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- Marvel Comics' Dazzler was originally a mutant who can change sound waves into light waves, and uses this as part of her disco stage show, making her one of the few not nigh-universally hated mutants in the 'verse.
- The comic Greatest Hits is about a The Beatles Expy rock group called The Mates who also have superpowers, but those powers are unrelated to their rockstarness.
- Todd Ingram, in both the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels and movie, cites this as the reason why he's allowed to be a Karma Houdini. It fails. Miserably.
- 2000 AD had Zenith, an 80s superhero who was also a New Wave/Glam popstar.
- Quite a few in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World but Envy Adams takes the cake easily.
- In the film Rock Star an average guy suddenly becomes the lead singer of a highly successful Heavy Metal band, and he finds himself unprepared for the debauchery and hedonism of the rock star lifestyle.
- Dewey Cox from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a vicious deconstruction.
- Zal of the Quantum Gravity series is an elf rock star, though one of the points he likes to make is that he does not limit himself to rock music, because every genre can be good. Incidentally, becoming a rock star is all part of his plan to make "a lot of people free," as Malachi puts it. It's weird, but it works.
- Cole Saint Clair of Wolves of Mercy Falls Series, former lead singer of NARKOTIKA, an in universe popular rock band. He's loud and abrasive, and utterly charmed by himself. Flashbacks make it clear he had that "rolling in girls and money" thing down pat.
- Lestat of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles becomes one of these in the nineteen-eighties, and is very pleased with himself about it. He uses it as a platform to try and reveal vampires to mortals, but he doesn't deny that he's also just enjoying the fame.
- Imp y Celyn ("Buddy") in Soul Music is the Discworld's first (and, despite the attempts of people like Crash to follow in his footsteps, only) Music With Rocks In star.
Live Action Television
- Charlie from Lost was one of these.
- Quantum Leap: Sam leaps into a Glam-rocker, complete with face paint (a la KISS).
- Mason of Dead Like Me is sort of a wannabe version of this. Never really got the fame, but definitely fits the promiscuity and extreme substance abuse.
- One episode of the Wonder Woman series centered around a rock star, played by that crazy wildman Martin Mull.
Particularly famous Real Life examples who often inspire fictional ones:
- Elvis Presley.
- The Beatles.
- David Bowie, whose exploration of this trope (i.e., The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars) in The '70s paved the way for him to outright live it.
- Michael Jackson.
- Amy Winehouse.
- This is a bit of a stretch, but her lifestyle and personality fit: Lady Gaga.
- The Rolling Stones.
- The Ur-Example would be 19th-century violinist Niccolò Paganini. He reputedly sold his soul to the devil for his abilities and learned his signature move of playing on one string in prison, where he was only allowed one string. He had long fiery-red hair (at the time a sure sign of demonic influence) and at a time when bright colours were the height of fashion dressed only in black. He was almost as well known for drinking, gambling and womanising as he was for playing the violin.
- For bonus points, it is said he can play the violin behind his back.
- Franz Liszt was inspired by Paganini to become a piano virtuoso. The term "Lisztomania" was coined in 1844 (therefore, older than Phoenix) to describe the effects of his performances and his fame.
- Freddie Mercury, of the group Queen, provides this page's image.
- Jim Morrison is often said to be the Trope Codifier for this.
- The Who are real-life examples of four different garden-variety rock-star stereotypes: the sex symbol (Roger Daltrey), the hotel-wrecking, drug-running madman (Keith Moon), the tortured artist trying to keep his head and his band together (Pete Townshend), and The Quiet One who's nevertheless Not So Above It All (John Entwistle). It could be argued that any example of this trope will fall under one or more of these categories.
- Guns N' Roses
- Many of the Hair Metal bands of The '80s were these, with varying degrees of success. That arguably includes those that were trying too hard, too.
- For Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, this was an Unbuilt Trope. He lived in relative luxury on a generous royal commission, but his lavish lifestyle and alcohol and drug use kept him in poverty, and he died young. While his music was well-known in his own time, much of it was considered incomprehensible by his benefactors and audiences alike.
- The Masters Of The Universe Power Tour, a live stage show from 1987, featured the new character Songster — simply put, an Eternian rock star. The Power Tour was the only medium to ever feature the character... which is arguably for the best.
- The "Coming Out of Their Shells Tour" was a 1990 stage show which turned the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles into this. Theoretically, anyway.
- Klavier Gavin in Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is one of these in addition to being a prosecutor.
- Nikki from Chrono Cross. One of his concerts is a plot event at one point in the game.
- Lord Raptor from Darkstalkers, who's also a zombie. A cameo in Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes shows he plays alongside a self-playing guitar and his audience is made up of mohawk donning Skeletons.
- Ibuki Mioda from Super Dangan Ronpa 2 as the Ultimate Musician.
- Rock Zilla in My Dad the Rock Star prefers to act like a space case, but is actually classically trained and can keep up with his snooty, orchestrally trained father when he is of a mind to.
- Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi: The show centers around the escapades of two rock stars, Ami and Yumi, who are in the eponymous band. They perform at stadiums... when the plot doesn't get in the way.
- Sonic, Sonia, and Manic in Sonic Underground.
- All five Dethklok members in Metalocalypse.
- One episode of the Beetlejuice cartoon sees the title character and Lydia trying to help their buddy Prince Vince become this, as he's inspired by an Elvis Presley knockoff. It only works as long as it does because the people are willing to pretend that he's not a Dreadful Musician.