->''"'And I'll root, toot, shoot myself to fame''
->''Every kid alive is gonna know my name''
->''An overnight phenomenon like there's never been''
->''A motivated, supersonic king of the scene"''

->''"I'll be a teenage idol, just give me a break''
->''I'll be a teenage idol, no matter how long it takes''
->''You just don't know what it means to me''
->''I'm gonna find myself a place in history''
->''A teenage idol, that's what I'm gonna be"''.
-->--'''Music/EltonJohn''', "(I'm Going To Be A) Teenage Idol", written for his friend Marc Bolan (T-Rex).

An entertainer who is idolized by teenagers.

People have been declared teen idols for as long as being a teenager has been recognized[[note]]which, by the way, is NewerThanTheyThink - until the 1950's, anybody under the age of 18 was simply a "child"[[/note]]. Many, but not all, have been specifically groomed for this purpose. They generally have several things in common:
# Either they are teenaged themselves when they first become stars, or they are in their twenties and can pass for teenage with DawsonCasting (or both).
# They are attractive and photogenic, often becoming the target of the CelebCrush (BeautyEqualsGoodness, right?).
# They act, [[IdolSinger sing]], or both. It tends to be both if their managers have a say in it. Their talent is irrelevant to being a Teen Idol in the first place, but it makes a difference about whether they're VindicatedByHistory.
# They create a PeripheryHatedom for anyone not a teenager, and, of course, some teenagers will react in disgust at being pandered to.

The most basic way to tell if a celebrity is truly a Teen Idol is by whether they wind up in magazines aimed at the teenage market (like ''Sassy'', ''Tiger Beat'', ''YM'', ''Seventeen'', and ''Teen People'') and by whether they become a poster celebrity. It should be emphasized that TropesAreNotBad and many idols, particularly musicians that legitimately wrote their own material, [[VindicatedByHistory gain critical defenders as time goes on]].

Often, if the teens of the era have a social conscience, a Teen Idol will be the way TheManIsStickingItToTheMan.

This trope commonly overlaps with the IdolSinger, although not all teen idols are singers. See also BoyBand.

Not to be confused with the Creator/MegCabot novel, Literature/TeenIdol.



* Chronicled in part in the movie ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption''.
* Music/ElvisPresley.
* Creator/JamesDean.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Whiting Len Whiting]]. He was Romeo in Franco Zefferelli's 1968 ''RomeoAndJuliet''. He was such a major Teen Idol for a while that it wasn't uncommon for him to be the subject of 60% or more of the articles in a single issue of a teen magazine.
* [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson]]. Both actors have said on numerous occasions that they are less than pleased with the status.
* Rudolf Valentino.
* Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio used to be one in his younger years.
* Creator/KevinBacon.
* Creator/JenniferLawrence.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Farrah Fawcett during her ''Series/CharliesAngels'' days.
* Nina from ''Series/JustShootMe'' was said to have been this in her former days as a model. She would frequently run into men who had had a poster of her on their wall as teens.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' with John Schneider and Tom Wopat (Bo and Luke) for the girls, and Catherine Bach (Daisy) for the guys, although only Schneider was the only actual teenager when the series began (Schneider was 18, while Wopat was 26 and Bach 25).
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'':
** Barry Williams, who played oldest son Greg, began getting his fan mail -- most from teen-aged girls -- relatively early, but it ''really'' started picking up midway through the 1970-1971 season when his voice deepened to its adult pitch and he physically matured. (FWIW, Williams was an aversion to the rule that the kids only matured physically and otherwise at the start of each new season; his happened ''during'' the second season, all the others followed this basic rule.) Incidentally, the only episode where Greg is truly presented as a teen idol -- and then, only briefly -- is in a scene in "Adios, Johnny Bravo," where a bunch of paid teen-aged actresses mob Greg and tear off all his clothes during a photo shoot for the (intended) first Johnny Bravo album.
** Williams' co-star, Maureen [=McCormick=] (Marcia) became a teen queen during the fourth season, when she really started getting hot. Chris Knight finally developed his following in 1973, just as Year 5 got underway.
* ''Series/StepByStep'':
** Although oldest teen star Staci Keenan was supposed to be the designated teen queen of the series -- and at least in the early going it was this way -- by 1995 her popularity was completely eclipsed by co-star Christine Lakin (who played youngest daughter Al Lambert), once she entered puberty, became completely hot and became the apple of many young men's eyes (and those in their late teens).
** In contrast -- and as an aversion to rule that the oldest teenage boy character being a family sitcom's designated teen idol -- Brandon Call never came close to achieving true teen idol status, and the followings of Angela Watson (middle daughter Karen, who fancied herself as the teen queen of the family) and Christopher Castile (who in the later years of the show was a teenager) were modest at best. Sasha Mitchell, who was in his mid 20s when the series started, was the one who got the most fan mail from teenaged girls.
* ''The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet'': Ricky Nelson, who parlayed his TV fame into a legitimate music career, and carried on his family's tradition (Ozzie was also a huge star, but in the 1930s and 1940s).
* Seven-Of-Nine in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. While a part of the fandom hated her for ''being'' MsFanservice, she still had a sizable following.
* Several Franchise/PowerRangers, to most people when they think of the Pink Ranger they think of Amy Jo Johnson's Kimberly.
* [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Deanna Troi]].
* David Cassidy of ''Series/ThePartridgeFamily''. Interestingly, he's one of the few real-life Teen Idols who was also portrayed that way on the show.
* ''Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries'':
** Shaun Cassidy, half-brother to David. His singing career never quite got in the way of solving mysteries.
** His co-star, Parker Stevenson, also had a sizable teen following & teen mag status.
* ''Series/TheMonkees'', for both their music and TV Show.
* All three of the brothers on ''Series/HereComeTheBrides'', although Robert Brown was way up at the top end of the Teen Idol age range. Most teenaged girls were enamored of Bobby Sherman, but some preferred David Soul ([[Series/StarskyAndHutch which turned out to be a wise choice]]). Bridget Hanley (the youngest bride) was the female Teen Idol from the same show.
* Practically all of the Creator/DisneyChannel's teen actors since 2002. Most of them are also {{Idol Singer}}s.
** Music/HilaryDuff, Disney's first attempt at creating a teen idol.
** Creator/RavenSymone, Disney's second attempt at creating a teen idol. Symone was also a part of Film/TheCheetahGirls.
** Music/MileyCyrus, probably their most successful to date.
** Music/DemiLovato.
** Music/SelenaGomez.
** And then you have Music/BridgitMendler, Creator/DebbyRyan, Creator/BellaThorne, [[Creator/ZendayaColeman Zendaya]], Creator/LauraMarano, Music/ChinaAnneMcClain, [[Series/DogWithABlog G. Hannelius]], [[Series/LivAndMaddie Dove Cameron]], and Creator/OliviaHolt...the list just goes on. Creator/RossLynch, Creator/JakeShort and Peyton Meyer are the channel's male faces.
** Before the Disney Channel, Creator/HayleyMills, Annette Funicello, Robert Considine and Tommy Kirk were teen idols in TheSixties.
** Later on, Creator/KurtRussell and Creator/JodieFoster were, too. [[TomHanksSyndrome They grew out of that]].
* Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s now catching up to Disney Channel too, with 2 starting ones:
** Creator/MirandaCosgrove (''Series/ICarly'').
** Music/VictoriaJustice (''Series/{{Victorious}}''). This show also spawned Creator/ArianaGrande, who became more popular than Justice ever was (and spun her character off into [[Series/SamAndCat her own series]]).
* Fictional example: Robin Sparkles in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* [[Series/BeverlyHills90210 Brian Austin Green]].
* Creator/JohnnyDepp on ''Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet'' (though it bothered him).
* All of the stars of ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'', especially Music/ZacEfron.
* Ali Larter was clearly intended to be the pinup of choice from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', but Creator/HaydenPanettiere turned out to be the one teenage guys (and more than a few ''post-''teenage guys) really went for.
* Creator/JasonBateman during his days on ''Series/TheHoganFamily'' (the series originally known as ''Valerie'').
* Patty Duke with her [[Series/ThePattyDukeShow self-titled sitcom]]. She later found modest success in [[TomHanksSyndrome more dramatic fare]].

* ''Literature/DeathOfAPopIdol'', a short story, has Johnny, teenaged music sensation!... [[spoiler: Also a suberversion: He quits because he can't stand the whole thing.]]

* Frankie Avalon (''also'' in films, frequently with the previously-mentioned Annette Funicello)
* Music/TheBeeGees:
** Particularly in their pre-disco stage of their career (late 1960s and their rise to stardom to the early 1970s).
** The Gibbs' youngest brother, Andy, was also a teen idol in the late 1970s. Unlike post teen pop of the 1960s and later, Gibb's music made as a teen still gets heavy oldies/classic hits airplay -- espeically "I Just Want to Be Your Everything," his ultra smash from 1977 -- due to his music being substantially and stylistically different from peers such as Shaun Cassidy, Bobby Sherman, etc.
* Debbie Harry from Music/{{Blondie}}.
* Music/BritneySpears was the late 1990's/early 2000's version.
* Music/TheBeatles!
* Music/ElvisPresley.
* Music/{{Fabian}}.
* Debbie Gibson.
* Tiffany.
* Music/NewKidsOnTheBlock.
* T-Rex, in England.
* Ricky Nelson. His sons, Matthew and Gunnar (who performed as Nelson), also became teen idols for a time in the early 1990s, extending the family tradition to a third generation. As patriarch Ozzie Nelson had No. 1 hits on the ''Billboard'' charts in the late 1930s/early 1940s, and Ricky followed with his string in the late 1950s/early 1960s, Nelson became one of the few multi-generation families to each have No. 1 hits, turning the trick in 1990 with "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection."
* Music/FrankSinatra was arguably the original teen idol[[note]]Some argue that he really wasn't as much of a "teen idol" as conventional wisdom suggests and that Elvis was the true pioneer of the teen idol[[/note]]. This was in the '40s and [[TheFifties '50s]].
* Music/TheJonasBrothers, part of the Disney marketing machine.
* Music/AllstarWeekend.
* Music/TheJacksonFive, and Music/MichaelJackson the solo singer when he was in his teens. The "King of Pop," incidentally, was one of the few teen idols whose teen stardom parlayed into a career in adulthood, and to say it was successful would be a gross understatement.
* Music/MileyCyrus
* Music/TaylorSwift
* Music/AlanisMorissette ([[CanonDiscontinuity We do not]] [[OldShame talk about that]].)
* Music/{{Restart}}
* Music/JustinBieber
* Creator/LeifGarrett, who actually started his career as an actor but got into music full-time in the late 1970s.
* Donny Osmond, his sister, Marie, and the rest of the Osmonds. Both Donny and Marie (who recorded together as teenagers) would each have huge hits as adults in the 1980s, both as solo artists or in Marie's case, with various duet partners. Marie's success came primarily on the country chart, with her solo No. 1 hit "There's No Stopping Your Heart," and duet No. 1's with two fellow ex-pop stars: Dan Seals ("Meet Me in Montana") and Paul Davis ("You're Still New to Me"); Donny returned to the pop chart's top 5 with "Soldier of Love" in May 1989, and had another top 15 hit with "Sacred Emotion" toward the end of the summer of '89.
* Cody Simpson
* Grayson Chance
* Wham! in TheEighties (Creator/GeorgeMichael would also be a Teen Idol at first as a solo singer).
* Music/NewEdition in the beginning.
* Music/{{Hanson}}.
* [[Series/TheHardyBoysNancyDrewMysteries Shaun Cassidy]]
* The Bay City Rollers are probably the TropeCodifier in the UK, if not the TropeMaker. Unlike most examples they had enough creative control to go through several changes of lineup, fire their manager, fall out spectacularly over CreativeDifferences and eventually split into two warring factions and start suing each other.
* Music/OneDirection
* Music/TheMonkees certainly count, being jokingly referred to as [[FanNickname 'The Pre-Fab Four']] due to their artificially composed nature, yet they're also known for gaining a lot of respect from both musicians and music critics.
* Music/{{NSYNC}} was this in the late-90's/early-2000's. Music/JustinTimberlake is this now.
* Music/BackstreetBoys were also this in the late-90's/early-2000's (albeit more in the late-90's).
* Lesley Gore was 16 when her debut "It's My Party" went to #1. After attending college in 1965, she kickstarted a modestly successful adult career with the entirely self-penned comeback album, ''Someplace Else Now'', in 1972. She remained on the oldies and cabaret circuit while recording the occasional album until her death in 2015.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Pin-up girls of UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo (and onwards) fame.
* Many a PageThreeStunna, but most notably Samantha Fox, Linda Lusardi, Melinda Messenger and Keeley Hazell.
* The Janoskians, an Australian comedy troupe who fit the boy-band mold except for the fact that they aren't a musical group.
* Magcon, a group of teenage social media stars who first got their attention on Vine. Their popularity is already starting to rival that of One Direction, and one of their members, Shawn Mendes, shot to the top of the [=iTunes=] chart in a day.
* UsefulNotes/BarackObama got this treatment in the viral video [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKsoXHYICqU "Crush on Obama"]] by the YouTube artist [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ObamaGirl]]. See more on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Got_a_Crush..._on_Obama that other wiki]]. He later remarked that [[TheStoic he didn't have a response himself]], but that his daughters [[DudeNotFunny felt teed off by it.]]