''[[DescribeTopicHere Come on, guys! Let me describe The Team Wannabe here! I can be a great troper!]]''

A character wants to be part of some group, whether a gang, club, or being a superhero's sidekick. He/She will follow them around constantly to the point of stalking. He/She will hang around wherever they hang around. He/She will keep begging and pleading until he gets in. Sometimes he/she even ''might'', but usually he/she just stays the wannabe since StatusQuoIsGod. In a few cases he/she might get spurred enough to start to [[ThenLetMeBeEvil resent the group]] that rejected him/her, becoming [[FaceHeelTurn a villain]] (or [[HeelFaceTurn hero, if the group turns out to be evil]]).

The TagalongKid is often this. An AscendedFanboy is often a former wannabe.

A SisterTrope to LeaderWannabe.

Compare NeverBeAHero, IJustWantToBeSpecial, HeroWithAnFInGood, TheChosenWannabe.

Contrast TheDragAlong.

Compare/Contrast JumpedAtTheCall, HonoraryTrueCompanion, EleventhHourRanger.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''Anime/GallForce'', Mitty is the TagalongKid variant. Sandy allows her to follow them because she's the local expert on where the best hiding places are.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Shiva is desperate to enter the Saint Beast rank to be close to Judas, and even nearly gets another candidate killed over it. He ends up the only contestant who doesn't get in because of this, and his later petitions to be let into the group are shot down for the same reason.
* Yukari from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' is a big tank {{otaku}} who really wants to join the school's tank club and particularly Miho Nishizaki's crew, Miho being [[HeirToTheDojo the younger sister of a famous family of tank commanders]]. She becomes an AscendedFangirl pretty fast.
* Kirie in ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' was this before taking the SixthRangerTraitor route after taking one PretenderDiss after another from the other gang members.
* William of ''LightNovel/LogHorizon'' wanted desperately to join Debauchery Tea Party while leveling his character, but they disbanded before he had a chance. Even after he [[AscendedFanboy formed a highly successful guild of his own]] he still resented the Party for not waiting for him.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia:'' The [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Baltic state]] [[HollywoodNerd Estonia]] ''really'' wishes he was the sixth Nordic member, to the point that he usually goes around [[InsistentTerminology introducing himself as such]]. He also attends their meetings, invited or not.
** [[{{Trickster}} Romania]] is a huge fan of Ancient Rome, and considers himself to be one of his descendants (and thus an Italy brother). He tries to get acknowledged as such at one point, only for [[{{Tsundere}} South Italy (also known as Italy Romano)]] to shoot him down ''immediately.''


[[folder: Comics ]]

* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen always wanted to be a superhero like ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'', but he doesn't exactly gain much respect from the other superheroes. Even with the countless times he gains and loses superpowers unexpectedly, no one seems to bat an eye at him.
* In an issue of ''ComicBook/{{Generation X}}'', it's revealed that [[HarmlessVillain The Toad]] once tried joining the Hellfire Club's Inner Circle. He was later given shelter by Emma Frost because she felt sorry for him after the Inner Circle's members laughed so hard at him.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways 2015}}'', Molly is this to the Night Witches - Jubilee is not keen on having an 11-year-old in her gang. She later gets in after [[spoiler:Pixie's]] death creates a vacancy.


[[folder: Film ]]

* Anybodys of ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' really wants to join the Jets.
* Katsushiro from ''Film/SevenSamurai''.
* Chico from ''Film/TheMagnificentSeven'', a CompositeCharacter of Katsushiro and the other team wannabe, Kikuchiyo.
* The Kid from ''Film/TheMatrix'', he wants to be like Neo, but Neo states he's better than that, he freed himself after all.
* John [=McClane=] becomes this in ''Film/AGoodDayToDieHard'' because of his stubborn obsession to [[PapaWolf protect his son]], much to that son's annoyance.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Chang in the second season of ''Series/{{Community}}'' wants to be part of the study group.
* John Cleese in the Creator/MontyPython Abbatoir sketch, which rails against the [[BrotherhoodOfFunnyHats Freemasons]] who rejected his membership application.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'':
** Roy Harper spends late Season 1 to the middle of Season 2 relentlessly pursuing Oliver in his vigilante activities just so he can be his accomplice. Oliver initially hates the idea, but Roy being injected with Mirakuru forces him to take him in for closer monitoring.
** Laurel Lance from the end of Season 2 desperately tries to join [[{{VigilanteMan}} Oliver Queen's]] crime-fighting circle - despite the fact that essentially the first thing they told her was she had no place in 'Team Arrow'. Given the team are a group of highly skilled fighters and genius level hackers, who [[{{TrueCompanions}} view each other as family]], while Laurel's only connection is being Oliver's turbulent ex-girlfriend, it's not surprising they're wary of her (her almost rotting Oliver to the cops also did not help). To add insult to injury, she only knows about his secret identity because ''a villain'' told her, while Oliver invited everyone else in because he ''trusted'' them. [[spoiler:By the end of Season 3 Laurel has undergone enough training to be useful, though most of the team are gone by that point. [[note]] Oliver and Felicity have taken a vacation/emotional break and Roy has gone on the run from the police, so Diggle is the only member left, rendering Laurel's acceptance rather moot. [[/note]]Tragically, everyone's hesitancy about letting her become a vigilante is justified in Season 4, when she's killed in the field.]]
** Malcolm Merlyn is a manipulative take of this trope, using schemes to force Oliver and his gang to cooperate with him on numerous occasions.
* In ''Series/HiDeHi'' Peggy's entire character arc was her desperately trying to join the camp entertainers, The Yellowcoats. Many a ZanyScheme was attempted in this aim.
* ''Series/LabRats'' has regular kid Leo who wants to join his bionic friends team.
* One woman in ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' committed a string of murders to get into her village's social club (the first saw her driving drunk, the second saw her killing the first, etc.).
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In season 7, Jonathan, and later Andrew (who were originally part of [[BigBadDuumvirate The Trio]] in season 6) want to be a part of the Scoobies. Andrew isn't truly accepted until season 8 and [[spoiler:in season 7, Jonathan is killed by Andrew]], who was manipulated by the BigBad into doing so.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Adric, the first companion to be introduced in the Eighties, is first seen trying to get into the gang of teenagers (led by his older brother, Varsh) who have broken away from mainstream Alzarian society.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* A young Wrestling/MagnumTOKYO desperately wanted to join the Dancing Fools in Wrestling/WorldChampionshipWrestling, but was kicked off for his efforts.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Diana Allers in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. A reporter for the Alliance News Network, she begs Commander Shepard to become part of the crew of the Normandy, positioning her reporting skills as vital to the war effort. Her overall contribution to both the story and War Assets system is very minor, and the player can choose to accept or reject her proposal.
* Ivar in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia''.
* The partner character of ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'' has dreams of joining the Expedition Society, but the organization doesn't allow kids to join. They eventually make an exception for them and the player character.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* ''Webcomic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'''s Estonia desperately wants to be one of the Nordics, "Because she wants to party with the cute booooys!".
* Cyril, the unpleasant and asocial pregnancy-fetishist in ''Webcomic/OlympicDames'', who discovers the girls' secret and begs and pleads to be allowed to join the team. In their brief incarnation as crime-fighting superheroines, he embarrasses them by [[TagAlongKid tagging along]] dressed as SelfDemonstrating/DarthVader.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Marty (Mega-Girl), in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', wants to become one of the Empire City Guard. She keeps trying to fight with them and they keep telling her parents what she's been up to. She's an extremely powerful FlyingBrick but she's a sophomore in high school and she can't legally be a superhero until she's eighteen. Meanwhile, the Empire City Guard is the premier superhero team in New York City.
* Omega Zell from ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' wants to join Justice, the best guild of the game to be able to work by [[TheAce Fantöm's]] side. [[spoiler:He eventually gets in, due to Fantöm ending up feeling in debt to his current guild after a certain chain of events.]]
* Dragonface in ''WesternAnimation/XRayAndVav'' is a humongous fan of our heroes and desperately wants to be their sidekick. They've put him on a 500 foot restraining order.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Syndrome in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' wanted to be Mr. Incredible's sidekick.
* Princess Morbucks in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' wanted to be a Powerpuff Girl at first.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Rudy from the episode "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday" really wanted to be in Homer's Super Bowl group. As he himself says while running alongside the team bus, "What I lack in size, I make up for in ''(puffs)'' obnoxiousness!"
* Lorne (The Friend for Life!) from the ''[[WesternAnimation/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam And Max]]'' cartoon really wants to be a freelance policeman. Sam and Max are less than enthusiastic about it.
* Irving time and again tags along with his idols ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', which is unwelcome to the rest of the kids in the group. Phineas and Ferb themselves welcome him, except in Irving's first appearance, when they are freaked out by his stalker nature.
* The Pulverizer in ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'', he wants to be a ninja like the turtles, but he sucks at it real bad.
** ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' gave us Zach, an adolescent boy who wanted to be the fifth Ninja Turtle.
* Eddie the Squirrel from ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'' frequently wanted to join the Greasers, but Cliff, Lube, and Shriek are frequently annoyed by him and wouldn't give him the time of day.