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->''Something has changed within me''
->''Something is not the same''
-->-- '''Elphaba''', ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', "Defying Gravity"

Related to an IAmSong, this isn't about what the singer ''is'', but what he or she is ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin becoming]]''. This can be expressed [[LookWhatICanDoNow positively]] or [[WhatHaveIBecome negatively]].

May double as a IWantSong, a SanitySlippageSong, a BSODSong, or a VillainSong, especially if ThatManIsDead. See also ComingOfAgeStory, CharacterDevelopment.

This is meant to describe CharacterDevelopment, and ''[[IThoughtItMeant not]]'' a literal transformation or {{Metamorphosis}}, though the two may overlap if the metamorphosis ''causes'' the character's development. Don't let the progressive tense fool you either; it can also be an a character explaining how s/he's ''already'' changed--and might only just be realizing it now.

Note: This is CharacterDevelopment summary in song: '''spoilers may ensue''', even if you only see a character name.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'' has an example for Trixie. After going on an adventure in Everfree Forest with Fluttershy, in which she saw that her belief that [[SocialDarwinist kindness equals weakness]] was ''very'' flawed, she sings "Through New Eyes", about how her world view has changed and she's not certain what to do now. Twilight joins in, reassuring Trixie with her own part of the song about how ''her'' world view was changed by her move to Ponyville. Trixie finishes by singing about how she now knows her new {{True Companion|s}} Twilight will help her through the change.

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[[folder: Film - Animated ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'': "Now That I'm A Woman"; in this case while the ''physical'' change from unicorn to woman has already taken place, Amalthea is describing the mental changes that are taking her over.
* "Strange Things (Are Happening to Me)" from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' counts, since Andy starts to appear to favor Buzz over Woody, and this has an effect on Woody's character.
* "I See The Lights" doubles as both a LetsDuet and this for both [[Disney/{{Tangled}} Rapunzel and Flynn Rider]], as they realize their feelings for each other are changing them as people.
* "I am Chirin" from ''ChirinnoSuzu'', which is played when Chirin decides to team up with the evil Wolf King, and as a result he goes from an innocent baby lamb to a fearsome, demonic ram.
* ''{{Disney/Frozen}}'': Elsa sings "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk Let It Go]]" when she goes into a self-imposed exile after her powers are exposed in public, and now she can use her powers to her full potential and build an ice palace in total solitude.

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[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

* Eric Draven gets one in ''Film/TheCrow'' (specifically, "Burn," by The Cure) as he goes to a makeup mirror in his apartment and makes his transformation into a white-faced, spandex-clad avenger.
* ''HannahMontana: TheMovie'' gives us "The Climb", which neatly encapsulates Miley's emotions, the lessons she's learned in the movie, and the general message of the film. Later, in Season 4, Miley writes "Wherever I Go" to say goodbye to her secret identity as Hannah, and moves forward to face the world as her real self.
* ''Film/TheMuppets'' has "Man or Muppet" in which Gary and Walter [[DistantDuet both realise]] they need to move beyond their sibling relationship (Gary by actually proposing to Mary, Walter by joining the Muppets).

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The aptly-named "The Becoming" by NineInchNails.
* "The Guardian of the Realm" from Fireaxe's 4 hour epic FoodForTheGods follows one soldiers progression from a young wide-eyed idealist to a cynical, embittered man.
* Let's see Music/{{Disturbed}} has a few of these: "Voices", "Down With The Sickness", "Awaken", "Darkness", "Perfect Insanity", "Asylum", "Sacrifice." Are all [[SanitySlippageSong Sanity Slippage Songs]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin about becoming disturbed / going insane /]] [[FaceHeelTurn turning to evil.]] Oh and "Indestructible" ("I have become indestructible")
* "Comfortably Numb" by Pink Floyd.
* "The Last Kiss" by AFI.
* "Did My Time" by Music/{{Korn}}. ("I feel the anger changing me!")

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* In ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', after Elphaba finds out that what she assumed was the ultimate force for good[[spoiler:--the Wizard--]]isn't, she knows she has to help the Animals [[spoiler:without him]]. 'Defying Gravity' echoes her IWantSong, 'The Wizard And I', now with her asking for Glinda's partnership [[spoiler:instead of the Wizard]]'s.
** ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' is ''full'' of these, including [[BSODSong "No Good Deed,"]] [[HeelRealization "Wicked Witch Of The East,"]] and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming "For Good"]] also count.
* ''Theatre/Jekyll&Hyde'' gives us Alive, about the good doctor becoming the monster within.
* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'':
** "What Have I Done" is Valjean rejecting his life as a criminal in favor of redemption.
** Cosette's version of "In My Life" combines a grown-up IWantSong with IAmBecomingSong. She sings about her longing for new horizons and love, and closure with the past - and how she's growing up and delighted to do so.
* "I'm Gonna Be a Producer" from ''Film/TheProducers'' is an [[IAmSong Am]], [[IWantSong Want]], ''and'' Becoming song all in one.
* In ThePhantomOfTheOpera, "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," Christine's lament for her father, ends with a declaration that she will try to put his memory behind her and live unburdened by the pain of her past.
* Carmen has "In L.A." in the musical version of ''Theatre/{{Fame}}'', which is about how she moved to L.A., [[spoiler: got hooked on drugs, and slept with producers for money/drugs]]. Doubles as a BSODSong.
* "Epiphany" and the "Johanna Quartet" from ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' for the title character.
* ''Theatre/{{Thirteen}}'' has "13/Becoming a Man" which is about the main character's Bar Mitzvah.
* "La Monture" ("My Heart If You Will Swear") from ''Notre-Dame de Paris'': the devoted, virginal Fleur-de-Lys tells her cheating fiancÚ Phoebus that she will remain faithful to him... as long as he has Esmeralda executed. In the French lyrics, she sings that she has thrown her girlhood dreams "to the wolves" and that her heart is "hardening."
* In "An Organized Life (1974)" from the musical version of ''Vanities'', Kathy sings about her [[HeroicBSOD nervous breakdown]] and journey of self-discovery, also making it a BSODSong. Also, "Friendship Isn't What it Used to Be" from the same act, and "Looking Good", the finale for the [=TheatreWorks=] Palo Alto and off-Broadway versions.
* In ''{{Theatre/Dreamgirls}}'', Effie sings "I Am Changing" and decides to get her life together. In the revival of the musical, the actress playing her has changed into a glitzy dress that is revealed just before she starts the final belt.
* Elle has several in ''LegallyBlondeTheMusical'' from "Chip On My Shoulder" to the reprise of "Legally Blonde". "So Much Better" in particular stands out as almost being this play's answer to "Defying Gravity" in terms of codifying Elle's metamorphosis.
* In ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'', Audrey's part in the duet "Suddenly Seymour", is about how she believes that Seymour is making her a better person.
* ''[[{{Franchise/EvilDead}} Evil Dead the Musical]]'' has "I'm Not A Killer", where Ash [[spoiler: brings himself to kill his possessed girlfriend]] and "It's Time", where Ash finally mans up into the demon-slayer we know and love. "Look Who's Evil Now" also counts for [[spoiler: Shelly]].

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' musical opens up with one of these, in "Going Through The Motions," where Buffy compares herself now with the way she was before [[spoiler:her death at the end of Season 5]].
** In [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer the movie]], her ''entire career'' kicks off with an I Am Becoming song: "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore."
* ''SaturdayNightLive'' parodied this in 1989 with its parodic tribute to fictional Broadway composer Hal Jerome ... one of his early songs is "I'm Maturing As a Songwriter".

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''DrHorriblesSingAlongBlog'': Where to begin? The musical could be described as Dr. Horrible's [[spoiler:StartOfDarkness]]. Some specifics:
** 'My Eyes': Penny, the girl Billy has been trying to achieve a verbal connection with for...a while, is going out with Captain Hammer. This pushes him towards [[BecomingTheMask Dr.]] [[SplitPersonalityTakeover Horrible]].
** 'Brand New Day': Yes, Captain Hammer is dating Penny [[spoiler:''specifically to spite Billy'']]. [[spoiler:Murderous rage and planning ensue.]]
** Billy's part in 'So They Say' as he puts the finishing touches on his plans to [[spoiler: kill Captain Hammer.]]
** 'Slipping' is this, to an extent. It is more what Billy is ''claiming'' he is. He's fusing an IWantSong and an IAmBecomingSong--and failing. When the time comes to finish his plan, he falters.
** 'Everything You Ever' is partly this trope, partly I Want To Become. [[spoiler:It solidifies Billy as Dr. Horrible, and [[LyricalDissonance it's almost a triumph]]...]]
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