I, Noun


So you're going through the bookstore reading titles, browsing for something to read. You see lots of random things, incoherent titles, boring titles, one-word titles that could mean anything or nothing. What to read? And then you see it. A book that sounds like it will focus on one subject just because of the title. A book that purports to speak from authority, just because of the title. It is a book that reads "I, Noun" possibly with an obscenely long subtitle.

This is a subtrope of The Joy of X. Related to Enter Eponymous but not to iProduct.


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    Audio Plays 
  • "I, Davros" A Doctor Who spinoff series of audio dramas.

    Comic Books 

    Films — Live-Action 

  • I, Claudius, possibly the Ur-Example.
  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov, definitely the Trope Codifier.
  • I, Pencil, an influential 1958 essay about how markets produce things (like pencils) that no single person is capable of making
  • "I, Robot", an unrelated short story by Eando Binder (which actually predates the Asimov by about a decade, and may have inspired its title).
  • Isaac Asimov parodied himself with a late autobiography called I. Asimov: A Memoir, where the different punctuation transforms the pronoun into an initial.
  • I, Vampire: The Confessions of a Vampire — His Life, His Loves, His Strangest Desires ... by Michael Romkey - You get the feeling they just couldn't bring themselves to use such an undescriptive title and trust it to stand on its own merits.
  • I, Strahd by P. Elrod, memoirs of titular vampire, set in Ravenloft.
  • I, Sniper: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel by Stephen Hunter
  • I, the Jury a noir by Mickey Spillane featuring Mike Hammer. Also became a movie.
  • I, Monster: Serial Killers in Their Own Chilling Words by Tom Philbin
  • I, Q, a Star Trek: The Next Generation novel featuring Q (and riffing off the intelligence test of the same name).
  • I, TyrantAD&D2 sourcebook about beholders (a pun on "eye tyrant").
  • I, Weapon, a 70s sci-fi novel about the breeding of the ultimate living weapon from several human subspecies to fight an alien threat.
  • I, Jedi, the only Star Wars Legends novel to be written entirely in the first person.
  • Cory Doctorow has short stories called both "I, Robot" and "I, Rowboat."
  • "I Cthulhu or, What's A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9' S, Longitude 126° 43' W)?," by Neil Gaiman.
  • I, Lucifer by Glenn Duncan.
  • I, Ba'al, a short story set in the Stargate-verse.
  • Week Ending: Cabinet Leaks had a parody autobiography of Carol Thatcher called I, Carol. And every time she refers to herself in the first person it's "I, Carol," to the editor's despair.
  • I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan the "autobiography" of Alan Partridge.
  • I—Alien by Michael Reaves, with illustrations by comics artist Terry Austin
  • The "acto-biography" of Nigel Planer's pretentious luvvie character Nicholas Craig has the intentionally clunky title I, an Actor: Another Great Actor Exposes Himself.

    Live-Action TV 


  • Musical about Roy Keane: I, Keano

    Video Games 
  • I, Robot, an arcade game released in the 80s.

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    Western Animation