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

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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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    Comic Books 
  • X-Factor — "I'm Layla Miller. I know stuff."
  • Daredevil and Spider-Man supporting character Ben Urich, "investigative reporter for the Daily Bugle."
    Urich: I've been saying that for so long I feel like "investigative reporter for the Daily Bugle" is my last name.

    Fan Works 
  • Hellsing Ultimate Abridged: "Hello. My name is Walter C. Dornez, ex-vampire hunter and butler to the Hellsing Organization. I answer the door, I clean up the estate, and I take out the trash. And I also kill self-entitled little twats like yourself."
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    Films — Animation 
  • Big Hero 6:
    Baymax: Hello. I am Baymax, your personal healthcare companion.
  • Hercules:
    Hades: Name is Hades. Lord of the dead. Hey, how you doin'?
  • In Robin Hood, a disguised Little John introduces himself this way. "I am Sir Reginald, Duke of Chutney. And don't stick your tongue out at me, kid."

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Apocalypto: "My name is Jaguar Paw. I am a hunter."
  • Bonnie and Clyde: "This here's Miss Bonnie Parker. I'm Clyde Barrow. We rob banks."
  • The Doors: "I'm the Lizard King. I can do anything."
  • At the beginning of Eloise at the Plaza and Eloise at Christmastime: "I'm Eloise. I'm six."
  • A Fish Called Wanda: "I'm Harvey Manfren-gen-sen-ten. I'm, uh... with the CIA".
  • Fierce Creatures: "My name is Rollo Lee, and as of yesterday, I have assumed command of this zoo."
  • Gladiator: - "My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of etc., etc..."
  • The Last Airbender: "My name is Katara, and I'm the last waterbender in the Southern Water Tribe."
  • Lawrence of Arabia :
    Auda: I am Auda Abu Tayi, does Auda serve?
    Lawrence: Lawrence. I've been seconded to the Arab Bureau.
  • Parodied a few times in Mystery Men, particularly in the Terrible Interviewees Montage.
    The Waffler: I... am the Waffler. With my griddle of justice, I bash the enemy in the head, or I burn them like so! I also have some truth syrup, which is low in fat.
    • The comic book adaptation adds a snarky one, based on the fact that they're conducting the interviews in the front yard of one of the heroes.
      Postal Carrier: I'm the mailman. Here's your mail. Heh.
  • The Princess Bride:
  • The Prophecy: Christopher Walken, as Gabriel, has a great one.
    I'm an angel. I kill firstborns while their mamas watch. I turn cities into salt. I even, when I feel like it, rip the souls from little girls. And from now till kingdom come, the only thing you can count on, in your existence, is never understanding why.
  • Public Enemies: "I'm John Dillinger. I rob banks."
  • Pulp Fiction: "I'm Winston Wolf. I solve problems."
  • The Rock:
    Stanley Goodspeed: I'm an agent with the federal, FBI, well... I'm Stanley Goodspeed.
    John Mason: But of course you are.note 
  • Shutter Island : "My name is EDWARD DANIELS !"(twice). Later: - "My name is Andrew Laeddis. And I murdered my wife in the spring of fifty-two."
  • In Pitch Black, there are two in the same scene.
    Paris: Paris P. Ogilvie. Antiquities dealer. Entrepreneur.
    Riddick: Richard B. Riddick. Escaped convict. Murderer.
  • In Sky High (2005), Ron Wilson, bus driver, always refers to himself as "Ron Wilson, bus driver."
  • In Star Wars: "I am C-3PO! Human-Cyborg Relations!"

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    Live-Action TV 
  • Chappelle's Show: "I'm Rick James, bitch!"
  • 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".
    • "Good evening. I'm a lizard woman from the dawn of time. And this is my wife."
  • Dragnet: "My name's Friday. I carry a badge."
  • The Office (US):
    • "Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration"
  • Saturday Night Live:
    • I am Lothar, of the Hill People. Much have I seen, and much have I done.
    • Hi. I'm Matt. I'm a radar technician.
  • 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."
  • All That: "Lester Oaks Construction Worker" he even expects others to call him by that.

    Video Games 
  • BlazBlue: I am the White Void. I am the Cold Steel. I am the Just Sword. With blade in hand shall I reap the sins of this world, and cleanse it in the fires of destruction! I am Hakumen! The end has come!
  • Dragon Age II: "I am Cassandra Pentaghast, Seeker of the Chantry."
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: "I am ALDUIN, first-born of Akatosh!"
  • GreedFall: "De Sardet, Legate of the Merchant Congregation."
  • MadWorld: "I'm Jack. I don't help people. I kill them."
  • Monkey Island: "I'm Guybrush Threepwood, mighty pirate!"
  • Sam & Max: Freelance Police: "I'm Sam. This is Max. We bust punks."
  • Sonic Adventure 2: Half the cast presents theirs at some point or another.
    • Shadow: My name is Shadow. I'm the world's Ultimate Lifeform. There's no time for games. Farewell!
    • Eggman: My name is Dr. Eggman, the world's greatest scientist and soon to be the world's greatest ruler!
    • Sonic: What you see is what you get. I'm just a guy who loves adventure; I'm Sonic the Hedgehog!
  • Team Fortress 2: "I am Heavy Weapons Guy. And this is my weapon."
  • Twisted Metal: "I am Calypso, and I thank you for playing Twisted Metal!"
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    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

     Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • DuckTales (1987), "Armstrong": "I. AM. ARMSTRONG. I. AM. YOUR FRIEND!!!"
  • Darkwing Duck would introduce himself this way when arriving on scene to perform a rescue or face a villain.
  • Some Mickey Mouse Works cartoons have Mickey, Donald, and Goofy working together in a variety of professions, with Mickey answering the phone "[Name]'s [Noun] [Verb]ery! We [Verb] [Noun]s!
  • King of the Hill: Hank will often introduce himself as "Hank Hill, Strickland Propane." or "Hank Hill, Assistant Manager [of] Strickland Propane." even when he's not at work or the people he's being introduced to have nothing to do with the propane industry.
  • Looney Tunes - "Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Wile E. Coyote, genius."
  • Megas XLR - "I am Ender. I end things."
  • Transformers Animated - "I am Wreck-Gar. I dare to be stupid."
  • Metalocalypse: "I'm Doctor Rockzo the Rock N' Roll Clown! I do cocaine!"
  • The Fairly OddParents: "I'm Doug Dimmadome, owner of the Dimmsdale Dimmadome."
  • South Park: Most of the other boys at South Park Elementary tease Scott Malkinson, saying, "I'm Scott Malkinson, and I have diabetes," as if to say his whole life revolves around his diabetes. When a girl moves into town who also has the disorder, he embraces the line and adopts it himself. Of course, by that point, it's turned out that his life actually does revolve around his diabetes.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: Boris introduces many of his alter egos this way.
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