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I Am the Noun
"I am the law!"

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 Screw the Rules, I Make Them!. Unrelated to I Am the Band. See also A God Am I, Badass Boast and I'm Your Worst Nightmare. Not to be confused with Spell My Name with a "The". A phrase like this is usually spoken with copious amounts of punctuation. Said phrases might also be lyrics to an "I Am" Song.

Compare Verb This!.


I am the examples!

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    I Am Advertising 
  • Australian company Quicksilver Cruises claims, "Quicksilver is the Great Barrier Reef."
  • Charter Internet has introduced Timothy, who IS the Internet.

    We Are Anime & Manga 
  • Catherine II in Le Chevalier D Eon: "I am Russia!"
  • In Death Note, we get this in stereo from Light and L: "I am... Justice!" They both use the same word for 'justice' but different ones for 'I.'
  • In Dragon Ball Z, 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 Dragon Ball, 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!" 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 Mobile Suit Gundam 00: "I am Gundam!" Subverted later on when he declares that his True Companions are Gundam too.
  • In One Piece, Enel introduces himself as "Ore wa kaminari", which means "I am lightning" but with a different kanji can also mean "I have become God".
  • In Girls und Panzer, 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 badass one in Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    Yami Marik: Get ready to enter the darkness at the hands of Ra.
    Yami Bakura: Don't you realize that I am the darkness?

    We Are Comic Books 
  • "I am the law" is a Catch Phrase of Judge Dredd.
  • In the Marvel Universe, Galactic Conqueror Thanos delivers a perfect one after 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:
  • Darkseid IS.
    • "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.
    • "You are the revelationist. I am the Revelation."
  • In BIONICLE:
    Zaktan: You think you know horror, 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 Big Bad Makuta manages to successfully pull off his Gambit Roulette and become a Physical God, 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 The Mole of the Barraki - who claimed that under the Brotherhood Law, he has to be spared - right before he "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 X-Men #423 Wolverine says "when it comes to mutants, we are the police!"
    Linkara: Well so much for Law & Order: Mutant's Division.
  • In 100 Bullets, Augustus Medici, the head of 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 Batman movie has this:
    Mugger: You don't own the night!
    Batman: I am the night.
  • From Batman: The Dark Knight Returns:
    Batman: Tonight we are the law. Tonight I am the law. Let's ride.
  • In Dark Empire, 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 The Dark Side!"
  • Vol 9 of the comic adaptation of Ninjago Masters Of Spinjitzu has Zane boasting this as he attacks Jay.
    Zane: I am power.

    We Are Fan Works 

    We Are Animated Films 
  • Antz:
    Big Bad: Don't you understand? It's for the good of the colony! (killing all the worker ants)
    Z: What are you saying? We are the colony.
    Big Bad: (Shoved aside by Cutter) Cutter, what are you doing?!
    Cutter: Something I should have done, long ago. This is for the good of the colony.
    Big Bad: You useless, ungrateful maggot! I AM THE COLONY!
  • Scar in The Lion King: "I AM THE KING!"
  • From The Nightmare Before Christmas: "I am the Pumpkin King!"
  • Cat R. Waul from An American Tail: Fievel Goes West says something along these lines.
    Cat R. Waul: "Simply put, mouseling, I am the law here, and you are a mere hors d'ouevre."
  • Cars "Speed. I am speed."
    • Cars 2: "Then Francesco is triple speed."

    We Are Live-Action Films 
  • Judge Dredd 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.
    • Also done in the second adaptation titled Dredd but much less Hammy.
    Judge Dredd: Ma-Ma's not the law. I am the law.
  • In Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, 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 Pirates of the Caribbean: 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!"
  • Chariots of Fire. 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".
  • RoboCop (1987): "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 O Brother, Where Art Thou?, bellowed "I am the constitution of the State of Louisiana!".
  • The Princess Bride:
    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 Master and Commander.
  • Big Boy Caprice in Dick Tracy:
    • "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 Iron Man. 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 the sequel when he faces the congressional committee that is trying to confiscate his armor.
      Tony: I am Iron Man. The suit and I are one.
  • Queen Elizabeth I. in Fire Over England (1937): "Then let me speak for all of you — for I am England."
  • In Tropic Thunder, when Jay Baruchel confronts his co-stars about whether or not they know the script, the ridiculously deep in-character Kirk Lazarus declares "I am the script!".
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984):
    Freddy Krueger: [brandishes his glove] "THIS...is God!"
  • Hellraiser:
    • Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth: 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!
    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 Star Trek: First Contact 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 Raiders of the Lost Ark, 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 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… i'm beowulf"
  • The Siege:
    William Devereaux: I am the law. Right here, right now, I am the law!
  • Blades of Glory:
    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!
  • Jackboots on Whitehall. 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. Winston Churchill declares "I am the government!"
  • He is the Wild Bunch
  • "I am Jerusalem." [Proceeds to bitch slap someone till they bleed.]
  • "I know everything! I AM EVERYTHING!"
  • Ramses in The Ten Commandments: "I am Egypt."
    • Echoed, aptly enough, by Ramses in The Prince of Egypt: "I am the morning and the evening star..."
  • In Airheads, as Chazz and his band first take Rebel Radio hostage:
    Milo: Hey, we're all rock 'n' rollers here?
    Chazz: (pointing a plastic Uzi) You look like half a 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:
    Rethrick: Still think you can change your fate, Mike? I AM THE FUTURE, MIKE!
  • In The Dark Knight Rises we get this exchange:
    Bane: ...and you betrayed us.
    Batman: "Us"? You were excommunicated by a gang of psychopaths.
    Bane: (beat) (savagely pummels Batman) I am the League of Shadows!
  • In 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 Badass Boast.
    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.
  • Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me—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..."
  • The Stunt Man.
    Cameron: "Hey, I know you. You're in the movies."
    Nina: "I *am* the movies."
  • Before Erik in The Phantom of the Opera (1989) 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 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
    Smaug: I am fire. I am... death.
  • Used in this exchange from Man-Thing between the heroic sheriff and a Corrupt Corporate Executive:
    Kyle: We'll take this to the county.
    Frederic: I am the county!
  • In the final scene of A Face in the Crowd, Lonesome Rhodes, drunk 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 Third-Person Person shout: "Lonesome Rhodes is the people! The people is Lonesome Rhodes!"

    I Am Literature 
  • From The Bible:
    • 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.
  • Stephen Colbert: I Am America (And So Can You!).
  • Piers Anthony's Xanth series
    I will send you Torus's worst dream!
    I AM Torus's worst dream!
  • Discworld: Death's phrase, "There is no Justice, There is just Me."
    • From Men at Arms:
      Assassin: Who are you?
      Vimes: The Law, you sons of bitches!
    • From Hogfather:
      Jonathan Teatime: So I'd rather you didn't try any last-minute stuff.
      Death: 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: Young man, I AM the fact.
    • From 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 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 The Wheel of Time: "Come against me, if you dare! I am the storm! Come if you dare, Shai'tan!"
  • I Am the Cheese.
  • In The Thrawn Trilogy, 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 The Empire, C'baoth retorts "I am the Empire".
  • There's a point in Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor 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 the Doctor introduces himself.
  • The Warden of Marshwood Hill in Martin the Warrior: "I am the Law!" There's also a snake that declares "I am death to all beastssssss!"
  • From the Sword of Truth series:
    Drefan: You don't even have your weapon.
    Richard: I am the weapon.
  • From Prince Caspian, the werewolf boasts - "I am hunger. I am thirst. Where I bite, I hold till I die" - and goes on.
  • Neil Gaiman's American Gods: 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."
  • Kelsier and later Vin in Mistborn: "I am Hope."
    • Unsurprisingly, 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 is those things.
  • In 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 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.
  • Sherlock Holmes 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.”
  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo:
    "I am the law, and I am the judge! I am the oppressed, and there is the oppressor!..."
  • 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 Warrior Cats, Tigerstar tries to declare himself the sole representative of ShadowClan. It doesn't really work out for him...
  • "I am the people--the mob--the crowd--the mass. Do you know that all the great work of the world is done through me?"
  • In The Throne of Fire, the second book of The Kane Chronicles, Apophis declares "I am chaos itself."

    I Am Live-Action TV 
  • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Search" we have:
    Kira: You're part of the Dominion, aren't you?
    Female Changeling: Part of? Major, the Changelings are the Dominion!
  • In 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.
  • In season three of Buffy, during the aftermath of Faith's 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 Stargate SG-1, the Goa'uld have a tendency to yell "I am your god!" at defiant foes. The Wraith in Stargate Atlantis go for the somewhat more disturbing "I am your death."
  • The West Wing:
    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 Police Procedural shows:
    Random civilian: Get out of here before I call the police!
    Cop: I am the police!
  • Used a lot by Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It. Things he is include the matrix, the press and the heart of government:
    Olly Reeder: "Are you out of the loop?"
    Malcolm Tucker: "Fuck you Andy Pandy, I am the loop..."
  • From Trailer Park Boys 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 24 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 Whose Line Is It Anyway? has these suggestions for "announcements that will make this audience cheer wildly":
    Ryan: "In ten minutes, we bring out the liquor!"
    Wayne: "I'm the liquor licker!"
  • In one episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, 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 Breaking Bad's most iconic scenes, formerly mild-mannered Walt delivers a shocking Badass Boast 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!
  • Babylon 5:
    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 The Savage Eye, Ireland's President for Life claims to be the nation of Ireland itself.
    • In the Sports episode, 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 "WKRP in Cincinnati" 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!
  • Due South invoked this with the episode We Are The Eggmen.
  • Game of Thrones. Deconstructed by Lord Tywin Lannister, when dealing with his arrogant twirp of a grandson, King Joffrey.
    Tywin: Any man who must say 'I am the King' is no true king. I'll make sure you understand that when I've won your war for you.

    I Am Music 

    I Am Professional Wrestling 

    We Are Tabletop Games 
  • Konrad Curze from Warhammer 40,000: "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!

    We Are Theatre 
  • At the end of the opera Paul Bunyan, as the lumberjacks are bidding goodbye to The Unseen 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 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.
  • Inspector Javert from Les Misérables
    Javert: I am the law, and the law is not mocked!
  • I am Africa, from The Book of Mormon.
  • The play of Peter Pan:
    Peter: I am youth. I am joy. I am FREEDOM!!!!!
  • Peer Gynt. 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.

    We Are Video Games 

    We Are Web Comics 

    We Are Web Originals 
  • I Am the law!
  • Weebl & Bob 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 Hayek vs. Keynes rap:
    Receptionist: Your agenda.
    Keynes: That won't be necessary, I am the agenda.
  • From Kickassia, complete with Lampshade Hanging:
    The Cinema Snob: You're out of order, they're out of order! The whole system is out of order!
    The Nostalgia Critic: 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!
  • Homestar Runner:
    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 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.
  • Jotaro Joestar IS THE BUILDING
  • Dragon Ball Z Abridged
    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! I am the terror that flaps in the night! I am Son Goku, and I am a Super...! ...Saiyan.
  • A bonus video from Red vs. Blue 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 My Drunk Kitchen, Hannah ties a tartan blanket around herself and proclaims that "I am Braveheart, and so can you!"
  • Sonic Shorts:
    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)

    I Am Western Animation 
  • I... AM... WEASEL!
  • South Park
    • 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.
  • Brainiac: "I am Krypton."
  • That bird:
    I am the terror that flaps in the night!
    I am Darkwing Duck!
  • Batman was a triple threat in Batman: The Animated Series: "You are NOT my father. I am NOT a disgrace. I am Vengeance. I am the Night. I AM 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 Tim Burton 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 sequel series, Derek Powers declares, "I AM POISON!"
  • "I am become Gigabyte, destroyer of systems!"
  • Beast Wars:
    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.
  • Æon Flux Opening Narration:
    Trevor: You're skating the edge.
    Aeon: I am the edge.
  • From the G.I. Joe cartoon:
    STORM SHADOW: Anyone can use a weapon, but the ninja is a weapon.
    (Proceeds to dismantle a tank with his bare hands.)
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes had a truly classic one with the villain MODOK:
    M.O.D.O.K.: I am SCIENCE!!! I AM GENIUS!!!
  • Popeye says "I 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.
  • American Dad!:
    Roger: You want me to leave this nation? I AM THIS NATION!
  • "I am the Bat."
  • The Legend of Korra:
    Amon: "I am the solution."
  • Mademsoille Soretoza on the original animated Babar show in "The Show Must Go On." - "I am the show."
  • Trident on Teen Titans 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 Adventure Time does this in "Jake the Dog" 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. "I...am...that...hero!"
  • "We are defenders of the night. We are GARGOYLES!"
  • Speaking of Disney, Darkwing Ducks 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.)

    I Am Real Life 
  • "You think you are the State? No, I am the State." - Louis XIV
    • 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: "The Revolution is over: I AM The Revolution." - Napoleon
    • His predecessor, Maximilien Robespierre: "I am not the courtier, nor the moderator, nor the tribune nor the defender of the people, I am the people myself."
  • 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.
  • Salvador Dali: "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", Those Wacky Nazis spent much of their time and effort in promoting that image. For example: "Ein Volk, ein Staat, ein Reich, ein Führer. (One people, one State, one empire, one leader)" - Adolf Hitler.
  • In an interview, Amy Lee from Evanescence declared "I AM Evanescence."
  • Fidel Castro said of Che Guevara, 'he WAS the revolution'.
  • Roy Bean, while serving as a Justice of the Peace, often called himself "Law West of the Pecos". See here.
  • Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report claims, "I know Western culture; I am Western culture."
  • Jorge Luis Borges' "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 Iron Lady article:
    Josip Broz Tito: Women shouldn't meddle in politics.
    Margaret Thatcher: 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 Bhagavad Gita 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."
  • H.P. Lovecraft 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." Mark Twain.


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