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[[caption-width-right:330:What no IdolSinger wants to run into fresh out of the shower.]]
->''"Creator/{{Billie|Piper}} and I got chased through the traffic once in a car. You expect paparazzi to do that, but when it's normal people you start to think the world's gone a bit mad."''
-->-- '''Creator/DavidTennant'''

In TV Land, whenever a famous musician or actor (or any kind of celebrity really) ventures out in public, there is good chance they will be descended upon by a ThunderingHerd of screaming fans who will pursue, attempting to get their autographs, rip their clothes off, etc. The celebrity will probably find themselves forced to tactics such as hiding in garbage bins or donning ridiculous disguises to escape the Groupie Brigade.

Very much TruthInTelevision, versions of this trope have probably existed as long as there have been celebrities. However, it reached its apex in the 1960s and 70s as result of Beatlemania. These days it is something of a DeadHorseTrope as most celebrities have security too tight to allow anything like this to happen, and fans must content themselves with flinging their underwear at their idols and other such shows of affection.

Compare InstantFanClub. May overlap with OpenTheDoorAndSeeAllThePeople. Can become an [[TorchesAndPitchforks Angry Mob]] if someone expresses disdain for the focus of the group's adoration. See also: CelebCrush which can result in Groupie Brigades. See also {{Paparazzi}}.


[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The members of Bad Luck in ''{{Manga/Gravitation}}'' tend to attract these.
* In ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'' (manga version only), the main character, Aya, goes to see the band [=GeSANG=] (which consists of two AmbiguouslyGay {{Bishounen}} [[spoiler:... one of whom is really a SweetPollyOliver]]) and is literally trampled by a horde of crazed fangirls.
* Sakuraba in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' is frequently chased around by hordes of fangirls, much to the delight of his agent who is making a mint off merchandising.
** Hiruma Youichi once uses this to his advantage.
---> "Well, let's get rid of Sakuraba at least, using a simple missile."
* Despite not being a really "famous" person," Yuki Sohma of ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' is regularly stalked by a vast brigade of obsessive fangirls.
* Rukawa's fangirls in ''Manga/SlamDunk''. They follow him to every game, loudly cheering for him and agains his opponents (and Sakuragi). He doesn't seem to know or care.
* In ''Manga/SkipBeat'', Kyoko has to get Ren by a groupie brigade.
* ''Manga/KamichamaKarin Chu'''s IdolSinger Kuga Jin is often surrounded by hordes of fangirls. Karin has had to fight her way through the crowd to talk to him more than once.
* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' is the originator of the trope pic: [[IdolSinger Sheryl]] [[MsFanservice Nome]] has this group stalking her in High School. Yes she is in that room, yes that room is a shower, and yes that is a guy with a [[PantyShot conspicuously angled camera]].
* Early on in ''Anime/YuGiOhTheMoviePyramidOfLight'', Yugi is mobbed and chased by a bunch of fans who ''really'' want to duel him.
* Yuri "Yurio" Plisetsky of ''Anime/YuriOnIce'' has an entire club of fangirls who are infatuated with him, who call themselves the "Yuri Angels". He just finds them annoying.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Superdickery.com shows us Comicbook/JimmyOlsen had [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=1060%3Amost-nonsensical-cover-ever-yes&Itemid=24#content one]]... [[TimeTravel in the past]].
* ''ComicBook/TheAmazingJoyBuzzards''.
* [[http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/ul1-3.jpg This cover]] from ''Go-Go'' has The Rotting Stumps being pursued by their groupies.
* ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'': Bob's character Knuckles acquires one in-game in the "Sing For the Moment" storyline.
* Angel is mobbed by a group of fangirls in the second issue of ''Comicbook/XMen''. This is a bit of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, as mutants being hated and feared by the general public would later become a crucial plot element.
* Two of them appear in ''ComicBook/BloodRedDragon''. There's the fan club and the shrine maidens.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* One of these kicks off the action in the New Zork chapter of ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', as the four turn a corner and unexpectedly come face to face with a line of kids waiting to win free “Beagles” tickets. (Keep in mind, it's 1954, so they're hardly expecting to be recognized.) Given their various means of escape, Ringo gets the worst of it by far, being thrown off a garage roof by a fan trying to get him down to his friends. And the Groupie Brigade stuff doesn't end there:
** Although Ringo escapes those fans by accidentally teleporting to the Plaza Hotel, he gets trapped there because it's under siege by more fans.
** Paul manages to lure the Groupie Brigade around the Plaza into swamping the “Hitler Youth” trying to detain him, because one of them is wearing a “Beagle” wig.
** When John leads the harveys in their peaceful protest, they're surrounded by fans, but he's protected by layer upon layer of giant rabbits.

* ''Film/SinginInTheRain''. Poor Don is simply trying to get to a party, yet he must climb onto a streetcar in order to escape his fangirls, [[DoomedNewClothes ruining his clothes]] in the process. Creator/GeneKelly sort of reprises this scene in the all-star comedy ''Film/WhatAWayToGo'' as a huge movie star who gets [[CrushParade trampled to death]] by a stampede of crazed fans (with rogue elephant sound effects!)
* ''Film/AHardDaysNight''
** Amusingly inverted in their next movie ''Film/{{Help}}'' - the Beatles pull up to their homes, and the only girls around are a couple of middle-aged housewives, one of whom needs to be coaxed to wave.
*** A similar scene occurs in ''Film/{{Confessions of a Pop Performer}}'', where Sid and Timmy find a rock band they want to promote, and at their first concert, have to bus in some middle aged women who have to be encouraged to scream and wave.
* ''Music/TheRutles''. There's a rather surreal sequence at the start of the film, where they hop from limo to limo to escape the hordes of fans. To be fair, there's a similar sequence in ''A Hard Day's Night''.
* ''Film/IWannaHoldYourHand'', being a tribute to the Beatles' first day in America, has all manner of this.
* At the beginning of ''Film/AustinPowers: International Man of Mystery'', Austin (a ''photographer'') was being pursued by his Groupie Brigade, in a parody of ''Film/AHardDaysNight''.
* The movie ''Film/{{Nickelodeon}}'' has silent movie stars being stripped naked by screaming fans ripping off their clothing for souvenirs.
* Happens in ''Film/ThatThingYouDo''.
* ''Music/{{Abba}}: The Movie''
* The Franchise/{{Disney|AnimatedCanon}} animated ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' did this.
* ''Film/WillSuccessSpoilRockHunter''
* Joseph in ''Theatre/JosephAndTheAmazingTechnicolorDreamcoat'' is treated this way during the musical number "Stone the Crows", to the dismay of both him and the Pharaoh.
* Prince Char in ''Film/EllaEnchanted''. Worse still, the leader of all the Groupie Brigades was essentially a stalker who had spent her spare time spying on him and is convinced she'll marry him eventually.
* Played dramatically in the Creator/JudyGarland remake of ''Film/AStarIsBorn'' where the movie star main character can't attend her ''dead husband's funeral'' without being torn at by a groupie mob in attendance.
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''. While in Berlin to retrieve the Grail diary, Indy gets tangled up in a mob of Nazis who are members of Hitler's fan club.
* In ''Film/WhatAWayToGo'', one of these turns into a ThunderingHerd and tramples Creator/GeneKelly's character to death.

* Parodied, along with most other rock group tropes, in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/SoulMusic''.
* [[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar Herald Alberich]] takes advantage of one of these in ''Exile's Valor''. When he realizes that the actor Norris is trailing him, he goes into a large inn and "happens" to mention the fact that Norris is outside to a roomful of young ladies ... then dives for cover as they charge outside and mob Norris.
* In ''[[Literature/MonsterHunterInternational Monster Hunter Vendetta]]'', Owen Pitt's brother (nicknamed Mosh) is a heavy metal guitarist of some renown, and is followed by a swarm of adoring orcs from the local village once he goes to the MHI compound.
* The Bowenists who follow the botanical artist Mae Bowen in ''[[Literature/AuntDimity Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch]]''.
* ''Literature/AuntJuliaAndTheScriptWriter'': Tons of women show up in the radio when Lucho Gatica pays a visit. They practically maim him trying to touch him.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheMonkees''
** Although situations like these were more than plentiful in the real life mid-60’s era of Monkeemania, rarely is this trope actually seen, because, in their wacky TV show universe, the Monkees are not famous at all... in fact, they're [[StarvingArtist Starving Artists]].
** One notable exception would be the documentary episode “The Monkees On Tour” and, to a much different extent, “The Monkees In Paris.”
* Played with in ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'', in which the BigBad casts a spell city-wide to cause this to happen, and the conveniently immune Rangers nearly get trampled to death by stampeding fans.
* An early-series ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode has a spell go wrong (as they often do) and Xander is chased by hordes of love-sick fans. Only they want to tear his flesh off, not his clothes.
* The {{Trope Namer|s}} is the Creator/SylvesterStallone episode of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' where Sly's fan club manages to get backstage and wreaks havoc. Kermit refers to them as as Sly's "groupie brigade".
* The Lucas Brothers have these in ''Series/{{Jonas}}''.
* As does Series/HannahMontana in her show; it's worth noting that they also play with it a bit at times, and one character was even smart enough to use her popularity as a way to escape by loudly yelling that she was there to a lobby-full of people who had just been to her concert.
* In the live-action adaptation of ''Manga/{{Moyashimon}}'', the UFO Club is depicted as this for Aoi Mutou.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'': Eliot acquires one when posing as a country and western singer in "The Studio Job".
** Who are then promptly weaponized by Hardison when it comes time to stall the mark.
* In ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' episode "The Redcoats Are Coming," Rob tries to hide a pair of [[CaptainErsatz British rock-and-roll idols]] in his house to keep them from being discovered by the local teenagers. Somehow word gets out, and Rob's house winds up trashed by the groupie brigade.
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': The Avengers stage one as a distraction to allow them to snatch a defector from an airport in "House of Cards".

* Music/FrankZappa: Zappa wrote countless songs about groupies and their devotion for rock stars, most notably on the albums ''Music/ChungasRevenge'', ''Music/FillmoreEastJune1971'', ''Film/TwoHundredMotels'' and album one of ''Music/JoesGarage''.
* Creator/AllanSherman's song "Pop Hates The Beatles" (to the tune of "Pop Goes the Weasel") has a funny take on this.
-->''When the Beatles come on the stage, They scream and shriek and cheer them. Now I know why they're such a rage, It's impossible to hear them.''
* Music/YoshikiHayashi tends to have an almost InstantFanClub variety pop up at any event he attends that is also being attended by Japanese rock fans.
* There's a bit at the start of a song by Music/TheBonzoDogBand called "The Sound Of Music" talking about such an event.
--> ''Life's like that, isn't it? Only the other day I was walking down the West End and suddenly I was set upon by hordes of fans and admirers who wanted to...touch my clothes. So I took sanctuary in a nearby cinema, normally, of course, I wouldn't go in, but that day I saw something that really moved me. I'd like to share this wonderful experience with you, it was... the Sound of Music''.
* Music/NeilSedaka's song "Queen of 1964", about an old groupie who used to claim, amongst other things, that she once 'had' Mick Jagger (getting a kick and a black eye from Bianca Jagger for it).
* Music/KingCrimson's "Ladies of the Road" is a paean to groupies and one of the band's very rare IntercourseWithYou songs.
* Music/SystemOfADown's "Psycho" is about this amongst the WordSaladLyrics.

* ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'' has the Conrad Birdie Fan Clubs, who can always be counted on to [[IncessantChorus sing extra choruses of "We Love You, Conrad"]] and cultivate the Conrad Birdie Scream. The character was inspired by Music/ElvisPresley, who had similar experiences.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This applies to wrestlers too, for example in the Glitz Pit in ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor''.
* Groupies are an actual enemy in ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'', working for the Hair Metal Militia. They're copies of the Razor Girls, and don't do a lot of screaming or, well, non-murderous Groupie behaviour.
* Early in Stage 3 of the ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'' game, a throng of Clash at Demonhead fans appears as a stage hazard, trampling your character if they stand at the middle part of the screen.
* Level 4-D in ''VideoGame/{{Panic}}'' has a gag involving various hero-types being chased between rows of doors, including a tuxedo-clad secret agent being chased by a horde of screaming women.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/ScandalInTheSpotlight'' focuses on "Japan's hottest BoyBand," and screaming throngs of fans are a constant hazard for the protagonist once she gets caught up with Revance. Most of the time, the biggest concern is that the guys will get mobbed if they're recognized in public, but in some cases - such as on Iori's route - the fangirls get downright nasty over seeing her in the company of one of their idols.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* On ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', the premise of the [[OneEpisodeWonder cancelled]] [[ShowWithinAShow animated series]] ''[[BandToon Limozeen:]] [[RecycledInSPACE But They're In SPACE!]]'' seemed to be based on the band spending most of their time simultaneously running from and giving backstage passes to all the screaming "babe-liens" of the galaxy.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/MyLifeInBlue''
* In ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'', Kimiko's fanclub.
* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'': Very well, then. [[http://www.krakowstudios.com/spinnerette/archive.php?date=20101001 Fangirls!]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', after running from a mob, Death disguises himself to avoid blame for Michael's death. Accidentally, [[MistakenIdentity he gets taken for him]], and [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=3224 runs from a mob.]]
* [[BigManOnCampus Luero]] of ''Webcomic/EarsForElves'' [[http://www.earsforelves.com/archives/689 has one]]. He ''is'' at the second-highest rank in archery.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Happens in ''every'' FanFic/OfficialFanfictionUniversity. To ''everyone''.
* In ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', HeroAntagonist Captain Hammer has such a brigade, represented in the show by two {{fangirl}}s and a ''very'' CampGay {{fanboy}} who sing his praises, [[DieForOurShip despise his girlfriend]], [[StalkerWithACrush stalk him]], and openly offer to do "the weird stuff". There's a nasty bit of satire too, in that when Captain Hammer is finally defeated, they switch to worshiping Dr. Horrible.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', where the Warner Brothers and the Warner Sister Dot are in the middle of a parody of ''A Hard Day's Night'', and sing "We are running from our fans".
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** In "[[Recap/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheWarriorsOfKyoshi The Warriors of Kyoshi]]", Aang acquires a groupie brigade of young girls on Kyoshi Island. Then he loses them when they get bored with his half-hearted attempts at showing off.
** In season three, ''Avatar'' goes meta, and [[MrFanservice Zuko]] gets a literal horde of fangirls.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBeatles'' animated series.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'': Ben has to call Gwen and Kevin to rescue him from one at the start of "Deep".
* The start of every episode of ''WesternAnimation/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKids'' had the band escaping from their fans in various creative ways. It is also used in the opening titles.
* Carl and (C2) acquire one in the "Spotlight on Carl" two-parter in ''WesternAnimation/CarlSquared''.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' focused on this when Danny Phantom (by this point, a well known hero and celebrity) is on the run from screaming teenage fans; most of which come from his own school. He had to [[SecretIdentity secretly turn human]] to get away from the crazed mob.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck acquires one in the WesternAnimation/{{Classic Disney Short|s}} ''Donald's Dilemma'', after being hit on the head by a flowerpot and becoming a famous crooner.
* Checkmatey, the rapping chess master of X Middle School, has one in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' episode "Of Slain Kings on Checkered Fields".
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' and Noah get hysterical screaming girls kissing them and tearing off their Letterman jackets when Rex joins Noah's [[SeriousBusiness school table tennis team]]. And the band [=TrenBenders=] has one in "Rock My World".
* ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' did this.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'', with Luke Perry IIRC.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Movie star Heather (with Kim in tow) is pursued through the school by one in "And the Mole Rat Will Be CGI".
* Music/FrankSinatra was depicted this way in some old cartoons, like Frank Tashlin's ''Swooner Crooner'' and Creator/TexAvery's ''Little 'Tinker'', with some fans actually fainting. This was TruthInTelevision. A decade or so earlier, Music/BingCrosby was getting much the same treatment.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'', this (just like everything else in the series) is taken to ridiculous extremes... including the mass suicides among female fans after lead singer Nathan Explosion got a girlfriend. And then more female fans breaking out into open warfare upon hearing that he's single again. Dethklok's fans are easy to rile, though; The Louvre was nearly destroyed by marauding fans after Murderface said he didn't like any of the art in it. Oh, and they resort to acts of terrorism with minimal provocation, defacing Mount Rushmore and committing mass murder to persuade Dethklok to perform songs from their album Dethwater live. They even have their own army of volunteer fans called Klokateers to work for Dethklok, with no shortage of signups, despite the training process being at ''minimum'' 50% mortality rate (literally the first task is to pair up with someone and fight them to the death). ''Metalocalypse'' owes a lot to ''Film/AHardDaysNight'' and ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' to begin with.
* On ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Fluttershy ends up getting one after becoming a fashion model in the episode "Green Isn't Your Color".
* Needless to say, the ''WesternAnimation/NewKidsOnTheBlock'' cartoon was all about this.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Pearlie}}'': A groupie brigade of fairies pursue Buggy Holly and the Crickets when they play in the park in "Bongo Boy".
* ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'':
** Rocko gets an insane squealing brigade when he becomes famed underwear model Wedgie Boy.
** Producer Ralph Bighead gets an army of psychotic fans that take pieces of his car, his clothes, and his scalp as souvenirs in "Wacky Delly".
* From ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' Shaggy acquires one after being hailed as circus superstar in ''WesternAnimation/BigTopScoobyDoo''.
* Homer acquires one of these (made up of elderly female opera fans!) in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer of Seville".
* ''WesternAnimation/ShurikenSchool'' had Eizan and his other two friends disguised as a kid singing group doing a limousine drive-by disguised as them, where they barely made it to their destination.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'': Comicbook/JimmyOlsen gets chased by a mob of lovestruck teenage girls in "[[Recap/SupermanTheAnimatedSeriesS3E8SupermansPal Superman's Pal]]" after Angela Chen blows his relationship with Franchise/{{Superman}} out of proportion.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'': Robin gets pursued by one when he gets [[NakedPeopleTrappedOutside trapped outside while naked]] in "Laundry Day".
* Chessie the Autograph Hound was this to ''WesternAnimation/TheCattanoogaCats''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Any rock band that has enjoyed significant mainstream popularity will have one of these. In particular, bands like Music/LedZeppelin, Music/DefLeppard, Music/MotleyCrue, and Music/GunsNRoses are infamous for the debauchery they have enjoyed with their groupies backstage. The TropeCodifier for reality, though, had to be either Music/TheBeatles or Music/ElvisPresley.
* A Groupie Brigade almost killed Creator/RobertPattinson after he tried to avoid them by running out into traffic and being hit by a car. He was okay, but he still chewed out his fans.