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* Subverted in an ''ComicBook/{{Archie Comic|s}}'' where Archie is asked what he believes to be the secret to popularity, and answers "Just be yourself. Unless you're a jerk, of course, then be someone else."

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* ''Fanfic/TheManyDatesOfDannyFenton'' (''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' WesternAnimation, [[{{Series}} TV Series]], and ComicBooks.): Tucker ends up getting bad dates because he tries to make himself into something he's not. [[spoiler: When he final writes a real dating profile, he gets a good date with Velma Dinkley]].

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* ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'':
** When Josephine asks Travers how she can be more likable, Travers' only advice is that she be herself- otherwise she'll regret bending to the will of others down the line. This hits close to home for Travers, who's a trans woman that still struggles with being comfortable in her own body.
** Michal tries to act suave in order to impress Lenore, but doesn't manage to grab her attention beyond a little curiosity. [[BigBrotherMentor Ciro]] says that, with this sort of thing, most people would advise Michal to be himself if he wants to try and impress her.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' Halloween show, one of the marauding teens starts flirting awkwardly with a girl he likes - the Belcher kids look on behind shrubbery:

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'' Halloween show, episode "Full Bars", one of the marauding teens taking part in the "Hell Hunt" starts flirting awkwardly with a girl he likes - the Belcher kids look on behind shrubbery:


* [[SpoofAesop Spoofed]] in ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}''. Wally demonstrates what [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2007-03-09/ taking this literally]] would mean. Savaged again in [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2014-04-19 this strip]]

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* [[SpoofAesop Spoofed]] in ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}''. Wally demonstrates what [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2007-03-09/ taking this literally]] would mean. Savaged again in [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2014-04-19 this strip]]strip]]. Then there is the manifesto of [[https://dilbert.com/strip/1992-04-05 rapper Freshy Q]].


Be Yourself is a popular trope, especially in shows aimed at children. One character tries to persuade another character to change their image and not be a loser, geek, etc. After the change goes amiss, FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome almost always ensues, and AnAesop is delivered about how it is better to be true to one's own nature rather than putting on a facade to impress others. Usually, that means being [[BeautyIsBad unfashionable]], [[GeekPhysiques out of shape]], [[ThisLoserIsYou uncool]] and a [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption complete and utter failure]] as well as having [[NoSocialSkills poor social skills]].

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Be Yourself is a popular trope, especially in shows aimed at children. One character tries to persuade another character to change their image and not be a loser, geek, etc. After the change goes amiss, FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome almost always ensues, and AnAesop is delivered about how it is better to be true to one's own nature rather than putting on a facade to impress others. Usually, that means being [[BeautyIsBad unfashionable]], [[GeekPhysiques out of shape]], [[FatSlob overweight]], [[ThisLoserIsYou uncool]] and a [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption complete and utter failure]] as well as having [[NoSocialSkills poor social skills]].


Be Yourself is a popular trope, especially in shows aimed at children. One character tries to persuade another character to change their image and not be a loser, geek, etc. After the change goes amiss, FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome almost always ensues, and AnAesop is delivered about how it is better to be true to one's own nature rather than putting on a facade to impress others. Usually, that means being [[BeautyIsBad unfashionable]], [[ThisLoserIsYou uncool]] and a [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption complete and utter failure]] as well as having [[NoSocialSkills poor social skills]].

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Be Yourself is a popular trope, especially in shows aimed at children. One character tries to persuade another character to change their image and not be a loser, geek, etc. After the change goes amiss, FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome almost always ensues, and AnAesop is delivered about how it is better to be true to one's own nature rather than putting on a facade to impress others. Usually, that means being [[BeautyIsBad unfashionable]], [[GeekPhysiques out of shape]], [[ThisLoserIsYou uncool]] and a [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption complete and utter failure]] as well as having [[NoSocialSkills poor social skills]].


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* [[SpoofAesop Spoofed]] in ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}''. Wally demonstrates what [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2007-03-09/ taking this literally]] would mean. Savaged again in [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2014-04-19 this strip]]
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* [[SpoofAesop Spoofed]] in ''{{ComicStrip/Dilbert}}''. Wally demonstrates what [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2007-03-09/ taking this literally]] would mean. Savaged again in [[http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2014-04-19 this strip]]
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* A major part of ''WesternAnimation/Shrek2'', Shrek begins to feel insecure of his relationship with Fiona and tries to make it right by taking a potion to turn them into a more beautiful human form. But Fiona assures him that he's already everything she wants and they decide not to make the transformation permanent, becoming ogres again after the stroke of midnight.

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* Comes up in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManIntoTheSpiderVerse''. It's even symbolised with Miles's costumes. Prior to his big heroic moment, he's wearing a cheap Halloween Spider-Man costume, and spends his time trying and failing to be a poor man's Peter Parker. Later, when he figures out how to be his own Spider-Man instead of an inferior copy of the first one, he comes up with his own design and uses that. This is also part of his lessons from Peter B. Parker, although sadly the line that best exemplifies it was only in the trailers:
-->'''Peter B. Parker:''' First of all, don't do it like me. Do it like ''you''.

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...because everyone else is taken.


If this trope is played well, it can carry the message that you can be worthy of love and acceptance without sacrificing the things that make you who you are, and to value your unique traits rather than hide them to fit in. But if done poorly or too often, [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop the message can imply]] that ''any'' kind of personal growth is bad and [[StatusQuoIsGod you must never reinvent yourself, pick up new interests, or try to make new friends]]. Bonus points if a SubcultureOfTheWeek is featured to try to sway our hero to their side.

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If this trope is played well, it can carry the message that you can be worthy of love and acceptance without sacrificing the things that make you who you are, and to value your unique traits rather than hide them to fit in. But if done poorly or too often, [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop the message can imply]] that ''any'' kind of personal growth is bad and [[StatusQuoIsGod you must never reinvent yourself, try a new look, pick up new interests, or try to make new friends]]. Bonus points if a SubcultureOfTheWeek is featured to try to sway our hero to their side.


If the Be Yourself succeeds, it may lead to said character declaring IAmWhatIAm.

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If the Be Yourself trope succeeds, it may lead to said character declaring IAmWhatIAm.


Be Yourself is a popular trope, especially in shows aimed at children. One character tries to persuade another character to change their image and not be a loser, geek, etc. After the change goes amiss, FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome almost always ensues, and AnAesop is delivered about how it is better to be true to one's own nature. Usually, that means being [[BeautyIsBad physically unattractive]], [[ThisLoserIsYou uncool]] and a [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption complete and utter failure]] as well as having [[NoSocialSkills poor social skills]].

Occasionally this is warped into "Be Who You Should Be", as a RuleAbidingRebel; the plot doesn't even recognize certain personalities as even being choices and thus they "clearly" must be fake personas that crop up just to impress others. And forget the notion that someone has ''different branching possibilities.'' That's just far too complicated for some works.

But try telling that old tautology to TheHero or villain who's a SlaveToPR, or one who feels the need to commit OpinionFlipflop or IAmAMonster. Can be considered a negative if a character's true nature is to be vulgar or [[AlwaysChaoticEvil pure evil]] - a CardCarryingVillain is certainly being true to himself, but that doesn't make him a good person.

And that's not even getting into how often it's been outright [[BrokenAesop broken]] with a SnapBack or ResetButton, becoming twisted into [[StatusQuoIsGod "don't improve or reinvent yourself, buy new clothes, broaden your horizons or even make any new friends"]] - the more often an episodic series attempts "Be Yourself", the more likely they are to break it this way.

Of course, one that puts up facades by nature should be considered true to oneself by definition. The worst [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop attempts at showing this aesop]] strike upon the AppealToInherentNature, a logical fallacy that confuses what is with what ought to be. The better attempts are usually reminders to [[WartsAndAll just be honest]] rather than to deny oneself.

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Be Yourself is a popular trope, especially in shows aimed at children. One character tries to persuade another character to change their image and not be a loser, geek, etc. After the change goes amiss, FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome almost always ensues, and AnAesop is delivered about how it is better to be true to one's own nature. nature rather than putting on a facade to impress others. Usually, that means being [[BeautyIsBad physically unattractive]], unfashionable]], [[ThisLoserIsYou uncool]] and a [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption complete and utter failure]] as well as having [[NoSocialSkills poor social skills]].

Occasionally If this trope is warped into "Be Who You Should Be", as a RuleAbidingRebel; played well, it can carry the plot doesn't even recognize certain personalities as even being choices and thus they "clearly" must be fake personas message that crop up just to impress others. And forget you can be worthy of love and acceptance without sacrificing the notion things that someone has ''different branching possibilities.'' That's just far too complicated for some works.

But try telling that old tautology to TheHero or villain who's a SlaveToPR, or one who feels the need to commit OpinionFlipflop or IAmAMonster. Can be considered a negative if a character's true nature is to be vulgar or [[AlwaysChaoticEvil pure evil]] - a CardCarryingVillain is certainly being true to himself, but that doesn't
make him a good person.

And that's not even getting into how often it's been outright [[BrokenAesop broken]] with a SnapBack or ResetButton, becoming twisted into [[StatusQuoIsGod "don't improve or reinvent yourself, buy new clothes, broaden
you who you are, and to value your horizons unique traits rather than hide them to fit in. But if done poorly or even make any new friends"]] - the more often an episodic series attempts "Be Yourself", the more likely they are to break it this way.

Of course, one that puts up facades by nature should be considered true to oneself by definition. The worst
too often, [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop attempts at showing this aesop]] strike upon the AppealToInherentNature, a logical fallacy message can imply]] that confuses what ''any'' kind of personal growth is with what ought bad and [[StatusQuoIsGod you must never reinvent yourself, pick up new interests, or try to be. The better attempts are usually reminders make new friends]]. Bonus points if a SubcultureOfTheWeek is featured to [[WartsAndAll just be honest]] rather than try to deny oneself.
sway our hero to their side.



In real life, this is one of the important tenets of UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}}, one's purpose in life should not be judged / determined by society, but rather one should shape their own purpose in life.

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In real life, this is one of the important tenets of UsefulNotes/{{Existentialism}}, one's purpose in life should not be judged / determined by society, but rather one should shape their one's own purpose in life.
purpose.

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* Most of Music/LadyGaga's ''Born This Way'', with the eponymous song, "Hair" and "Bad Kids" being foremost (respectively, a song about society's prejudices being beneath you, a song about your individuality as a concept and a song about how you don't care if people call you screwed up).
* ''Music/{{Kesha}}'''s ''Animal'':
->I am in love
->With what we are
->Not what we should be

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