->''"I am the law!"''
-->-- '''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''', ''[[Comicbook/TwoThousandAD 2000AD]]''

A character declares him- or herself to be the sole representative of a group or abstract concept. The implication is often that they believe that they can speak for the entirety, and that their needs, wants, and thoughts and those of the group are one and the same.

Will usually come in the form of someone asking about X, with another character replying that they ''are'' X.

Not to be confused with ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem. Unrelated to IAmTheBand.
See also AGodAmI, BadassBoast and ImYourWorstNightmare. Not to be confused with SpellMyNameWithAThe. A phrase like this is usually spoken with [[PunctuatedForEmphasis copious amounts of punctuation]]. Said phrases might also be lyrics to an IAmSong.

Compare VerbThis.

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!!I am the examples!

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[[folder:I Am Advertising]]
* Australian company Quicksilver Cruises claims, "Quicksilver is the Great Barrier Reef."
* Charter Internet has introduced Timothy, who [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb691dPGQwA IS the Internet]].
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[[folder:We Are Anime & Manga]]
* Catherine II in ''Anime/LeChevalierDEon'': "I am Russia!"
** Following popular belief, that's TruthInTelevision
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', we get this in stereo from Light and L: "I am... Justice!" They both use the same word for 'justice' but [[JapanesePronouns different ones for 'I.']]
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when Goku first reaches the Super-Saiyan level he proceeds to lecture Frieza, the gist of which is "I am the hope of the universe!"
** In ''Manga/DragonBall'', when Staff Officer Black questions Commander Red's true motives, the commander utters this line: "I am the Red Ribbon Army. What's good for me is good for everyone and I want to be taller. All my life, I've drawn the short straw. I've had to contend with being a mere pebble in a land of giants. It is the curse of my existence. You couldn't possibly understand what it's like... the nightmare of being a genius... yet trapped inside this ugly little body?"
** Piccolo says to Cell, "I am the Namek!" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS0D8kiDlyU here]]. Of course, by then he is a composite of ''three'' namekians so he is closer to speaking the truth than most of the examples here. He just goes by 'Piccolo' because it's easier.
* Setsuna F. Seiei from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': "I am Gundam!" Subverted later on when he declares that his TrueCompanions are Gundam too.
* In ''OnePiece'', Enel introduces himself as "Ore wa kaminari", which means "I am [[ShockAndAwe lightning]]" but [[DoubleMeaning with a different kanji can also mean]] "[[AGodAmI I have become God]]".
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Miho and Maho's mother, Shiho, who is head of the Nishizumi school of tankery, says this in Chapter 14 of the manga, in response to Miho's unorthodox tactics.
-->"The Nishizumi-style is a symbol of strength for Panzerkraft. Thus the Nishizumi-style itself is Panzerkraft."
* Gilgamesh from ''Fate/Stay Night'' has "I am the rules!" as a catch phrase all over Carnival Phantasm.
* Yami Bakura gets a [[BadassBoast badass]] one in ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
--> '''Yami Marik''': Get ready to enter the darkness at the hands of Ra.\\
'''Yami Bakura''': [[{{Foreshadowing}} Don't you realize that I]] ''[[{{Foreshadowing}} am]]'' [[{{Foreshadowing}} the darkness?]]
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[[folder:We Are Comic Books]]
* "I am the law" is a CatchPhrase of Comicbook/JudgeDredd.
* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, GalacticConqueror SelfDemonstrating/{{Thanos}} delivers a perfect one after [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence having achieved Godhood]].
-->'''Thanos''': ''My skills, my power, are more than a body can provide! I move with the cosmos, held only by thought and never by flesh! I am Thanos, emperor of the universe! I '''AM''' the universe!''
* Marvel's cosmic characters tend to love this in general:
** [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} "I am Fire made Flesh! I am Power Incarnate! I am Phoenix! Now and Forever!"]][[note]][[FauxSymbolism Amen!]][[/note]]
** "I am the absence of opposites! I am that which those who live among opposites cannot explain! In short... '''{{GALACTUS}}!'''"
* [[Comicbook/NewGods Darkseid IS.]]
-->'''{{Darkseid}}''': [[Comicbook/FinalCrisis ''I. Am. The. New. God.'']]
** "I am the Tiger-Force at the heart of all creation! When you cry out in your dreams, it is ''Darkseid'' that you see!"
** From an early New Gods story:
--->'''Mr. Miracle''': Have you been out in the storm all this time.
--->'''Darkseid''': I ''am'' the storm.
*** [[http://www.4thletter.net/2009/06/and-now-darkseid-minus-new-gods/ But not a wedding.]]
** "You are the revelationist. I am the Revelation."
* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'':
-->'''Zaktan''': You think you know horror, [[WhatDoTheyFearEpisode Irnakk]]? Horror is looking into the eyes of the Shadowed One, knowing you are about to die... and then being forced to live. Horror is waking each day to see every part of your body moving on its own - a shifting mass of Protodites where once was solid metal and living tissue. Horror is what is in the eyes of your partners when they look at you... and in the cries of your enemies when your swarm engulfs them. Don't talk to ''me'' about fear, creature - I ''am'' fear!//
** Later, when BigBad Makuta manages to [[TheBadGuyWins successfully]] pull off his GambitRoulette and [[AGodAmI become a]] PhysicalGod, he tells the heroes, "No longer must I fight you in hopes of controlling a universe. I ''AM'' THE UNIVERSE!" Justified in that he actually ''is'' the universe.
** Earlier than that, when Makuta was confronted by TheMole of the Barraki - who claimed that under the Brotherhood Law, he has to be spared - right before he "[[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves spared]]" the Mole, Makuta's response was "Under Brotherhood law? I ''am'' Brotherhood law!"
** Before any of that, in 2001, as part of his speech when the Toa come to destroy him (destroy being The Makuta's word here):
---> ''I ''am'' destruction''.
* In ''Uncanny Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' #423 {{Wolverine}} says "when it comes to mutants, we are the police!"
-->'''[[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]]''': Well so much for ''Franchise/LawAndOrder: Mutant's Division.''
* In ''ComicBook/OneHundredBullets'', Augustus Medici, the head of [[AncientConspiracy The Trust]], is staring out his hotel window at the lights of the city below. He says they make him happy. The call girl in his room, wondering why, asks if he works for the power company. His response: "Work? No. I am the power company."
* The adaptation of the ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie has this:
-->'''Mugger''': You don't own the night!
-->'''Batman''': I ''am'' the night.
* From ''ComicBook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'':
-->'''Batman:''' Tonight ''we'' are the law. Tonight ''I'' am the law. ''Let's ride.''
* In ''Comicbook/DarkEmpire'', Palpatine declares, "I've played along with your Jedi dueling games long enough! Now you will experience my full potency... I live as energy... I ''am'' TheDarkSide!"
* Vol 9 of the comic adaptation of {{Ninjago}} Masters Of Spinjitzu has [[spoiler: Zane]] boasting this as he attacks Jay.
-->[[spoiler:'''Zane:''']] I am power.
* The Spectre in ''ComicBook/LastDaysOfTheJusticeSociety'':
-->''I am the universe...and I am dying!''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:We Are Fan Works]]
* In ''FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'', [[BigBad Corona]] is [[CatchPhrase fond]] of saying "I am the Sun!"
* ''WebAnimation/SonicShorts'': "I am Sega!"
* In ''Fanfic/TheNorthRemembers'', Sansa Stark says "I am the north. And [[TitleDrop the north remembers]]." [[spoiler:shortly before stabbing her would-be rapist to death.]]
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[[folder:We Are Animated Films]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Antz}}'':
-->'''BigBad''': Don't you understand? It's for the good of the colony! ([[spoiler:killing all the worker ants]])
-->'''Z:''' What are you saying? We ''are'' the colony.
-->'''BigBad''': ([[spoiler:Shoved aside by Cutter]]) [[spoiler: Cutter]], what are you doing?!
-->[[spoiler: Cutter]]: Something I should have done, long ago. ''This'' is for the good of the colony.
-->'''BigBad:''' You useless, ungrateful maggot! ''I'' AM THE COLONY!
* Cat R. Waul from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTailFievelGoesWest'' says something along these lines.
--> '''Cat R. Waul''': "Simply put, mouseling, I am the law here, and you are a mere hors d'ouevre."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} "Speed. I am speed."''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars 2}}'': "Then Francesco is ''triple'' speed."
* In WesternAnimation/RugratsInParis, Coco Labouche does this after Mr. Yamaguchi [[strike:fires]] "dismisses" her.
-->'''Coco Labouche''': "No one fires Coco Labouche, Coco Labouche fires others! COCO LABOUCHE '''''IS''''' EUROREPTAR!!"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:We Are Live-Action Films]]
* ''Film/JudgeDredd'' contains his catchphrase (see the page quote), which he uses to attempt to scare a group of criminals into turning themselves in. It nearly works, but the gang members ultimately end up firing at him, forcing him to attack.
* Done in the second adaptation titled ''Film/{{Dredd}}'' but much less [[LargeHam Hammy]].
--> '''Judge Dredd''': Ma-Ma's not the law. '''I''' ''am the law.''
* In ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Palpatine says "I am the Senate!" Windu rebuffs him with "Not yet."
** This is also the name of an awesome song on John Williams' soundtrack for the film.
* In ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean: Dead Man's Chest'', Davy Jones is informed by one of his {{Mooks}} that Will must have been claimed by the sea, to which he replies "I am the sea!"
* ''Film/ChariotsOfFire''. Eric Liddel is trying to avoid running on Sunday and a friend makes a place for this. When one of the English grandees questions the legality of this, another says:
-->That's a matter for the committee.
-->Then a third says "We ARE the committee".
* ''Film/RoboCop1987'': "[[MegaCorp We]] practically ARE the military!"
** Comes back to bite Robo in the ass too: "You thought you could just stroll in here and arrest me? You're ''product''!
* The 1990s TV movie ''Kingfish'' starred John Goodman as Governor Huey P. Long of Louisiana (on whom Willie Stark of ''All The King's Men'' was also based), and featured a scene where Goodman, in a Dixie accent similar to the one he had in ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'', bellowed "I ''am'' the constitution of the State of Louisiana!".
* ''Film/ThePrincessBride'':
-->'''Miracle Max''': Beat it, or I'll call the Brute Squad!\\
'''Fezzik''': I'm on the Brute Squad!\\
'''Miracle Max''' (surveying the giant Fezzik): You ''are'' the Brute Squad!
* "This ship IS England", Captain Jack Aubrey in ''Film/MasterAndCommander''.
* Big Boy Caprice in ''Film/DickTracy'':
** "I offer you the keys to the kingdom, and you tell me you're an officer of the law! I ''AM'' THE LAW!"
* Defied in ''Film/IronMan''. After Tony declares his intent to run his company with "more responsibility and consideration for the country's greatest good", a reporter shows him pictures of Stark Industries weapons in enemy hands, accusing him of hypocrisy.
-->'''Tony''': I didn't approve any shipments
-->'''Reporter''': Well, your company did.
-->'''Tony''': Well I'm NOT my company.
* Played straight in ''Film/IronMan2'' when he faces the congressional committee that is trying to confiscate his armor.
--->'''Tony''': I ''am'' Iron Man. The suit and I are one.
* [[UsefulNotes/ElizabethI Queen Elizabeth I.]] in ''Film/FireOverEngland'' (1937): "Then let me speak for all of you -- for I ''am'' England."
* In ''Film/TropicThunder'', when Jay Baruchel confronts his co-stars about whether or not they know the script, the [[DyeingForYourArt ridiculously deep in-character]] Kirk Lazarus declares "I am the script!".
* ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984'':
-->'''Freddy Krueger:''' [''brandishes his glove''] "THIS...is God!"
* ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'':
** ''Film/HellraiserIIIHellOnEarth'': During the scene in the church near the end, Pinhead corrupts a bible verse after his mock creation of crucifixion stigmata.
-->'''Pinhead:''' I am the way!
** ''Film/HellraiserBloodline'':
--> '''Pinhead:''' What you think of as pain is a shadow. Pain has a face. Allow me to show it to you. Gentlemen, I... Am... Pain.
* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' Data and the Borg Queen discuss this about the Queen's statement of "I am the Borg". Data asks if this means she is their leader, so she replies, "I am the beginning. The end. The one who is many. I am the Borg." To which Data replies, "An interesting, if cryptic, response." Given that the Borg Queen is apparently a personification of the Borg's collective intelligence, her statement was true.
* In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', as Indiana Jones is menacing to shoot a rocket at the Ark of the Covenant:
-->'''Belloq''': Indiana, we are simply passing through history. This [points at ark], this * is* history.
* "I AM RIPPER! TEARER! SLASHER! GOUGER! I AM THE TEETH IN THE DARKNESS! THE TALONS IN THE NIGHT! MINE IS STRENGTH! AND LUST! AND POWER! '''I AM [[Film/{{Beowulf}} BEOWULF]]!'''"
** "'''I AM RIPPER! TEARER! SLASHER! GOUGER! I AM THE TEETH IN THE DARKNESS! THE TALONS IN THE NIGHT! I AM THE POWERFUL WAVES OF THE OCEAN! THE MIGHTY WIND IN THE AIR''' THAT BRINGS THE SOFT BREEZE IN THE MORNING? the, I am the, Dew upon the flowers that glisten in the sunlight?? The pleasant scent of freshly cut grass???, The giver of presents to small children, Igivehugswhennooneelsewillgivehugs. Mine is kindness and sweetness and cheer… [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFeRN19Blr4 i'm beowulf"]]
* ''Film/TheSiege'':
-->'''William Devereaux''': I am the law. Right here, ''right now, I am the law!''
* ''Film/BladesOfGlory'':
-->'''Charles Michael Michaels''': I am ice skating!
* ''The'' ''Last'' ''Detail''
-->'''Bartender''': Beat it, before I call the shore patrol.
-->'''Budusky''': I am the fucking shore patrol!
* ''Film/JackbootsOnWhitehall''. The hero Chris bemoans the fact that he's not allowed to join the military because the government says his hands are too big to fit in a trigger guard. WinstonChurchill declares "I am the government!"
* [[RocknRolla He is the Wild Bunch]]
* [[Film/KingdomOfHeaven "I am Jerusalem."]] [''Proceeds to bitch slap someone till they bleed.'']
* "[[Franchise/{{Highlander}} I know everything! I AM EVERYTHING!]]"
* Ramses in ''Film/TheTenCommandments'': "I am Egypt."
** Echoed, aptly enough, by Ramses in ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'': "I am the morning and the evening star..."
* In ''Film/{{Airheads}}'', as Chazz and his band first take Rebel Radio hostage:
-->'''[[CorruptCorporateExecutive Milo]]:''' Hey, we're all rock 'n' rollers here?
-->'''Chazz:''' (''pointing a [[spoiler:plastic]] Uzi'') You look like half a [[UnusualEuphemism butt puppet]]! Do you know what it's like to be on the bill and to play for 15 minutes and the only people there to see you are the other bands and their girlfriends? Don't talk to me about Rock 'n' Roll! I'm out there in the clubs and on the streets and I'm living it! '''I ''AM'' ROCK 'N' ROLL!'''
* ''{{Paycheck}}'':
-->'''[[spoiler:[[BigBad Rethrick]]]]''': Still think you can change your fate, Mike? [[{{Narm}} I AM THE FUTURE, MIKE!]]
* In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' we get this exchange:
-->'''Bane''': ...and you betrayed us.
-->'''Batman:''' "Us"? You were excommunicated by a gang of psychopaths.
-->'''Bane:''' ''({{beat}}) ([[BerserkButton savagely pummels Batman]])'' I ''am'' the League of Shadows!
** In the infamous plane scene, CIA introduces himself this way.
-->'''CIA:''' Dr. Pavel, I'm CIA.
* In ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'', Alexandra wishes to know what the Djinn's nature is. He takes her to his hell-like home dimension, and tells her in a very evil BadassBoast.
-->'''Djinn:''' You wish to know what I am? To you, I am this: The cry of the abandoned child. The whimper of the whipped beast. I am the face that stares back at you from the shadowed mirror. The hollowness at the heart of all your hopes, Alexandra. I AM DESPAIR.
* ''Film/TwinPeaksFireWalkWithMe''—Jacques: "I am the Great Went." Laura: "I AM the Muffin." "And what a muffin you've got, eh!"
** Man from Another Place: "Do you know who I am? I am the arm..."
* ''Film/TheStuntMan.''
-->'''Cameron''': "Hey, I know you. You're in the movies."
-->'''Nina''': "I *am* the movies."
* Before Erik in ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1989'' gives Christine the ring that marks her his, he tells her that "You love the music. I am the music."
* Smaug's boast as he goes off to attack Laketown in ''Film/TheHobbitTheDesolationOfSmaug''.
-->'''Smaug''': I am fire. I am... ''death''.
* Used in this exchange from ''Film/ManThing'' between the heroic sheriff and a CorruptCorporateExecutive:
-->'''Kyle:''' We'll take this to the county.\\
'''Frederic:''' I am the county!
* In the final scene of ''Film/AFaceInTheCrowd'', Lonesome Rhodes, drunk [[DrunkWithPower in more ways than one]], makes a big speech in his hotel suite, punctuated with outbursts of canned applause, about himself as the champion of the American people, culminating in a ThirdPersonPerson shout: "Lonesome Rhodes is the people! The people is Lonesome Rhodes!"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:I Am Literature]]
* From Literature/TheBible:
-->'''God:''' [[ShapedLikeItself I am that I am]].
** The sequel tries to top this:
--->'''God 2.0:''' I am the way and the truth and the life.\\
'''God 2.0:''' I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
*** Really that's most of the gospel of John. For example, John 11:23-25.
---->Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. \\
Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. \\
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
** Jesus also does it in the most minimalist way possible:
--->'''Jesus:''' I AM.
* Creator/StephenColbert: ''Literature/IAmAmericaAndSoCanYou''.
* PiersAnthony's ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series
-->I will send you Torus's worst dream!
-->'''I AM Torus's worst dream!'''
* Literature/{{Discworld}}: [[TheGrimReaper Death's]] phrase, [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: "There is no Justice, There is just Me." ]]

** From ''Discworld/MenAtArms'':
--->'''Assassin:''' Who are you?
--->'''Vimes:''' ''The Law'', you sons of bitches!
** From ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'':
--->'''Jonathan Teatime:''' So I'd rather you didn't try any last-minute stuff.
--->'''Death:''' [[/folder]]

[[folder: I ''AM'' Last Minute Stuff. ]]

** From the short story "Theater of Cruelty":
--->'''Carrot:''' You see, sir, as I understand the law, you are an Accessory After The Fact. Or possibly Before The Fact.
--->'''Death:''' [[/folder]]

[[folder: Young man, I ''AM'' the fact. ]]

** From ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'':
--->'''The Archchancelor's Hat''': ''I challenge. And those who will not face me must follow me, in accordance with the Lore.''
--->'''Wizard''': Whereabouts in the Lore?
--->'''The Archchancelor's Hat''': ''I embody the Lore.''
** From ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'':
--->'''Vetinari:''' If you go after them, there could be far reaching consequences.
--->'''Vimes:''' As far as they are concerned, I ''am'' far-reaching consequences.
* Rand al'Thor from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': "Come against me, if you dare! I am the storm! Come if you dare, Shai'tan!"
* ''Literature/IAmTheCheese''.
* In TheThrawnTrilogy, the Noghri object to their sovereign Grand Admiral Thrawn breaking their rules by having a commando under suspicion taken to his ship rather than being tried by their elders. He doesn't like this. He doesn't like this at all. In fact, when the maitrakh keeps protesting he reminds them of what it means to defy the Empire by ordering an airstrike on the hills around him - and on Honoghr, where most of the planet is barren, this is really bad.
--> "''I'' am the law on Honoghr now, maitrakh. If I choose to follow the ancient laws, I will follow them. If I choose to ignore them, they will be ignored. Is that clear?"
** Also, when Pellaeon is concerned that the mad C'baoth is breaking away from TheEmpire, C'baoth retorts "I ''am'' the Empire".
* There's a point in ''LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'' where Luke responds to someone's cry with "Yes, I am the Jedi. And I hope I can help." At this point in time, of course, he basically ''is'' the entirety of the Jedi; there are a few survivors of Order Sixty-Six, but they're not involving themselves in major events. The context makes his declaration here somewhat similar to how [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]] introduces himself.
* The Warden of Marshwood Hill in ''[[Literature/{{Redwall}} Martin the Warrior]]'': "I am the Law!" There's also a snake that declares "I am death to all beastssssss!"
* From the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series:
-->'''[[spoiler:Drefan]]''': You don't even have your weapon.\\
'''Richard''': I ''am'' the weapon.
* From ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', the werewolf boasts - "I am hunger. I am thirst. Where I bite, I hold till I die" - and goes on.
* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/AmericanGods'': Shadow asks Czernobog (who is smoking a cigarette) if he's frightened of getting cancer. Czernobog scoffs, "I AM cancer. I do not frighten myself."
* [[GuileHero Kelsier]] and later [[DarkActionGirl Vin]] in ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'': "I am {{Hope|Bringer}}."
** Unsurprisingly, [[OmnicidalManiac Ruin]] gets in on it too. "I am mountains that crush. I am waves that crash. I am storms that scatter. I am ''the end''. ...I am Ruin."
*** However, Ruin does it differently from the other two...because he's ''not'' boasting. He [[AnthropomorphicPersonification is]] those things.
* In ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Ethan of Athos]],'' when interviewing the telepathic Terrance Cee for possible recruitment:
--> '''Elli:''' Of course not. Not on our ''own'' people.
--> '''Terrance:''' Lady, when this thing is activated, I ''am'' the other people.
* In the Literature/{{RCN}} story ''The Way to Glory'', Daniel becomes aware of an Alliance spy and sets a trap for him with Adele's help. When it goes badly -- the spy is killed ''and'' the admiral he was duping forms a grudge against Daniel and Adele -- he frets that perhaps he should've instead reported the matter to the proper authorities. Adele points out that as an agent of Cinnabar's intelligence service, "I ''am'' the proper authorities," and nothing the admiral says will outweigh Adele's report on the incident.
* SherlockHolmes on his brother Mycroft:
--> "You are right in thinking that he is under the British Government. You would also be right in a sense if you said that occasionally he ''is'' the British Government.”
* ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'': Captain Nemo:
--> "I am the law, and I am the judge! I am the oppressed, and there is the oppressor!..."
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': Aldrea tries this with Ax and the gang "I am hork-bajir!" Ax doesn't buy it, still seeing her as an Andalite in Hork-bajir form.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Tigerstar tries to declare himself the sole representative of [=ShadowClan=]. It doesn't really work out for him...
* "[[Creater/CarlSandburg I am the people--the mob--the crowd--the mass]]. [[http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/174303 Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me?]]"
* In ''The Throne of Fire'', the second book of ''Literature/TheKaneChronicles'', Apophis declares "I am chaos itself."
* Sylphrena in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchives''. "I am honorspren".[[note]]For those not familiar with Roshar, that means that she is literally made out of honor.[[/note]]
* In Sharon Creech's ''The Boy On the Porch'', the sheriff in the town where the boy was left on the porch declares "I ''am'' the ''law''" when the boy is finally reported as having been left on the porch, several weeks after it happened. He's not really a bad guy, though, just rather overly officious, and he ends up being a reasonably pleasant and fair character later in the book.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:I Am Live-Action TV]]
%%* [[Series/DoctorWho The Doctor]] says this in many forms.
* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Search" we have:
--> '''Kira:''' You're part of the Dominion, aren't you?
--> '''[[spoiler:Female Changeling]]:''' ''Part'' of? Major, the [[spoiler:Changelings]] ''are'' the Dominion!
* In ''Series/{{Angel}}'', as the title character tools up for the big fight scene...
-->'''Angel:''' You're driving.
-->'''Doyle:''' Wait a minute! No, no! I'm not combat ready, man. I'm just the messenger!
-->'''Angel:''' And I'm the message.
** Illyria gets one in later [[AGodAmI "I am a god!"]]
** And her human vessel, Fred: "You know what they say about payback? Well, I'm the bitch."
* In season three of ''{{Series/Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'', during the aftermath of Faith's [[spoiler:murder of a fellow human being and the ensuing angst]], Faith says to Buffy: "We don't need the law, we '''are''' the law!" Echoed in season 7's "Selfless", when Buffy tells Xander, "I am the law."
** In season six Dark Willow proclaims: "I'm not [[FantasticDrug back on magic]]. [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide I am magic]]."
* ''Series/StargateSG1'': The Goa'uld have a tendency to yell "I am your god!" at defiant foes.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': The Wraith go for the somewhat more disturbing "I am your death."
* ''Series/TheWestWing'':
--> '''Donna:''' [Despairing of the nigh-impossible process of getting travel expenses reimbursed] We're getting beat by the system, Josh.
--> '''Josh:''' We ''are'' the system, Donna.
--> '''Donna:''' ...well, we suck!
** Also, when Donna had described him as not practicing law: "I don't practice law? I help write the laws! I make the laws! I am the law!"
** And later:
--> '''Leo:''' You don't pick losing candidates and usher them to their principled end. You're the guy who takes good men and makes them great. You and Josh still think you're barking at the heels of the party - you ''are'' the party!
* Multiple PoliceProcedural shows:
--> '''Random civilian:''' Get out of here before I call the police!
--> '''Cop:''' I ''am'' the police!
* Used a lot by [[MagnificentBastard Malcolm Tucker]] in ''Series/TheThickOfIt''. Things he ''is'' include the matrix, the press and the heart of government:
--> '''Olly Reeder:''' You want to have a loop
--> '''Malcolm Tucker:''' "Fuck you [[TheNicknamer Andy Pandy]], I ''am'' the loop..."
* From ''TrailerParkBoys'' we have the alcoholic Jim Lahey, who ''is'' the liquor.
** "Against the law, is it Randy? Well I AM THE LAW! Go get the chains and orange gag balls."
* From ''Series/TwentyFour'' Season 2 we got:
--> '''Civilian''': Get out or I call the police!
--> '''Jack Bauer''': I AM the police!
** In Season 3:
--> '''Wayne''': This is politics. It's not medicine. Do me a favour and stay out of it.
--> '''Anne''': "Stay out of it?" I ''am'' it!
* Rather like ''The Thick of It'' above, the ever-popular ''Scenes from a Hat'' from the even-more-popular ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'' has these suggestions for "announcements that will make this audience cheer wildly":
--> '''Ryan''': "In ten minutes, we bring out the liquor!"
--> '''Wayne''': [[spoiler:"I'm the [[strike:liquor]] licker!"]]
* In one episode of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', Dr. Forrester told TV's Frank to push the button and Frank said, "I ''am'' the button!" He was acting high at the time, though.
* In one of ''Series/BreakingBad'''s most iconic scenes, formerly mild-mannered Walt delivers a shocking BadassBoast to wife Skyler. All together now:
-->'''Walt:''' I am not in danger, Skyler. I ''am'' the danger! A guy opens his door and gets shot and you think that of me? No. I am the one who knocks!
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
--> I am Susan Ivanova. Commander. Daughter of Andrei and Sophie Ivanova. I am the right hand of vengeance... and the boot that's going to kick your sorry ass all the way back to Earth, sweetheart! I am Death Incarnate... and the last living thing that you are ever going to see. God sent me.
* In ''Series/TheSavageEye'', Ireland's President for Life claims to be the nation of Ireland itself.
** In the Sports episode, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn566hjmk1Y she travels back in time]] to November 19, 2009 and cuts off Thierry Henry's hand off for knocking "me, the Irish Nation" out of the World Cup.
* One episode of "Series/WKRPInCincinnati" involved disc jockey Venus (very drunk at the time) wandering into Mr. Carlson's office:
--> '''Carlson:''' Shouldn't you be on the air?
--> '''Venus:''' On the air? I AM the air! I am the wind!
* ''DueSouth'' invoked this with the episode '' We Are The Eggmen''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Rejected in "The House of Black and White". Rather than just killing a captured member of [[TheRemnent The Sons of the Harpy]], Queen Daenerys orders he have a fair trial. Mossador kills him instead, and tries to argue that Daenerys is the Law and can do what she wants. Daenerys rejects the idea that she's above the law, and has him executed. The act does not make her any more popular.
* ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'':
-->'''[[spoiler: Wilson Fisk]]''': It means that I'm not the Samaritan. That I'm not the priest, or the Levite. That I am the ill intent... who set upon the traveler on a road that he should not have been on.

[[/folder]]

[[folder:I Am Music]]
* Music/{{Anthrax}}'s homage to ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'', appropriately enough titled "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin I Am the Law]]".
* The recurring CatchPhrase of the GreekChorus in Music/TheProtomen's first album repeatedly chant "We are the dead."
* Music/{{Stratovarius}} has a song called AlphaΩ that is almost full of lines like this. "I am the low and high/ I am the earth and sky..."
* Music/PanicAtTheDisco:''There's a Good Reason These Tables...'' - "Haven't you heard that I'm the new cancer?"
* Music/TheBeatles example: "I am The Walrus" would be missing quite a few words if this trope didn't exist.
* Music/TheChemicalBrothers' album "We are the Night"
* The Music/DeadKennedys' cover of "I Fought The Law", keeping in with the lyrical subversion (instead of a robber who [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin went to jail]], it's a criminal who pulled a KarmaHoudini on the authorities) changes the final line to "I ''am'' the law so I won".
** The [=DKs=] also use this trope in their original song "I Am the Owl".
* Music/DimmuBorgir has a few of this. From "The Serpentine Offering": "I am hatred, darkness and despair"
* "I Am, I Said" by Neil Diamond.
* [[Music/SelenaGomez "You are the thunder, and I am the lightning..."]]
* "I Am I", by Queensrÿche
* "I Am the War" by Sodom.
* "[[TheSmiths I am the son and the heir]] [[TheWoobie of a shyness that is criminally vulgar...]]"
* "[[EarWorm I am I am...I am I am...I am I am...I think I am...I think I am]]...I'm glad I am...I'm proud I am...[[NachoLibre a real religious man]]."
* "I Am The Storm" by Music/BlueOysterCult
* "[[EpicRocking I am the root! I am the progress! I'm the aggressor! I am the tablet!]] [[Music/LouReed I AM! I AM! I AM! I AM! I AM!]]
* Touched By The Crimson King, by Demons & Wizards:
-->I am the angel, I am madness
-->I am the word, I am the law
-->I am holding truth, release your sadness
-->I am the key, I am the door
* [[Music/{{DMX}} "I am the hood! I am the street! You bitch-ass nigga!"]]
* [[Music/{{Metallica}} I am]] [[LouReed the]] [[MemeticMutation table!]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0WD5dHtD9A#t=2221s I AM THE CHAIR!]]
* [[Music/{{Pantera}} IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII I AM THE NIGHT]]
* "I am a Rock" by Music/SimonAndGarfunkel
* "We are the World"
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgQRRI9goFg "I Am the Black Wizards"]] by Music/{{Emperor}}.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:I Am Professional Wrestling]]
* "You call me a student of the game? ''I am'' the damn game!" And thus, Wrestling/TripleH's most well-known nickname was born...
* "I am Wrestling/SamoaJoe, and I am pro wrestling."
* Wrestling/AJStyles' theme song. I am I am!
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker, from a speech he gave during his Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness phase: "For I am the Reaper of Men, the Chaser of Souls, the Weaver of Nightmares. I am the heart of darkness."
* Wrestling/DolphZiggler is perfection! (perfection!)
* Because I'm Wrestling/TheMiz.. .[[{{Catchphrase}} and I'm...AAAAAWWWWWESOOOOOOOOOOOOOME!]]'"
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho is the best in the world at what he does.
** Subsequently, Wrestling/CMPunk is the best in the world.
* [[{{Wrestling/Kane}} I]] [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson AM]] THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS!!
* Wrestling/BretHart is The Best There Is, The Best There Was and The Best There Ever Will Be!
* After "The Miami Pound Machine" Rod Steel was declared the [[http://www.solie.org/titlehistories/htipw2.html IPW (Florida) Heavyweight Champion]], he would end his promos by saying, "I am your champ, the champ, the Rod damn champ!"
* Jessicka Havok describes herself as "women's wrestling".
[[/folder]]

[[folder:We Are Tabletop Games]]
* Konrad Curze from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': "I fear no evil. For I am Fear Incarnate!"
** The Canticle of Absolution of the Grey Knights.
--->''I am the hammer!''
--->''I am the hate!''
--->''I am the END!''
** Patron Saint of the Imperial Guard to [[BigBad Horus Lupercal]].
--> ''Where I fall ten more shall take my place! And one-hundred each of them! So strike me down! I am the harbinger!''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:We Are Theatre]]
* At the end of the opera ''Paul Bunyan'', as the lumberjacks are bidding goodbye to TheUnseen title character, Inkslinger asks him who he is. Paul answers:
-->Where the night becomes the day,\\
Where the dream becomes the fact,\\
I am the Eternal Guest,\\
I am Way,\\
I am Act.
* In Theatre/{{Wicked}}, there's this exchange.
-->Fiyero: Why is it that every time I see you, you're causing a commotion?
-->Elphaba: I don't cause commotions, I am one.
* InspectorJavert from ''Theatre/LesMiserables''
-->'''Javert:''' I am the law, and the law is not mocked!
* I am Africa, from ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon''.
* The play of ''PeterPan'':
-->'''Peter''': I am youth. I am joy. I am FREEDOM!!!!!
* Theatre/PeerGynt. An inmate of the Cairo Asylum, called Hussein, presents himself to Peer this way:
--> I am a pen.
** Peer responds by calling himself an "imperial parchment". In an attempt to sharpen himself, Hussein slits his own throat, and dies, saying: "He lived and died as a held pen..." Peer freaks out.
* The title character in Theatre/{{Evita}} says: "I'm Argentina, and always will be."
[[/folder]]

[[folder:We Are Video Games]]
* The 2008 reboot of ''Franchise/AloneInTheDark'' features the line "I'm the [[LargeHam FUCKING UNIVERSE]]!!!"
* From ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'':
-->'''[[DamselInDistress Callo Merlose]]''': "It's far too dangerous! We must wait for reinforcements!"
-->'''[[{{Badass}} Ashley Riot]]''': "Reinforcements? I ''am'' the [[OneManArmy reinforcements]]."
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'':
-->'''Shepard:''' Better for humanity? Or just Cerberus?
-->'''[[SmugSnake Illusive Man]]:''' Cerberus ''is'' humanity.
** Don't forget Aria:
--->"I ''am'' Omega."
** According to Javik, the Protheans invoked this trope right and left. There's an avatar, a "voice" of just about everything. He is the avatar of vengeance. He later proclaims Shepard to be the avatar of victory.
** After being unshackled in the second game, EDI refers to herself as the ''Normandy'' itself.
--> '''Shepard''': You control the ''Normandy?''
--> '''EDI''': I '''AM''' the ''Normandy''.
** Played with at the end of the Omega DLC. If you took mostly Paragon decisions and opposed Aria's more ruthless methods, the speech she gives after reclaiming the station ends on the following note - "We may be bruised. We may be bloodied. But ''we are'' Omega."
* From ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'':
--> '''Kane:''' "For the forseeable future"... Comrade Chairman, I ''am'' the future.
** And in the ''Firestorm'' expansion to ''Tiberian Sun''.
--->'''Slavik:''' I AM Nod!
* From ''VideoGame/DiabloIII''
--> '''Tyrael:''' ''You cannot judge me. I am Justice itself!''
** Justified as being the Archangel of Justice, he actually is the personification of the virtue.
* In the ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokaiTenkaichi'' games (which feature a moderately changed script from the movies/anime), when Goku goes Super Saiyan against Frieza, Frieza, displaying visible fear, asks "What ARE you?" and Goku comes back with ""I am the hope of the universe. I am the answer to all living things that cry out for peace, I am protector of the innocent, I am the light in the darkness, I am your WORST NIGHTMARE, FRIEZA!"
** The English dub did something similar.
** As well as the [[FixedFloorFighting 2 dimension side-fighting]] predecessor, ''Dragon Ball Z Budokai''.
* An example of Kain's dry sense of humour in ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain: Blood Omen 2'':
--> '''Duncan:''' "Restricted area. This passage is for night shift workers only."
--> '''Kain:''' "I ''am'' the night shift."
** The Elder God often speak of himself this way. From ''Soul Reaver 2'' and ''Defiance'':
---> '''Elder God:''' "I am the Engine of Life, the source of Nosgoth's very existence. I am the hub of the Wheel, the origin of all Life, the devourer of Death."
---> '''Elder God:''' "I am the still center of the turning wheel, the hub of this world's destiny."
---> '''Elder God:''' "I am the Wheel and its turning. I am the circle of life and death."
* [[Franchise/StreetFighter "I AM]] [[ThatOneBoss YOUR]] [[PhysicalGod GOD."]]
* "[[VideoGame/BlazBlue I am the White Void.]] [[BadassBoast I am the Cold Steel.]] [[ForGreatJustice I am the Just Sword.]] [[KnightTemplar With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of this world,]] [[KillItWithFire and cleanse it in the fires of destruction!]] [[PreAssKickingOneLiner I am Hakumen!]] [[PrepareToDie The end has come!]]"
* The [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Flaming Fist Mercenaries]] in the first ''VideoGame/BaldursGate''.
--> "I ''AM'' THE LAW!"
* Franchise/MetalGear
** [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots I am Lightning]], the rain transformed.
** Laughing Beauty: I am an octopus.
** [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker I AM a gun!]]
* ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'': Kagutsuchi every other turn: I am eternity. [[ThatOneAttack *casts Infinite Light*]] I am destiny. [[RunningGag *casts Infinite Light*]] [[RuleOfThree I am truth. *casts Infinite Light*]]...
* [[VideoGame/UnrealTournament Xan Kriegor's]] taunts include "I am the Alpha and the Omega."
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII "L'Cie? You mean me? Oh child, perish the thought. I am more than that! I am fal'Cie."]]
* [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite "I AM PERFECTION!"]]
* Kratos in ''VideoGame/GodOfWar II''
** [[CaptainObvious "I AM THE GOD OF WAR!!!"]]
* [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas "I am the East, and I shall prove it this day."]]
* ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana'':
-->(the beginning of the story)
-->Remember me!
-->Need me!
-->I can provide you with everything!
-->[[ArcWords I am love.]]
-->[[CallToAdventure Find me, and walk beside me.]]

-->(the final battle)
-->I am light.
-->I am darkness.
-->Half of myself is what
-->[[WhamLine You have fought in the past.]]
-->I create, I destroy.
-->And I create again.
-->[[ArcWords I am love.]]
-->[[spoiler:--Goddess of Mana, who is the final boss.]]
* From his theme song: "[[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 I am the Eggman!]] That's what I am, I am the Eggman! I got the Master Plan..."
** {{My name is|InigoMontoya}} [[Characters/SonicTheHedgehogNeutralCharacters Shadow the Hedgehog]]. I am the world's Ultimate Lifeform.
*** Shadow's [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog spinoff title]] also featured the theme song "I am". It actually averts this trope but is [[CaptainObvious an I Am song]] and contains some ShapedLikeItself with it's chorus "I am, I am I'm all of me."
*** Also, every ending of this game has Shadow starting with, "I am Shadow the Hedgehog...", includes the noun of what he believes he is (depending on the path you chose), a speech, and then ending with "...this is WHO I AM!"
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Deathwing gets this just before the last phase of the final battle.
-->'''Deathwing''': I am Deathwing. The Destroyer. The end of all things. Inevitable. Indomitable. [[BadassBoast I]]! [[PunctuatedForEmphasis AM]]! [[TitleDrop THE CATACLYSM]]!
** Yogg-Saron in Ulduar:
-->'''Sara yells''': I am the lucid dream.
-->'''Sara yells''': The monster in your nightmares.
-->'''Sara yells''': The fiend of a thousand faces.
-->'''Sara yells''': Cower before my true form.
-->'''Yogg-Saron yells''': BOW DOWN BEFORE THE GOD OF DEATH!
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar: Soulstorm'' had this from Archon Tahril:
-->''"I am the deadly shadow and the bird of prey. I am the poisoned dagger that brings swift death!"''
** And from other units as well:
--> Chaos SpaceMarines: "We are the destroyer!" and "We are Legion!"
--> Eldar Fire Dragon: "I am the purity of flame."
--> Daemon Prince: "'''I AM A ''''''''GOD!'''''" and "'''I AM DESTRUCTION INCARNATE!'''".
* [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars I am the Sword That Smites Evil!]]
* From ''VideoGame/{{Stranglehold}}'':
-->'''Mr. James Wong:''' You are nothing, Tequila! I ''am'' Hong Kong!
* In one expansion of ''VideoGame/TheSims 2'', there is a Law career. Most of it is about being a lawyer. The final, ultimate position has your sim becoming [[ShoutOut The]] [[ComicBook/JudgeDredd Law]].
* [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderofEcclesia "Hear me, Dracula! I am the morning sun, come to vanquish this horrible night!]]
** [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow And in another game...]]
--> [[FallenHero ''Eu sunt Dracul!'' I am the Dragon!]]
* In the opening cinematic of ''VideoGame/StarcraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm'', Kerrigan begins her BadassBoast by saying ''"I...am the Swarm."''
** She ends the final cinematic [[BookEnds with the same words]].
* In the final battle of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' when Chrom tells [[spoiler: Grima]] that he has come to end him, [[spoiler: Grima]] replies by saying "...ARROGANT MORTAL...I AM THE END!"
* [[spoiler: Thomas Mutton/Dumuzid]] from ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}'' utters "I AM THE MORNING STAR!"
* In ''VideoGame/DeusEx'', if JC Denton chooses to kill Leo Gold, the commander of the NSF in the first level, instead of interrogating him, he gives out this particular PreAssKickingOneLiner:
--> '''Leo Gold''': I AM the people!
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'' has the "[[Main/HarderThanHard I Am The Night]]" mode, in which if you [[Main/FinalDeath die]] you have to start over the whole game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'' has Gravemind's special way of introducing himself:
-->'''Gravemind:''' I am a monument to all your sins.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:We Are WebComics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'': [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-09-21 I AM the internets!]]
* Mocked in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003020 here]].
* ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'': [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0626.html I AM the legend!]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:We Are Web Originals]]
* [[http://www.theonion.com/content/video/supreme_court_rules_death_penalty I Am the law!]]
* ''WebAnimation/WeeblAndBob'' gives a nod to the Oppenheimer quote at the top of the page:
-->'''Death:''' Lo. I have become death. Stealer of pie.
* In the beginning of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0nERTFo-Sk Hayek vs. Keynes rap]]:
-->'''Receptionist:''' Your agenda.
-->'''Keynes:''' That won't be necessary, I am the agenda.
* From ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', complete with LampshadeHanging:
-->'''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob:''' You're out of order, they're out of order! The whole system is out of order!
-->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:''' I am the system!
-->'''Snob:''' I know you're the system! That's my point!
-->'''Critic:''' I know it's your point! It's just when you say that I'm out of order and the system's out of order it's kind of redundant!
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'':
-->'''Homestar:''' Strong Bad, so I see you decided to join the other side, eh?
-->'''Strong Bad:''' What joining? I ''am'' the other side!
** Amusingly, unlike most examples this is neither hyperbole nor even particularly boastful: Homestar had declared war on [[{{Egopolis}} StrongBadia]], Strong Bad's tiny fiefdom which, inanimate citizens aside, consists entirely of himself and whoever happens to be hanging out there at the moment.
* [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Jotaro ]][[WebVideo/JoJosBizarreAdventureAbridged Joestar]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fT1C-xCCMg&t=5m00s IS THE BUILDING]]
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''
-->'''Goku:''' I am the hope of the omniverse! I am the light bulb in the darkness! I am the bacon in the fridge for all living things that cry out in hunger! I am the Alpha and the Amiga! [[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck I am the terror that flaps in the night!]] I am Son Goku, and I am a Super...! ...Saiyan.
** In episode 44 Vegeta is raging because Piccolo's suddenly a lot stronger due to his fusion with Kami. Krillin explains that Kami is "basically God", to which Vegeta replies "But I'm still here!", leading to this exchange:
--->'''Trunks:''' Do you really believe your own hype that much?
--->'''Vegeta: ''[[NoIndoorVoice I AM THE HYPE!]]'''''
* A bonus video from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has Caboose mishear the word "resolutions" for "revolution" and say "I don't think we should make a revolution. I love my country and I think we should support our troops!" Tucker replies with "Caboose, we ''are'' our troops."
* In the MRE episode of ''MyDrunkKitchen'', Hannah ties a tartan blanket around herself and proclaims that "I am {{Braveheart}}, and so can you!"
* ''WebAnimation/SonicShorts'':
--> '''Sonic''': Um, who the heck are you?
--> '''Tails''': I'm Tails, your new sidekick.
--> '''Sonic''': ''(beat)'' Get out.
--> '''Tails''': What?
--> '''Sonic''': Get outta my game now!
--> '''Tails''': But... {{Sega}} said I could...
--> '''Sonic''': Sega? Did you say Sega?
--> '''Tails''': Yeah, but...
--> '''Sonic''': ''(getting angrier)'' Sega... Sega!? ''(grabs Tails)'' I ''AM'' SEGA!!! ''(throws him into the water)''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:I Am Western Animation]]
* [[WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel I... AM... WEASEL!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
** Used this in reverse, in a somewhat more...belittling manner.
--->This is deeply offensive to the Jewish community!
--->You ''are'' the Jewish community!
** "Simpsons Already Did It"
---> '''Cartman''': Oh my God! The tiny underwater civilization has advanced hundreds of years. Look! There's a library! A-and a temple! And a- woh-? Oh. They think I'm God. Yes!!! I am god of the sea people!!! You hear that?! I am god of the sea people!!! I am master of their great sunken empire!!! Mo-o-om! I'm god of the sea people!
--->'''Mrs. Cartman''': That's nice, poopie.
* [[WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries Brainiac]]: "I ''am'' Krypton."
* ''[[WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck That]]'' [[MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate bird]]:
-->''I am the terror that flaps in the night!''
-->''I am Darkwing Duck!''
* Batman was a triple threat in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': "You are NOT my father. I am NOT a disgrace. I am Vengeance. I am the Night. I AM Franchise/{{BATMAN}}!"
** When the pilot episode of the animated series was scripted out, Batman's first scene was going to be fairly similar to how it was in the recent Creator/TimBurton ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movie from 1989, but meddling executives made them change it because they felt it was too frightening for children, particularly as this was the first episode and they wanted to hook the audience first. Like in the movie, at the end of a fight Batman grabs a thug and holds him over the edge of rooftop. The criminal defiantly yells, "Who do you think you are?! You can't rule the night!", to which Batman coldly declares "I *am* the night!" and drops him off the building.
*** Also in the [[WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond sequel series]], Derek Powers declares, "I AM POISON!"
* "[[WesternAnimation/ReBoot I am become Gigabyte]], [[ShoutOut destroyer of systems!]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'':
-->'''Waspinator:''' "Wait! Need plan! Wazzpinator in charge!"
-->'''Dinobot II:''' "I ''am'' the plan."
** Also from ''Beast Wars'':
--->'''Optimus Primal''': Megatron, don't! Their power is beyond what you can imagine. You can't control it!
--->'''Megatron''': I '''am''' power.
* ''WesternAnimation/AeonFlux'' OpeningNarration:
-->'''Trevor:''' You're skating the edge.
-->'''Aeon:''' I ''am'' the edge.
* From the ''Franchise/GIJoe'' cartoon:
-->'''[[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja STORM SHADOW]]:''' Anyone can use a weapon, but the ninja ''is'' a weapon.
-->''(Proceeds to dismantle a tank with his bare hands.)''
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' had a truly classic one with the villain MODOK:
-->'''{{MODOK}}:''' I am ''SCIENCE''!!! I AM ''GENIUS''!!!
** [[AmusingInjuries And then he takes a ]] [[Comicbook/TheMightyThor hammer to the face.]]
* ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} says "I [[PhoneticAccent yam]] what I yam, and that's all what I yam." Depending on how you interpret this rather philosophical statement, this is either the straight trope or a defiant aversion.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
-->'''Roger:''' You want me to leave this nation? ''I AM THIS NATION!''
* [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers "I am the Bat."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
-->'''[[spoiler:Tarrlok]]''': "[[WhatTheHellAreYou What? What are you?]]"
-->'''Amon''': "I am the solution."
* Mademsoille Soretoza on the original animated ''Literature/{{Babar}}'' show in "The Show Must Go On." - "I am the show."
* Trident on ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' states in his introduction, "I am excellence. I am perfection. I am Trident!"
-->'''Trident''': I will win! I always win! I am superior!
-->'''Beast Boy''': And I thought Aqualad had a big ego.
* Finn from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' does this in "Jake the Dog" [[spoiler:when he goes insane from wearing the ice crown.]]
-->'''Finn:''' I am the end and the beginning. I am the hand of madness.
** This happens yet again in the part two of the following season premiere, "Escape from the Citadel".
-->'''The Lich:''' You are strong, child, but I am beyond strength. I am... the end.
* ''VeggieTales'' has Larry Boy. "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis I...am...that...hero!]]"
* "We are defenders of the night. ''We'' are '''''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}!"'''''
* Speaking of Disney, ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''s catchphase starts off with "I am the terror that flaps in the night" and ends with "I am Darkwing Duck!" (The middle tends to vary a bit.)
[[/folder]]

[[folder:I Am Real Life]]
* ''"You think you are the State? No, I am the State."'' - UsefulNotes/LouisXIV
** Interestingly inverted by his last words: "I am dead, but the state will survive" and even more so when you consider French law. It considered the king the personification of the nation, but the new king ascends instantly upon the death of the old king. Therefore, Louis XIV's great-grandson Louis XV (his son and grandson, both also named Louis, died a few years before Louis XIV did) became "the state" at the moment of his death. Thus the phrase, "The King is dead. Long live the King."
** This is consistent with the idea of the Divine Right of monarchs, where the king or queen is seen as the source of all law and political authority in his or her domain. In this framework the monarch is above the law. This is why you'll see similar statements from almost every European ruler from the Renaissance to the modern age. Even where monarchs are firmly constitutional, they frequently are the legal embodiment of the state. For example, where American criminal cases are ''The People'' or ''The State v. Whomever'', British and Commonwealth Realm cases are ''Regina'' (the Queen) ''v. Whoever.''
* France likes these: "[[BadassBoast The Revolution is over: I AM The Revolution]]." - [[TheNapoleon Napoleon]]
** His predecessor, UsefulNotes/MaximilienRobespierre: ''"I am not the courtier, nor the moderator, nor the tribune nor the defender of the people, I am the people myself."''
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsxQLYjwN2g Richard Jeni's]] skit about two people going on a date for the first time. They would sit down and take turns plunking down cards with all of their emotional problems.
-->'''Man:''' Look, I'm neurotic. I need to see other people. (Plunk!)
-->'''Woman:''' I'm schizophrenic; I AM OTHER PEOPLE!!!
-->'''Man:''' Okay! Take the pot. You win.
* Creator/SalvadorDali: "I do not take drugs. I ''am'' drugs." Also, when asked to define surrealism, he answered "I ''am'' surrealism."
* Portly Miami sports radio talk show host Hank Goldberg once dealt with an obnoxious caller this way:
-->'''Caller''': You don't know anything about basketball!
-->'''Hank''': What do you mean? I AM a basketball!
** Doubly funny, considering that a self-deprecating sense of humor is normally one of the last things that one would associate with Goldberg.
* While they never explicitly said "I am the State", ThoseWackyNazis spent much of their time and effort in promoting that image. For example: "Ein Volk, ein Staat, ein Reich, ein Führer. [[RuleOfThree (One people, one State, one empire, one leader)]]" - UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
* In an interview, Amy Lee from Music/{{Evanescence}} declared "I AM Evanescence."
* UsefulNotes/FidelCastro said of UsefulNotes/CheGuevara, 'he WAS the revolution'.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Bean Roy Bean]], while serving as a Justice of the Peace, often called himself "Law West of the Pecos". [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/72/Old_langtry_tx.jpg See here]].
* Creator/StephenColbert of ''Series/TheColbertReport'' claims, "I know Western culture; I ''am'' Western culture."
* Creator/JorgeLuisBorges' ''"A New Refutation of Time"'': "Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire."
* A rather tragic case with Pacific Southwest Airlines Flight 1771 when David Burke killed the pilot after proclaiming "I'm the problem."
* The quote that introduces the IronLady article:
-->'''UsefulNotes/JosipBrozTito''': Women shouldn't meddle in politics.
-->'''UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher''': Mr. Tito, I don't "meddle" in politics, I ''am'' politics.
* Most important German rainbow press tabloid "BILD" proclaimed "We are pope!" when German cardinal Josef Ratzinger was elected the new Pope in 2005.
* J. Robert Oppenheimer, one of the Manhattan Project scientists, recalled in a 1965 documentary that a line from the Literature/BhagavadGita came to him when he witnessed the successful Trinity test, which he translated as "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
* First Lady Hillary Clinton: "We are the president."
* Creator/HPLovecraft has "I am Providence" on his tombstone.
* Since becoming Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper has had all official government communications refer to his administration as "the Harper Government."
* "I am not an American. I am THE American." MarkTwain.
* During the First Anglo-Afghan War, General William Elphinstone decided, in a fit of stupidity, to retreat from the safety of Kabul ''through enemy territory'' back to Jalalabad. Only one man (Assistant Surgeon William Brydon) out of the entire army made it to safety without being killed or captured. When the commanders at Jalalabad asked about the rest of the army, he replied, "I am the army."
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