"I Am Becoming" Song

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Something has changed within me

Something is not the same
Elphaba, Wicked, "Defying Gravity"

Related to an "I Am" Song, this isn't about what the singer is, but what he or she is becoming. This can be expressed positively or negatively.

May double as a "I Want" Song, a Sanity Slippage Song, a BSOD Song, or a Villain Song, especially if That Man Is Dead. See also Coming of Age Story, Character Development.

This is meant to describe Character Development, and not a literal transformation or Metamorphosis, though the two may overlap if the metamorphosis causes the character's development. Don't let the progressive tense fool you either; it can also be an a character explaining how s/he's already changed—and might only just be realizing it now.

Note: This is Character Development summary in song: spoilers may ensue, even if you only see a character name.

Examples of "I Am Becoming" Song include:

Fan Works

Film - Animated

  • The Last Unicorn: "Now That I'm A Woman"; in this case while the physical change from unicorn to woman has already taken place, Amalthea is describing the mental changes that are taking her over.
  • "Strange Things (Are Happening to Me)" from Toy Story counts, since Andy starts to appear to favor Buzz over Woody, and this has an effect on Woody's character.
  • "I See The Lights" doubles as both a Let's Duet and this for both Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, as they realize their feelings for each other are changing them as people.
  • "I am Chirin" from Chirin no Suzu, which is played when Chirin decides to team up with the evil Wolf King, and as a result he goes from an innocent baby lamb to a fearsome, demonic ram.

Film - Live Action

  • Eric Draven gets one in The Crow (specifically, "Burn," by The Cure) as he goes to a makeup mirror in his apartment and makes his transformation into a white-faced, spandex-clad avenger.
  • Hannah Montana: The Movie gives us "The Climb", which neatly encapsulates Miley's emotions, the lessons she's learned in the movie, and the general message of the film. Later, in Season 4, Miley writes "Wherever I Go" to say goodbye to her secret identity as Hannah, and moves forward to face the world as her real self.
  • The Muppets has "Man or Muppet" in which Gary and Walter both realise they need to move beyond their sibling relationship (Gary by actually proposing to Mary, Walter by joining the Muppets).


I'm stuck in this dream / It's changing me, I am becoming

The lightning strikes, cracking the night
I'm not the same anymore


  • In Wicked, after Elphaba finds out that what she assumed was the ultimate force for good--the Wizard--isn't, she knows she has to help the Animals without him. 'Defying Gravity' echoes her "I Want" Song, 'The Wizard And I', now with her asking for Glinda's partnership instead of the Wizard's.
  • Les Misérables:
    • "What Have I Done" is Valjean rejecting his life as a criminal in favor of redemption.
    • Cosette's version of "In My Life" combines a grown-up "I Want" Song with "I Am Becoming" Song. She sings about her longing for new horizons and love, and closure with the past - and how she's growing up and delighted to do so.
  • "I'm Gonna Be a Producer" from The Producers is an Am, Want, and Becoming song all in one.
  • In The Phantom of the Opera, "Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again," Christine's lament for her father, ends with a declaration that she will try to put his memory behind her and live unburdened by the pain of her past.
  • Carmen has "In L.A." in the musical version of Fame, which is about how she moved to L.A., got hooked on drugs, and slept with producers for money/drugs. Doubles as a BSOD Song.
  • "Epiphany" and the "Johanna Quartet" from Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street for the title character.
  • Thirteen has "13/Becoming a Man" which is about the main character's Bar Mitzvah.
  • "La Monture" ("My Heart If You Will Swear") from Notre-Dame de Paris: the devoted, virginal Fleur-de-Lys tells her cheating fiancé Phoebus that she will remain faithful to him... as long as he has Esmeralda executed. In the French lyrics, she sings that she has thrown her girlhood dreams "to the wolves" and that her heart is "hardening."
  • In "An Organized Life (1974)" from the musical version of Vanities, Kathy sings about her nervous breakdown and journey of self-discovery, also making it a BSOD Song. Also, "Friendship Isn't What it Used to Be" from the same act, and "Looking Good", the finale for the TheatreWorks Palo Alto and off-Broadway versions.
  • In Dreamgirls, Effie sings "I Am Changing" and decides to get her life together. In the revival of the musical, the actress playing her has changed into a glitzy dress that is revealed just before she starts the final belt.
  • Elle has several in Legally Blonde the Musical from "Chip On My Shoulder" to the reprise of "Legally Blonde"
  • In Little Shop of Horrors, Audrey's part in the duet "Suddenly Seymour", is about how she believes that Seymour is making her a better person.

Live Action TV

  • The Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical opens up with one of these, in "Going Through The Motions," where Buffy compares herself now with the way she was before her death at the end of Season 5.
    • In the movie, her entire career kicks off with an I Am Becoming song: "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore."

Web Original

  • Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: Where to begin? The musical could be described as Dr. Horrible's Start of Darkness. Some specifics:
    • 'My Eyes': Penny, the girl Billy has been trying to achieve a verbal connection with for...a while, is going out with Captain Hammer. This pushes him towards Dr. Horrible.
    • 'Brand New Day': Yes, Captain Hammer is dating Penny specifically to spite Billy. Murderous rage and planning ensue.
    • Billy's part in 'So They Say' as he puts the finishing touches on his plans to kill Captain Hammer.
    • 'Slipping' is this, to an extent. It is more what Billy is claiming he is. He's fusing an "I Want" Song and an "I Am Becoming" Song—and failing. When the time comes to finish his plan, he falters.
    • 'Everything You Ever' is a little to an "I Want" Song what this trope is to an "I Am" Song, a little of this trope. It solidifies Billy as Dr. Horrible, and it's almost a triumph...