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Basic Trope: A character with a grandiose and larger-than-life personality, prone to Chewing the Scenery.

  • Straight: Bob has a tendency to shout and/or emphasize every other word for no reason, and is prone to reacting to everyday things in an overblown way.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob is a bit jumpy and raises his voice often, but nothing out of the ordinary.
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    • Bob is a Cold Ham.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is half-deaf and does not realize how loud he is, and also a dramatic person in general.
    • Bob is an Attention Whore, and figures the best way to steal the spotlight is by hamming it up.
  • Inverted: The Stoic.
  • Subverted: Bob is introduced through a Dynamic Entry, yelling at the protagonist... But once he has joined Bob's team, he is calm and collected.
  • Double Subverted: ...Except when a dream of his goes awry. Then he hams it up again.
  • Parodied: With Catlike Tread, among others.
  • Zig Zagged: He has continuous mood swings, and changes between neutral, dramatic, and subtle.
  • Averted: No cast member is louder than the others in their everyday life.
  • Enforced: The director or writer demands that the actors play their characters in an over-the-top fashion.
  • Lampshaded:
    Alice: "Geez, I wish Bob would shut up. His constant yelling's giving me a headache."
    Claire: "Too bad our complaining hasn't stopped him before."
    • Alice: "Aren't you being a bit dramatic?"
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  • Invoked: Bob sets up scenarios for himself that would prompt him to overact.
  • Exploited: Bob was given a role in the school play that he did not want at all, so he acts like this to get kicked off the production.
  • Defied: Bob takes anger management classes.
  • Discussed: "So Bob's showing up at that party tomorrow? (sigh) Better bring the earplugs."
  • Conversed: "I don't know if the actor playing Bob is one of the worst... or one of the best."
  • Played For Laughs: Bob annoys Alice every day with his dramatic shouts.
  • Implied: Bob is a Post Humous Character. The people who knew him lists his tendency for being loud in battle as a defining trait, but this is not elaborated upon.
  • Deconstructed: Nobody is able to take Bob seriously due to this trait.
  • Reconstructed: Good thing he enjoys being seen as a clown. In fact, people laughing at him just gives him more incentive to continue.
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  • Plotted A Good Waste: The director wanted to create a So Bad, It's Good show, so he specifically asked all actors involved to ham it up.

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