Beast, also stylized as B 2 ST, is a six member boy band from South Korea that debuted in 2009 under Cube Entertainment. Their original name came from shortening "Boys 2 Search for Top", and their current name comes from both "Boys of the EAst Standing Tall" and the phrase "So beast".They were originally known for having members who have either already debuted as singers or almost did so in other groups that then went on to find fame without them. However, over time, Beast has managed to strip away the titles of the "reject group" and "recycled group" that they were originally labeled with and gain respect as excellent idol singers with a penchant for fanservice of the hoyay variety.Korean Discography:
A Father to His Men: How the boys regard the president of Cube Entertainment. Fans have even taken to calling him "Hong Papa". Hong also likes to refer to his artists as "the sons and daughters of Cube".
Because You Were Nice to Me: Although Junhyung is far from being the butt monkey, this is how he became friends with Doojoon and Yoseob. He originally had a really bad impression of the two of them, but after one of his cousins died, they were the ones most concerned about him and tried to comfort him.
Big Eater: Yoseob, despite being one of the smallest members.
Bishōnen: All of them, but special mention goes to Hyunseung who is constantly compared to a girl. Much to his displeasure. Dongwoon too, even if he doesn't look girly. He's just a really beautiful guy◊.
Boastful Rap: Junhyung is usually in charge of these. They're usually very mild compare to the raps from actual rappers, but he does boast in them so it fits. It's usually only in their intro tracks that he does this though.
Clothing Damage: Due to not being on purpose, these examples don't really count as fanservice. While filming their Beast is the B2ST MV, Dongwoon ripped several pairs of pants because of his dancing. Kikwang then ripped his pants on stage. Doojoon later ripped several more pairs of pants during the filming of their Shock MV. All sets of pants ripped at the crotch. Due to the circumstances surrounding the incidents, only Kikwang's has been seen because of the live studio audience.
Cloudcuckoolander: Both Hyunseung and Kikwang, who are affectionately called 16-D (meaning they don't live/think the same as everyone else, but instead in a different dimension). Dongwoon is also sometimes included, but that's because he does really weird stuff when the camera's off.
The Cutie: Usually Yoseob, but sometimes Kikwang and Dongwoon take this role too.
Doojoon decided to become a singer and even ran away from home because his family wouldn't take him seriously.
Hyunseung got into YG Entertainment, not because of his talent, but because he was so determined to stay even though he only made it to the top five of their open auditions.
Junhyung and Yoseob got into Cube Entertainment even though they didn't impress its president in their auditions because they was so determined and because they had no place else to go.
Dongwoon got into Beast after pleading for a second chance in his monthly assessment.
The president of their company says that because most of the boys have gone through rejections from either the public, other groups, or other companies, they've all become this to some degree in order to prove themselves even more.
Expy: Junhyung is often compared to G-Dragon of Big Bang because he also helps write the lyrics for his group's songs, is a fashionista with strange clothes and ridiculous hairstyles, and used to go by the stage name Poppin' Dragon.
Dongwoon is a very passionate fan of a singer named Narsha, to the point of crying when someone got him an autographed copy of the limited special collectors ultimate edition of her solo album. Their onstage interactions are particularly adorable.
Doojoon was Hyunseung's fanboy after watching him on the Big Bang documentary. It was Hyunseung who inspired him to start singing.
Junhyung is a fanboy of the female soloist Son Dambi.
Their Beautiful MV has Doojoon as a DJ, Hyunseung dancing for a whole minute, and the rest in school uniforms for part of the video. The choreography is also full of fan service.
They frequently release practicevideos of themselves dancing to their title tracks with additional content thrown in. The Shock practice video featured bloopers and down time and the Breath practice video included over-the-top choreography for their track V.I.U. (Very Important U). Which according to fan accounts turned out to be the real choreography.
Yoseob has gotten in trouble for being so focused on fanservice; he once yelled out to fans while in the the office of Cube Entertainment's president.
Their second variety show B2ST Almighty was based on fulfilling requests from the viewers. This included delivering autographed CDs, giving their managers a break and managing themselves, directing their own MV, and being tied together in an attempt to improve their bonds with each other. Unfortunately for that last part, it happened entirely in a van for a duration much shorter than the 12 hours requested, and none of it was filmed.
Dongwoon is actually pretty decent with English. He has demonstrated the ability to translate from English to Korean on their show "Idol Maid".
Gratuitous English: Present in both their songs and whenever they speak it on their reality shows. Junhyung is the worst offender because he helps write the lyrics and most of the bad English pops up in his raps.
Hard Work Hardly Works: Subverted. When Beast debuted, they were known as the "Recycled Group" or the "Reject Group" due to having so many members whose "failures" in the entertainment industry were already known. They are now highly respected for giving almost flawless performances and rising above that moniker. Hyunseung especially exemplifies this though.
Hyunseung was in the 2006 GomTV documentary featuring Big Bang before their debut.
Junhyung was a member of the rotational group XING.
Kikwang debuted early in 2009 as a solo artist named "AJ". The others appeared as his back-up dancers at the time, and Doojoon and Junhyung did a guest featuring for his song "Wipe the Tears".
Yoseob made a series of popular UCC [User Created Content] videos with fellow M-Boat Entertainment trainee Daniel (who now goes by Drama and is in the group Dalmatian) several years prior.
Although not quite so well known as the others, Dongwoon was already a known JYP Entertainment trainee alongside Doojoon, Kikwang, and the members of 2PM and 2AM.
Yoseob is this with Dalmatian's lead singer Drama. They were both M-Boat Entertainment trainees who made a few extremely popular UCC [User Created Content] videos together. It treads on hoyay, especially seeing as their special collaboration duet is called First Snow and First Kiss and is supposed to be a reflection of their first meeting, memories of a first love, and feelings one would feel during the first snow and first kiss. The MV for it tastes like diabetes.
Junhyung is quite close with FT Island's Hongki, having gone on secret "dates" with him before.
Hidden Depths: Dongwoon attended Hanyoung Foreign Language High School — a top school in South Korea — and was learning Chinese. He was planning on applying for a Chinese scholarship and studying abroad, but debuted instead.
Humiliation Conga: Doojoon's character in "All My Love". He is finally released from two years of mandatory military service, only to be mistaken as a pervert by a violent, unattractive woman, pretty much forgotten about by his family, and arrested in his own house in his underclothes because the tenant who moved into his room after he left mistook him for a stalker.
Letters 2 Numbers: The "2" in both B2ST and B2UTY stands in for written "ea" and the spoken "ee" sound. In their first mini-album though, B2ST is pronounced "best" instead, with the "2" standing in for the "e" which it visually resembles.
Like a Son to Me: Cube's president often refers to Beast as the "sons of Cube" and is himself treated like a father.
Like Brother and Sister: The relationship between the members of Beast and fellow labelmates 4Minute is said to resemble this, especially since all artists under Cube Entertainment are collectively called CUBE Family. This doesn't really stop the shipping between them though. Beast themselves have said that they know too much about the girls of 4Minute to ever actually consider them girls.
Megane: Junhyung made it a habit to wear either large, geeky glasses or cool shades in their earlier promotions.
Performance Anxiety: Dongwoon may have experienced this in their earlier days. Pre-debut, he and Yoseob were expected to be the best entertainers of the group because they were both funny and ridiculous. Once the camera was on though, Dongwoon started clamming up instead of acting out.
Precision F-Strike: The word "Shit" was used in their song Yet, which was then banned from being performed.
Pretentious Latin Motto: Junhyung has "Carpe diem, quam minime credula postero" tattooed on his arm. It means "Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future."
Prince Charming: Doojoon holds the title of "Nation's Boyfriend Idol" due to his good looks, quick wit, and charitable, sensitive personality.
Small Name, Big Ego: Why Kikwang was dropped from JYP Entertainment. While the head of JYPE recognized that Kikwang had talent, he realized Kikwang recognized this too. He believed that because of this attitude, Kikwang wouldn't be willing to work on improving his skills out of complacency. Giving Kikwang his first taste of failure was supposed to help him learn some humility and that there was always room for improvement. It worked in the end.
This is also partially the reason why Doojoon was eliminated from JYPE's groups 2AM and 2PM.
Not So Stoic: Dongwoon in reality. He's really just incredibly camera shy, but he's been warming up.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Hyunseung was still training with Big Bang, he and Daesung realized they were doing all of the cooking even though that responsibility usually falls on the youngest, which was Seungri. When Hyunseung confronted Seungri about it, Seungri still wouldn't help cook which frustrated Hyunseung. When Hyunseung and Seungri came back later after shopping, Seungri covered one side of his face and told the others "I didn't get hit that much."