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A wildly popular trope in fiction about JapanesePopMusic is the "Idol Singer" -- a teenage or early twenty-something ([[ChristmasCake NEVER over 25]]) female performer, chosen for her [[{{Kawaisa}} cute and attractive image]] and [[NiceGirl sunny personality]] more than for her actual singing ability (though having ''actual'' talent underneath is not completely out of the rule). Idol Singers are recruited by multi-level audition processes, manufactured and managed by Japanese media companies, and [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness ruthlessly discarded]] after a few years of cranking out formulaic hits. Sometimes, idol singers don't actually sing (like Music/MilliVanilli). Originally they were supposed to be [[PurityPersonified pure and innocent]], and her [[ContractualPurity contract could well include]] an article of her not being allowed to have a boyfriend. Although in modern times there's a lot more diversity in how idols are presented, several such aspects of the industry still remain.

Naturally, every Japanese schoolgirl dreams of becoming one. Those who used to be one are often {{Broken Bird}}s.

Thanks to the Creator/DisneyChannel, ''Series/AmericanIdol'', and ''TheXFactor'', this trope is also prevalent in the West, where it often overlaps with the TeenIdol.

If she's a villain in a {{Superhero}} or MagicIdolSinger show, she's an EvilDiva. Do not confuse with the singer Music/BillyIdol.

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* The main characters of ''Manga/AKB49RenaiKinshiJourei'' are training to be idol singers, and the group which they are part of, [[Music/AKB48 AKB48]], exists in real life.
* Similar to the above is ''Anime/AKB0048'' which is set in a sci-fi future where the main characters are AKB's 77th generation of trainees. The entire soundtrack is made up of Music/AKB48 songs, and the fictional idols use the real dance moves that correspond to each song.
* When Tomo from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' gives up on attaining the look of anime character [[Franchise/LupinIII Fujiko Mine]], she settles for setting her sights on looking like RealLife idols [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryoko_Hirosue Ryoko Hirosue]] (in the manga) or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayumi_Hamasaki Ayumi "Ayu" Hamasaki]] (in the anime).
* Idol singer trio Eclipse in ''Anime/{{Basquash}}''.
* Ayumu in ''Anime/BestStudentCouncil'' is scouted to become one. Shame that didn't work out for her.
%%* Ming-Ming from ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}''.
* In ''Bubblegum Crash'' (much-maligned sequel to the iconic 80's cyberpunk classic ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'') Priss, a successful rock singer, is offered a recording contract by a major label, and [[TakeThisJobAndShoveIt rejects it in no uncertain terms]] when she discovers they want to turn her into an idol singer.
* ''Manga/CastleTownDandelion'' has two: Sachiko "Sacchan" Yonezawa, who worked from the bottom up and hence has PluckyGirl streaks and a cynical worldview, and Hikari Sakurada, a very talented {{Modest|Royalty}} princess who used OvernightAgeUp to enter the business, originally as a mean for a [[ElectiveMonarchy kingship election]] but eventually find herself enjoying the job on its own.
* ''Anime/ChancePopSession'' is about three girls who attempt to become pop idols.
%%* ''Manga/CharismaDoll''.
%%* Nagisa Shiratori from ''Anime/ChouKuseNiNarisou''.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** Misa Amane is not only a famous actress, but this as well.
** A young man by the name of Hideki Ryuuga, who is much beloved by [[{{Fangirl}} Sayu]], and appears with Misa in a film or TV series.
* Harada from ''Anime/DeathParade'' is a male example. He was a part of an idol group and was Mayu's favorite singer. Harada was killed [[spoiler:by a bomb sent by the sister of an ex who commited suicide after he broke up with her]].
* Maria Wong from ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'' is a very popular idol who's slated to perform in Nagasaki by the time Tsuzuki and Hisoka start their partnership. [[spoiler:She's also an incredibly tragic example, as her mother's FinancialAbuse drives her to commit suicide in despair, and then to ComeBackWrong thanks to DeadlyDoctor Muraki...]]
* Yoko Okino from ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' is a slightly older example, as well as Kogoro's main contact in entertainment industry. She also used to be in an all-girls band with her friends Kaoru, Terumi and Yuki, who get featured in an case alongside her.
** An episode featured an idol singer named Risa Purple with her trademark purple hair. Ran cosplays her at her concert - and ends up getting kidnapped in her place.
* Hikaru "Rabi~en~Rose" Usada from ''Anime/DiGiCharat'' is methodically working her way to being an idol.
* From ''Anime/DogDays'', we have bright pink [[LittleBitBeastly dog girl]] Millhiore Filianno Biscotti. [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses She is also a princess in a fantasy-esque setting]], which makes it kind of weird when she's singing in [[SchizoTech a modern concert stage while in a medieval city.]] Bonus points for being voice by Creator/YuiHorie.
* The Excel Girls (the two women who sing the intro, not the main characters) in ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' are shown trying to get their big break by singing the theme song.
* Parsely from ''Anime/{{EL}}'' is the most popular among a stable of idol singers in the last surviving human city on Earth. Among the ranks is at the very least one EvilDiva, Reiko.
* Another [[RareMaleExample male example]] in ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'', but the manga adaptation [[{{Deconstruction}} explores it a bit]]; they don't shy away from the point that the boys, first and foremost, are ''people'' rather than performers or objects to ogle at.
* The title character of ''Manga/FutabaKunChange''. It's funny, once you remember the main [[GenderBender quirk]] of Futaba...
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' has Tsu Terakado.
** Otsuu-chan: ''"Where the hell is your mother from!?"''.
* Luca of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' is one. It seems that she followed this path to help pay off a large debt she had.
** Earlier in the story, Hinagiku showed that she had the ability to be one, including the singing ability, but has apparently chosen not to follow this path.
* [[GenkiGirl Iijima]] [[KansaiRegionalAccent Kiiro]] is in the middle of a "very important concert" when she gets attacked in the first ''[[Anime/{{Iczer}} Iczelion]]'' OAV.
* ''IdolAngelsWelcomeYouko''. Just what the title says. The series aim was to push Mika Kanai's singing career.
* ''IdolDensetsuEriko'' (usually translated as "''Legendary Idol Eriko''") has... well, ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Eriko also has an idol rival, Rei Asagiri. The series is based on the life of idol [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eriko_Tamura Eriko Tamura]], known to non-Japanese audiences as [[LadyOfWar Princess Yaeko]] in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* ''Anime/IdolProject'' takes things even further, having the universe run by an idol. The whole story is about a contest to decide what idol is fit to take over the Ruler Of The Universe place.
* ''LightNovel/IdolDefenseForceHummingbird'' parodies the concept a bit. Because the Japanese SDF has financial troubles, they hire an idol group as cash cow. The parody backfired when said idol group became more popular in RealLife than the [[MisaimedFandom show itself]].
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' has Quite obviously a whole bunch of them, not only the girls on the 765PRO. Need to say anything else?
* In a bizarre variation, ''Anime/IdolmasterXenoglossia'' has a girl trying out to become an Idol Singer, only to discover that it's a front for an organization that pilots HumongousMecha...''called'' Idols, and gratuitous musical and stage terms are used in conjunction with piloting the previously-mentioned mecha.
** The original video game series released for arcade and [=XBox 360=] actually ''is'' about Idol Singers, with players as [[RaisingSim managers]] who have to help their chosen character achieve stardom through minigames and competitive online auditions.
* Male example: Kuga Jin from ''Manga/KamichamaKarin''.
* Kurama from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss''. He uses the gimmick that he's a fallen angel from Heaven to partially cover up the fact he isn't human but a Tengu.
* Corona, a QuirkyMinibossSquad member from ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko''. It's revealed in her past that she [[spoiler:suffered sexual abuse and tons of failure]], thus entering her into BrokenBird and then EvilDiva territory. [[spoiler: In her next life, she's again an idol but is doing better.]]
* Key, Miho, and Beniko, from ''Anime/KeyTheMetalIdol'', which also uses the their plights to deconstruct the trope.
%%* Ringo in ''Manga/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer''.
* Pretty much the entire cast of ''Manga/KirarinRevolution'', which is a show about a girl aiming to be an idol. The voice of the titular main character is Koharu Kusumi, a real idol from ''Music/HelloProject''.
* ''LightNovel/IsThisAZombie'': The Lovely Kira (Sarasvati), who is confronted by her suboridnate Seraphim on her [[HighlyVisibleNinja stealth]] who inadverntly gets dragged into to becoming one. Then, [[AttentionWhore Haruna]] gets jealous and steals the show. Finally [[spoiler:Yuu]] joins in as well thanks to Ariel and Ayumu.
* In the anime of ''Manga/LoveHina'', Naru becomes an idol singer, then [[CelebrityIsOverrated fears a scandal and gives it up]]; before she does, though, Motoko and Shinobu are also discovered and recruited into a brief recording career as a duo called "Blade and Blossom".
* The ''Franchise/LoveLive'' franchise is about a group of girls who form an idol group. However, there's emphasis on the fact that they're "school idols" (female students who sing and dance to promote their school; in this case, the girls are trying to prevent their school from shutting down), not professional celebrities signed on to a company.
* Kirari from ''Manga/LoveLucky''. The main challenge she and her husband Fuuta face throughout the series is [[SecretRelationship in balancing their private married life with the life of her pop idol persona.]]
* Numerous characters from the various ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' series, in which Idol Singers are frequently the key to saving the day.
** Lynn Minmay from ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' (as well as the {{Macekre}}d ''{{Anime/Robotech}}''), whose songs were used as a shorthand for the cultural pollution of the Zentraedi by human culture.
** Sharon Apple, the [[AIIsACrapshoot virtual idol]] from ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' (who managed the rare feat of being ''both'' an IdolSinger ''and'' the resident BigBad). Also, female lead Myung Fan Long was in her way to become an IdolSinger, but due to a traumatic past she abandoned her dream, becoming Sharon's creator.
** Sheryl Nome and aspiring IdolSinger Ranka Lee from ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' carry on the tradition, as well as forming two of the three sides of the inevitable LoveTriangle. The show {{deconstruct|ion}}s the concept by showing just how easily such a singer can be replaced once the substitute is found, and how painful such a process is to the one discarded - the true power lies with the people behind the scenes [[spoiler:like Grace]]. Then [[SpaceWhaleAesop magically]] [[{{Reconstruction}} reconstructs it]] by the IdolSinger pair proving crucial to the plot and finally [[spoiler:uniting to defeat Grace]].
** Averted by ''Anime/Macross7''[='s=] female lead Mylene Jenius, who's instead the bassist and backup vocalist for rock band Fire Bomber. However, this trope is parodied by the female members of Jamming Birds, a military-manufactured pop group whose efforts to emulate Fire Bomber's success against the enemy fail... because [[TakeThat they're singing songs from]] ''Anime/MacrossII''.
** Also averted in ''Anime/MacrossZero'', where the local singers are shrine maidens rather than idols.
** ''Anime/MacrossDelta'' features the "Tactical Sound Unit" Walkure, an idol group of the type popular in contemporary Japan. They're deployed by the military to use their music to counter the [[HatePlague Var Syndrome]].
** In the non-canon ''Anime/MacrossII'', the UN Spacy have actively weaponized idol singers, who are now the main line of defense against invading Zentraedi fleets. This strategy stops working when the Mardook counteract it with their own singing.
* ''Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami'' is the MagicalGirl version. Notable also for the fact that the show was a vehicle to build up the idol career of Mami's voice actress, Takako Oota. ''Creamy Mami'' was her debut as both, VA and singer.
* Mino Shinohara, the main character of ''Anime/MagicalStageFancyLala''.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', some of the girls in Mahora have a music band named ''Dekopin Rocket''. [[ShrinkingViolet Ako]] [[IronWoobie Izumi]] is a member (more exactly, the bassist), and her ADayInTheLimelight episode centers around their debut.
* An episode of ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' is devoted to this concept (and [[AffectionateParody poking fun at]] ''Anime/{{Macross}}'') when Nergal, looking to promote the most manipulable ditz they could find, decides to hold a beauty/talent competition to select a new Captain. Most of the higher-rated contestants sing idol-style although not, oddly, Music/MegumiHayashibara's {{expy}}.
* ''Anime/MekakucityActors'': "Kisaragi Momo, age 16! Occupation, idol!". Played with; Momo herself doesn't think she's all that good at singing, or special in any way really, but her [[MagicalEye eye-power (Captivating Eyes)]] makes people flock to her whether she wants it or not, and scored her a record deal; she only agreed in the first place because her family was in a rough spot. The nation-wide recognition she now has at age 16 is the source of her conflict, and the subject of her ImageSong, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuNI4ts3agM Kisaragi Attention]]''.
* ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' has MagicalGirlWarrior types of {{Magical Girl}}s dressed as idol singers that use their singing as attacks.
* Mink Shiraishi, Kanoka Moriyama, and Mahoko Toriumi from ''Manga/{{Mink}}'' (''Cyber Idol Mink'' in Japan) all fit this image well. Thanks to the futuristic software WANNA-BE, they can transform into singing sensations with just a voice command to their fashionable cell phones.
* Lacus Clyne from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' starts ([[ObfuscatingStupidity or appears to start]]) as a naïve and sheltered idol singer who later is forced to grow up and become a resistance leader. When she goes into a more secluded life in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', her influence on people is SO strong that TheChessmaster Gilbert Dullindal hand-picks her biggest fan, a NaiveEverygirl named Meer Campbell, to have the epitome of a makeover and replace her. [[spoiler:All ends up tragically when Meer, who's struggling with [[BecomingTheMask the identity issues she gained during her trials]], ultimately [[TakingTheBullet dies]] in an HeroicSacrifice to save Lacus' life.]]
* Lunar Edomae in ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid''. For as much popularity as she has, she's a bit of a BitchInSheepsClothing and tries to enforce a MistressAndServantBoy relationship with Nagasumi.
* Milan Himemiya, vocalist of the Chocolate Rockers, in ''LightNovel/NogizakaHarukaNoHimitsu''. She was a background element for most of the show's run, but finally appeared in person in episode six of ''Purezza''.
* One of the two leads of {{Yuri}} manga ''Manga/{{Octave}}'' is a former member of a four-girl idol group that didn't catch on, leaving her washed up in Tokyo at an age when her former classmates back home have not yet graduated from high school.
* Onpu Segawa from ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'', already a seasoned and talented performer when she's introduced.
* The same can be said about Kurusu Kanako, a.k.a. Kanakana-chan, from ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}''. Despite being tricked into performing, she still enjoyed the attention and even performs afterwards.
* ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'':
** Totoko tries to become an idol singer as an adult. She uses a fish theme as her main gimmick, and even wears a fish costume made out of actual fish. It's later revealed that her idol career isn't really going anywhere at all.
** The Matsuno sextuplets tried to reinvent themselves as {{Magic Idol Singer}}s in the first episode to appeal to modern day viewers. Choromatsu in particular is an idol {{otaku}} who is a big fan of Nyaa Hashimoto.
** Nyaa Hashimoto is a cat themed idol with pink hair who dresses as a {{cat girl}}. She actually has an [[NiceCharacterMeanActor unpleasant personality]] when not performing.
* Deconstructed in ''Anime/PerfectBlue''. Mima is an idol singer who attempts a shift into serious acting. [[UnpleasableFanbase Her fans are not thrilled]] with this decision. [[FromBadToWorse Things promptly go to hell]].
* The anime-only Showcases in the Kalos arc of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' are heavily based on idols and are similar to Contests from previous arcs. Serena and Shauna are Performers in the anime.
** Way back in the Johto arc, there was a girl named Brittany who sang on stage with her two Igglybuff. Bonus points for being voiced by Creator/YuiHorie and being named after singers in [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chihiro_Yonekura Japan]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Britney_Spears America]].
* [[TheAce Lack-Two]]'s girlfriend in ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'' is Yancy, an IdolSinger [[spoiler:he breaks up with because she thinks their relation is detrimental to her career.]]
* Masakazu Katsura's ''PresentFromLemon'' has a male example. Lead character Lemon Sakaguchi wants to become an idol like his DisappearedDad Momojirou, an ''enka'' singer who pretty much [[FatalMethodActing died on-stage]].
* Utae Sonokoe from ''LightNovel/{{R 15}}'' is the Genius Idol Singer.
* Noa Kashima from ''LightNovel/RailWars''.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' examples:
** Minako, depending on the medium: in the anime she dreams of becoming one; in the [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live action]] she already is one; and in the manga she used to dream of becoming one back in [[Manga/CodenameSailorV her solo series]], before [[WhamEpisode the events of the finale]] made her realize [[MarriedToTheJob she'd always put her mission over everything else]].
** Rei tried her hand at being one in the [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live-action series]] twice, first when Minako effectively ''forced'' her to and later to get Minako back to her senses through her competitiveness.
** Mimete of the Witches 5 (anime and manga) and Kuroki Mio (live-action series) are two villainous examples.
** ''Sailor Moon Stars'' also had the Three Lights, a BoyBand consisting of [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Bad Boy]] Seiya, [[{{Bishonen}} Pretty Boy]] Yaten, and SmartGuy Taiki. In reality, they were actually women disguised as men (crossdressers in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], and {{gender bender}}s in the 90s anime).
** Finally, many of the enemies in ''Manga/CodenameSailorV'' use idol acts as their disguise. The series also has Ace, a male idol and Minako's true love, who [[spoiler:reveals himself as Danburite, the BigBad, and gets killed by Minako when he won't stand down]].
* Though she denies it, the classmates of Umino Masachika (from ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'') correctly believe that she is the daughter of a male Idol of the same name. Her father was a famous TV Actor and musician, and his songs are used for popular commercial jingles.
* Tsubasa and Kanade from ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear''. Though the latter was [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal in the first episode.]]
* Male example, Sho from ''Manga/SkipBeat'' is ranked as one of Japan's top ten most popular entertainers.
* After ''Radio Bodhisattvon'' ended in ''Manga/SoreGaSeiyuu'', Kaibara signed on Futaba, Ichigo and Rin as a voice actress idol unit called ''EARPHONES''. Aside from that, several of the voice actor cameos throughout the show are current or former idols.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. In conjunction with the premiere of the second movie, Gainax released a CD and music video of Yoko singing and dancing around in {{Fanservice}}-y costumes. Reportedly, they've got one with Nia in the works, too.
* Run from ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' becomes one around midway through the story.
* ''ToY''. Much of the story focuses on several tries to persuade the main character into a career as an idol. His biggest rival is one himself, with the whole series having a hostile outlook on the idol phenomenon.
* Primera the fairy from Magic Knights Rayearth appears as one in an early arc of ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle''.
* In ''Anime/ValvraveTheLiberator'', Saki was one. She's definitely the BrokenBird style cynical portrayal of this trope - she got into it to escape her AbusiveParents, and it's implied that she was also abused by her producers quite a lot. Specifically, [[spoiler: the infamous unusual HorrorHunger attack late in the first season wasn't the first time she's been a victim of [[RapeAsDrama that sort of thing]].]] And if she can still remember all of her lines from the movie she starred in back then...
%%* ''Anime/WandabaStyle''.
* ''VisualNovel/WhiteAlbum'' revolves around a girl becoming an IdolSinger and the strain this puts on her boyfriend. It portrays the entire situation as very carefully controlled and managed.
* Kanon in ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows''. An emphasis regarding her advertising is that she's trying to return to the pure image of past idols, avoiding the present-day sexualization of the role.
* Urara from ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' and Makoto from ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure''.
* Asuka on ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' defies this trope. Everyone around her from her brother to her teachers wants her to become an idol singer -- everyone except her.
%%* Megumi Oumi from ''Manga/ZatchBell''.
* Male example: Kouji Nanjo of ''Manga/{{Zetsuai1989}}'' is a VERY popular VisualKei singer and a huge BrokenAce.
* The ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'' anime has three girls becoming a pop star sensation and performing together as the group ''Sho-Roku-Tai''. [[spoiler: One of them is the protagonist, Sana Kurata, since this takes places after the ''Kodomo No Omocha'' ShowWithinAShow has been cancelled. The other two girls are Mayu Toita, who considers herself as TheRival to Sana, and TheQuietOne Ayano Hanamaru.]]
* The boys of ''Anime/HighSchoolStarMusical'' are going to a music-oriented school that serves as a stepping stone to help people wanting to be this get their career started, much like in ''VideoGame/UtaNoPrinceSama.''
* ''Anime/WakeUpGirls'' is about seven girls who make up the titular group as they aim to become famous. This anime is notable for being more realistic and cynical than most series about idols, as it clearly shows all the struggles idols have to go through to make it to the top.
* ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' has a recurring idol group named "Next Harmeowny". Jibanyan is obsessed with them. Thanks to the franchises [[CashCowFranchise extreme popularity]] the group has been [[{{defictionalization}} defictionalized]].
* {{Deconstructed}} in one ''Manga/CityHunter'' story arc where Ryo has to be the bodyguard of a young idol: the villain is a LoonyFan who wants her to retire or will 'protect her innocence' that has already thrown acid in the face of another idol, the "normal" fan are so insane she can't let herself be recognized in public or they'll ''give chase to show their love, trampling anyone in the way'', and has a problem with paparazzi trying to cause scandals (with at least one snapping pictures of her ''while she's undressing''. While spying he had seen she stuffed her bra, so...).
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[[folder:Blogs]]
* ''Blog/SERA00'' features a very large group of idol singers, based on Music/AKB48.
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* The ComicBook/XMen's ComicBook/{{Dazzler}}, after a long period of [[DemotedToExtra effective non-existence]] in the Marvel Universe, now serves as an in-universe spokesperson for the team thanks to her celebrity status as a former disco/pop/trance sensation. Her concerts are still considered wildly popular and she even has a protege, in the form of new X-Man [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Pixie]].
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* The Creator/DisneyChannel original movie ''Pixel Perfect'' revolved around a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots hologram]] created by a band who needed a singer. She is, well, a perfect singer and dancer. Not to forget drop dead beautiful.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'''s author, Jean Grill, calls Troubadours the 'rock stars of the 12th century' and ladies such as Estela and Briez dream of becoming them.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Creator/DisneyChannel's been doing this with many of their [[TeenIdol teen and child stars]] (particularly their female ones, although a growing number of the males are getting this as well- the main examples being Music/TheJonasBrothers and RossLynch), hoping to cash in on them as much as possible before they hit their twenties.
* Nanami in ''Series/NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger'', who once had an EnemyMine moment with Furabijou. Nanami did go onto become a successful ninja/idol singer, as evidenced a few years down the line in ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger vs. Franchise/SuperSentai''. Although in a double subversion, IdolSinger IS a cover for her duty as a ninja, but Nanami clearly enjoys being an IdolSinger on her own.
** Nanami's direct counterpart in Power Rangers was made a surfer, but Kira in the following season, ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', went through her trials and achieved a degree of success as well.
*** in the [[Series/PowerRangersSPD season]] after ''that'', Syd is (was?, will be?) one, and cites Kira as her inspiration.
** ''Sentai'' took idol singing to its wackiest in ''Go-onger'' with Saki, Miu and Kegalesia forming an idol group to defeat a MonsterOfTheWeek that reacted to music.
** Not to outdo itself, the G3 Princesses were succeeded by the G5 Princes, the Go-on boys forming their own idol group. With spotlights and glitter and cheesy outfits.
** In ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman'', the initially tomboyish Ako was revealed to have become an IdolSinger in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.
** Subversion: in ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'', Ranru had previously trained as an idol but gave up because she wanted to be a mechanic.
** In ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', Candelira performs as an Idol Singer in human form (played by her voice actress, real-life singer Haruka Tomatsu.) Explained in-universe that she is impersonating a real singer whose appearance she can imitate. Mikoto "Meeko" from the ''Gaburincho of Music'' movie was also an idol singer, which was actually an important part of the plot.
* {{Nickelodeon}} was late to the party. They also don't push as hard to sell actresses as idol singers, leading to multiple aversions from actors who don't sign up with Nick's record label partner, Columbia Records.
** PlayedStraight:
*** Their first real attempt to create an IdolSinger is MirandaCosgrove from ''Series/{{iCarly}}''. They built an entire episode around a plot dedicated to having Carly sing Miranda's single Shakespeare. It has been reasonably successful, as Miranda has been on multiple well attended tours and achieved reasonable record sales. Her most recent tour was sold out across the country until a bus accident cut the tour short.
*** Music/VictoriaJustice had ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' built around her as a singing platform for her Idol Singer role and pushed hard. They brought out a ''Series/{{Victorious}}'' soundtrack. Her first live performance was in the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.
** [[AvertedTrope Aversions]]:
*** Creator/JennetteMcCurdy signed to a rival record label because she wanted to sing CountryMusic rather than getting pushed into a pop career. As a result, Nick won't let her sing on ''iCarly'' or promo her music. The closest she came to singing was rapping in an ''iCarly''/''Victorious'' {{crossover}}, and the closest they came to promoting her was a short excerpt from her first single when Jennette expected the entire song. It caused her to lash out on {{Twitter}} against Miranda and Victoria by retweeting and responding to people saying she was being screwed and was a better singer than the other two girls.
*** Music/ArianaGrande signed up to Universal Records' Republic label, making her the 2nd Nick star not backed by Columbia. Unlike the other 3 mentioned Nick stablemates, she ended up being the most successful of them all.
* Every BoyBand and female pop star during the late '90s and early '00s falls into this trope.
* ''Series/AmericanIdol'', as its name suggests, is second only to the Disney Channel in its output of disposable idol singers for American consumption. The most successful singers from the show are pop-rocker Music/KellyClarkson (season 1 winner) and country star Music/CarrieUnderwood (season 4 winner), both of whom have multi-platinum albums to their name, although it's mainly associated with churning out {{one hit wonder}}s.
** Indeed, one of the reasons why Season 8 was so much [[GrowingTheBeard better perceived]] (at least talent-wise, [[TheScrappy thanks Kara]]) was that Adam Lambert, Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta seemed to be personally determined to push the show as much as possible out of the pop-confection-machine mold.
* The British version of the show is ''TheXFactor'' (and before that, ''Pop Idol''), which, unlike most examples, does allow auditionees over the age of 25, which are included in their own category. Its most successful winners to date are Music/LeonaLewis and Music/LittleMix, though its biggest success story comes from Music/OneDirection.
* The British GirlGroup Music/GirlsAloud was formed by the reality show ''Popstars: The Rivals''.
* Robin Scherbatsky of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' used to be one of these, to her [[OldShame great embarrassment]].
* ''DaddysDaughters'' star Music/LizaArzamasova was promoted as one to capitalize on her new fame, and she released a song called "I am your sun." She has not released any songs since, but has continued to act.
* ''Series/MendolIkemen'' is about three girl idols, who after repeatedly getting rejected from auditions (as a result of [[SweetPollyOliver having to hide from the mob in drag]]), get talked into [[SweetPollyOliver posing as male idols instead]].
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* This phenomenon is OlderThanTheyThink; change the "Japanese" to "British", and you'd have a pretty accurate assessment of the British music scene in TheSixties (at least that bit not dominated by [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion British Invasion]] bands capitalizing on the success of Music/TheBeatles). [[http://www.readysteadygirls.eu/#/british-girls/4520782524 Ready Steady Girls]] has more details.
* Idol singers that came in a group of attractive girls or commonly known as "Idol Group" become a cultural phenomenon in Japan since 70's with Pink Lady and Onyanko Club (that had 52 members at the time). In the 2000's, after the wake of popularity of Morning Musume of Music/HelloProject, many Idol groups successfully debuted thereafter such as Music/AKB48 (and its sisters Music/NMB48 and Music/HKT48), Music/MomoiroCloverZ, Music/TokyoGirlsStyle, Berryz Kobo, C-Ute, Music/Nogizaka46, Idolling!, SUPER GIRLS, Music/BabyMetal of Music/SakuraGakuin, Passpo, and Dempagumi.inc. They've gained vast popularity and even dominated the music charts, this phenomenon is dubbed as the "Warring Era of Idols" (''Idol Sengoku Jidai'').
* By far the best contemporary examples are [[KPop K-pop groups]], which take the Japanese idol manufacturing system and turn it UpToEleven. Good looks are a must [[note]]often through plastic surgery, because there social stigma for not looking good when one's a celebrity, yet there is social stigma for having it as well, so many hide it.[[/note]], but singing abilities and other related talents are optional. Idols undergo long training periods before debuting. If Japanese idols spend at most two years of training before debuting, Korean idols training can go up for a decade. Their stages are extremely carefully choreographed, the idols undergo strict diets, social media is often prohibited. All their hard work, however, seems to have paid off, as it has made K-pop a global phenomenon.
* Subverted with Music/{{Perfume}} in that the group was initially an idol group in their earlier years but as their songs gained a more distinct style of technopop [[GrowingTheBeard the group became a "near future technopop unit"]].
** Their producer, Yasutaka Nakata, thrives on this, working with several idols looking to break out of their pop image.
* A specific American example from around the same time as UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion: All the big Motown names were pulled right from the streets of Detroit, [[CaptainObvious which is not the kind of image you want to sell to a greater American audience.]] In order to clean them up, Berry Gordy set up a charm school specifically for up-and-coming Motown singers. If they didn't pass, they weren't allowed to perform.
* In mainstream popular music, over the decades some of the best-known teen-aged girls who rose to fame ... and most of these averting the trop due to genuine singing ability:
** '''1960s''': Brenda Lee was perhaps the top female teen singing idol of all time, and perhaps overall the most successful. Hers was a career that transcended her teenage years, as she also flourished on the country charts as she grew into her 20s and 30s. Little Eva and Lesley Gore were probably the top teen stars otherwise. In the early part of her incredible career and association with the Supremes, Diana Ross (who was barely 20 when the Supremes had its BreakthroughHit "Where Did Our Love Go") could have counted.
** '''1970s''': Marie Osmond. Later on, Debby Boone, although she was 21 when she had her monster hit "You Light Up My Life," was often emulated by teenagers and younger for her winsome good looks, charm and clean living (no doubt thanks to her father, Pat Boone).
** '''1980s''': Tiffany and Debbie Gibson were easily the top female teen stars, and were noted for their own clean living.
* In country music, all of whom avert the trope due to actual singing ability:
** '''1970s''': Tanya Tucker was easily the top female country singer for more than 30 years, and – like Brenda Lee – had a career that has lasted long into her adulthood; she was just 13 when she had her BreakthroughHit with "Delta Dawn." Also, due to her crossover success, Marie Osmond ... who to this day remains the youngest singer ever to have a No. 1 hit on the Billboard country charts ... she had just turned 14 when she hit No. 1 with "Paper Roses" in November 1973; like Tucker, her career has lasted into adulthood.
** '''1990s''': Le Ann Rimes, who was just 14 when she first hit the national scene with "Blue."
** '''2000s''': Say it with me now ... Music/TaylorSwift.
* His most vicious critics blasted him as nothing but a [[TeenIdol Teen Idol]] who corrupted youths with his suggestive hip movements while singing and his love for amplified pop music, dismissing it as "garbage" and "noise." That was nearly 60 years ago, and of course the criticism has softened; many people today who were the critics' ages back then (50s and older) point to him for his powerful baritone voice and clean image, comparably speaking ... and of course that would be Music/ElvisPresley.
* ''Music/{{Vocaloid}}'' is a software with the concept of virtual idol singers, you can create music, along with third party softwares (e.g. MikuMikuDance) for character models. There've been cases of having the virtual singers being projected into real life.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Producer course from ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'' gives us a whole group of male idol singers.
* Lenne from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''. The game also features a "Songstress" Dressphere that allows any of the characters to transform into Idol Singers during combat.
* Connie from ''SteambotChronicles''.
* Pink Monkey from ''VideoGame/ApeEscape 2'' wants to be one. You fight her during her debut concert. After a few hits, she screams that you ruined her show and then [[BewareTheNiceOnes turns into the monkey equivalent of]] {{Carrie}}. In the third game, she changes her image and tries to break out again... and once again pulls out the psychokinesis when you ruin her show.
** Oh, and also in the third game, the female protagonist is a successful idol singer herself. Monkey Pink was not pleased.
* Athena Asamiya, best known from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series, holds the day job of IdolSinger when she's not in fighting tournaments.
** In the [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/neogeo/c/kof2k3hig.htm High School Girls Team ending from KOF 2003]], her then-teammates Hinako and Malin improvise on stage while she's getting ready for a concert...
* Misora Hibiki from ''VideoGame/MegamanStarForce'' (named Sonia Strumm in the U.S. video games, and Sonia Sky in the anime).
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** In ''VideoGame/Persona2: Innocent Sin'', [[GenkiGirl Lisa and a few friends]] unexpectedly got their "Wish" to be idol singers, with a dose of CharacterDevelopment (Lisa admitting she doesn't speak a word of English, and revealing how much she hated being the "odd one out"), and plot (the songs were to spread the Joker Rumors further). In a bonus bit of TakeThat to the exploitative nature of Idol Singing, the manager is a pedophile.
** [[MissionControl Rise "Risette" Kujikawa]] of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. Having quit the business to try living a normal life, she's left to cope with everybody knowing and loving her manufactured media personality, while she struggles to figure out exactly who the "real" Rise is, or if there ever was one to begin with. [[ShadowArchetype En]][[AttentionWhore ter]] [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl her]] [[HeadsIWinTailsYouLose Sha]][[HopelessBossFight dow…]] [[spoiler: In the end Rise decides to come back to the industry, since she has realised that she ''does'' like singing and dancing and there's nothing ''inherently'' wrong with it.]]
** ''VideoGame/Persona4DancingAllNight'' introduces GirlGroup Kanamin Kitchen, headlined by Rise's rival/friend Kanami "Kanamin" Mashita. Despite the game's RhythmGame premise, its story is a big TakeThat at the idol industry; the very first cutscene features an idol being DrivenToSuicide due to the stresses of her job.
* [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Courtney Gears]] of ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' is the evil robotic OmnicidalManiac version of this trope, complete with a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4SsMtmcf4w&feature=related song]] about destroying organic life to a [[LyricalDissonance catchy pop beat]].
* ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster THE iDOLM@STER]]'' is all about this.
** [[http://playthisthing.com/idolcraft Idolcraft]] is a freeware take on the same concept.
* ''VideoGame/{{Okage}}''. Linda, the ''idol singer evil king''.
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline2'' has its own idol singer in the form of Kuna (who is also an ARKS member more than capable of holding her own). She even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07yz4hTTJ3M performs live for the players]].
* You can battle a [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Idol couple]] in the ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' games.
** In the ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' and ''Crystal'' versions, on the route leading to Mt. Silver, there's a cabin with a girl (using the overworld sprite for the Lass trainer class) and a Fearow in it. If you talk to her, she says that she was once an idol singer, and went to the route leading to Mt. Silver to hide form the paparazzi. She will then give you the TM Steel Wing, and says that she wore a dress inspired by the move at her first live performance.
** And the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 Black 2 / White 2]] versions bring us [[StageName Nancy and Christoph]][[note]]a.k.a. [[ImpliedLoveInterest Yancy and Curtis]], respectively[[/note]], who appear in various TV shows and are famous singers, too.
** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokémon]] [[UpdatedRerelease Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' has Lisia, who serves to reintroduce Pokemon Contests to the series.
* {{Catgirl}} Repre from ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Iris 3|Grand Phantasm}}''...
* Immediately followed by {{Catgirl}} Nikki from ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlrevis''.
* Dark Hero Axel from ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' was one of these, but lost his fame before the game started.
* Makoto Aihara's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdGnzK5OI2s superstar persona]] in ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses XX''.
* Yuna in ''VideoGame/GalaxyFrauleinYuna'', mostly in backstory but she still does concerts.
* The "Idol" in ''VideoGame/UmJammerLammy'' was Satan or a demon in the original Japanese version. ExecutiveMeddling changed the level from Hell to an island. (The voice of Lammy was Sara Ramirez, known more for her role on ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' and for multiple musicals on Broadway.)
* NG Resonance in ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar''. Clearly inspired by the Japanese idol singers, she's encountered mostly as an AI-controlled hologram that's way smarter and nicer than the real NG who you meet near the end of the game.
* The Garner twins from ''VideoGame/InfiniteSpace'' are an example... which the main characters really do not like. Thomas is a fan, but everyone else goes "What the hell is this [[PardonMyKlingon Grus]]?" and Franny remarks that at least one good thing came from being imprisoned for as long as she was.
* Edy Nelson from ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' wants to be one of these and sees Rosie Stark as a rival because the latter ''is'' a GlamorousWartimeSinger, not just a wannabe. Alas, Edy later finds that she is HollywoodTonedeaf and just floors everyone with her horrible singing, eventually deciding to do acting instead. Her sister in the [[VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII sequel]], Anisette, also wants to become one, and she can sing better despite also being just as tone deaf as her sister, but doesn't have the stamina for it.
* Lumi in ''VideoGame/ChildOfEden'', who is also the [[VirtualCelebrity virtual]] [[FaceOfTheBand face of]] Q Entertainment's own band, Genki Rockets.
* Studio [=SiestA=] gives us Aqua Seep Seal of ''VideoGame/TroubleWitches Episode 1'', a [[HotWitch genius]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing pop-star idol]] [[SirensAreMermaids of the sea]]. Let it be known that no one should ever talk badly about her pop-idol career or her outfit. [[BerserkButton She won't like it]]...
* VideoGame/{{Neptunia}} gives us the [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue-haired]], [[BareYourMidriff midriff-baring]] 5pb., who also had her own radio show in [[VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptunia the original game]]. Neptune and Nepgear are featured as Idol Singers in-game in Mk-2 as well.
** [[VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaProducingPerfection A spin-off of the series]] has the four [=CPUs=] becoming this with the player character as the producer, [[ExcusePlot to take back the shares lost to]] [[AKB48 MOB48]], who also qualify for this trope. However, 5pb. is nowhere to be seen.
* Sayaka Maizono of ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'' is an idol singer. [[spoiler: This is what ends up killing her, in a sense. Because of the dog eat dog nature of the business, she was all too desperate to leave the school she was trapped within (as she feared she would be forgotten and left behind), which drove her to attempt murder, as per the "graduation" rules.]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' spin off ''Madoka Magica Portable'' for PSP; the Bonus Route has Homura convince (or rather browbeat) Mami Tomoe to become one (mainly [[spoiler: because, if it works, Mami will have the attention and companionship that she desires, and in fact ''desperately'' needs and requires after her DarkAndTroubledPast that involved her parents's deaths among other hands, all to keep Mami happy and more emotionally stable, thus keeping her from either going insane or getting herself killed, which Homura has seen happen miltiple times already and wants to avoid]])
* In ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven'' Fan Club mini-game features an IdolSinger singing typical j-pop song to an audience of monkeys. Also was reproduced in real life, when on one of the promotional tours for the game actual idol [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhLTdYy4OYs sang the song live]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' has the Squid Sisters, [[PunnyName Callie and Marie]]. Being very popular with the young Inklings, they host the Inkopolis News sections and Splatfest online events. [[spoiler:They are also {{Hidden Badass}}es, being the player's predecessors in the single player campaign and the granddaughters of the war hero Cap'n Cuttlefish]].
* Among the love interests in ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari'', [[spoiler: Ryouko Shimazaki]] is one of these [[spoiler: under the identity of "Sonoko Takahashi". [[spoiler: If one pursues her route, the PlayerCharacter will learn that Ryouko/Sonoko has serious issues with how her brother, manager [[PromotionToParent and father figure]] Tadaki [[StageDad has been handling her career lately]]...]]
* ''VisualNovel/UtaNoPrinceSama'' is probably one of the more triumphant examples of male idol singers, given that the series revolves around three different groups and is still going strong.
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* The webcomic ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' has BrokenBird Erika, who is an ex-IdolSinger and extremely jaded about the whole experience. But she wasn't thrown away by an adoring public. She quit of her own free will after [[spoiler:a little relationship problem]]. The fact that her persona involved her needing to be a bit of a StepfordSmiler likely didn't help matters.
* Creator/WarrenEllis' ''Webcomic/{{Superidol}}'' ([[http://www.artbomb.net/comics/superidol.jsp found here]]) in which an increasingly scared writer for a pop culture website [[ApocalypticLog documents]] the rise of a computer-generated [[JapanesePopMusic J-Pop]] singer who is slowly taking over the world.
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[[folder:Web Video]]
* ''WebVideo/IdolsOfAnime'' is a series reviewing [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin idol anime]], in roughly chronological order.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Outside of Japan, the ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'' version of Susie Carmichael is close enough to this trope. She's not actually famous though, just an aspiring singer. Emica works as an example.
* Possible reference to the phenomenon in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', as Señor Senior, Jr. (a young man) wants to be a pop star as his all-consuming life's ambition.
* Jerrica Benton as ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' fits the basic purpose, as someone that every little girl wanted to be like for her fame, singing and fashion. However, she is presented as a powerful, grown-up member of a rock band and her own manager, not a cute teenage pop-singing pawn. Jem also has some MagicalGirl tropes thrown in too.
* ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' is an {{Animesque}} example, starring the cartoon versions of two actual Idol Singers: Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura. Subverted by the real singers, now in their early 40's still being respected performers, considering that their pop rock music appeals to a boarder demographic that simple teenage bubblegum pop.
* Cherry Jam in ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures''.
* [[SayMyName Ember]] from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
* In her ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiZ7E1HvT7c animatic]] shown at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Lena Hall's character, [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E24TheManeAttraction Countess Coloratura]], appears to be one.
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