Ma Hamshank is shown to be a bit of a prankster at first. She has a disliking for "yankees" like a stereotypical hillbilly would. She is also selective of whom her children associate with. At first, she wanted her daughter Delooney to marry Sleazy Beave but was later pranked at the actual wedding. Ma also has no fear in fighting back; when Goat tried to stop her from planting garbage on their yard, she made Baby Hamshank bite her arm. She also punched Banana a few times through the telephone.
Ma is an anthropomorphic shank of ham; however, unlike her children who have black legs and pink arms, her entire body is pink other than the bone that pokes through her. She has misaligned teeth and eight braids of hair coming from her head. She has hairy arms and hairy thick legs. She wears a green sleeveless dress with brown flowers on it.