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25th Nov '16 3:32:38 PM SilentStranger
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* ''BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had a rather dark and depressing example in the episode "Sideshow". Killer Croc escapes from a prison transport and ends up stumbling across a small community of circus performers living in the woods. They see him as one of their own, and even defend him from Batman when he tracks him down. Croc seems to enjoy the acceptance and peace the group offers, but is unable to deny who he really is, and ends up trying to steal the performers savings. When the sealboy, who Croc had bonded with, tearfully asks him why just as Croc is lifted away by helicopter back to jail, he can only solemny reply with this.
--> '''Croc''': You said it yourself, kid. "Out here, you can be yourself". I guess thats what I was doing. Being myself.
20th Nov '16 9:21:10 AM Morgenthaler
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** Don John, the villain of ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'' makes an introductory speech in which he tells his henchmen that he's being a {{Jerkass}} because he is, in fact, a {{Jerkass}} and has decided not to fight what he is.

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** Don John, the villain of ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'' ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' makes an introductory speech in which he tells his henchmen that he's being a {{Jerkass}} because he is, in fact, a {{Jerkass}} and has decided not to fight what he is.
20th Nov '16 9:20:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* In an episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'', Kryten the android becomes human. At first he's thrilled, because mechanoids tend to view humans as awesome. As he starts belittling his origins and insulting his spare heads, he starts to realize that he can't change what he is inside; an android who can't tell the difference between Popeye and Descartes. Also, it provides this funny moment:
-->'''Human Kryten''' (Hands Lister a Poloroid photograph of his penis): Is that normal?
-->'''Lister:''' What, taking pictures of it and showing it to your mates? No, it's ''not''."
* Spike in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. "I may be love's bitch, but at least ''I'm'' man enough to admit it."
* Parodied in ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow''. Jamie, fed up with his grandmother constantly criticising and swearing at people, says in despair "Why are you like this?" She responds by launching into a rendition of "I Am What I Am" from ''La Cage aux Folles''.
* Spock throughout ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. He even addresses it word-for-word in "This Side of Paradise":
-->'''Spock''': I am what I am, [[GirlOfTheWeek Leila]], and if there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them. Mine can be no worse than someone else's.
* One episode of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' has Ned say that he's not sorry or ashamed about [[{{Necromancy}} what he does]], because "it's what brought everyone I love into my life".
* Kurt from ''Series/{{Glee}}'': He decides he's not afraid to be who he is, and tells his father that he's proud to be who he is, and that he won't hide in the closet.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Three words, "I'm. The. Todd"
* In episode seven of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the MagnificentBastard Petyr Baelish describes to a couple of his "[[PaidHarem employees]]" the epiphany he had in regards to this trope after getting defeated in a duel, saying, "I learned that I'll never win, not that way. That's their game. Their rules. I'm not going to fight them. I'm going to fuck them. That is what I know. That's what I am." Rather than try to be a warrior, he vows to be TheChessmaster.
* In the season 3 premiere of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Jesse, [[spoiler:blaming himself for the death of Jane and the airplane crash that her distracted father accidentally caused]], tells Walter, "It's all about accepting who you really are. I accept who I am. I'm the bad guy."
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': Invoked word for word in response to people sometimes calling her out on her role in upheaving people's lives (she's a private investigator - and naturally nosey).
* ''Series/MotherAndSon'' has a variant, in the context of Arthur being MistakenForGay:
-->'''Arthur''': It's just what people are! Some people are and some people aren't. But it doesn't matter whether they are or they aren't because they are what they are.
-->'''Maggie''': ...What?
-->'''Arthur''': I am what I am, and as it happens I'm not. But even if I was, I'd be what I'd be. But I'd still be what I am.
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* In an episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'', Kryten the android becomes human. At first he's thrilled, because mechanoids tend to view humans as awesome. As he starts belittling his origins and insulting his spare heads, he starts to realize that he can't change what he is inside; an android who can't tell the difference between Popeye and Descartes. Also, it provides this funny moment:
-->'''Human Kryten''' (Hands Lister a Poloroid photograph of his penis): Is that normal?
-->'''Lister:''' What, taking pictures of it and showing it to your mates? No, it's ''not''."
* Spike in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. "I may be love's bitch, but at least ''I'm'' man enough to admit it."
* Parodied in ''Series/TheCatherineTateShow''. Jamie, fed up with his grandmother constantly criticising and swearing at people, says in despair "Why are you like this?" She responds by launching into a rendition of "I Am What I Am" from ''La Cage aux Folles''.
* Spock throughout ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''. He even addresses it word-for-word in "This Side of Paradise":
-->'''Spock''': I am what I am, [[GirlOfTheWeek Leila]], and if there are self-made purgatories, then we all have to live in them. Mine can be no worse than someone else's.
* One episode of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' has Ned say that he's not sorry or ashamed about [[{{Necromancy}} what he does]], because "it's what brought everyone I love into my life".
* Kurt from ''Series/{{Glee}}'': He decides he's not afraid to be who he is, and tells his father that he's proud to be who he is, and that he won't hide in the closet.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Three words, "I'm. The. Todd"
* In episode seven of ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the MagnificentBastard Petyr Baelish describes to a couple of his "[[PaidHarem employees]]" the epiphany he had in regards to this trope after getting defeated in a duel, saying, "I learned that I'll never win, not that way. That's their game. Their rules. I'm not going to fight them. I'm going to fuck them. That is what I know. That's what I am." Rather than try to be a warrior, he vows to be TheChessmaster.
* In the season 3 premiere of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Jesse, [[spoiler:blaming himself for the death of Jane and the airplane crash that her distracted father accidentally caused]], tells Walter, "It's all about accepting who you really are. I accept who I am. I'm the bad guy."
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': Invoked word for word in response to people sometimes calling her out on her role in upheaving people's lives (she's a private investigator - and naturally nosey).
* ''Series/MotherAndSon'' has a variant, in the context of Arthur being MistakenForGay:
-->'''Arthur''': It's just what people are! Some people are and some people aren't. But it doesn't matter whether they are or they aren't because they are what they are.
-->'''Maggie''': ...What?
-->'''Arthur''': I am what I am, and as it happens I'm not. But even if I was, I'd be what I'd be. But I'd still be what I am.
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20th Nov '16 9:20:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[APrairieHomeCompanion Lake Wobegon]]'s town motto, according to Garrison Keillor, is the plural form of this: "Sumus quod sumus, we are what we are"


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* ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'': Lake Wobegon's town motto, according to Garrison Keillor, is the plural form of this: "Sumus quod sumus, we are what we are"

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20th Nov '16 9:18:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is a dominant theme of ''TheSpeedOfDark'' by ElizabethMoon, which is told from the viewpoint of an autistic character. That said, given the choice in the end of whether to undergo surgery that will cure them, not all of them will end up choosing alike.

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* This is a dominant theme of ''TheSpeedOfDark'' ''Literature/TheSpeedOfDark'' by ElizabethMoon, Creator/ElizabethMoon, which is told from the viewpoint of an autistic character. That said, given the choice in the end of whether to undergo surgery that will cure them, not all of them will end up choosing alike.
10th Nov '16 5:48:05 PM Eievie
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->"Given how long itís taken me to reconcile my nature, I canít figure Iíd forgo it on your account, Marty"

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->"Given ->''"Given how long itís taken me to reconcile my nature, I canít figure Iíd forgo it on your account, Marty" Marty."''



Often a character will have an aspect of himself of which he's ashamed (or that society insists he should be). It might have something to do with his heritage, such as being [[HeroicBastard illegitimately born]], {{half|HumanHybrid}}-[[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]] or [[InTheBlood some other inheritance considered unfortunate by society]]. It might have something to do with [[AcceptableLifestyleTargets his lifestyle]]; e.g., if he's gay or geeky, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking or he collects belly button lint]]. Maybe he was forced into an EmergencyTransformation which he can't undo, and he's [[StagesOfMonsterGrief been bemoaning]] "WhatHaveIBecome" Or maybe it's an obstacle he faces, like being handicapped, dyslexic or [[TheMcCoy incapable of thinking rationally]]. Could even be a matter [[LoveTropes of love]]. Whatever the issue is, expect the character at some point to receive an epiphany that leads to him embracing whatever makes him different.

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Often a character will have an aspect of himself of which he's ashamed (or that society insists he should be). It might have something to do with his heritage, such as being [[HeroicBastard illegitimately born]], {{half|HumanHybrid}}-[[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]] or [[InTheBlood some other inheritance considered unfortunate by society]]. It might have something to do with [[AcceptableLifestyleTargets his lifestyle]]; e.g., if he's gay lifestyle]]--he's gay, or geeky, or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking or he collects belly button lint]]. Maybe he was forced into an EmergencyTransformation which he can't undo, and he's [[StagesOfMonsterGrief been bemoaning]] "WhatHaveIBecome" Or maybe it's an obstacle he faces, like being handicapped, dyslexic or [[TheMcCoy incapable of thinking rationally]]. Could even be a matter [[LoveTropes of love]]. Whatever the issue is, expect the character at some point to receive an epiphany that leads to him embracing whatever makes him different.
5th Nov '16 9:20:49 AM AnotherGuy
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** The statement was actually code for the Shakespearean audience that Iago was saying he was the ''Devil'', since God's words were "I am what I am."
5th Nov '16 9:19:39 AM AnotherGuy
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** The musical featured the TropeNamer, later covered by Music/GloriaGaynor:
--->''I am what I am and what I am needs no excuses...''
26th Oct '16 2:17:56 AM 9thOutworldsMan
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* In ''Manga/MidnightSecretary'', Kyouhei first considers his vampire pride, where being a vampire is most important thing that defines him. However, later in serie when he is called out by other vampires on how low he has fallen, he claim that it doesn't matter what he does, he is ''he'' and that he is vampire no matter what.[[spoiler: He also claims that he doesn't want to be bound, but realises that he was bound by his pride as a vampire]]

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* In ''Manga/MidnightSecretary'', Kyouhei at first considers his vampire pride, where being a vampire is vampiric side the most important thing that defines him. However, later in serie in-series when he is gets called out by other vampires on how low he has fallen, he claim claims that it doesn't matter what he does, does; he is ''he'' and that he is he's a vampire no matter what.[[spoiler: He what. [[spoiler:He also claims that he doesn't want to be bound, but realises realizes that he was bound by his own pride as a vampire]]made it so.]]
15th Oct '16 2:09:26 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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´'''Shinji:'' Maybe it's okay for me to be here! That's right! I'm me, nothing more, nothing less! I'm me. I want to be me! I want to be here! And it's okay for me to be here!

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´'''Shinji:'' '''Shinji:''' Maybe it's okay for me to be here! That's right! I'm me, nothing more, nothing less! I'm me. I want to be me! I want to be here! And it's okay for me to be here!
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