* ActorShipping: Minho co-starred with Music/{{FX}}'s Sulli in ''[[Manga/HanaKimi To the Beautiful You]]'' which has caused a lot of fans to start shipping them in real life.
* AwardSnub: Jonghyun's posthumous album lost out to Momoland for first place on ''Show Champion'' despite leading in votes.
* ContractualPurity: Because of their IdolSinger status, the members of [=SHINee=] cannot openly discuss who they are dating. Now that their first contract is over and the majority of their fanbase has gotten older, the public outcry over any of the members dating isn't as big as it used to be (for example, Onew has admitted in 2016 that he had dated someone for two years and it wasn't taken as a big deal). However, some fans are ''very'' defensive about Taemin dating, especially since he was NotAllowedToGrowUp for a long time until 2014 under the fans' eyes.
* EarWorm:
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roughtzsCDI Ring Ding Dong]]" is particularly bad in regards to the chorus. Ring ding dong ring ding dong... Fantastic fantastic elastic elastic...
** I'M SO CURIOUS YEAAAH
** EVERYBODY, EVERYBODY, EVERY-EVERYBODY
** PPEOMPEOMPEOMPEOMPEOM, PPEOMPEOM, PPEOMPEOMPEOMPEOMPEOM~
** SINGING HAAAALLELUJAHHHH, YOU GOT ME SINGIN' HAAAALLELUUUUJAHH
** Neomu aremdaun daun daun daun view!
** The entirety of Wowowow. Never experiment with auto-tune again, boys.
* FandomRivalry: [[http://www.journalfen.net/community/fandom_wank/1284996.html Had a kerfluffle]] with BBC!Series/{{Sherlock}} of all fandoms when the new album came out. All due to confusion over the usage of NamesTheSame tags on Tumblr. Yes.
** As of late, quite a heated one with Music/{{EXO}}.
* FollowTheLeader: SHINee is known as a contemporary band who set trends when it comes to new genres, fashion and concepts.
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: [=SHINee=] is universally adored in many parts of the world, and there is generally an almost equal distribution on which member has the most fans, but Taemin, in particular, is extremely beloved in Japan. Most Japanese models like Rina Aizawa and Alissa Yagi (who was Key's wife on ''We Got Married Global'') are huge fans, and he was popular enough to launch a solo career there as well, releasing original Japanese songs there in addition to his work in South Korea. His first concert in Japan was at the Budokan, one of Japan's biggest venues, and he made his acting debut there as well.
* HeReallyCanAct: Minho has been the butt of many jokes within the fandom about how terrible his acting was in ''[[Manga/HanaKimi To the Beautiful You]]'' back in 2012. Well, flash forward three years and he straight-up astonished fans with his performance in the web drama "Because its the First Time" where he plays a character who is struggling with his feelings for his best friend. The scene where he breaks down in tears after realizing that he is in love with her, even after convincing himself that he isn't, is particularly impressive. Unfortunately, the general public still sees him as a sub par actor.
** Onew had only ever acted in sitcoms, so fans didn't really know what to expect when he was announced to play a doctor in melodrama ''Descendants of the Sun''. However, his acting after losing his patient in a war zone and his performance as a guilt ridden doctor in the subsequent episodes really made an impression on both the fandom and the public.
* HilariousInHindsight: On an episode of ''Hello Baby'', Jonghyun admitted he had a crush on actress Shin Sekyung. They began dating some time later. It also counts as HarsherInHindsight, as their relationship was mostly known for causing a huge uproar among their fanbases and they broke up after nine months of dating.
* HoYay:
** In spades with all the members, but Jonghyun and Key deserve special note, to the extent that Key usually refers to Jonghyun as "honey". There's an entire backlog of eyebrow-raising moments between them, including playing the Pocky game, wearing couple rings, matching clothes, 4 marriage illusions and saying they would date each other if they were a girl.
--> '''Key:''' ''What do we call this relationship?''
--> '''Jonghyun:''' ''I wonder what should it be called...''
** Minho and Taemin definitely have a very brotherly relationship and are often seen hugging, messing around together, and stuck playing video games.
** Particularly in 2015, Jonghyun and Onew have been so into each other that they were seen hugging and messing around in the middle of a photo shoot for ''Vogue Japan''. Jonghyun also went out of his way to say that he would date Onew if he was a girl out of all the members.
** Outside of just the other members, Key has plenty of friends, including (as of SM's merging with Woollim) labelmate, Woohyun. Once when Woohyun was accused of texting his girlfriend while brushing his teeth he replied, "it's not my girlfriend, it's Key!"
** Dispatch tried to catch Taemin on a date but instead he was hanging out with fellow labelmate and best friend Kai of EXO, who collaborated with him on his solo mini album.
** Jonghyun and Taemin's cover of Seo Taiji's "Internet War" during their early concerts is infamous for the FoeYay between Jonghyun and Taemin, who get up in each other's faces and grab each other's hair, all while grinding against each other. Taemin lets his hand linger on a [[ShirtlessScene shirtless]] Jonghyun, and Jonghyun handcuffs themselves to each other at the end.
* InternetBackdraft:
** A small but major one: In 2013, at SMTown Week, Onew and Minho donned mustaches, poncho tunics, and sombreros (fake Rick James dreads for Minho) and danced to "Macarena". On one side, there were people who were shaking their head in shame because of the culturally insensitive display and on the other side, there were angry fans screaming "HE DIDN'T MEAN IT".
** Shinee has had a lot of... not-so-shiny moments that, for the sake of not starting any wars on this page, won't be mentioned but they are catalogued [[http://oppadidmeanit.tumblr.com/tagged/g%3A-shinee here]].
** With the release of Jonghyun's album '좋아(She Is)', one of the songs "Moon" has this particular lyric: "[[{{Squick}} Iím gonna do what I want, even if you say no]] / In the end, your lips will be on top of my cheek", which has left [[UnfortunateImplications a nasty taste in some fans' mouths]] especially since Jonghyun is known for his feminist, progressive views.
* {{Narm}}: "The SHINee World (Doo-Bop)" attempts to be a BoastfulRap, judging by the Korean lyrics. Any attempts to take the song seriously, however, are lost by the line [[GratuitousEnglish "we got the flow it's break your naughty"]], and it all just goes downhill from there.
** Jonghyun's track "Beautiful Tonight" has a part where he is whistling and [[{{Corpsing}} you can hear him snickering so hard, that he can't continue whistling.]]
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Their "Hello" concept.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Usually Taemin bears the brunt of this, possibly because he's the youngest, or maybe because he's [[http://hwanniefti11.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/tumblrl6m55oqy321qa4rk1.jpg very]], [[http://forevershiningshinee.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/t147.jpg very]] [[http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/7427/80495554.jpg pretty...]]
** There's also Key, who's really fond of girl group dances.
** Minho is definitely not exempt: a Japanese tabloid once mistook him for [[Music/DongBangShinKi Changmin]]'s date.
* WTHCostumingDepartment:
** Key's and Minho's pants look a little...weird and out of place during their [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mryHYMV7qjw&list=FLFLZVfb4YWWVHrBrEdtJ9VA&index=232&feature=plpp_video 2011 K-Pop Music Fest]] part in Australia.
** Taemin's pencil leggings in "Dream Girl"
** The entire 90s styling for their "View" promotions, with jeans tucked into socks, oversized belts and Onew's grandpa pants.
* YokoOhNo: Early in their career, Jonghyun had been dating a popular actress, Shin Sekyung, from 2010 to 2011, causing a public outrage from their fanbases -- Sekyung for "stealing" Jonghyun away, and Jonghyun himself for betraying the fans. While this did little to their popularity, Jonghyun still can't bring himself to talk about any relationship he's had, even as joke, in 2016.
** Naeun from Music/APink received a lot of hate when she and Taemin had to act like newlyweds during their time on ''We Got Married''. Taemin addressed it on the show and was upset when he heard disrespectful comments towards her.
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