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->''"I've never lost in battle or game; I'm simply the best by far\\
When swords are crossed, 'tis always the same--one blow and au revoir!"''
-->-- '''Lancelot''', "C'est Moi", ''{{Theatre/Camelot}}''

Other musical characters might sing about [[ConflictingLoyalty the conflicts inherent in their position]], or the obstacles in their path, or [[IWantSong the things they know are missing from their]] [[Music/TomLehrer drab, wretched lives]].

[[WellThisIsNotThatTrope Not this character]].

The I Am Great Song is sung by someone who ''can't'' sing an {{I Want Song}}, because there's nothing left for them to want. Their accomplishments, [[HundredPercentHeroismRating popularity]], and undisputed mastery of their field leave absolutely no need for daily affirmations--but they have them anyway, in musical form. Singing one of these songs [[WishFulfillment feels better than it probably should]].

Since protagonists have to face conflict, and people love to watch the mighty fall, the hero almost never sings this song. However, it is not always a {{Villain Song}}, and the singer can be legitimately great--if songs were Greek heroes, this one would be Achilles.

Can be used as a negative-space version of {{This Loser Is You}}.

Subtrope, naturally, of the [[IAmSong 'I Am' Song]]. Works best sung by a {{Large Ham}}.

See also BraggingThemeTune, BoastfulRap.
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!!Examples

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[[folder: Film (Animated) ]]

* "Perfect Isn't Easy", in ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''.
-->"Pretty is nice, but still, it's just pretty. Perfect, my dear.... is MEEEEEEEEE!"
* From ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule'', Mok's "Triumph (of the Glory of ME)". Omar's road song "I'm the Man" seems understated only by comparison. Mok is perhaps the most deliciously egotistical individual I have seen portrayed in any medium; his motivation for employing the Armageddon Key to trigger a new apocalypse is revenge on the public, because his last concert was not completely sold out.
* Two songs in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'':
** "Awesome As I Want To Be" for Rainbow Dash, who implies that you'll never be quite as awesome as her.
** "Tricks Up My Sleeve" for Trixie, who's even less complimentary about her competition than Rainbow:
-->''[[BlatantLies Don't mean to brag, don't mean to boast]], but I'm a six-course meal and you're just burnt toast''

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[[folder: Film (Live-action) ]]

* In the 2005 ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', the puppet show the Golden Ticket tour group watches after they pass through the factory's gate features a WelcomingSong that, while written in the third-person, is clearly this for Willy Wonka -- sample lyrics include "He's modest, clever, and so smart" and "A magician and a chocolate whiz/The best darn guy that ever lived". He's actually an InsufferableGenius and AntiVillain. (See Theatre below for how a [[InterpretativeCharacter rather different]] Mr. Wonka boasts.)

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* No compendium of boastful songs should be without Mr. Toad's lyrics from "TheWindInTheWillows", which includes "The world has held great heroes as history books have shown, but never a name goes down to fame compared to that of Toad", badly rhymed too. Complete text at http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Mr._Toad_(Song)".

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/HorribleHistories'' has one for, fittingly, Alexander the Great. Though he prefers "the Greatest."
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Barney's video resume is basically just this. [[BlatantLies Although he's not singing it.]] That would be lame.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': "Joxer The Mighty". A song that just keeps on growing every time that it recurs.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* Music/FrankSinatra's legacy is typified by "My Way", which is sung from the perspective of an old man as his life draws to a close. The theme of the song is personal integrity; Alas, it has become synonymous with Sinatra's legendary abrasiveness and "[[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney take it or leave it]]" attitude (Ironically, even ''he'' thought the ego-stroking lyrics too much). [[Music/SexPistols Sid Vicious]] did a much-acclaimed punk cover of the song.
* Music/DonMcLean's song "Everybody Loves Me, Baby" is in the voice of a military dictator with wealth, territory, popular acclaim, and no (remaining) rivals, though it is sung to [[EverythingButTheGirl the one person]] who doesn't seem to be impressed.
* {{Music/Weird Al Yankovic}}'s "This is the Life"
* "Ego Trippin Out" by Music/MarvinGaye plays with this - half of it is a character singing about how amazing he is in every way, and how lucky people are to be in his presence - while the chorus seems to be a different character singing about how empty and broken the first character's egotism really is.
* "Film/DemolitionMan", by Music/{{Sting}}.
* Many, ''many'' modern rap songs are about this or being InDaClub. Quite obvious with rappers like Wiz Kalifa, Flo Rida and Pitbull.
* "Towards the Crown of Nights" and "The Dark Conquest" by Music/TheKovenant are both about some evil overlord praising themselves after bringing about TheNightThatNeverEnds.
* "Don't Stop" by [=InnerPartySystem=] is a deeply cynical version of this.
* Music/ToddRundgren's "Emperor of the Highway" is a short musical duel between The Emperor of the Highway and the Royal Prince of Foreign Sports Cars; each is a LargeHam and both characters show the egotism inherent in this trope.
* Music/{{Queen}} has several songs of this type; notably "Princes of the Universe", which sums up the Immortal ethos from the Highlander saga, as well as Freddie Mercury's apparent attitude toward life. "I am immortal! I have inside me blood of kings. I have no rival! No man can be my equal!" And the lyrics, if anything, are understated compared to the music.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Miles Gloriosus' song in ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'':
-->'''Miles:''' ''I, in war the most admired, in wit the most inspired, in love the most desired, in dress the best displayed, I am a parade!''
* In ''{{Theatre/Camelot}}'', Lancelot's song "C'est Moi" is nothing but this.
* In the Broadway version of ''Theatre/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Gaston sings a song, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y5riINpUx8 Me]]", about how Belle has no choice but to be madly in love with him, because of how perfect he is in every way. Gaston's eponymous song in the original film isn't just sung by him, but those parts he does sing would qualify as this, too.
* Maximillian and Cunegonde in "Life is Happiness Indeed" from the musical version of ''Literature/{{Candide}}''.
* [[TheCasanova Adolpho]] gets one of these in ''TheDrowsyChaperone'', fittingly titled "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Adolpho]]".
* Played with in ''Theatre/TheMikado'', where the title character sings about being a great Emperor in "From ev'ry kind of man," but "his daughter-in-law elect" Katisha interrupts and makes it about herself.
* In ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'', the Pirate King plays it straight with his song, "Oh, better far to live and die," the chorus of which runs (and is later parodied within the show):
-->For I am a Pirate King!\\
(You are! Hurrah for the Pirate King!)\\
And it is, it is a glorious thing\\
To be a Pirate King!
* The Act One finale of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen", crossbreeds this trope with WelcomingSong as Willy Wonka introduces himself to the Golden Ticket finders with promises that they're going to see incredible things on their tour of his factory -- all of which are of '''his''' invention. His world does warrant the hype, but he's also a {{Trickster}} AntiHero, and the catchy, brassy, cheekily sinister, glamorously-visualized number owes a lot stylistically to the ''VillainSong'' trope...

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[[folder: Web Animation ]]

* ''WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn'' episode 4's obligatory song routine features a singing millipede who sings a song about how awesome she is.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Yang's theme song, ''I Burn'', is basically a very long, catchy BadassBoast about [[ActionGirl how she's going to utterly wreck your shit]].

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[[folder: Web Video ]]

* Franchise/HarryPotter sings in the ''WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals'' video "The Vortex" about being the "king" of Hogwarts, and defeating Voldemort as a baby. It has a melancholy end, though, as Harry remembers he also lost his parents as a baby, and had to move to an abusive foster home.
* Played with in ''WebVideo/CommentaryTheMusical'': "Better Than Neil" appears to be this, but [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation can very easily be seen as Nathan desperately masking his insecurity.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GrJkMywWxY Shady Could've Done It Better]] has [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Marik, Bakura]] and [[YuGiOhGXTheAbridgedSeries Shady Vox]] singing the notion that, "no matter what anybody else does, Shady could've done it better."

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has "I'm Cute", sung by Dot. Her brothers, who are singing the chorus, eventually get sick of it and interrupt with mocking lyrics of their own.
* Pizzazz, lead singer of The Misfits in ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', [[RichBitch has an ego about the same size as her bank account]]. Some of the groups' boastful songs include "Takin' It All", "There Ain't Nobody Better", and "Universal Appeal".
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Vanessa Doofenshmirtz has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv94Bxdg_NI this masterpiece.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' has famous mongoose celebrity Shahrukh sing one about what it's like to be a super-rich film star in the episode "Lights, Camera, Mongoose!"
-->'''Shahrukh''': Get on your knees and bow right down\\
I'll sing you a song of my renown\\
When you're a famous pet like me\\
You look at your life a little differently...

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[[folder: Wrestling ]]

* At the height of the Federation Era in the {{WWE}}, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon recorded a big music video for his own single called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxtCTaCxDUc "Stand Back!"]] It's a collection of {{TakeThat}}s leveled at his many critics over the way he runs his business and the product he puts out. It's a massive NeverLiveItDown for him, though he's willing to let the occasional jab at it slide.

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[[folder: Other Media ]]

* The Russian film adaptation of ''The Shadow'' contains the song "My Triumph" sung by the LivingShadow. In the song, The Shadow ponders how powerful he is , especially compared to the pitiful writer whose shadow he once was.
* The various adaptations of ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'' naturally include Toad's I Am Great song from the book. In the SpinOff of the Cosgrove Hall version, ''Oh, Mr Toad!'', it's used as a BraggingThemeTune.
-->The world has held great heroes,\\
As history books have showed,\\
But never a name went down in fame,\\
Compared with that of Toad!
* The song Calvin performs in Chapter 9 of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesGetXtreme'' is one of these.
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