Music: FT Island

Seunghyun, Minhwan, Hongki, Jaejin, Jonghun.
A South Korean idol rock band, FT Island, short for Five Treasure Island, was the first group to debut under FNC Music (which changed its name to FNC Entertainment in 2012) in 2007. The original lineup comprised Jonghun, Hongki, Jaejin, Wonbin and Minhwan; however Wonbin left at the beginning of 2009 for "musical differences", to the sadness of many fans. This lead to a difficult start for the new addition Seunghyun, however fans have since then welcomed him as another beloved member.

They were an instant hit at debut, winning a lot of awards for their song "Lovesick" which made them the power rookies of 2007. They were greatly liked for their flower boy looks, dorky characters and, most importantly, playing instruments as opposed to most other idol dance-orientated groups at the time. They also made their indie debut in Japan in 2008 before making their major debut in 2010. There, too, they have also found good success, with their singles charting high constantly and getting sold out Japanese concerts and tours.

They have also branched out into other areas such as musicals and acting, with Hongki in particular being a well-known idol actor. Additionally, the subunit FT Triple - comprising Jaejin, Minhwan and Jonghun - formed in 2008 and officially promoted in 2009. Seunghyun is also in a subunit called Two Song Place with labelmate and comedian Song Eunyi, and they made their debut in 2014.

Despite their ups and downs throughout the years, they still remain as one of the most popular idol bands in Korea. They are known for being one of the few bands in the idol scene, Hongki's acclaimed vocals, their heartwrenching rock ballads and their increasingly genuine and likeable personalities. They are currently working their way into becoming real artists as they write more of their own songs and pursue their desired sound.

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     Members 
Current members:
  • Choi Jonghun: leader, lead guitarist and keyboardist. Also the keyboardist and guitarist in FT Triple.
  • Lee Hongki: main vocalist, oldest and the face.
  • Lee Jaejin, the bassist, subvocalist and sub-rapper. Also the vocalist and guitarist in FT Triple.
  • Song Seunghyun: main rapper, subvocalist and rhythmic guitarist. The second maknae.note  He replaced former member Oh Wonbin in early 2009. Also the rapper-half of FNC subunit Two Song Place.
  • Choi Minhwan: drummer and maknae. Also the drummer in FT Triple.

Former member:
  • Oh Wonbin: former main rapper, subvocalist and rhythmic guitarist, and also played harmonica. He left FT Island at the start of 2009 for "musical differences". Later became a soloist under FNC and briefly promoted in Korea and Japan before eventually leaving to join another company to focus on acting.

     Discography 
Korean Discography:
  • Cheerful Sensibility (2007)
    • The Refreshment (2007) (repackaged album)
  • Colorful Sensibility (2008)
    • Colorful Sensibility Part 2 (2008)
  • Jump up (2009)note 
  • Cross and Change (2009)
    • Double Datenote  (2009) (repackaged album)
  • Beautiful Journey (2010)
  • Return (2011)
  • Memory in FTISLAND (2011) (cover album)
  • Grown Up (2012)
  • Five Treasure Box (2012)
  • Thanks To (2013)
  • The Mood (2013)
  • Japan Best - All About (2014) (a non-promoted album which consists of Korean versions of some of their Japanese songs, and was made a "present" for their fans)

Japanese Discography (singles listed under respective albums):
  • Prologue to FT Island (2008)
  • So Long, Au Revoir (2009)
    • The Onenote  (2008), I Believe Myself (2009), Rainingnote  (2009)
  • Five Treasure Island (2011) (first major album)
    • Flower Rock (2010), Brand New Days (2010), So Today (2010), Satisfaction (2011)
  • 20 [twenty] (2012)
    • Let it go! (2011), Distance (2011), Neverland (2012)
  • RATED-FT (2013)
    • Top Secret (2012), Polar Star (2012), You Are My Life (2013)
  • New Page (2014)
  • (newer, unsorted singles) To The Light (2014)

... And that's not counting solos, OSTs, special songs etc.

This band provides examples of:

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  • Aerith and Bob:
    • Seunghyun's guitars are called Akugii, Guitar 1, Guitar 2 etc., Jonghun calls his guitars Girlfriend 1, Girlfriend 2 etc., Minhwan's calls his drums his rival, Hongki calls his microphone his girlfriend. Amongst all these odd choices of instrument petnames is one of Jaejin's basses whom he calls... Chris.
    • In their alternate ego group SF Heroes (the dance group anyways) there's the usual Hongki, Minhwan, Jonghun and Seunghyun... and then there's their sole Chinese member Zaizhennote .
  • Affectionate Nickname: Members are sometimes or used to be referred to by certain affectionate nicknames from other members or friends, and fans also use most of them. Also see Fan Nickname for nicknames coined by fans.
    • Hongstar and Cute Rebellion for Hongki.
    • MBC (Margarine Butter Cheese)note , Hoonie/Funi and Funi-sama for Jonghun.
    • Jaejinnie, Jinnie, Black Goat and Goat (see Animal Motifs) for Jaejin.
    • Minari and Minani for Minhwan.
    • Songsari and 16-Dimensions (see Cloudcuckoolander) for Seunghyun.
  • All Drummers Are Animals: Minhwan can sure drum like one, but he's otherwise the quieter, youngest and saner member.
  • Animal Motifs: Jaejin frequently associated with goats by members, himself and fans because he eats like one.
  • Anime Theme Song: "Satisfaction" for Toriko, "Neverland" for Ozuma, and "Theory of Happiness" for the Toriko movie.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Jaejin singing-wise; he didn't sing in their songs at all until some brief verses in The Cool vs The Pretty. 2009 onwards he became the subvocalist and sings the most after Hongki.
    • Seunghyun and CN Blue's Jonghyun were in an advertisement promoting FNC Academy predebut.
    • The members' fake identities/alter egos from the "Flower Rock" MV went on to become SF Heroes and appeared in two Japanese tours,except with different names and music each time.note 
    • Jonghun was a very well-known ulzzang predebut.
    • Hongki was a mildly known child actor.
  • Audience Participation Song:
    • "I Hope" - it's common for them to stop playing after Jonghun's guitar solo, so Hongki can talk to the audience and make them sing the chorus acapella with him before everyone continues playing.
    • "Flower Rock" - expect Hongki to make the audience sit down/stand up after the bridge. Several times.
  • Big Little Brother: Seunghyun, the second youngest (and not by much) yet also the tallest at over 180cmnote 
  • Breakup Song: A good deal of their ballads mourn about heartbreak, from hit song "Lovesick" to the later title song "Madly".
  • Boy Band: They don't like this label due to the connotations and limitations it holds, but it's true. However, unlike most others who are a dance group, they specialise in instruments.
  • The Cameo:
    • The rest of the group (when Wonbin was a member) once cameo'd as Jaejin's character's obnoxious camp friends (aka "FT4") in Unstoppable Marriage.
    • Hongki and Jonghun, as well as the rest of their Chocoball group, took part in Heechul and Trax's Jungmo's MV for their subunit song "Close Ur Mouth".
    • Hongki cameo'd in an episode of My Girlfriend Is A Nine Tailed Fox as Jeremy.
    • All members had a very brief cameo, speaking one line each, in the Toriko movie, at about the 5 minute mark when they were about to perform at a concert.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Not so much that he can't handle it, but Hongki is prone to crying a lot when drunk.
  • The Cast Show Off: "I'm Happy" features a good deal of Wonbin playing the harmonica, which he otherwise never got to play even though he used it in his audition for FNC.
  • Chick Magnet: All of them. But Jonghun in particular, whose good looks has gotten many admirers even from those not in the fandom.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Everyone, but the biggest one is Seunghyun. His nickname is "16-Dimensions", meaning he operates on a completely different plane of existence. Watching his Good Morning Bob series is enough evidence - they range from him talking to inanimate objects to him enacting a love story between an Angry Bird and a teddy bear.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: They are a hit with the ladies, love the ladies and think very well of the ladies. They don't hide their perverted sides which range from Hongki always jokingly (probably) asking Primadonnas to wear bikinis to their concert to Seunghyun talking about having "sexual urges" more than once at Japanese concerts. However they're quite respectful to females too whether it be their female fanbase or fellow female workers. An example includes Jaejin denying Hongki's joke that Jaejin dumps a girl as soon as he's sick of her and exclaiming, "Women are not objects! Donít scold my woman!"
  • Cover Album: Memory In FT Island comprises their renditions of old Korean hits.
  • Crosscast Role: Purposely invoked as Rule of Funny in parodies and variety show "acting" gigs when a girl is needed.
    • In their first concert in Thailand, Hongki rapped with a girl for his solo. Halfway through the performance footage on the DVD it's shown that the girl turned out to be Jonghun lipsyncing and in drag.
    • Hongki along with others from the You Are Beautiful cast did a parody of Girls' Generation's "Genie" which meant crossdressing the guys. Hongki was very likely acting as Jessica.
    • Jaejin and Seunghyun are the ones subject to this the most, such as their Hangul Live episodes where either of them will be the girl if there has to be one.
      • Lampshaded by Jaejin in their Boys Before Flowers parody where he walks into F4's room and wonders which guy he is... then he realizes he's in a girls uniform and cries (in English), "Geum Jandi? Tell me why!"
  • The Cutie: Minhwan, especially at debut when he was really young. His aegyo and adorable and innocent personality and looks won many nuna hearts. Mostly averted after maturing - he's not as naive and can't pull off aegyo anymore, but fans still see him as this due to him being the smallest and youngest member with a simple happy-go personality.
  • Cute Bruiser: Minhwan, the youngest, smallest and cutest member... once won an arm-wrestling competition with all the 2PM members, aka the "Beast Idols".
  • Daddy's Girl: A few variants stated by Hongki himself with a few of his pets (of course all the members dote on their pets very much; see Friend to All Living Things):
    • Hongki used to call his old pet husky, Elysia, his daughter.
    • For the Five Treasure Album jacket shooting, members were supposed to have their solo photos taken with their "treasures". Hongki promptly took his solo with three of his dogs, two who appear to be his female ones Pri and Madonna.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Concept and song-wise there's "Love Love Love" after the more cheerful "I Hope", "Severely" after the happy-go "Like The Birds" and "Memory" after the very poppy and light "I Wish".
    • MV-wise there's the relatively dark (and confusing) MV for "Hello Hello" which followed the happier "I Hope" and melancholy "Love Love Love" MVs. Hongki's implied to be a ghost and dead since the very start, and he tries to save his fellow members who are stuck in a burning building, which is surrounded by news reporters and the fire brigade.
    • The PV for Japanese album promotion track Free, when first released, was their "edgiest" MV at the time. There's dark make-up, smoking, drinking, and Hongki throwing a punch at... himself. All typical characteristics of a rebellious gang, an aspect never really shown with the band up until then. The song itself also carries much more edge than just about all their previous songs due to the heavy and wild instrumentation.
  • A Day In The Lime Light:
    • FT Triple focuses on instrumentalists Jaejin, Jonghun and Minhwan. They first performed as this subunit in early concerts to give Hongki and Wonbin a rest from singing, and they official promoted in 2009 while Hongki and Seunghyun were busy with individual activities. It especially brought more attention to Jaejin as a vocalist since he only just started to get more lines at their time of debut and of course typically overshadowed by Hongki.
    • Jonghun surprisingly sings a lot in "You and I" despite not even being an official subvocalist, as well as Jaejin (though less surprising since he was becoming an Ascended Extra back then) - Hongki doesn't sing in it at all until within the last minute where he mostly does adlibs only.
    • Part 2 of the "Heaven" MV solely focuses on Jaejin and his love interest - the first member to have one all to himself and a vast contrast to previous Hongki-eccentric drama MVs (while the previous drama MVs had at least two members acting in them Hongki was usually the one with the most spotlight).
    • Jonghun in the "Madly" MV... or was supposed to. He was meant to be the main actor, yet the MV still ended up being 50% Hongki, with maybe 30% Jonghun and 20% everyone else - even more uneven scene distribution than usual.
    • Jaejin, besides his Step Up to the Microphone moments, has his own OST for Hongki's drama "Bride of the Century".
    • Jonghun, despite not even being a subvocalist, has a solo song called "Somang" for the compilation album "Simboorum", composed by their CEO Hang Sungho.
  • Distaff Counterpart:
    • To their younger labelmate AOA's band half of the group, AOA Black, who are FNC's first female band and hence got immediately coined as the female FT Island (or CN Blue).
      • In particular, AOA's Choa can be seen as this for Hongki, due to both being power vocalists with similar voices. She sang a bit of Madly once and even has her own version of Hongki's Bride of the Century OST "Words I Couldn't Say". FNC emphasised this by having the two sing the song together in their 2014 FNC Kingdom duet stage as well as another song.
    • Labelmate Juniel is called the female Hongki within their company because she is also outspoken and not afraid to challenge their CEO like he is.
  • A Dog Named Dog: Seunghyun simply calls his electric guitars Guitar 1, Guitar 2, Guitar 3...
  • Dress Rehearsal Video: Naturally, as most music videos include footage of them playing their instruments and performing as a band in a stage-setting.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: In a rock ballad band full of attractive people? Everyone, duh (yes Hongki included when he does get to play guitar or drums). Only for their ballads and mellow stuff of course - it's the exact opposite (although still beautiful in their own way) when they go all out playing their harder stuff.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Wonbin had his name changed predebut because everyone kept teasing him for sharing it with famous actor Wonbin. He's been using his original name since his debut though - his "new" name Seonghyun is used very sparingly.
  • Face on the Cover: So many count that it's quicker to list aversions - The Refreshmentnote ; Colorful Sensibility; Double Date; So Long, Au Revoir; Five Treasure Box; and The Mood.
  • Family Business:
    • Jaejin's older sister and actress Chaewon was with FNC first, and was the one who introduced him to them. She has moved companies however.
    • Seunghyun has a younger brother at FNC, Sehyun, who seems to be focusing on acting. He's had minor acting roles including the bassist of The Stupid in Heartstrings.
  • Fanboy:
    • Minhwan was a big fan of Nicole, formerly from Kara. He has since moved on to A Pink's Bomi.
    • Jaejin had his Suzy (from Miss A) phase. Other members have also expressed interest in her, often calling her one of the prettiest girl group members or their ideal type.
    • Jonghun for labelmate AOA. He's been overly supportive of them since debut and especially likes Mina, who was once also Jaejin's phone wallpaper.
    • Girls aside, there's Jaejin for Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jonghun for Muse and Hongki for 30 Seconds to Mars - Hongki in particular has been seen constantly leaving English fanboying comments on their instagram and begging them to come to Korea.
  • Fan Nickname: invoked Discussed Trope with Seunghyun the same year he first joined and hence had no nickname from fans yet. He lampshaded it on a variety show saying fans would call out to the other members by their given nicknames... and then call him by his full name.
  • Fanservice: More blatant in their early years as typical of any Boy Band, but they still provide some now and then of course. Especially when Jonghun's shirt is off either in concerts, photoshoots or selcas.
  • The Fashionista: Hongki, who enjoys showing off his nail polish/decorations on Twitter. He has won a Fashionista Award, and even an award for his nail art too. He has also started his first fashion brand Skullhong.
  • Flanderization: Often in scripted reality shows they partake in: invoked
    • The members have an outspoken image, especially Hongki, but they are slightly rebellious at the most. In the FNC reality show Cheongdamdong 111, however, they were made the attention-seeking troublemakers "villains" who always gave the CEO grief. Fans were not impressed.
    • To a non-harmful extent, one of their reality shows at debut upped their personalities/images. Hongki was the funny rebellious cool guy, Jaejin was the nerdy guy, Wonbin was the tough manly guy, Jonghun was the sophisticated ladies man and Minhwan was the sensitive cute guy.
    • Jonghun's admitted to having a "straightforward and honest" personality but he rarely takes it far. In the second season of Romantic and Idol however he was made to be too invested in chasing after Jewelry's Yewon, whom he so happened to coincidentally said was his type earlier before he found out she was also in the show. This was while he blatantly ignored G.NA, who had taken a liking to him, as well as Yewon's own fondness for Btob's Minhyuk. The season was obviously quite scripted with him made as a designated bad guy, but it didn't stop some people from being critical of him.
  • Food Songs Are Funny: Averted with "Morning Coffee" and "Black Chocolate" which are more tearjerkers than anything else and are mostly about their bitterness over love and whatnot.
  • Friend to All Children:
    • Hongki, who often works with them when acting and gets along quite well due to his friendly and funny personality.
    • Seunghyun, who often posts photos of him with his little cousins or other children. There's also an adorable fancam of him at a fan-signing event where he's messing around with a boy, which shows how easy-going he is even to children.
    • All the members with well-known mixed child stars Aleyna and Lincoln at Juniel's "Pretty Boy" party event, judging from their chummy photos together and fanaccounts of Lincoln messing around with some members (including going along with their pranks on each other).
  • Friend to All Living Things: All the members are one, and fans joke about them having their own zoo. Each member has/had at least one pet of their own, typically a dog or cat, and always dote on them in their social media. Hongki seems to have the most, owning at least one cat and several dogs, while Jonghun is more unique with his pet reptiles such as his tortoises (in addition to his cat). They've also been seen being affectionate with other animals too, such as the dogs in the "Treasure" MV behind-the-scenes footage.
  • Funny Background Event: They do this a lot, especially to each other.
    • In a Japanese interview, Minhwan was having a relatively serious talk... while the others pretended to fall asleep behind him.
    • They (and CN Blue and Juniel) even did this during their CEO's acceptance speech when they all came out to accept the Best Composer/Producer award. The CEO's face was serious, everyone else's funny hand movements behind him not so much.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Five Treasure Island, which is also often abbreviated to FTI.
  • Fun with Foreign Languages: While their songs do contain snippets of English, they also show instances of this outside of their music:
    • Seunghyun's "Good Morning Bob" videos are infamous for abusing English and much of the entertainment is from his extreme misuse.
      Seunghyun: My name Angry Bird. My face angry.
    • They appeared on a Japanese show where they attempted to learn English phrases. Much of the entertainment from that show was due to the hilarity that ensued.
      Jonghun: Hey come here! You lookin' sexy d-dtghrd..dress! DRESS!!
    • This random exchange between Hongki and Jaejin during a Japanese interview:
      Hongki: My Brother.
      Jaejin: Yes, my brother. Do you like pizza?
      Hongki: Ya, do you like pizza?
      Jaejin: I like pizza.
      Hongki: I like pizza too.
    • Jaejin's (old) twitter was notorious for random nonsensical English tweets he wrote for fun, and fans had a ball trying to figure our what they meant half the time.
  • Genki Girl:
    • Gender-inverted, Hongki and Seunghyun are the band's the energetic moodmakers and often the source of their hijinks.
    • The members overall are this - their hyperactiveness even won them a "Fun and Fearless" award at one of the Golden Disc Awards.
  • Gratuitous English: Everyone who isn't Jaejin.
    • Jaejin sometimes isn't immune to this either though. See: "Hit the Sands"note  and "Theory of Happiness" English version, where it's nearly impossible to catch what he's saying.
    • Hongki's a frequent abuser:
    Hongki: (picks up and opens an English book) She... would be berry... (puts the book back down)
    • Seunghyun's another frequent abuser, as seen in the "Good Morning Bob" videos which includes him calling the kitchen a "chicken" and his quote in the Fun with Foreign Languages entry. Also try interpreting a thing of what he's saying in his talking segments of "It's U", both studio version and live - not even fans who've written transcripts and translations of the lyrics have a clue what he's saying.
  • Harsh Vocals: Growling is used in the bridge in "Tornado".
  • Heavy Sleeper: Seunghyun once slept for 27 hours straight.
  • Height Angst:
    • Hongki, who is estimated to be less than 170cm tall despite what his profile says. He was even initially rejected from FT Island due to his short height, until they called him back. His bitterness showed when he called out on their CEO in a talk show for this, complaining he only pays attention to the tall people in FNC. Fellow shortie labelmates present also backed him up.
    • Minhwan, who is the shortest and also said to be less than 170cm tall. He's nervous when he works alongside tall girls (such as AOA's Hyejeong in their "I Wish" MV), and his ideal girl is short, "preferably 163cm or less".
  • Hired for Their Looks:
    • The person who scouted Jonghun followed and persuaded him because of his good looks and ulzzang fame. He also joked that the reason he was chosen as the band's leader is because of his pretty face.
    • It's been stated that Jaejin being very photogenic was what helped FNC's decision in putting him in the band.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Hongki does this in their cameo of Unstoppable Marriage, where FT4 are "playing" as a band... only for Jaejin's character to turn off the CD player and reveal Hongki's bad singing (and everyone else's handsync) which was basically him sliding his notes up and down randomly and singing in an extra cutesy manner.
  • Idol Singer: Started off as this (well the main and sub-vocalists anyways) - they're fighting against this image, however, wanting to be known not as idols but as real musicians.
  • Ill Girl: The Weekly Idol MCs were jokingly convinced Jaejin was a gender-inverted example, always saying he looked like a sickly old man and worrying over him getting tired. It was a Running Gag and they once even gave him a health drink. In his appearance in their 2014 special episode, they were finally satisfied with how healthy he looked. invoked
  • Incredibly Long Note: Their Power Ballads in particular are full of these, mostly courtesy of Hongki.
    • As their main vocalist, Hongki gets many of these whether it be in ballads like "Lovesick" and "Distance" or much rockier songs like "Let It Go!" and "Hello Hello". He generally pulls them off wellnote  and is why he's praised a lot for his vocals and proclaimed one of kpop's greatest singers.
    • Jaejin has acquired a lot of these following his continuous vocal improvement, for example in "Paper Plane" and "Morning Coffee".
    • Seunghyun gets to sing them in his musicals. His encore appearances in Jack the Ripper was basically him belting "NAEGA JAAAAAAAAAAACK".note  He also has a few in "Morning Coffee".
    • Though none in studio recordings, Minhwan who's not even the sub-vocalist gets many opportunities to sing some at concerts, musicals and other lives. It has become tradition to have him sing Hongki's long note in "I Confess".
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: All the members can play instruments other than their own (at least piano and guitar), as seen when they once swapped roles as SF Heroes. They also write lyrics, compose songs, have at least minor acting experience and are fluent in Japanese. And at least 4/5 can sing well enough to be in musicals while the only unimpressive one (Jonghun) is able to hold his own in his comfort zone. In particular:
    • Jonghun is one of the most if not the most prominent composer in the band, and is exceptionally skilled in both piano, which he started playing at age 6, and guitar, and decent enough in bass to play in SF Heroes. He is also known for pursuing several hobbies such as art - and several of his paint works were actually put on display for the FNC Kingdom exhbition in Japan, several which aren't too shabby.
    • Similar to Jonghun, Seunghyun also started playing piano first from a young age, yet it doesn't mean his skills in guitar pale in comparison at all. He is also a notable singer in the group, especially evident in his involvement in musicals.
    • Besides singing, Hongki writes songs, plays guitar and also knows how to drum thanks to his role as Anjell drummer Jeremy in You Are Beautiful, and he showed this again in SF Heroes and his movie. This is all while also running his own fashion brand and doing his acting works.
  • Korean Drama:
    • Hongki was a child actor and started actively acting again a few years after the group's debut. He was in the popular You Are Beautiful, and was the lead in other productions such as The Bride of the Century and Modern Farmer.
    • Minhwan and Jaejin both acted in drama sitcoms in their early years, The Road Home and Unstoppable Marriage respectively. Former member Wonbin also acted in Heartstrings and sitcom You're Here, You're Here, You're Really Here after his departure.
  • Law of Disproportionate Response: Minhwan and labelmate CN Blue's Minhyuk once had a drumming contest during their trainee days, where they had to power-drum as much damage as possible to their drum-sets. Determined to win, Minhwan poured acid on his set.
  • The Leader:
    • Officially Jonghun, and a good one at that. He's the "Levelheaded" and "Mastermind" type, as he's the more mature member who takes care of the members and uses his composition skills to help out with a good chunk of the group's music and their musical direction.
    • Hongki is also an unofficial one (though many think he's the actual one due to his role as the main vocalist). He's the "Headstrong" and "Charismatic" type, as he's the most hot-blooded and vocal member whose hard work has helped the group get some exposure and his friendly and persuasive personality helps keep the group together.
  • Lead Bassist: Jaejin, Type B, as he sings the most after Hongki thus is at least known for his vocals.
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • "I Hope", compared to all the previous angsty rock ballads.
    • "Like The Birds" and "I Wish" likewise followed previous angsty/melancholy title tracks "Hello Hello" and "Severely".
  • Little Big Brother: Hongki is the oldest yet the 2nd shortest. He often complains about Seunghyun's height.
  • A Lizard Named Liz: Seunghyun's acoustic guitar is called Akugii, which is short for acoustic guitar in Korean.
  • Lyrics/Video Mismatch: Often the case, especially for international fans that know neither Korean nor Japanese.
    • "I Hope". Song: Upbeat song with bittersweet lyrics of the singer missing his old love, saying "even if I see you again, you're my love" and "if I am born again, all I want is you". Video: The band goes back in time and becomes famous by constantly winning on this music competition show. Although, it could apply to Hongki and his girlfriend whom he leaves before returning to his own time. In the current timeline at the end, a girl can be seen sitting in dark while touching the FT Island pick that Hongki gave to his girlfriend, implying that she's the same girl and hasn't forgotten him.
    • "Hello Hello". Song: Typical break-up song where the singer can't forget his beloved and wants them back back. Video: Hongki goes in a burning building to save his band members.
    • "Love Love Love". Song: The singer's anguish as his lover leaves him. Video: The band performing while these two marionettes struggle to be together because their strings stop them from getting too close. And then they set said strings on fire and burn to their death while they finally get to hug each other.
    • "Stay". Song: another typical post-break up love song. Video: The members writing, discussing and performing their song(s) in their studio.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Many of their album names.
      • 20 [twenty] - the members' average age at the time was 20 years old.
      • Thanks To - the mini was mostly made as a thank you and gift to Primadonnas.
      • New Page - to indicate a new page in their life and music.
    • Their band name itself, where each member brings a treasure of talent to their fans.
  • Motor Mouth: Some of Seunghyun's raps are particular fast and a loadful. Special mention to his rap in "I Want", where he raps a lot, very fast and very softly, making it practically unintelligible. Except for the "I want you in my body" line.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Jonghun provides most of the fanservice, especially when showing off his abs and toned body in general. Several photoshoots are not shy about this and have him topless.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: "Do you know FT Island?" A quote that may seem strange to outsiders yet is one sure way for the band to hype up the fans for concerts. And then there's the response, "Do you know Primadonna?"
  • The Musical:

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  • The Napoleon: Hongki, the 2nd shortest and hot-headed one in the group.
  • New Sound Album: Cross and Change, where the band known for their rock ballads went nearly-full pop rock. They have wavered between both sounds since then.
  • Non-Appearing Title: They often stick to the Title Drop trope but sometimes do this too. Title track/promoted song examples include "Love Sick, "After Love" and "Distance".
  • Not a Morning Person: Minhwan, Jaejin and Seunghyun can be woken up pretty easily. Jonghun takes a bit more effort. To get Hongki up, it takes three members playing the xylophone, clapping and yelling. This one time, Hongki was too stubborn to move let alone get out of bed that Minhwan concluded he was dead and mourned for him.
  • Official Couple: Temporary and not serious of course, but Hongki with Japanese actress in Fuji Mina for Global We Got Married. They have remained friends since they finished the show.
  • Older Than They Look: Jaejin. He's been mistaken to be younger than Seunghyun before, and even as young as Minhwan (moreso in the past though).
  • Power Ballad: They're most famous for them. Amongst their many ones, "Lovesick" was a big hit and other ones such as "Severely" and "Distance" have also done well.
  • Power Walk:
    • Done in their "So Today" MV towards the end to the sunset after spending a good deal standing around while angsting.
    • Also used in the "After Love" MV after they stand together looking on mournfully about their break-ups.
  • Put On The Bus: Hongki took a break from activities at the end of 2013 after his accident and subsequent injuries. This included his absence from their FNC reality show and having Jaejin take his spot in the "Fashion Killa" reality show.
  • Real Men Wear Pink:
    • Hongki's heavy interest and active involvement in nail-art and fashion, going as far as to release a nail-art photobook and his own fashion brand Skullhong.
    • Minhwan has openly admitted to liking pink, calling it one of his favourite colours.
  • Retraux: The concept of Cross and Change/"I Hope" promotions, especially since they traveled back in time in the MV.
  • Rockers Smash Guitars: Sorta, with CGI guitars on a special Weekly Idol episode. In the "Random Play Dance" segment, Jaejin, Jonghun and Seunghyun had to mime their instruments to their songs. They didn't bother aiming for accuracy and opted to go absolutely nuts which including playing the guitar with their teeth and smashing and throwing their guitars.
  • Running Gag:
    • Seunghyun's Harisu imitation and his caveman impersonations.
    • In every Weekly Idol they've appeared in the MCs would comment on how sickly and fragile Jaejin looked. Even when they finally appeared again after over 2 years, they still took a moment to comment on how much healthier Jaejin looked.
    • Jaejin the hairy man, courtesy of Hongki. Who is notorious for hairy legs himself.
    • Minhwan's "Hing Minari!" aegyo expression. The gag before was how cute yet cringeworthy it was - after growing up, the gag is how it's become cringeworthy and uncute.
    • Minhwan's love for chicken is mentioned non-stop, especially fried chicken.
    • Seunghyun's passionate godawful dancing, especially to Ring Ding Dong, and Jonghun and Jaejin's equally bad dancing to Rain.
    • Seunghyun being called the one with Baseless/Groundless Confidence on Makbanshi, because he was always too confident in things he always wasn't good at.
    • Hongki asking fans to come to their concerts in bikinis.
    • Seunghyun's poorness being mentioned in one way or another.
    • Jaejin's breakups being brought up for no reason other than to mock him.
  • Self-Titled Album: Five Treasure Island, their first (major) Japanese album.
  • Serenade Your Lover:
    • Hongki sang several times to his onscreen wife Mina during their run on We Got Married. He also was serenaded by her when she played "Severely" on the piano for him.
    • This was a mission on Idol Maknae Rebellion, and Seunghyun sang "Falling Slowly" while playing the guitar to said woman. All was looking (and sounding) good, until he paused which everyone assumed meant he was finished... and then kept going. This lost him some brownie points.
  • She's Got Legs: Gender-inverted with Seunghyun and his long skinny legs. Fangirls are usually envious whenever he crossdresses and shows off his legs.
  • Shiptease: Not as much as the first few years but they still show signs of this.
    • Hongki/Jonghun, Hongki/Jaejin give the most moments in the group by purposely being overly intimate with each other and making vague statements about them belonging to each other. Jaejin/Seunghyun and Seunghyun/Minhwan are also not shy about skinship and whatnot. This is all despite them constantly talking about their love lives (with females) and stating they consider each other brothers.
    • Seunghyun and labelmate Song Eunyi for subunit Two Song Place had some mild skinship in their "Age-Height" MV (including him holding her) and performances (including him holding her shoulders). Mostly Played for Laughs (and also the point of the song, which questions males' skewered and specific preferences for height, age and looks in women).
    • Jaejin and Juniel got a bit of this when they did a wedding shoot together on Fashion Killer and near-kissing was involved. They also sang "A Whole New World" together at an FNC Kingdom concert as the "new" Romantic J, a subunit originally comprising Juniel and CNB's Jonghyun which had a rather romantic concept (judging by the promoted love song and love-story MV).
  • Shout-Out:
    • In the bonus track on So Long Au Revoir which was a special commentary, at the end when saying their goodbyes Hongki randomly shouts "Kagebushin no Jutsu!"
    • Two Song Place's MV "Age-Height" parodies many kpop MVs. The ones Seunghyun were involved in were:
      • Troublemaker's "Now", with Seunghyun and Eunyi sitting at their car and the former holding the latter much like Hyunseung and Hyuna. There is also him parodying Hyungseung dressed as The Joker.
      • The dance/school-uniform scene of Exo's "Growl" and the opening scene of "Wolf".
  • Sibling Rivalry: Friendly rivalry with their labelmate CN Blue. Hongki has stated that their company uses FT Island as guinea pigs for CN Blue, but most fans agree that both bands are equally talented and shouldn't be compared.
  • Signature Move: Hongki's hand/body movements:
    • "Love Love Love" has the hand-wave done at the "sarang sarang sarang" and "goodbye goodbye goodbye" lines.
    • "Hello Hello" has the angsty hand-wave when "hello hello"/"goodbye goodbye" is sung.
    • "Severely" has the "mic stand move", where at the chorus Hongki holds and moves the mic stand around and staring intensely like its his lover.
    • "I Wish" has Hongki's "shoulder" dance, where he waves them at the "lonely lonely"/"love me love me" parts. Several people including other members often mimic this whenever singing/lipsyncing/dancing to it.
  • Similar Squad: With newer labelmates CN Blue. Both are idol-rock bands and inspiring-songwriters from FNC, and member counterparts follow as vocalists and Face of the Band Hongki/Yonghwa, guitarists Jonghun/Jonghyun/sometimes Seunghyun, drummers Minhwan/Minhyuk and bassists Jaejin/Jungshin. Amusingly, fans have even pointed out the similarity in some of their names. FNC has toyed with this a few times, and each pair seem to be particularly good friends too, especially 2GtJH and the bassists.
  • Singer Namedrop: In the song "Troublemaker" their name is spelt out in the background towards the end.
  • Singer Songwriter: All members are capable of singing and writing their own music, but it especially applies to Hongki, Jaejin and Seunghyun aka the three vocalists whom often compose.
  • The Smart Guy: Jaejin. He was an honour student and he briefly had a nerd image at debut. He also is the best in Japanese and English in the group, and often the one who explains their albums or songs.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Just two.
    • Hongki, Honggi?
    • Jonghun, Jonghoon? Just whatever you do, do not call him Jonghyun.
  • Spelling Song: Self-titled song "FT Island" which constantly spells out their name.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Besides being FT Triple's main vocalist, Jaejin also sings solo in two of their Japanese songs, "Rock'n'Roll" and "Yume". He also sings solo in Japanese song "Friends" with Seunghyun backing him up.
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language:
    • Japanese. Justified as they spent a lot of time in Japan in their indie days and already didn't need a translator when they made their major debut there.
    • Jaejin is said to be the best at Japanese and English in the group, frequently acting as their spokesman in these cases. Listening to "The One" shows how clean his English is compared to everyone else.
    • Before leaving, Wonbin was the one apparently best at Japanese. His goodbye letter, while likely written by someone else, was otherwise said quite fluently.
  • Team Mom/Team Dad: Hongki and Jonghun, who are the oldest. Both have characteristics of both tropes - both display leadership skills and will be stern to younger members when necessary, but they also take good care of them too and fuss over their wellbeing.
  • Teen Idol: Were this at debut and very popular, with Minhwan debuting at age 14. Seunghyun was 16 when he joined later on. They are now not only past their teens but also working hard to break the idol image.
  • Tempting Fate: When the order of the performances was being drawn on an "Immortal Song" episode, one of the members commented that they hope they won't be picked as first. Guess who performed first.
  • Title Drop: Common of course. Title track/promoted song examples include "Bad Woman", "Flower Rock" and "Madly" (obviously many songs like the 1st and 3rd songs are said in Korean or Japanese and not its English translation).
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Members mentioning Minhwan and his love for chicken is a Running Gag. He especially likes fried chicken.
  • Translated Cover Version:
    • Korean and/or English versions of some Japanese songs have been released as bonus tracks, such as "Theory of Happiness" and "Flower Rock". A fair amount of their Japanese songs from 20 [twenty] were also translated into Korean for their album Five Treasure Box, and All About is specifically a Korean album full of Korean versions of selected Japanese songs.
    • Subverted in Japan: while it's the norm for Korean idols to do this for their Korean songs, FT Island's major Japanese songs have been all original - and even in their indie days, only one B-side was a remake of a Korean song ("Always Be Mine", English version of "First Kiss").
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: Common in their songs especially when they go into the chorus for the last time.
    • Mostly common in their Power Ballads, eg "Severely", "Madly", "Bad Woman".
    • Not uncommon in their pop or rockier music either, eg. "I Hope", "Hello Hello", "Like A Bird".
  • True Companions: The whole group is quite close due to nearly growing up together during their young trainee years, and consider and refer to each other as brothers in a genuine yet non-forced chummy manner. Thanks to this, they are determined to stick by one another in the good and hard times.
  • Updated Re-release:
    • Bonus tracks of Best Recommendation For JAPAN included "FT Island" and "Primadonna" with Seunghyun singing Wonbin's parts.
    • "FT Island" and "Primadonna" instrumentals were slightly rearranged and rerecorded for Japanese indie album Prologue of FT Island.
  • The Unfavourite: Fan exaggerations and business perspective aside, it's clear FNC doesn't do their best with them compared to their labelmates, and members have likened it to their parent overlooking them in favour of their siblings. The CEO occasionally zig-zags this when he does take some hints such as letting them do musicals and finally giving them a (almost) world tour. However his biggest issue is not giving them well-deserved creative music control nor good promotions, despite them being very clear about how important it is that they expose themselves and their own music. Contrast, for example, their lack of attention in Korea 2014 (eg. no official comeback) to the three Korean comebacks that year for AOA and their lack of artistic freedom to CN Blue's more flexible music control. It frustrates members very much and none of them are hush about their resentment towards the CEO (they and rational fans of course show no prejudice to their labelmates who have no say in the matter).
  • Unperson: In one of their DVD documentaries released at the end of 2009, a variety show appearance from 2008 was included but Wonbin's scenes were promptly edited out since he was no longer a member.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds:
    • Jaejin and Hongki. They always take jabs at each other but are very good friends and a popular ship.
    • Seunghyun and Hongki, who truly value each other but otherwise clash a lot. In a Weekly Idol episode the MCs even jokingly held a counselling-like session for the two of them. Seunghyun also once said he wants to make his own company and have Hongki work for him, while Hongki's response to what he'd do if he could be Seunghyun for a day was, "I don't want to be him."
    • Minhwan and Wonbin were this. The latter would often bully the former especially if aegyo was involved - nevertheless they showed a strong brother-like relationship.
  • Vocal Tag Team:
    • Hongki/Jaejin/Seunghyun, especially the first two - more apparent in their Japanese singles though. While Hongki is the main vocalist, the subvocalists' lines are often quite generous and are on par with Hongki's.
    • Rap Tag Team variant: Jaejin and Seunghyun in "I Hope", "Hello Hello" and "Like The Birds" where their raps are quite even and often even rap together.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Jaejin deleted his (old) twitter without warning. Despite the common fan speculation for why he did it[[note]beforehand he tweeted a made-up phone number jokingly asking everyone to call it - the number turned out to be real and said number got numerous calls, and Jaejin felt pretty bad about it[[/note]], he has still not provided a reason and doesn't seem to intend to.
    • Minhwan and his inactivity on his twitter. His last tweet was in 2012, leading many fans to wonder why he refuses to use his twitter anymore. He's joked about his twitter absence to fans with the reason being that he's busy playing LoL with his sister but has otherwise given no reason.
  • What Song Was This Again?: "Always Be Mine" lyrics are notably different from its original Korean counterpart "First Kiss", as is the case for their other translated songs. "First Kiss" is about one's first kiss, while "Always Be Mine" is a typical sweet love song.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Besides Crosscast Role, all members have at least once been crossdressed on shows simply to show off what great Attractive Bent Genders they are.
  • Younger Than They Look: Jonghun, though mostly in their early days. Other members even mistook him for their stylist when they first met him.