Music: SHINee

SHINee (pronounced "shiny") is a South Korean five-member Boy Band that debuted in 2008. The members are:
  • Onew, the nice-guy leader.
  • Jonghyun, lead vocalist, a mild version of a bad boy.
  • Key, the arrogant diva.
  • Minho, the cool and laid back one.
  • Taemin, the cute youngest member and main dancer.

They started very young with a colourful R&B image, and have accrued a whole slew of fans and they've kept up their quality over the years, with several of their albums landing on Billboard's year end charts. They are also known for their incredible live performances and are one of the popular groups in K-Pop. While Jonghyun's and Onew's voices are the most celebrated, every member (as of "Dream Girl") can now sing and dance competently, which separates them from most other boy groups. As of 30 September 2014, with the announcement of Jessica's termination from SNSD, SHINee has become SM Entertainment's longest running group with all original members still together.

    Discography 
Korean:

Japanese Discography:

Solo/subunit:
  • To Heart (Key's side project with Woohyun of Infinite) 1st Mini Album - March 2014
  • Taemin's solo mini album Ace - August 2014
  • Jonghyun's solo mini album Base - January 2015


SHINee provide examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: Minho accidently seeing a woman stripping on a show.
  • Actor Shipping: Minho co - starred with f(x)'s Sulli in 'To the Beautiful You' which has caused a lot of fans to start shipping them in real life.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Gender-inverted and the subject of Jonghyun's debut single Crazy (Guilty Pleasure) seems to be one and Jonghyun even wonders why he's attracted to such a dangerous and unstable woman.
  • Auto-Tune: Present in many of their songs.
  • Badass Boast: Taemin makes one after beating everyone at the Memory Dance King competition during a show.
    Taemin: (in Chinese) "Don't be obsessed with me, I'm a legend."
  • Bishōnen: The fans will probably kill you for saying so, but COME ON, look at how pretty they are.
    • Taemin in particular has become admired for his nice feminine looks.
  • Boy Band: Obvious Korean Pop Music example.
  • Breakup Song: They have several but the best example is 'Farewell, my love' from 'Odd.'
  • Camp Straight: Key has flamboyant dress sense, acts like a mother to his bandmates, and can perform most girl group dances better than the girl group themselves. As far as we know he's straight.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "We're the shining SHINee!"
    • "Is this the reality you wanted?" - Jonghyun during Hello Baby.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander:
    • Taemin, who apparently loses things left and right. He once lost his phone and wasted a lot of time looking for it, and finally just ended up buying a new one. Only to find his old phone again. With the first phone. In the same spot.
    • From Hello Baby: "Onew's hand touched the fried chicken!". It Makes Sense in Context. Only it doesn't.
  • Colour Coded Characters:
    • Particularly noticeable in "Love Like Oxygen" and "Juliette", where all the members wear different-colored pants.
    • Full blown in the "Hello" music video, which gives the members different-colored outfits.
    • Also during their SHINee First Concert. A little blinding.
    • Even their blankets are color coordinated, if one checks their dorms.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In one episode of Yunhanam, the losers of a tug-of-war game had to go bungee-jumping (Minho, Key, and Taemin).
  • Cool Big Sis: A cool and older girl is the object of SHINee's affections in their first music video, "Noona Is So Pretty (Replay)", as well as the whole concept behind Yunhanam. Also a convenient self-insert object for older fans...
    • Jonghyun absolutely worships his older sister, even setting her picture as his lock screen.
  • The Cover Changes The Gender - Completely averted in Key's cover of Hair.
  • Cover Version: This is the case with their songs "Love Like Oxygen" (the original is titled "Show the World"; sung by Danish singer Martin Hoberg Hedegaard), "Forever or Never" (originally by the German glam rock band Cinema Bizarre), "Juliette" (the original was "Deal with It" by American singer Corbin Bleu) and "Hyeya (Y Si Fuera Ella)" (originally by Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz).
  • The Dandy: Key, who likes to make his own clothes, experiment with hairstyles, and do his own eye makeup.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Their "Ring Ding Dong" and "Lucifer" concepts were basically this, being darker compared to previous releases.
    • Even more so with the album "Why So Serious?" While the title track and its music video aren't particularly dark, the other tracks on the album are and at times even border on nightmare fuel, especially the songs "Nightmare" and "Evil."
    • Taemin's concept and music video for "Danger" definitely counts, in contrast to the group's usual light and pleasant concepts and MVs.
    • Jonghyun's solo concept isn't so much darker but most definitely edgier than the group's usual stuff.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Special mention goes to Taemin who dresses like a typical guy does but is always commented on by members, other celebrities and fans by how much he looks like a girl.
  • Determinator: Minho, who doesn't understand the meaning of the word 'defeat'.
  • Even the Guys Want Him:
    • Jonghyun, who had a couple fanboys calling for him during performances and fanmeets. Rumored that he has the most fanboys, too.
    • Taemin's been getting his fair share of fanboys since his solo debut.
    • A fan account said that the fan's brother ( who usually never talks about someone's attractiveness) couldn't help but comment on how good looking Onew was in person.
  • Fan Boy:
    • Key adores BeyoncÚ and Lady Gaga.
    • Jonghyun absolutely loves Michael Jackson so much that he used to impersonate Michael's singing voice on variety shows. Taemin too and you can see in the music video for his solo debut single for "Danger".
  • Fanservice:
    • There are numerous rehearsal fancams of them playing, touching or flirting with each other.
    • The "Lucifer" music video, obviously with their bad-boy outfits and... intense staring.
    • The skits "Story of Chunhyang" and "The Rich Man and the Poor Man" the members acted out in Hello Baby was full of crossdressing members and other members getting intimate with said members.
    • Key eating a donut on television is pretty much Erotic Eating.
    • A particular OnKey moment of the two doing the "Love Game". Key's screaming does not help.
    • There were rumors that the rather revealing "Sherlock" teaser photos were fanservice for disappearing from the Kpop scene to promote in Japan.
    • A fancam of Taemin's SMTown performance of his Darker and Edgier solo has been doing more than just raising temperatures and eyebrows. Ahem.
    • Jonghyun's solo which includes the shirtless MV of Crazy. AHEM. And no SHINee fan survived his MV for "Fortune Cookie" which had him singing very seductively while sitting and lying on a bed.
  • Friend to All Children: Minho and Key, as proved by their time on Hello Baby.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • Rather than using English letters though, they use Korean syllables. An example would be "A.Mi.Go." which stands for the much longer Korean saying "아름다운 미녀를 좋아하면 고생한다." (Areumdaun Minyeoreul johahamyeon Gosaenghanda), which means "If you love a beautiful woman, you will suffer."
    • "Y.O.U." standing for "Year Of Us". Very clever.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: "View" from their "Odd" album is very obviously about sex with lyrics like 'its okay if its a little intense, make it more sensitive.'
  • Genre Roulette: The group is known as an extremely experimental band and their discography contains R&B, Dubstep/Complextro, Deep House, Pop, Pop-Rock, Rock, EDM, Blues, Jazz and several others genres. Almost all of their title tracks are in different genres.
  • Gospel Choirs Are Just Better: Jonghyun hired a choir from overseas to sing background vocals for "Hallelujah" and recorded their vocals through skype. He even posted a video of the choir.
  • Gratuitous English: Exactly what does 'fanstastic, elastic' mean? Also 'loverholic, robotronic' which are words that exist but make absolutely no sense in context. However, they group has improved a lot.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Jonghyun, who consistently holds a grudge against Minho and his tallness and can't seem to stop talking about it.
  • Guy Liner: Obviously, as a K-pop boy band, but this was especially apparent in their "Everybody" concept and for their concert performances of "Evil" and "Nightmare."
  • Harmony: SHINee is known for having some of the best harmonies in K-pop and one just needs to listen to "Sleepless Nights" from their "Why So Serious?" album to see why.
  • Has a Type: Taemin has a long list of requirements for his ideal type.
  • The Heart: Minho and Onew who are always cheerful and care for the members.
    • Onew didn't want his members to worry about him when he couldn't talk for months due to his vocal surgery. So, he wrote down jokes on his cellphone and sent it to them almost everyday.
    • Minho is extremely sweet to his members, comforting them when they cry and always being the go-to guy for hugs. Lots of people tend to misunderstand Minho as a cold person due to his stoic appearances on early variety shows, but he's actually like a puppy. Jonghyun has said that he's never seen a time when Minho wasn't optimistic and cheerful.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Minho, who once slept for a full forty-eight hours.
  • Hidden Depths: Taemin plays the piano rather well, a fact which was only revealed when he played the piano for Onew's solo in Tokyo Dome.
    • Onew was an honor roll student in high school, coming second in his entire grade and having the highest SAT scores in his school. He is extremely interested in science and even said that he would've been a scientist if he wasn't an entertainer.
  • Hotter and Sexier:
    • Some called "Lucifer" this, what with the singing about chains, the hip action in the choreography, lots of shots of the guys touching themselves and/or glaring steamily into the camera, Jonghyun's backless vest, and Minho's shirtless teaser picture.
    • And then they actually got in chains!
    • Jonghyun's solo debut and his album, which is filled with what most fans would call "baby-making jams". Special mention also goes out to his live stage for "Hallelujah". It's also this compared to Taemin's; however both of their individual debuts, by themselves, are incredibly sexier than anything they would put out as SHINee.
    • Their "Odd" album has the song "Odd Eye" (composed by Jonghyun) which is extremely sexy. The choreography of the song involves a lot of hip thrusting and other suggestive moves fans never thought they'd see in a SHINee dance.
  • In Series Nick Name: They all have nicknames they use in promotions and the like. You can hear them in their song "The SHINee World":
  • Innocently Insensitive: Key, who genuinely doesn't know that his brutally honest remarks can hurt people.
  • Intercourse with You: Most of the songs on Jonghyun's solo album imply this, especially the tracks Love Belt, Beautiful Tonight, Fortune Cookie, and of course, Hallellujah. The group's title track 'View' from their fourth album 'Odd' is very obviously about this as well.
  • Incredibly Long Note: Jonghyun, as the group's main vocalist, is in charge of most of the long notes, his most popular one being the twenty second long note in 'Lucifer.' However, Taemin also gets one in 'Why so serious?' and Onew gets an insanely long one in 'Breaking News.' Onew, Jonghyun, Taemin and Key all get long notes in 'Everybody.'
  • Inelegant Blubbering:
    • Jonghyun when he cries, most noticeable during their first win of "Juliette". Sometimes mixed with Cry Cute.
    • Onew and Key also, at times.
    • The entire band (including Taemin, who up until then was infamous for never crying on camera) was reduced to this after winning their first Artist of the Year award for "Dream Girl." Every time a member tries to give their acceptance speech they're either doing it through tears or they choke up and stop mid-sentence, and even when a member isn't trying to talk they're audibly sobbing in the background.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: Taemin, especially back when he was pretty young and once looked like a really pretty man. He used to take being called cute a compliment since at the time there were many idols younger than him and he was no longer a hoobae to everyone. However signs of him wanting to shed the girly image occurred, such as his facepalm reaction to being nominated for "Male Idol That Looks Most Like a Girl", performing "Get Up" by Korn, and working out at the gym with Jonghyun. His efforts paid off when he gained the nickname Taeman (courtesy of Simon and Martina of Eatyourkimchi) and released his solo debut mini album. TaeMAN, indeed.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Key who can dance, sing, rap and act. He also speaks fluent Korean, Japanese and English, can cook and has an eye for fashion. 'Almighty Key' indeed.
  • The Klutz: Onew, though he tends to exaggerate this trait with over-the-top pratfalls. Seems more intentional and for laughs than not.
  • Korean Drama:
    • Minho is the most active member on the drama scene. He played the lead role in "To the Beautiful You" and a supporting character in "Medical Top Team."
    • Onew played one of the leads in the ensemble sitcom "Royal Villa" and is all set to play a supporting role in "Descendants of the Sun." There are also rumors of him playing the lead role in a web drama.
    • All the members have had cameos or 3 -episode recurring roles in several dramas.
  • The Leader: Onew obviously. He isn't your typical leader, but in a recent interview, Minho revealed that Onew's gentle leadership is the reason the group has stayed together for so long.
  • Lethal Chef:
    • Taemin, who somehow managed to screw up ramyun by adding honey, milk, and an assortment of other condiments. Minho cursed after tasting it.
    • Also Taemin and Onew's first attempts to make soup in Hello Baby which did not end well.
  • Lighter and Softer: The band's Japanese discography compared to their Korean one.
  • Lovable Jock: Minho is ridiculously good at every sport he plays, even wanting to be a soccer player when he was younger. He's also extremely friendly and can hold a conversation with people of any age.
  • Manly Tears: Minho, the few times he cries on stage. He just tears up a bit and stares off into the distance with his chin lifted, the epitome of dignity.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Key's friendship with Bifauxnen and fellow labelmate Fx's Amber is seen as this due to his Camp Straight tendencies and Amber's Tom Boy side.
  • Mistaken Age:
    • When Key first met Onew, he thought Onew was younger and used informal language until he eventually realized Onew was actually two years older than him. Jonghyun also thought Onew was younger at first (they're five months apart), and tried to take care of him. Onew just went along with it.
    • Key also initially thought Minho was older than him, even though they're the same age.
  • Momma's Boy: Jonghyun. He has never failed to tell his mom that he loves her every opportunity he gets. He even lives with her!
  • Motor Mouth: Jonghyun, so much so that many new fans think he's the leader instead of Onew because he's always talking in interviews. He says he does this because he usually gets really nervous on camera. Key is known to talk a lot too.
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • Jonghyun and Minho are generally seen as the darker, cooler, sexier members of the band, and play this up to appeal to the fans. They're also more likely to show off their muscular physiques.
    • As of their solo debuts, Jonghyun and Taemin fill out these roles perfectly with their fanservice-heavy concepts and music videos.
  • The Musical: Onew has started participating in these, with his last project being the South Korean adaption of Rock of Ages. Key also participated in the musical Catch Me If You Can, then did Bonnie & Clyde, The Three Musketeers and as of 2015, he's done School Oz, an SM story based in the Wizard of Oz universe and most recently 'Chess', where he plays a Russian man.
  • Nice Guy: Onew. In fact, Onew literally means 'gentle' in Korean. You know you're nice when that becomes your stage name.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: All the members with each other, but Minho is the worst offender.
  • Odd Friendship: All the members in the band have completely different personalities, so its a miracle that they get along as well as they do.
  • Obsession Song: "Orgel" from their "Why So Serious?" album.
  • Official Couple: Taemin and A Pink's Naeun during their time on 'We Got Married.'
    • Jonghyun and Shin Sekyung when they were dating.
    • 2014 saw Key and Japanese model Yagi Arisa on 'We Got Married Global.'
  • Older Than They Look: Every single member looks no older than twenty at most, but the worst offender is Onew who is prone to acting cute and has a smile that makes him look ten years younger.
  • Power Ballad: "Symptoms", "Sleepless Nights", "Ode to You", "An encore", "Romantic", "Quasimodo" and several others.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Lets see, we have the Nice Guy, adorkable leader Onew, the Bad Boy Jonghyun, Lovable Jock and Mr. Fanservice Minho, brutally honest and diva-like Key and Shrinking Violet Taemin.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Key. To be more specific, by his grandmother, but only because his parents were so busy working all of the time.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Key, primarily, likes the colour pink. Apparently he wouldn't normally wear it though.
  • Security Cling: Jonghyun's song Love Belt. He wrote it after his infamous car accident back in the "Why So Serious" era and said that when people listen to the song, they should hopefully be thankful if they have someone who'll be there to hold them tight during rough times.
  • Serenade Your Lover: Taemin has sung for A Pink's Naeun several times during their run on 'We Got Married.'
    • They've also serenaded their fandom with songs like 'Honesty' and 'An Ode to You.'
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Key. Hello Baby is filled with instances of Key screaming like a little girl, and watch him when he was forced to ride a rollercoaster in Japan. Poor Key.
  • She's Got Legs: When Taemin crossdressed as f(x) Krystal for Key's "My First Kiss" solo. His slender legs are often praised on their own anyways, and the skinny jeans help.
  • Shirtless Scene:
    • Minho's solo performance won't be remembered for his dancing, that's for sure. There was a near repeat of this in Shinee World 4. Watch it for yourself
    • Their "Sherlock" teaser photos. Also regarded as porn by almost everyone in the kpop fandom AND industry.
    • Jonghyun's performance of "Internet War" featuring Taemin was of him shirtless.
    • Taemin's music video and his infamous SMTown performance for "Danger". Considering his usual image, many were shocked and the general reaction was, "Yes, Taemin, come to the dark side...we have NIPPLES."
  • Shrinking Violet: Minho during the early years of the group would barely speak in interviews and if he did, one could practically see the internal struggle he had trying to get the words out. Many people assumed this was because he was brooding and nicknamed him 'Flaming Charisma Minho', but he later revealed that it was due to how shy he was. He has gotten a lot better.
    • Taemin and Onew also count. Taemin was an extremely shy kid and though he's gotten better at variety shows, he's still known to be reserved and introverted, only having very few friends in his inner circle. Onew was never quiet on variety shows, but he was a shy kid and no one ever expected him to go into entertainment because of just how self-conscious he was.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Signature Move: Their 'pelvic dance' in "Ring Ding Dong."
    • The 'buffering' and 'tutting' dance in "Lucifer" also counts.
  • Singer Songwriter: Jonghyun has acted as a lyricist many a times for SHINee but expressed that he wanted to avoid composing for the group since he didn't want to mix his individual style with the group's sound. So, he started composing for other artists and wrote Music/EXO-K 's 'Playboy' from their 'Exodus' album, 'Gloomy Clock' for IU, 'Pretty Boy' for Taemin's solo album and 'No More' for Lim Kim. All of the songs on his solo album were written by him as well. However, in 2015 with SHINee's solo album 'Odd', Jonghyun broke his 'no composing for SHINee' rule and composed, arranged and wrote the lyrics for 'Odd Eye.'
    • He also has a segment on his radio show 'Blue Night' where he writes songs based on experiences his listeners send in.
    • Surprisingly, Minho has written A LOT of SHINee's raps. He often doesn't get acknowledged for this and he never talks about it which has led a lot of people to be very shocked when they realize exactly how long his songwriting contributions for SHINee is.
  • Stage Names: Onew for Jinki and Key for Kibum.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Many fans interpret 'Odd Eye' from their fourth album as this.
  • Stealth Pun: The music video of Lucifer has wisps of light zooming in on the members. The word Lucifer means light. The light motif still stays at the music video of the Japanese version.
  • Stepford Smiler: Onew is known for his incredible smile and tends to smile a lot in interviews and variety shows and is always dorky and hilarious. However, being the leader, he's had to go through a lot, as leaders are put under a lot of pressure in the K-Pop world. More so, he tends to keep his feelings to himself and bottle them up.
    • No one knew exactly how painful 2014 was for him until he finally burst into tears in the band's fourth solo concert.
    • He was rumored to be a part of a club for depressed idols headed by Super Junior's leader Leeteuk.
    • Key can also be considered this. He's known for being quite cheerful and outgoing, but he revealed to a self harming fan that he used to do it himself.
    • The whole group and all idols in the K-Pop world are versions of this, since a K-Pop idol's life is terribly difficult.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Taemin, oh Taemin. When the group first debuted, many netizens targeted Taemin, calling him tone deaf because of his lack of lines in any of the group's early discography. So, imagine everyone's surprise when the music video for Dream Girl comes out and Taemin is hitting all the high notes perfectly. Since then, his singing has only gotten better to the point where he's now featured as prominently as Jonghyun and Onew. He even got his own solo album!
  • Surprisingly Good English: The English lyrics in their post 2013 releases have all been grammatically correct and make sense in context.
  • Supergroup:
    • Jonghyun, in the project group SM the Ballad. Fellow labelmates included in the project are the TRAX's Jay, Super Junior's Kyuhyun, and newcomer Jino.
    • Jonghyun is also a member of the 2014 incarnation of SM the Ballad, the only member of the original group that came back from their comeback.
    • Minho and Taemin were members of SM's one-shot dance project group, SM the Performance.
    • Key is in one called Toheart with his close friend Woohyun of Infinite.
  • Team Mom: Key is believed to be this due to smothering Taemin with care. At least, Key certainly likes to believe he is. The others seem to just see him as the bossy, bratty sister.
  • Team Dad: Onew is seen as this, because he's the oldest member.
  • Technician Vs Performer: When it comes to dance, Taemin (technician) vs Key (performer). When it comes to singing, Jonghyun (technician) vs Onew (performer). Key can also be considered the performer here since he isn't as good as the vocal line but has the best stage presence.
  • Teen Idol: The whole group debuted in their teens.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fried chicken for Onew, steak for Taemin.
  • Training from Hell: As is custom for any K-Pop group.
  • Translated Cover Version: Many of their songs qualify, particular the Korean songs that were translated into Japanese for Japan promotions such as "Replay" and "Lucifer".
  • True Companions: All five members. Yes, the were put together by their company and yes, their relationship hasn't always been smooth sailing, but one just needs to look at any interview or behind the scenes segment to see how much these boys care about each other. They're practically inseparable and them managing to stay together for so long despite being a part of S.M.Entertainment (a company which is infamous for having group members quit or be kicked out) is just testament to their close bond. They even got frienship rings for God's sake.
    • Jonghyun on 'One Fine Day': Without the members, I'm five times more free but also five times lonelier.
  • The Unfettered: Onew's parents couldn't afford to send him to S.M.Entertainment's trainee program. So, Onew worked two jobs to pay for it himself.
    • Jonghyun was so set on being a singer that he quit high school to study music.
    • Minho is known for giving his all into everything he does.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Minho and Jonghyun definitely qualify. They try to hurt each other, have water fights, and insult each other. But they also fanservice it up, compliment each other, declare their love for each other, and have epic hugs. They don't even have to be together for this; when Minho was away filming for "To The Beautiful You", Jonghyun spent quite a bit of time making fun of him on Twitter, going as far as to ask fans to submit ridiculous photoshopped pictures of Minho to him. Minho eventually got him back, asking netizens to send in photoshopped pictures of Jonghyun in a hanbok as a sort of competition. Can be seen as Slap-Slap-Kiss if viewed with Yaoi Fangirl goggles, especially since they've apparently actually kissed.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Onew and Jonghyun during the early stages of the group's career. However, all the members get equal lines now.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Prone to dressing up like girls so their pretty looks can be shown off.
  • Winged Humanoid: At the end of the Ring Ding Dong MV.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Believe it or not, Key wore knee-high socks with shorts for a Girls' Generation "Genie" cover. The members also wore them for their School of Rock crossdressing uniforms.


Alternative Title(s):

SHI Nee