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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)
  • Ambiguously Gay - There are some fans who believe Lu Han and Sehun actually gay or bisexual and in a relationship with each other. There are also many blogs on social networking sites such as Tumblr dedicated to talking about them and analyzing their friendship.
    • Other fans argue that SM has been staging Hunhan since the beginning of the group's formation by giving them matching hairstyles and clothes.
    • There was also a period of time in 2012 where Lu Han and Sehun would be given time to talk about their friendship with each other during interviews. As of Wolf era, interactions have become less common.
  • Base Breaker
    • 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. We dare you.
    • Kris' lawsuit to SM Entertainment and the public response to it. Many Koreans strongly disapprove of his decision, calling him a "Chinese traitor", "useless", "deserves to die", among other nasty slurs. On the other hand, Chinese and Western fans are much more sympathetic towards him, noting that he was one of K-Pop's best leaders, and that had been on the verge of a deadly RROD for a long time.
    • 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.
  • Contractual Purity: Subverted with Baekhyun as of June 2014.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Many of his fans who believe that Kris had been abused by SM now see his filing a lawsuit as this trope.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse/Face of the Band - Lu Han. Without a doubt, Lu Han is the most popular member of EXO. Not only is he featured in Chinese newspapers regularly, but was voted Asia's Most Handsome Man of 2013. He also has a lot of non-EXO fan supporters for being lead vocal, lead dancer, visual, and an all around nice guy. He's even starring in a movie called "Back to 20" soon this year.
  • Ear Worm
    • "Malhaeyo Mama, Mama!"
    • " Na eureurong eureurong eureurong dae.."
    • "Geurae wolf, naega wolf"
    • "I lost my mind..."
    • 365.
    • "Someone call the doctor"
  • Fandom Rivalry - Without a doubt, their biggest rival is B.A.P.
    • Both groups were candidates for MAMA 2012's Best Rookie Award, which lead to two months of fan wars and instances of Fan Dumb... only to have Busker Busker win.
    • Also with One Direction and Justin Bieber's fandom, after the MTV EMA Awards.
  • Fridge Horror: If the rumours about Kris's heart condition being caused by SM are true, that probably explains why he didn't want to eat the fried chicken in the first episode of Showtime, because it might further damage his heart.
    • They're mostly likely not true, as he has never officially been diagnosed, only having one blood test that allegedly showed that his creatine kinase and isozyme levels were higher than they should be, thus creating the possibility of myocarditis.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Internet Counterattack
    "Thank you for the big award. Thank you to all the people who love us. It's Teacher's Day, so I want to thank Lee Soo Man sunsaengnim. We won't forget this blessing. I sincerely love the EXO members. Our motto is, 'We are one,' and like the motto says we'll become an EXO that think about EXO and our fans instead of just our individual selves. We'll work hard. Thank you. We are one. EXO, I love you."
    • Tao posted two Weibo posts, one reading:
    "The road is long, you can go wherever you like. No one can make decisions for someone else. In reality, the public may be kept in the dark forever. The truth will only be known by people involved in the incident, for example the 11 of us and the SM staff. However, good and bad is overturned in the outside world. You guys will never understand how it feels to be betrayed, yet everyone else is leaning towards the person who betrayed us. You guys can have your own opinions but i still wanna say, the right and wrong is clear, we have a clear conscience. If someone wants to leave, we cant stop that person. Thought of many ways to leave this place, and finally escaped successfully. Eventually managed to not return after hiding it from us and the company. Everyone has ambitions but I hope that everyone can make use of it wisely. I was soaked in sweat from practicing and suddenly I hear that someone is never coming back, that we'll have to re-prepare for the concert as 11 people, i'm tired. Exo lets love~" Afterwards, "Please return the phone to Zitao " started trending on Weibo, and Tao deleted his two posts.
  • 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 Luhan 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
    • "Galaxy". A nickname for Kris, due to his head-in-outer-space tendencies during Showtime. Now a Tear Jerker, as it is associated with Kris giving his fans a galaxy when all they wanted was a star.
    • "Kkaebsong", a nonsense word coined by Baekhyun during EXO's Showtime. Usually used during an awkward/shameful moment or situation.
    • "X is not my style". Kris, when being asked to eat fried chicken during the first episode of Showtime, initially declined, saying it wasn't his style.
    • This explains everything.
  • 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."
  • The Scrappy - Chanyeol has generated his own hatedom after a photoshopped picture of him insulting their seniors Girls' Generation and calling them ugly on Nate Pann circulated on Korean portal sites. He also gets a lot of criticism daily for poking fun of Kai's skin color, which made a lot of fans and non-fans think he was racist, although he did not mean it that way. Since Kai dislikes being teased about his skin color, Chanyeol has since stopped joking about it.
    • Poor, poor Sehun. In EXO's early days he was one of the least popular members, and even had a fan make fun of his lisp to his face. He has since gained more fans because of Hunhan, although some of his own fans call him lazy and useless on a regular basis. When a fan asked him if he knew about this, his face fell and he simply nodded.
    • Kris, after his announcement of the lawsuit. He's become the least popular member, called a "Chinese traitor", told he was "useless"... It's mostly South Korean fans that believe him scrappy, though. Some even posted on social media about wanting him to die from his alleged heart condition. Even before anybody knew of the lawsuit, he was one of the most disliked members for having possibly gotten plastic surgery (which may not have happened), for supposedly not being talented enough for EXO (this can be completely put to rest, with this), for generally being one of the less outwardly energetic members (though reports say he did an immense amount behind the scenes), for looking somewhat angry all the time, and some even took to insulting his intelligence for his actions during EXO's Showtime (where he may have been forced to act that way).
    • EXO as a whole could be considered this to the entire K-Pop industry for several reasons including their crazy fans and their overexposure and comparatively quick rise to fame (which some believe is due to being from SM.)
  • Sweet Dreams Fuel: "Angel", "Baby", "3.6.5.", and "Lucky", to name a few heartwarming ones.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass Some fans believe D.O. had done this a little bit, as he was seemed comparatively cheerful during the MAMA era as compared to around the Growl era. Justified, as stalkers had been harassing EXO since the beginning of their career, and were taking their antics to Serial Escalation levels.
  • 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.
  • What The Hell, Costume Department? - Oh, yes.
  • What The Hell, Idol?
    • Chanyeol calling Girls' Generation "ugly" on one of his old posts on Cyworld. It was at this point that his Hatedom began to grow quickly.
    • Korean fans in general have this mindset towards Kris for appearing to leave SM and EXO.
    • Kai, after a pre-debut video of him swearing and saying "n***er" multiple times surfaced.
  • The Woobie: With recent events in 2014, Kris becomes the woobiest of the lot. The DP on his Weibo account shows him with teary eyes and a very somber look on his face.
    • Some fans were quick to point out that he had the worst of it by far since a long time ago. He left to train under SMent for five years on a different continent, enduring hatred from Korean trainees and and suffering from severe homesickness. During February 2013, he became so ill that he couldn't perform with EXO for two whole months. When he left for Canada (and a few fans believed that this was his first attempt to leave SM) afterwards, he was swarmed by fans, who crowded airports just to see him and grope him. Around the Wolf/Growl era, he became one of the most disliked members in EXO. During March 2014, while returning to Korea from Lunar Year, he was attacked again by thousands of stalker fans, who'd pushed him down multiple times though he was so sick that he could barely walk (he actually cried from stress and pain). Also, SM had prevented him from acting when he'd received many offers to act in movies. During the Overdose era, he had become extremely skinny and forlorn, and the messages on his social media accounts were very melancholic. Fans are speculating that among many other things, he received the lowest salary in EXO, and SM had denied him medical care while his health was declining. Many fans see him as one of the biggest Iron Woobies in K-Pop, due to how well he managed to act contented with being an idol for years and how quickly he'd gone on to other projects.
    • Fans who disapprove of Kris's actions see the other 11 members as woobies, saying that Kris caused them undue stress from having to rearrange things for the concert on such a short notice.
    • EXO as a whole counts according to the fans, since like most SM idols, they are overworked, perpetually extremely sleep-deprived, aren't allowed to eat very much, suffer numerous injuries, and are well-known for constantly being attacked by crazy fans in airports and in their own dorms. On top of that, EXO isn't very well-liked by netizens in general, because of their quick rise to fame.
    • Baekhyun as of June 2014, due to the massive amounts of Hate Dumb aimed his way after news of his dating Taeyeon was released. People even signed a petition for him to get kicked out of EXO. Also, when his brother's wedding was crashed by crazy EXO fans.
  • Yoko Oh No: The backlash Baekhyun received from dating Taeyeon from Girls' Generation needs to be seen to have been believed. Taeyeon received the brunt of the Hate Dumb, but that didn't stop fans from yelling, "Traitor! Traitor!" during Baekhyun's lines at a live performance.

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