Created By: shimaspawn on November 13, 2010 Last Edited By: shimaspawn on November 22, 2010
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The Rock Star

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When they were young, everyone dreamed of being a Rock Star. They living idols that people look up to. They follow every Rule of Cool and wear lots of tight leather and make up. They're loud. They're fun. They're rolling in girls and money. They're larger than life.

The Rock Star is often found around Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, but on occasion this is subverted and they are found to actually be the character with their heads screwed on the best. If this character is an adventure they tend to use The Power of Rock as their weapon, or failing that they will be a Musical Assassin.

Not to be confused with Rock Star Song which is a song about being one of these.

Real Life examples of this trope would fall under Music.


Examples

Comic Books
  • Marvel Comics' Dazzler was originally a mutant who can change sound waves into light waves, and uses this as part of her disco stage show.
  • The comic Greatest Hits is about a Beatles Expy rock group called The Mates who also have superpowers, but those powers are unrelated to their rockstarness.
  • Todd Ingram, in both the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels and movie, cites this as the reason why he's allowed to be a Karma Houdini. It fails. Miserably.
  • 2000AD had Zenith, an 80s superhero who was also a New Wave/Glam popstar.

Film

Literature
  • Zal of the Quantum Gravity series is an elf rock star, though one of the points he likes to make is that he does not limit himself to rock music, because every genre can be good. Incidentally, becoming a rock star is all part of his plan to make "a lot of people free," as Malachi puts it. It's weird, but it works.

Live-Action Television

Music

Tabletop RPG
  • Shadowrun. The supplement Shadowbeat had rules for PCs to be musicians, including rock stars.
  • Cyberpunk 2020. PCs could be Rockerboys, with "Charismatic Leadership" that allowed control of other people by playing music.

Theater
  • The Masters Of The Universe Power Tour -a live action stage show from 1987- featured a new character created specifically for the show; Songster who was simply put an Eternian rock star. The Pour Tour was the only medium to ever feature the character... which is arguably for the best

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Rock Zilla in My Dad the Rock Star prefers to act like a space case, but is actually clasically trained and can keep up with his snooty, orchestrally trained father when he is of a mind to.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: The show centers around the escapades of two rock stars, Ami and Yumi, who are in the eponymous band. They perform at stadiums...when the plot doesn't get in the way.
Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • November 13, 2010
    ParadiscaCorbasi

  • November 13, 2010
    randomsurfer
    • Marvel Comics' Dazzler is a mutant who can change sound waves into light waves, and uses this as part of her disco stage show. (Well, not any more, but originally.)
  • November 13, 2010
    Taeraresh
    Nikki from Chrono Cross. One of his concerts is a plot event at one point in the game.
  • November 13, 2010
    RedWren
    Literature
    • Zal of the Quantum Gravity series is an elf rock star, though one of the points he likes to make is that he does not limit himself to rock music, because every genre can be good. Incidentally, becoming a rock star is all part of his plan to make "a lot of people free," as Malachi puts it. It's weird, but it works.
  • November 13, 2010
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • PC rock stars in Cyberpunk games.
      • Shadowrun. The supplement Shadowbeat had rules for PCs to be musicians, including rock stars.
      • Cyberpunk 2020. PCs could be Rockerboys, with "Charismatic Leadership" that allowed control of other people by playing music.
  • November 14, 2010
    randomsurfer
    The comic Greatest Hits is about a Beatles Expy rock group called The Mates who also have superpowers, but those powers are unrelated to their rockstarness.
  • November 14, 2010
    Koveras
    Quite a few in Scott Pilgrim Vs The World but Envy Adams takes the cake easily.
  • November 14, 2010
    Darthcaliber
    The Masters Of The Universe Power Tour -a live action stage show from 1987- featured a new character created specifically for the show; Songster who was simply put an Eternian rock star. The Power Tour was the only medium to ever feature the character... which is arguably for the best

    edit: that's Power Tour not Pour sorry spell check error
  • November 14, 2010
    Tre
    Todd Ingram, in both the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels and movie, cites this as the reason why he's allowed to be a Karma Houdini. (It fails. Miserably.)
  • November 14, 2010
    Tre
    Wait, can you spoiler the "(It fails. Miserably.)" part so that it won't give the outcome of Scott v. Todd away to anyone who hasn't read or seen anything SP-related?
  • November 14, 2010
    randomsurfer
    Quantum Leap: Sam leaps into a Glam-rocker, complete with face paint (a la KISS).
  • November 15, 2010
    CrypticMirror
    2000AD had Zenith, and 80s superhero who was also a New Wave/Glam popstar.
  • November 15, 2010
    RedWren
    What index would this fall under?
  • November 15, 2010
    shimaspawn
  • November 17, 2010
    RedWren
  • November 17, 2010
    Aspie
  • November 18, 2010
    Jordan
    Mason of Dead Like Me is sort of a wannabe version of this. Never really got the fame, but definitely fits the promiscuity and extreme substance abuse.
  • November 18, 2010
    shimaspawn
    ^ He's more the Sex Drugs And Rock And Roll type then?
  • November 19, 2010
    CrypticMirror
    so, Launching anytime soon? It's ready to go.
  • November 19, 2010
    shimaspawn
    I was hoping for a few more examples, but I suppose so.
  • November 19, 2010
    CrypticMirror
    we've got loads already, more than quite a few other tropes.
  • November 19, 2010
    Darthcaliber
    uhh... can we get an edit here that's supposed to be Masters of the Universe Power Tour not pour.. spellcheck error.
  • November 19, 2010
    Darthcaliber
    Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi and Jem fit the category
  • November 20, 2010
    shimaspawn
    ^ This is about characters, not shows.
  • November 20, 2010
    rosebudmelissa
    Sho Fuwa and Reino from Skip Beat both fall into this category
  • November 20, 2010
    shimaspawn
    ^ What is Skip Beat?
  • November 21, 2010
    Darthcaliber
    So do the characters not count if the entire show is about Rock Stars? The characters Ami, Yumi, and Jem fit the criteria.

    Also Love Handle from Phineas and Ferb.
  • November 21, 2010
    shimaspawn
    The characters count if they fit the archetype, but the way you write the examples makes them hard to figure out when I don't know the show. In general though, it's best not to just give a name and a show. That doesn't tell us how the trope is used.
  • November 21, 2010
    RedWren
    Western Animation
    • Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi: The show centers around the escapades of two rock stars, Ami and Yumi, who are in the eponymous band. They perform at stadiums...when the plot doesn't get in the way.
  • November 21, 2010
    dotchan
    • Metalocalypse? It's about a "brutal" band who's 1/7th of the world's economy and the death and destruction that follows their wake.
  • November 21, 2010
    shimaspawn
    It's not about bands or shows. This is a character trope.
  • November 22, 2010
    CrypticMirror
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