->''I am anger, under pressure''\\
''Locked in cages, a prisoner, the first to escape''\\
''I am wicked, I am Legion''\\
''Strength in numbers, a lie, the number is one''\\
''I, I, I''\\
''Everything that I see is for me''
-->-- '''Music/BlackSabbath''', ''I''

Creator/BobFosse said that most songs fall into two categories: the IWantSong and the "I Am" Song. The "I Am" Song is, simply put, a song which establishes a character's personality, role in the plot, and/or motivations right away. It can be more effective than setting up a character by dialogue, and it's almost always more fun.

Despite the name, the song doesn't have to be sung by the characters themselves. TheVillainSucksSong is an example of an "I Am" Song sung by other people about a villain they despise.

May also be an IAmWhatIAm, but not always.

'''Note:''' Contrast the IWantSong. Although the two are not mutually exclusive, the "I Am" Song should be primarily about who the character ''is'', rather than what they ''want'' (there's a clue in the name). Try to avoid citing an IWantSong as an "I Am" Song.

Compare VillainSong, which are almost always of this type (when they aren't {{I Want Song}}s). See also {{Leitmotif}} for an instrumental version. ImageSong is when it doesn't appear in the actual show, but rather in AllThereInTheManual extras. See IAmBecomingSong for when a character explains his or her ''new'' motivations or self.
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* "Oh, Yeah! Alala!" from ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' establishes Alala as an evil {{Kawaiiko}} IdolSinger (strangely enough for a shoujo series).
* The [[Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]] ending theme, "Maru Kaite Chikyuu", along with its variations by the different characters.
** As well as some of the character songs, namely "I am German-Made" for Germany, "Absolutely Invincible British Gentleman" for England, "My Heart Has a Light" for Russia and both "Mein Gott" and "My Song That Is Written By Me, For Me" for Prussia since he's all about telling people who he is.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Calvin sings one in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheMovie'' while harnessing ThePowerOfRock, crossing over with IAmGreatSong.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''
** "Belle" introduces Belle's enjoyment in reading and dreaming about exciting adventure, the other villagers' regarding these as strange interests for a young woman of their era, Gaston's desire to marry Belle, and the other villagers' admiration of his handsomeness and masculinity. [[AwesomeMusic It covers all this in only five minutes.]]
*** It also serves as an IWantSong ("There must be more than this provincial life ..."), though the official I Want Song in the movie is the ''reprise'' to "Belle".
** "Gaston." It's sung by Le Fou and Gaston predominately. It's almost a subversion of TheVillainSucksSong, as everyone in Belle's town ''[[VillainWithGoodPublicity loves]]'' Gaston except her and her father. The Broadway musical version also includes the aptly named "Me", sung by Gaston himself as he tries (unsuccessfully) to woo Belle.
* "One Jump Ahead" from Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}''.
** The Genie has "Friend Like Me", where he establishes his powers and personality.
* "Li'l Ark Angel" from ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' is mildly different: although it's more of a plot device, her cheerily singing about people and animals drowning establishes Darla's character immediately. She gets a VillainSong later, too.
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'': "Poor Unfortunate Souls" for Ursula.
** Also, "Les Poissons".
* "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers" from the Disney ''[[Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]]'' cartoons.
* "Why Should I Worry" from ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'' is Dodger's.
** And "Perfect Isn't Easy" is Georgette's. And boy does she ever want you to know it.
* Zephyr the monkey [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe3PfRBVKdo gets one]] in ''Babar: The Movie''.
* "My Name Is Mok" from ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'': He is, indeed, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOeV3LsgIWw the Oogie Boogie Man.]]
** From the same movie, "Jack's Lament" is both this and a IWantSong.
* The first and only song in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' (before the credits) is an I Am Song.
* "Thomas O'Malley's Song" from ''Disney/TheAristocats''.
* The Disney version of RobinHood has "The Phoney King of England" which also serves as an example of TheVillainSucksSong about Prince John.
* "We're [[Disney/TheThreeCaballeros three caballeros]]!"
** Also, "Panchito's Song" from ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse''.
* "I'm a Happy-Go-Lucky Fellow" from ''Disney/FunAndFancyFree'', which was originally created for ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' but was ultimately not used.
* Speaking of ''Pinocchio'', that movie has "I've Got No Strings".
* "Witch Doctor" from ''WesternAnimation/TheRugratsMovie'' about the monkeys, their way of life, and how they want the babies to live with them.
* The first ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' film has "You Can't Keep A Good Dog Down," which also serves as [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Charlie's ]] {{Leitmotif}} at several later points in the film.
* "The Batty Rap" from ''WesternAnimation/FernGully''
* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheSecretDoor'', the first version of "What's Gonna Happen" is about how Alexa would rather stay in her room and read.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/HorseFeathers'': "Whatever it is, I'm against it!"
* "I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow" from ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'' if you count it as a [[MusicalWorldHypotheses diegetic musical.]]
* "I Yam What I Yam" from the movie ''Film/{{Popeye}}''.
* "Sweet Transvestite" from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' has interesting twists: The opening number "The Candy Man" is a typical celebration of a title character, but none of the other characters, to say nothing of the audience, has actually ''seen'' him in years. Willy Wonka, who turns out to be ''far'' more eccentric than expected, has his own I Am Song in "Pure Imagination", which better fits his personality, especially with its choreography. (It also doubles as a FollowYourHeart song.)
** The 2005 ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' movie had its own take on this concept with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTsRUIVv2WM Wonka's Welcome Song]], which was written by Wonka himself, and could also be said to represent some of his character traits. Again, he is far more eccentric than the song suggests, as it only concentrates on his "positive" traits.
* ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'', being a rock opera and featuring an ensemble cast, has one for the majority of the characters.
** Perhaps the two most classic examples are "Legal Assassin" and "Things You See In A Graveyard", which introduce Nathan and Rotti's characters, respectively, their motivations, their pasts, and much of the plot besides.
** Also "Seventeen" and "Infected". The latter is incredibly whiny, but still an I Am Song.
* "Main Hoon Don" (which translates to "I Am Don") from the {{Bollywood}} film [[DonTheChaseBeginsAgain Don]]. [[spoiler: This one is an interesting combination of TrickTwist and VillainSong. When you are first watching the film, you fully believe the singer to be Vijay. At the end you discover it was Don pretending to be Vijay prentending to be Don, and he was so confident in his having fooled everyone that he is just [[FauxAffablyEvil reveling in his evilness]].]]
* "We are the [[Film/ThreeAmigos Three Aaaaaamigos!]] We are the three Aaaaaaaaaaaaamigos!!! We are the three [[OverlyLongGag AAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa]]migos, and Amigos forever we'll be!"
* "The Vegetarian" from ''Film/DoctorDolittle''.
* "The Life I Lead" from ''Film/MaryPoppins''.
** "Practically Perfect" in the [[ScreentoStageAdaptation stage version]].
* The song of White Knight [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-tPUTtHy58 "On m'appelle le chevalier blanc"]] ("My name is White Knight") from the movie ''You won't have Alsace and Lorraine''.
** He sings it every time he's asked "Who are you?" (and it's long. HilarityEnsues).
* CampRock loves this trope with "This is Me", "Here I Am", "Too Cool", "Introducing Me", and "Who Will I Be?" which doubles as an IWantSong.
* The "Knights of the Round Table" song from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.
* "Chilly Down" from ''Labyrinth'' about the Fireys and their way of life.
* "Spaceballs" The Song from the ''{{Film/Spaceballs}}'' The Movie, is part of the soundtrack, and is, as such, not sung by any character in the story, but it is, as one might guess from the title, the I Am (or, more precisely, We Are) Song for the eponymous Spaceballs.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The songs of the Sorting Hat in ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* Literature/TheBible:
** Satan in [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%2014:12-15&version=NKJV Isaiah 14:12-15]].
** There's a rather strange example at the end of Deuteronomy. Moses' final lesson to Israel before his death is to teach them a national anthem: a song spelling out the future of Israel, complete with the fact that they will grow rebellious and turn away from God, and that this apostasy will spell disaster for their descendants, ultimately leading to their scatter and the destruction of all but a remnant.
** Also, Psalm 51.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Batly from Series/EureekasCastle has one and sings about how much of a klutz he is.
* "What You Feel" from "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS6E7OnceMoreWithFeeling Once More With Feeling]]" is the this as well as being a VillainSong, since its an upbeat tune about how hes a demon who destroys whole towns through cheery music, for the episodes villain (who is identified in the credits as [[FluffyTheTerrible Sweet]]).
* "Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit" from the 100th episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* Each of ''TheLetterPeople'' has one.
* "Santa Barbara Skies" from the ''Series/{{Psych}}'' [[TheMusical musical episode]] is one for Shawn Spencer
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[[folder:Music]]
* This isn't an exclusively Musical Theatre trope. Many rappers have an introduction song, and some bands have theme songs, anthems, or otherwise similar I Am Songs.
** "[[Music/{{Eminem}} My Name Is...]]", anyone?
---> "I AM...WHATEVER YOU '''''SAY''''' I AM! IF I WASN'T, THEN WHY WOULD I '''''SAY''''' I AM?! IN THE PAPER, THE NEWS, EVERY '''''DAY''''' I AM! I DON'T KNOW, THAT'S JUST THE WAY I AM!
* Music/{{Anthrax}}'s "[[ComicBook/JudgeDredd I Am The Law]]" and "I'm The Man."
* Neil Diamond's "I Am, I Said."
* Music/MichaelJackson's ''Bad''.
* "Jesus of Suburbia", "St. Jimmy" and "She's a Rebel" from Music/GreenDay's ''Music/AmericanIdiot''.
* "Back In NYC" from ''Music/TheLambLiesDownOnBroadway'' serves this purpose for the main character, Rael.
* John Denver's "The Eagle and the Hawk": "I am the eagle, I live in high country...I am the hawk, and there's blood on my feathers..."
* Music/TheRollingStones' "Sympathy for the Devil."
* ''I'm the Urban Spaceman'' by TheBonzoDogDooDahBand.
* Music/{{Kiss}}' "I" from ''Music From "The Elder"''.
* "I Am Woman," HelenReddy's 1973 anthem to feminism.
* Music/SimonAndGarfunkel's "I Am A Rock."
* Music/FrankZappa and the Mothers of Invention's "Help, I'm a Rock."
* "The Song of Dusk" from ''[[SoundHorizon Märchen]]'' isn't an "I am" song so much as it's a "Who am I?" song in which the eponymous character knows nothing of who he once was, only that he's woken up at the bottom of a well with a CreepyDoll in his arms and feels an intense desire to enact revenge and seeks to satisfy it by granting the chance at revenge to others.
* "Nemesis" by Music/ArchEnemy.
* "Prophecy" from Music/JudasPriest's concept album, ''Nostradamus'', is the I Am Song for Nostradamus himself.
* Voltaire's song "When You're Evil" is a classic I Am Song for any villain.
* ''The Devil'' gets one in ''Showbread'''s song "The Goat (Nervosa)". Almost every line is a description of what he is, and every other set of words is "I am." Also, in their song "The Sky (Anorexia)", the refrain is a deathly and commanding "I AM."
* A common trope for {{Crush 40}}, most notably ''I Am (All of Me)''
* MarianCall has two: "Vanilla (I'm Not Sexy)" is a declaration of her general uncoolness (in a positive way) while "I'll Still Be A Geek After Nobody Thinks It's Chic" is a [[ProudToBeANerd geek anthem]].
* Music/TheMonkees' theme song ("Hey Hey We're the Monkees!")
** A self-deconstructed one appears in their movie, ''Film/{{Head}}'' ("Hey, HEY we are The Monkees! You know we love to please! A manufactured image, with no philosophies...").
* Portal's "Still Alive" is a pretty simple one:
-->I'm doing science and I'm Still Alive\\
I feel fantastic and I'm Still Alive\\
When you're dying I'll be Still Alive\\
And when you're dead I will be Still Alive
* "Divide" by Music/{{Disturbed}}, as well as 'Indestructible', 'I'm Alive', and a few others.
-->I am a little more provocative then you might need\\
It is your shock and then your horror on which I feed\\
So can you tell me what exactly does freedom mean\\
If I'm not free to be as twisted as I want to be?\\
Don't wanna be another player losing in this game\\
I'm trying to impress upon you, we're not the same\\
My psychotic mentality is so unique\\
I'm one aggressive motherfucker, now wouldn't you say?
* Music/TheBeatles' "I Am The Walrus".
* Music/TheDecemberists seem to like this trope, but as so many of their songs are almost writ as monologues, this is hardly surprising. "The Engine Driver", "Leslie Anne Levine", and "The Legionnaire's Lament" stand out as the best examples.
** "The Mariner's Revenge Song" is basically one guy telling another guy who he is inside of a whale.
* "Music/WeAreTheWorld", by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, sung by USA for Africa.
* DoctorSteel's songs "Lament for a Toy Factory", "Dr. Steel", and "The Dr. Steel Show"
* India Arie's "Video" is a pure example. [[http://www.elyrics.net/read/i/india.Arie-lyrics/video-lyrics.html Video Lyrics]]
* {{Sabaton}}'s "Carolus Rex" is this for King [[UsefulNotes/CarolusRex Charles XII]] of Sweden.
* Music/NineInchNails has three: "Mr. Self-Destruct," "Big Man with a Gun," and "Sanctified."
* "Lecher Bitch" by the Genitorturers.
* Roy Harper wrote 'The Lord's Prayer' as a sort of musical last will and testament when he believed he was dying. It contains 104 descriptions of himself, each beginning with 'who' or 'whose'. 'The Lord's Prayer' is also a sterling example of a [[ListSong list song]].
* Music/{{LMFAO}}'s "Sexy and I Know It."
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s "The View"
** [[MemeticMutation I AM THE TABLE!]]
* Music/TheWho (or at least Pete Townshend) were fond of these: ''Music/{{Tommy}}'' alone has "Cousin Kevin", "Acid Queen", "Fiddle About" and "Sensation". Other examples include "I'm a Boy", "The Real Me" and "Behind Blue Eyes".
* Music/{{Devo}}'s anthem "Jocko Homo" doubles as an I Am Song and a manifesto for their "de-evolution" concept:
-->They tell us that we lost our tails\\
evolving up from little snails.\\
I say it's all just wind in sails:\\
Are we not men? (We are DEVO!)\\
Are we not men? (D-E-V-O!)
** "Stop, Look, and Listen", an early demo on the ''Hardcore Devo'' compilation, more directly refers to the band ("I hear em' coming, gonna mess up the plumbing/It's D-E-V-O! From O-H-I-O!")
** "Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA", in which Devo announce themselves collectively as the Smart Patrol ("suburban robots who monitor reality") who are ultimately subjected to self-sacrifice by the "man with a plan," Mr. DNA.
** "Speed Racer" is an I Am Song for four different characters, presented in order in each verse ("I'm Speed Racer and I drive real fast..."; "I'm a big pirate and I like to steal..."; "I'm a Barbie doll but I've got brains..."; " "I'm your doctor and here's the bill...") and reprised all together in the last verse.
* Overlapping with SingerNamedrop, the chorus of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HROMILO1mEA "Infinity"]] by Infinity Ink repeats the line, "Oh, you know we are the Infinity."
* TheRoches introduced themselves with "We," the first song on their first album, ''The Roches''. They began by simply singing their names: "We are Maggie and Terre and Suzzy Roche."
* Creator/MariaConchitaAlonso's "''Soy Tu Mujer''"
* Music/FatsDomino's "I'm Walkin'."
* Music/{{Ratt}}'s "I'm Insane" crosses this with SanitySlippageSong.
* "I'm A Boinger" by [[ComicStrip/BloomCounty Billy And The Boingers]], from ''Billy And The Boingers: Bootleg''.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' [[AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audio drama]] "Doctor Who and the Pirates" contains the song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIdDXQ2h1Pc I am the Very Model of a Gallifreyan Buccaneer]]
** Also Creator/JonPertwee's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLXOO9PnnMQ Who is the Doctor?]]"
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* A number of ProfessionalWrestling entrance themes (at least the ones with lyrics) fit this pattern. Of particular note:
** Wrestling/AJStyles' theme in Wrestling/{{TNA}}, in one incarnation, was actually ''titled'' "I Am." The later remix, "Get Ready to Fly", has completely different lyrics, but is still an I Am song.
*** Stable Wrestling/{{Fortune}}'s theme has this: "We are, we are! Fortune Four!"
** Wrestling/TripleH: "I am the game, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQzsK4FAnx0 you don't wanna play me...]]"
** Wrestling/{{Chyna}}'s theme was titled "Who I Am."
** "I am Wrestling/LeiDTapa, the Queen of Rings"
** Wrestling/ColtCabana's theme, "Boom Boom", is more of a He Is song, but otherwise fits the trope well, talking about Colt walking away from "Corporate America" (i.e. Wrestling/{{WWE}}), his love of Chicago, and his desire to create "Good times, great memories".
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[[folder:Theater]]
* "Hey, Tom Sawyer" from Theatre/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer establishes Tom's cunning, mischievous character, although it is technically more a "He Is" song.
* ''Theatre/{{Drood}}'' has "A Man Could Go Quite Mad" for Jasper and "The Wages of Sin" for Princess Puffer.
* ''NextToNormal''
** "I'm Alive" takes this pretty literally, half the lyrics starting with "I am..."
** "I Am The One".
** "Superboy and the Invisible Girl" combines this with a IWantSong, about how Natalie feels she is always ignored, and wishes she could be free of her mother's expectations;
--> ''Take a look at the invisible girl/ Here she is clear as the day''
--> '' Please look closely and find her before she fades away''
* ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}''
** "All I Care About Is Love" . Of course, he's ''lying'', but...
** Mama also has her own song, "When You're Good to Mama", which is more accurate (metaphorically, anyway).
** Amos has "Mr. Cellophane".
* "The Jet Song" from ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
* "I Cain't Say No" from ''{{Oklahoma}}!''
* "I Am What I Am" from ''LaCageAuxFolles''.
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'':
** "A Sentimental Man" [[spoiler: is a subversion. The Wizard believes what he's saying, but it's only later that the audience finds that he has his own ideas about [[FantasticRacism who qualifies as a "citizen of Oz"]] and that part of his motivation for helping Elphaba is to use her magic for his own ends.]]
** "Defying Gravity" is more of an "I Am ''Becoming''" song, since Elphaba's entire character for the second act stems from that song...both the good and the bad.
** "Popular" is an interesting twist, as it's supposed to be about Elphaba and Galinda's attempt at making her, well, popular. However, it's quite clear that Galinda's plan for achieving this is to make Elphie as much like her as possible, thus making it an "I Am" Song.
* Speaking of ''Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'', "Great Big Stuff" is both an I Am Song and an IWantSong.
* "Angry Inch" from ''HedwigAndTheAngryInch''.
* "Always True to You" from ''Kiss Me, Kate''.
* "Some People" from ''Gypsy'', as well as "Rose's Turn" and "Little Lamb".
* "Colored Spade", "Manchester England", "I Got Life" and probably more from ''{{Hair}}''. That whole show was basically an I Am Song for the hippies.
* Multiple characters in ''The25thAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'' have something along these lines:"I'm Not That Smart" (Leaf), "I Speak Six Languages" (Marcy) and "Woe Is Me" (Schwartzy).
* ''Cats'' is nothing but I Am Songs (or rather, You Are Songs in most cases).
* "Miss Baltimore Crabs" from ''Hairspray''.
* "All That's Known" from ''SpringAwakening''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=082y805mkA8 "Bring Me My Bride"]], Miles Gloriosus' song from ''AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''.
** Which is also an IWantSong, as the title suggests.
** Also "Lovely" for Philia and... well, half the songs in the play.
* "C'est moi", from ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}'' establishes Lancelot's puissance and hubris. (Notice the literal translation of the title).
** "I Wonder What the King is Doing Tonight" (sung by Arthur himself) establishes his fallibility.
* "Now", "Soon", and "Later" (for Fredrik, Anne, and Henrik respectively) from ''ALittleNightMusic''. "The Glamorous Life" might count as Desiree's.
* "Not For the Life of Me" for the title character of ''Thoroughly Modern Millie''
* "The Beauty Is" for Clara from ''The Light in the Piazza''.
* "Fortune Favors the Brave" for Radames in ''Aida''.
** And "My Strongest Suit" for Amneris.
* "Clean the Kit" in ''The Beautiful Game'' for John.
* "30/90" for Johnny in ''tick, tick... BOOM!''
* "Oh, What a Circus" is sung by Che, but completely describes {{Evita}}'s role in the musical named for her.
* "I Put My Hand in There" for the title character of ''Theatre/HelloDolly!''. Replaced in the film version by the MovieBonusSong "Just Leave Everything To Me".
* "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," in the {{Peanuts}} musical of the same name.
* Bill Sykes' "My Name" from ''{{Oliver}}''.
* "I Can Cook, Too" from ''OnTheTown''.
* "My Name Is Samuel Cooper" from ''LoveLife''.
* "The Lady Is A Tramp" from ''BabesInArms''.
* "I Jupiter, I Rex" from ''Series/OutOfThisWorld''.
* "The Hostess With The Mostes'" from ''CallMeMadam''.
* "Wand'rin' Star" from ''PaintYourWagon''.
* "Independent (On My Own)" from ''Theatre/BellsAreRinging''.
* "I Enjoy Being A Girl" from ''FlowerDrumSong''.
* "A Little Brains, A Little Talent" from ''DamnYankees''.
* "I'm The Greatest Star" from ''FunnyGirl''.
* "His Name is Lancelot" from ''{{Spamalot}}'' is more of an "Just Admit It, You Are" song.
** There is also "[[IncrediblyLamePun Laker Girls]] Cheer" with Arthur declaring that he is Arthur, King of the Britons.
* Creator/GilbertAndSullivan love these. To list just a few:
** ''Theatre/TheMikado'': "A Wand'ring Minstrel I" (Nanki-Poo), "Behold The Lord High Executioner" (Ko-Ko), "Three Little Maids From School Are We" (Yum-Yum, Pitti-Sing, Peep-Bo), "A More Humane Mikado Never Did In Japan Exist"
** ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'': "O, Better Far to Live and Die" (or "I Am A Pirate King"), "[[MajorGeneralSong I Am The Very Model of a]] ModernMajorGeneral"
** ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'': "I'm Called Little Buttercup", "I Am The Monarch of the Sea" and "When I was a lad" (Sir Joseph), "I Am The Captain of the Pinafore" (Captain Corcoran)
** ''Theatre/PrincessIda'': "We Are Warriors Three" (Arac, Guron, and Scynthius), "If You Give Me Your Attention" (Gama)
** ''Theatre/TheGondoliers'': "We're Called Gondolieri" (Marco and Giuseppe), "In Enterprise Of Martial Kind" (Duke of Plaza-Toro)
** ''Theatre/TheSorcerer'': "My Name is John Wellington Wells", "Love Feeds on Many Kinds of Food"
** ''Theatre/{{Patience}}'': "If You Want a Receipt For That Popular Mystery" (Colonel)
** ''Theatre/{{Iolanthe}}'': "Good Morrow, Good Mother" (Strephon), "The Law is the True Embodiment" and "When I Went to the Bar" (The Lord Chancellor), "My well-loved lord" (Phyllis), "When all night long, a chap remains" (Private Willis)
* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' has a boatload: for Fantine, it's "I Dreamed a Dream". For Thenardier, we get "Master of the House". "Stars" for InspectorJavert, although it borders on the IWantSong, but then, Javert's character is defined by its goals. And for Jean Valjean, it's the side-splittingly obvious name for an I Am Song: "Who Am I?"
* "I, Don Quixote" from ''ManOfLaMancha'' qualifies for this as its first reprise - not to be confused with its second reprise, which is more of an IAmWhatIAm song. Aldonza also gets such a song with "It's All The Same".
* ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera'' has "Stranger Than You Dreamt It" after Christine removes the Phantom's mask.
* "I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'" from ''Theatre/PorgyAndBess''.
* "How Can I Call This Home?" for Leo in ''Theatre/{{Parade}}''.
** Leo also gets the much more somber "It's Hard to Speak My Heart" near the very end of the first act
* "The Barber and His Wife" from ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', though the title character who sings this speaks of himself in those days in the past tense because as far as he's concerned, ThatManIsDead. [[spoiler:It gets a DarkReprise at the end of the play after Sweeney unknowingly kills his wife, learns of Mrs. Lovett's treachery in not telling him said wife was still alive, and then throws her in the oven.]]
** Another example for Todd is, of course, "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd".
** Meanwhile, Mrs. Lovett has "The Worst Pies in London", which tells you just about everything you need to know about that character in two minutes flat.
** And Adolpho Pirelli gets his entrance which actually opens with the lines "I am Adolpho Pirelli, / Da king of da barbers..."
* Just about every character in ''{{Keating!}}'' has one:
** Bob Hawke gets "My Right Hand Man" (sorta. It's more about Keating, but it applies to him too).
** Keating himself gets "Do It in Style".
** John Hewson has his part of "On The Floor".
** Gareth Evans and Cheryl Kernot have "Heavens, Mister Evans".
** Alexander Downer has "Freaky".
** John Howard has "Power" (which doubles as his VillainSong).
* Despite the name, [[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=5Oc8irUgDLk "I Want More"]], from ''Main/{{Lestat}}'' is actually Claudia's I Am Song. (Her IWantSong is [[http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=TvxmAqdrXvw "I'll Never Have That Chance"]]).
* "Advantages of Floating In the Middle of the Sea" is pretty much the I Am Song for ''all of Japan'' in Sondheim's ''Pacific Overtures''.
* The bitterly ironic "Rich and Happy" from ''MerrilyWeRollAlong'': Frank has sold out his principles, abandoned his dreams and destroyed his most important friendship... but he's "rich and famous and therefore happy too". And if you believe that, there's a bridge in Brooklyn I'd like to sell you.
* In ''Theatre/ChildrenOfEden'', Yonah has a song about how she is ''not'' a "Stranger to the Rain", which establishes her as TheWoobie because she is descended from [[CainAndAbel Cain]].
* ''Theatre/{{Chess}}'' has quite a few as well. Freddie's lyrics in ''Merano'', ''Where I Want to Be'' for Anatoly and ''Someone Else's Story'' for either Florence or Svetlana. Plus Molokov and Svetlana's new songs in the Stockholm version.
** Arguably, "Pity The Child" for Freddie as well.
* The title character of ''Barnum'' gets two in "There's a Sucker Born Ev'ry Minute" and "The Prince of Humbug".
* ''Theatre/{{Curtains}}'': "I do the Kama Sutra with a Richard Rodgers score. It's a Business."
* "I'm a Bad, Bad Man" for Frank Butler in ''AnnieGetYourGun''.
* ''Passion'' has "I Read" for Fosca, a mild conversation about a borrowed book taking a sharp right turn into a slightly unhinged, passionate song explaining Fosca's philosophy, tinged with [[IllGirl mental illness]], and hinting at her tragic backstory.
* ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'' has "Spread a Little Sunshine" for Fastrada, "Kind of Woman" for Catherine and "Extraordinary" for Pippin himself.
* You will probably never get a more literal example than "I'm MartinGuerre."
* ''Film/TheProducers'' has "The King of Broadway." Though in this case, it's more of an "I used to be" song. This song doesn't appear in the film adaptation of the musical, however.
* ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' has "Dentist!" for Orin Scrivello. Additionally, the film version has "Mean Green Mother From Outer Space" for Audrey II.
* "I Am Aldopho" from ''TheDrowsyChaperone''.
* "I Was The Most Beautiful Blossom" in ''OfTheeISing'' is more accurately described as an "I was" song, but it defines Diana to the extent that she sings its first bars on her subsequent entrances.
-->'''Wintergreen:''' You like that song, don't you?
** Also: "We're the one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine Supreme Court judges..."
* "Different As Can Be" from ''AVeryPotterMusical'' is a duet I Am Song for Quirrell and Voldemort
** Hermione gets "Coolest Girl" in the sequel.
* "How Lovely to be a Woman" from ''ByeByeBirdie''.
* "Backwoods Barbie" is the I Am Song for ''9 to 5: The Musical''. Funny enough, following it being written for the musical itself, Music/DollyParton decided to use it for the title track of her album ''Backwoods Barbie'', so not only is it the I Am Song for the musical, but it is for Parton personally as well.
* The Cobbler's Song from ''ChuChinChow'' (But ''not'' "[[DeadPersonImpersonation I am Chu Chin Chow]]").
* An interesting example in Creator/StephenSondheim's ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}'': in [[SillyLoveSongs "Unworthy of Your Love"]] where John Hinckley Jr. and Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme sing for their respective LoveInterests. While at first it sounds like an IWantSong, it's really about Hinckley and Fromme's insecurity and how they are completely lost in their lives. It even begins with 'I am'.
** "Another National Anthem" is one for the Assassins in general.
* In OnceUponAMattress, Princess Winnifred gets one in "Shy". Queen Aggravain's is "Sensitivity", and then "The Minstrel, The Jester, and I" for the Minstrel, Jester, and King.
* Probably the most famous opera example: "Largo al factotum della cittā" (aka "Figaro's introduction") from ''The Barber Of Seville''.
-->"Figaro here, Figaro there, Figaro up, Figaro down, swifter and swifter, I'm like a thunderbolt: I'm the factotum of the city!"
* In ''Vanities: The Musical'', "An Organized Life" is this for Kathy, in addition to being an IWantSong, and in its DarkReprise it becomes her BSODSong and IAmBecomingSong. The first two productions also had "Hey There, Beautiful", which was later replaced by [[IWantSong "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing"]]. Also, the closing song "Letting Go" from the Pasadena Playhouse and ACT Theatre productions.
* ''Disney's Alice in Wonderland Jr.'' adds two 'I Am' songs not in the [[Disney/AliceInWonderland movie]]:
** "Ocean of Tears" for the Dodo Bird
** "Whooooo Are Youuuuu?" for the three Alices
* "A Little Girl from Little Rock" from ''Film/GentlemenPreferBlondes''.
* ''StrikeUpTheBand'' had "A Typical, Self-Made American" and "The Unofficial Spokesman" for Horace J. Fletcher (who, judging from his song, made himself much like [[Theatre/HMSPinafore Sir Joseph Porter]] did) and Colonel Holmes.
* "Der Vogelfänger Bin Ich Ja" (I Am the Birdcatcher, Yes) from ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', sung by [[CowardlySidekick Papageno]].
* Rodolfo and Mimi's introductory songs "Che gelida manina" and "Si, mi chiamano Mimė" from ''LaBoheme''.
* "Out Tonight" from ''{{Rent}}'' begins as an "I am" song for Mimi (as in, I am a sexy Latina firecracker) and ends as an "I want" song when she gets into Roger's apartment.
* "I'm an Ordinary Man" from ''My Fair Lady'' is an introduction to Henry Higgins and his misogyny.
** "With a Little Bit of Luck" establishes Eliza's father Alfred as a slacker, drinker and womanizer.
-->''The Lord above gave man an arm of iron\\
So he could do his job and never shirk\\
The Lord above gave man an arm of iron, but\\
With a little bit of luck, with a little bit of luck,\\
Someone else'll do the blinkin' work!''
* "What Do You Do With a BA In English / It Sucks To Be Me" from ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' serves as an I Am Song for more than half the cast: Princeton, Kate Monster, Brian, Christmas Eve, Rod, Nicky and Gary each get a verse. Additionally, "Special" is Lucy The Slut's I Am Song.
* "Tradition" from ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'' is a We Are Song.
* "A Cockeyed Optimist" from ''SouthPacific''.
* "An Orthodox Fool" from ''NoStrings''.
* "Johnny's Theme/The Dreamer" from ''Literature/OnlyYouCanSaveMankind: The Musical'', establishes Johnny as, well, [[MrImagination a dreamer]], albeit more confident in that role than the book version:
-->Me, I'm a dreamer and I choose to be,\\
It's my dreams that will set the world free.\\
Me, I'm a dreamer, it's my destiny,\\
Look around, see the world that I see.
* "Hooray for Captain Spaulding" from ''Theatre/AnimalCrackers''. One of the few songs from the original stage show retained for the film.
* "Good Old Reliable Jake" and "Bit Part Demon" from [[Franchise/EvilDead ''Evil Dead The Musical'']], although "Good Old Reliable Jake" is consist of nothing but BlatantLies.
* "The Lees of Old Virginia" in ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix''. Richard Henry Lee giving a laundry list about why he, his family, and Virginia are undeniab-LEE the best thing in America in [[LargeHam the hammiest way possible]].
* From the 2013 adaptation of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'':
** "Almost Nearly Perfect" establishes Charlie Bucket's creative nature and CheerfulChild disposition, despite his hardscrabble life.
** Augustus Gloop and his family have "More of Him to Love", which ''claims'' that the boy is BigFun but reveals he's really more of a FatBastard.
** "When Veruca Says" establishes both her {{Greed}} and her father's indulgent nature.
** "The Double Bubble Duchess" is a BoastfulRap for the gum-chewing starlet and her ShamelessSelfPromoter dad.
** "It's Teavee Time" has Mrs. Teavee desperately trying to convince the media that her son's just a little high-strung and that they have an idyllic, 1960s sitcom-inspired life, but failing miserably -- especially when Mike himself speaks up.
** Willy Wonka has the bridge part of his IAmGreatSong "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen" and "Simply Second Nature" (which overlaps with IAmWhatIAm) to establish that his strange creations are borne of a desire to make the world a lovelier place, even if others don't understand or fully appreciate what he's doing.
* The off-Broadway musical ''Closer Than Ever'' has "Life Story," in which a middle-aged woman reflects on the choices she's made and the experiences she's had throughout her life. It differs slightly from the average "I Am" Song in that the musical is a revue, and as such, this song is the only time the audience encounters this particular character.
* "Howdy There (I'm Oedipus Tex)" from Music/PDQBach's ''Oedipus Tex''.
* Pretty much every song in Theatre/{{Working}} is either this, an "I Want" Song, or both.
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TueJSFKsKw&feature=related I am more than a fish!]] [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft I am more than a man!]] [[TAFKAL80ETC Death will rise! From the tides! I AM MURLOC!]]
* In the elevators of VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'s Empire Porky Building, you can hear the creepy music entitled "I Am Porky".
* Shadow the Hedgehog's theme song for his [[VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog title game]], which is (seriously) named "I Am... [[spoiler: All of Me]]".
-->"Can you see all of me? Walk into my mystery. Step inside, hold on for dear life. Do you remember me? Capture you or set you free? I am all, I am all of me. I am, I'm all of me."
** Eggman's theme E.G.G.M.A.N. from ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''. The refrain is "I am the Eggman. That's what I am."
** Also from the ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure'' games, there is Sonic's theme, "It Doesn't Matter". While each game has its own version of the song (the original has a very laid back feel while the sequel is much faster paced), both versions are sung by Tony Harnell, and the lyrics (more or less the same in both versions) really describe Sonic in general.
--> "It doesn't matter now what happens. I will never give up the fight. There is no way I will run away from all of my pride. As long as the voice inside me says 'go' I will always keep on running. There is no way to stop me from going to the very top. It doesn't matter who is wrong and who is right."
* [[VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay "I am The Great Mighty Poo / And I'm going to throw my shit at you..."]]
* [[Franchise/MassEffect "I am the very model of a scientist salariaaaaaaaaaaan!"]]
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* Richard from LookingForGroup sings [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcbazH6aE2g&feature=relmfu "Slaughter Your World"]], which brutally summarizes everything he is in the comic.
** Also, the unfinished [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFdLtoKQ7HU&feature=relmfu This is War.]] Pretty much sums up Cale and Richard in a wonderful duet.
* The {{Homestuck}} song from coloUrs and mayhem: Universe A, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO2SMV0lY3U Temporal Shenanigans]].
* ''Webcomic/BrunoTheBandit'' and Delorus did a [[http://www.brunothebandit.com/d/20030627.html father/daughter]] version once.
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* "I'm New Here" from TwilightTheMusical plays this quite blatantly.
-->'''Edward Cullen:''' I am a vampire!
* ''DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog.
** "A Man's Gotta Do" starts out as an IWantSong for Dr. Horrible but then Captain Hammer [[MusicalisInterruptus hijacks it]] and makes it his very own, [[IncomingHam very hammy]] I Am Song.
** "Bad Horse Chorus" for the [[AnimalSuperhero Animal Supervillain]] Bad Horse, actually a "He Is" song.
** "Penny's Song", appropriately, for Penny.
* Tenerence Love's "R&B break" from the song "Rap Song" from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' for some reason composes entirely of his own name:
-->Well, My name is Tenerence Love\\
Plus my name is Tenerence Love\\
Divided by my name is Tenerence Love\\
Equals my name is Tenereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeennnnnnnnnnnnnce Love!\\
Remainder three!
* [[CharlieTheUnicorn "I am a millipede!]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xabVhglNId8 I am amazing!"]]
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* The two songs "Snow Miser" and "Heat Miser" from ''WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus'' are prime examples (and Snow Miser is the page image!)
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck's theme tune: "Who's got the sweetest disposition? One guess, that's who!"
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' provides a few examples, [[ShapedLikeItself most blatantly]] Vanessa's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfYokp3Mhrc&hd=1 "I'm Me"]]. For variants, there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRCT30pDtVE&hd=1 Perry's theme song]] [[labelnote:note]]extended version [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsYREFwxYFI here]][[/labelnote]] (a "He Is") and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLWXjYWbDzA "The Fireside Girls Song"]] (a "We Are").]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAFP0IoMfsA Birds of Prey]]," a "We Are" song by, of course, the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey.
** [[TheBully Bullies]] used to pick on him [[KidsAreCruel because he sang in choir]], but something very strange occurred when he kept [[BrownNote singing]] [[MagicMusic higher]]. The ruffians around him quickly [[CompellingVoice fell into a trance]], and it was then-- with wicked glee--''[[WhosLaughingNow he made those puppets dance!]]'' He's the '''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold MUSIC MEISTER!!!]]'''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', of course, provides [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uerFwX9ZTCE the Cutie Mark Crusaders' Theme Song]] (a "We Are") from "The Show Stoppers". It could also double as an "I Want" (referring, of course, to cutie marks).
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E9SweetAndElite "Sweet and Elite"]] has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmC2WXkPagE "Becoming Popular (The Pony Everypony Should Know)"]], which tracks Rarity's rise in the Canterlot social hierarchy.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E15TheSuperSpeedyCiderSqueezy6000 "The Super Speedy Cider Squeezy 6000"]] introduces two self-proclaimed "[[SnakeOilSalesman traveling salesponies]] ''[[GratuitousFrench nonpareil]]''" and their titular machine with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssl1RxwMWNA "The World-Famous Flim-Flam Brothers"]]. It also doubles as a VillainSong.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed "A Friend In Deed"]] gives us Pinkie Pie's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNrXMOSkBas "Smile Song"]], which perfectly describes her personality.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E13MagicalMysteryCure "Magical Mystery Cure"]] brings us a rare inversion, "What My Cutie Mark is Telling Me", when five of the mane six get their cutie marks switched.
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E8RarityTakesManehattan "Rarity Takes Manehattan"]], has Rarity's "Generosity". Much like Pinkie's "Smile Song", it explains her worldview and connection to the element she represents. It later gets a DarkReprise after complications relating to her generous nature cause her to have a [[HeroicBSOD breakdown]].
** In [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E12PinkiePride "Pinkie Pride"]], "The Super Duper Party Pony" is this for Cheese Sandwich (voiced by WeirdAlYankovic), in which he explains just what kind of party pony he is.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMadDoctor'': "I'm a rearing, tearing wizard when it's time for cutting up/I can graft a chicken's gizzard onto the wishbone of a pup/And here's my greatest experiment that I am going to tackle:/To see that if the test result will bark or crow or cackle! [[EvilLaugh MUHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA!!!]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' gives us two for each of Dethklok's guitarists: [[AGodAmI "I'm No Man (I'm's A God)"]] for Skwisgaar Skiwgelf, and [[DisneyAcidSequence "I Am Toki"]] for Toki Wartooth.
* One episode of ''TheSimpsons'' features a deliciously Bond-esque He Is Song for [[TheAhnold McBain]] as the ending theme to one of his movies, called "Blessed be the Guy that Bonds".
-->''The rules that constrain other men / Mean nothing to Mc Bain.../ [[IncrediblyLongNote Mc Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaiin!]]''
* "Blaineriffic" by Blaineley in ''TotalDramaWorldTour''.
** [[CaptainObvious Sounding very close to "Fergalicious"]].
* "[[WesternAnimation/TheCatInTheHat Cat, hat]]. In French, ''[[GratuitousFrench chat, chapeau]]''. In Spanish, ''[[GratuitousSpanish el gato]]'' [[GratuitousSpanish in a]] ''[[GratuitousSpanish sombrero]]''. In German, I'm a ''[[GratuitousGerman Katze]]'' [[GratuitousGerman in a]] ''[[GratuitousGerman Hut]]'', and don't you know, I'm a ''[[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign gwonka]]'' [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign in a]] ''[[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign bonkequank]]''...in Eskimo."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'': The song "I am the Very Model of a Cartoon Individual."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}}'': "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man"
* The theme for ''WesternAnimation/TomTerrific'' is a notable one:
-->I'm Tom Terrific,
-->Great adventure lover
-->With Mighty Manfred at my side,
-->Villains run for cover.
-->I can be anything, you see,
-->Change myself most readily,
-->How I do it puzzles me!

-->If you see a rocket blast,
-->A sailing ship go sailing past,
-->A little flea, a golden key...it's me!
-->All kinds of fun things,
-->I'm never just one thing,
-->T-E-R-R-ific, my name's Tom Terrific!

** The show's villain Crabby Appleton has his own:
-->My name is Crabby Appleton
-->And I am really awful,
-->It tittilates me funny bone
-->To do a deed unlawful.

-->I'm fond of gloom, impending doom,
-->I think good deeds are sappy,
-->I laugh with glee, it pleases me
-->When everyone's unhappy!
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