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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 

    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'?

    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."
  • A Fish Called Wanda — "I'm Harvey Manfren-gen-sen-ten. I'm, uh... with the CIA".
  • And then, in 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..."
  • 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.
  • 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!"

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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."
  • 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."

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