YMMV / EXO

  • Anything regarding the more popular ships, usually Hunhan.
  • Make fun of Kai's skin or Sehun's lisp.
  • Kris, Lu Han, and Tao's lawsuits against SM Entertainment are controversial. Many Koreans were livid at their decisions, while a faction of EXO fans did not approve of the way this affected the remaining members. On the other hand, their Chinese fans and International/Western fans are more sympathetic.
  • EXO originally had two main subgroups, EXO-K and EXO-M, as their debut concept to simultaneously promote in South Korea and China. However, they started drawing back on promotions in China (which was then cited as one of Kris' reasons for leaving) and after losing Kris, Lu Han, and Tao, they stopped promoting as those two subgroups altogether. Whether it had been a good idea, or was missed by fans, has split the fan base with different opinions.
  • 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.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: Some fans had this reaction to an MR removed audio of Sehun rapping in "Love Me Right" (in which he sounded off-key and out of breath) becoming a widely used joke in the fandom. Some reasoned that he was exhausted aND that MR videos can be unreliable.
  • 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".
    • Sehun also became a target for this, especially after his istagram reached 9 million followers and also adored for his rapping and dancing skills. Even non-EXO fan likes him.
    • D.O was also well-liked after he acts in some drama in 2014, where his acting was praised in It's Okay, That's Love.
    • Chanyeol also gained attention since his appearance in the Japanese Music Video for "Genie" by Girls' Generation, where fans adore him for his Adorkable personality and how he praised for his skills in rapping and song writting. 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.."
    • "Chogiwa"
    • "Geurae wolf, naega wolf"
    • "I lost my mind..."
    • 365.
    • "Someone call the doctor"
    • "You. Can. Call. Me. Mon. Ster"
    • "Down down babe"
    • "Power Power"
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • Their biggest rival use to be B.A.P. Both groups were candidates for MAMA 2012's Best Rookie Award, only to have Busker Busker win.
    • Nowadays this are mostly with BTS fandom, despite two groups being on good terms. Understandable, as the two groups have almost equal popularity, thus are always compared with, so there will always be someone triggered...
    • 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.
  • 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"
    • "Chogiwa". The very first lyric to the Korean version of Wolf. Likely from how it seemingly comes out of nowhere.
    • "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."
  • 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.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Lay was initially disliked due to himself being the Spotlight-Stealing Squad after Luhan leaves EXO and how he doesn't appear in EXO while promoting. But thanks to his solo album in 2016 and where he can also acting in dramas, finally upping his martyrdom to fans, and for now, fans warmed up to him. Bonus points if non-fans like him.
    • Baekhyun was also initially disliked due to the facts that he dates Taeyeon, then he plays a drama in 2016 where his character was killed in a heartbreaking way, finally upping his martyrdom to fans, and even how his appearance in EXO-CBX sub unit, making him more likable.
  • Signature Song - Growl, the song that make them household name in South Korea.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Tao. It's impossible to find any discussion about his leave from EXO without twenty so people expressing their hatred for him. Of course because he ended up as a Karma Houdini in 2015 where he reaches Moral Event Horizon for filling lawsuit against SM to go solo and how he cries a lot. Even many people stating that he is the worst member of EXO.
  • 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.
  • Yoko Oh No: 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.
    • Late March saw SM Entertainment confirming f(x)'s Krystal and Kai's relationship. Needless to say, fans were not pleased.
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