The Team Wannabe

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A character wants to be part of some group, whether a gang, club, or being a superhero's sidekick. He/She will follow them around constantly to the point of stalking. He/She will hang around wherever they hang around. He/She will keep begging and pleading until he gets in. Sometimes he/she even might, but usually he/she just stays the wannabe since Status Quo Is God. In a few cases he/she might get spurred enough to start to resent the group that rejected him/her, becoming a villain (or hero, if the group turns out to be evil).

The Tagalong Kid is often this. An Ascended Fanboy is often a former wannabe.

A Sister Trope to Leader Wannabe.

Compare Never Be a Hero, I Just Want to Be Special, Hero with an F in Good, The Chosen Wannabe.

Contrast The Drag-Along.

Compare/Contrast Jumped at the Call, Honorary True Companion, 11th Hour Ranger.


Anime and Manga

  • Jimmy Olsen always wanted to be a superhero like Superman, but he doesn't exactly gain much respect from the other superheroes. Even with the countless times he gains and loses superpowers unexpectedly, no one seems to bat an eye at him.
  • In an issue of Generation X, it's revealed that The Toad once tried joining the Hellfire Club's Inner Circle. He was later given shelter by Emma Frost because she felt sorry for him after the Inner Circle's members laughed so hard at him.
  • In Runaways (2015), Molly is this to the Night Witches - Jubilee is not keen on having an 11-year-old in her gang. She later gets in after Pixie's death creates a vacancy.


Live Action TV
  • Chang in the second season of Community wants to be part of the study group.
  • John Cleese in the Monty Python Abbatoir sketch, which rails against the Freemasons who rejected his membership application.
  • Arrow:
    • Roy Harper spends late Season 1 to the middle of Season 2 relentlessly pursuing Oliver in his vigilante activities just so he can be his accomplice. Oliver initially hates the idea, but Roy being injected with Mirakuru forces him to take him in for closer monitoring.
    • Laurel Lance from the end of Season 2 desperately tries to join Oliver Queen's crime-fighting circle - despite the fact that essentially the first thing they told her was she had no place in 'Team Arrow'. Given the team are a group of highly skilled fighters and genius level hackers, who view each other as family, while Laurel's only connection is being Oliver's turbulent ex-girlfriend, it's not surprising they're wary of her (her almost rotting Oliver to the cops also did not help). To add insult to injury, she only knows about his secret identity because a villain told her, while Oliver invited everyone else in because he trusted them. By the end of Season 3 Laurel has undergone enough training to be useful, though most of the team are gone by that point. note Tragically, everyone's hesitancy about letting her become a vigilante is justified in Season 4, when she's killed in the field.
    • Malcolm Merlyn is a manipulative take of this trope, using schemes to force Oliver and his gang to cooperate with him on numerous occasions.
  • In Hi-de-Hi! Peggy's entire character arc was her desperately trying to join the camp entertainers, The Yellowcoats. Many a Zany Scheme was attempted in this aim.
  • Lab Rats has regular kid Leo who wants to join his bionic friends team.
  • One woman in Midsomer Murders committed a string of murders to get into her village's social club (the first saw her driving drunk, the second saw her killing the first, etc.).
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In season 7, Jonathan, and later Andrew (who were originally part of The Trio in season 6) want to be a part of the Scoobies. Andrew isn't truly accepted until season 8 and in season 7, Jonathan is killed by Andrew, who was manipulated by the Big Bad into doing so.
  • Doctor Who: Adric, the first companion to be introduced in the Eighties, is first seen trying to get into the gang of teenagers (led by his older brother, Varsh) who have broken away from mainstream Alzarian society.

Professional Wrestling

Video Games
  • Diana Allers in Mass Effect 3. A reporter for the Alliance News Network, she begs Commander Shepard to become part of the crew of the Normandy, positioning her reporting skills as vital to the war effort. Her overall contribution to both the story and War Assets system is very minor, and the player can choose to accept or reject her proposal.
  • Ivar in Tales of Xillia.
  • The partner character of Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon has dreams of joining the Expedition Society, but the organization doesn't allow kids to join. They eventually make an exception for them and the player character.

Web Comics
  • Scandinavia and the World's Estonia desperately wants to be one of the Nordics, "Because she wants to party with the cute booooys!".
  • Cyril, the unpleasant and asocial pregnancy-fetishist in Olympic Dames, who discovers the girls' secret and begs and pleads to be allowed to join the team. In their brief incarnation as crime-fighting superheroines, he embarrasses them by tagging along dressed as Darth Vader.

Web Original

  • Marty (Mega-Girl), in the Whateley Universe, wants to become one of the Empire City Guard. She keeps trying to fight with them and they keep telling her parents what she's been up to. She's an extremely powerful Flying Brick but she's a sophomore in high school and she can't legally be a superhero until she's eighteen. Meanwhile, the Empire City Guard is the premier superhero team in New York City.
  • Omega Zell from Noob wants to join Justice, the best guild of the game to be able to work by Fantöm's side. He eventually gets in, due to Fantöm ending up feeling in debt to his current guild after a certain chain of events.
  • Dragonface in X-Ray & Vav is a humongous fan of our heroes and desperately wants to be their sidekick. They've put him on a 500 foot restraining order.

Western Animation
  • Syndrome in The Incredibles wanted to be Mr. Incredible's sidekick.
  • Princess Morbucks in The Powerpuff Girls wanted to be a Powerpuff Girl at first.
  • In The Simpsons, Rudy from the episode "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday" really wanted to be in Homer's Super Bowl group. As he himself says while running alongside the team bus, "What I lack in size, I make up for in (puffs) obnoxiousness!"
  • Lorne (The Friend for Life!) from the Sam And Max cartoon really wants to be a freelance policeman. Sam and Max are less than enthusiastic about it.
  • Irving time and again tags along with his idols Phineas and Ferb, which is unwelcome to the rest of the kids in the group. Phineas and Ferb themselves welcome him, except in Irving's first appearance, when they are freaked out by his stalker nature.
  • The Pulverizer in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), he wants to be a ninja like the turtles, but he sucks at it real bad.
  • Eddie the Squirrel from CatDog frequently wanted to join the Greasers, but Cliff, Lube, and Shriek are frequently annoyed by him and wouldn't give him the time of day.