Formed in 2007 by SM Entertainment, Girls' Generation, often abbreviated as SNSD (short for the romanization of their Korean name, So Nyuh Shi Dae) is a popular KoreanGirl Group with nine members. The group was initially seen, and to some extent still is seen up to today as something of afemale answer to label-mates Super Junior, but has since gone on to become a unique and equally respected group in their own right.The group is composed of: Leader Taeyeon, vocalists Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany and youngest (a.k.a. "maknae") Seohyun and dancers Yuri, Hyoyeon, Sooyoung and Yoona.SNSD began to achieve widespread fame and appeal in 2009 after the release of their first mini-album and its leading single, "Gee". "Gee" has since gone on to become the group's most memorable and most lauded song, which was hailed as the "K-Pop Song of The Decade" by Melon (a Korean music website and award-giving body). "Gee" used to hold the distinction of being the longest-running #1 ranked song on Music Bank, one of Korea's most popular music chart shows, but it was eventually passed by the record-shattering hit "Gangnam Style".After winning "Video of the Year" at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards on November 4, 2013, they have been pushed into the international spotlight once again. Despite getting flack from the fans of the other nominees, they have garnered attention and mostly praise from mainstream media. The win also made headlines in media outlets all over the world.The girls are especially beloved among their fans due to their dorky natures when not performing and the copious amounts of Fanservice that they dish out. They are also well known for the Les Yay that the members often seem to be indulging in; the fans of course, enjoy all this and do a little indulging of their own in the form of the sheer amount of Slash Fic they churn out featuring the girls.
Accidental Athlete - Jessica, who is known to hate walking (and a lot of other physical activities). She does quite well in basketball, table tennis, vertical jumps and running. See her in action here.
Aerith and Bob - Taeyeon, Jessica, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona & Seohyun.
Always Someone Better - Yuri's talent is supposedly mimicking voices. When some of SNSD's members (Taeyeon, Yuri, Seohyun, Sunny and Sooyoung) were on the TV show Happy Together, Yuri jokingly said that Sooyoung "stole" her talent (voice impressions) so the hosts made Yuri and Sooyoung have a voice mimicking contest, and Sooyoung did all of the impressions better.
Sooyoung. She is presumably pure Korean but some people have stated that she somewhat looks / looked foreign, especially during her days as a trainee in SM.
Black Pearl Kwon Yuri; To explain this a lot of newer fans tend to get confused by why Yuri was called this in the past and why there are occasionally comments about her skin tone as she often doesn't look very much darker then the others, depending on lighting and Photoshop. It's mostly that the undertone of her skin is darker then others, being more olive-y so she is considered "dark".
American Accents - Jessica and Tiffany were both born and raised in California and both have very clear Californian accents when speaking in English. Observe!
Blatant Lies - Every time the girls use mistranslations of advanced Korean terms to trick Jessica and Tiffany who aren't very well-acquainted with Korean terms.
A notable example: When Tiffany asked the girls what "Sachultang" (a healthy albeit controversial soup made with dog meat) is, Sooyoung told her that it was a soup with four iron bars in it. note "Sa" = four, "Chul" = iron, and "Tang" = soup in Korean, hence, "Sachultang" = four iron soup. "Sachul" actually means four seasons.
Taeyeon: When [Sooyoung] was in elementary, she shaved off iron from a pole and ate it.
Blonde, Brunette, Redhead - With a few exceptions, whether through Dye Hard or wigs, all their looks for their performances have featured exactly one blonde girl with the remaining eight in varying shades of brunette or redhead. Became Jessica's◊ trademark for a while.
And if you wish to apply this trope to a single member, we have Sunny, who always dyes her hair/wears wigs. As of now, her hair had been blonde, and brown, and red, and pink, and green, and purple, and...
Breakout Star - Yoona. She appeared in four dramas, and has won six awards (five from the same drama).
Breakup Song - Type 5 for Run Devil Run, Type 4 for Mistake, Time Machine, and Lost in Love.
Cake in the Face - Jessica caked Sunny during a radio show. However, Jessica herself also got caked during her 2010 birthday celebration (which was held during a concert).
Bound to happen every single time they celebrate one of the member's birthday at a concert or on-air.
Captain Obvious - Seohyun. During an episode of Hello Baby, the girls were eating and wondered what they should do when they were finished. Seohyun immediately replied, "We should clean up." (What the other girls were actually talking about were the activities they were planning later in the day.)
Afterwards, Yuri related an anecdote about a lady asking Seohyun who made their meals in the dormitory; Seohyun answered, "The rice cooker."
Yoona had a good Captain Obvious moment in Hello Baby, when she and Jessica pranked the members by putting too much salt and vinegar on their food.
The Cheerleader - A non evil/bitchy example in Tiffany, who was a cheerleader when she was in middle school and when she was attending Korea's Kenta Kent Foreign School.
Chekhov's Gun - This◊ pic has been around the web for a while; it was rumored to be from a music video of a song that was supposed to be released instead of Gee in 2008. Fast-forward four years and it's revealed to be Dancing Queen, a Translated Cover Version of Duffy's "Mercy" which was officially released by SM Entertainment as a digital single and is also included in their fourth album.
Cliff Hanger - In the end of the Oh! music video, the girls' house got wrecked by their evil counterparts. The second part of the story is in the Run Devil Run music video.
Cloudcuckoolander - Jessica. Look at her in variety shows - she usually looks like she's spacing out, with a blank expression on her face. However, it's just that her facial expressions are... blank. There's more to her than meets the eye - and she wants to "melt" her "Ice Princess" image. As Yuri states it, "Jessica, you are a warm ice".
"People say that I look like I live without any worries. But that's just how I look on the outside. On the inside, I think a lot." - Jessica
The Coats Are Off - In the "Paparazzi" music video and in Tiffany's "Umbrella" solo stage in the Into The New World tour.
Combat Stilettos - Almost all of their choreography is done in high heels. Oh! is the only notable exception.
There's also Into the New World.
"I Got A Boy" will also be an exception, in order to show off a new side of their dance abilities.
Comeback Tomorrow - When Yuri is in an argument with a person, she goes to her room and writes a list of comebacks for later use on a piece of paper. When the person she's arguing with has an unexpected answer, she excuses herself, goes back to her room, and writes more comebacks.
Confession Cam - Implemented in Girls Go To School and Hello Baby, where it was frequented by Yoona and Yuri in the latter.
Costume Porn - The members of Girls' Generation wear some incredible themed outfits in many of their videos. Mod/60's style in the video for Hoot, or the Yellow and Black Taxi short skirts and vests in Mr Taxi, the bad girl outfits in Run Devil Run, the intro for The Boys, motorcycle gang clothing in Bad Girl, the Naval and Army style uniforms in Genie, etc. Girls' Generation have a lot to choose from in their wardrobe and are very detailed and distinctive, but still manage to tie into the overall theme.
The other members are already immune to her "aegyo" (cuteness).
She is known as the "fake maknae". At first glance, people would mistake her as the youngest member of the group.
However, it was revealed that she isn't overly cutesy in real life. Yuri reveals on Happy Together that “Normally, Sunny lacks expression on her face and has no strength but whenever a guy appears, all of a sudden expressions start to come out”. (See here from 4:52 onwards.)
A Day in the Limelight - Basically the point of their show MTV Lifestyle, in which each member gets to be in the limelight for an episode. However, most of them brought along a companion / companions with them. Three of the members' (Sooyoung, Hyoyeon, Taeyeon) episodes featured the whole group, and Sooyoung and Taeyeon's were extended to 2 episodes.
Deadpan Snarker - Yoona occasionally shows signs of being this, but it's all in the name of good fun.
Ice Princess Jung
Delayed Reaction - Jessica is usually a few seconds behind the rest when reacting to jokes.
Determinator - Surprisingly, Seohyun. Episode 64 of Running Man showed her competitive side, which was almost too extreme to the point where she would've eliminated her partner Yoo Jae-suk if given the opportunity.
Tiffany definitely counts. She moved to Korea at age 15 (despite her father's protests) to pursue a career in the music industry, despite not knowing a single person in Korea or even speaking the language well. Being raised primarily in the U.S, Tiffany wasn't accustomed to the Korean traditions and was often called 'rude' by their standards, especially with no one to teach her any better, she had to learn through being insulted and ridiculed.
Rumor has it that the other members refer to her as "Miyoung" when her face is makeup-free, and after she puts on makeup, other members would call her "Tiffany".
Double Entendre - The entirety of the song Reflection from their second Japanese album. If you thought the Gratuitous English lyrics weren't suggestive enough, search for the Japanese lyrics and you'll find out that the innuendos in there are anything but subtle.
Dress Rehearsal Video - Practically all of the videos to their album-leading singles feature cuts of the girls in full costume, performing the steps to their given song on a soundstage. On some singles, they digitally release videos composed solely of them performing the dance without any interruptions.
They even play instruments (er, some of them) in their self-titled song.
Embarrassing Korean Name: Sunny's Korean name is Lee Soon-Kyu and Tiffany's is Hwang Mi-Young. Neither of them like their Korean names very much something which is occasionally Played for Laughs by the other members.
Felony Misdemeanor - For all the attention they drummed up, they do little more than trash the apartment belonging to the girls' cheerleader personas in Oh!, and whatever damage they do is fixed in a Fast-Forward Gag. See here.
Expy - Hyoyeon, Jessica, Taeyeon, and Yoona have all been called "the next BoA" by netizens back when they were still trainees.
Family Business - Jessica's younger sister Krystal is a part of the group f(x), which is also under SM Entertainment. In addition, Sunny's uncle is the founder of SM Entertainment.
Fanservice - The costumes Hyoyeon wore during her appearances on Dancing with the Stars.
Fan Disservice - The "Ugly Face-Off" on Horror Movie Factory. Comes with a side of Fanservice intermission numbers to help the viewers forget what they've just seen.
Funny Background Event - Judging from fan accounts, the girls do funny stuff when the cameras aren't focused on them during live events, such as concerts and the like.
The "X-Files" (footage w/c were edited out) from Hello Baby has lots of funny background events.
Keep your eyes peeled every time they're on camera. Sometimes, you wouldn't know where to look, since they goof off a lot, especially back in the day.
Gamer Chick - Sunny is the most well-known example, the other members were once startled late at night because of the sounds in the game Sunny is playing in their dorm. Yoona and Taeyeonnote Who played StarCraft during pre-debut days count as well.
Game Show Appearance - Sunny, Yoona and Taeyeon in 1 vs. 100 (the Korean version). Also in their numerous guest appearances in the variety-slash-game show Star Golden Bell.
Genki Girl - Tiffany during her early days as an SM trainee, described as a "very bubbly girl".
Girl Group - One of the most popular Korean examples.
Possibly the best example considering their worldwide popularity.
Girliness Upgrade - Suuuure, they were already girly to begin with... but as time passes by, they show less of their Adorkable sides in exchange for more ladylike behaviour, mainly because of the fact that SM does NOT like how the members (specifically, Sooyoung and Yuri) were acting like goofballs because they're supposed to be dainty teen idols.
Gratuitous English - Most of their album-leading singles have at least a couple of English words peppered here and there; sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't. Perhaps the worst offender would have to be Genie, with the line "I'm Genie for your wish/dream/world" being repeated in the chorus. This was unfortunately still not corrected in the Japanese Translated Cover Version.
Mostly averted with their single "The Boys". The Korean version has the typical English sprinkled in with the girls rapping. Then there's an English version. The English itself is quite impressive.
When you look at the lines individually anyway. The song as whole doesn't actually make sense.
Jessica and Tiffany randomly breaking out in English in concerts and in TV shows.
"I need my hairspray right now. N-O-W, now!" (Jessica)
And their "Oh My God"s. It's a staple amongst their shows.
Hotter and Sexier - Run Devil Run kicked off a change in style that saw the girls gradually become more and more like this in most of their succeeding releases, until it came to a head during...
Their 1st Japan Arena Tour. Honorable mentions go to Yoona's "pole dancing" and Sooyoung's "lap dance" intro for her performance of "Sway" (and the performance itself), but the cake has to go to Taeyeon and Tiffany's absolutely Stripperiffic outfits in their performance of Lady Marmalade.
And now, the release of their concept photos for the Mr. Taxi repackage album.
Their Japanese single "Flower Power" contains their first overtly "sexual" line: "Do you wanna be my lover?" and has them wearing◊ leather-esque outfits that have been described as "bondage-influenced".
Seohyun, who was usually a little more conservative than her fellow members even in sexier concepts, jumped headfirst into this territory with her teaser◊ pics◊ from their fourth album, I Got a Boy.
I Can Still Fight - Tiffany fell and injured her leg during a concert, but instead of immediately seeking medical help, she went on to perform. During Gee promotions, she injured her ankle but still performed on music shows with a cast on.
Sunny was also seen with a knee brace while performing.
Identical Stranger - Sooyoung will often look a lot like Miranda Cosgrove and vice versa in their photoshoots. Generally, it will be best seen in pictures with just their faces.
Krystal of f(x), a.k.a. Jessica's little sister who looks more like Yuri and Yoona◊.
SNSD has a couple of look-alikes in the Korean industry. The girl group Hello Venus has Yoonjo◊ who looks like Jessica and Yoo Ara◊ who looks like Yuri/Yoona. And then there's Jisook◊ from Rainbow who looks a lot like Taeyeon (this was even acknowledged in an episode of the Korean talk show Strong Heart).
MC: *reading from fan questions* Sunny do you not like your given name? And could you show us your charms?
Sunny: *looking away and laughing*
MC: So I wonder what your real name is.
Sunny: *ignoring the question* I'll show you my charms.
MC: Why don't we ask the writer what her real name is?
Sunny: No! No! No! No!
Sooyoung: Hey Soonkyu!
Sunny: *while hitting Sooyoung* What's wrong with you?
Initiation Ceremony - When Yuri first came to SM Ent. as a trainee, Jessica, Hyoyeon and Sooyoung (who were in cool "unnie" poses) ordered Yuri to take her shoes off before entering the studio. When she entered the studio, everyone else were wearing shoes. It was just a prank, but awkward turtle Yuri was scared of them for a year because of that.
Not to mention that she talked to the three girls in honorifics even though they were the same age (and Sooyoung was actually younger, although they are considered the same age in Korean age).
Innocent Fanservice Girl - Sooyoung accidentally revealed in Come To Play that Jessica doesn't like wearing clothes immediately after showers.
When Yuri became a part of a [bogus] SNSD leader election, she proclaimed that if she becomes the leader, she would make all the other members drink "ma" every morning. The other members refused with a look of disdain on their faces. (and yes, that includes Ms. Uptight Lifestyle Seohyun)
Lyrical Dissonance - I Got A Boy has a hip-hop / dance beat. The lyrics, however, was described by the fandom as a stereotypical ''oppa saranghae'' song. note Basically glorified girl talk, but the song at its core is essentially another love song.
Mascot - Taeyeon has two of them: her dukongs◊note The peas-in-a-pod from Toy Story 3 and the Gingerbread Man◊note From Shrek. Both of these are commonly associated with Taeyeon, and both of these mascots have made cameos in Taeyeon's instagram.
Merchandise-Driven - Their single, Chocolate Love, as seen being performed in the above photo, is a promotion for the LG Cyon Chocolate Phone. There's also their other CFs for water coolers, the LG Cookie and various other items.
Nepotism - Sunny is the niece of Lee Sooman (founder of SM Entertainment).
What makes her fit into this trope perfectly is that she trained for only a few months before the formation of the group, compared to the other 8 members who trained for years.
Sunny has actually been in the entertainment industry LONGER than the other members. She was a trainee with two other agencies prior to joining SM Entertainment and Girls Generation.
Yes, Sunny had actually trained for 5 years in other agencies, and the woman who was at her audition had no idea that she was the niece of the founder. In fact, her training for 5 years means that she trained for a longer than period than Tiffany and Taeyeon, who had 'only' trained for 2 years.
NO INDOOR VOICE - Seohyun stated that Tiffany’s voice is very loud, and if she were to get into a fight on the 1st floor, the people on the 6th floor could probably hear her.
The other members say that when Tiffany gets excited, her pitch becomes high like an ambulance siren.
A notable exception: during an episode of '"Horror Movie Factory"' in which Jessica and Tiffany filmed in a "haunted" school, Sooyoung told the sound director to lower the volume on Tiffany's mic. However, that was one heck of a mistake, because Tiffany isn't the one with the dolphin scream...
Tiffany is just naturally loud. Fans who were on the first floor during her 2012 birthday party said that her voice could be heard even though she was on the 2nd floor.
Sooyoung too. She and Tiffany are in a tie for first place as SNSD's loudest member.
There was a shouting contest on the 21st episode of Hello Baby in which they measured how loud the girls could shout. Sooyoung's scream was a whopping 108.3 decibels - that's almost as loud as a Turbo-fan aircraft at takeoff power at 200 ft.
One-Note Cook - With a little help, Jessica could cook Italian food very well, as seen in her MTV Lifestyle episode, and she showcases her cooking skills with her tuna fried rice. She is, however, also infamous for deep-frying ham, turning rice into porridge, and putting ketchup and sugar in kimchi fried rice (which, according to reports, actually tastes good).
One Steve Limit - Jessica's Korean name, Sooyeon, sounds very similar to Sooyoung's name (and perhaps Seohyun's as well).
Otaku - Seohyun is also known as a big Keroro & Nodame fan... and she somehow managed to brainwash Taeyeon into liking Keroro as well.
Scully Box - The girls range in height from 155 cm (Sunny) to 170 cm (Sooyoung). While there's not much they can do about the massive differences whilst performing, photoshoots are another matter, and often result in the employment of these. See here and here◊.
Let's not forget SNSD's resident wordsmith, spokesperson, and megaphone Sooyoung, who fits this trope to a T when it comes to writing AND interviews. Her flair for words is definitely one, if not her most, renowned talents.
She once sent fanmail to Kangfull, a webcomic artist. Kangfull was impressed by how mature Sooyoung sounded like, so he made a comic for her.
She's Got Legs - All of them, especially the taller girls (Yuri, Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun). Taeyeon and Sooyoung poked fun at this, posting pictures of the two of them posing◊ in the same chair. It's also◊ Sooyoung's◊ trademark◊.
Shipper on Deck - When Seohyun was fake-married to Jung Yonghwa of CN Blue for a television show, the other eight girls actively shipped them, referring to Yonghwa as "Seohyun's husband" every chance they got, even in other unrelated shows.
Shout-Out - During their Marchen Fantasy concert in December 2013, various members of the group paid tribute by performing various songs done by their Girl Group peers in the industry. Cue heaps of Fanservice from Sunny's performance of Ga-in's "Bloom" and Sooyoung's performance of Sunmi's "24 Hours".
Silly Love Songs - "Kissing You", "Gee", "Oh"... most of the songs from their early days count.
Sleepwalking - Taeyeon. On top of introducing herself and hosting radio when sleep talking, she once sleepwalked, went down the elevator, and went back up. She said she couldn’t remember a thing. (Her father said that he heard someone opening the door so he got up and found Taeyeon sleepwalking.)
She once lost her phone while sleeping, and it was found inside the refrigerator the next day. And of course, she doesn't remember this either.
Host: What are your wishes? [Let's start with] Jessica.
Jessica: I'm lacking sleep, so I wish for a medicine that would give me the effect of sleeping for ten hours from only sleeping for one [hour].
In an episode of Hello Baby, the guest daddy Gil sent Sooyoung and Tiffany to go the spa with the baby Kyungsan, and the other members who were left behind were assigned to cook dinner. Jessica didn't want to go to the spa, so she just stayed in the room (along with Yuri) to sleep.
Gil called them out immediately, but they (Jessica and Yuri) went under the blanket to hide from him. However, he (Gil) saw them and called them out again, but then, they... locked him out of the house. Hilarity Ensues.
She was once reported missing, but it turns out that she was in a bathroom, sleeping.
When SNSD flooded their dorm because they forgot to close the washing machine, everyone cleaned it up... except for Sica, who was still asleep.
She had been once thrown by the members in attempt to wake her up, but it didn't work - she was, of course, still asleep.
Smarter Than You Look - Sooyoung may act really, really goofy most of the time, but she's actually one of the smartest members of SNSD. Once she starts talking (in a serious manner), you'll forget that she's only in her early 20s.
Speak In Unison - The girls are synchronized in more ways than one - in dancing, singing, and introducing themselves.
Spoiled Sweet - According to accounts from various people they've worked with, despite their immense popularity, all of the girls tend to be very humble and polite to anyone they meet, up to and including getting coffee and sandwiches for staff during their variety shows. Tiffany and Sooyoung are especially famous for going out of their way to be kind to others despite their immense fame. Several of their Spoiled Sweet moments double as Crowning Moments of Heartwarming and are listed in the YMMV tab.
Teen Idols - They want to shed their "idol" image and they now prefer to be called as "artists". (They're all in their 20s now) But, they couldn't shake off the "idol" label that easily, you know...
The Show Must Go On - Watch episode 9 of Factory Girl, in which they helped a girl confess her love to a guy.note The backstory is in the 8th episode They helped serenade the guy for the girl (with Seohyun playing the background music on the piano), and despite everything that arose during the event,note After a few moments, the cheesy love confession looked like it was straight out of a Koreanovela / Soap Opera. Seohyun continued to play (and finish) her piano piece because she was told to do so.
Title Track - Gee, Genie, Oh!, Hoot, The Boys, Twinkle, I Got A Boy
Translated Cover Version - Their forays into the J-Pop market were initially composed of these, with their first two singles being covers of Genie and Gee. Partially averted in Mr. Taxi/Run Devil Run, with Mr. Taxi being an original song. Further averted in their 2011Self-Titled Album; of the 8 tracks on the album which weren't released as singles, only the Japanese version of Hoot! is a cover.
The Japanese cover of Run Devil Run completely ignores the creation and actions of the Black SoShi as seen in videos for Oh! and the original Korean version of Run Devil Run, particularly because they hadn't released a Japanese cover to Oh! at that time.
Demi Lovato's record company also happened to buy the rights of the tune that became "Born To Be a Lady". Demi's version is called Mistake (which coincidentally is the same title of another SNSD song, written by Yuri).
Two covers were included in the I Got A Boy album: Dancing Queen, a "cover" of Duffy's "Mercy" recorded in 2008, and Baby Maybe, which was originally a demo by British singer/songwriter Pixie Lott named What You Do. Yuri, Sooyoung, and Seohyun collaborated on the Korean lyrics for the latter.
Make that three covers if you count Talk Talk, which was originally recorded in Korean in 2008 but was released after the Japanese cover version, Boomerang, was released on the girls' second Japanese album in 2012.
I Got A Boy itself is a demo by Katy Tiz that didn't make the cut, like Ke$ha's Run Devil Run, but it was called "Shiner On You" and it was basically the opposite of I Got A Boy's "Oppa Saranghae" filled lyrics.
Van in Black - About 90% of the vans that the girls or any other celebrity that appears ride in is a black van.
Ventriloquism - One of SNSD's talents is being able to talk without moving their mouths (once demonstrated in an episode of Happy Together). They do this when they instruct each other on what to do next.
Sunny once shared a story about going to an amusement park with Hyoyeon, Jessica and Tiffany during one of their breaks. The girls went to an amusement park wearing scarfs. There were still some people who noticed them, so the 4 girls decided to buy raccoon masks sold by the amusement park. The girls were able to enjoy their rides with raccoon masks on.
But before going home, they wanted to ride a roller coaster. They waited in line for an hour, and in order to get on the ride, they had to take off their disguises. They did, and their candids leaked on the 'net the next day.