Verbal Business Card

A character establishes their cachet by making a laconic self-statement, often in the form of a Badass Creed. This follows the formula:

"I am [Full Name]! I [Verb] [Nouns]!"

A variation inserts the character's role or vocation:

"I am [Full Name]. I'm a [Job Tag]. I [Verb] [Nouns]."

This trope echoes the old military tradition of revealing nothing to your captors but "name, rank and serial number," as well as the poetry of saga.

See also Badass Creed.

Not to be confused with Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!, which is usually much wordier.

Compare I Am X, Son of Y and Large Ham Title ("I'm [Full Name], [Noun Verber]!") with which this can be combined ("I'm [Full Name], [Noun Verber] — I [Verb] [Noun]s.")

Examples:

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  • Danger Man varies the order a bit: "A messy job? That's when they usually call on me or someone like me. Oh, yes - my name is Drake. John Drake."
  • Doctor Who:
    • - "I'm The Doctor. I make things better."
    • And "Harriet Jones, MP Flydale North," later "Prime Minister" and former Prime Minister.
  • Dragnet: "My name's Friday. I carry a badge."
  • Saturday Night Live: I am Lothar, of the Hill People. Much have I seen, and much have I done.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - [threateningly] "Maybe you didn't read the crew roster, but my name is Dax, and I'm the new science officer on this garbage scow, and you were in my seat."
    • "We are the Borg. You will be assimilated. Resistance is futile."

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     Western Animation  


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