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Music: AKB48
The logo of the group, because getting a photo of all the girls would be... quite hard.

Based on the concept of "idols you can meet", AKB48 is an idol group consisting of, you guessed it, 48 members. However, the group currently holds more than 48 members, with even more members scattered in its many sister groups - Nagoya-based SKE48, Osaka-based NMB48, Fukuoka-based HKT48, Jakarta-based JKT48 and Shanghai-based SNH48. Another sister group, SDN48, used to perform in the AKB48 Theater but was disbanded in 2012. There is also the Taipei-based TPE48 which was announced in 2011 but is still stuck in Development Hell.

It has four main subunits: French Kiss, Not Yet, no3b (pronounced No Sleeves) and Tentoumu Chu!

The group holds performances in their theater in Akihabara, Tokyo and the different teams take turns performing stages-a set list of songs. They also hold special events each year: the Senbatsu Elections, where fans choose their favourite members; the Janken Tournament, where the girls take part in rock-paper-scissors games to get into the Christmas' single senbatsu; the Request Hour, where fans choose their favourite songs and the Draft Tournament, where the captains for all the teams choose between a group of new girls who aren't even trainees.

Now has an anime, which is set in the future & directed by Shoji Kawamori, and a manga, set more or less in the present day. There's also Majisuka Gakuen, the group's longest and most popular drama series, and Mendol Ikemen, that features the members of no3b.

Please list any tropes related with the girls directly in the character page, because it Needs Wiki Magic Love.

AKB48 provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Everyone in the 'Flying Get' and 'Show Fight!' PVs.
  • Adults Are Useless: Implied in the lyrics to "Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou".
  • Affectionate Parody: The PV for "Everyday, Katyusha" can be seen as one,with scenes echoing previous PVs such as "Iiwake Maybe", "Oogoe Diamond", "Ponytail to Shushu", "Heavy Rotation" and "10nen Zakura".
  • Anime Theme Song: Several. They perfomed one of Shin Chan's openings (later the sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai performed another one), Deltora Quest second opening and Dragon Ball Kai second ending. Former sub-unit Chocolove from AKB48 performed The Skull Man's ending, and no3b performed Beelzebub first ending and Birdy the Mighty second season ending. French Kiss also performed Sket Dance first opening theme. And of course, the songs used in their official anime AKB0048 also apply.
    • There's also the ICE OVA, where the group performed the songs and used some of their members as voice actors.
  • Ascended Extra: Anyone who isn't a regular senbatsu member who manages to participate in singles, due to the Janken Tournaments or being pushed by the management.
    • For example, Uchida Mayumi and Ishida Haruka in "Chance no Junban", Fujie Reina and Kobayashi Marina in "Ue Kara Mariko" and Komori Mika in "Namida Surprise".
    • The sub-unit DiVA has become a separate act from AKB and will still be active.
  • Anti-Love Song: "Romance, Irane", though it's rather perky!
  • Artificial Human: Eguchi Aimi. The fans found out she was created off the other members' looks.
  • Audience Participation Song: Before any concert performance of "Koisuru Fortune Cookie", either a video will play or the members will teach the audience how to dance along the song.
  • Auto-Tune: Used very sparingly, but some songs like "UZA", Shinoda Mariko's "Plastic no Kuchibiru" or Watanabe Mayu's "Hikaru Monotachi" do have it.
  • Bad Girl Song: Almost 90% of SDN's songs.
  • Bait-and-Switch Lesbians: An implied theme, as the girls cannot have boyfriends and most of the romantic scenes in the PVs are played by the members themselves.
  • Beach Episode: The PVs for "BINGO!", "Ponytail to Shushu", "Everyday, Katyusha", "Manatsu no Sounds good!" and "Sayonara Crawl" all take place at the beach.
    • Also the AKB 1/49 Idol to Guam de Koishitara... dating sim.
  • Big Band: "GIVE ME FIVE!"
  • Bloodier and Gorier: The group's drama, Majisuka Gakuen. For a drama based on an idol group, one would think that it'll be something light and happy, right? Definitely wrong.
  • Book Ends: Maeda Atsuko's first single participation in AKB48 was the group's debut single, "Sakura no Hanabiratachi". A week before Atsuko's graduation from the group six years later, AKB48 released an album on which Atsuko recorded a solo, more melancholy reprise of the same song. "Sakura no Hanabiratachi" was also the final song performed during Atsuko's graduation performance.
    • The girls usually have their graduation performance at the theater, the place where they all start out.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Their first five singles were about cherry blossom petals, fluttering skirts, the longing to meet someone, implied underage prostitution, and bullying and suicide. Enjoy!
  • Cat Girl: Part of the Music Video for "Heavy Rotation".
  • Cherry Blossoms: A lot of their songs are about this; "Sakura no Hanabiratachi", "10nen Zakura", "Sakura no Shiori", and "Sakura no ki ni Narou" just to name a few!
  • Christmas Songs: One for each Janken single: "Yoyaku Shita Christmas", "Noel no Yoru" and "Totteoki Christmas".
  • Cross Over: In recent years, girls from sister groups also take part in AKB singles, with the more prominent girls being SKE's Jurina and Rena, along with NMB's Sayaka and Miyuki.
    • The General Election and Janken Tournament can also be seen as this, with sister group members being allowed to participate alongside AKB members.
    • The AKBIdoling!! unit was a one-shot crossover unit between AKB and Idoling!! members.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Team A is pink, Team K is green, Team B is blue and former team 4 was yellow. Each group also has its own color: AKB is pink, SKE is yellow, HKT is black, JKT is red and SNH is blue. NMB's color is... leopard print (but they go with dark brown when they have to color something). Former group SDN used silver.
    • It is not yet known what color the new Team 4 will have.
  • Cover Version: Watarirouka Hashiritai's "Valentine Kiss".
    • Before Teams K and B received their own stages, they performed existing stages. Team 4's current stage is a revival of Team S' "Te wo Tsunaginara".
    • The current waiting stages have a mixture of songs from older stages and different teams.
    • Happens quite often in concerts-songs that do not require major members to perform are often given to other girls.
  • Darker and Edgier
    • The PV for "Beginner" was apparently supposed to be much more violent than the standard idol fare PVs but was not used in the end, though the dance shots were kept and the shots of the members getting violently killed off in a technological atmosphere complete with blood and shots of them being crushed under various devices were fortunately cut out. But for you nightmare fetishists, here's a CM of the original ...AND the original itself!
    • Some of their older songs are darker and edgier as well, such as Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou and Seifuku ga Jama wo Suru. Definitely not your usual idol group.
  • Dream Team: 2012 Yubi Matsuri in Budokan held by Sasshi is dubbed as Idols Emergency Meeting, and were attended by the nation's best idol groups such as Momoiro Clover Z, Ebichu, Buono!, Tokyo Girls Style, Passpo, Idoling!, Nogizaka46 and Supergirls. The best part? They're performing Heavy Rotation altogether in the encore.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Hrm, let's see a group of idols under management of one guy complete with subgroups and soloists? You must mean Hello! Project! Although, Hello! Project/Morning Musume was inspired by the 80s idol group Onyanko Club, which was created by Akimoto Yasushi, a.k.a. AKB48's producer.
    • "Koisuru Fortune Cookie" is jokingly called "KFC" by the fans. It doesn't help that the outfit for the song is inspired in the waitress outfits from the 60's.
  • Door Closes Ending: The PVs for "Kaze wa Fuiteiru" and "UZA".
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: They're an Idol Group based in Akihabara, and there are 48 girls. note 
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Team 4's "Hashire! Penguin", complete with penguin costumes.
  • Fanservice Faux Fight: "Heavy Rotation" features the girls pillow fighting in their underwear.
  • Four Girl Ensemble: Not Yet and DiVA.
    • Watarirouka Hashiritai (initally).
    • Also present occasionally during stages, with songs like "Arashi no Yoru ni wa" from B5 having 4 singers.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Anna Iriyama, Rina Kawaei and Rena Kato form the unit AnRiRe.
  • Genre Roulette: The PV for "Gingham Check" switches between a cop show, horror scenes, a Kaiju attack and dance shots between two girl bands.
  • Gratuitous English: "S-U-G-A-R, jump into your racing car, say Sugar Rush! Say Sugar Rush!"
    • "I want you! In need you! I love you!" followed by "I feel you! I touch you! I hold you!" in 'Heavy Rotation'.
  • Great Balls Of Fire: When "UZA" or "River" are performed in a concert.
    • Also featured in the "Flying Get" PV.
  • Greatest Hits Album: "SET LIST ~Greatest Songs 2006-2007~" includes all singles from debut to "Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka?" and "Kami-kyokutachi" includes all songs from "Oogoe Diamond" to "Sakura no Shiori" (and also contains two songs that weren't released before).
  • Hair Decorations: Worn by many of the girls.
  • Happy Birthday to You: Incorporated in the song "Namida Surprise!".
  • Hotter and Sexier: The basis of SDN48, which is where AKB48 girls (e.g. Megumi "Meetan" Ohori) went once they turned into a Christmas Cake. However, all the members graduated from this group in February 2012 and it was disolved, but the sub-unit DiVA still follows this theme with songs and outfits more similar to K-Pop groups.
  • Human Aliens: The girls in Watarirouka Hashiritai's PV "Shonen Yo Uso O Tsuke" are these.
  • Humiliation Conga: The kind of punishment the girls had to go through when they failed to complete the moe contest...
    • Muchaburi Dodgeball. Nuff said.
  • Iconic Outfit: The school-uniform inspired costume from the "Iiwake Maybe" PV, to the point where Maeda Atsuko's celebrity impersonator Kintaro wears a similar outfit in all her public appearances.
  • In-Series Nickname: All the senbatsu members got special Western names for "Heart Electric" (Kojiharu got Michelle, Takamina got Linda...), except Kawaei Rina, who got... Kawaey.
  • Intercourse with You: SDN's "Kodoku na Runner". Many of their songs could be an example, but this is the most explicit one.
  • Joshikousei: What the girls are in many of their PVs.
  • Kaiju Defense Force: "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer. The JSDF lent some help to the making of the River PV (troop transports, a CSAR Chinook).
  • Kawaii Ko: Watarirouka Hashiritai is practically made of this.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: As seen in PVs such as "Sakura no Shiori" and "Kodoku na Hoshizora".
  • List Song: Team B's "Wasshoi!B" from B3 and "Team B Oshi" from B5 lists the members' nicknames.
    • "Yasai Sisters" lists a good number of vegetable names in Japanese.
    • "16nin Shimai no Uta" from Team K's 4th Stage lists the Team K members' names and a fact about each member.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Naturally, with sister groups across Japan. The main group is already this, with 64 members.
  • Long Title: The single "Suzukake no Ki no Michi de 'Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru' to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dou Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Youna Mono" note 
  • Meaningful Echo: The first song to be performed in the AKB Theater was 'Party ga Hajimaru yo!' by Team A. Nearly 6 years later, it was also the very first song to be performed in the group's first Tokyo Dome Concert in 2012 after years of hard work.
  • Music for Courage
    • The inspirational lyrics to "River".
    Just before your very eyes
    A river is flowing
    Broadly, such a great river
    Darkly, deeply, even so
    The current is fast, even so
    Do not be scared, OK?
    Do not wander off
    Thatís right, the opposite side is there
    So more, believe in yourself.
    • Also, the lyrics for "Beginner".
    I can't do anything
    I can't do it well
    And so?
    We're still young
    I can't do anything
    I can't do it right away
    That's why we have possibilities
  • Non-Appearing Title: Songs like 'Ponytail to Shushu' and 'Honest Man' have this.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, with six girls named Haruka: Ishida, Shimazaki, Shimada, Nakagawa, Katayama, and Komiyama—and that's only in AKB alone! There are five more Harukas in the sister groups.
    • Also, let's not forget the two Miyus, Minamis, and Mariyas!
    • At one point, there were four Tomomis: Itano, Kasai, and Nakatsuka, and Ohe. All four have graduated, starting with Ohe and ending with Itano.
    • There are also three Ayakas at present: Umeda, Kikuchi and Morikawa.
    • There are also four Rinas at present: Izuta, Kawaei, Chikano, and Hirata. There are three others in the sister groups. The graduated Rinas from AKB comprise of Nakanishi, and Kozuka.
  • Parody Commercial: Shown at the end of the "Hetappi Wink" PV.
  • Pretty in Mink: In a Christmas video, one of the girls wears a white fur jacket in the "story" part, and in the "performance" part, all the girls wear short Happy Holidays Dresses covered with red fur puffballs.
  • Qipao: Worn by the girls in the non-dancing scenes in the "Flying Get" PV.
  • Rerelease the Song: "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008" was a remade version of the group's original single, "Sakura no Hanabiratachi".
  • Rock-Paper-Scissors: Since 2010 the lineup for singles released in December have been decided by this.
    • It was also incorporated in the PV for "Ue Kara Mariko", foreshadowing what happened before it was shooted.
  • Romantic Two Girl Friend Ship: The two girls in the lyrics of "Oshibe to Meshibe to Yoru no Chouchou" are implied to have this.
    • Also implied between Maeda and Jurina in the "Sakura no Ki ni Narou" PV.
  • Sailor Fuku: Worn in their drama Majisuka Gakuen and some PVs.
    • Also in the PVs for "Majisuka Rock 'n' Roll" and "Majijou Teppen Blues" where the girls act as the same characters from the above drama.
  • Scenery Censor: Taken to an extreme level of hilarity in the intro to "Ponytail to Shushu".
  • School Uniforms are the New Black: Combined with Impossibly Cool Clothes. The members usually wear a lot of uniform-themed costumes in concerts and PVs.
  • School Festival: The PV for "Oogoe Diamond" takes place during a school festival, with the members performing the titular song.
  • Sexy Santa Dress: Worn in some videos, and in promos for certain companies, like Coke and 7-11.
  • Silly Love Songs: They have a few, despite trying most of the time not to. An example is "Aitakatta".
  • Singer Namedrop: The song 'AKB48' from Team A's 1st stage has this in the chorus.
    • 'Pioneer' from Team's 6th stage, 'Team B Oshi' from Team B's 5th stage, 'Korogaru Ishi ni Nare' from Team K's 2nd stage and 'RESET' from Team K's 6th stage have the members mention their team's name several times.
    • "River" starts out with a loud shout of "AKBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE... FOR-TY EIGHT!"
  • Spiritual Successor: To Onyanko Club; both groups have the same producer.
    • The sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 is one to a sub-unit of the same name (without the 7) that was part of Onyanko Club.
  • Strawberry Shorthand: In "Sayonara Crawl", the girls appear eating strawberries.
  • Sugar Bowl: Some of their PVs, such as "Heavy Rotation" or "Sugar Rush".
  • Talky Bookends: Many of the group's PVs have these, such as "Eien Pressure" and "So Long!".
  • Teacher/Student Romance: The lyrics for "Dear My Teacher".
  • The Magnificent Seven Samurai: The Kami 7 (literally "Godly 7", the seven girls that topped the first Senbatsu Elections), which are probably the most well-known AKB members:
    • The Leader: Atsuko Maeda, the "forever ace".
    • The Lancer: Minami Takahashi, the "almighty manager".
    • The Big Guy: Mariko Shinoda, the "fashion icon" (and one of the biggest members of AKB at the time of joining).
    • The Funny Guy: Yuko Oshima, the "ace of hearts" (due to her extroverted personality).
    • Tagalong Kid: Mayu Watanabe, the "cyborg girl" (who joined AKB at 11 years old).
    • The Cutie: Tomomi Itano, the "vogue beauty".
    • The Heart: Haruna Kojima, the "sexy goddess".
  • The Merch: Plenty of them- from files to T-shirts to posters, the list goes on...
  • Translated Cover Version: Though not officially released the group did perform a pretty good English version of "Oogoe Diamond" in New York.
    • Also, sister group JKT48 (based in Jakarta, Indonesia) only does AKB's songs translated into Indonesian. However, the music videos produced for each are significantly different- compare Heavy Rotation as done by AKB48 and JKT48.
      • JKT48 has also done a cover of "Koisuru Fortune Cookie" in English (good English, to boot).
    • SNH sings AKB's songs but in Chinese.
  • Take That: When the group won the prestigious Japan Records Awards' Grand Prix in 2011, many people criticized them, because a group who didn't play any instruments (even less an idol group!) couldn't become that important. The group's answer? GIVE ME FIVE!, where all the senbatsu members played instruments. For real. Some of them already knew how to play their instrument (such as Yuko Oshima, who played the bass in high school), but others had to train for weeks before recording the single.
  • Tsundere: The song Tsundere! from Team A 5th stage revolves around this trope. The narrators of "Iiwake Maybe" and "Tenshi no Shippo" also could be ones.
  • Variety Show: The Long Runner "AKBingo!", "AKB Shukan" and "Nemousu Terebi" are the most notable examples.
  • Video Full Of Film Clips: "Majisuka Rock And Roll" has some of this, with clips coming from drama Majisuka Gakuen.
    • "Yankee Soul", too.
  • Visual Novel: There's a series of visual novels where the romance ban is lifted and the player can romance one of the members while rejecting the rest, with currently three installments.
  • Widget Series: Saturday Night Child Machine.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Naturally.

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