Characters / THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls
aka: The Idolmaster-Cinderella Girls

Characters originating from THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls. Originally a mobile device card game, it contains the largest iM@S cast: over 180 exclusive characters and growing. The property successfully expanded into other merchandise markets, foremost being Drama CD, Manga, and Image Song multimedia. Should not be confused with the other iM@S mobile game, which would be Dueling Games if they weren't from the same company.

Character Sheets

Idols of 346-Pro:

The playable Idols from the original Cinderella Girls mobile game, as well as the Starlight Stage rhythm game:

     Tropes pertaining to the 346-Pro Idols in General 

Cinderella Girls provides examples of:

  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Some might call it fanservice.
  • All There in the Manual: You have to listen to their drama CD's or read the manga series, to get important information about the characters.
  • Always Someone Better: At its height 346 Pro is larger and wealthier than 765 Pro. It not only supports four times the idols, but also an entertainment empire that controls its own movie studio, television station, broadcast radio, magazine publisher, and similar assets. It's less a talent agency and more a media conglomerate. This carries over into the anime, where we're show just how massive the company grounds is, especially compared to the shabby office block that 765 Pro rents.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: They boost an idol's performance and various card stats.
  • Art Evolution: Newer card illustrations are drawn better or with more complexity.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Musical stage battle idol style!
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Certain cards were designed to be used together for a Set Bonus. While this feature seems awesome on paper, the Metagame can make it a suboptimal choice.
  • Bonus Boss: Random rival battles. However you will need to be at least in certain areas around Japan to face them.
  • Bonus Stage Collectables: Beat the rival and she joins your studio (i.e. becomes a usable card).
  • Canon Welding: Rin's appearance at the end of the Beyond the Brilliant Future! movie establish that Cinderella Girls shares the same continuity as both the original Idolmaster and Million Live.
  • Card Battle Game
  • Clark Kenting: The idols resort to this after becoming successful, to hide from the paparazzi and avoid generating crowds when not doing work related stuff. Several card illustrations focus on what they look like when disguised as such.
  • Continuity Overlap: Both the anime and the manga that came before it establish that Cinderella Girls is set sometime after the Beyond the Brilliant Future! movie.
  • Costume Porn: Up to Eleven. It's been said Namco Bandai once hired fashion designers as advisers and it really shows.
  • Crossover: The original 765 Pro are featured in Cinderella Girls as already successful sempai the cast hopes to emulate. However the original idols are used very sparingly (limited edition or special event promotionals) and not eligable for vote during popularity polls. They're in Cinderella Girls, but techincally not considered among their official ranks.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: 3 girls from the sixth batch of CG idols (26-30) were confirmed in an animated PV for Onegai Cinderella. From the Cool side we get Nao and Karen and from Passion, Syoko. Nina and Momoka were apparently replaced with Yuko and Sae. Certain cards belonging to Chieri and Koume had their voices patched in before their CDs were released.
  • Free-Range Children: Not just all across Japan, but the entire world. The Producer sometimes travels along, but it's impossible for him to keep an eye on all of them at once. Some of the adult idols babysit as Cool Big Sis and Team Mom.
  • Genre Roulette: The songs introduced in/for this spinoff encompass a genre range much larger than that of the other series branches.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Well over 100 idols and all of them have card variants.
  • Hollywood Dateless: How this many beautiful girls and women are having trouble finding boyfriends or husbands. Averted once they become successful idols, upon which they have thousands of devoted male fans, but the only man the idol wants at this point is the Producer.
  • 100% Completion: Exploited. Entirely new idols, variant cards, and upgraded cards are added at regular intervals.
  • Idol Singer: Goes without saying.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: A frequent happening during the Drama CD skits.
  • Job Title: The idols seek to become a Cinderella Girl: the title given to the most popular idol in the world. The Producer is obviously the Idolmaster.
  • Joshikousei: Too many to list.
  • Kimono Fan Service: Again, too many idols to list.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Started with 100 idols. Reached around 180 as of late 2013 and broke the 200 barrier in 2014. The roster grows at least 30 idols each year.
  • Meaningful Name: The name of the Cinderella Girls agency is 346 Production (346 Pro for short). It's pronounced "Mishiro," which translates into "beautiful castle". The main office of 346 Pro is portrayed as a massive historic building with luxurious palace interiors. In addition when the numbers for 765 Pro and 346 Pro are added together, it totals up to 1111. This is a reference for the All For One spinoff.
  • Merchandise-Driven:
    • It's probably easier to list what doesn't get merchandised. The official company stance is, "anything not made to intentionally harm." Therefore you won't see products packaged as Cinderella Girls weaponry or insecticide. However everything else from food to clothing to toys to pet supplies are perfectly valid and do exist.
    • In-universe within the anime there isn't a store window, billboard, magazine cover, subway car, television set, public bus, utility pole, etc. without a 346 Pro or 765 Pro idol somehow shown on them. The idol craze is taken to lavish extreme, and the general public worships them for every entertainment need.
  • Metagame: Shifts seem to occur once every four to six months.
  • Microtransactions: A major source of revenue for the game makers.
  • Mobile Phone Game: The series began as one and continues to release newer additions in the same media.
  • Music for Courage: The idols repeatedly sing songs of these nature.
  • Power Creep: Was pretty much inevitable, given the game format.
  • Power Equals Rarity: Holds true for the most part, but players have the ability to subvert this if they're willing to undergo Level Grinding.
  • The Power of Friendship: Storyline cornerstone of character interaction in iM@S.
  • The Power of Love: An idol's affection has a factor in the game. Many of them fall for the producer, whether they be older, younger, or teenage.
  • Promotional Powerless Piece of Garbage: Such cards exist.
  • Reused Character Design: Several girls use similar, sometimes exact, themes in their character design. Some are even based on iM@S voice actress or inside jokes about the franchise. It's rumored Cinderella Girls incorporated rejected or unused development artwork from the original iDOLM@STER.
  • Sailor Fuku: Many of them are wearing this, weather as regular attire or something else.
  • Schrödinger's Gun: Personality details and character quirks of the idols.
  • Significant Birthdate: Using the Gregorian calendar, no two idols share the same birthday except for twins. Using this system, Namco Bandai is probably aiming for 366 heroines, meaning everyday would be an idol's birthday. At present the average is every other day is an idol's birthday.
  • There Are No Therapists: Quite a number of the idols should get professional counseling for their personality quirks.
  • Token Minority: Dozens of idol are not Japanese nationals. The majority of these are American and European, but there are Brazilian, Chinese, and Korean idols too. However the series still lacks an idol of African decent or from the African continent, even when considering the Ambiguously Brown girls. Anastasia and Frederica Miyamoto are automatically this for the Master Collection Idols, thus so far being the only non-Japanese girls to earn the honor.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The less popular or unimaginative idols tend to be abandoned and forgotten by Namco Bandai and game fans (i.e. don't get updated cards). Fridge Horror if one interprets this to mean the Producer could not make her career successful and the idol's dream never comes true.

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Alternative Title(s): The Idolmaster-Cinderella Girls