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Basic Trope: When more than one Large Ham duke it out for who wins in eating the scenery to ground bits.

  • Straight: Large Hams Bob and Charlie do over-the-top performance one after another.
  • Exaggerated:
    • As with the above until Alice, Damon, Edwin, Francis, and Gregory came along to spice up the scenery.
    • Alternatively, each of the above's families came along to do some more of what was required complete with Milking the Giant Cow.
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    • Serial Escalation: An entire city or planet full of them came along to hog everything, EVERYTHING!
    • The whole universe including angels and demons, aliens and robots, even meteors, stars and others out there are hams that made a war as to who is the hammiest one of them all.
    • World of Ham
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob and Charlie try to outham the other for a brief period, but it is not pivotal to the scene.
    • Their volume is not elevated much above normal.
  • Justified:
    • They're actors interpreting characters in a Shakespearean-esque play.
    • They both have huge egos and can only express themselves with large amounts of ham.
    • Bob and Charlie are having their contest over a long distance, and can't hear each other very well otherwise.
    • They're both extremely angry and expressing it by yelling at each other.
  • Inverted: Bob and Charlie duke it out with Tranquil Fury, seeing who can express the least amount of emotion or under-act the most.
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  • Subverted: Only Bob is the Large Ham.
  • Double Subverted: Until Charlie came along to the scene.
  • Parodied: Bob and Charlie challenge each other to perform increasingly insane stunts, trash-talking each other as they do so.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob was the only Large Ham around, then came Charlie in the same scene but was killed or was yanked by another person later on or vice-versa until Alice, Damon and Francis came along.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced:
    • Bob and Charlie's actors have become popular for being large hams; the writers write a scene in a new episode where they meet and have reason to ham, because the audience will love it.
    • The movie sucks, and the actors decided to enjoy themselves.
  • Lampshaded: "This scene can no longer hold this any longer".
  • Invoked: Bob is bored out of his skull, and decides to have a shouting match with Charlie.
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  • Exploited: A character triggers an argument between two boisterous people to create a cover while they sneak off.
  • Defied: Bob and Charlie have their voiceboxes and lungs modified to prevent them from shouting.
  • Discussed: "I can't tell if watching two overly dramatic actors interacting is boring or interesting."
  • Conversed: "Anytime you have two guys acting over-the-top in the same room, you can expect them to try and outdo each other."
  • Deconstructed: Bob and Charlie strain their vocal cords yelling at each other.
  • Reconstructed: Bob and Charlie get speech therapy and take medicine to minimize the effect of the yelling on their vocal cords.


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