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[[caption-width-right:350:This could never be you.]]

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

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

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

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

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

See also BraggingThemeTune, BoastfulRap.


[[folder:Film (Animated)]]
* "Perfect Isn't Easy", in ''Disney/OliverAndCompany''. A shot of that scene is seen above.
-->"Pretty is nice, but still, it's just pretty. Perfect, my dear.... is MEEEEEEEEE!"
* The opening song in ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', "Perfect World", is all about how Kuzco believes the entire world revolves around him and how he gets everything he wants with zero difficulty. The rest of the film then proceeds to BreakTheHaughty in him.
* "It's Tough to be a God" in ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' features one of the protagonists singing about how uncomfortable he is with their accidental (and arguably blasphemous) [[GodGuise position in the native society]], while the other one convinces him to stick with it by pointing out just how sweet life can be for a fake god.
* From ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule'', Mok's "Triumph (of the Glory of ME)". Omar's road song "I'm the Man" seems understated only by comparison. Mok is perhaps the most deliciously egotistical individual portrayed in any medium; in example, his motivation for employing the Armageddon Key to trigger a new apocalypse is revenge on the public, because his last concert was not ''completely'' sold out.
* Two songs in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'':
** "Awesome As I Want To Be" for Rainbow Dash, who implies that you'll never be quite as awesome as her.
** "Tricks Up My Sleeve" for Trixie, who's even less complimentary about her competition than Rainbow:
--->''[[BlatantLies Don't mean to brag, don't mean to boast]], but I'm a six-course meal and you're just burnt toast''
* Sort of a case with ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'''s Mandatory VillainSong [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNlpuD42_BM Gaston]]. More of a "You are Great" song by Gaston's admirers but he joins in on praising himself partway through.
* ''Disney/{{Moana}}'':
** Maui's song "You're Welcome", where he brags to Moana about how awesome he is and all the great things he's done for mortals, like dredging up new islands, stealing fire, and killing monsters.
--->'''Maui:''' What can I say except "You're welcome"\\
For the tides, the sun, the sky\\
Hey, it's okay, it's okay, you're welcome\\
I'm just an ordinary demi-guy!
** The even more [[SissyVillain narcissistic]] [[EvilIsHammy Tamatoa]] sings "Shiny", which is both a VillainSong as well as an IAmGreatSong. Turns out that, like Maui, his narcissim in reality is an InferioritySuperiorityComplex, and he defines his entire self-worth on the amount of glitter he collects.
---> '''Tamatoa:''' Watch me dazzle like a diamond in the rough!
* "Who's The (Bat)Man?" from ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOBatmanMovie'' is three minutes of Batman singing about how awesome he is and how cool his stuff is while beating up his entire RoguesGallery.
--->'''Batman:''' Who has the coolest gadgets? (Batman!)\\
Who has the tricked-out ride? (Batman!)\\
Who does the sickest backflips? (Batman!)

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


* No compendium of boastful songs should be without Mr. Toad's lyrics from ''Literature/TheWindInTheWillows'', which includes "The world has held great heroes as history books have showed, but never a name goes down to fame compared to that of Toad". Complete text of the original [[http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/poetrycompetition/article3228896.ece here]], the slightly different version from ''Disney/TheAdventuresOfIchabodAndMrToad'' [[http://disney.wikia.com/wiki/Mr._Toad_(Song) here]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/HorribleHistories'' has one for, fittingly, Alexander the Great. Though he prefers "the Greatest."
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': Barney's video resume is basically just this. [[BlatantLies Although he's not singing it.]] That would be lame.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'': "Joxer The Mighty". A song that just keeps on growing every time that it recurs.
* ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' has "I'm So Good At Yoga", which is actually sung in the heroine's mind by the girlfriend of the guy she's obsessed with:
-->I do stuff with my body\\
That no human should be able to do\\
Like putting my face behind my knees\\
Turning my hand, into a shoe.\\
As the morning sun kisses the lotus\\
I kiss my own hoo-haa, can you do that?\\
Greet each day, Namaste\\
Screeeeeewww you, '''you‛re fat'''
* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Blue", the VR "Arnold Rimmer Experience" ends with a song sung tiny munchkin Rimmers.
-->''If you're in trouble he will save the day\\
He's brave and he's fearless come what may\\
Without him the mission would go astray\\\
He's Arnold, Arnold, Arnold Rimmer!\\
Without him life would be much grimmer\\
He's handsome, trim, and no-one slimmer\\
He will never need a zimmer''
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The musical episode ''Once More, With Feeling'' features the demon of the week (Sweet) delivering this trope:
--> '''Sweet:''' I can bring whole cities to ruin/And still have time to get a soft-shoe in!

* Music/FrankSinatra's legacy is typified by [[Music/MyWay "My Way"]], which is sung from the perspective of an old man as his life draws to a close. The theme of the song is personal integrity; Alas, it has become synonymous with Sinatra's legendary abrasiveness and "[[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney take it or leave it]]" attitude (Ironically, even ''he'' thought the ego-stroking lyrics too much). Music/SidVicious did a much-acclaimed punk cover of the song.
* Music/DonMcLean's song "Everybody Loves Me, Baby" is in the voice of a military dictator with wealth, territory, popular acclaim, and no (remaining) rivals, though it is sung to [[EverythingButTheGirl the one person]] who doesn't seem to be impressed.
* {{Music/Weird Al Yankovic}}'s "This is the Life". "You're Pitiful" is a variant, where the narrator follows "My life is brilliant", with a long TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.
* "Ego Trippin Out" by Music/MarvinGaye plays with this - half of it is a character singing about how amazing he is in every way, and how lucky people are to be in his presence - while the chorus seems to be a different character singing about how empty and broken the first character's egotism really is.
* "Film/DemolitionMan", by Music/{{Sting}}.
* Many, ''many'' modern rap songs [[BoastfulRap are about this]] or being InDaClub. Quite obvious with rappers like Wiz Kalifa, Flo Rida and Pitbull.
* "Towards the Crown of Nights" and "The Dark Conquest" by Music/TheKovenant are both about some evil overlord praising themselves after bringing about TheNightThatNeverEnds.
* "Don't Stop" by [=InnerPartySystem=] is a deeply cynical version of this.
* Music/ToddRundgren's "Emperor of the Highway" is a short musical duel between The Emperor of the Highway and the Royal Prince of Foreign Sports Cars; each is a LargeHam and both characters show the egotism inherent in this trope.
* Music/{{Queen}} has several songs of this type, such as "Don't Stop Me Now", and notably "Princes of the Universe", which sums up how an Immortal from the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' saga would think LivingForeverIsAwesome, while also showing Freddie Mercury's apparent attitude toward life.
* "Awesome Forces!" by Music/TheAquabats
-->''We are your average ordinary superhuman\\
Punishers of evil rock-and-roll band\\
And we've been designated to save this crazy world\\
We cannot die, for this is our destiny!''
* Mac Davis's "It's Hard to Be Humble":
-->Oh, Lord, it's hard to be humble\\
When you're perfect in every way\\
I can't wait to look in the mirror\\
'Cause I get better-lookin' each day\\
To know me is to love me\\
I must be a hell of a man\\
Oh, Lord, it's hard to be humble\\
But I'm doin' the best that I can.
* Music/TwoNEOne has perhaps their most iconic song, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7_lSP8Vc3o "I Am The Best"]].

* Miles Gloriosus' song, "Bring Me My Bride", in ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum'':
-->'''Miles:''' ''I, in war the most admired, in wit the most inspired, in love the most desired, in dress the best displayed, I am a parade!''
* In ''{{Theatre/Camelot}}'', Lancelot's song "C'est Moi" is nothing but this.
* In the Broadway version of ''Theatre/BeautyAndTheBeast'', Gaston sings a song, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y5riINpUx8 Me]]", about how Belle has no choice but to be madly in love with him, because of how perfect he is in every way. Gaston's eponymous song in the original film isn't just sung by him, but those parts he does sing would qualify as this, too.
* Maximillian and Cunegonde in "Life is Happiness Indeed" from the musical version of ''Literature/{{Candide}}''.
* [[TheCasanova Adolpho]] gets one of these in ''Theatre/TheDrowsyChaperone'', fittingly titled "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Adolpho]]".
* Played with in ''Theatre/TheMikado'', where the title character sings about being a great Emperor in "From ev'ry kind of man," but "his daughter-in-law elect" Katisha interrupts and makes it about herself.
* In ''Theatre/ThePiratesOfPenzance'', the Pirate King plays it straight with his song, "Oh, better far to live and die," the chorus of which runs (and is later parodied within the show):
-->For I am a Pirate King!\\
(You are! Hurrah for the Pirate King!)\\
And it is, it is a glorious thing\\
To be a Pirate King!
** [[MajorGeneralSong "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General"]] plays with this as well, as the Major General brags about his intellect but admits that he doesn't have much military knowledge.
* The Act One finale of ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen", crossbreeds this trope with WelcomingSong as Willy Wonka introduces himself to the Golden Ticket finders with promises that they're going to see incredible things on their tour of his factory -- all of which are of '''his''' invention. His world does warrant the hype, but he's also a {{Trickster}} AntiHero, and the catchy, brassy, cheekily sinister, glamorously-visualized number owes a lot stylistically to the ''VillainSong'' trope...
* In ''Theatre/HowToSucceedInBusinessWithoutReallyTrying'', one song, "I Believe in You," is sung twice; the first time the main character, J. Pierrepoint Finch, sings it to himself, as a way of bolstering his own confidence.
* Part of "Agony" from ''Theatre/IntoTheWoods'' has Cinderella's prince listing his qualities and his bafflement that she keeps running away from him.
-->''"Am I not considerate, passionate, as kind as I'm handsome, and heir to a throne? "''
* Contrary to what the beginning of this page states, "You and Me (But Mostly Me)" from ''Theatre/TheBookOfMormon'' manages to be both this and an [[IWantSong "I Want" Song]].
* ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'' unusually features one for the hero in "My Shot", as Hamilton tries to impress his new revolutionary friends with a combination of boasting, sheer verbal skill and idealistic fervor.
-->I'm 'a get a scholarship to King's College.\\
I prob'ly shouldn't brag, but dag, I amaze and astonish. [...]\\
With every word I drop knowledge!\\
I'm a diamond in the rough, a shining piece of coal\\
tryin' to reach my goal. My power of speech: Unimpeachable!\\
Only nineteen but my mind is older.
** The melody is also reprised in ''Blow Us All Away'' when Phillip Hamilton raps about how he's following in his father's footsteps:
--->Meet the latest graduate of King's College\\
I prob'ly shouldn't brag, but dag, I amaze and astonish.\\
The scholars say I got the same virtuosity and brains as my pops\\
The ladies say my brain's not where the resemblance stops!
** Also, when Lafayette, Laurens, and Mulligan are introduced in ''Aaron Burr, Sir'', each performs a short rap boasting about why they're great, too, and Lafayette's one explicitly references the song ''C'est Moi'' from ''{{Theatre/Camelot}}'':
--->I came from afar just to say "Bonsoir!"\\
Tell the King "Casse toi!" Who's the best?\\
''C'est moi!''
* ''Theatre/LegallyBlonde'': The musical features a number called ''The Harvard Variations'' where several students sing about how great they, and why Harvard is obviously the 'perfect place' for them:
-->'''Aaron Schulz:''' I won a Fulbright and a Rhodes/I write financial software codes/But that's a challenge I've outgrown/How many yachts can one man own?
* ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' has "Master of the House", in which Thenardier brags about what a [[BlatantLies good, honest, smart man he is]]. Taken UpToEleven in the TriumphantReprise "Beggars at the Feast", where the Thenardiers brag about how they managed to lie, scam, cheat, and rob their way into the upper class, [[KarmaHoudini and are the best off of any of the characters at the end of the show despite being by far the worst]].
* In ''Theatre/InTheHeights'', Usnavi has a brief one in "It Won't Be Long Now" after Sonny asks Vanessa out for him. It's used purely for comedic effect, as he is too shy to ask her himself.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn'' episode 4's obligatory song routine features a singing millipede who sings a song about how awesome she is.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Yang's theme song, ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XoOt-5pW_Q I Burn]]'', is basically a very long, catchy BadassBoast about [[ActionGirl how she's going to utterly wreck your shit]].
** And then at the end of Volume 4, there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfdsWzjcy58 Armed and Ready]], which is basically ''I Burn, Pt. II''. After the tragic events of Volume 3 put her through the ringer, [[HesBack Yang is burning brighter than ever]].
-->''I am the Golden one\\
Who burns just like the sun\\
Next time we meet is your disaster\\
Iíll bring the punishment\\
Your song wonít be lament\\
Revenge my happy ever after''
** Neon Katt, one of Yang's opponents in the [[TournamentArc Vytal Festival]], has her own boasting theme song, [[CharacterTitle appropriately]] titled ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5pnzQtBtf0 Neon]]'', which is about how it's just too bad that you'll never be quite as awesome as her.
** Also from ''RWBY'': Team CVFY gets [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8mZmgDMLjk "Caffeine"]], and Emerald and Mercury have a villainous example in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qXIFgzZRMk "I'm The One"]]
* The song "Oblivious" from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmTyBYV_ufw&t=143s Episode Two]] of ''WebAnimation/OfWeaselsAndChickens''. Prima either makes fun of Marcus or praises herself throughout the entire song.
-->'''Prima:''' ''Adventurous, ambitious, egg-speditious, never timorous, and anything but oblivious!''\\
'''Marcus:''' ''And modest too.''
** Also "Off to the Henhouse" from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RT4d7CeQmfQ&t=1s Episode Three]], to some extent. Although the majority is a SanitySlippageSong about how much Prima loves murder, she also praises herself as an efficient predator.
-->''I'm the kind of guy\\
Who gets happy when it gets gory!\\
I'm in no way shy\\
Submitting to instincts predatory!\\
I'm the subject of gallinaceous horror stories\\
That hens tell to their chicks as a little memento mori...''

[[folder:Web Video]]
* Franchise/HarryPotter sings in the ''WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals'' video "The Vortex" about being the "king" of Hogwarts, and defeating Voldemort as a baby. It has a melancholy end, though, as Harry remembers he also lost his parents as a baby, and had to move to an abusive foster home.
* Played with in ''WebVideo/CommentaryTheMusical'': "Better Than Neil" appears to be this, but [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation can very easily be seen as Nathan desperately masking his insecurity.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GrJkMywWxY Shady Could've Done It Better]] has [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries Marik, Bakura]] and [[WebVideo/YuGiOhGXTheAbridgedSeries Shady Vox]] singing the notion that, "no matter what anybody else does, Shady could've done it better."
* In ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', the NominalHero Captain Hammer tries delivering a RousingSpeech in song form with "Everyone's A Hero," which ends up being filled with {{Stealth Insult}}s and comes off more as TheReasonYouSuckSpeech directed at homeless people and muggles about how they'll never be as great as he is no matter what. Naturally, the audience chews it up save for Penny, though the fact that he openly boasts about sleeping with her in the song probably didn't do him any favors.
--> '''Captain Hammer:''' ''Everyone's a hero in their own way; you, and you, and mostly me, and you.''
* Creator/SamAndMickey's ''Franchise/{{Barbie}}'s Book Club'' videos have a theme song in which Barbie proclaims that she's "so pretty", and (twice) that she has a book club.
* ''WebVideo/ThrillingIntent'' has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCClDwl98RU The Ballad of Markus Velafi]], a song telling tall tales about his exploits without giving [[ConsummateLiar any details about himself, and admitting as much in the lyrics]] while trying to con the listener into giving him money.
** There's also, of course, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR7uZ90EOIo Better Than You]], the ImageSong for Inien, who [[JerkAss starts by taunting the listener]] before listing all of her qualities.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has "I'm Cute", sung by Dot. Her brothers, who are singing the chorus, eventually get sick of it and interrupt with mocking lyrics of their own.
* Pizzazz, lead singer of The Misfits in ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', [[RichBitch has an ego about the same size as her bank account]]. Some of the groups' boastful songs include "Takin' It All", "There Ain't Nobody Better", and "Universal Appeal".
* In ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', Vanessa Doofenshmirtz has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv94Bxdg_NI this masterpiece.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' has famous mongoose celebrity Shahrukh sing one about what it's like to be a super-rich film star in the episode "Lights, Camera, Mongoose!"
-->'''Shahrukh''': Get on your knees and bow right down\\
I'll sing you a song of my renown\\
When you're a famous pet like me\\
You look at your life a little differently...
* Bender in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' will often sing songs where the lyrics are a variation of "Bender is great."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' episode "Bloo Done It", Uncle Pockets has his "Professional Friends Imaginary" song, which everyone actually likes. [[SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond (Except Bloo.)]]
* Garnet's song "Stronger Than You" from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' probably qualifies.
--> ''This is Garnet, back together''
--> ''And I'm never going down at the hands of the likes of you, because I'm so much better''
* The Cosgrove Hall adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/{{The Wind in the Willows|1983}}'' naturally include Toad's I Am Great song from the book. In the SpinOff TV series ''Oh, Mr Toad!'', it's used as a BraggingThemeTune.
-->The world has held great heroes,\\
As history books have showed,\\
But never a name went down in fame,\\
Compared with that of Toad!

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

[[folder:Other Media]]
* The Russian film adaptation of ''The Shadow'' contains the song "My Triumph" sung by the LivingShadow. In the song, The Shadow ponders how powerful he is , especially compared to the pitiful writer whose shadow he once was.
* The song Calvin performs in Chapter 9 of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesGetXtreme'' is one of these.