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Imagine you can have control of an up-and-coming IdolSinger. You have to guide her to stardom by deciding what outfits she wears, picking what songs she sings, and helping her deal with the pitfalls of growing up in the spotlight.

That's ''The [=iDOLM@STER=]'' by [[Creator/BandaiNamcoEntertainment Namco]] (now Bandai Namco Entertainment). It's a SimulationGame where you play as a producer for the "765 Production" ([[GoroawaseNumber pronounced]] "[[MeaningfulName na-mu-ko]]") studio, and you have nine (technically ten) girls to choose as the company's next big singer.

Incorporating elements from [[MinigameGame rhythm games]], {{Dating Sim}}s and [[{{Mons}} competitive online battling]], as well as an AllStarCast and a generous helping of {{Moe}}, this game from Namco was an incredible hit in the arcades of Japan and created a whole franchise of sequels and spinoffs:

* An UpdatedRerelease for the UsefulNotes/Xbox360, which included one new idol.
* ''Live For You'', which was essentially the Xbox 360 version with new content but with the "management" aspect removed.
* ''SP'', a trilogy of PSP ports, each of which contained three of the nine original idols.
* ''Dearly Stars'', a UsefulNotes/NintendoDS version about three new idols.
* A proper sequel, ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster2 THE iDOLM@STER 2]]'', which introduces a brand new storyline and three-girl groups to the gameplay.
* ''Shiny Festa'', a series of rhythm games for the PSP. Brought officially overseas as iOS apps, marking the first time an ''iM@S'' product is licensed outside Japan.
* ''Gravure 4 You!'', a set of [=PS3=] games bundled with the limited edition of the anime (later rereleased through the ''[=iM@S=] CHANNEL'') that allow the player to photograph the girls in a series of different outfits and poses.
* ''[=iM@S=] CHANNEL'', a free-to-download app for [=PS3=] that contains ''SHINY TV'', a [=PS3=] remake of ''Shiny Festa'' but with enhanced graphics and new songs and stories and support for ''Gravure 4 You!'' and ''One For All''
* ''One For All'', a sequel with new storyline where you can produce up to all 13 original idols at the same time.
* ''MUST SONGS'', a rhythm game for PSVita with ''Taiko no Tatsujin''-style gameplay.
* ''Platinum Stars'', a sequel on [=PS4=] set in a training camp with more rhythm focused gameplay than previous main titles.
* ''Stella Stage'', a sequel on [=PS4=] building on the gameplay of ''Platinum Stars'', with a new storyline.

An anime, ''Anime/IdolmasterXenoglossia'' -- from the [[Creator/{{Sunrise}} makers]] of ''Anime/MaiOtome'' -- was released in 2007 and later licensed by Sentai Filmworks. Rather than being a straight [[TheAnimeOfTheGame Anime Of The Game]], it was instead an {{Elseworld}} RealRobot show that cast the main characters as pilots (or "Masters") of {{Giant Robot}}s called [=IDOLs=] (making them [[IncrediblyLamePun IDOL-Masters]]). A more straightforward [[TheAnimeOfTheGame anime adaptation]] (called ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'') aired in Japan during the Summer and Fall Seasons of 2011.

There are also some manga telling their own stories, one of them being ''[[Manga/PetitIdolmaster Puchim@s]]'', which got its own internet anime adaptation in the [[Winter2013Anime Winter Season of 2013]] and the [[Spring2014Anime Spring Season of 2014]], simulcast by Creator/FUNimation; it can be found on their [[http://www.youtube.com/user/FUNimation?feature=watch official youtube page]].

The franchise has spawned three [[MobilePhoneGame card games for phones]], ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls Cinderella Girls]]'', ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM SideM]]'' (for the Mobage platform), ''Million Live'' (for the GREE platform), and ''Shiny Colors'' (Mobile and PC). They feature unique idols and have spawned [=CDs=] and mangas of their own. ''[=SideM=]'' is also noteworthy for being the first game of the franchise with females as its main audience: it features solely male idols. ''Cinderella Girls'' spawned a big enough {{fandom}} to gain an [[Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls anime]], that premiered on the Winter2015Anime season. It has also received a RhythmGame for smartphones, ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'', with gameplay similar to fellow rhythm phone games such as ''Franchise/LoveLive School Idol Festival'' but using 3D models, and its own ''Gravure 4 You!'' series. It has released another RhythmGame like ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'' by using ''Million Live'' as the theme, named ''THE iDOLM@STER Million Live!: Theater Days''. Its PV can be found [[https://youtu.be/0nPXLtNhRrk here]]. ''[=SideM=]'' followed soon after with the announcement of not only a ''Starlight Stage''-like game of their own (''THE iDOLM@STER [=SideM=]: Live on St@ge!''), but an animated adaptation within the same year during the Fall2017Anime season.

It also has a [[Characters/TheIdolmaster character sheet]], and a dedicated fansite called [[http://www.project-imas.com/ Project-iMAS]] which includes [[TheWikiRule a wiki too]]. [[http://www.project-imas.com/wiki/Main_Page Click here for the wiki]]!

Also, as all good successful franchises do, ''The iDOLM@STER'' managed to inspire other series to try and latch on the same crowd. ''VideoGame/DreamCClub'' was [=D3Publishes=]' answer to Namco Bandai's giant, with some unique elements in order to not look like they're the same thing.

Tropes that are common for the franchise as a whole, please, list them on this page. For tropes specific to individual titles please go to:

* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster2'' - Despite the name, it's actually a different continuity.
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' - The animated adaptation based off of ''The iDOLM@STER 2'' game. Also has an interquel manga.
* ''Manga/ColorfulDays'' - A prequel manga to the second game.
* ''Manga/TheIdolmaster2TheWorldIsAllOne'' - A manga that was also based off the second game, but with more liberties and development for its main characters.
* ''Anime/IdolmasterXenoglossia''
* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls'' - Page for the mobile game as well as ''Starlight Stage''.
* ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls'' - The animated adaptation.
* ''Series/TheIdolmasterKR'' - A South Korean TV drama series produced under the direction of Bandai Namco Entertainment and Interactive Media Mix, Inc.
* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmasterSideM'' - Page for the mobile game as well as ''Live on St@ge!''.
* ''Anime/TheIdolmasterSideM'' - The animated adaptation.



* AdaptationDyeJob: In the original arcade version, some idols had different hair and eye colors that were changed for the Xbox 360 version and have been kept in all subsequent games. For instance, Haruka and Yayoi originally had brown eyes, and Azusa and Chihaya originally had black hair.
* AlternateContinuity: Akihiro Ishihara, [[WordOfGod Bandai Namco's director]], said that ''[=iM@S SP=]'' and ''[=iM@S2=]'' are parallel worlds, as in ''[=iM@S2=]'', Hibiki and Takane are 765Pro's idols from the beginning.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: Although that is largely the point with this game.
* AscendedMeme: Fans noticed that Ritsuko's outfit resembled the uniform of Lawson convenience stores, and it became a meme. Bamco and Lawson noticed the meme, and started a cross-promotion campaign that is still ongoing; you can apparently buy raffle tickets for Idolm@ster goods at Lawson.
* BareYourMidriff: Depending on the costume set.
* {{Beat}}: From the new version of Danketsu:
-->'''TAKANE''': My name is Takane Shijou. [Beat] [Beat] [Beat] I'm afraid everything else is a secret.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: One of sweet, dorky Haruka's image songs (I Want) carries strong dominatrix overtones. Also, have a listen to [[ShrinkingViolet Yukiho]]'s version of [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Overmaster]]!
** Hell, in the anime, sweet, dorky Haruka is the one who landed the BigBad role in the first faux-movie trailer. [[ChewingTheScenery She's apparently having a hell of a time]] [[MeanCharacterNiceActor playing it]].
** In addition, Yayoi and Ryo's speech dialects become very violent when angered.
* BlushSticker
* BribingYourWayToVictory: The downloadable content.
* CallAndResponseSong: There are a few of these, most notably "Kouhaku Ouen V", in which the audience responses from Producer Meeting 2017 were incorporated into the official recording.
* CastHerd: Each series and spinoff has three characters who are often paired together as their game's [[PowerTrio primary trio]]. Some contain secondary cast herds as well.
** From the foundation series: Haruka, Chihaya and Miki
** From ''Cinderella Girls'': Uzuki, Rin and Mio
** From ''Million Live'': Mirai, Shizuka and Tsubasa
** From ''[=SideM=]'': Teru, Kaoru and [[OneSteveLimit Tsubasa]] (not to be confused with Million Live's)
* CatGirl: You can dress up your idols to look like catgirls in the main series games, and in Cinderella Girls, Miku Maekawa's stage act is based on this.
* TheChosenMany: Zig-zagged in adaptations. While the classic series' adaptations showed different Producers handling different groups, ''Cinderella Girls'' had ''hundreds'' of idols thanks to their multimedia giant status, and therefore implied there were multiple producers to attend to them all. ''[=SideM=]'' adverts it, since all the manga adaptations and the anime show it really is the one Producer helping them all.
* ColourCodedCharacters: All of the idols have associated colors. The colors for 11 of them can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfmNtbtoi3A here.]]
* ComicBookTime: This is more obvious in ''One For All'' and especially ''Platinum Stars'' but universal through the franchise - birthdays might be referred to from time to time, but with the exception of VideoGame/TheIdolmaster2 and other entries set in "Second Vision" nobody gets to age. Even then the idols only aged up one year.
* {{Cosplay}}: Containing many a ShoutOut.
* CostumePorn: A wide range of costumes are available for the idols to wear.
* {{Crossover}}: The cell phone ''Cinderella Girls'' and ''Side:M'' each have their own separate events with the cell phone RPG ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'', while ''Million Live!'' and the two aforementioned games got one with ''VideoGame/TalesOfAsteria''.
** Prior to these, [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Miku Hatsune]] was DLC for ''Idolmaster 2'' as part of a collaboration (''HatsuneMikuProjectDiva2nd'' received some Idolmaster-based DLC in turn).
* DownloadableContent: New songs, costumes and accessories are regular fixtures as [=DLC=]. Some games include extra stories or additional rival units as well.
* ElegantGothicLolita: A few of the costumes.
* EndlessGame: ''One For All'' and ''Platnium Stars'' still track weeks and seasons, but neither have the 52-week time limit to win that was present in previous games.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Happen often in the main games.
** In the UpdatedRerelease for the Xbox 360, [[spoiler:Miki cuts her hair shorter and stops dying it in her alternate route.]]
** Azusa cut her hair short on The Idolm@ster 2. Going by the anime, it was when she was scouted as part of the RK. She keeps this hairstyle in future games.
** Makoto grew out her hair slightly in 2 to look more feminine. This has also stuck.
** Ritsuko trades in her braided pigtails for a messy bun in 2 to look more professional as a producer. She keeps this appearance in ''One For All'' but changes her hair again to a side braid in ''Platinum Stars.''
* TheFaceless: The PlayerCharacter. Also, Mr. Takagi. Actually, aside from Kotori and the Jupiter trio, every other character you come across, including the satellite characters on the girls' routes, are all faceless.
* FanService
* FirstPersonSnapshooter: The sole premise in ''The iDOLM@STER Gravure for You''
* FreakyFridayFlip: This has happened in two dramas within the franchise. The first was the bonus track from the Masterpiece 05 CD, where all the idols switch with each other just before an interview recording. The second was a DLC scenario for SP where Chihaya switches with the Producer.
* FreudianSlip: From the new version of Danketsu:
--> '''YUKIHO''': I'm Hagiwara Yukiho, 17 years old. [[CharacterDevelopment I'm REALLY fond of boys.]] Ah, wait, I meant to say tea!
* FunWithAcronyms: The first MASTER ARTIST CD series has one hidden. If you look at the covers of the CD jackets of each album, every girl is saying something, most of them in English. If you put them in the correct order, they spell...
-->'''T'''o be (CD Finale)
-->'''H'''appy and (CD Finale)
-->'''E'''xciting! (CD Finale)
-->'''I''' Love you (Iori CD 8)
-->'''D'''ododo (Makoto CD 4)
-->'''O'''ui! (Chihaya CD 5)
-->'''L'''ucky! (Haruka CD 1)
-->'''M'''usic! (Azusa CD 7)
-->'''@'''! (Ritsuko CD 10)
-->'''S'''urprise (Miki CD 3)
-->'''T'''win! (Ami/Mami CD 6)
-->'''E'''at! (Yayoi CD 2)
-->'''R'''eally!? (Yukiho CD 9)
* FurBikini: A costume or two.
* GirlishPigtails
* GoingThroughTheMotions
* GottaCatchEmAll: There's over 100 idols on the mobile game ''THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls''.
* GratuitousEnglish: Quite a few of the songs. Geetah Solo, come on!
--> '''TAKANE:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZHrvy4fu1Q#t=37s Haro, mai neemu izu Takane. Hau oorudo aa yuu?]]
* HelloInsertNameHere: Your character is always referred to as "Producer" and its variants, except for Ami and Mami, who always call him "Nii-chan".
** [[spoiler: As you go further into some of the girls' routes, a few of them change the way they refer to the producer, such as Miki calling him [[GratuitousEnglish Hanii (Honey)]] or Takane's Anata-sama (Dear).]]
* ImageSong: Each girl has at least one song just for her.
* IntercourseWithYou: Agent Yoru wo Yuku was introduced in the First Vision games and deals with male prostitution, as was [[ObligatoryBondageSong I Want]], the song of a sadist.
** In general, the game versions of songs that can be inferred to be of a sexual nature are much vaguer about the topic than their extended, album-only full versions.
* {{Joshikousei}}: Most installments have a few. ''[=SideM=]'' puts in a couple of ''danshikousei'' for their spin on the trope.
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Some characters from the series work hard at being cute or deliberately play up their cuteness, such as Iori Minase from the original games, and Sachiko Koshimizu from ''Cinderella Girls''.
* KickTheDog: Kuroi in the anime continuity kicked a hard one when he sent {{Paparazzi}} to slander Chihaya with her DarkAndTroubledPast, traumatizing her for life and showing zero regret for it. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even the Jupiter trio do not approve]]. To some (and probably the Jupiter trio), this becomes a MoralEventHorizon, since the previous iterations of Kuroi were at best high-class {{Jerkass}}es and never tried traumatizing people for life.
* {{Level Up At Intimacy 5}}: Idols can draw on pleasant memories to boost their performance during the Audition stage.
* LuckyCharmsTitle: A ''@'' is used in place of the "a" in the "master" part of the name.
* MinigameGame: The lessons used to increase the idols' stats take the form of minigames.
* MoraleMechanic: Tension. At high tension the idol will perform better in auditions, gaining more points per appeal and being more likely to select a Good memory during a memory appeal; the opposite occurs at low tension. In addition, at low tension the idol has a chance to skip a week completely. Tension's equivalent in 2 is the Unit Status.
* MultipleEndings
* NoDamageRun: Some of the games provide a score bonus or other reward on completing a song with a full combo, though the amount of that bonus depends on the game itself.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Played straight until [[Videogame/TheIdolmaster2 THE iDOLM@STER 2]], in which everyone is one year older. None of the idols have aged since then, however. This is a side-effect of ComicBookTime being used throughout the series.
* ObligatoryBondageSong: I Want. The narrator of the song is a sadist, known in how they treat the person the song is directed to in the lyrics.
* OffModel: In the Live For You! [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]], near the beginning when all the idols walk away, there are two Mamis instead of an Ami and a Mami.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted trope. Within the mobile game spinoffs, many idols between them share first names. Notably, ''Cinderella Girls'', ''Million Live'' and ''[=SideM=]'' all have a character named "Nao" (Nao Kamiya, Nao Yokoyama and Nao Okamura in order, though only the first two share Japanese characters also), and the latter two games both have a "Tsubasa" in their respective game's main PowerTrio (Tsubasa Ibuki and Tsubasa Kashiwagi, same character).
* OnlySixFaces: All the girls are distinguishable only through their hair, eyes and body types. The face template for all of them is the same.
* PaletteSwap: Though an UnlimitedWardrobe might be available, many of the items in that wardrobe are the same outfit with a different color scheme. This sometimes gets combined with ColourCodedCharacters, with a singular outfit or accessory having a different color depending on the idol wearing it.
* PimpedOutDress: All the costumes with any kind of skirt would count.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Some of the outfits are pink. Iori's image color is pink, and she is shown to nearly always wear dresses and act very princess-like.
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: Creator/RieKugimiya as [[{{Tsundere}} Iori]], though since the role dates from 2005 it may be more accurate to say it was one of the roles that led to her being pigeonholed.
* PoorCommunicationKills: In this case, kill your chances of getting a Perfect Communication during jobs.
* PowerTrio: A major selling point of the game is the ability to mix and match any combination of three idols and decide who sings what lines, customizing the track to your liking.
** [[BlondeBrunetteRedhead Haruka, Miki, and Chihaya]] are frequently put together in non-canonical works, such as drama [=CDs=] and the OVA.
** Miki, Takane, and Hibiki, each specializing in a certain stat. Interestingly, in the PSP games, they form rival company 961Pro's unit "Project Fairy".
* PrettyInMink: A few of the outfits have fur trim.
* PunnyName / GoroawaseNumber:
** President Kuroi of 961 Production ("961" can be read as ''ku-ro-i'').
** The 765 in 765 Studios is pronounced "na-mu-ko", from "nana" (7), "mu" (6, for counters), and "go" (5, where "go" and "ko" are the same character, mostly). If you still don't get it, this is how Namco is pronounced in Japan. This reference can also be found in other works by Namco, the ''VideoGame/RidgeRacer'' and ''VideoGame/AceCombat'' series being good examples.
** Also, the DS game's 876 Production is read as "ban-na-mu", with "ban" (8) and then the "na-mu" part as above. "Bannamu" is a portmanteau of "Bandai Namco", and is indeed a common short form for it.
** Applies to the spinoffs' 346 Production ("mi-shi-ro", meaning "beautiful castle") and 315 Production ("sa-i-ko", meaning "ultimate") as well.
* RelationshipValues: The Affection and Intimacy values in 2, which show your relationship with the unit and the unit members' relationship with each other respectively. ''Starlight Stage'' also has an Affection value for each card, and this needs to be maxed in order to [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 convert it into its + form]]. Memories could also count as this.
* RuleOfCute: [[FridgeLogic How can the girls]] [[LuminescentBlush blush on cue]] during the stage performances? [[{{Moe}} Who cares!]]
* SexySantaDress: In ''Live For You''.
* SoundEffectsBleep: From the new version of Danketsu:
--> '''AMI''': I'm a little sister character! So my popularity with [[LoliconAndShotacon lo]][[PacMan *wakawaka*]] [[LampshadeHanging is]] [[TokenMiniMoe guaranteed]]!
* SuperTitle64Advance: '''D'''early '''S'''tars is for the Nintendo DS, and '''P'''latinum '''S'''tars is for the Playstation 4.
* TitleDrop: The highest Producer Rank in the original game (as well as in Starlight Stage). Later games added ranks above this such as True Idolmaster. In the true ending of ''SP'' [[spoiler:after the player character proclaims he'll stay a Producer rather than become the new president he says he'd also like to be known as the Idolmaster.]]
* UnlimitedWardrobe
** LimitedWardrobe: A rare case where both apply. With the amount of DLC out there's almost no end to the clothes the girls can wear on stage. But in the in-game communications they are always using the same set, the only difference being that it changes between Summer and Winter.
* VideoGameCaringPotential
* VirtualPaperDoll
* WhoWritesThisCrap: from the new version of Danketsu:
--> '''RITSUKO:''' Eh? You want me to be an idol? I guess... if I could just be your very own idol, then... Wait, why do I have to say such embarrassing lines?!
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Of the original 765PRO ALLSTARS, Chihaya. The mobile games have quite a number of exotic hair colours.
* YouLoseAtZeroTrust: In some games, having a low amount of memories can make the difficulty of lives, auditions and ''especially'' festivals range from simply hard to nigh-{{Unwinnable}}.
* ZettaiRyouiki: A few of the costumes.

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* AlternateRealityGame: Touched on this in the arcade version: if you enter your cellphone number into your account, your idol will periodically send you text messages.
** Averted in the 360 game where your idol sends you texts to an in-game cellphone.
* DyeHard: Miki is an InUniverse example.[[spoiler: Her hair color is actually brown, and it's only revealed in her alternate route as Kakusei Miki.]]
* EndlessGame: It's impossible to "win" in the arcade game, per se... the goal is to keep your idol's career alive for as long as possible. In the Xbox version, you "win" if you last a year.
* ImportantHaircut: During one path of her character storyline, [[spoiler:Miki cuts her hair and stops dying it blonde]].
* IntercourseWithYou: Agent Yoru wo Yuku
* PantyShot: Having low dancing skill may cause your idol to trip herself during the show. Combine it with costumes with skirts to get this trope.
* ScoringPoints: The number of fans your idol has.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: [[spoiler:In the alternate Miki route, after she knows that the unit will be disbanded, she is surprised. Days later, she shows up having forgotten the memories between her and the Producer.]]

[[folder:'''The iDOLM@STER SP''']]
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: While very possible to do by yourself, it's also probably one of the reasons why 961 has the three idols it has - in fact, it's an odd case where the "redhead" of the trio is actually blonde, considering Takane's silver locks. [[spoiler: Unless, of course, you count Miki's hairstyle from after she stops dying it, which is probably closer to being red....]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The Perfect Sun girls (Makoto, Haruka, Yayoi and Hibiki) are red, the Wandering Star girls (Takane, Ami, Mami, Iori and Yukiho) are yellow, and the Missing Moon girls (Azusa, Chihaya, Miki and Ritsuko) are blue. This color code was also used in the mobile games, although changing the name of each category.
* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler: Why did Miki switch from 765 Pro to 961 Pro? Because President Takagi ate her onigiri.]]
* LoverTugOfWar: The Producer is the victim of this in Azusa's ending, with her and Miki on each side.

[[folder:'''The iDOLM@STER DS''']]
* BeachEpisode: Ryo's story features a chapter at the beach, where the 876 idols have a photoshoot.
** It does lead to a HotSpringsEpisode when Ryo needs a break from posing in the feminine swimsuit.
* ButtMonkey: Ryo's motivation for becoming an idol in the first place is to shed his girlyboy image and become more popular with the ladies. Naturally, [[DraggedIntoDrag his producer chooses to parade him onstage in a pink dress.]]
* ClarkKenting: Ryo's "disguise" consists of boob pads, make-up, and the removal of his glasses.
* NoIndoorVoice: Ai Hidaka.
* StacysMom: Ai becomes a victim of this. Her mother, an ex-idol herself, becomes nostalgic for the glory days when Ai makes it big and decides to make a comeback. Ai is shortly overshadowed in the public eye by her still incredibly hot mom.
* SuperTitle64Advance: The Idolm@ster Dearly Stars is for the Nintendo DS.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Ryo

[[folder:'''The iDOLM@STER One For All''']]
* AscendedExtra: Most of the opponents that you run into during rank-up festivals are cameo characters, some with models (Ai, Eri and Ryo from ''Dearly Stars'' and Touma, Hokuto and Shouta from ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster2''), others {{in name only}} (Cineria, Yumeko[[note]]She's actually named something different, "Dreamy Girl", which is close to the meaning of Yumeko in English, "dream child"[[/note]] and [[spoiler:riola]] also from ''Dearly Stars'', and Hikari, Tsubomi and Nozomi from [[MythologyGag episode 10]] of [[{{Anime/TheIdolmaster}} the anime]]).
** The New Generation trio (Uzuki Shimamura, Rin Shibuya and Mio Honda), Kaede Takagaki, [[MrImagination Ranko Kanzaki]] and [[{{Hikikomori}} Anzu Futaba]] are [=DLC=] rivals from the ''Cinderella Girls'' mobile game and Shizuka Mogami, Tsubasa Ibuki, Mirai Kasuga, Nao Yokoyama and Serika Hakozaki from ''Million Live'' were released as DLC rivals.
* EveryoneHasASpecialMove: Each of the idols gets a unique burst skill of her own which triggers either during or after a burst appeal is performed.
* SkillScoresAndPerks: This game introduced a skill board for each producible idol, with differing stats and distributions for each idol, but all of them get access to trio memory appeals and trio [[LimitBreak burst appeals]], and each idol has [[EveryoneHasASpecialMove her own unique burst skill]].
* SliceOfLife: When compared to [[{{VideoGame/TheIdolmaster2}} its direct predecessor,]] the game has a higher emphasis on the girls' day-to-day life and how they interact with each other.

[[folder:'''The iDOLM@STER Platinum Stars''']]
%% * Antepiece: Some songs have a button pattern that repeats later on at a faster pace, such as Bokutachi no Resistance on MASTER.
* MetaMultiplayer: Leaderboards are maintained for the highest scores on each song.
* RhythmGame: Though the entire series has had rhythm-game-styled elements about it, ''Platinum Stars'' more closely resembles other rhythm games, with a setup that involves button patterns flying to a central, fixed point on-screen.
* UncannyValleyMakeup: Getting a low score on the cosmetics lesson results in the idol who took it wearing makeup that looks... almost stenciled on.

[[folder:'''The iDOLM@STER Stella Stage''']]
* MythologyGag: There are six major titles the player can compete for. Of those, four appeared in previous games (Idol Ultimate from ''SP'', Idol Academy from ''2'', Star of Festa from ''Shiny Festa'', Idol Extreme from ''Platinum Stars'').
* RhythmGame: The live gameplay is carried over from ''Platinum Stars''.
* SkillScoresAndPerks: The Coaching board, which contains both idol skill bonuses as well as costume and song unlocks.