Magic Idol Singer
Sub-Trope of Magical Girl where her magical identity is an Idol Singer. They come in two varieties - either a girl who is already an idol singer gains the ability to fight crime, usually by way of singing, or a girl who becomes an idol singer through the use of magic. This type of Magical Girl is the one that uses the Wish Fulfillment appeal of the genre the most. While the other two types uses her powers to do good deeds or fight the good fight, the Magical Girls here use the powers they gain to achieve their dreams of stardom, although they can use Magic Music. As the protagonists here tend to be too young to be part of the musical industry, Older Alter Ego is often used. Note the character has to be a magical girl, not just someone with music related powers. Compare/Contrast Evil Diva.
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Anime and Manga
- The Trope Maker was Magical Angel Creamy Mami. A girl aids an alien and is granted the ability to become a (just barely) adult. She very quickly realizes that she has no idea what to do with herself as a grownup, then stumbles across a talent contest/scouting mission. Her powers give her an invisible band and special effects, and she gets hired as an idol singer. Hilarity Ensues, though there are more serious bits.
- Magical Star Magical Emi: Although Emi is a Stage Magician rather than an Idol Singer, her story still follows the Magic Idol Singer template. She even dabbles in Idol Singer territory by combining her magic shows with musical accompaniment.
- Magical Stage Fancy Lala is another classical version of the Magical Girl Idol Singer, using the powers granted by her Weasel Mascots to get an adult disguise and a beautiful singing voice.
- Full Moon o Sagashite (pictured) is a manga where a very young girl gains the ability to transform into a teenage girl. This also allows her to sing by (temporarily) removing the throat cancer that is otherwise stopping her.
- A rarer example since magic has nothing to do with her singing or performances, with the exception of a few sparkly effects such the occasional wings. Her performances are done solely on her own abilities.
- Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch is a cross of this and Magical Girl Warrior, with mermaids.
- Hime Chen! Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri is the latest of the bunch, about three girls who transform into princesses (Snow White, Cinderella, and Moon Princess Kaguya) in order restore an ailing Fairyland by spreading happiness in the human world. By becoming a girl group.
- Ojamajo Doremi gives us Onpu Segawa who, in addition to being a Cute Witch, is also The Rival Dark Magical Girl who used her powers for selfish reasons...at first.
- The main character of Brocken Blood becomes a Magical Boy and then he dresses as a girl and becomes an idol in order to find enemies. The person who suggested/forced him to be the idol sometimes forgets that the main goal is to find villains.
- Mink uses this trope, except her transformation isn't done by magic but instead with "secret technology from the future."
- Sailor Moon gives us the Starlights, Sailor Star Maker, Sailor Star Healer, and Sailor Star Fighter, who diguised as a male pop group called the Three Lights on Earth. It's also worth noting that Sailor Venus's dream is to become this - and she is in the live action adaptation (see below).
- Barajou no Kiss features a Gender Flipped with Suzumura Idel and Hasuzaki Yakoh.
- Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream has the main main characters as ice skaters instead of idol singers, and they lack Older Alter Egos, but otherwise the show fits the genre pretty well.
- Senki Zesshou Symphogear has the main characters being one part Magic Idol singer and one part Magical Girl Warrior. And it's awesome.
- Key from Key the Metal Idol could count when one notes her revered and dreaded magical abilities. This being said, she is also a deconstruction of this trope, just as her, Miho, and Beniko serve to deconstruct the Idol Singer proper.
- Pretty much everyone in AKB0048, an idol group that also fights evil. Additionally, the show is based around the real life idol group AKB48.
- Aikatsu (short for "Idol Katsudou") lacks the "fighting against evil" aspect, but it's very much magical so it still counts.
- Inverted in DokiDoki! Precure, where one character's normal form is the Magical Girl Warrior, and her disguise is an Idol Singer on earth.
- In Show by Rock!!, every main character is a member of some form of band, and gains the power to fight using their music while simultaneously attempting to achieve stardom. It's explained as musicians that have abnormally large potential having the ability to fight against Dark monsters, with Cyan having the most potential out of all of them.
- Mahou Shoujo Ore has both the secret identity and the Magical Girl Warrior form of Saki work as idols, though Saki herself is unpopular in her line of work.
- Alison "Dazzler" Blaire of the X-Men, a singer with the ability to turn light into sound and vice versa. She can use most powers seen with manipulators of sound or light. This also results in her shows looking freaking awesome. Naturally, she changes with what sort of music is popular at the time; when introduced, she was billed as the first disco-themed superhero!
Live Action TV
- The Warcraft 3 custom campaign Wanderers of Sorceria features one such character: beloved idol singer by day, Magical Girl fighting crime in the name of justice and love by night.
- Final Fantasy X-2 features the Songstress as one of the Dresspheres that the three heroines can don - gaining magical dancing and singing abilities. This is tied to the plot - as Yuna uses these powers to help influence peace in Spira. Additionally the original wearer of the Songstress dressphere Lenne was one too - she was a famous singer that was also a summoner fighting on the front lines in the Machina War.
- Ar Tonelico 2: Cloche and Luca invoke this trope in some of their outfits. Mind you, they are already "magical", "idol", and "singer" in their normal life (which is in a magical world); this is simply going with the most common implementation of archetype.
- Puella Magi Madoka Magica Portable has Mami becoming one in a special route.
- Wonder Momo fullstop.
- Athena Asamiya from The King of Fighters is an Idol Singer with Psychic Powers, and she uses the KOF tournaments as a way to both fight for justice and boost her popularity. By the time KOF 96 starts, she's already a massive hit around the world.
- Sona from League of Legends is a Magic Idol Performer. Even Swain admits her music is lovely when he saw her solo tour. Funny enough, when she's with her band, she steps out of the spotlight and sticks to rhythm guitar; Karthus is the lead singer.
- An (extremely large) version shows up for one scene in Megatokyo.
- The webcomic based on the 80's game Wonder Momo, link here, is based and runs RAMPANT with this trope.
- Emi from Metacarpolis started as a Magical Girl Warrior and only became a Magic Idol Singer after she was recruited by an entertainment conglomerate.
- Jem would probably be the closest western counterpart of the classic Magic Idol singer, only she's already an adult and uses highly-advanced technology instead of magic to achieve the disguise.
- LoliRock has elements of both this and Magical Girl Warrior. The main characters use their innate magical singing talents in order to maintain thriving popstar careers for their civilian identities.
- My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks has elements of this building on the Magical Girl Warrior tropes present in the previous My Little Pony: Equestria Girls film by making said magic only work when the girls perform in their band since Twilight Sparkle went back to Equestria. Additionally the villains are Equestria's versions of the Sirens - banished to the human world. Still able to cause discord with their voices, they pass themselves off as a Girl Group in the school's battle of the bands.