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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Despite being a hit worldwide, the reception for "Gangnam Style" in Japan didn't set off massive hits, though it's fairly popular on Nico Nico Douga. It helps that Japan is used to K-pop, for the most part, and parodies (or anything that isn't squeaky-clean, mainstream k-pop) don't do as well as actual k-pop. (There was also yet another diplomatic incident between the two countries, which set off nationalist protests against anything Korean.)
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The video for "Gangnam Style" is made of them, but for Western audiences, the pelvic-thrusting, manically grinning man in the elevator takes the cake. note 
    • Also, PSY on the toilet.
    • PSY in the jacuzzi as well.
  • Crazy Awesome: Who would've thought that such a crazy music video/artist would become so popular?
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: ... guess.
  • Discredited Meme: We have to admit, it's a pretty awesome song, but when even Psy is getting sick of it, there are definitely signs of this.
    • Jumping the Shark: The 2013 Super Bowl XLVII ad he made for Wonderful Pistachios reworking the song as "Crack it, Gangnam Style" pretty much marked the end for remixes and parodies of it. Its only major subsequent appearance was in marketing for the 2014 animated movie The Nut Job, a good year and a half after the song became a meme, are only beating a dead horse at this point.
  • Ear Worm: Again, guess.
    • To say nothing of Shake It. Oh dear God, Shake It.
    • "Gentleman".
    • "Hangover" will not leave your mind.
  • Fridge Brilliance: "Gentleman" is already filled with PSY being a total jackass... but something Anglo-American audiences may not notice is that he's already being a jackass five seconds in- he's making people older than him carry all his shopping. A pretty big no-no in most Asian cultures (and others as well, though it's deathly serious in East Asia).
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Spectacularly so. In 2012, "Gangnam Style" became a hit in Korea (where PSY was already an established star), then America, then the world.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: PSY is a man of average size and build. But, because he's not tall, whippet-thin and toned, people express surprise that he can be a star and as skilled at dance as he is.
  • Hype Backlash: Probably inevitable, given the massive success of "Gangnam Style."
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Even though Psy's "Gangnam Style" has gained more views than Justin Bieber's "Baby", he's already seen as one of the reasons why music and people's tastes suck nowadays.
    • Ironically, Psy himself has stated his intention to "retire" Gangnam Style, saying that it's "too popular" now.
  • Love It or Hate It: Gangnam Style especially.
  • Memetic Mutation: Once again, guess.
  • Mondegreen: "Gangnam Style" is often misheard as many things, including "Gundam Style", leading to many fan videos. Others include "Open Condom Style" and "Up a Nom Nom star".
  • Nightmare Fuel: Elevator guy.
  • Older Than They Think: Psy's first album was released in 2001.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The dancing kid in the beginning has some fans of his own.
    • And of course, elevator guy...
  • Signature Song: "Gangnam Style", naturally. Oddly, this was his first song in a while.
  • Tough Act to Follow: "Gentleman" is getting this hard from the Internet, with lots saying "I preferred Gangnam Style", or saying they just don't like it.
    • It's even more noticeable in "Hangover" which got, let's just say mixed reactions to put it lighty.

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