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Imagine you can have control of an up-and-coming IdolSinger. You have to guide her to stardom by deciding what outfits she wears, picking what songs she sings, and helping her deal with the pitfalls of growing up in the spotlight.

That's ''The [=iDOLM@STER=]'' [sic]. It's a SimulationGame where you play as a producer for the "765 Production" (pronounced "[[MeaningfulName na-mu-ko]]") studio, and you have nine (technically ten) girls to choose as the company's next big singer.

Incorporating elements from [[MinigameGame rhythm games]], {{Dating Sim}}s and [[{{Mons}} competitive online battling]], as well as an AllStarCast and a generous helping of {{Moe}}, this game from Namco was an incredible hit in the arcades of Japan and created a whole franchise of sequels and spinoffs:

* An UpdatedRerelease for the Xbox 360, which included one new idol.
* ''Live For You'', which was essentially the Xbox 360 version with new content but with the "management" aspect removed.
* ''SP'', a trilogy of PSP ports, each of which contained three of the nine original idols.
* ''Dearly Stars'', a NintendoDS version about three new idols.
* A proper sequel, ''[[VideoGame/TheIdolmaster2 THE iDOLM@STER 2]]'', which introduces a brand new storyline and three-girl groups to the gameplay.
* ''Shiny Festa'', a series of rhythm games for the PSP. Brought officially overseas as iOS apps, marking the first time an ''iM@S'' product is licensed outside Japan.
* ''Gravure 4 You!'', a set of PS3 games bundled with the limited edition of the anime (later rereleased through the ''[=iM@S=] CHANNEL'') that allow the player to photograph the girls in a series of different outfits and poses.
* ''[=iM@S=] CHANNEL'', a free-to-download app for PS3 that contains ''SHINY TV'', a PS3 remake of ''Shiny Festa'' but with enhanced graphics and new songs and stories and support for ''Gravure 4 You!'' and ''One For All''
* ''One For All'', a sequel with new storyline where you can produce up to all 13 original idols at the same time.
* ''Platinum Stars'', a sequel apparently similar in format to ''One for All'', with the setting shifted to a training camp.

An anime, ''Anime/IdolmasterXenoglossia'' -- from the [[{{Sunrise}} makers]] of ''MaiOtome'' -- was released in 2007 and later licensed by Sentai Filmworks. Rather than being a straight [[TheAnimeOfTheGame Anime Of The Game]], it was instead an {{Elseworld}} RealRobot show that cast the main characters as pilots (or "Masters") of {{Giant Robot}}s called [=IDOLs=] (making them [[IncrediblyLamePun IDOL-Masters]]). A more straightforward [[TheAnimeOfTheGame anime adaptation]] (called ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'') aired in Japan during the Summer and Fall Seasons of 2011.

There are also some manga telling their own stories, one of them being ''[[Manga/PetitIdolmaster Puchim@s]]'', which got its own internet anime adaptation in the [[Winter2013Anime Winter Season of 2013]] and the [[Spring2014Anime Spring Season of 2014]], simulcast by Creator/FUNimation; it can be found on their [[http://www.youtube.com/user/FUNimation?feature=watch official youtube page]].

The franchise has spawned three [[MobilePhoneGame card games for phones]], ''Cinderella Girls'', ''[=SideM=]'' (for the Mobage platform) and ''Million Live'' (for the GREE platform) They feature unique idols and have spawned [=CDs=] and mangas of their own. ''[=SideM=]'' is also noteworthy for being the first game of the franchise with females as its main audience: it features solely male idols. ''Cinderella Girls'' spawned a big enough {{fandom}} to gain an [[Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls anime]], that premiered on the Winter2015Anime season. It has also received a RhythmGame for smartphones, ''THE IDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls Starlight Stage'', with gameplay similar to fellow rhythm phone games such as ''Franchise/LoveLive School Idol Festival'' but using 3D models.

It also has a [[Characters/TheIdolmaster character sheet]], and a dedicated fansite called [[http://www.project-imas.com/ Project-iMAS]] which includes [[TheWikiRule a wiki too]]. [[http://www.project-imas.com/w/Main_Page Click here for the wiki]]!

Also, as all good successful franchises do, ''The iDOLM@STER'' managed to inspire other series to try and latch on the same crowd. ''VideoGame/DreamCClub'' was [=D3Publishes=]' answer to Namco Bandai's giant, with some unique elements in order to not look like they're the same thing.

Tropes that are common for the franchise as a whole, please, list them on this page. For tropes specific to individual titles please go to:

* ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster2'' - Despite the name, it's actually a different continuity.
* ''Anime/TheIdolmaster'' - The animated adaptation based off of ''The iDOLM@STER 2'' game. Also has an interquel manga.
* ''Manga/ColorfulDays'' - A prequel manga to the second game.
* ''Manga/TheIdolmaster2TheWorldIsAllOne'' - A manga that was also based off the second game, but with more liberties and development for its main characters.
* ''Anime/IdolmasterXenoglossia''
* ''Anime/TheIdolmasterCinderellaGirls''



* AlternateContinuity - Akihiro Ishihara, [[WordOfGod Bandai Namco's director]], said that ''[=iM@S SP=]'' and ''[=iM@S2=]'' are parallel worlds, as in ''[=iM@S2=]'', Hibiki and Takane are 765Pro's idols from the beginning.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes - Although that is largely the point with this game.
* AscendedMeme - Fans noticed that Ritsuko's outfit resembled the uniform of Lawson's convenience stores, and it became a meme. Bamco and Lawson's noticed the meme, and started a cross-promotion campaign that is still ongoing; you can apparently buy raffle tickets for Idolm@ster goods at Lawson's.
* BareYourMidriff - Depending on the costume set.
* {{Beat}} - From the new version of Danketsu:
-->'''TAKANE''': My name is Takane Shijou. [Beat] [Beat] [Beat] I'm afraid everything else is a secret.
* BewareTheNiceOnes - Sweet, dorky Haruka's image song carries strong dominatrix overtones. Also, have a listen to [[ShrinkingViolet Yukiho]]'s version of Overmaster!
** Hell, in the anime, sweet, dorky Haruka is the one who landed the BigBad role in the faux-movie trailer. [[ChewingTheScenery She's apparently having a hell of a time]] [[MeanCharacterNiceActor playing it]].
** In addition, Yayoi and Ryo's speech dialects become very violent when angered.
* BlushSticker
* BribingYourWayToVictory - The downloadable content.
* CatGirl
* ColourCodedCharacters - All of the idols have associated colors, as can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfmNtbtoi3A here.]]
* {{Cosplay}} - Containing many a ShoutOut.
* CostumePorn
* {{CrossOver}}: The cell phone ''Cinderella Girls'' and ''Side:M'' each have their own separate events with the cell phone rpg ''Granblue Fantasy''.
* DownloadableContent
* ElegantGothicLolita - A few of the costumes.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles
* TheFaceless - The PlayerCharacter. Also, Mr. Takagi. Actually, aside from Kotori and the Jupiter trio, every other character you come across, including the satellite characters on the girls' routes, are all faceless.
* FanService
* FirstPersonSnapshooter - The sole premise in ''The iDOLM@STER Gravure for You''
* FreudianSlip - From the new version of Danketsu:
--> '''YUKIHO''': I'm Hagiwara Yukiho, 17 years old. [[CharacterDevelopment I'm REALLY fond of boys.]] Ah, wait, I meant to say tea!
* FunWithAcronyms - The MASTER ARTIST CD series has one hidden. If you look at the covers of the CD jackets of each album, every girl is saying something, most of them in English. If you put them in the correct order, they spell...
-->'''T'''o be (CD Finale)
-->'''H'''appy and (CD Finale)
-->'''E'''xciting! (CD Finale)
-->'''I''' Love you (Iori CD 8)
-->'''D'''ododo (Makoto CD 4)
-->'''O'''ui! (Chihaya CD 5)
-->'''L'''ucky! (Haruka CD 1)
-->'''M'''usic! (Azusa CD 7)
-->'''@'''! (Ritsuko CD 10)
-->'''S'''urprise (Miki CD 3)
-->'''T'''win! (Ami/Mami CD 6)
-->'''E'''at! (Yayoi CD 2)
-->'''R'''eally!? (Yukiho CD 9)
* FurBikini - A costume or two.
* GirlishPigtails
* GoingThroughTheMotions
* GottaCatchEmAll - There's over 100 idols on the mobile game ''THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls''.
* GratuitousEnglish - Quite a few of the songs. Geetah Solo, come on!
--> '''TAKANE:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZHrvy4fu1Q#t=37s Haro, mai neemu izu Takane. Hau oorudo aa yuu?]]
* HelloInsertNameHere - Your character is always referred to as "Producer" and its variants, except for Ami and Mami, who always call him "Nii-chan".
** [[spoiler: As you go further into some of the girls' routes, a few of them change the way they refer to the producer, such as Miki calling him [[GratuitousEnglish Hanii (Honey)]] or Takane's Anata-sama (Dear).]]
* ImageSong - Each girl has at least one song just for her.
* IntercourseWithYou - Agent Yoru wo Yuku was introduced in the First Vision games and deals with male prostitution, as was [[ObligatoryBondageSong I Want]], the song of a sadist.
** In general, the game versions of songs that can be inferred to be of a sexual nature are much vaguer about the topic than their extended, album-only full versions.
* {{Joshikousei}}
* {{Kawaiiko}} - Iori
* KickTheDog - Kuroi in the anime continuity kicked a hard one when he sent {{Paparazzi}} to slander Chihaya with her DarkAndTroubledPast, traumatizing her for life and showing zero regret for it. [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even the Jupiter trio do not approve]]. To some (and probably the Jupiter trio), this becomes a MoralEventHorizon, since the previous iterations of Kuroi were at best high-class {{Jerkass}}es and never tried traumatizing people for life.
* {{Level Up At Intimacy 5}} - Idols can draw on pleasant memories to boost their performance during the Audition stage.
* LuckyCharmsTitle
* MinigameGame
* MultipleEndings
* NotAllowedToGrowUp - Played straight until [[Videogame/TheIdolmaster2 THE iDOLM@STER 2]], in which everyone is one year older.
* ObligatoryBondageSong - I Want. The narrator of the song is a sadist, known in how they treat the person the song is directed to in the lyrics.
* OffModel - In the Live For You! [[OriginalVideoAnimation OVA]], near the beginning when all the idols walk away, there are two Mamis instead of an Ami and a Mami.
* OnlySixFaces - All the girls are distinguishable only through their hair, eyes and body types. The face template for all of them is the same.
* PimpedOutDress - All the costumes with any kind of skirt would count.
* PinkMeansFeminine - Some of the outfits are pink. Iori's image color is pink, and she is shown to nearly always wear dresses and act very princess-like.
* PigeonholedVoiceActor - Creator/RieKugimiya as [[{{Tsundere}} Iori]].
* PoorCommunicationKills - In this case, kill your chances of getting a Perfect Communication during jobs.
* PowerTrio - A major selling point of the game is the ability to mix and match any combination of three idols and decide who sings what lines, customizing the track to your liking.
** [[BlondeBrunetteRedhead Haruka, Miki, and Chihaya]] are frequently put together in non-canonical works, such as drama [=CDs=] and the OVA.
** Miki, Takane, and Hibiki, each specializing in a certain stat. Interestingly, in the PSP games, they form rival company 961Pro's unit "Project Fairy".
* PrettyInMink - A few of the outfits have fur trim.
* PunnyName / GoroawaseNumber - President Kuroi of 961 Production ("961" can be read as ''ku-ro-i'').
** The 765 in 765 Studios is pronounced "na-mu-ko", from "nana" (7), "mu" (6, for counters), and "go" (5, where "go" and "ko" are the same character, mostly). If you still don't get it, this is how Namco is pronounced in Japan. This reference can also be found in other works by Namco, the RidgeRacer and AceCombat series being good examples.
** Also, the DS game's 876 Production is read as "ban-na-mu", with "ban" (8) and then the "na-mu" part as above. "Bannamu" is a portmanteau of "Bandai Namco", and is indeed a common short form for it.
* RelationshipValues
* RuleOfCute - [[FridgeLogic How can the girls]] [[BlushSticker blush on cue]] during the stage performances? [[{{Moe}} Who cares!]]
* SexySantaDress - In ''Live For You''.
* SoundEffectsBleep - From the new version of Danketsu:
--> '''AMI''': I'm a little sister character! So my popularity with [[{{Lolicon}} lo]][[PacMan *wakawaka*]] [[LampshadeHanging is]] [[TokenMiniMoe guaranteed]]!
* UnlimitedWardrobe
** LimitedWardrobe - A rare case where both apply. With the amount of DLC out there's almost no end to the clothes the girls can wear. But in the in-game communications they are always using the same set, the only diference being that it changes between Summer and Winter.
* VideoGameCaringPotential
* VirtualPaperDoll
* WhoWritesThisCrap - from the new version of Danketsu:
--> '''RITSUKO:''' Eh? You want me to be an idol? I guess... if I could just be your very own idol, then... Wait, why do I have to say such embarassing lines?!
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair
* YouLoseAtZeroTrust
* ZettaiRyouiki: A few of the costumes.

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* AlternateRealityGame - Touched on this in the arcade version: if you enter your cellphone number into your account, your idol will periodically send you text messages.
** Averted in the 360 game where your idol sends you texts to an in-game cellphone.
* DyeHard - Miki is an InUniverse example.[[spoiler: Her hair color is actually brown, and it's only revealed in her alternate route as Kakusei Miki.]]
* EndlessGame - It's impossible to "win" in the arcade game, per se... the goal is to keep your idol's career alive for as long as possible. In the XBox version, you "win" if you last a year.
* ImportantHaircut - During one path of her character storyline, [[spoiler:Miki cuts her hair and stops dying it blonde]].
** Azusa also cuts her hair short on The Idolm@ster 2. Going by the anime, it was when she was scouted as part of the RK.
* IntercourseWithYou - Agent Yoru Wo Iku
* PantyShot - Having low dancing skill may cause your idol to trip herself during the show. Combine it with costumes with skirts to get this trope.
* ScoringPoints - The number of fans your idol has.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia - [[spoiler:In the alternate Miki route, after she knows that the unit will be disbanded, she is surprised. Days later, she shows up having forgotten the memories between her and the Producer.]]

[[folder:'''The iDOLM@STER DS''']]
* BeachEpisode: Ryo's story features a chapter at the beach, where the 876 idols have a photoshoot.
** It does lead to a HotSpringsEpisode when Ryo needs a break from posing in the feminine swimsuit.
* ButtMonkey - Ryo's motivation for becoming an idol in the first place is to shed his girlyboy image and become more popular with the ladies. Naturally, [[DraggedIntoDrag his producer chooses to parade him onstage in a pink dress.]]
* ClarkKenting - Ryo's "disguise" consists of boob pads, make-up, and the removal of his glasses.
* NoIndoorVoice - Ai Hidaka.
* StacysMom - Ai becomes a victim of this. Her mother, an ex-idol herself, becomes nostalgic for the glory days when Ai makes it big and decides to make a comeback. Ai is shortly overshadowed in the public eye by her still incredibly hot mom.
* SuperTitle64Advance - The Idolm@ster Dearly Stars is for the Nintendo DS.
* WholesomeCrossdresser - Ryo

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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead - While very possible to do by yourself, it's also probably one of the reasons why 961 has the three idols it has - in fact, it's an odd case where the "redhead" of the trio is actually blonde, considering Takane's silver locks. [[spoiler: Unless, of course, you count Miki's hairstyle from after she stops dying it, which is probably closer to being red....]]
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience - The Perfect Sun girls (Makoto, Haruka, Yayoi and Hibiki) are red, the Wandering Star girls (Takane, Ami, Mami, Iori and Yukiho) are yellow, and the Missing Moon girls (Azusa, Chihaya, Miki and Ritsuko) are blue. This color code was also used in the mobile games, although changing the name of each category.
* DisproportionateRetribution - [[spoiler: Why did Miki switch from 765 Pro to 961 Pro? Because President Takagi ate her onigiri.]]
* LoverTugOfWar - The Producer is the victim of this in Azusa's ending, with her and Miki on each side.

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* AscendedExtra - Most of the opponents that you run into during rank-up festivals are cameo characters, some with models (Ai, Eri and Ryo from ''Dearly Stars'' and Touma, Hokuto and Shouta from ''TheIdolmaster2''), others {{in name only}} (Cineria, Yumeko[[note]]She's actually named something different, "Dreamy Girl", which is close to the meaning of Yumeko in English, "dream child"[[/note]] and [[spoiler:riola]] also from ''Dearly Stars'', and Hikari, Tsubomi and Nozomi from [[MythologyGag episode 10]] of [[{{Anime/TheIdolmaster}} the anime]]).
** The New Generation trio (Uzuki Shimamura, Rin Shibuya and Mio Honda), Kaede Takagaki, [[MrImagination Ranko Kanzaki]] and [[{{Hikikomori}} Anzu Futaba]] are [=DLC=] rivals from the ''Cinderella Girls'' mobile game and Shizuka Mogami, Tsubasa Ibuki, Mirai Kasuga, Nao Yokoyama and Serika Hakozaki from ''Million Live'' were released as DLC rivals.
* EveryoneHasASpecialMove - Each of the idols gets a unique burst skill of her own which triggers either during or after a burst appeal is performed.
* SkillScoresAndPerks - This game introduced a skill board for each producable idol, with differing stats and distributions for each idol, but all of them get access to trio memory appeals and trio [[LimitBreak burst appeals]], and each idol has [[EveryoneHasASpecialMove her own unique burst skill]].
* SliceOfLife - When compared to [[{{VideoGame/TheIdolmaster2}} its direct predecessor,]] the game has a higher emphasis on the girls' day-to-day life and how they interact with each other.