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We are one, we are EXO!
"We may be separated into two groups, but really, we are one big family."
EXO (Korean: 엑소) is a
who debuted under SM Entertainment on April 8, 2012, after
. They are split into two sub-units, EXO-M and EXO-K, who promote in China and South Korea, respectively.
The group is composed of 12 members from South Korea and China. Namely,
The group's two albums, the 2012 debut EP Mama and the 2013 comeback studio album XOXO, were major commercial successes, selling over 1.5 million units in total worldwide. The group was also named the Best Korean/Japanese Act at the MTV EMA Awards.
Xiumin - (March 26, 1990) Lu Han - (April 20, 1990) Kris - (November 6, 1990) Suho - (May 22, 1991) Lay - (October 7, 1991) Baekhyun - (May 6, 1992) Chen - (September 21, 1992) Chanyeol - (November 27, 1992) D.O - (January 12, 1993) Tao - (May 2, 1993) Kai - (January 14, 1994) Sehun - (April 12, 1994)
Studio Albums: Extended Plays: 2012 - MAMA 2013 - Miracles in December Tropes in their work:
Accidental Pervert - D.O walked in on Kai dancing in the shower. Accidental Athlete - Kris and Lu Han. Subverted by all of EXO-K besides Kai. Action Guy - Tao. Xiumin and Baekhyun also know martial arts. Adorkable - All of them, but especially Kai. Aerith and Bob - Xiumin, Lu Han, , Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O, Tao, Kai, Sehun. Kris A Father to His Men - Kris and Suho. All Chinese People Know Kung-Fu - Averted with all the Chinese members except for Tao, who was trained in wushu starting from a young age. Ambiguously Brown - Kai. Animated Music Video - The introduction of their MAMA music video. Animal Motif - The concept for Wolf. Tao is often compared to a panda because of his eyes. Chen is a camel. Lu Han is a deer. Bonus points because his name means "deer of the dawn" in Chinese. Annoying Laugh - Baekhyun tends to sound like he's having an asthma attack. Tao's laugh during Showtime also counts. Asexuality - D.O is awkward when talking about the opposite sex. Back-to-Back Badasses - Shown here, about two and a half minutes in. Badass Adorable - Tao (who is a Wushu champion), Xiumin (who practices Taekwondo and Kendo), and Baekhyun (who practices Hapkido) Badass Baritone - Chanyeol. Big Eater - Chanyeol and Tao. Big Little Brother - Sehun is the youngest member at 19 years old, but is one of the tallest members. Bishōnen - All of the boys. Boy Band - Currently one of the most popular examples. Breakout Character - Lu Han, who is by far the most popular member of the group. He was also voted as Asia's Most Handsome Man of 2013 and shows up often in Chinese newspapers. Break the Cutie Kris ignored his mother's phone calls around the Christmas season when he was still a trainee. He once said that if he picked up his phone he would quit on the spot and go home to see her. To keep himself from quitting, he befriended Tao and decided to keep being a trainee to keep him company. To this day, Kris still buys things for Tao, such as food and clothes. When Lay became an SM trainee, his girlfriend in China broke up with him so he could focus on training in hopes of someday debuting in a group. He was crushed, and wrote Airport Tears based on this experience. Sehun was scouted as a sixth grader and was rejected after his first audition. He spent the next two years juggling school (In South Korea, no less) and practicing his dance skills. After being rejected three times, he finally became an SM trainee and debuted! Only to be deemed lazy and useless by his own fans. Kai has also been training since he was a pre-teen. He has also been hurt in the process multiple times. The video of other members helping him and Tao walk after being injured is heartbreaking. Especially when you realize their mothers were turned away by security guards when they tried to reach for their sons... D.O and Tao have been affected the most by stalkers. D.O has also gotten more cold and reserved as a result. Bunny Ears Leader - Suho. But Not Too Foreign - Kris was raised in Canada and can speak fluent English. Butt Monkey - Kai is constantly picked on by the rest of the members (usually Chanyeol and Tao) Xiumin is somewhat of this in EXO-M. Cast Full of Pretty Boys - And how! The Cutie - Lu Han and Xiumin. Cloud Cuckoo Lander - Baekhyun, Chanyeol, and apparently Kai. Lay is a mild version of this. Contagious Laughter - Kai, Baekhyun, and Chen. Creepy Shadowed Undereyes - Tao, which can either be played straight when he looks like a Bad Ass or subverted when he looks like a panda. Dark-Skinned Blond - Kai ◊, near the end of the Wolf era. Deadpan Snarker - Chen. Differently Powered Individual - The concept behind their MAMA promotions was that each member had a specific super power. The Ditz - Lay. Embarrassing Nickname - Lu Han does not like the nickname "Marilyn Monroe." Eternally Pearly-White Teeth - Chanyeol. Even the Guys Want Him - D.O is the most popular member among men. Everyone Is Gay - Normally in fanfiction. Expy - The moment SM Entertainment announced they were debuting a 12 member group, comparisons to Super Junior arose and drove many people to despise the group before the members were even revealed. Eye Scream - Baekhyun was hit with some fireworks after standing too close to the edge of a stage during a performance. Fangirls - Only two months after they debuted, they became the 2nd most popular tag on Tumblr. Fan Nickname Xiumin was given the name "Baozi" by Lu Han. Baekhyun also has "Bacon." Sehun is called "Thehun" by some fans, much to his dismay. Female Gaze - This. Flanderization - Their fans are experts at this. Forgetful Jones - Lay, who frequently enters and leaves their house because of this. Friend to All Children "It seems as if there is a young boy living in the body of a young man. As soon as he came into the studio, he squealed while looking at the baby shoes and had fun while touching the baby clothes that were hung in the closet." "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." Gag Penis - This. Gentle Giant - Chanyeol. Gratuitous English - Shows up quite frequently, most noticeably in the beginning of MAMA. Guyliner - Baekhyun loves it. Hates Being Touched - All of EXO-M. Heavy Sleeper - Kai. He's Got Legs - With the taller members. I Can't Dance - Chen, although he's been getting better. Averted with Kai, Lay, and Sehun. The Illegible - Kris is the main offender. ◊ Sehun too. This ◊ is supposed to read "오세훈" Inelegant Blubbering - Tao, which surprised many fans at first. I Want to Be a Real Man - With Lu Han. "I'm the manliest member!" Jack of All Trades Kris speaks fluent English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korean. He also a rapper and vocalist. Lu Han speaks fluent Mandarin and Korean. He's also the lead vocal and lead dancer. Jerk With a Heart Of Gold - Kris in fanfiction. Kawaiiko - Tao sometimes. Keeping Secrets Sucks - Lay. Keet - Baekhyun. Large Ham - Chanyeol. Lethal Chef - Lu Han warned his fans that his cooking could cause death. The Klutz - Suho. Legal Jailbait - Sehun's nickname, "Oh Mi Ja", translates to "underage." Lighter and Softer - Growl. Loads and Loads of Members Manchild - Most of them, but Baekhyun and Chanyeol stick out. Meaningful Name - Suho means " guardian" in Korean. Merchandise-Driven - EXO-K's song for the Samsung ATIV Smart PC. Metal Scream - Kai in the Korean version of MAMA. Mistaken Age - Xiumin and Lu Han, who are the oldest, while Kai is one of the youngest. Mr. Fanservice - Kai. Very much so. Not So Stoic - Kris. Only Sane Man - D.O Pandaing To The Audience - Tao. Pep Talk Song - History. Perpetual Frowner - Sehun tries to be this because he dislikes his smile. Plucky Comic Relief - Chanyeol is the MC of their reality show because of this. Prolonged Prologue - After 23 teasers... Promoted Fanboy - Lu Han. In high school, his music folder was full of TVXQ, H.O.T, Super Junior, and Girls' Generation's music. He's especially a fanboy of TVXQ (mainly Yunho) He would even sneak out of class to watch their music videos. Public Speaking Anxiety - Chen has a phobia. There are also dozens of interviews where Sehun barely speaks. Reality Show - They recently got their own show, conveniently named EXO's Showtime! Real Men Cook - D.O Real Men Wear Pink - Kai likes the color pink and doing ballet. ..Which makes him the butt of Chanyeols jokes. Schoolboys Rule - The Growl music video. Scully Box - Their shortest member is D.O Their tallest member is Kris at 190 cm (around 6'3) Ship Tease - Nearly every member is shipped and they are loaded with fanservice opportunities to boot. Most popular couples include Lu Han/Sehun, Chanyeol/Baekhyun, Kris/Tao, followed by an unlimited plethora of other couples/threesomes with every member. Shrinking Violet - Kai is so timid that it's endearing. Sehun also admitted he was this unless he is around his good friends. The Smart Guy - Chen. And Suho. So Unfunny It's Funny - Averted with Kris, who tells horrible jokes no one enjoys. Speech Impediment - Sehun has a lisp that is most noticeable during his parts in Two Moons.. Spoiled Brat - EXO-K refuses to push Sehun around because he's the youngest. Spoiled Sweet - According to people who have met him in person, he's one of the most gentle and introverted members. Spotlight-Stealing Squad - Kai and Lay for dancing, and Baekhyun, Chen, and D.O for singing. Even some non-fans admit that they're talented. Stage Names - Xiumin for Kim Minseok, Kris for Wu Fan, Suho for Kim Joonmyun, Lay for Zhang Yixing, Chen for Kim Jongdae, D.O for Do Kyungsoo, Kai for Kim Jong-in. Statuesque Stunner - Kris and Chanyeol. Averted by Xiumin, Chen, Suho, D.O, and Baekhyun. Stepford Smiler "No matter how difficult and hard something is, I will always be positive and smile like an idiot." - Chanyeol Stalker with a Crush - Some South Korean and Chinese fans are the vocal minorities who follow members wherever they go. Unfortunately, many people stereotype all of EXO's fans as this. Surprisingly Good English - Kris, who moved to Canada with his mother at a young age. D.O has the best pronunciation among Korean members. Tao, to some extent. He also has an English name.... Edison. Talking in Your Sleep - Lu Han said Kris does this when he sleeps. Team Mom - D.O, who cooks and cleans for them. Team Dad - Suho. Teen Idols Terrible Artist - The less said about Kris, the better. Fans have also started sarcastically calling him Kriscasso. Title Track - MAMA. Took A Level in Badass - Tao has practiced Wushu since he was 6 years old. Trademark Favorite Food - Bubble tea for Lu Han. When Kai wakes up in the morning, the first thing he does is order fried chicken. Translated Cover Version - EXO-K and EXO-M sing in Korean and Mandarin, respectively. All three albums have two versions: Korean and Mandarin. Unicorn - Lay. Villainous Cheekbones - Averted with Chen. What Could Have Been - They were unofficially known as M1 and M2 and "Land of Boys" before their debut. The group also went through several line-up changes. Other trainees who were considered to be a part of the group are shown here. The only trainees shown who made the cut are Kim Jong-in, Kim Jun-myun, and Park Chanyeol. What The Hell, Costume Department? - Oh, yes. When He Smiles - . Kris You Gotta Have Blue Hair - Lay. ◊ Zettai Ryouiki - Chanyeol.