YMMV / T-ara

  • Epic Riff: "Roly-Poly," "Yayaya," "Bo Peep Bo Peep," "Tic Tic Toc," "I Go Crazy Because Of You," and "Why Are You Being Like This?" to name a few.
  • Face of the Band: It would seem that Jiyeon and Qri are the two that their record label focus on primarily as they are often regarded as the prettiest in the group. And that's saying a lot when you're a member of what many consider to be the most visually attractive girl group in your country.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • After "Roly-Poly" blew up it seemed like it was T-ara fans vs. every other fandom in K-Pop for a while.
    • Their 2012 scandal pretty much drew a visible line in the sand. Most T-ara fans (especially the Korean ones) and a few sympathizers from other fandoms went to one side, arguing that while there was indeed discord within the group, the chances of there being bullying on the scale that the media and several naysayers perpetuated it to be was low. Everybody else - aka the majority - went to another side believing the bullying allegations, thus putting T-ara at odds with everybody at the time. Their situation seems to be improving though.
    • Billboards Fan Army Face-off competition note  led to a lot of ugly racism between One Direction fans and T-ara fans when T-ara knocked One Direction out of the bracket. Besides the typical accusations of cheating, some T-ara fans accused Zayne of being a terrorist while some One Directioners threw racial slurs at all of kpop, leading to a such a brewhaha that "We love One Direction and kpop" became a trending topic on twitter.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: "Yayaya" is disliked for various reasons; for the international fan community, it was the offensive music video and Native American concept, while the Korean community, who weren't bothered by the concept (see Values Dissonance), just didn't like the song nor nonsensical lyrics. As a result, the song's parent album Temptastic has pretty much been written off completely by many who complain that they want the "old" T-ara back... which is a shame considering that Temptastic is, as a whole, an excellent effort.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Since their 2012 scandal their popularity in Korea has waned, but international fans have been more forgiving. T-ara still holds concerts overseas, especially South East Asia, and is particularly popular in Vietnam. As of March 2015 they were the highest rising K-pop group in China, signing a $1 million contract with Chinese brand Celucasn, putting down rumors of their disbandment. As of July 2015, their fancafe surpassed SNSD as the number one girl group in China. It also becamethe first girl group to have more than 1 million members.
    • Even at the peak of their scandal, Tiara Diadem Forums (largest international T-Ara fansite) sent the girls gifts. It's important to know due to the way Korean idols are managed and Korean music industry works, fan gifts are often the only way idols get paid. This became true even for T-Ara when all the companies the girls were contracted by broke up with them because of the scandal.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • The severe reaction to Hwayoung being kicked out and the bad impact it had on the group's imagenote  makes the topic nearly impossible to mention peacefully. Things have slightly cooled down since then, with the revelation that some events were twisted to make them look ba, and that Hwayoung had seemingly played up the "victim" act - nevertheless, expect many flame wars to rise if this scandal is mentioned in any way. Go into any T-ara forum and suggest that you believe anything other than the popular opinion that all of T-ara (excepting Qri and maybe Ahreum) were nothing but nasty bullies to Hwayoung and she is 100% innocent. Hope you brought marshmallows!
    • Since Hwayoung's departure, bringing up any "evidence" and hints of the members bullying any others always stirs up debate as to how true or fake said evidence is and how much of a bully any of them really are. Such alleged evidence that is bound to stir up heat if brought up include:
      • Allegations that Ahreum made nasty comments about f(x)'s Luna predebut, calling her a "hobo with fat legs". Bring this up and discussing how legit or severe these comments are never ends well.
      • Soyeon being accused in early 2013 of making some nasty remarks about a Korean actress on Kakao Talk (calling her "Stitch"), only for it later proven to be further fabrication and manipulation on the part of the Korean media and netizens, as it was revealed that Soyeon was actually talking about the character Stitch from the movie Lilo & Stitch.
      • An ambiguous instagram update Ahreum made, which included "The people I hate the most right now are the CEO, unnisand the journalists! If only you gave me your pretty heart, but not even that... I don't care for things like that but don't regret it", was seen by netizens as another example of "bullying", even though it has questionable reliability since at the time Ahreum was acting very strangenote .
      • Dani once commented, "If it wasn't for Shannon unni, I think I would've been very lonely... I think I would've really been an outcast", and it was interpreted as bullying from T-ara members by netizens, with Shannon being her saviour. Despite Dani not having a good grasp of Korean at the time and her immediately posting an apology afterward, it hasn't stopped people from speculating.
    • Bringing up Hwayoung and how innocent or guilty she really is also leads to much debate. Is she a true victim, was she telling the truth when she said herself that the the bullying rumours were blown out of proportion, is there a reason as to why she changed her story to seemingly victimise herself more? Don't expect any discussion to get down to a single answer peacefully. Not made better ever since people found out she allowed serial liar Hong Ga Hye to spread false rumours about T-ara.
      • As of February 2017, Hwayoung (and her twin Hyoyoung) are finally getting a backdraft of their own. The twins had appeared on an interview wherein they talked about what happened and milked the scandal again, painting Hwayoung as being completely innocent and the group as horrible evil bullies (note that this is a 180 from her original "there was no bullying, only normal conflict" story). Cue one of T-ara's ex-managers getting fed up and releasing a series of texts in which Hyoyoung threatened Ahreum with physical violence:
    Hyoyoung: Areum, itís Hyoyoung.
    Areum: Yes hi!
    Hyoyoung: Areum, you have to be thankful and thank people when they take care of you. If you donít want to get hit, then act properly because word spreads around fast. Donít gossip around and act cheap. Iím really angry right now, so letís not see each other, okay? [...] If I misunderstood anything, do you want to meet up and talk? Or do you want to apologize now?note 
    Areum: I donít know what youíre talking about, but I want to meet and talk with you. Iíve never done anything bad enough to hear words like this.
    Hyoyoung: Baby, you should just go away. Iím going to beat the dust off you at ĎMusic Bank,í so just wait. Iím going to scratch your face so you canít go on broadcast. Hehehe, just you wait. Iím not going to be a singer, so just wait. Dogs only learn when they get hit. Stupid bitch, just wait until I catch up with you. [...] Okay, youíre doing a grrrrreat job at snitching.note 
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Their Japanese discography used to frustrate many, as T-ara's handlers abstained from releasing brand new Japanese singles for the girls to promote up to a certain point, instead opting on using remakes of the girls' hit Korean songs. They eventually did start releasing original Japanese.
  • Memetic Mutation: Determination! note 
  • Nightmare Fuel: Ahreum. Since her departure, she's been displaying highly erratic behaviour on her Instagram account, uploading pictures and videos of herself saying that she was speaking to ghosts, that she was suicidal/depressed... She once uploaded a video saying she was having a birthday party with her friends, then turned the camera around to show... Nothing. To make matters worse, Ahreum's birthday was months away from what she was claiming. Her mother said she was fine, but still. Brr. Though her behavior can easily be interpreted as employee rebellion towards CCM, in an attempt to leave the group (for a very logical and simple reason)note 
    • The revelation that Hyoyoung had threatened Ahreum with physical violence because Ahreum didn't agree with Hwayoung's behaviour during the scandal, and the fact that the Ryu twins had been manipulating and lying to the public for five years, when in fact they were the ones at fault.
  • Shipping:
    • Hyomin/Eunjung are very popular amongst the fandom.
    • No ship is even comparable to the Jiyeon/Eunjung pairing, which has spawned rabid fans who will go insane over the smallest interaction, like the two girls breathing the same air.
    • Jiyeon/Hwayoung became popular since they were both considered the maknaes of the group depending on who you ask. It has sunk since the latter's departure, with fans claiming at the time that the two of them were never close and that Jiyeon was the instigator of the "attacks" against Hwayoung. There was even a false story of her slapping Hwayoung across the face for "not being happy she was in T-ara".
  • Signature Song: "Bo Peep Bo Peep" and "Roly-Poly."
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: "Bo Peep Bo Peep" and "Roly-Poly" are infamous - and catchy - examples.
  • Tear Jerker: "TTL (Time To Love)." Especially when you watch the video for it or read the lyrics to it. Quite lovely and sad.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: It's a neverending cycle...
    • Fans can be fickle when it comes to their change of sound in their music. They were upset when T-ara went from the mellow, electro-pop sounds in "Lies" and "TTL (Time To Love)" to the cutesy, aegyo-pop of "Bo Peep Bo Peep." Then they got upset when T-ara ditched the edgy, sexy style they had developed for "I Go Crazy Because Of You" and went cutesy and silly for "Yayaya." Later the same people whom didn't even like "Roly-Poly" bitched that "Cry Cry" just wasn't as good as it. Afterward there was "Lovey Dovey," which is constantly criticized as not up to par with "Cry Cry."
    • "Day By Day", and all the uproar surrounding it (the addition of new member Ahreum and the large role member-to-be Dani played in the MV).
    • Losing Hwayoung from the group and the circumstances surrounding it garnered much of this reaction. Many believed that it was the end for T-ara, and that they should have just disbanded and gotten it over with (see Internet Backdraft above), thus many have not taken a liking to their releases post-Hwayoung; for example, their "Number Nine" comeback not do as well compared to their previous songs (though better than expected), and later "Do You Know Me?" (from the reissue "Again 1977") did very poorly and didn't even make it to the top ten (although the EP "Again" did well on the charts and peaked at #2),
  • Vindicated by History: How T-ara fans feel when T-ara's ex-manager revealed the reason why Hwayoung was removed from the group was because she and her twin threatened to cut Ahreum's face. Ahreum went to the other T-ara members to complain about being bullied, but their attempt to defend Ahreum was seen as bullying towards Hwayoung, effectively destroying their career in Korea.
  • Values Dissonance: Their "Yayaya" concept and music video did not sit well with international fans but didn't raise many concerns in Korea due to the country's lack of political correctness in regards to other cultures and ethnicities. The video consists of:
    • The girls hopping around in cheap Native American outfits (complete with feathers in their hair and tacky facepaint), teepees, a war whoop (in their Japanese single), a dance that included patting their hands over their mouths, and generally all sorts of offensive Native American stereotypes all wrapped up into one.
    • The Star of David that Soyeon has on her face for no other apparent reason than to look cool.
  • Yoko Oh No: Soyeon got one hell of a backlash after it was revealed she was dating Oh Jong Hyuk. Netizens said she "lowered his class", she was a "bad person" while he was a "good person", "he could do a thousand times better", "his image is hitting the floor now that he's dating you"... Pretty nasty.
    • The same happened for Jiyeon when it came out she was dating actor Lee Dong Gun.