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With a few exceptions, superheroes need day jobs. After, all those wonderful toys don't just grow on trees. Some can make it big as Intrepid Reporters, while others can fulfill their need to help people round the clock as Military Superheroes. And for your average Kid Hero, the problem just doesn't apply. But sometimes, your alter ego is someone who's in the public eye.

When the superhero has a secret identity that is famous in their own right. When they are not fighting crime they are a famous rockstar, an actor, or just someone that is constantly in the public eye. Of course this can cause the problem of someone being able to notice that the famous model and the superheroine seem to have a lot in common, specially if they have a Paper-Thin Disguise.

See also Stock Superhero Day Jobs, in which being famous is a "job" to hide his/her superhero life. Magic Idol Singer (when the Idol Singer in question is a Magical Girl Warrior) and Rich Idiot with No Day Job (when the public identity is a Millionaire Playboy) are sub-tropes. Inverted by Anti-Climactic Unmasking, where a hero is unmasked and other characters are surprised by the fact that they aren't already famous.

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Sister trope of Celebrity Superhero, in which the superhero is seen as the big star instead of using it as secret identity.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Sailor Moon
    • Michiru Kaioh is an internationally acclaimed violinist. Having played in mayor venues around the globe she is definitely a celebrity. She also is Sailor Neptune, the Badass Princess from planet Neptune and fights the evil Death Busters, protecting the Earth and her future Queen, Serenity.
    • Her girlfriend, Haruka Tennoh is also a celebrity. A car racing champion who gets a lot of attention from the media due her talent and young age. She transform into the tough Sailor Uranus and defends the solar system from evil and chaos.
    • The Sailor Star Lights are a trio of magical teen idols that disguise as men in the manga and TRANSFORM into men in the anime. They use music to deliver a message to their princess which they are looking for. When in Sailor form, they fight evil Senshi and live to defeat the terrible Sailor Galaxia who tries to gather all the Sailor Crystals in the universe.
  • In Dancougar Nova, the Sixth Ranger turns out to be the famous Idol Singer Eida, who took up anonymous Humongous Mecha piloting in her spare time.
  • Fujiko Fujio's Perman has Sumire Hoshino, a famous young idol, a.k.a Perman 3/Pako, one of the superheroes with the name "Perman". In particular, she feels that she has more freedom as a superhero than as an idol.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • Sapphire from Champions is a pop singer whose superpowers manifested during a kidnapping attempt at one of her concerts. Fans have described her as "J-Lo with superpowers".

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    Visual Novels 
  • Two examples in Villainous Nights. Wolf is secretly Duke Vale, CEO of a big tech company, and Cat is Andi Kim, social media superstar. Both are secret identities, but in Andi's season 3 she goes public. Lorelei also used to be a superhero who worked with megastar Scarlet Brighid for Optimus. The high proportion of celebrities in the group is parodied in Lorelei's route when the MC meets the other characters. She's shocked and delighted to meet Duke Vale and Andi Kim! ...and then Renzei takes off his mask and all she can say is 'yeah I don't know who this guy is.'

    Western Animation 
  • In Miraculous Ladybug this is the case with Chat Noir, who is actually Adrien Agreste, son of a fashion tycoon and part-time model.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Though the character Jet Fusion is more of a Celebrity Superspy, but he fits the trope for the most part. Fusion is an actor who plays a James Bond Expy in in-series films and gets recruited by a Spy organization to work as an actual spy. Fusion is able to justify his espionage activities under the guise of preparing or shooting of a new movie and can also in cases when accidents that can't be easily covered up the United States government easily claim that they are stunts that are being recorded for an upcoming film.

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