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"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," Camelot
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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, popularity, and undisputed mastery of their field leave absolutely no need for daily affirmations—but they have them anyway, in musical form. Singing one of these songs 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 'I Am' Song. Works best sung by a Large Ham. May overlap with Job Song if they're bragging about their job.

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See also Bragging Theme Tune, Boastful Rap. Can overlap with The Diss Track if they're praising themselves but trashing someone else, and with "Gaining Confidence" Song if they only realize they're great partway through.


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    Anime 
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: In episode 18 of the anime, the class goes to a karaoke club. When Kokomi Teruhashi gets her turn, she smugly laments on the cliché that people assume that someone as beautiful as her can't sing-
"But sorry,
I'm super-duper good at singing,
Cause I am the perfect pretty girl you know,
I'm awesome at everything,
Don't bother trying to resist me,
I am such a cute and kind and pretty girl,
But soon enough
You're gonna say it to me,
Oh! You'll say it to me!"
  • Digimon Adventure has "I am Ogremon" ("Ore wa Ogremon"), which consists of the titular digital ogre singing/screaming about how awesome he is.
  • Lupin III has "Super Hero", a song sung from Lupin's point of view about how he's the ideal lady-killing hero and his ego is as big during it as you'd expect.

    Film — Animated 
  • Oliver & Company: "Perfect Isn't Easy," a shot of which is seen above, in which Georgette pulls out all the stops in declaring herself The Diva of the cast.
    • "Why Should I Worry?" counts as well, as Dodger brags about how streetwise and adaptable he is.
  • Aladdin has "You've Never Had A Friend Like Me", where the genie sings about how his unlimited power will change Al's life for the better.
    Genie: Can your friends do this?/Can your friends do that?/Can you friends pull this/Out of their little hat?
    • Jafar gets a similar number in the sequel, mixing it with "The Hero Sucks" Song.
      Jafar: Men cower, at the power, in my pinky
      My thumb is number one on every list!
      But if you're not convinced that I'm invincible, put me to the test!
      I'd love to lay this rivalry to rest!
  • The Emperor's New Groove: The opening song, "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 Break the Haughty in him.
  • The Road to El Dorado: "It's Tough to be a God" features Tulio singing about how uncomfortable he is with their accidental (and arguably blasphemous) position in El Dorado society, while Miguel convinces him to stick with it by pointing out just how sweet life can be for a fake god.
  • From Rock & Rule, 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.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks: Two songs:
    • "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:
      Don't mean to brag, don't mean to boast, but I'm a six-course meal and you're just burnt toast
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Villain Song "Gaston" is more of a "You are Great" song by Gaston's admirers, but he happily joins in on praising himself partway through.
  • 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 narcissistic Tamatoa sings "Shiny", which doubles as a Villain Song. Turns out that, like Maui, his narcissism in reality is an Inferiority Superiority Complex, and he defines his entire self-worth on the amount of glitter he collects.
      Tamatoa: Shiny! Watch me dazzle like a diamond in the rough!
      Strut my stuff, my stuff is so shiny!
      Send your armies, but they'll never be enough
      My shell's too tough!
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: "Jack's Lament" is an interesting variation on this; Jack sings his own praises at several points in the song, to drive home the point of just how bored he is with his job as the King of Halloween.
  • The LEGO Batman Movie: "Who's The (Bat)Man?" is three minutes of Batman singing about how awesome he is and how cool his stuff is while beating up his entire Rogues Gallery.
    Batman: Who has the coolest gadgets? (Batman!)
    Who has the tricked-out ride? (Batman!)
    Who does the sickest backflips? (Batman!)
  • The Brave Little Toaster: "The Cutting Edge" is largely about the then-modern electronic devices boasting their superiority in function over the main characters.
  • The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire has "Very Important Creature", a song where Pterano outright states that him being in charge would be best for everybody.
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    Film — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • No compendium of boastful songs should be without Mr. Toad's lyrics from The Wind in the Willows, 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 here, the slightly different version from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad here.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Horrible Histories has one for, fittingly, Alexander the Great. Though he prefers "the Greatest."
  • How I Met Your Mother: Barney's video resume is basically just this. Although he's not singing it. That would be lame.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: "Joxer The Mighty". A song that just keeps on growing every time that it recurs.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend 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 Red Dwarf 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!
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: 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!
  • Jeff Goldblum's Guest Host gig on The Late Late Show with James Corden opens with a song that has Goldblum declaring "I'm just a fill-in/I got top billin'/But it's just for one show." It quickly turns into a huge production number about how awesome he's going to be and how much everyone will love him, even as it keeps bringing up that it's a one-off thing.

    Music 
  • Cardi B's most iconic song, "Bodak Yellow", is one of these.
  • Frank Sinatra's legacy is typified by "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 "take it or leave it" attitude (Ironically, even he thought the ego-stroking lyrics too much). Sid Vicious did a much-acclaimed punk cover of the song.
  • Don McLean'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 the one person who doesn't seem to be impressed.
  • "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 "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • "Ego Trippin Out" by Marvin Gaye 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.
  • "Demolition Man", by Sting.
  • Many, many modern rap songs are about this or being In Da Club. Quite obvious with rappers like Wiz Kalifa, Flo Rida and Pitbull.
  • "Towards the Crown of Nights" and "The Dark Conquest" by The Kovenant are both about some evil overlord praising themselves after bringing about The Night That Never Ends.
  • "Don't Stop" by InnerPartySystem is a deeply cynical version of this.
  • Todd Rundgren'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 Large Ham and both characters show the egotism inherent in this trope.
  • 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 Highlander saga would think Living Forever Is Awesome, while also showing Freddie Mercury's apparent attitude toward life.
  • "Awesome Forces!" by The Aquabats!
    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.
  • 2NE1 has perhaps their most iconic song, "I Am The Best".
  • Firewater has "Dark Days Indeed":
    I was born to shame the dawn
    I saw the angels cry
    I raised my arms and made the sun
    Tremble in the sky
    And when I sang the choirs were humbled
    When I danced the mountains crumbled
    Chased the waves right back into the sea
    Feasted on the fatted calf
    I drank whole cities dry
    I made the devil dance for me and spat into his eye
  • Lordi has "I'm The Best".

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    Theatre 
  • "Gorgeous" from The Apple Tree has Passionella raving about her new magically-enhanced appearance.
    Beautiful, glamorous,
    radiant, ravishing.
    Look at the hair,
    Look at that shape!
    Look everywhere,
    I am such a divine me!
    Every studio will sign me!
    My cup runneth over,
    whoever saw such a complete WOW?
    Nobody can say no to me now!
    No one is as
    gorgeous as me!
  • In the Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast, Gaston sings a song, "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.
  • Contrary to what the beginning of this page states, "You and Me (But Mostly Me)" from The Book of Mormon manages to be both this and an "I Want" Song.
  • In Camelot, Lancelot's song "C'est Moi" is nothing but this.
  • Maximillian and Cunegonde in "Life is Happiness Indeed" from the musical version of Candide.
  • The Act One finale of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, "It Must Be Believed to Be Seen", crossbreeds this trope with Welcoming Song 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 Anti-Hero, and the catchy, brassy, cheekily sinister, glamorously-visualized number owes a lot stylistically to the Villain Song trope...
  • Adolpho gets one of these in The Drowsy Chaperone, fittingly titled "Adolpho".
  • Miles Gloriosus' song, "Bring Me My Bride", in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum:
    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!
  • Hamilton unusually (for musical theater, but not for rap and hip-hop) 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 Camelot:
      I came from afar just to say "Bonsoir!"
      Tell the King "Casse toi!" Who's the best?
      C'est moi!
  • In How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 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.
  • In In the Heights, 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.
  • Part of "Agony" from Into the Woods has Cinderella's prince listing his qualities and his bafflement that she keeps running away from him.
    "Am I not sensitive, clever, well-mannered, considerate, passionate, charming, as kind as I'm handsome, and heir to a throne? "
  • Legally Blonde: 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?
  • Les Misérables has "Master of the House", in which Thenardier brags about what a good, honest, smart man he is. Taken Up to Eleven in the Triumphant Reprise "Beggars at the Feast", where the Thenardiers brag about how they managed to lie, scam, cheat, and rob their way into the upper class, and are the best off of any of the characters at the end of the show despite being by far the worst.
  • Played with in The Mikado, 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 The Pirates of Penzance, 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!
  • Subverted in Ocean's signature song in Ride the Cyclone, "What the World Needs is People Like Me." When the six members of the St. Cassian High School chamber choir die in a horrific roller coaster accident and end up in limbo, they learn that one of them will win the chance to return to the land of the living. Ocean immediately launches into a song about why she deserves to live again, expounding on how driven, passionate, and successful she is while gleefully putting down her fellow choir members. Throughout her song she lovingly describes them as future drug addicts, criminals, and losers. She divines her best friend Constance's future as a "soccer mom, minivan, four little brats, no steady man!" whose greatest achievement will be as an eventual "organ donor," and calls Jane Doe "a freaky monster!"
    Ocean: What the world needs is people like me
    To keep it all spinning around!
    I'm the mover, I'm the shaker
    I'm the headline maker
    And no one's gonna keep me down.
    Okay, it's clear, I'm the top of this class
    and these folks here, well they pump the gas.
    Or fetch me a coffee shine my shoes
    Some of us are winners, some were born to lose!
  • Something Rotten! gives us "Hard to Be the Bard", where a preening, self-obessed William Shakespeare humblebrags about his greatness, in between whining and complaining about his writer's block, which also makes it something of a tongue-in-cheek Villainous Lament.

    Web Animation 
  • Strong Bad seems to enjoy making these kinds of songs, even often including some variation of the phrase "I am great" in the lyrics. Notable examples include "(You Can't) Handle My Style" and "The Ladies in My Town All Know My Name". None of the songs ever seem to elaborate on what, exactly, makes him so great.
  • Charlie the Unicorn episode 4's obligatory song routine features a singing millipede who sings a song about how awesome she is.
  • Helluva Boss has episode 5's "Sweet Victory, sung by Striker after tying for first place in the Pain Games with Blitzo, and with his smooth voice and impressive guitar skills, you could easily buy anything he says.
  • RWBY: Yang's theme song, I Burn, is basically a very long, catchy Badass Boast about how she's going to utterly wreck your shit.
    I am the Golden one
    Who burns just like the sun
    Next time we meet is your disaster
    I’ll bring the punishment
    Your song won’t be lament
    Revenge my happy ever after
    • Neon Katt, one of Yang's opponents in the Vytal Festival, has her own boasting theme song, appropriately titled 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 "Caffeine", and Emerald and Mercury have a villainous example in ""I'm The One"
  • The song "Oblivious" from Episode Two of Of Weasels And Chickens. 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 Episode Three, to some extent. Although the majority is a Sanity Slippage Song 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...

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    Western Animation 
  • Amphibia: Sasha Waybright's song "Heartstomper" from "Battle of the Bands" is about how awesome and tough she is.
  • Animaniacs:
    • "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.
    • "I Am the Very Model of a Cartoon Individual," in reference to Pirates of Penzance, is a Major General Song about Yakko bragging about his skill as a toon.
  • Central Park:
    • "Momma's Got This" from Season 1 "Hat Luncheon" is a lovingly downplayed, even subverted version of this. As Paige confidently chases a lead for a story with her kids in tow, insisting she has it all together, her kids gently point out her disheveled appearance, she almost gets off at the wrong stop, and she tries and fails to speak Polish.
    • In Season 1 "Rival Busker", guest character Griffin introduces himself with "First Class Hands," emphasizing how much better he is as a narrator than the show's usual narrator, Birdie, and speaking down to Birdie himself when he shows up. Justified in that Birdie is revealed to have been fired for accidentally breaking a major narrator rule. No surprise the song was written by Harry Freakin' Potter himself.
    • In Season 1 "A Fish Called Snakehead", Dick Flake is hired by Bitsy to catch the snakehead that lurks in the Harlem Meer of Central Park. He introduces himself to the reporters by singing "Dick Flake" where he brags about how he has the right equipment to catch his fishes and he's the right man for the job.
  • Donkey Kong Country: In "Kong Fu" the titular Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy sings about what he's capable of when he introduces himself to K. Rool...with Klump and Krusha joining as back-up singers.
    I survived a volcano explode
    I was swallowed by a great white shark
    Hitched a ride on a tornado tail
    Outrun an avalanche in the dark
    I'm the kung fu master so mean and tough
    I'm so bad I scare myself!
  • In the Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends episode "Bloo Done It", Uncle Pockets has his "Professional Friends Imaginary" song, which everyone actually likes. (Except Bloo.)
  • Bender in Futurama will often sing songs where the lyrics are a variation of "Bender is great."
  • Pizzazz, lead singer of The Misfits in Jem, 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".
  • Littlest Pet Shop (2012) 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...
  • The Loud House: In the music-heavy episode Really Loud Music, Lola sings a song about her beauty.
  • In the fourth and final part of the My Little Pony 'n Friends serial "Bright Lights", we get the song "We Are The Flutter Ponies" as the titular race of ponies make Arabus and Zeb, who had been rather troublesome for the heroes up to that point, look like a joke while singing about just how powerful they are and backing up every word they say.
  • In Phineas and Ferb, Vanessa Doofenshmirtz has this masterpiece.
  • The Simpsons: In "A Star Is Torn", a kid named Cameron, as part of his new stage persona as "Johnny Rainbow", sings a song about how superior he is due to his privilege. It turns out that it was secretly planned by his manager, Homer, to sabotage his career and ruin his chance to win a child idol contest.
  • Garnet's song "Stronger Than You" from Steven Universe.
    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
    • "Haven't You Noticed that I'm a Star?" counts too.
    I can't help it if I make a scene
    stepping out of my hot pink limousine.
    I'm turning heads and I'm stopping traffic,
    when I pose they scream and when I joke they laugh.
    I've got a pair of eyes that they're getting lost in.
    I hypnotize by the way I walk in.
    I've got them dazzled like a stage magician,
    when I point they look,
    and when I talk they listen.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine: The movie Big World! Big Adventures! gives us "Free and Easy", where Ace sings about his love for racing.
  • The Cosgrove Hall adaptation of The Wind in the Willows naturally include Toad's I Am Great song from the book. In the Spin-Off TV series Oh, Mr Toad!, it's used as a Bragging Theme Tune.
    The world has held great heroes,
    As history books have showed,
    But never a name went down in fame,
    Compared with that of Toad!

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  • The Russian film adaptation of The Shadow contains the song "My Triumph" sung by the Living Shadow. 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 Calvin and Hobbes Get XTREME! is one of these.

 
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