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Full Name: Zhang Yixing

"I’ll do my best as myself, then together with my team I’ll walk towards that most glorious day."

EXO-M's main dancer, introduced on January 17, 2012. His jersey number is 10. Solo debut in October 28, 2016.

  • Renaissance Man: Lay can sing, is known for being one of EXO's best dancers, can compose music, can play acoustic guitar and piano, and is adorable to top it off. He is also said to cook the best, and even took part in a cooking show. He can also breakdance, to some extent. As of September 2015, he is writing an autobiography.
  • Shirtless Scene: Threw off his shirt the EXO'rdium concert.
  • Singer-Songwriter: He is one, and produced his solo album himself.
  • Stage Name: Lay in contrast to real name Zhang Yixing.
  • Tender Tears: When EXO-M won their first award, Lay was the first to start crying. Also cried after their first music show win.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Pronouncing the made-up duo name of him and Baekhyun (byunxing) close to the Korean term of "idiot", making Baekhyun and the host flustered. Also pronounced wrongly when Chanyeol asked him about his favorite food.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is known for his loyalty to his bandmates and his company, especially during the "Call Me Baby" era, where many netizens were questioning whether he'd stay with EXO or not, even as he'd stated numerous times that he had no intention of doing so. While EXO was promoting KFC, he refused to eat at an airport McDonald's with his family even though he was very hungry.
  • Unicorn: His Animal Motif since it is his symbol in the MAMA MV.
  • Workaholic: According to multiple fanaccounts, before debut, he'd practice very late into the night, often eating one meal a day or less and lost a great deal of weight. He practiced until the point of seriously injuring his waist in October 2012, and again during the Wolf era.
    • As of 2016, he'd fainted in public twice, due to exhaustion.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: Has very poor clotting aka.hemophilia. When he was younger he had a tonsil surgery and nearly died because of massive bleeding.
    • He had also been seen in the public a few times with bloody hands.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He had blue hair during the Wolf era.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Fear of every animal with a beak.

Full Name: Kim Jongdae

"I can’t tell everyone words of thanks, so I will repay you all with more exciting stages and better songs."

EXO-M's main vocalist, introduced on December 29, 2011. His jersey number is 21. Made debut as a sub-group EXO-CBX along with Baekhyun and Xiumin in October 31, 2016.

  • Animal Motif:
    • A dinosaur, since his face looks like one, and because he has No Indoor Voice. He even dressed as one during a concert.
    • Also a camel, since he also looks like one.
  • Cat Smile: His mouth naturally curves at the end forming one.
  • The Captain: Specifically, Captain Beagle (the other "beagles" being Baekhyun and Chanyeol). Despite being the second oldest of the trio after Baekhyun, he's also the most responsible of the three.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric-Sanguine.
  • Funny Foreigner: One of two Koreans in the Chinese half of EXO, and fits this trope with his gratuitous Chinese.
  • Has a Type: Likes girls with pretty eyes.
  • Hidden Depths: Fandom might make him out to be a bit of a cocky troll, but he's a genuinely sweet guy who doesn't forget friends and seems to have made it a personal goal to draw out the brighter sides of some of EXO's shyer members, like D.O. .
  • Melismatic Vocals: Holds a very long note in the beginning of MAMA in this manner.
  • Mistaken Nationality: Many fans thought he was one of EXO's Chinese members, though he was one of EXO-M's two Korean members.
  • Myers–Briggs: ENTP.
  • No Indoor Voice
  • Perpetual Smiler: His mouth is naturally curved into a smile, and he is one of the more jovial members.
  • The Prankster: Loves to troll people along with the rest of the beagle line.
  • Performance Anxiety: Has an anxiety with public speaking, though he has gotten much, much better at it, to the point he's been put in the spokesman role quite a few times now.
  • Shock and Awe: His power during the MAMA MV.
  • Stage Name: Chen in contrast to real name Kim Jongdae.
  • Troll: Has this reputation, thanks to his many teasing comments towards his fellow members and pretending to give fans his phone number during a concert.
  • Villainous Cheekbones: Averted; he has prominent cheekbones but is one of the sweetest members of EXO.

Full Name: Kim Minseok

"No matter what, we'll keep the same mentality we started out with."

EXO-M's lead vocalist, lead rapper and lead dancer, introduced on January 26, 2012. His jersey number is 99. Made debut as a sub-group EXO-CBX along with Baekhyun and Chen in October 31, 2016.

  • Animal Motif: Often compared with a cat because of his appearance and some of his Character Tics. He is also the only one that has a cat in the team and even wore a cat onesie at Exo'luxion Dot in Seoul.
  • Acrofatic: Quite chubby in his childhood and in early debut days. He plays soccer very well while also knowing taekwondo and kendo, and is said to be the strongest member.
  • Badass Adorable: An adorable and gentle-looking guy who knows taekwondo. According to the other members, he's the strongest out of all of them.
  • Breakout Character: Became this during the EXODUS era, along with Lay. Up to Eleven when promoting as EXO-CBX .
  • Childhood Friends: Friends with Dongwoo of the group Infinite since childhood.
  • Female Gaze: A punishment on Sukura radio had him writing his name with his butt to the camera.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • Funny Foreigner: One of two Koreans in the Chinese half of EXO. Fits this trope with his gratuitous Chinese.
  • An Ice Person: His power during the MAMA MV.
  • Mistaken Age: This adorable-looking guy doesn't look like he'd be the oldest member, right?
  • Mistaken Nationality: Many fans thought he was one of EXO's Chinese members, though he was one of EXO-M's two Korean members.
  • Myers–Briggs: ISTJ.
  • Neat Freak: He enjoys cleaning, and is referred to as such by his fellow members. He once even said that he has OCD.
  • Older Than They Look: Surprisingly the oldest member despite his baby face.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: One of the shorter members, but the strongest out of the 12 of them.
  • The Prankster: When asked who was the funniest one in the group, EXO-M pointed to him.
  • The Quiet One: Doesn't talk very much. His 2014 new year's resolution was to speak more.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The quiet, low-key Blue Oni to Lu Han's cheery, playful Red.
  • Schedule Fanatic: He claimed that he is this in a interview for VIVI Magazine.
    "As I did today as well, I'm always 2 hours awake before I leave the house. I get anxious whenever something is uncertain, and I especially have a really hard time when it gets hasty/untidy/busy in the morning. So when I wake up in the morning I toast some bread and eat breakfast, take a shower, and think about the things I have to do that day. If I don't do that, I feel like I will lose my composure and mess up my entire day..."
  • Shirtless Scene: During the EXO'luXion concert in Seoul. Also wore a see-through shirt in the "Call Me Baby" MV.
  • Stage Name: Xiumin in contrast to real name Kim Minseok.
  • The Stoic: One of the few members that has never been seen crying onstage or in an interview. He is referred to as one of the calmest and quietest members.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: He likes coffee and wants to have barista license someday. He had a barista lesson for their Showtime variety show and had a barista-themed magazine photoshoot.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Strongest and coolest member, yet scared of pigeons.


Full Name: Kim Junmyun

"You're pretty now. But if you don't learn to love yourself, even if you are pretty, you're not truly considered as a beauty."

EXO-K's leader (the leader of EXO as of May 2014) and lead vocalist, introduced on February 15, 2012. His jersey number is 1.

  • Shirtless Scene: In a picture Sehun posted on his Instagram on his birthday. Had another one during the EXO'luxion concert at Tokyo dome.
  • The Smart Guy: Apparently got one of the best marks in his school while he was attending.
  • Stage Name: Suho in contrast to real name Kim Junmyun.
  • Uncle Pennybags: Despite coming from a wealthy family, he is very polite and caring towards his bandmates and his fans, and a dedicated leader. Also called $uho by fans.

Full Name: Byun Baekhyun

"Life is only a path of efforts."

One of EXO-K's main vocalists (lately also lead dancer), introduced on January 30, 2012. His jersey number is 4. Made debut as a sub-group EXO-CBX along with Xiumin and Chen in October 31, 2016.

Full Name: Park Chanyeol

"No matter how hard it is, I'll always smile like an idiot."

EXO-K's main rapper (lately also lead vocalist), introduced on February 23, 2012. His jersey number is 61.

  • Animal Motif: Often compared with a puppy (Beagle, if specified). Wore a white tiger onesie during Exo'luxion.
  • The Big Guy: For EXO-K; he is the tallest or second tallest of EXO and has pretty impressive guns.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The big guy to Baekhyun's little guy.
  • Childhood Friends: With Sehun.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Sometimes.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: Labelled "teeth-rich."
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Really likes animals. He had a pet ferret, parrot, cat, and dog when he was younger and also feeds stray cats. He was even once scolded by his mom for wanting to keep a mouse caught in a mice trap.
  • Genki Girl: He is EXO's "Happy Virus", and is a big ball of energy to match.
  • Gentle Giant
  • Narcissist: In a competition in his school festival when Chanyeol was in middle school, he answered, “I want to marry the man who has the same face as me” to the question of what would he do if he were a female.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Gently poked fun of Kai's dark skin on Sukira, garnering a great deal of backlash. There's also an old post made by him during his trainee days where he made fun of SNSD's appearance without makeup. Anti's use this trope to make him out as an arrogant jerkass.
  • Keet: Though he is rather tall, he definitely fits as he's cute and talkative.
  • Large Ham
  • Lovable Coward: As a trainee, Sehun asked Chanyeol to help him with a boy harassing him over Nate-On. Chanyeol ended up getting scared and exiting the chat room. Still a beloved member though.
  • Myers–Briggs: ENFP.
  • Motor Mouth: Most prominently during Two Moons and Black Pearl where he raps incredibly fast.
  • No Indoor Voice
  • Playing with Fire: His power during the MAMA MV.

Full Name: Do Kyungsoo

"To bind us and keep us strong in a special world, where we belong."

One of EXO-K's main vocalists, introduced on January 30, 2012. His jersey number is 12.

Full Name: Kim Jong-in

"I'd have no regrets dying on stage."

EXO-K's main dancer and lead rapper, introduced on December 23, 2011. His jersey number is 88.

Full Name: Oh Se-hun

"We may be separated into two groups, but really, we are one big family."

EXO-K's lead dancer (lately main dancer), lead rapper and maknae (youngest member), as well as maknae to all of EXO. Introduced on January 10, 2012. His jersey number is 94.

Former Members

    Lu Han 
Full Name: Lu Han

"Don't give up on your dreams and keep reaching."

Was one of EXO-M's main vocalists and lead dancer, introduced on December 27, 2011. His previous jersey number was 7. Left EXO in October 2014 due to poor health and alleged mistreatment of Chinese members. Tropes applying to his solo career can be seen here.

  • Animal Motifs: Often compared to a deer because his surname 'Lu' means deer in Chinese.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Lu Han is known for being one of the more innocent and good-natured, if not shy, members of EXO. While filming for a movie during June 2014, he called out a stalker on Weibo, stating that she's too audacious, and that he wouldn't dare post what she said on his account. Previously, he'd also shown fans waiting for him the phone number of a stalker who'd called Lu Han.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Little brother instinct in this case, when fan insulting Xiumin in Chinese in front of Lu Han got him so angry that he dragged Xiumin away in a huff.
  • Bishōnen: All of the members are this, he just takes this trope Up to Eleven with his pretty, slim and tall figure. So much that Suho said that his ideal woman was one that looked like a long-haired Lu Han.
  • Breakout Character: Well-liked since MAMA era, enough to get a role in a movie during Overdose era.
  • Captain Obvious: When asked what the biggest difference is between Korean and Chinese fans, Lu Han said "the language".
  • Cool Big Sis: Gender-inverted, often thought to be this for EXO's members, as he tends to them rather often.
  • The Cutie: Baby-faced, gentle, goofy and soft-spoken.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Suho compared him to a girl, and Lu Han was far from amused by this.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Marilyn Monroe. In fact, he pretty much hates being compared to a girl in general, even jokingly.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Suho confessed to having a crush on Lu Han twice, during EXO's first Showcase, and during the Overdose era.
  • The Face: Was officially one for EXO, and this especially rang true during the MAMA era.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric-Phlegmatic.
  • Friend to All Children: He shook a child's hand, though his hands were already full. There's also this account:
    "The little kids clearly all really liked Lu Han, and kept talking to him. Lu Han would always stoop down to listen carefully, nod intently, and reply. Afterwards, as soon as the kids raised their heads, he would stoop, lean over and listen with a really gentle expression. Later, because it was easier to chat with the kids, he just crouched down and would keep one eye on the recording while constantly playing with the kids."
  • Full-Name Basis: Lu Han is actually his full name, though some mistakenly claim that "Xi" is his surname.
  • Has a Type: Likes pale, long haired, quiet girls.
  • Hates Being Touched: He hates people lying down on his bed, and hates his head being touched. Amusingly enough, he is pretty touchy-feely with his bandmates.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: As of September 2014, he had to miss 2 upcoming concerts because he was deathly ill. He left SM and EXO because of his health issues.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: Often wishes to be referred to as manly.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: He's good at singing and dancing, he is known to be one of the band's best-looking/prettiest members, he can act well enough for SM to give him a role in a movie, he can speak Korean pretty well.
  • The Lancer: Lu Han was rumoured to be EXO-M's new leader, and is often seen as another hyung to the members aside from Kris.
  • Lethal Chef: He jokes that his cooking could kill someone. According to a fanaccount, he caused a kitchen fire once.
  • Lovable Jock: Pretty good at soccer, and also a good guy.
  • Mind over Matter: His power during the MAMA MV.
  • Mistaken Age: Mistaken to be younger than he really is.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Acquired this status in his solo of "The Star" during the Overdose Era. Also, he has a Shirtless Scene in the opening VCR of The Lost Planet concert.
  • Myers–Briggs: ENFJ.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Not afraid to be touchy-feely with others.
  • Older Than He Looks: Can you believe this baby-face man is 23?
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The goofy, cheery Red Oni to the introverted, less silly Xiumin's Blue Oni.
  • School Idol: Apparently was very popular at school before moving to Korea. He had his own fanclub.
  • Shirtless Scene: His MAMA album photos and the opening VCR of The Lost Planet concert has him topless.
  • Shrinking Violet: Tends to be shy, though he is slowly opening up. Apparently, he got yelled at by staff during the MAMA era for being too shy.
  • Slasher Smile: Yes, The Cutie has a pretty funny/creepy one.
  • Stepford Smiler: With the way he cheerfully interacted with his fellow members and his playful attitude on camera, nobody knew that he was terribly ill and that he couldn't take being an idol any longer.
  • Surprisingly Good English: His pronunciation is near perfect especially considering he spent almost his whole life in China.
  • Working Through the Cold
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Insist that he is manly - and is mostly like that - but is severely afraid of heights and flying.

Full Name: Wu Yifan

"Life is a game. Play it."

Was EXO-M's main rapper and leader. Introduced on February 17, 2012, and left in May 2014 due to illness, abuse from management, and lack of career opportunities. His previous jersey number was 00. Tropes applying to his solo career can be seen here.

  • Animal Motif: A dragon.
  • Big Brother Instinct: According to fans, he got wounded while protecting Lay from hordes of fans grabbing at EXO-M in China.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Once to Tao. No longer the case after leaving EXO.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Sports a thick pair of them.
  • Canada, Eh?: Lived in Canada for a part of his childhood.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Maybe Next Time."
    • "Galaxy"
    • "Chicken is not my style."
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • In multiple interviews, he revealed that he had no father, and he was bullied by his peers for his dark skin. He first arrived in Vancouver, Canada alone at the tender age of 10, and initially had to live with his mother's friend and her child, away from his own mother, and was a social outcast there as well. Not to mention, he revealed he was too poor to afford even a pair of jeans, according to an interview with The Paper in January 2016.
    • Being an idol was not Kris's first choice. He initially want to become a professional basketball player, but after sustaining an injury, he was forced to give up.
  • The Determinator: Trained for five years in Korea before becoming a part of EXO, without prior knowledge of the language. According to fanaccounts, he suffered severe homesickness and racism. He went on to be one of the most fluent Chinese members.
    • According to Chinese netizens, he's regularly stay up past 4:00 am to practice his basketball, long after everyone else left, after moving to Canada.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Reactions of fans and members alike to him leaving the group. It is especially implied that the members themselves did not know of his intentions beforehand.
  • Friend to All Children: He has a notably big soft spot for children, in contrast to his usual stoic attitude.
  • Flight: His power during the MAMA MV.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic-Phlegmatic.
  • Guttural Growler: Tends to sound like this when he raps.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: As of July 2015, he confirmed that he actually did develop a potentially fatal heart condition, likely due to extreme stress and overwork from working under SM.
  • I Have Many Names: Li Jiaheng, Kevin Li, Wu Yifan, Kris Wu...Ben Ben..
  • The Illegible: Has very questionable writing.
  • The Leader: Unlike most groups where leadership is automatically given to the eldest member, he was EXO-M's leader as he was protective, responsible, and an omniglot). His fellow members and fans saw him as a Big Brother Mentor to EXO as a whole. He was demoted as of Wolf/Growl era after pissing the management off, and no longer possesses the role due to no longer being a member of EXO.
  • Lovable Jock: Able to play basketball extremely well and is good at archery, and is also a good guy.
  • Manly Tears: He is usually very reserved and extremely composed. He has been brought to tears multiple times.
  • Misery Builds Character: Said in an interview for a magazine that his job was full of hardship, but it would be meaningless if it weren't. Now Harsher In Hindsight, as apparently he couldn't bear working for SM any longer, and filed a lawsuit.
  • Momma's Boy: Gently pleaded with his fans not to take pictures of his mother.
  • Myers–Briggs: ISTJ.
  • Not So Above It All: Earn him the nickname Galaxy.
  • Omniglot: speak English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Korean competently.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Serious, levelheaded Blue to sensitive fellow rappers Tao's and other fellow rapper Chanyeol's Reds.
  • Renaissance Man: Can speak 4 languages, play basketball, rap, sing, compose, act, play the drums, lead a very prominent boy band, and according to the director of "Somewhere Only We Know", is good at playing both the piano and cello, and actually played those instruments during the movie.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: He has near perfect etiquette and is known for being very patient with his fans. He also helped manage EXO behind the scenes and was the first artist to file a lawsuit against his powerful entertainment company in 5 years after Han Geng.
  • Stepford Smiler: Like Lu Han, he tried his best to seem happy to be an idol and was exceedingly gentle with his fans, despite being very physically ill and suffering from depression. Many fans suspected he was this long before he filed a lawsuit.
  • Team Dad: In contrast to Suho's Team Mom tendencies, he acted the part during MAMA era and Wolf/Growl era, by buying his fellow members medicine when they were sick, and stood up to an MC who jokingly told the audience that EXO-M wouldn't understand Chinese. He took responsibility for speaking for the rest of EXO-M when they were too shy to speak/didn't understand what the MC was saying.
  • Terrible Artist: So bad at drawing that fans started sarcastically calling him Kriscasso.

Full Name: Huang Zitao

"Nothing in the world is impossible for me."

Was EXO-M's lead rapper and maknae. Introduced on December 27, 2011. His previous jersey number was 68. Went on hiatus since April 2015 for treatment of multiple injuries, and officially left in August 2015.