fogg, strolls into a classroom for the first time with "Acknowledge your FUTURE LORD AND MASTER!! YOU WILL ALL KNEEL BEFORE VON FOGG!!!" The teacher promptly sits him next to Zodon.
  • The Mighty Thor: "Ultron! We would have words with thee!". If Thor and/or The Incredible Hercules is on a team of Avengers, you can count on these kinds of moments frequently.
  • As pictured atop this page, Gwenpool's very first comic book panel had her bursting through a door with a motorcycle while yelling "HELLO WORLD!"
  • Invoked in a comic based on the Justice League animated series, where a group of super-powered aliens decide they can really change the world using their powers, eventually make their move on a local internal conflict with a tinpot dictator, until the man himself barges in declaring he is the light and reason of the nation and demands to know what is happening. It quickly turns out to have been a Secret Test of Character when one of the aliens offs him with barely a thought, aaand it's actually the League's shapeshifter, not as dead as thought, presumably resolving himself into J'onn telling him this is not an acceptable way forward.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • Jack Sparrow's and Davy Jones's grand entrances in the first and second films establish their mystique.
    • Davy Jones even provides one for the (not so articulate) Kraken:
      Davy Jones: Let no joyful voice be heard! Let no man look up at the sky with hope! And let this day be cursed by we who ready to wake... the KRAKEN!
    • While he starts out a little understated, you know Blackbeard's about to unleash when he first enters.
  • Pulp Fiction: Before Samuel L. Jackson asked Brett to "SAY WHAT AGAIN!" he "DON'T REMEMBER ASKING YOU A GOD DAMN THING!". Cue the introduction to the general public one of the biggest hams in the history of film.
  • The Fifth Element "KORBEEEEEEEEENNN DAAAAAAAAAAAALLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSS!!!" — or for that matter, any time Ruby Rhod enters a scene. Any time the camera cuts away from and back to him counts. Sometimes even when the camera cuts from one shot of him to another.
  • Richard Henry Lee's first (spoken) line in 1776: "You sent for me, Benjamin". It's less of what he says and more of how he says it. Ron Holgate (Lee in the original Broadway production and the film) was American musical theater's version of BRIAN BLESSED.
  • Creedence Leonore Gielgud of Troll 2: This is MYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY house!.
  • Transformers Film Series
  • The Death of Stalin gives us Jason Isaacs as Marshal Zhukov, who enter the film with the line "Right! What's a War Hero got to do to get some lubrication around here!?", followed by an epic slow-mo coat throw. Can be seen in the video example below. He later bursts into a room with an assault rifle and cries "Hands up or I'll shoot you in the fucking face!"
  • Dogma: "Behold the Metatron, herald of the Almighty, and the voice of the one true God!" Though with a job title like that, you'd expect him to be somewhat dramatic... It's also undercut somewhat by him immediately getting sprayed with a fire extinguisher by Bethany (well, he was in pillar-of-fire mode) and coughing "Do you douse everyone who comes into your bedroom with flame-retarding chemicals? No wonder you don't have much of a sex life..."
  • RoboCop: Robocop when he busts the drug factory. The door first starts rattling, all of the bolts fall out, and it lands with an incredible WHAM as he's framed in Holy Backlight.
    RoboCop: Come quietly... or there will be... TROUBLE.
  • The Spirit: "I'm gonna kill you all kinds of dead!"
  • Inglourious Basterds: "NEIN, NEIN, NEIN!"
  • See the English dub of 1994 martial arts frolic Fist of Legend for the single most overstated instance of the word Bullshit! in the history of film.
  • CROKER!!! in Evil Alien Conquerors stomps into a restaurant and starts screaming at the diners. Why? Because he's CROKER!!!
  • Hellraiser: "The box. You opened it. We came."
  • The local radio DJ in Groundhog Day "Okay, campers, rise and shine! And don't forget your booties 'cause it's coooooold out there today!..."
    • Given that every day of his "Groundhog Day" Loop begins with a clip of Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" and this spiel, Phil soon grows to hate his voice with a passion.
  • Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny: Satan in the finale.
    Satan: I AM COMPLETE!
    JB and KG: Fuuuuuuuuuck...
    • JB, and by extension, the movie itself, starts:
    JB: ♪ A long-ass fucking time ago in a town called Kickapoo... ♪
  • Whenever Stanley becomes The Mask, he delivers one of those, starting with what would become his Catchphrase: "SSSSMOKIN'!"
  • While on Jim Carrey, combined with Evil Is Hammy: Sonic the Hedgehog (2020) has his Dr. Robotnik first appearing with "Are you in charge here? [the Major starts speaking] Nope! Wrong! I'M IN CHARGE! ME!"
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie: Ivan Ooze manages to steal the spotlight from Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa. No mean feat, considering they were pretty massive hams to begin with.
  • Star Trek VI: "I can see you, Kirk. Can you see me?"
  • Good Morning, Vietnam: Robin Williams plays a radio host. What else would you expect from him?
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. The World:
    • Also "Guess who's drunk!"
    • "You punched me in the boob! Prepare to die, obviously!"
    • "Now you listen close and you listen hard, bucko. The next click you hear is me hanging up. The one after that... is me pulling the trigger."
  • The Guardian, the bad guy in Highlander: The Source, introduces himself to Duncan by zipping up to him and screaming, "THIS IS THE END OF TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME!" Duncan's reaction face is priceless.
  • John Malkovich in Eragon. "I suffer without my stone. DO NOT PROLONG MY SUFFERING!"
  • Kelly LeBrock's smoky "So....what would you little maniacs like to do first?" in Weird Science.
  • Kevin Spacey in Se7en: "Detective. Detective. DETECTIIIIIIVE! You're looking for me."
  • The Avengers:
    • Tom Hiddleston as Loki introduces himself to a crowd of terrified Germans: "Kneel before me. I said... KNEEL!!!"
    • Iron Man arrives to the strains of AC/DC's "Shoot to Thrill", which he transmitted into the radio communicator of the S.H.I.E.L.D. quinjet and repulsor blasts Loki off his feet and aims all the gajillion guns embedded in his suit at him. The line itself, "Agent Romanov, you miss me?" is understated. Tony likes to talk with his actions and BGM.
  • Judge Dredd: Dredd shouting "I AM THE LAUWH".
  • Blue Velvet has the memorable villain introduce himself with "SHADDAP! It's 'DADDY', SHITHEAD!"
  • The Great Goblin in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; both in the theatrical ("Who would be so bold as to come armed into my kingdom? Spies? Thieves?! Assassins?!") and extended ("I feel a song coming on...") cuts of the film.
  • Kenneth Branagh has at least two good ones.
    • In Wild Wild West, Arliss Loveless emerges from an exploding model of Abraham Lincoln saying "Don't yew just haaaate thay-ut song?" complete with 720 degrees of eye-rolling. Then he rides his wheelchair doing a hammy speech.
    • In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, he arrives at a library just smiling under lots of cameras, and is still confirmed as a gigantic ham.
  • And speaking of Harry Potter, when a troll gets into Hogwarts in the first movie, how does everyone find out?
    Quirrel: TROOOOOOOOLLLLLLL!!! IN THE DUNGEOOOON! TROLL IN THE DUNGEON! [stops in front of Dumbledore] Thought you ought to know. [faints]
  • Into the Woods: When the Baker notices that the Witch from next door (played by Meryl Streep) is paying them a visit, it's immediately followed by the bakery door being blown down, a big flash of lightning, and rats scurrying from under the Witch's dress. Not to mention subsequent appearances, where she teleports in just to yell at the Baker and his wife.
    "WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CARES?!? Cow's gone!! Get it back!!"
  • Ghostbusters:
    • When the Ghostbusters get their first ghost-catching job, Janine promises that they'll be "totally discreet." So what happens when they show up?
      Venkman: HEY, ANYBODY SEE A GHOST?
    • While on Ghostbusters, the 2016 movie has Holtzmann introducing herself by making clear she's quirky and possibly interested in Erin:
    Theatrical Cut: Come here often?
    Extended cut: You carry a lot of tension on your shoulders. [going for Erin's hand] Holtzmann. Virgo. Avid skier. Gluten-full. And 100% jazzed to meet you.
  • Most villains in Batman movies.
    • Batman: "It's me, Sugar bumps. (...) Jack? Jack is dead, my friend. You can call me... Joker. And as you can see, I'm a lot happier. "
    • Batman Returns: "I believe the word you're looking for is... AAAAAAAGH!" and "I am Catwoman. Hear me roar."
    • Batman Forever: "You're counting on the winged avenger to deliver you from evil, aren't you, my friend?" and "I hope you made extra."
    • Batman & Robin: "The Iceman Cometh!", "Ladies and gentlemen of the un-United Nations. And our mystery bidder." and "Hello, Jason. I think I've had a change of heart. "
    • The Dark Knight: "(Evil Laugh) And they say my jokes are bad!"
    • The Dark Knight Rises: "No one cared who I was until I put on the mask."
  • Spider-Man: "BACK TO FORMULA?" while performing a Neck Lift. And all introductions to the Green Goblin later also count because he's either doing an Evil Laugh, breaking a wall, or changing his disguised woman's voice into a shriek.
  • In the first Friday film, Craig's best friend Smokey first appears by popping his upper body through Craig's window, ripping down the curtain and shouting "Break yo self, fool!"
  • Unokichi in The Lower Depths makes his entrance by singing a song loudly and horribly out of tune while dancing wildly and thumping on a drum, and proclaiming his release from jail at the top of his voice.
    Tatsu: You're in a fine mood.
  • Rampage has both Brett Wylden, introduced spouting Angrish while whacking a space station model, and Agent Russell, who like with Ruby Rhod above, arguably counts in every scene he enters - for his first appearance, it is a smarmy summary that even provides the quote for the film's page: "Hell of a day, huh? Science experiments falling from the sky. Giant gorilla on the loose. Just the kind of exciting shit we here at the government tend to notice."
  • Jeff Bridges in Kingsman: The Golden Circle: "The name is Champagne, but you can call me Champ."
  • Aquaman has villain Black Manta introducing himself by exploding the area around the hero and Mera, and then appearing to them while using his mechanically deepened voice to quote Lovecraft: "Loathsomeness waits and dreams in the deep, and decay spreads over the tottering cities of men."
  • Showing that Hillary's America is a very biased "documentary", a young Hillary Clinton is introduced laughing madly at Richard Nixon and commenting "Oh, yeah, that's real smart."
  • Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show bursts into the party on a motorcycle singing a rollicking rock-and-roll number. Well, whaddya expect from someone who's played by Meat Loaf?
  • While many James Bond villains show they're hams with their first lines, Gustav Graves from Die Another Day gains extra points for presentation, parachuting in front of Buckingham Palace before saying "What a wonderful day to become a knight."
  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga: Alexander Lemtov's performance kicks off with a long, drawn-out "Looooooooooooooove".
  • The Princess Bride: Both Miracle Max and his wife Valerie are large hams, but Valerie in particular announces her status right from the start..
    Valerie: LIAR! LIAR! LIIAAARR!!
  • Beverly Hills Cop: Inspector Todd's introduction in the first film is a very subtle one:
  • Cold Mountain has Ruby's arrival, a barrage of over-the-top lines culminating in rooster decapitation ('Let's put him in a pot!').
  • Studio 666 has comedian Whitney Cummings as Samantha, who gives Dave Grohl a Jump Scare saying "Hey neighbor!" and strings in some more manic lines, culminating in a very hammy rendition of one of Grohl's songs, "Best of You".

  • There is a joke, which not only requires much Ham to be properly told, but is almost a literal example:
    "It's COMING!"
    "What 'it'?"
    "The WIENER SCHNITZ—" (vomit)

  • Esmé in A Series of Unfortunate Events gave her full name, usually to people who already knew it.
  • The Bartimaeus Trilogy:
    • Bartimaeus has a bad habit of doing this. The first time he arises from the pentacle in a whirl of malicious special effects and spouts off a three-line list of titles, it's rather impressive. Thereafter it becomes progressively hammier as new achievements of dubious accuracy get added to the list, especially since we only see him do it with the one guy who's heard the spiel already.
    • At one point he says that djinn in general like to constantly top themselves when it comes to entrances, both for fun and because a flashy entrance can startle an unprepared magician enough for them to mess up the summoning, allowing the summoned creature to get their vengeance.
  • In David Eddings' The Elenium series, the Child-Goddess Aphrael definitely enjoys her drama, but she only steps into this territory when one of the knights complain about her tendency to teleport in right next to them/behind them, and nearly scare them out of their full-plate armor. Her next appearance is prefaced by a divine symphony of trumpet fanfares. Just to let them know she's coming.
  • Spiro's HOY! in My Family and Other Animals.
  • In This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It, John, after vaulting the asylum wall in the Caddie shouts, "DID SOMEONE ORDER SOME FUCKING PRISON BREAK WITH A SIDE OF SHOTGUN?"
  • Strega Nona: Her Story: Giuseppe and Zia Rosa are waiting for Strega Nona's mother, who is also his wife, and his or her sister to finally give birth to Strega Nona.
    Giuseppe says that every child they had was brought into the world by Grandma Concetta, but in the storm,
    he fears she can't come over there.
    Hours pass, and Giuseppe is scared.
    He asks Zia Rosa where the baby is.
    Zia Rosa knows the baby is waiting.
    Giuseppe quickly cries, "For what"?
    On cue, Grandma Concetta bursts in.
    A gust of wind blowing her indoors.
    "For Me!", she cries, "no grandchild of mine can be born without, me"!!!
    She takes off her theatrical cloak, rolls up her sleeves, and heads for the bedroom, asking Rosa to follow, with the baby being ready to come.
    Sure enough, the girl is then born.
    Grandma Concetta names their child Nona, and declares her as a Strega.
    Her large ham gave the baby life.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun. Dick can't help but do this sometimes because he's such a Large Ham in general. Mary was once explaining to Nina that Dick isn't as egotistical as he seems, right before Dick walks in with this:
  • The Adventures of Superman: "This looks like a job for Superman!"
  • On Arrested Development GOB and Buster are impressed by rival magician "Tony Wonder" (Played by Ben Stiller) who only appears when someone uses the word "Wonder" at which point he tosses a smoke bomb, jumps out from hiding, and proclaims, "Did somebody say WONDER?!"
  • Babylon 5:
    • G'Kar usually announces his entry on stage by shouting the name of whoever he intends to speak to from across the room. Often before he appears on camera.
    • Londo is an unabashed ham in any of his public appearances, though it is clearly an affectation; he is far more reserved in private. However, his cries for his "... good friend MEEEEESTER GARIBALDI!!!" are a sight to behold, even by his standards.
  • During a training exercise in Band of Brothers, Sobel abandons any form of stealth and decides to attack by tear-assing down a road (in a highly conspicuous leather jacket), pistol aloft, screaming "Hi-O SILVER!"
  • Blackadder:
    • Lord Flashheart is such a Large Ham he does this twice; first he rappels into the corridor and declares "Iiiit's ME!" Then he enters the room and announces "Flash by name - Flash by nature! Hurrah!", a sentiment shared by all the cast except Edmund. He also has the brilliant "Enter, a man who has no underwear."
      Lord Flash: [offscreen] HEY GIRLS! TAKE A LOOK AT MY MACHINERY! [girls squealing off-screen, followed by Flashheart coming in through the door, adjusting his trousers]
    • General Melchett occasionally gets this. In the second episode his entrances are proceeded with his signature "BAAAAAAAHHHH", the second instance even causing Blackadder to flatly utter "I'm dead."
    • And of course, BRIAN BLESSED himself.
  • On Boy Meets World, Eric enters the first episode of season 7 by jumping on the student center pool table and yelling "EVERYBODY LOOK AT MY HEAD!" (because he got an Important Haircut). This sets the tone for his ever more over the top Cloud Cuckoolander personality that season.
  • Chef! (1993): "HELLOO, RRROSBEEF!"
  • Community: "Did someone say 'CRAZY PERSOOOOOOOOOOOON?!"
    Everyone else: No.
    Chang: ... Well, I heard it.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Daleks:
      • Particularly in the new series, the first appearance of a Dalek in a story is always accompanied by the all-purpose Catchphrase "EXTERMINATE!"
      • Variations include "HALT! STAY WHERE YOU ARE! YOU ARE A PRISONER OF THE DALEKS!", and so forth.
      • "Journey's End": Some Daleks in Germany use the battle cry of "EXTERMINIEREN!".
    • The Master:
      • In all his appearances, The Master tends to announce himself with "I am the Master, and you will obey me."
      • Though that's nothing compared to the Master's introduction in "Last of the Time Lords". You don't have it hammier than rocking your way into your flying Supervillain Lair while singing to the Scissor Sisters about your relationship with your Arch-Enemy. And broadcasting the music to the entire planet.
      • Both incarnations of The Master in "Utopia" serve as an incoming ham to the Saxon Master's Evil Is Hammy antics in the episodes that follow. The Yana Master first serves as a Hammy Herald by overdramatically shouting "THE MASTERRRR! REEEEEBOOOOORN!" before screaming through his regeneration. Then when the Saxon Master is born, he jumps up and exclaims "HA HAAAAAAA!" before running around the Tardis in circles laughing like a goofball.
      • "Ascension of the Cybermen": The Master jumps out of the Boundary portal all smiles:
        "WOW! Ah! That's a good entrance, right?"
    • The Captain's introduction in "The Pirate Planet": "MR. FIBULI! MR. FIBULI! BY ALL THE X-RAY STORMS OF VIGA, WHERE IS THAT NINCOMPOOP?!"
    • Captain Jack's return to the show: "DOOOOOOOOOOOCTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOR!"
    • Timothy Dalton as Rassilon with "Gallifrey RISES!" whilst spitting all over the camera.
  • Janice from Friends: OH. MY. GOD.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • In the last scene of episode 3, we're introduced to swordfighting instructor Syrio Forel, who's essentially played as a Spanish fop (albeit one who's also a Master Swordsman) and says every single line as dramatically as possible. "JUST SO!"
    • Drogon is a dragon, so being big and bombastic is just in his nature. He never fails to announce his presence with a mighty roar before appearing.
    • In Season 7, Euron announces his presence in battle by T-boning Yara's ship, crashing onto its with a giant gangplank shaped like a dragon and laughing maniacally. Doesn't get much hammier than that.
  • Good Eats: I'M LACTOSE MAN! Lever Man (played by the same actor in the same costume) has a similar entry.
  • Douglas Reynholm's Establishing Character Moment from The IT Crowd. Nothing says Large Ham like this dude arriving late to his dad's funeral, slamming open the church doors, taking off his sunglasses, making sure he's got everyone's attention and — right before spectacularly running up the aisle, knocking down the casket and getting into a slap fight with the vicar — Milking the Giant Cow and Skyward Screaming at the top of his lungs: "FFFAAAAAAAAAAATHEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!"
  • Momotaros/Sword Form in Kamen Rider Den-O has his catchphrase "Ore...Sanjou!" ("I have arrived!"), which he simply can't appear without saying. In All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker, he even pushed a Mook out of the way just to make sure he got his catchphrase in. And God have mercy on you if you interrupt it!
  • Kamen Rider Zi-O: The Mysterious prophet Woz can't resist the urge to ham it up, especially when proclaiming "IWAE" (REJOICE) before launching into a speech celebrating the protagonist nearly every episode. He hates having his moment interrupted and due to his Stealth Hi/Bye antics, oftentimes scares the crap out of someone by popping up and yelling "IWAE" at max volume.
  • From The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Kronos the monkey puppet.
  • Squiggy's nasal "Hallooooo!" every time he and Lenny would drop in on Laverne & Shirley.
  • The League of Gentlemen:
    • "Hello, hello? What's all this shouting? We'll have no trouble here!"
    • "Hello, Daaaaaaaave?"
    • "Okey-cokey, pig-in-a-pokey! Good morning, job seekers!"
  • Gene Hunt (of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes) gets a lot of these. (The phrase "armed bastards", while well known, has only actually featured twice.)
  • The Mighty Boosh: Not a one liner, but Bob Fossil's entry in the Stage Show fits this trope nonetheless. It's over the top, it's noisy, it announces the presence of a Large Ham... the only difference is that it goes on for longer.
  • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Rita Repulsa is given one in the opening, cementing her status as a Large Ham before the show even began.
    Rita Repulsa: AH!! After ten-thousand years, I'm free! It's time to conquer Earth!
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000:
    • Doctor Forrester's first appearance in any episode is usually announced with some variation on "Hello, booby," or another insulting nickname for Joel or Mike.
    • Then when Pearl took over as the major Big Bad, she would often greet Mike while making fun of his name, such as: "Oh hi Nike Smelson."
  • In the Musical Episode of Once Upon a Time, Snow White sits up in bed and expresses confusion at the fact that she is suddenly singing. Enter Prince Charming, flinging open the door and boasting how good his singing voice is.
  • Our Miss Brooks: Mr. Conklin usually enters with characteristic bluster.
  • In the first episode of each season of RuPaul's Drag Race, the contestants make their entrance into the Werk Room one by one, thus giving each one a prime opportunity to make a good first impression with their particular drag style. But for the first four seasons, this wasn't uniform. Some queens made a grand entrance while others just walked in and said hi. But starting in Season 5, the producers have been encouraging every queen to make it count with a pose and a one-liner, while others go beyond and make it an event:
    Laganja Estranga: Oh y'all wanted a twist, eh? Come on Season Six, let's get SICKENING! [does a death drop in the doorway]
    Cynthia Lee Fontaine: How you doing, mis amores??? Do you want to see my Cucu??? [sticks her surgically enhanced butt toward the camera]
    • In season 9, Sasha Velour walked in and screamed at the top of her lungs for a good ten seconds. Quickly subverted when she wound up being the most soft-spoken queen that season.
    • And then there's one of the most famous entrances on the show - Shangela popping out of a gift-wrapped box. That's the level of extra that would make her a legend in Drag Race circles.
    • In Season 2 when not everyone made their entrance a spectacle, Pandora Boxx was ahead of the curve, walking in and shouting with a big, goofy grin on her face, "HEY, FAKE LADIIIIIIIIIIES!!!"
    • Spinoff Canada's Drag Race gave us Ilona Verley, who first walked into the Werk Room with her phone, while on an Instagram live session, in full Motor Mouth mode, before ending it and smashing her phone on the floor with a wicked grin, scaring the crap out of the other queens.
  • Subverted on Scrubs. Dr. Kevin Casey, played by Michael J. Fox, walks in dramatically and looks like he's about to give a one-liner... then stops, turns around, and comes back again. Then he stops, turns around, and comes back again, and J.D. reflects on his obsessive-compulsive disorder. Once he's made his entrance to his satisfaction, in lieu of a proper one-liner, he makes some comment about the crazy-strict rules he gave himself about entering the hospital.
  • Seinfeld: Kramer always entered Jerry's apartment with a dramatic slide - but it was postal employee Newman who had a recurring Ham whenever he entered a scene.
    "Hello, Jerry."
  • Star Trek:
    • Q would sometimes deliver a portent just before materializing. "Au contraire, mon capitan! 'Eee's BAAAACK!"
    • The Borg always state their mantra of assimilation before proceeding to tear things apart.
  • Star Trek: Voyager:
    • Lonzak in the World of Ham holodeck program The Adventures of Captain Proton.
    • The Doctor, in his Fair Haven priest getup, bursting in with a shout of "SINNERS!"
    • George Takei, who heavily campaigned to star in his own spinoff Excelsior, never got his wish; but he did get to sit in the Captain's chair in VOY's "Flashback". He only gets a handful of lines and milks them for all they're worth. "My... Goooooooooooooooooooood."
      Doc Oho: Takei walks through the smoke on the Bridge of the Excelsior like a dog sniffing out a sausage!
  • Supernatural: The Trickster in "Hammer of the Gods" ("Can't we all just GET ALONG?") and when entering the sitcom in "Changing Channels" right after having Castiel Blown Across the Room.
    "Helloooo!" (audience goes wild) "Thank you! Thank you!"
  • Top Gear (UK):
    • Jeremy Clarkson tends to be heard long before he appears;
      Jeremy Clarkson: [from across the studio] That is DISGUSTING!
      Richard Hammond: Oh, dear! I fear Jeremy may be heading this way with an opinion!
    • And Jeremy arriving in a fast car;
      Jeremy: POOOWWEEEER!
  • The West Wing: President Bartlet's first appearance on the show is preceeded by his proclamation (in the full authoritative voice of the President), "I am the Lord your God! Thou shalt have no other gods before me." It Makes Sense in Context, but wow.
    • Followed up with "Boy, those were the days, huh?"
    • In Season two, White House Counsel Lionel Tribbey, an imposing man by any standard, makes his first entrance by bursting through a door shouting "I WILL KILL PEOPLE TODAY, LEO!", while brandishing a cricket bat that was given to him by Queen Elizabeth II.
    • Also, basically every single entrance from Lord John Marbury.
  • Will & Grace: "Hey, friends, lovers, mothers and other strangers, you are not going to believe what happened to me..."
  • WKRP in Cincinnati subverts this brilliantly in one episode, where Les Nessman introduces a new opening theme to the news that's such an Incoming Ham you expect it to be directed by Cecil B. Demille and voiced by James Earl Jones. He then begins the news in his normal squeak of a voice.


  • True Capitalist:
    • The radio's host has this:
      "Well folks, I think it's time for everyone's favorite part of the broadcast, AND AH'M TALKIN' ABOUT RADIO GRAFFITTIIIIII! HAHAHAHAAAA!"
    • And then there's the callers.
    Ghost: 213/478, what do you think about Obama?
    Ghetto Capitalist: [crying baby] Ghost baby, what's going on?!
    Ghost: 614, what do you think about it?
    Tub Guy: Ghost, get in my tub and we'll have a three-way with Paul Ryan. It'll be totally legit. Oh my!
    Ghost: 347, what do you have to say?

    Pro Wrestling 


  • In the modern re-interpretation of The Imaginary Invalid, Beralde is introduced when he marches on stage and announces to the other characters, "I WRESTLED A BEAR TODAY."
    Toinette: Your shirt is all tattered!
    Beralde: That's what happens when you GRAB LIFE BY THE BALLS.
  • In the farce Murder in the Magnolias, Hollywood actress Lotta Kargo makes her first entrance proclaiming "In two days, tomorrow will be yesterday!"
  • Miles Gloriosus makes his grand entrance in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with several fanfares and the line "Stand aside everyone! I take LARGE STEPS!"
  • RENT has Maureen delivering this little gem when she arrives for her performance:
    Maureen: [dramatically] JOANNE! Which way to the stage?!
  • Likewise her equivalent character in La Bohème appears interrupting a relatively smooth set piece coming in to riotous music. Conventionally we're first aware of her when we hear her shrieking with forced laughter off-stage, and in higher budget productions she often makes her entrance in an actual horse-drawn carriage or, if the setting is updated, a fancy car.
  • Jasper in Deadland:
    • Hel and Loki. Their entrance is always signaled by drums and thunder, followed by them loudly saying their names.
    • Inverted with Ammut. She introduces herself in a bored, disinterested way, but acts more loud and bombastic when talking about her role guarding the gates of Deadland.
  • Depending on the production, Rum Tum Tugger from Cats can potentially have multiple ones of these. Generally, his first entrance (as himself rather than a chorus cat) is signaled by a dramatic guitar riff and a one-liner or sound effect; if the production includes "The Aweful Battle of the Pekes and the Pollicles", he gets at least one mid-song entrance playing the bagpipes, and he even occasionally gets a dramatic entrance at the beginning of "Magical Mr. Mistoffelees", which is someone else's song.
  • The song "Dear Old Shiz" in Wicked ends with Galinda dramatically singing a high note as she is rolled onstage, letting you know that young Galinda will be much sillier than the older Glinda that appeared earlier in the show.
    • Elphaba makes a hammy entrance in "No Good Deed", in which she is raised up through the stage scream-singing "FIIIEEEROOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
  • In The Pirates of Penzance, Mabel introduces herself with a coloratura cadence.
  • The World of Ham that is opera is full of such examples, though The Barber of Seville has a particularly memorable one with Largo al factum, several bars of which are sung from off-stage before the baritone enters to sing this loud and flamboyant "I Am" Song. (Actually very useful for nervous singers to get into Large Ham mode before the audience can see them.)
  • Introduced by a Hammy Herald in the form of a breathtaking trumpet solo, the titular character of Elisabeth opens the verbal (and at points, depending on the production, physical) duel with Death himself. with a triumphant scream of her name. note 
  • Twisted: The Untold Story of a Royal Vizier: "Au contraire!" Even in a parody where he's not identified by name, no one makes a dramatic entrance like Gaston.
  • The Verdi opera Othello gives its title character one of the loudest, hammiest entrances of any leading tenor at the climax of the opening storm scene. He only sings here for a dozen bars of accompanied recitative (which is immediately followed by a livelier choral ensemble), but it's impressive enough that it's often been presented as an aria on recordings.
  • Ivan Turgenev's play Fortune's Fool features the entry of wealthy neighbour Flegont Alexandrovitch Tropatchov bursting onto the scene and dominating the stage with a breathless monologue before asking the poor Kuzovkin if he's boring him.
  • In the stage musical Kinky Boots:
    • Lola has several moments like these, notably in the finale, "Raise You Up".
      Lola: Don't go thinking it was your sappy phone calls that brought me here. I've come for one thing and one thing only—ADULATION!
    • Don also has his moment in the same number when he and the rest of the Price and Son's employees show up on the runway wearing kinky boots:
      Don: Look out, Milan, here comes Don,
      And Don has brought some friends along!
  • Hamilton:
    • The Pride of Mt. Vernon, GEOOORGE WASHINGTON!
    • Let's be honest, this is practically Aaron Burr, Sir's job.
    • Two ham songs, Guns and Ships to introduce Lafayette (EV'RYONE GIVE IT UP FOR AMERICA'S FAVORITE FIGHTING FRENCHMAN!/ LAFAYETTE!) and Yorktown to introduce note  HERCULES MULLIGAN!!!
    • Three if you count the end of "Farmer Refuted" ("Silence! A message from the King, a message from the King, a message frooom the Kiiiiiing!") leading into King George III's introduction in "You'll Be Back"
    • And another in "What'd I Miss":
      Burr: But someone's gotta keep the American promise, you simply must meet Thomas. Thomas!
      Chorus: Thomas Jefferson's comin' hooooome...
  • A Very Potter Musical:
    • "WHAT THE DEVIL IS GOING ON HEEEEEEEERE?!" This immortal line was uttered by Snape. In fact, Joe Moses in general, if Starship is anything to go on, too.
    • "Did somebody say DRACO MALFOY?" is probably the best example from the show. It gets special mention because nobody had actually said "Draco Malfoy". Draco's cue line was "Now let's leave these big baby childish jerks alone" before s/he interrupts the scene.
    • In the sequel, Goyle has a triple Incoming Ham moment which references three different Incoming Ham in a row: "WHO DARES DISTURB MY SLUMBER? GET OVER HERE! IT'S CLOBBERING TIME!"
  • In Siegfried, the Hot-Blooded title character makes his first entrance shouting wildly while driving a bear onstage.

    Video Games 
  • Super Robot Wars: Sanger Zombolt takes the cake.
  • Cave Story demonstrates this with the loveable bar of soap, Balrog.
    Balrog: [in the original language] HEEEEEEEYYYY!
    Balrog: [in the Fan Translation] HUZZAH!
    Balrog: [in the official translation] OH YEAH!
  • Cosmic Break: The Game Masters always do this in each and every VS. Chaos event.
  • City of Villains
    • In a mission where you are sent to stop the Circle of Thorns from summoning Baphomet, Bat'Zul's arrival is preceded by four waves of herald demons who announce his impending arrival. Talk about ego.
    • For that matter, almost every Archvillain or Elite Boss or allies, and many boss-level enemies have a few lines to introduce themselves. Most of them aren't too pretentious, although Lord Nemesis! is behind everything.
  • Tales of the Abyss: "Enter the Amazing Guy!"
  • Command & Conquer
    • "And he cried in a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come forth!' And Lazarus did arise from the grave...."
    • "Kane Lives in death! Kane Lives in death!" "KANE... LIIIVEEEEEEESSSS!!!!!!!"
    • All hero units (and some late game units) in the games announce their presence on the battlefield with this trope, especially the original Commando and Tanya.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Ansem/Xehanort's Heartless introduces himself: "It is I, Ansem, Seeker of Darkness."
    • Maleficent gets one as well, when she goes into her One-Winged Angel dragon form: "THE TRU-U-UE DA-A-ARKNESS!"
  • Elden Ring: Godfrey, First Elden Lord's transition into his second phase. It's thematically important, too, since Godfrey grafted the lion Serosh onto himself to sate his lust for battle, so him removing Serosh and reverting to his true identity as Hoarah Loux is a sign that he is done playing games and is about give you a serious ass-whooping.
    Godfrey: I've given thee courtesy enough. Now, I fight as Hoarah Loux, WARRIOR!
  • Makai Kingdom
  • The World Ends with You: Lots of Reapers demonstrate various levels of hamminess. Sho Minamimoto manages to beat them all out.
    Minamimoto: Sooo Zetta Slow! How long does it take you to crack a Z-Class code! You factoring Hectopascals!
  • Waka, from Ōkami.
    "Hark! The call of the heavens, the earth, the sea... They summon me forth to defeat evil! Waka, the gods' gift to man, is here! Bonjour!"
  • Undertale: Every time Mettaton makes an entrance. "OHHHHHH YESSS!"
    • Gets even better when he says it right as he's transforming into his EX form, as that time it's fully voiced. This is one of the only instances of voice acting in the entire game.
  • Warcraft
  • Mass EffeAssuming direct control.
  • Sinistar: "BEWARE! I LIVE!"
  • World of Warcraft: Every. Single. Raid. Boss. Ever. The top two are probably Kael and Malygos. Kael gives a hammy speech that lasts several minutes every time you engage him, and later returns to inform you that He knows what you're thinking. But Tempest Keep was merely a setback! Malygos? WHAT COULD YOU POSSIBLY HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH HERE? TO EMPLOY MAGIC? AGAINST ME? Bwahahahahahahaha!
    • Deathwing, in Cataclysm's intro cinematic. The opening note of music, silence, then: "PAAAAAAAAAAIN! AAAAGONYYYYYYY! My hatred BUUUUURNS through the CAVERNOUS DEEP!"
    • An interesting twist is in the Frost Lord Ahune encounter. When he is summoned, the player is the one delivering the lines - one of the rare instances in which the game makes a player character talk. Also done in the Headless Horseman encounter, actually. "Horseman rise/ Your time is nigh/ You felt death once/ Now, know demise!" There is never any other indication in the game that your character is the poetic sort.
    • More recently, Ultraxion. I am the beginning of the end! The shadow which bolts out the sun! The bell which tolls your doom! For this moment ALONE was I made! Look upon your death, mortals...and despair! Most of the dragons do this.
    • In Mists of Pandaria, we have Lei Shen, the Thunder King. "You! You have earned my ire. I will make an example of you, such that all who look upon my might will tremble and SUBMIT!" Some of the Sha count as well, particularly Anger, who has an appropriate line each time he appears. "Yes, YES! Bring your rage to bear! Try to strike me down!"
    • One of the best parts of running Trial of the Crusader? Lord Jaraxxus, Who is possibly the king of making an entrance. "TRIFILING GNOME. YOUR ARROGANCE WILL BE YOUR UNDOING!, YOU FACE JARAXXUS! ERADAR LORD OF THE BURNING LEGION!!!"
Any time Gilgamesh shows up, you can be guaranteed that there will be enough ham to feed a city block for a week.
  • Final Fantasy VI:
    • Kefka: "Phooey! Emperor Gesthal's stupid orders! Edgar, you pinhead! Why do you have to live in the middle of a stinking desert?!? These recon jobs are the pits! ...AHEM! There's SAND on my boots!" The audio helps, as his unique and immediately recognizable laugh precedes some of the greatest ham the series has ever served up, and his theme music adds to the effect by being at once humorous and intimidating, just like the man himself.
    • Ultros: "Uwee ee ee, Game Over! Don't tease the Octopus kids!"
    • Sabin: "Give it up, Vargas!"
    • Both versions of Atma\Ultima deliver a big one, ending with "feeble creatures, die\go!" to cement it.
  • BlazBlue:' "I am the man of love and justice, Bang Shishigami!" And while we're at it: "I am the white void. I am the cold steel. I am the just sword. With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of this world and cleanse it in the fires of destruction. I am Hakumen. The end has come!"
  • Dawn of War:
    • The opening cutscenes for the games let you know just how dramatic the game is going to be (true to its source, Warhammer 40,000), so they're the games' Incoming Ham line in a sense.
    • There are also these two lines in the Dawn of War II's opening cutscene:
      Eldar Farseer: You lost this war before you even started, fool.
      Space Marine Captain: (in the absolute loudest scream possible) TAKE COVEEEEEEEEERRRRRRR!
    • The Assault Marines in the first Dawn of War were rather fond of shouting "DEATH FROM ABOOOOOOVE!!" while activating their jump packs, followed by crashing down onto whoever was unlucky enough and unleashing the full force of Warhammer 40,000's extra-strong brand of Chainsaw Good.
    • In addition, in Dawn of War II every single boss creature except Tyranid beasts gleefully indulges in this.
  • From Shadow Hearts: Covenant: CHAMPION OF TRUTH AND JUSTICE... GRAND PAPILLON!!!. This coming from a gay vampire wrestler who thinks he's a superhero.
  • Punch-Out!!: Super Macho Man gives a truly hamtastic line when you first fight him;
    "Are you READY?! 'Cause I'm gonna put on a SHOW!"
  • "You forget what it means to be 'human', Pius!" — Alexander Roivas, Eternal Darkness
  • BioShock:
    • "I am Andrew Ryan, and I'm here to ask a question: Is a man not entitled to the sweat of his brow?"
  • Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped: "Mwahahahahahah... free, at LASSST!"
  • Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story: "Did someone just page the King of Awesome?"
  • Killzone 2: Colonel Radec arrives to say "Haven't I killed ALL of you yet?"
    • Fallout: New Vegas: Old World Blues: "Ahahahaha! I am on-line once again! Tremble world before my electric heating coil of doom!" This coming from a toaster.
    • Fallout 4: If you side with the Brotherhood, Liberty Prime is back online, as hamy as ever.
  • God of War
    • "You challenge me, mortal? A GOD OF OLYMPUS?!"
    • Zeus' opening Rousing Speech in III definitely qualifies.
    • "Behold the GLORY of HELIOS!!"
  • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks:
  • Disgaea is rife with this, but special mention goes to Captain Gordon, DEFENDER OF EARTH!!!
    • Setting the tone for the entire damn game: AGENTS ARE... GO!!!!
  • Every unit says one of these lines upon being produced in StarCraft.
    • The Overmind, when it gives you a briefing at the beginning of Zerg campaign.
    • Continued into Starcraft II.
  • LittleBigPlanet: I... AM AVALON CENTRIFUGE!
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky: "I HAVE FOUND YOU AT LAST! THE DEFILERS WHO ARE CAUSING... THE DISTORTION OF SPACE!"
  • While damn near all capital ships in Sins of a Solar Empire are hammy special mention goes to the Vulkuras Desolater... because... well... just listen to this... thats just what he says when he spawns...
  • The Beast of Homeworld Cataclysm:
  • Star Fox: All of Star Wolf introduces themselves as different cuts of ham. First, Wolf (standard Large Ham) with the memetic "Can't let you do that, Star Fox!!", then Leon (Cold Ham) with "Andross has ordered us to take you down.", then Pigma (Jerkass Ham) with "Peppy! Long time no see!", and finally Andrew (Family Honor Ham) with "Andross' enemy is MY enemy."
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising: Villians are no match for Pyrrhon!
    • Hades' first appearance, in which he RIPS THE CREDITS OFF THE SCREEN, and introduces himself with "sorry to keep YOU waiting!", then proceeds to refer to you as "Pitty-Pat". Really, any time he speaks could qualify. "Good morning, do-gooders!" and "Paluteeeeenaaaa! Oh, pretty Paluteeenaaa! Can you hear me?" are particularly wonderful examples.
  • Approach any named character in any of the many Warriors series of games and prepare to be greeted by ham. Only natural, after all—all these games take place in their own World of Ham. Even the generic officers will greet you with boasts and threats, ranging from the basic to the overblown, neatly underscoring that there is nothing understated about Koei's Hack and Slash mainstays. It fall short of Pre Ass Kicking One Liner because in some instances they're not expected to live long enough to finish their lines.
  • Murray's introduction in Sly 2: Band Of Thieves consists of him bellyflopping through a glass ceiling.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monster Coliseum, Marik's entrance is loud, evil, and hilariously over-the-top.
    Marik: Ah, there you are, Pharaoh! Are you ready to lose everything you hold dear?
  • Being reduced to a card did nothing to cut Lord Jaraxxus' ham down.
    • Joining him in terms of hammy 'replace your hero' characters is Ragnaros when called up from Majordomo Executus' battlecry.
    TOO SOON! You have awakened me TOO SOON, Executus!
  • Not just limiting the ham to World of Warcraft, Blizzard loves this trope—in Overwatch, some characters will use their selection call to ham it up to the moon. Reinhardt especially loves to do this.
    Reinhardt: Don't worry my friends, I! AM YOUR SHIELD!
    • Upon being nanoboosted by Ana, every character (except Ana) will yell the phrase "I AM UNSTOPPABLE!" (or some variation thereof.)
  • Heroes of the Storm has the Dragon Knight, who presumably relishes just being able to speak during his release from that statue. (Sadly now replaced by the voiceover of his much-less-hammy wife.)
  • Diablo III gives us the Skeleton King, who's first words to the Player Character are "You dare to bring the warmth of life into my tomb?!"
  • Tiesel Bonne by this point in Mega Man Legends has already established himself to have as much ham as an M. Bison on rye, but before attempting to blow The Flutter out of the sky he feels the need to not only laugh maniacally, but to broadcast his laughter over the P.A. so Mega Man and Roll know what's coming.
  • Mister Torgue of the Borderlands franchise first introduces himself properly in the "Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage" DLC by hijacking Patricia Tannis' mostly-scientific announcement of a new Vault discovery.
    Mister Torgue: BOOOOOORING. You don't wanna hear about that, Vault Hunter! You wanna hear about loot! And pecs! AND EXPLOSIONS! I'm Torgue, and I'm here to ask you one question, and one question only: EXPLOSIONS?
    Tannis: Get off this ECHO frequency you protein-guzzling buffoon! I'm trying to convey—
  • Tom Phan (AKA The Phantom) in Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is one of the only two characters in the game to have full voice acting, and he makes damn good use of it:
    Phantom: HA! You think yours is a real mustache?!
  • Wario once he becomes Wario Deluxe in WarioWare Gold.
    Wario Deluxe: Oh! The money! The power! I can feel it—inside! Gurgling!...Building! It''s, uh...EXPLOSIVE!
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: Big Smoke's very first line in the game?note  "YOU PICKED THE WRONG HOUSE, FOOL!"
  • The Dung Defender in Hollow Knight opens his boss fight with a bellow. It sets the tone admirably.
  • Gyoubu Masataka Oniwa from Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice starts his boss fight by screaming at the top of his lungs.
  • When Rubber Band from Paper Mario: The Origami King first appears onscreen on the stage of the Big Sho' Theater, it makes sure that everyone's attention would be solely on it.
    "No, no, NO! The star of the show isn't Mario, you uncultured HACKS! The real MEEE!"
  • Disco Elysium: The first words the player hears from the fascist bruiser Measurehead gives them an idea what to expect. In a level yet booming voice, he bluntly (and with some justification) informs the Detective:
  • ULTRAKILL's got few voiced characters, but they make their presence very known from the get go.
    • Gabriel's true potential for Ham only gets shown in battle (and during his Villainous Breakdown), but even when he's being measured and self-contained he can't help but let some out.
      Gabriel: Machine... Turn back, now. The layers of this palace are not for your kind. Turn back, or you will be crossing the Will of God.
    • Minos Prime has been holding it in for centuries, and lets you know it as soon as you break him free of his prison.
      Minos: Aah, free at last... Oh, Gabriel, now dawns thy reckoning... AND THY GORE SHALL GLISTEN BEFORE THE TEMPLES OF MAN!
    • Sisyphus Prime is a more measured Cold Ham when he's not in battle, but you can feel the intensity in his words (and general being) from the get go.
      Sisyphus: A visitor? Indeed. I have slept long enough. The Kingdom of Heaven has long since forgotten my name, and I am eager to make them remember.

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 

  • Gunnerkrigg Court: Dr. Disaster announces his presence by smashing open the door and shouting "Spacemonauts! The Earth is in peril!"
  • Girl Genius features "Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer!!!!"
  • Ishihara Shingi makes his debout this way in The Fan
  • Homestuck: Killer Game-Master, Smug Snake and number eight enthusiast Vriska Serket decides to properly introduce herself to The Hero.
    AG: Joooooooo
    AG: oooooooo
    AG: oooooooo
    AG: oooooooo
    AG: oooooooo
    AG: oooooooo
    AG: oooooooo
    AG: oooooooohn!
    • And promptly lampshaded:
      AG: It is 8 rows of 8.
      AG: I specifically counted them.
      AG: It is the sort of thing I do.
    • Also Karkat's bombastic chronological introduction, also to John:
    • Totally Radical Gamer Girl Latula managed this with her skateboarding entrance. The conversation afterwards was just gravy.
    • Subverted with her matesprit Mituna, who comes in in a similar way... and then promptly falls flat on his face.
  • Paranatural: "Gooooooood... AFTERNOON!!! IT'STIMEFORENGLISHYESITIS"
  • Anti-Madeline from Rusty and Co. might be very small, but her entrance is big!
    Anti-Madeline: I exist, bitches! Oooooh yeah, tremble at the might of... ANTI-MADELINE!
  • In El Goonish Shive, Mr. Tensaided tends to make an entrance with a loud booming voice or a quote of some sort.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    Elan: [off-panel] BEHOLD!
    Roy: Oh, that can't be a good sign.
    Elan: It is I, your new party wizard! I am powerful and stuff!
    Roy: [closing eyes and looking away] If I don't look directly at it, it can't kill my brain... [covering ears] Can't hear it either.

    Web Videos 
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: "ATTENTION DUELISTS! My hair is making an entrance!"
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged: "I'M BACK, BITCHES!"
    • also: "...mineminemineMineMineMineMINEMINEMINE!!!"
    • And this gem from Super Android 13 Abridged: '''FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS, I LAY DORMANT. WHO HAS DISTURBED MY-"
      Goku: Hey, best buddy!
  • Honestly, the top award for this in web video should go to Tom Clark's portrayal of Boris Todbringer, a duke from the Warhammer Universe. He just EXUDES ham.
    "It's ME! TODDY!"
  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog:
    • It introduces the egotistical Captain Hammer with a scene-stealing hero song atop a moving van, complete with Milking the Giant Cow.
      Stand back, everyone, nothing here to see!
      Just imminent danger, in the middle of it me!
      Yes, Captain Hammer's here, hair blowing in the breeze!
      The day needs my saving expertise!
    • Doctor Horrible himself first appears doing an Evil Laugh at the camera. But he's just demonstrating how well it's coming along.
  • Monster Factory: IT'S TIME FOR SUCCOTASH!
  • When the Executor sends Terl a new leader in To Boldly Flee, General Zod is introduced with one word: KNEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLL! Hilariously, Terl thinks this is his actual name.
    Terl: Oh God, he's foreign... Um, Hello, Neil! Very nice to meet you!
  • Atop the Fourth Wall:
    • 90's Kid always heralds his arrivals with one word: DUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!!
    • Similarly, Moarte always starts off with some variation on "HELLO, my cheeldren!"
  • Silver Tom of JourneyQuest. "FELICITATIONS!"
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • The Critic's review on Small Soldiers gives us DEEEEEEVVVVIIILLL BBOOOONNNEEEERRRR!
      Devil Boner: I'M CHILD FRIENDLY!!!
    • The Critic in general, typically opens each video by delivering his catchphrase with considerable aplomb.
      Nostalgia Critic: HellO, I'm the Nostalgia Critic, I remember it so you don't have to!
  • Epic Rap Battles of History
    • "I AM ADOLF HITLER!, Commander of The Third Reich!
      • "Knock knock knock knock! Did somebody say 'birthmarks'?"-Mikhail Gorbachev
      • "Did somebody say 'real power'?"-Vladimir Putin
    • "(M-I-C) I ROCK THE MIC PROPERLY!"-Walt Disney
    • And when doing site news updates, it would be presented by stock photographs of Theodore Roosevelt, who began every report with "WHAT'S UP BITCHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!?"
  • In Noob: La Quête Légendaire, Rafale makes a loud and Third-Person Person introduction of himself before showing himself to the Noob guild, who's looking for an extra player at the time.
  • Real-Time Fandub's legendary "Eggman pisses on the moon" bit opens with such a moment:
    Eggman: [on live TV] I've come to make an announcement: Shadow the Hedgehog is a bitch-ass motherfucker!
    • The Devil almost always announces his arrival in a scene this way.
      The Devil: Heyyyyyy... It's meeeeee!
  • Oxventure: In their Blades in the Dark campaign, Andy Farrant establishes a lot about his new character in one sentence. While Edvard certainly proves capable of subtlety and cunning, whenever Amadeus Astor comes up or he's talking about his latest Brilliant Invention, things get...loud.
    Andy: (in-character) I am Edvard Lumiere, and I am an inventor, a tinkerer, a maker of things, that I'm fully confident would be in every household in the city were it not for the MACHINATIONS of my rival, AMADEUS ASTOR - A BASE, DECEITFUL FRAUD WHO HAS THWARTED ME AT EVERY TURN!
    Luke: In my mind, you're already explaining this to everyone else in the street.
    Jane: (in-character) Sir, this is an antique shop.

    Western Animation 
  • On the show Adventure Time, Lemongrab makes his grand entrance by walking into the castle on a camel, and declaring, in a shrill, cracking scream: "This Castle Is... In... UNACCEPTABLE CONDITION! UNACCEPTABLLLEEE!!! THIRTY DAYS IN THE DUNGEON!!!"
  • "I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am the (Noun) that (Verb)s your (Noun)! I am DARKWING DUCK!" ...More often than not, tripping or otherwise spoiling the drama on the word "Duck".
  • "By All Your Powers Combined, I am Captain Planet!"
  • Transformers
    Wreck-Gar: Don't look behind Door Number 2, Monty! It's time to play 'End of the Line, My Valintine!' Geeronny-do-ron-ron-ronimo!
  • Mighty Mouse was unable to enter a scene without bellowing, "Here I come to save the day!"
  • The Legend of Korra: "Yay, Uncle Bumi's here!" "RAAAAAAHOOOO!"
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man: "We... will have VENGEANCE... ON SPIDER-MAAAAN!! RAAAAAAAAAAGH!" Why couldn't Venom have been this awesome in Spider-Man 3? Oh, yeah.
  • In an episode of Megas XLR, Coop acquires a video game that is in reality a prison for giant monster criminals. As he "selects" the Monster of the Week:
    Grrkek: You will rue the day you met Grrkek the Planet Killer!
    Coop: Oh, rue the day. Who talks like that? I'm gonna beat you down just for talkin' all weird!
  • Freakazoid!:
    • In the first episode, when we see Dexter Douglas transform for the first time, Freakazoid promptly jumps at the camera and declares, "HELLO! I'M HERE IN THE SHOW!"
    • ...which is topped by the opening segment of the series.
      Terror. Terror in the night. The whipping, howling, unforgiving winds CRASH into the clouds and rain falls no matter where you turn. There is no escape. No escaping the true horror... A sudden silence — and then screaming thunder, lightning, floods, tornadoes, famine, pestilence, vermin! Pestilence! Fire! Earthquakes! AAAAAAAHHHHH!!! Giving way to hazy afternoon sunshine. I'll be back with a five-day forecast afterrrr this!
  • Metalocalypse
    • "Ooh! Ka-ka-ka-ka-ka-ka co-ka-ka-ka-YEAH! I'm Doctor Rockzo! The Rock and Roll Clown! I DO COCAAAAAAIIINE!! I hear it's somebody's biiiirrrrthdaaaaaay. I DO COCAINE!!"
      "Seriously, dude, a lot of cocaine."
    • Pickles brings one in Season 3 when he gets drunk and obtains Popeye-like strength after having gone through rehabilitiation.
      "I AM BACK MOTHER F(guitar riff)ERS!"
  • Futurama:
    • Every time Lrrr enters a scene, he needs to announce that he is RULER OF THE PLANET OMICRON PERSEI 8!, even if he's trying to be anonymous. Even as a bear he has to announce that he is Brr, DEVOURER OF FISH AND HONEY in "Natrurama".
    • Professor Farnsworth typically first proclaims, "GOOD NEWS, EVERYONE!"
    • Morbo always refers to himself in the third person! 90% of his lines are about how inferior humans are.
  • "There's no need to fear, Underdog is here!"
  • Batman Beyond's Mad Stan's (voiced by Henry Rollins) philosophy in life, Catchphrase and first line in the series are all the same four words: "BLOW IT ALL UP!"
  • In a Static Shock episode where Richie was kidnapped by Ebon, Static bursts into the hideout with a loud "SOMEONE SAY MY NAME?!"
  • Invader Zim has several of these. Ironically, Zim, who is in an almost constant state of Chewing the Scenery, does not.
    • "I am THROBULATOR! Being of pure headache!"
    • "Not now son. I'm making TOAST!"
    • "Dib took the last soda. He will pay."
    • Tak subverts the trope... for about ten seconds, until just after she's introduced herself. Then:
      Tak: My father's the head of the DEEEEE-licious Weenie Corporation, SO I BROUGHT VALENTINE'S WEENIES FOR EVERYONE! [commence tide of weenies]
    • While it's not his first line in the series (by far), GIR's "GUESS WHO MADE WAFFLES?!" in Zim Eats Waffles qualifies.
    • After 13 years of hiding, Zim finally does this in the television film Enter the Florpus: "YES! IT IS I!!!"
  • Almost everybody in Batman: The Brave and the Bold has hammy first lines, but the Music Meister raises the bar high by introducing himself with a musical number.
  • Samurai Jack: "Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, the Shapeshifting Master of Darkness, unleashed an UNSPEAKABLE EVIL! BUT, a foolish samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I TWOAH open a portal in time, and flung him into The Future, where my evil is LAW! Now the fool seeks to return to the past, and undo the future that is AH-KU."
  • The Venture Bros.
    • "Grand Galactic Inquisitor" is 12 feet tall and shines what amounts to floodlights from his Eye. His voice is so powerful, his voice can be felt "in [your] chonies". However, his incoming line is "IGNORE ME!!!!!"
    • The Monarch and Dr. Orpheus also have been known to make grand entrances. Most of Orpheus's early dialogue was underscored with trumpet fanfare.
  • Batman:
  • Motorcity: After being taken inside a mysterious mansion, Chuck starts gushing over a collection of antique stretch limousines when a voice screams, "THEY DON'T MAKE 'EM LIKE THAT ANYMORE!" Suddenly, pyrotechnics light up a path to a throne as a legion of bodyguards flip into formation, a glam metal theme starts playing and a mysterious figure decked out in jewelry, sports wear and killer shades rises from the floor. The sequence then ends with the mystery man having a fur coat thrown onto him by his second-in command and a single, echoing "HEY!". Ladies and gentlemen, you have just met the Duke of Detroit.
  • Kaeloo:
    • The titular character always yells something akin to "Hello, friends/buddies/pals!" while entering the scene in extravagant ways like floating down from the sky with an umbrella, crashing a kick-scooter into the couch or suddenly popping out of a conveniently placed box.
    • In the French dub, Olaf the penguin always yells something which translates to "Bow down before your emperor!" whenever he enters the scene. Nobody ever obeys this, and in some cases Mr. Cat even goes as far as beating him up.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • From the very first episode: A gasp. A gasp that lasts four seconds, lifts the gasping pony in the air, and then... she zips off screen. This is one of the longest delayed Incoming Hams, since she doesn't reappear until near the end of the episode — where we learn that this is Pinkie Pie, who invited the entire town over to the home of the Naïve Newcomer just to throw her a surprise welcome party. She only gets crazier from then on...
    • Discord announces his presence via a silkily taunting, teasing disembodied voice, but doesn't actually appear, so it's not an example. When he shows himself in person with evil laughter and lightning in the background after disappearing all the main cast's horns and wings, then he gets hammy.
      Discord: You should see the looks on your faces! PRICELESS!
    • From much earlier, Nightmare Moon's entrance in "The Mare in the Moon".
    • Princess Luna's entrance from "Luna Eclipsed".
    • "Come one, come all! Come and witness the amazing magic of the Grrreat and Powerful TRRRIXIE!" Bonus points for making her first appearance in a puff of smoke and sparks while her signature fanfare plays in the background.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: Ren and Stimpy has "POWDERED TOAST MAAAAAAANNN!!"
  • The Warner Bros. cartoon "The Mouse That Jack Built" has the cast of The Jack Benny Show giving voice to their cartoon likenesses as mice, including Don Wilson who thinks he's doing a commercial. When Jack tells him it's a movie, Don suddenly goes into Shakespeare before Jack dismisses him.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past From the Future does this pretty much every time he speaks.
  • From Beavis and Butt-Head, the first thing that usually comes out of Beavis' mouth whenever he goes into Cornholio mode is to declare "I AM CORNHOLIO! I NEED TP FOR MY BUNGHOLE!" or "ARE YOU THREATENING ME?".
  • Wander over Yonder: "IT'S ME, WANDER!"
  • Ben 10:
    • This is how Ben introduces himself when he transforms, once Alien Force begins that is, by screaming the aliens name that he picks. Sometimes subverted when he transforms into the wrong alien.
    • The biggest Incoming Ham of the series though is Rath, who is a veritable buffet of every Ham there is to be had. He manages to outham every single character with his introductory name alone.
  • Steven Universe:
    • GOOOOOOOOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY! This is the lovely Sardonyx, coming to you a-LIVE from the soon-to-be-former Communication Hub!
    • And more recently we have Smoky Quartz, a fusion of Steven and Amethyst, whose very first words upon coming into existence are "WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY!"
  • Filmation's Ghostbusters: Lightning, thunderclaps, and chords from a pipe organ are Prime Evil's trademarks.
  • Finagle the Agent of Daisy-Head Mayzie makes his entrance by taking the titular moniker being chanted by the crowd of children he's standing behind and giving it one good, long wringing himself before starting his own number.
  • Ready Jet Go!:
    • "READY! JET! GOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!"
    • "Everybody in their place? Let's go into outer SPAAAAAAAACE!"
    • "In the quiet, I hear the stars, calling to me from on HIGGHHHHHHHH!!!"
    • The Milky Way song is just dripping with this trope. Listen to it for yourself here.
  • DuckTales:
    • The second episode begins with a bait-and-switch initiation video for Glomgold Industries starting with Glomgold kicking down a section of wall, boasting about his wealth and belting out the appropriate slogans, before personally entering the room the video's playing in, cheering his own name.
    • Overtly modern-day tech billionaire-in-the-making Mark Beaks walks through a hallway with his eyes on his mobile phone, barely recognizes that he's being recognized with a soft "Yup," then barges into the room where Scrooge and Glomgold are locked in a Staring Contest. Beaks changes gears to loudly greeting the "old guys", rattling off his position, project, and a string of Techno Babble, and with a claim he's about to take them to "the future", he uses his phone to hijack their music player and put on a dubstep remix of the bagpipe music they were listening to.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars features the introduction of Clone Force 99 — aka, the Bad Batch. Their ship, the Havoc Marauder, comes in for a rough (yet successful) landing, followed by Wrecker (the Boisterous Bruiser of the group) shouting "THE CAVALRY HAS ARRIVED!"
    • When they're reintroduced in the pilot of their own series, they're rolling a boulder over a bunch of battle droids and following behind while shooting more droids — and Wrecker (yes, him again) shouts "MAKE A HOLE!"

    Real Life 
  • Former New Zealand cricket player Danny Morrison serves as a commentator for the IPL. His Catchphrase when he's commentating a game being played in Pune (home of the Pune Warriors India)? "PUNEEEEE!!! NAMASTE!!!"


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Dominique de Sade

Noe's childhood friend, Dominique de Sade, literally bursts into the room like she owns the place, announces in a loud, over-the-top, theatrical manner that she's Noe's fiance (She isn't), and takes over the entire conversation with confidence and flair, complete with flower petals scattering around her...though those aren't simply there to show how beautiful she is. They're being spewed like confetti from a little automaton she drags around with her. This is her introduction, by the way.

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