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Kevin: (shaking hands with Phyllis's boyfriend Bob) Kevin Malone.
Bob: Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration.
Stanley: Stanley Hudson.
Bob: Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration.
Ryan: Ryan Howard.
Bob: Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration.
Ryan: ... What line of work you in, Bob?

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.

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.")



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    Anime and Manga 

    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."

    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 

  • British Stuffiness gets parodies like this: Two gentlemen introduce themselves at some reception:
    "Stevenson, an industrialist. Coal and nature oil."
    "Blackstone, prison warden. Bread and water."


    Live-Action TV 
  • All That: "Lester Oaks Construction Worker" he even expects others to call him by that.
  • Batman (1966): In a sort of Inversion (crossing over with Phrase Catcher), other characters almost always refer to Bruce as "Millionaire Bruce Wayne" (Dick sometimes gets appended on as "his youthful ward"). To the point where some people joke that in this particular continuity, Millionaire is actually his first name.
  • 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."
  • Ted Lasso: "Trent Crimm, The Independent".

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    Web Animation 


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    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.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Stark Raving Dad", Homer meets a man in a mental hospital who believes he's Michael Jackson. He introduces himself with "I'm Michael Jackson of The Jacksons." Homer responds with "I'm Homer Simpson of The Simpsons."
    • In "Homerpalooza", Homer meets The Smashing Pumpkins. Billy Corgan introduces himself with "Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins." Homer responds with "Homer Simpson, smiling politely."


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