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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- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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).
- 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.