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"Given how long it's taken me to reconcile my nature, I can't figure I'd forgo it on your account, Marty."
Rust, True Detective

Ego sum quod sum.Pronunciation 
See the trope name for a literal translation.note 

"I am what I am,
I don't want praise, I don't want pity."
— "I Am What I Am", La Cage aux folles

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"It's time to begin, isn't it?
I get a little bit bigger, but then
I'll admit, I'm just the same as I was
Now don't you understand?
That I'm never changing who I am"
— "It's Time" by Imagine Dragons

If I'm gonna be a loser, I'm gonna lose the way I wanna lose.
Clayton, Out There

I yam whats I yam an' dat's ALL wot I yam.
Popeye the Sailor Man

I'm bad, and that's good.
I will never be good, and that's not bad.
There's no one I'd rather be than me.
Bad-Anon creed, Wreck-It Ralph

"Do you know what I learned losing that duel? I learned that I'll never win, not that way. That's their game. Their rules. I'm not going to fight them. I'm going to fuck them. That is what I know. That's what I am. And only by admitting what we are, can we get what we want."
Petyr Baelish, Game of Thrones describing one of the darkest examples of this trope.

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'Cause I am whatever you say I am
If I wasn't, then why would I say I am?
In the paper, the news everyday, I am
I don't know, it's just the way I am
Eminem, "The Way I Am"

"I am me."

Black-hearted evil
Brave-hearted hero
I am all, I am all I am
Crush 40, "I Am... (All of Me)", Shadow the Hedgehog

Riker: Someone once said, "Don't try to be a great man. Just be a man, and let history make its own judgements."
Cochrane: That's rhetorical nonsense. Who said that?
"Yeah, I kinda get it now. You are me. A side of me I couldn't forgive, that I tried to ignore. But you still exist. You're a part of me."
Chie Satonaka, Persona 4.

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"I am me."

I want her love
For the poor fool I am-
or not at all!

"Are you not a Great Wizard?"
"Hush, my dear," he said. "Don't speak so loud, or you will be overheard—and I should be ruined. I'm supposed to be a Great Wizard."
"And aren't you?" she asked.
"Not a bit of it, my dear; I'm just a common man."
"You're more than that," said the Scarecrow, in a grieved tone; "you're a humbug."
"Exactly so!" declared the little man, rubbing his hands together as if it pleased him. "I am a humbug."
[...]
"I think you are a very bad man," said Dorothy.
"Oh, no, my dear; I'm really a very good man, but I'm a very bad Wizard, I must admit."

Vagrant: Man, I... I dunno. I been sittin' here listenin' to you for two fuckin' hours... And i don't think I understood a fuckin' word of it. But what happened to your face, man? What dirty motherfucker did this to you?
Arseface: Muh! note 
Vagrant: '' You did it to your-self?
Arseface: Shuh thuh! note 
Vagrant: Well... shit, man, all due respect to that fuckin' cannon you got there, but... You gotta be the dumbest son of a bitch that ever lived, man!
Arseface: Huhhm!... note  Cuh buh! note 

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