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* FunnyAfro: Gary in Episode 127.


* {{Adorkable}}: Kwang Soo can fall under this trope at times, especially when he gets really bashful around Yuri from Music/GirlsGeneration.


* ConspicuousCG: Every time super powers show up.


* AccidentalPervert: When Ji Hyo spills tea on her chest at the start of Episode 92, poor Gwang Soo instinctively tries to dry her with his napkin. Cue uproar from the rest of the group.

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* AccidentalPervert: When Ji Hyo spills tea on her chest at the start of Episode 92, poor Gwang Kwang Soo instinctively tries to dry her with his napkin. Cue uproar from the rest of the group.



* TheAlcoholic: Jihyo is frequently framed as one by Gwang Soo.

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* TheAlcoholic: Jihyo is frequently framed as one by Gwang Kwang Soo.



** In the Romantic Comedy episode, the entire group gathers to watch Jong Kook punch Gwang Soo a few times with a boxing glove before ripping off his name tag. [[spoiler:Gwang Soo then rips off Jong Kook's (who is the only one with the power to eliminate Gwang Soo at that point) name tag causing the rest of the cast to run off]]

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** In the Romantic Comedy episode, the entire group gathers to watch Jong Kook punch Gwang Kwang Soo a few times with a boxing glove before ripping off his name tag. [[spoiler:Gwang [[spoiler:Kwang Soo then rips off Jong Kook's (who is the only one with the power to eliminate Gwang Kwang Soo at that point) name tag causing the rest of the cast to run off]]



** During Song Joong-Ki's time on the show, Gwang Soo would often claim to be close friends with him due to similar age, only to have Joong-Ki deny it. In his departure speech, Joong-Ki finally admits to being close friends with Gwang Soo.

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** During Song Joong-Ki's time on the show, Gwang Kwang Soo would often claim to be close friends with him due to similar age, only to have Joong-Ki deny it. In his departure speech, Joong-Ki finally admits to being close friends with Gwang Kwang Soo.



** Lee Gwang Soo can't lie to save himself. Though considering he's an actor by trade, this may be a case of BadBadActing.

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** Lee Gwang Kwang Soo can't lie to save himself. Though considering he's an actor by trade, this may be a case of BadBadActing.



* BattleAura / BurningWithAnger: The producers frequently impose a fiery aura around Kim Jong Kook. Occasionally it's because he's pissed off at someone ([[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and it's probably Lee Gwang Soo]]).

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* BattleAura / BurningWithAnger: The producers frequently impose a fiery aura around Kim Jong Kook. Occasionally it's because he's pissed off at someone ([[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and it's probably Lee Gwang Kwang Soo]]).



* BullyAndWimpPairing: Kim Jong Kook and Lee Gwang Soo whenever they're coupled together
* ButtMonkey: Lee Gwang Soo, full stop. Even [[NoFourthWall the staff]] can be heard laughing at his [[CosmicPlaything misfortune at times]].

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* BullyAndWimpPairing: Kim Jong Kook and Lee Gwang Kwang Soo whenever they're coupled together
* ButtMonkey: Lee Gwang Kwang Soo, full stop. Even [[NoFourthWall the staff]] can be heard laughing at his [[CosmicPlaything misfortune at times]].



** Reaches unbelievable levels in Episode 143 with the raw egg incident: each player takes a turn choosing an egg and smashing it against their forehead; choose the one raw egg out of the batch (the rest are hard-boiled) and your team loses. Out of thirty total eggs in the first round, Lee Gwang Soo gets that one raw egg; the staff brings out a new batch of 20 eggs and Gwang Soo goes first...and immediately picks the raw egg again. Also proves he is a CosmicPlaything.
** Ascends to celestial tier in Episode 292 in the Unluckiest Festival, where unfortunate events happening to a player is considered a win. First, in the initial elevator test (ten total floors with half having some kind of prank like being shot with a water gun, pick three floors and those with the most bad things happening to them are team captains for the day) Gwang Soo is the only one to go 3-for-3 in picking unlucky floors[[note]]his face had to undergo clapping chalk-filled erasers, getting scribbled on with a marker, and getting aggressively kissed all over his face[[/note]]. Then in the actual Unlucky competitions he goes 6-for-7 in having something bad happen to him[[note]]smacking his head with a real wooden stick (6 out of 9 were real), getting a dried octopus tentacle for a sword blade (3 out of 6 had joke blades), smashing a raw egg against his head (2 out of 3), getting squirted in the face with Chinese ink instead of water (1 out of 2), drinking extremely bitter tea instead of something refreshing (1 out of 3), eating a pastry full of wasabi instead of banana cream (1 out of 2); his only reprieve was Ji Suk Jin "winning" Pop-Up Pirate[[/note]]. At least the Unluckiest Festival is one where being unlucky means you win. [[spoiler:Which, naturally, meant that his bad luck deserted him in the very last match-up between him and Ji Suk Jin, meaning Gwang Soo [[YankTheDogsChain didn't even win the prize for all of his misfortune that day]].]]

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** Reaches unbelievable levels in Episode 143 with the raw egg incident: each player takes a turn choosing an egg and smashing it against their forehead; choose the one raw egg out of the batch (the rest are hard-boiled) and your team loses. Out of thirty total eggs in the first round, Lee Gwang Kwang Soo gets that one raw egg; the staff brings out a new batch of 20 eggs and Gwang Kwang Soo goes first...and immediately picks the raw egg again. Also proves he is a CosmicPlaything.
** Ascends to celestial tier in Episode 292 in the Unluckiest Festival, where unfortunate events happening to a player is considered a win. First, in the initial elevator test (ten total floors with half having some kind of prank like being shot with a water gun, pick three floors and those with the most bad things happening to them are team captains for the day) Gwang Kwang Soo is the only one to go 3-for-3 in picking unlucky floors[[note]]his face had to undergo clapping chalk-filled erasers, getting scribbled on with a marker, and getting aggressively kissed all over his face[[/note]]. Then in the actual Unlucky competitions he goes 6-for-7 in having something bad happen to him[[note]]smacking his head with a real wooden stick (6 out of 9 were real), getting a dried octopus tentacle for a sword blade (3 out of 6 had joke blades), smashing a raw egg against his head (2 out of 3), getting squirted in the face with Chinese ink instead of water (1 out of 2), drinking extremely bitter tea instead of something refreshing (1 out of 3), eating a pastry full of wasabi instead of banana cream (1 out of 2); his only reprieve was Ji Suk Jin "winning" Pop-Up Pirate[[/note]]. At least the Unluckiest Festival is one where being unlucky means you win. [[spoiler:Which, naturally, meant that his bad luck deserted him in the very last match-up between him and Ji Suk Jin, meaning Gwang Kwang Soo [[YankTheDogsChain didn't even win the prize for all of his misfortune that day]].]]



* CannotKeepASecret: Lee Gwang Soo and Ji Suk Jin. Sometimes they give away that they have a secret before the members even knew there was supposed to be a secret at all.

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* CannotKeepASecret: Lee Gwang Kwang Soo and Ji Suk Jin. Sometimes they give away that they have a secret before the members even knew there was supposed to be a secret at all.



** See ButtMonkey, Lee Gwang Soo. Ji Suk Jin can also apply, well known as the easiest member of the group. Guests often say that their goal for that episode is to rip off his nametag. He's even [[RunningGag nicknamed the 'Race Starter']] since he's usually the first to go and it's as if the real race starts after he's been ousted.

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** See ButtMonkey, Lee Gwang Kwang Soo. Ji Suk Jin can also apply, well known as the easiest member of the group. Guests often say that their goal for that episode is to rip off his nametag. He's even [[RunningGag nicknamed the 'Race Starter']] since he's usually the first to go and it's as if the real race starts after he's been ousted.



** Lee Gwang Soo's [[BigNo "ANDWAE!!"]] and "I love (insert foreign country here)."

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** Lee Gwang Kwang Soo's [[BigNo "ANDWAE!!"]] and "I love (insert foreign country here)."



** Lee Gwang Soo. To the point that Kim Jong Kook thinks it's an actual disease.
** There's even the Betrayal Trio comprising of Lee Gwang Soo, Ha Ha and Ji Suk Jin. Episode 146 centers around them.

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** Lee Gwang Kwang Soo. To the point that Kim Jong Kook thinks it's an actual disease.
** There's even the Betrayal Trio comprising of Lee Gwang Kwang Soo, Ha Ha and Ji Suk Jin. Episode 146 centers around them.



** Lee Gwang Soo - Black
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Lee Gwang Soo had this going on in a few episodes, of both "pants splitting" and "pants falling off" varieties.

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** Lee Gwang Kwang Soo - Black
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Lee Gwang Kwang Soo had this going on in a few episodes, of both "pants splitting" and "pants falling off" varieties.



* [[spoiler:FakingTheDead]]: In episode 79, [[spoiler:Ji Suk Jin]] is revealed to have pulled off the Running Man equivalent of this, in a shocking turn of events; specifically, [[spoiler:he had his two agents drag him off with his mouth covered, giving the appearance that he was eliminated, and then spent the rest of the game eliminating members in secret.]] It even leads to a [[spoiler:HeKnowsTooMuch moment when Gwang Soo is unfortunate enough to witness him eliminating HaHa.]]

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* [[spoiler:FakingTheDead]]: In episode 79, [[spoiler:Ji Suk Jin]] is revealed to have pulled off the Running Man equivalent of this, in a shocking turn of events; specifically, [[spoiler:he had his two agents drag him off with his mouth covered, giving the appearance that he was eliminated, and then spent the rest of the game eliminating members in secret.]] It even leads to a [[spoiler:HeKnowsTooMuch moment when Gwang Kwang Soo is unfortunate enough to witness him eliminating HaHa.]]



* FriendToAllChildren: Lee Gwang Soo and Haha both seem especially popular with kids.

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* FriendToAllChildren: Lee Gwang Kwang Soo and Haha both seem especially popular with kids.



** Betrayer Gwang Soo; due to his tendency to betray someone else, ''particularly'' Jong Kook.

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** Betrayer Gwang Kwang Soo; due to his tendency to betray someone else, ''particularly'' Jong Kook.



* IWantMyMommy: Usually invoked by Song Ji Hyo or Lee Gwang Soo.

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* IWantMyMommy: Usually invoked by Song Ji Hyo or Lee Gwang Kwang Soo.



** Most famously "St. Agnes and the Burning Train" by Sting for Lee Gwang Soo. He may also have "Theme of False Emperor" from the Sangokushi Taisen OST.

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** Most famously "St. Agnes and the Burning Train" by Sting for Lee Gwang Kwang Soo. He may also have "Theme of False Emperor" from the Sangokushi Taisen OST.



** The hunt for spies usually starts with ousting the wrong people. Typical traitors Gwang Soo and Ha Ha are often suspected early.

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** The hunt for spies usually starts with ousting the wrong people. Typical traitors Gwang Kwang Soo and Ha Ha are often suspected early.



* PottyEmergency: Lee Gwang Soo in episode 91.

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* PottyEmergency: Lee Gwang Kwang Soo in episode 91.



* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Kim Jong Kukk or Kim Jong Kook, Lee Gwang Soo or Lee Kwang Soo...

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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Kim Jong Kukk or Kim Jong Kook, Lee Gwang Kwang Soo or Lee Kwang Soo...



%%** Lee Gwang Soo in episode 132.

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%%** Lee Gwang Kwang Soo in episode 132.



** Gwang Soo's 'Death Note' can only take out one person and can only be used once. The power is even voted the least useful by fans.

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** Gwang Kwang Soo's 'Death Note' can only take out one person and can only be used once. The power is even voted the least useful by fans.



* TheVirus: The main theme of episode 140, where the cast must find a happiness antidote to stop an anger virus that's plaguing Korea (and Gwang Soo).

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* TheVirus: The main theme of episode 140, where the cast must find a happiness antidote to stop an anger virus that's plaguing Korea (and Gwang Kwang Soo).



* WholesomeCrossdresser: Quite a few episodes have the guys dress up as girls for team balance, such as episodes 181 and 220. Usually, Gwang Soo is the first choice for this situation.

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* WholesomeCrossdresser: Quite a few episodes have the guys dress up as girls for team balance, such as episodes 181 and 220. Usually, Gwang Kwang Soo is the first choice for this situation.



** The members ''generally'' go easy on the girls, including Ji Hyo, though Kim Jong Kook is the one who most strongly adheres to this trope. Haha and Lee Gwang Soo have been known to go all out against female guests, with Haha wrestling several to the ground without remorse. As for [[ButtMonkey Ji Suk Jin]], he tries his best against them as well, but then again his best is... well...

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** The members ''generally'' go easy on the girls, including Ji Hyo, though Kim Jong Kook is the one who most strongly adheres to this trope. Haha and Lee Gwang Kwang Soo have been known to go all out against female guests, with Haha wrestling several to the ground without remorse. As for [[ButtMonkey Ji Suk Jin]], he tries his best against them as well, but then again his best is... well...


** In the first round of episode 93, all six other members must hunt down and take out Kim Jong Kook within thirty minutes. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome It doesn't go as planned.]]

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** In the first round of episode 93, all six other members must hunt down and take out Kim Jong Kook within thirty minutes. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome It doesn't go as planned.]]



* DogPileOfDoom: In order to subdue the Commander in episode 75. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments And it was hilarious.]]

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* DogPileOfDoom: In order to subdue the Commander in episode 75. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments And it was hilarious.]]



** The crowning example of this would be in Episode 150, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments where Gary had to be ''dragged'' out of the arena.]]

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** The crowning example of this would be in Episode 150, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments where Gary had to be ''dragged'' out of the arena.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: In one episode, Ji-Hyo and the guest (who happens to be this tiny twenty-something year-old girl) end up the only survivors of the mission team. On their way to retrieve the last mission item, they hear bells approaching, so Ji-Hyo confronts them head-on to create a distraction. She even [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments hugs the guest]] before heading off.

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* HeroicSacrifice: In one episode, Ji-Hyo and the guest (who happens to be this tiny twenty-something year-old girl) end up the only survivors of the mission team. On their way to retrieve the last mission item, they hear bells approaching, so Ji-Hyo confronts them head-on to create a distraction. She even [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments hugs the guest]] guest before heading off.



** Lee Gwang Soo in episode 132. And it was ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]]''.

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** %%** Lee Gwang Soo in episode 132. And it was ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]]''.132.



* TrainStationGoodbye: Jongkook and guest Moon Geun-Young in episode 114.

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* %%* TrainStationGoodbye: Jongkook and guest Moon Geun-Young in episode 114.


** Episode 157 has the girl from ''TheRing'' appearing out of a well, scaring both Jong Kook and Kwang-Soo.

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** Episode 157 has the girl from ''TheRing'' ''Literature/TheRing'' appearing out of a well, scaring both Jong Kook and Kwang-Soo.

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* BackwardsFiringGun: One episode has Yoo Jae-suk, acting as [[Franchise/JamesBond Yoomes Bond]], searching for an apprentice. He ends up taking in Lee Kwang-soo, whose medical history has a prominent case of ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. Nonetheless, the two working together were able to eliminate the other players with squirt guns until they were the last ones left, whereupon Jae-suk presents Kwang-soo with one last test by handing him a squirt gun and challenging him to either shoot him and take the prize for himself, or put the gun down and they can split it. It becomes a SecretTestOfCharacter, as the gun Jae-suk hands over is a trick gun that fires backwards. [[spoiler:Kwang-soo fails the test and pulls the trigger only to shoot himself in the face, to Jae-suk's disappointment but not to his surprise.]]

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** Meta example when Running Man was revealed to not be cancelled and will continue on for years to come.


** Episode 136 with the [[MacGuffin Golden Sword]], Haha's mannerisms become similar to [[LordOfTheRings Gollum's]] and Ji Sukjin ends up being outed when [[ItMakesSenseInContext riding on a cow while yelling 'Big Nose Power!']].

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** Episode 136 with the [[MacGuffin Golden Sword]], Haha's mannerisms become similar to [[LordOfTheRings [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Gollum's]] and Ji Sukjin ends up being outed when [[ItMakesSenseInContext riding on a cow while yelling 'Big Nose Power!']].

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* GhostLegLottery: Will be used on occasion by the Running Men to make randomized pairings or distribute prizes...or duds.


* UnexpectedCharacter: Lee Gwang Soo's own father in ep. 165. The other cast members didn't know that a mission location was in the building he worked in, with the obvious exception of Gwang Soo who recognized it right away. He even gave three of the cast members, Gwang Soo included, a ride to the next mission location.

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* StageName: Stage names are extremely common in Korean entertainment as a means of differentiating oneself from others in a country where a shade under half of the population have one of four surnames (Kim, Lee, Park, Choi); it should be no surprise that of the main cast, Haha and Song Ji Hyo are actually stage names[[note]]Back when he was on the show, Gary would also have been on this list -- his real name is Kang Hee Gun[[/note]]. In the show itself, when it gets called to attention it's usually for trivial use such as for a hint during races (e.g., "the culprit uses a stage name"). ''Usually'':
** During the Hangul Race, Haha laments that he goes by "Haha" and not "Ha Dong Hoon" for ''Running Man'' purposes since that meant he only had one consonant to survive on in a race where consonants were eliminated as they were found and you were eliminated when you were out of consonants. [[spoiler:Unsurprisingly, he gets eliminated quick and early that race.]]
** There have been a couple instances when the Running Men were staying in hotels for a special project that they ended up calling Ji Hyo by her real name Cheon Seong Im (usually Yoo Jae Suk). It got to the point where when her team was at Incheon Airport to go on a trip to Mongolia, Ji Hyo revealed she had changed her name to Cheon Soo Yeon because thanks to Jae Suk ''everyone'' knew what her real name was.


** He even has his own YouTube [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27n1RM95U4s compilation]].

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** He even has his own YouTube Website/YouTube [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27n1RM95U4s compilation]].


** In the first round of episode 93, all six other members must hunt down and take out Kim Jong Kook within thirty minutes. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome It doesn't go as planned.]]

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** In the first round of episode 93, all six other members must hunt down and take out Kim Jong Kook within thirty minutes. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome It doesn't go as planned.]]



* DogPileOfDoom: In order to subdue the Commander in episode 75. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And it was hilarious.]]

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* DogPileOfDoom: In order to subdue the Commander in episode 75. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments And it was hilarious.]]



** The crowning example of this would be in Episode 150, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny where Gary had to be ''dragged'' out of the arena.]]

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** The crowning example of this would be in Episode 150, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments where Gary had to be ''dragged'' out of the arena.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: In one episode, Ji-Hyo and the guest (who happens to be this tiny twenty-something year-old girl) end up the only survivors of the mission team. On their way to retrieve the last mission item, they hear bells approaching, so Ji-Hyo confronts them head-on to create a distraction. She even [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming hugs the guest]] before heading off.

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* HeroicSacrifice: In one episode, Ji-Hyo and the guest (who happens to be this tiny twenty-something year-old girl) end up the only survivors of the mission team. On their way to retrieve the last mission item, they hear bells approaching, so Ji-Hyo confronts them head-on to create a distraction. She even [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments hugs the guest]] before heading off.



** Lee Gwang Soo in episode 132. And it was ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]]''.

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** Lee Gwang Soo in episode 132. And it was ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]]''.


In June 24 2017, an animated version of the same name was announced. After 10 months, the WesternAnimation/RunningMan animated series has been aired in Korea, and after a while, Asia on Cartoon Network.


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In June 24 2017, an animated version of the same name was announced. After 10 months, the WesternAnimation/RunningMan ''Animation/RunningMan'' animated series has been aired in Korea, and after a while, Asia on Cartoon Network.

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