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* MemeticMutation: '''HYYH lives forever'''. [[labelnote:Explanation]]Due to the vague nature of the series, some fans thought the series ended for good with "Young Forever", or ''WINGS'', only to be proven wrong again and again. As of 2019, it's still going.[[/labelnote]]
%%* {{Narm}}: A minor example. A bit of a running joke has been made of how what Namjoon goes through in the videos appears to be far less life-threatening than the others, to ArsonMurderAndJaywalking levels. This applies to both "I NEED U" (literally Arson, Murder, and Dropping a Cigarette) and [[https://twitter.com/euphriae/status/898205001394335744 the "Highlight Reels"]].


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*** It's also set to end on April 11th, both a significant date for the story and a day before the release of the album ''MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA''.


* ArchivePanic: ''At the very least'' 6 music videos, 10+ teasers/trailers/short films, 12 different sets of ''HYYH: The Notes'' and ''Webcomic/SaveMe'' are necessary to understand the story.

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* ArchivePanic: ''At the very least'' 6 music videos, 10+ teasers/trailers/short films, 12 different sets of ''HYYH: The Notes'' and ''Webcomic/SaveMe'' are necessary to understand the story.story. ''Webcomic/SaveMe'', however, might be a partial solution to this.


* ArchivePanic: ''At the very least'' 6 music videos, 10+ teasers/trailers/short films and 12 different sets of ''HYYH: The Notes'' are necessary to understand the story.

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* ArchivePanic: ''At the very least'' 6 music videos, 10+ teasers/trailers/short films and films, 12 different sets of ''HYYH: The Notes'' and ''Webcomic/SaveMe'' are necessary to understand the story.


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** ''Webcomic/SaveMe'', published in 2019, makes {{Call Back}}s to concert [=VCRs=] from ''2015'', down to repeating the same shots, with an identical classroom as their hide-out and an appearance of the same SadistTeacher. These [=VCRs=] also show [[spoiler:the boys finding something important behind the walls of the classroom]], something that becomes a plot point only revealed through one of the ''Notes'' from ''LOVE YOURSELF: Answer'', released in August 2018.


* NightmareFuel:
** The ''BU'' as a whole relies a lot on AdultFear, with the story of one young boy trying to save his younger friends from jail, hospitalization or death, all sadly realistic consequences of mundane things like abusive families, trauma or poverty.
** The original, 05:32 version MV for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gWIjRqvtnI I NEED U]]" is full of these, setting the tone for the rest of the ''BU''. It contains scenes like Hoseok swallowing pills and passing out, Yoongi burning himself alive, Jungkook getting beaten by strangers and hit by an oncoming car, and Taehyung viciously stabbing his abusive father to death.
** The ''WINGS'' teasers up the ante in symbolism and MindScrew elements, entering into SurrealMusicVideo and WorldOfSymbolism territory. In all of the teasers, each member appears completely alone.
*** "Lie" is rather eerie. It features Jimin alone in a white, sterile hospital room. It's all pretty dehumanized; no other person appears during the psychological tests he goes through, with [[InkblotTest Rorschach tests]] being displayed by a mannequin hand and a camera observing it all. He then appears dancing in reverse, with the choreography in itself containing a lot of jerky movements, as though he's in severe distress. Then there's the JumpScare, with [[HellIsThatNoise distorted noise suddenly playing]] with Jimin reclined over a chair, appearing to have several heads.
*** "First Love". Yoongi breaks into a music store to play the piano, until he hears someone whistling the [[{{Leitmotif}} "Begin" melody]]. He gets out of the store into the street, looking for the source. Then a car suddenly approaches, Yoongi dodges at the last second, and then we hear a car crash- cut to black. Then we see Yoongi again, the street now stained with blood. Yoongi runs back to the store in anguish, only to find it in flames.
*** The MushroomSamba in "Mama". Hoseok sits in the middle of a room in what's implied to be a mental facility. Doctors write notes while looking at him from the outside, and then pills start filling the room. Hoseok takes one, and the room suddenly changes; it goes all dark with colorful fluorescent stains on the walls, and Hoseok looks around and starts making jerky movements in anguish [[SoundtrackDissonance while "Mama" starts to play]], until he collapses.


* NightmareFuel: The original, 05:32 version MV for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gWIjRqvtnI I NEED U]]" (the one that started it all) is full of these, containing scenes like Hoseok swallowing pills and passing out, Yoongi burning himself alive, Jungkook getting beaten by strangers and hit by an oncoming car, and Taehyung viciously stabbing his abusive father to death.
** The ''WINGS'' teasers up the ante in symbolism and MindScrew elements, entering into SurrealMusicVideo and WorldOfSymbolism territory. There's moments like the JumpScare in "Lie", ''someone's'' off-screen death by car crash in "First Love", and Hoseok's MushroomSamba.

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* NightmareFuel: NightmareFuel:
** The ''BU'' as a whole relies a lot on AdultFear, with the story of one young boy trying to save his younger friends from jail, hospitalization or death, all sadly realistic consequences of mundane things like abusive families, trauma or poverty.
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The original, 05:32 version MV for "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gWIjRqvtnI I NEED U]]" (the one that started it all) is full of these, containing setting the tone for the rest of the ''BU''. It contains scenes like Hoseok swallowing pills and passing out, Yoongi burning himself alive, Jungkook getting beaten by strangers and hit by an oncoming car, and Taehyung viciously stabbing his abusive father to death.
** The ''WINGS'' teasers up the ante in symbolism and MindScrew elements, entering into SurrealMusicVideo and WorldOfSymbolism territory. There's moments like In all of the JumpScare teasers, each member appears completely alone.
*** "Lie" is rather eerie. It features Jimin alone
in "Lie", ''someone's'' off-screen death a white, sterile hospital room. It's all pretty dehumanized; no other person appears during the psychological tests he goes through, with [[InkblotTest Rorschach tests]] being displayed by car crash a mannequin hand and a camera observing it all. He then appears dancing in reverse, with the choreography in itself containing a lot of jerky movements, as though he's in severe distress. Then there's the JumpScare, with [[HellIsThatNoise distorted noise suddenly playing]] with Jimin reclined over a chair, appearing to have several heads.
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"First Love", Love". Yoongi breaks into a music store to play the piano, until he hears someone whistling the [[{{Leitmotif}} "Begin" melody]]. He gets out of the store into the street, looking for the source. Then a car suddenly approaches, Yoongi dodges at the last second, and Hoseok's MushroomSamba.then we hear a car crash- cut to black. Then we see Yoongi again, the street now stained with blood. Yoongi runs back to the store in anguish, only to find it in flames.
*** The MushroomSamba in "Mama". Hoseok sits in the middle of a room in what's implied to be a mental facility. Doctors write notes while looking at him from the outside, and then pills start filling the room. Hoseok takes one, and the room suddenly changes; it goes all dark with colorful fluorescent stains on the walls, and Hoseok looks around and starts making jerky movements in anguish [[SoundtrackDissonance while "Mama" starts to play]], until he collapses.

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''For YMMV tropes related to'' SAVE ME'', go [[YMMV/SaveMe here]].''


** Jimin and whatever happened in the Arboretum. His scenes in "I NEED U" show him in a bathtub, constantly associated with water, and his reaction to colliding with a fellow dancer in the ''Highlight Reels'' and the ''Notes'' is to automatically go to the bathroom and [[OutDamnedSpot scrub his hands clean until they bleed]]. He freezes up at best and has seizures at worst whenever his TraumaButton is triggered. This has led some fans to wonder if what happened in the Arboretum [[spoiler:was an instance of sexual abuse]].

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** Jimin and whatever happened in the Arboretum. His scenes in "I NEED U" show him in a bathtub, he's constantly associated with water, and his reaction to colliding with a fellow dancer in the ''Highlight Reels'' and the ''Notes'' is to automatically go to the bathroom and [[OutDamnedSpot scrub his hands clean until they bleed]]. He freezes up at best and has seizures at worst whenever his TraumaButton is triggered. This has led some fans to wonder if what happened in the Arboretum [[spoiler:was an instance of sexual abuse]].


** Jimin is admitted to a hospital and separated from Hoseok, but we also see the two together in a hospital in the "present" scenes from "RUN", plus Hoseok being diagnosed with MunchausenSyndrome in his "MAMA" teaser short film. Hoseok's narcolepsy in "I NEED U" could therefore be seen as not only a result of addiction, but of a desperate attempt to reunite with Jimin by deliberately overdosing on pills.

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** Jimin is admitted to a hospital and separated from Hoseok, but we also see the two together in a hospital in the "present" scenes from "RUN", plus Hoseok being diagnosed with MunchausenSyndrome in his "MAMA" teaser short film. Hoseok's narcolepsy in "I NEED U" could therefore be seen as not only a result of addiction, but of a [[HatesBeingAlone desperate attempt to reunite with Jimin Jimin]] by deliberately overdosing on pills.

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** Jimin is admitted to a hospital and separated from Hoseok, but we also see the two together in a hospital in the "present" scenes from "RUN", plus Hoseok being diagnosed with MunchausenSyndrome in his "MAMA" teaser short film. Hoseok's narcolepsy in "I NEED U" could therefore be seen as not only a result of addiction, but of a desperate attempt to reunite with Jimin by deliberately overdosing on pills.


* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Jimin and whatever happened in the Arboretum. His scenes in "I NEED U" show him in a bathtub, constantly associated with water, and his reaction to colliding with a fellow dancer in the ''Highlight Reels'' and the ''Notes'' is to automatically go to the bathroom and [[OutDamnedSpot scrub his hands clean until they bleed]]. He freezes up at best and has seizures at worst whenever his TraumaButton is triggered. This has led some fans to wonder if what happened in the Arboretum [[spoiler:was an instance of sexual abuse]].
** Yoongi's behavior in the series (particularly the ''Notes'') could imply that he suffers a ''massive'' case of SurvivorsGuilt that he hides from the others.
** Certain relationships (Namjoon and Taehyung, Jimin and Hoseok, and Yoongi and Jungkook) get noticeably more focus, to the point that they could be {{Implied Love Interest}}s. See the BU's HoYay page.



* EpilepticTrees: The plot is notorious for being a MindScrew, relying a lot on symbolism and leaving enough space for all kinds of WildMassGuessing. The Highlight Reels and HYYH Notes can act as a MindScrewdriver, but only partially, and the way hints have been found in all kinds of extra content (even selfies) gives reason to be paranoid about ''anything'' being a clue to the BU story.

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* EpilepticTrees: The plot is notorious for being a MindScrew, relying a lot on symbolism and and, due to being largely an AmbiguousSituation, leaving enough space for all kinds of WildMassGuessing. The Highlight Reels ''Highlight Reels'' and HYYH Notes the ''Notes'' can act as a MindScrewdriver, but only partially, and the way hints have been found in all kinds of extra content (even selfies) gives reason to be paranoid about ''anything'' being a clue to the BU story.



** Certain relationships (Namjoon and Taehyung, Jimin and Hoseok, and Yoongi and Jungkook) are noticeably stronger. Are they {{Implied Love Interest}}s?
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: In "Prologue", when the boys jump down on the empty pool to gather around Taehyung, there's a FunnyBackgroundEvent where Jungkook asks Yoongi for help to jump down... only for Yoongi to keep walking, gesturing for the younger to just jump by himself. Jungkook just stares at him for a moment before he jumps down anyway.

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** Certain relationships (Namjoon and Taehyung, Jimin and Hoseok, and Yoongi and Jungkook) are noticeably stronger. Are they {{Implied Love Interest}}s?
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: In "Prologue", when the boys jump down on the empty pool to gather around Taehyung, there's a FunnyBackgroundEvent where Jungkook asks Yoongi for help to jump down... only for Yoongi to keep walking, gesturing for the younger to just jump by himself. Jungkook just stares at him dumbfounded for a moment before he jumps down anyway.


* TearJerker: The whole series has a rather desolate vibe, being a story about a group of friends of the DysfunctionJunction kind splitting up over tragedy and being left alone.


** While the ''Highlight Reels'' largely take place in a realistic setting, the first part, especially the first scene, manages (due to camerawork and color correction, though [[AwesomeMusic the music also plays a part]]) to look absolutely dreamlike. Then there's the shot of the city lights at night at the beginning of the third part, which features a gorgeous use of low shutter speed mixed with post-production effects.

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** While the ''Highlight Reels'' largely take place in a realistic setting, the first part, especially the first scene, manages (due to camerawork and color correction, though [[AwesomeMusic [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic the music also plays a part]]) to look absolutely dreamlike. Then there's the shot of the city lights at night at the beginning of the third part, which features a gorgeous use of low shutter speed mixed with post-production effects.


* AwesomeMusic: Aside from BTS' music featured in the series (which [[AwesomeMusic/{{BTS}} has a page of its own]]), the ''Highlight Reel'' short films feature a ''beautiful'' original orchestral soundtrack, composed by Myungsoo Shin. The music heavily contributes to the dream-like atmosphere and emotion of the short films (those strings!), evolving with each part leading to a powerful climax. Its use as a [[{{Sampling}} sample]] also contributed to the huge emotional punch that made [[spoiler:"Outro: Tear"]] so well loved by listeners.

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* AwesomeMusic: SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Aside from BTS' music featured in the series (which [[AwesomeMusic/{{BTS}} has a page of its own]]), the ''Highlight Reel'' short films feature a ''beautiful'' original orchestral soundtrack, composed by Myungsoo Shin. The music heavily contributes to the dream-like atmosphere and emotion of the short films (those strings!), evolving with each part leading to a powerful climax. Its use as a [[{{Sampling}} sample]] also contributed to the huge emotional punch that made [[spoiler:"Outro: Tear"]] so well loved by listeners.



* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The rise in budget over BTS's career can truly be appreciated in the BU, where the videos become bigger, ''grander'', yet still retaining the emotional core of the story due to great cinematography and art direction, going from the cheaply produced "I Need U" to "Blood, Sweat and Tears" and "Fake Love".

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* VisualEffectsOfAwesome: SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: The rise in budget over BTS's career can truly be appreciated in the BU, where the videos become bigger, ''grander'', yet still retaining the emotional core of the story due to great cinematography and art direction, going from the cheaply produced "I Need U" to "Blood, Sweat and Tears" and "Fake Love".

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* ArchivePanic: ''At the very least'' 6 music videos, 10+ teasers/trailers/short films and 12 different sets of ''HYYH: The Notes'' are necessary to understand the story.

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* TheProducerThinksOfEverything: While the story and characters are inspired by BTS' music and the members themselves, {{Foreshadowing}} for events and revelations in the story has been found in 4-year-old installments of the series, pre-2015 albums, and even commercials and ''selfies''. Fans have learned to become suspicious of ''anything'' to the point of paranoia.

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