YMMV / EXO

  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • The rap portion of "Overdose" done by Chanyeol in the Korean version and Kris in the Chinese version
    • The innuendo is especially worse in the Chinese version
    • "The Star": Ima take you to a secret place/Drop the shades and crank the bass/Hey girl, you know how to play/(Come play with me)
  • Broken Base:
    • Depending on who you are talking to, "Wolf" can come across as this, mainly because of its radically different concept, at least for those who enjoyed MAMA.
    • The fandom's inside jokes are either immensely loved, or hated with a passion.
    • Anything regarding the more popular ships, usually Hunhan.
    • Make fun of Kai's skin or Sehun's lisp.
    • Kris' lawsuit to SM Entertainment and the public response to it. Many Koreans strongly disapprove of his decision, especially since it appears to be following in the footsteps of the departure of Han Geng from Super Junior while a faction of EXO fans did not approve of the way this affected the remaining members. On the other hand, his Chinese fans and International/Western fans are more sympathetic.
    • In mid-June 2014, it was confirmed that Baekhyun is dating Taeyeon. Reactions that most fans had ranged from happy for the two, to merely comically distraught, to posting hateful comments on their Instagrams, to suspicion that SM is making this up to make fans forget about Kris filing a lawsuit.
    • On October 10 2014, Lu Han revealed that he was suing the agency to terminate his contract for multiple reasons including his health, which was proven through photographs and fancams of him on stage, stumbling around in a daze and looking gray and swollen. Chinese/International fans and netizens supported his decision to leave and were incredibly sympathetic. Korean netizens were extremely xenophobic and racist and the agency's official statement did not help at all.
    • Late March saw SM Entertainment confirming f(x)'s Krystal and Kai's relationship. Needless to say, fans were not pleased.
  • Contractual Purity: Subverted with Baekhyun as of June 2014.
    • And then with Kai and Krystal.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Many of the fans who believe that Kris, Lu Han, and Tao had been abused by SM now see their filing lawsuits, and forging careers of their own, as this trope.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Lu Han. Without a doubt, Lu Han was the most popular member of EXO. Not only was he featured in Chinese newspapers regularly, but was voted Asia's Most Handsome Man of 2013. He also had a lot of non-EXO fan supporters for being lead vocal, lead dancer, visual, and an all around Nice Guy. He even starred in a movie called "Back to 20".
    • As of Exodus Era, Lay is quickly becoming one as well due to gaining Lu Han's lines and showing extreme devotion to the group. Even non-fans like him.
    • Xiumin is this after Wolf comeback when EXO-M and EXO-K started performing as one group. Previously he wasn't really known in Korea, now he's one of the most popular members in South Korea.
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Malhaeyo Mama, Mama!"
    • " Na eureurong eureurong eureurong dae.."
    • "Geurae wolf, naega wolf"
    • "I lost my mind..."
    • 365.
    • "Someone call the doctor"
    • "You. Call. Me. Mon. Ster"
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Without a doubt, their biggest rival is B.A.P. Both groups were candidates for MAMA 2012's Best Rookie Award, only to have Busker Busker win.
    • Also with One Direction and Justin Bieber's fandom, after the MTV EMA Awards.
  • Fanfic Fuel: People can argue that their concept is this, from alien with powers, school boys, wolves, football players. You can't count the number of fanfics EXO spawned based on their teaser alone.
  • Fan Dumb: Their concert in Vancouver in February 2016 had this in spades, from fans causing havoc at the airport (nearly causing harm to a mother and her child, and causing an elderly man to be injured badly enough to be sent to the hospital), to the concert itself, which resulted in the "One Step Back" chant.
    • Context for "One Step Back": certain fans in the general pit area kept rushing the stage, causing the concert to be stopped several times so that the crowd could be forced to step back. Baekhyun himself even stepped forwards to speak to the crowd, warning them that if they didn't stop, they would end the concert early and never return to Vancouver. Other fan accounts are borderline Nightmare Fuel in their descriptions of what happened in the pit, and the whole event spawned a Facebook page called "Sorry, EXO".
  • Foreshadowing: Late September 2014, a picture of Lu Han appeared to be doing this - in it he's holding Kris's photo (with half of Lu Han's face covered by the photo, making fans unsure as to whether it was actually him) surfaced. As of mid-October 2014, Lu Han had been announced to leave EXO. Averted when it was revealed to be just an EXO fan, as the picture had a watermark which led to the fan's weibo.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The MV to Wolf has a skit where Kris leaves the pack (i.e. the other 11 members). Not even a year later, Kris files to terminate his contract with SM Entertainment, hence leaving the group. Also, Lu Han was shown to be put in a hospital, and in October 2014, it was announced that he was seriously ill, and had to leave EXO.
  • He Really Can Act: Watch D.O's cuts on I Remember You and try not to get chills
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Baekhyun mentioning that he wouldn't date until he was in is mid-thirties. This may not be so funny for some fans, though...
  • Memetic Mutation: Oh, yes.
    • "Maybe next time". Kris's catchphrase during the MAMA era.
    • "Enjoy the mayo". A supposed line in EXO-M's History, sung by Lu Han around the beginning of the song.
    • "Roll like a buffalo". One of the lines in one version of "Two Moons"
    • "Yehet". A nonsense word from Sehun
    • "Kkaebsong", a nonsense word coined by Baekhyun during EXO's Showtime. Usually used during an awkward/shameful moment or situation. He also coined poongdongsoo which was added to open online Korean dictionary.
    • This explains everything.
    • The EXO Battle Royale picture, currently at its 21st Round, which circulates in EXO fansites and other forums. Chen is currently the winner.
    • After Tao's prolonged absence from the group (making him the third Chinese member to depart), EXO's status as a Dwindling Party became a Black Comedy meme across Tumblr.
  • Moe: Lay. Also, Sehun, and Kai when he isn't Mr. Fanservice. Subverted with Lu Han, who might look it, but can pull some strange faces, and made a dirty joke in response to Lay's comment on Renren.
  • Narm - "I'll take you in one mouthful like cheese."
  • Narm Charm: The whole song AND teaser could be considered this. Purportedly, the members themselves were cracking up while filming the teaser.
  • Painful Rhyme - Rhyming light saver with lightsaber in "Lightsaber".
  • Puttingthe Band Back Together - What fans expect of the music video coming from Pathcode teasers of members on different world cities. Ended up as dance MV.
  • Signature Song - Growl, the song that make them household name in South Korea.
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Angel", "Baby", "3.6.5.", and "Lucky", to name a few heartwarming ones.
  • Trauma Conga Line: The Overdose era is seen as this by fans of EXO, with Kris and Tao falling ill, Chanyeol hurting his arm, Sehun injuring his hand, Kris filing a lawsuit to leave EXO, Kai collapsing from pain during a performance, Lu Han lashing out at stalkers and reports of Baekhyun and Taeyeon dating causing hate to spread like wildfire. THEN, to cap it off (hopefully), Lu Han filed a lawsuit as well, citing his health and the company's poor handling of the group's Chinese members among other reasons.
  • Values Dissonance: Some fans believe that this may have been a factor in Kris filing a lawsuit towards SM. In North America, civil rights and artistic freedom are apparently more strongly emphasized than in Korea.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Oh, yes.
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