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

EXO (Korean: 엑소) is a South Korean-Chinese boy band who debuted under SM Entertainment on April 8, 2012, after 23 teasers. 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 9 members from South Korea and China. Namely, Xiumin, Suho, Lay, Baekhyun, Chen, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, and Sehun. Former member Kris filed a lawsuit to terminate his contract in early 2014. There was debate about the group disbanding for a while, but members have reassured their fans that they will continue on. Also, as of 10 October 2014, Member Lu Han has decided to terminate his contract with SM Entertainment as well. There were rumors as far back as September 2014 which said that Lu Han would be leaving due to his health and because SM would make him work despite his health, so as sad as fans were that he decided to leave EXO they were not surprised. Member Tao went on hiatus from group activities beginning April 2015, and officially departed from the group in August.

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. Their following releases continued their trend of having strong sales, with each comeback being impressive on its own, either in terms of pre-orders, sales numbers or charting position.

Since October 31st, 2016, a sub-unit of the group debuted under the name EXO-CBX, CBX standing for Chen, Baekhyun and Xiumin, the members composing it.

EXO currently promotes as 8 members, while Lay does solo activities in China.

Ex-members Kris and Lu Han have their own pages.

     Members 
  • Xiumin (Kim Minseok) - (March 26, 1990) - Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Rapper (Lead rapper of EXO-CBX)
  • Suho (Kim Junmyeon) - (May 22, 1991) - Leader, Lead Vocalist
  • Lay (Zhang Yixing) - (October 7, 1991) - Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Rapper (as soloist)
  • Baekhyun (Byun Baekhyun) - (May 6, 1992) - Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Rapper (Of EXO-CBX)
  • Chen (Kim Jongdae) - (September 21, 1992) - Main Vocalist
  • Chanyeol (Park Chanyeol) - (November 27, 1992) - Main Rapper, Lead Vocalist
  • D.O. (Do Kyungsoo) - (January 12, 1993) - Main Vocalist
  • Kai (Kim Jongin) - (January 14, 1994) - Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Vocalist
  • Sehun (Oh Sehun) - (April 12, 1994) - Lead Dancer, Lead Rapper, Maknae
     Former Members 
  • Luhan (Lu Han) - (April 20, 1990) - Lead Vocalist (later main vocalist), Lead Dancer
  • Kris (Wu Yifan) - (November 6, 1990) - Leader (of EXO-M), Main Rapper, Vocalist
  • Tao (Huang Zitao) - (May 2, 1993) - Lead Rapper, Lead Vocalist, Maknae (of EXO-M)
     Discography 
Studio Albums:
  • 2013 - XOXO
    • Growl (Repackage)
  • 2015 - EXODUS
    • Love Me Right (Repackage)
  • 2016 - EX'ACT
    • LOTTO (Repackage)
  • 2017 - The War
    • The War: The Power of Music (Repackage)
Mini Albums:
  • 2012 - MAMA
  • 2013 - Miracles in December
  • 2014 - Overdose
  • 2015 - Sing for You
  • 2016 - For Life
  • 2017 - Universe
Live Albums:
  • 2014 - Exology Chapter 1: The Lost Planet
  • 2017 - EXO PLANET #3-The EXO'rDIUM[dot]
Japanese Albums
  • 2016 - Coming Over
  • 2018 - Countdown
Singles:

As whole:
  • 2012 - What is Love
  • 2012 - History
  • 2014 - December, 2014 (The Winter's Tale)
  • 2015 - Love Me Right ~Romantic Universe~ (Japanese release)
  • 2015 - Lightsaber
  • 2015 - Unfair
  • 2016 - Monster [LDN Noise Creeper Bass Remix]
  • 2016 - Dancing King feat. Yoo Jae Suk (SM Station release)
  • 2017 - Power [R3hab remix] (SM Station release)
Solo single:
  • Xiumin:
    • 2015 - You Are The One (OST of Falling For Challenge)
    • 2016 - Call You Bae (Duet with Jimin of AOA)
    • 2017 - Young and Free (Duet with Mark of NCT, SM Station release)
  • Suho:
    • 2016 - Beautiful Accident (Duet with Chen, OST of Beautiful Accident)
    • 2017 - The First Moment (OST of Three Color Fantasy: Star of the Universe)
    • 2017 - Starlight (Duet with Remi, OST of Three Color Fantasy: Star of the Universe)
    • 2017 - Curtain (SM Station release)
  • Lay: See Lay Discography.
  • Baekhyun:
    • 2015 - Beautiful (written by Chanyeol, OST of EXO Next Door)
    • 2016 - Dream (Duet with Suzy of Miss A)
    • 2016 - The Day (Duet with K.Will, SM Station release)
    • 2017 - Rain (Duet with Soyou)
    • 2017 - Take You Home (SM Station release)
  • Chen:
    • 2014 - Best Luck (OST of It's Okay, That's Love)
    • 2016 - Years (duet with Alesso, SM Station release)
    • 2016 - Lil' Something (duet with Heize, SM Station release)
    • 2016 - Everytime (duet with Punch, OST of Descendants Of The Sun)
    • 2016 - I'm Not Okay (OST of Missing 9)
    • 2016 - Beautiful Accident (duet with Suho, OST of Beautiful Accident)
    • 2017 - Nosedive (with Dynamic Duo)
    • 2017 - Bye Babe (duet with 10cm, SM Station release)
  • Chanyeol:
    • 2015 - Who I am
    • 2015 - Last Hunter (Theme song of Law Of The Jungle)
    • 2016 - You Are
    • 2016 - How About It
    • 2016 - I Hate You (duet with Yuan Shan Shan, OST of So I Marry An Anti Fan)
    • 2016 - Freal Luv (Collaboration with Far East Movement and Marshmellow, SM Station release)
    • 2016 - Stay With Me (Duet with Punch, OST of Goblin)
    • 2017 - Let Me Love You (Duet with Junggigo)
    • 2017 - Hand
  • D.O.:
    • 2014 - Crying Out (OST of Cart)
    • 2016 - Tell Me (what is love) (duet with Yoo Young Jin, SM Station release)
    • 2016 - Don't Worry (remake duet with Jo Jung Seok, OST of My Annoying Brother)
  • Kai:
    • 2015 - Beautiful Goodbye
    • 2017 - I See You
  • Sehun:
    • 2017 - A Go
EXO-CBX Discography:

Mini Albums:
  • 2016 - Hey Mama!
  • 2017 - GIRLS (Japanese release)
Singles:
  • 2016 - For You (OST of Scarlet Heart: Ryeo)
  • 2017 - It's Running Time (Theme song of Running Man Animation)
  • 2017 - Cry (Japanese release, OST of Final Life)
Lay Discography:

Studio Albums:
  • 2017 - Sheep
Mini Albums:
  • 2016 - Lose Control
  • 2017 - Winter Special Gift
Singles:
  • 2014 - Airport tears
  • 2014 - I'm Lay
  • 2015 - Dancing Young
  • 2015 - Youth and Happiness (OST of Oh My God)
  • 2015 - Alone (OST of Ex Files 2)
  • 2016 - Man's Business (with Go Fighting cast, OST of Go Fighting Movie: Royal Treasure)
  • 2016 - Monodrama (SM Station release)
  • 2017 - Prayer (OST of Operation Love)
    Filmography 
TV Dramas:
  • All:
    • 2015 - EXO Next Door, as themselves (Chanyeol, Baekhyun, D.O., Sehun as main characters, others as supporting/cameo characters)
  • Xiumin:
    • 2015/2016 - Falling For Challenge, as Na Do-jeon (main character)
  • Suho:
    • 2013 - Prime Minister and I, as Han Tae-woong (cameo character)
    • 2017 - Three Color Fantasy: Star of the Universe, as Woo-joo (main Character)
    • TBA - HOW ARE U BREAD, as Han Do-woo (main Character)
    • Preparing - Rich Man, Poor Woman (main character)
  • Lay:
    • 1998 - We The People, as Huan Huan (cameo character)
    • 2016 - To Be a Better Man, as Xiao Cai (supporting character)
    • 2016 - The Mystic Nine, as Er Yue Hong (main character)
    • 2017 - Operation Love, as Yan Xiaolai (main character)
    • Preparing - The Golden Eyes, as Zhuang Rui (main character)
  • Baekhyun:
    • 2016 - Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, as Wang Eun (supporting main character)
  • Chanyeol:
    • 2008 - Things I Will Do Even If Regret, as one of the gang (cameo)
    • 2008 - High Kick!, as one of the delinquents (cameo)
    • 2013 - Royal Villa, as one of the popular university boys (cameo)
    • 2017 - Missing 9, as Li Yeol (supporting main character)
  • D.O. :
    • 2014 - It's Okay, That's Love, as Han Kang-woo (supporting main character)
    • 2015 - Hello Monster, as young Li Jun-young (supporting character)
    • 2016 - Be Positive, as Kim Hwan-dong (main character)
  • Kai:
    • 2015/2016 - Choco Bank, as Kim Eun-haeng (main character)
    • 2016 - First Seven Kisses, as Kai (one of main characters)
    • 2017/2018 - Andante, as Li Shi-kyung (main character)
    • 2018 - Spring Has Come, as Li Ji-won (main character)
  • Sehun:
    • 2013 - Royal Villa, as one of the popular university boys (cameo)
    • TBA - Dear Archimedes, as Yan Su (main character)
Movies:
  • Xiumin:
    • 2016 - Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River, as Gyeon-I (supporting main character)
  • Suho:
    • 2007 - Attack On The Pin-Up Boys, as one of rock band members (cameo)
    • 2016 - One Way Trip, as Sang-woo (supporting main character)
    • 2018 - Middle School Girl A (literal translate), as Hyun Jae-hee (main character)
  • Lay:
    • 2015 - Ex-Files 2, as Li Xianghe (special appearance)
    • 2015 - Oh My God, as Le Yi (main character)
    • 2016 - Go Fighting movie: Royal Treasure, as himself
    • 2016 - The Mystic Nine Side Story: Flowers Bloom in February, as Er Yue Hong (main character)
    • 2017 - Kungfu Yoga, as Xiao Guang (supporting main character)
    • 2017 - The Founding of an Army, as Lu Deming (supporting character)
    • TBA - Unexpected Love, as Han Ben (main character)
  • Chanyeol:
    • 2015 - Salut d'Amour, as Min-sung (supporting character)
    • 2016 - So I Marry An Anti-Fan, as Hoo Joon/Hou Zhun (main character)
  • D.O. :
    • 2014 - Cart, as Choi Tae-young (supporting main character)
    • 2015 - Unforgettable, as Park Beom-Sil (main character)
    • 2016 - My Annoying Brother, as Go Doo-young (main character)
    • 2017 - Room no.7, as Tae-jung (main character)
    • 2017 - Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds, as Won Dong-yeon (supporting character)
    • 2018 - Swing Kids, as Ro Ki-soo (main character)
    • 2018 - Along With The Gods 2
  • Sehun:
    • TBA - Catman, as Liang Qu (main character)


EXO provides examples of the following tropes:

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    Band and Member Tropes 
  • Animal Motif: They all have an official one confirmed in Exordium dot.
    • Xiumin is a cat.
    • Suho is a rabbit.
    • Lay is a sheep. His original motif in MAMA MV is an unicorn.
    • Baekhyun is a flying squirrel. He is often compared with a puppy (particularly a Corgi) by fans due to his looks and hyperactive personality.
    • Chen is a dinosaur. Some fans compared him to a cat.
    • Chanyeol is a white tiger. Like Baekhyun, he is also compared to a puppy by fans. His original motif in MAMA is a phoenix.
    • D.O. is a penguin.
    • Kai is a bear.
    • Sehun is a wolf. Some compared him to a baby bird or chick.
    • Tao is often compared to a panda because of his eyes.
    • Lu Han is compared to a deer. Bonus points because his name means "deer of the dawn" in Chinese.
    • Kris's motif in MAMA is a dragon.
  • Badass Baritone: Chanyeol has quite a low voice, which compliments his rapping which is generally well-received and seen as awesome.
  • Big Little Brother: Sehun is the youngest member yet is one of the tallest members.
  • Bishōnen: All of the boys have a pretty face and are lean and attractive. Technically kkotminam, since they're Korean.
  • Boy Band: One of the most popular examples in Korean Pop Music.
  • 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.
    • Xiumin is also "the trend" in Korea.
    • While taking solo endeavors in China, Lay has proved himself to be this.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: And how! (See: Bishōnen.)
  • Catholic Schoolgirls Rule: Gender-inverted examples.
  • Child Popstar: Lay, a local one in Changsha, Hunan.
  • Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Tao, which can either be played straight when he looks like a badass or subverted when he looks like a panda.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Kai, near the end of the Wolf era. The hair color makes a return for Monster and Lucky One.
  • Embarrassing Nickname:
    • Xiumin: "Baozi" and "lil fattie". Once were acceptable targets but no longer after his rapid weight loss.
    • Lu Han: "Marilyn Monroe" or any other female names since he dislikes to be compared with girls.
    • Suho: "Mom" or "Eomma". Also once acceptable before he expressed his disliking for them.
    • Chanyeol: "Yoda", "Dobi", "Elf" and others which are directed at his ears.
    • D.O.: "Satansoo". Once a Running Gag, but subverted after revealed that his behavior was due to his astigmatism.
    • Kai: "Kkamjong" which means "black-jongin" because of his skin color. You can imagine how rude is that, especially to some fans with 'real' dark skin.
    • Sehun: "Thehun", borned because of his lisp.
  • Eternally Pearly-White Teeth: Chanyeol's teeth is known for being quite white and pretty.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: D.O is the most popular member among men.
  • Everyone Is Gay: Normally invoked in fanfiction where all the members want each other.
  • Eye Scream: Baekhyun was hit with some fireworks after standing too close to the edge of a stage during a performance.
  • Fangirl: Only two months after they debuted, they became the 2nd most popular tag on Tumblr. Not to mention the fanchants...
  • Female Gaze: Certain fancams aren't, uh, shy with following members' certain body parts and only said body parts.
  • Five Man Band:
  • Flanderization: Their fans are experts at this in their fanfiction.
  • 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."
    • This video of Kris playing with a little kid. Shows just how much of a softie he is.
  • Groupie Brigade: Frighteningly taken Up to 11 with fans in South Korea and China, so much that the members are often injured by the groping, wind up with scratches and cuts, etc.
  • Guyliner: The use of makeup of more outlandish makeup was more common in the group during their debut era, but they've mellowed out since then.
  • I Can't Dance: Chen and Chanyeol, although they have been getting better.
  • Iconic Logo: Their hexagon logo and its iterations.
  • I Have Many Names: Kris, oh my God, Kris. His birth name is Li Jiaheng. He changed his name to Kevin Li when he was in Canada and while he was in SM Entertainment, he chose Kris as his stage name and currently his stage name while doing solo work in China is Wu Yi Fan or Kris Wu.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades:
    • Lu Han speaks fluent Mandarin and Korean. He's also the lead vocal and lead dancer.
    • Xiumin dances, raps, sings, acts, hosted programs, does sports and martial arts, and attended school while still promoting EXO.
    • Baekhyun, ever since his dance skills have developed to the point of him being able to keep up with the dance line. He can rap, sing, host, dance, does martial arts and is handsome to top it off. Netizens say he's "born to be on stage".
    • Lay, main dancer alongside Kai, and as of 2017, released two solo albums in China and taken on many extraneous endeavors including acting and hosting.
  • Kaleidoscope Hair: During the Wolf promotions, especially, everyone's hairs were switching between all kinds of colours.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: There are 144 possible ship combinations; everyone is a ship launcher in their own right.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: 9 members and 3 former ones.
  • Master Actor: D.O., who had starred in different movies and dramas include  and received a large number of positive comments from both netizens and industry seniors.
  • Meaningful Name: Suho means "guardian" in Korean.
  • Mistaken Age: Xiumin and Lu Han, who are the oldest, while Kai and Sehun are the youngest.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Kai, and also Lay to an extent. Very much so and acknowledged In-Universe.
  • Multicolored Hair: Sehun during the Wolf era had his hair dyed all sorts of colours at once.
  • Performance Anxiety:
    • Chen has a phobia with public speaking, although he's managed to avert a lot of his initial fears.
    • There are also dozens of interviews where Sehun barely speaks.
    • D.O. tends to stutter or mess up a lot of scripted lines, and generally keeps quiet unless prompted.
    • It wasn't until EXO Showtime that Xiumin began to talk and stand out a bit more. He even said on EXO 90:2014 that unless he's spoken to, he'll rarely speak to people.
  • Reality Show: They got their own show, conveniently named EXO's Showtime!
    • Later, they had EXO 90:2014, alternately named "K-Pop Time Slip".
    • In 2017, they have a show on Vlive+ called "EXO Tourgram".
  • Secret Relationship: Baekhyun was revealed to have been secretly dating Taeyeon from Girls' Generation since February 2014, confirmed by SM Entertainment.
  • Speech Impediment: Sehun has a lisp that is most noticeable during his parts in Two Moons. and after fans outright made fun of him for it, god help you if you bring it up now.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad:
    • Kai, Lay and Sehun for dancing, and Baekhyun, Chen, and D.O for singing. Even some non-fans admit that they're talented.
    • Over time, Baekhyun's dancing skills have improved so much he's started to be compared to the dance line since Love Me Right era. Xiumin, too, gets more recognize as a dancer.
  • Spiritual Successor: 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.
  • Stage Names: Xiumin for Kim Minseok, Suho for Kim Junmyeon, Lay for Zhang Yixing, Chen for Kim Jongdae, D.O for Do Kyungsoo, Kai for Kim Jongin.
  • Stalker With a Crush: Seems to be a constant wherever they decide to go, mostly thanks to dedicated fansite masters or overenthusiastic international fans. Unfortunately, many people stereotype all of EXO's fans as this.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Since Love Me Right Kai went from receiving barely any lines to being featured prominently in various songs. He even gets the lead vocal position in Twenty Four.
  • Stepford Smiler:
    "No matter how difficult and hard something is, I will always be positive and smile like an idiot." - Chanyeol
  • Team Dad: Suho, concurrently also the Team Mom after Kris left the group. While he could be doting to his members and cares for them, he's not afraid to keep them in check and speak in their stead.
  • Technician VS Performer:
    • Lay and Sehun (Technicians) vs. Kai (Performer) when it comes to dancing. To be fair, Kai can be considered a Technician that learned to act like a Performer, as much of his charisma is amplified by how flawless his technique is.
    • Chen and D.O. (Technicians) vs. Baekhyun (Performer) for singing.
  • Teen Idol: Just about all debuted as idols in their teens.
  • Unicorn: Lay's original Animal Motif.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Lay dyed his hair blue once.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Baekhyun dressed as a girl in The One music video, to play the role of a love interest for Chen, Xiumin and himself at once.

    Music and Music Video Tropes 
  • Onomatopoeia: From the songs Growl and Wolf; it's right in the titles.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Wolf is all about being a werewolf in love with a beautiful girl. In the Drama version of the music videos for both Wolf and Growl, we can see that being a werewolf in EXO entails having an exotic white hair colour, a cool tattoo on your arm, glowing red eyes at certain times, and no transformation (although the usual werewolf aspects of super-strength are still there).
  • Playing with Syringes: The nurses in Lucky One injected mysterious black substance in their IVs.
  • Pixellation: Done a few times in their Monster music video for aesthetic effects.
  • Product Placement: Samsung Level headset in Call Me Baby, Samsung phones and headsets in Pathcode teasers. Maybe because they have a tie-in with Samsung.
  • Prolonged Prologue: After 23 teasers...
  • Sequel Song: My Turn to Cry is the prince version of Baby Don't Cry.
  • Shirtless Scene: The Let Out the Beast VCR in The Lost Planet concert.
  • Shout-Out
    • Alice in Wonderland in Love Me Right. Analysis is here.
    • There's also a Murakami reference in the same MV.
    • Lightsaber, considering the Star Wars tie-in, doesn't have a lot of shout outs. Started from Darth Vader breathing in the song, lightsabers in Baekhyun's, Kai's and Sehun's hands , 'Jedi Only', 'May the Force', 'Security Notice: Concealed Sabers are Prohibited in This Facility' signs in the MV
  • Sigil Spam: A lot of their MAMA era costumes incorporate their logo somewhere. Logos also appeared on kites and caravan in What is Love MV.
  • Singer Name Drop: The "E-X-O" in Growl and Overdose, as well as the "EXO" in Two Moons''.
    • Lately the "E-X-O" came back in Call Me Baby.
    • There's a subtle one in XOXO.
    • Also appeared in Drop That, "JUMP! JUMP! JUMP! JUMP! JUMP! JUMP! E X O".
    • Lay's solo song, Dancing Young, "Y-I-X-I-N-G, My name is, ZHANG YIXING!" and of course, I'm Lay.
  • Space Whale: On the cover of their second winter special EP, Sing for You.
  • Star Wars: Had a collaboration with the franchise, resulting in Lightsaber.
  • Stock Sound Effects: There are lot of cha-ching!s in their Lotto music video and the beginning of Ka-Ching music video.
  • SWAT Team: SWAT-like team appeared in Monster, upped up with their Lotto where the SWAT-like team have uniform with SWAT written on their backs.
  • Title Track: MAMA.
  • Total Eclipse of the Plot: In What is Love. Also appeared in Pathcode teasers and later again in Total Eclipse teaser. A big theme of the group.
  • Translated Cover Version: EXO-K and EXO-M sing in Korean and Mandarin, respectively. All four albums have two versions: Korean and Mandarin.
  • Unwitting Test Subject: Implied that EXO's this in Lucky One.
  • Vanity License Plate: The plates on the cars in the Call Me Baby MV read Tao, Kai, El Dorado, and EXO 12.
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