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[-[[caption-width-right:350:♫ "Let it go! Let it go! The past is in the past! That perfect girl is gone..." ♫]]-]

->''"I'm stuck in this dream\\
It's changing me\\
I am becoming."''
-->-- ''Music/TheDownwardSpiral'', "The Becoming"

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

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

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

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


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

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

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Eric Draven gets one in ''Film/TheCrow'' (specifically, "Burn," by The Cure) as he goes to a makeup mirror in his apartment and makes his transformation into a white-faced, spandex-clad avenger.
* ''Series/HannahMontana: TheMovie'' gives us "The Climb", which neatly encapsulates Miley's emotions, the lessons she's learned in the movie, and the general message of the film. Later, in Season 4, Miley writes "Wherever I Go" to say goodbye to her secret identity as Hannah, and moves forward to face the world as her real self.
* In ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' the movie, Buffy's ''entire career'' kicks off with an I Am Becoming song: "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' musical opens up with one of these, in "Going Through The Motions," where Buffy compares herself now with the way she was before [[spoiler:her death at the end of Season 5]].
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' parodied this in 1989 with its parodic tribute to fictional Broadway composer Hal Jerome ... one of his early songs is "I'm Maturing As a Songwriter".

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

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Film/TheMuppets'' has "Man or Muppet" in which Gary and Walter [[DistantDuet both realise]] they need to move beyond their sibling relationship (Gary by choosing Mary over his brother, Walter by joining the Muppets).

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

[[folder: Video Games]]
* An example of the "both inner and external metamorphosis" type: if his boss battle is won with paint instead of thinner, the Mad Doctor from ''VideoGame/EpicMickey2ThePowerOfTwo'' will survive his fall in the thinner pit, and finally understanding what heroism is about for having saved by Mickey and Oswald, he sings ''That's what heroes do'' (also known as ''I'm a toon again''), where he vows to become good, in answer to which the magical Guardians change him into a real toon[[note]] (he was a {{Cyborg}} for much of the game, much to his dismay.)[[/note]]
--> '''Mad Doctor''' (singing): "I'm a toon again !? I'm a toon again ! Can it be, I'm a toon again ?! Thank you thank you my dear friends ! Now on this you can depend: from here on in, I'll be good again !"

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'' short "My Past Is Not Today" is basically "Let It Go" written for Sunset Shimmer, about leaving her former self behind for a more promising future.

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