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The Hosts

    "Chairman" Jun Hyun-moo 
  • Frozen Face: Got Botox before recording. The other cast members called him out on this. Considering Korea's attitude towards plastic surgery, it isn't something special.

    "Chairman" Sung Si-kyung 
  • The Alcoholic: Hinted jokingly on more than one occasion. Again, with Korea's drinking culture, nothing out of ordinary.
  • Ship Tease: With Guillaume Patry.

    "General Secretary" Yoo Se-yoon 

All the Gs

  • Deadpan Snarker: Each one of the of the panelists usually have something snarky to say to each other.
  • Fanservice: Some of the group are specifically chosen because of their looks. Especially when you look at their modeling photos.
  • Multinational Team
  • Omniglot: Along with Korean and their native tongue, some of the other representatives know other languages. Tyler was shown to know multiple others, whereas Andreas works as an English teacher (not necessarily surprising, as he is half-American and attended an American university).
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  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Especially when two representatives have opposite perspectives, they could get into nasty clashes. At the end of the day, however, they still go out to eat together.

G10 (as of episode 177)

    Guillaume Patry (Canada)
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*Date of Birth: 19 June 1982
*Episodes appeared in: 1-present (absent 69, 111, 131)
The oldest of the original 11 representatives, Guillaume arrived in Korea in 2000 during the StarCraft phenomenon. He intended to only stay for a few months, but eventually stayed for longer. He was one of only a selected number of people who made a fortune playing the game. He retired in 2004 and is currently an office worker, but his money was also scammed in the process.

  • Professional Gaming: StarCraft to be precisely. Retired since 2004, but rumored to return.
  • Real Men Eat Meat: Notorious hungry for Korean Beef. Host Sung Si-kyung promised to take him out to eat. As of now, the promise is still not fullfilled.
  • Ship Tease: With Sung Si-kyung, with a moment in episode 3 where the former proclaims his love for him.

    Alberto Mondi (Italy)
"Yeah, it's because of the marketing."
* Date of Birth: 17 January 1984
* Episodes appeared in: 1-present (absent, 12, 64, 65, 78)
One of the original 11 representatives, Alberto originally studied Chinese and lived in China, yet once met a woman there. He arrived in Korea to study business in graduate school, and later became a car-dealer, expanding to become a cultural ambassador in the process. Known for his good Korean and his natural charm, he was able to promote his country very well throughout the series.

  • 100% Adoration Rating: Arguably one of the most well-liked panelists in the series. He's intelligent, well-spoken, neutral, willing to listen to others, and a good family man.
    • This was seen in the performance reviews, where everybody except Enes had something positive to say about him.
  • The Casanova: Faithfully to his country's image. Given his Happily Married status, he's more of a Ladykiller in Love.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The neutral, observant blue to Enes' stubborn and fiery red in particular.

     Alex Mazzucchielli (Switzerland)
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* Date of Birth: 17 May 1990
Episodes appeared in: 103-present (absent 111, 120, 131, 141)

     Auréllien Loubert (France)
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* Date of Birth: 30 December 1981
* Episodes appeared in: 103-present (absent 138)

     Christian Burgos (Mexico)
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* Date of Birth: 24 August 1993
* Episodes appeared in: 68 (as an intern), 105-present (absent 131)

     Ogi Hitoshi (Japan)
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* Date of Birth: 6 April 1992
* Episodes appeared in: 105, 111-present (absent 146-47)

     Mark Tetto (United States)
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* Date of Birth: 1 March 1980
* Episodes appeared in: 24 (as an intern), 103-present (absent 141-42)
Originally a one-day intern on episode 24, Mark became a permanent member with the new cast starting in episode 103. He attended Princeton University, majoring in Chemistry; and later the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia. He also worked for Samsung, and was of the more saavy members of the show.
  • Spiritual Successor: He shares the same intelligence and saavy Tyler had when he was on the show.

     Niklas Klabunde (Germany)
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* Date of Birth: 3 August 1993
* Episodes appeared in: 103-present (absent 131)

     Wang Xinlin (China)
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* Date of Birth: 13 October 1989
* Episodes appeared in: 106, 111-present

     Zahid Hussain (Pakistan)
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* Date of Birth: 25 November 1988
* Episodes appeared in: 103-present (absent 111, 126, 131)

Former panelists

    James Hooper (Great Britain)
Oh, you want some sausages for dinner?
* Date of Birth: 19 April 1987
* Episodes appeared in: 1-4, 33 (as a guest), 100
One of the original 11 representatives, James was well-known for his expeditions: he was the youngest Briton to climb up Mount Everest and traveled from Pole-to-Pole in 2008.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Became a running gag.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Subverted, in that he got a lot of speaking time (and fans), despite appearing for only four episodes in the beginning.

    Daniel Snoeks (Australia)
* Date of Birth: 13 July 1994
* Episodes appeared in: 1-17
The youngest of the original 11 representatives, Daniel became well-known for his full-body tattoos, of which some of them appeared on his neck and fingers. He mentions how in Korea, they are seen as taboo (as shown in one episode, where he was rejected from a bathhouse because of them), but people wanted to photograph him since. He also works as a model, with a strong portfolio to back him up.
  • Hidden Depths: Likes children and was shown to be able to take care of them.
  • Put on a Bus: Left after episode 17 to "study"—in reality, his visa expired and wasn't renewed by JTBC, in comparison to those of a few others. The subsequent fallout resulted in Snoeks never appearing in the series again, even for its 100th episode special.
  • The Runaway: When he was 15 years old; he stated it was partially because he thought school wasn't interesting. Who to blame was one of the topics discussed about on episode 1.

    Enes Kaya (Turkey)
"If the teacher farts, the student poops."
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*Date of Birth: 22 August 1984
*Episodes appeared in: 1-24 (absent 11, edited out in 23 and 24)
One of the original 11 representatives, Enes came to Korea in 2002 at the insistence of a family friend. While having a degree in IT from Hanyang University, at the time of the show he also dabbled in acting and appeared on TV. He quickly became one of the most prominent members due to his strong opinions and just-as-strong Korean...until his personal life exposed him.
  • Drama Queen: Wrote on his SNS how he thought about suicide, after his scandal broke out.
  • Foil: To Julian Quintart and Daniel Snoeks in terms of ideologies, which led to several clashes between the former and the two latter. To Alberto Mondi due to the latter embodying the family ideals the former preached, but didn't practice; and Alberto's cooler approach to arguments.
  • Hurricane of Aphorisms: Frequently quoted a wide variety of proverbs through the series.
  • Hypocrite: Was seen as the most conservative panelist...until several girls came out and claimed that he had relations with them, while being a married man.
  • Jerkass: His bullish personality and beliefs can be interpreted as such.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The fiery, sharp-tongued red to several other's blue—most notably Alberto Mondi's, as the latter was less stubborn about his beliefs.

    Ilya Belyakov (Russia)
*Date of Birth: 26 August 1982
*Episodes appeared in: 20 (as an intern), 28-52, 100 (as a guest)
Originally a one-day intern on episode 20, Ilya became a permanent member starting on episode 28. Originally from Vladivostok in the Asian part of Russia, he works as a medical translator, and also writes articles about Korea, its language, and culture. He first heard of the show because he worked with Tyler on the latter's magazine, Seoulism. Nevertheless, this didn't prevent the two from occasionally clashing with each other.

    Robin Deiana (France)
*Date of Birth: 18 July 1990
*Episodes appeared in: 1-52, 75 (as a guest), 100
One of the original 11 representatives, Robin initially came to Korea as an exchange student. He later moved up to modeling and acting, and occasionally does breakdancing.
  • The Casanova: Besides of Alberto. Although he is usually perceived as
  • The Cutie
  • Nice Guy: Extremely so—in episode 3, when giving out performance reviews, he simply said he liked everyone.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The quieter blue oni to Julian's more passionate red.

    Julian Quintart (Belgium)
We've never seen a duck this fat either.
*Date of Birth: 24 August 1987
*Episodes appeared in: 1-52 (absent 48), 100 (as a guest)
One of the original 11 representatives, Julian first came to Korea at age 17 as part of a Rotary Youth Exchange. He did some music, but primarily works as a DJ, while trying out different parts of the entertainment industry. He immediately became well-known for his outgoing personality and his spitting, which ended up comparing him to a duck.
  • Foil: His liberal ideas frequently clashed with Enes' more conservative ones.
  • Motor Mouth: Notorious for this, to the point of spitting. Is also one of the better Korean speakers.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The more energetic, argumentative red to Robin's calmer blue.
  • Those Two Guys: With French Robin Deiana, although they have their own individual characteristics. They are frequently referred to as the "French Line", because they both have French as a native tongue.
    • This humorously excludes Guillaume, who has a Quebecois accent, being from Canada.

    Sujan Shakya (Nepal)
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*Date of Birth: 10 March 1988
*Episodes appeared in: 27-52 (absent 49), 100 (as a guest), 171
Originally an intern in episode 27, Sujan became a permanent member in episode 28, along with Ilya and Blair. He works at a parachute company as a marketing manager.

    Takuya Terada (Japan) 
*Date of Birth: 18 March 1992
*Episodes appeared in: 1-52 (absent 17, 22, 45), 100 (as a guest)
One of the original 11 representatives, Takuya came to Korea to pursue his dream of becoming an idol.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: A running gag is how Takuya effectively hides his anger, but threatens to show it to the rest of the cast.
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  • Idol Singer: Part of an international Idol group, called Cross-Gene. A Running Gag is him dancing to the song "Amazing—Bad Lady", featuring crotch-grabbing.
  • Japanese Politeness: Naturally because of his upbringing and the status as the show's "maknae" (aka: youngest). On the Christmas special, he expresses his desire to show anger more openly.

    Blair Williams (Australia)
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*Date of Birth: 10 January 1992
*Episodes appeared in: 22 (as an intern), 28-52 (absent 41), 100 (as a guest)

    Yuta Nakamoto (Japan)
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*Date of Birth: 26 October 1995
*Episodes appeared in: 53-78
  • Idol Singer: Was preparing for his debut during his time on the show.
  • The Substitute: For Takuya—the fact he was on SM posed a lot of backlash because it was their influence that pushed the latter out. Even worse is when you consider that the staff wanted different countries, but kept a Japanese member on the panel.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Despite being the youngest overall member, he always had something insightful to say.

    Samy Rashad El-Baz (Egypt)
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*Date of Birth: 25 April 1990
*Episodes appeared in: 11 (as an intern), 53-102

Samy first appeared on episode 11 when Enes had to attend a wedding in Turkey, making him the first intern in the series. Despite some of the clashes between him and the other G's (specifically with Zhang Yuan about paper vs papyrus), he enjoyed his time and wanted to come back.

  • Overly Long Name: When he first told his full name in episode 11, it was so long that one of the hosts thought it was multiple names.
  • Spiritual Successor: His beliefs are considered to be more conservative than Enes' when first introduced, though Samy was mostly able to live up to them.

    Carlos Gorito (Brazil) 
*Date of Birth: 17 May 1986
*Episodes appeared in: 53-102 (absent 101, video 102), 151 (as a guest)

    Nikolai Johnsen (Norway) 
*Date of Birth: 24 August 1988
*Episodes appeared in: 53-102, 131 (as a guest)

     Przemysław Krompiec (Poland) 
*Date of Birth: 3 March 1985
*Episodes appeared in: 53-102

    Andreas Varsakopoulos (Greece)
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*Date of Birth: 14 August 1990
*Episodes appeared in: 53-102

    Zhang Yuan (China)
If you solve Japan's history issues with China, then maybe you have a chance with him.
*Date of Birth: 4 March 1984
*Episodes appeared in: 1-102
One of the original 11 representatives, Zhang Yuan came to Korea in 2008 for a vacation with a friend. However, he found himself spending some more time there and eventually became a teacher. Previously, he was a television presenter in China, and got to show his skills from time to time.
  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Not really. Kind of. Yuan used to practice Tai Chi.
  • Character Development: Shows a lot throughout his time on the show—from an obnoxious nationalist to a more open-minded person.
  • Dirty Foreigner: Yuan gets asked about this stereotypes of Chinese. His reaction is forseeable.
  • Momma's Boy: Primarily lived with his mother and shows great affection for her.
  • Sucks at Dancing: Compared to his singing ability, his dancing abilities are a lot left to be desired. Just look a the clip from episode 6 where he tries to dance to SHINEE's "Lucifer"!
  • Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Hilariously shares this trait with Takuya.

    Daniel Lindemann (Germany)
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*Date of Birth: 16 October 1985
*Episodes appeared in: 5-102 (absent 95)
After James Hooper left at the end of episode 4, Daniel Lindemann came to take his place. He originally worked for a consulting company, but quit his job when Abnormal Summit started becoming big. Along with entertainment, he is shown to know piano and does a bit of Tae-kwon-do, the latter which piqued his interest in Korea.

    Tyler Rasch (USA)
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*Date of Birth: 6 May 1988
*Episodes appeared in: 1-102 (absent 13, 56, 65, 83)
One of the original 11 representatives, Tyler first graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in International Relations. Like Sam, he got a scholarship to study in Korea from the government and was a graduate student at Seoul University. This knowledge was frequently shown on the show through his use of advanced vocabulary and his knowledge of current events.
  • Bookworm: Practically mandatory as a Seoul University Student.
  • Hidden Depths: He can sing; he was once part of a choir and sung in the Chuseok episode.
  • Older Than They Look: Can pass easily as a middle school student, because of his stature.

    Sam Okyere (Ghana)
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*Date of Birth: 21 April 1991
*Episodes appeared in: 1-102 (absent 91), 149 (as a guest)
One of the original 11 representatives, Sam first came to Korea on a scholarship which he didn't expect to receive after applying. While he majored in Computer Engineering at university, he wasn't interested in the subject and started doing comedy instead. By the time he first appeared on Abnormal Summit, he has done multiple shows, breaking through the mold of Korean entertainment.
  • Guest Host: Tries to be a permanent host. Got assigned to do the "lights" duty.
  • Hidden Depths: He went to Korea as a result of getting a scholarship from the government—something which was easily overlooked due to his funny persona.
  • Token Minority: The only permanent black representative on the panel, and only one of two from the continent of Africa (the other being Samy, who was Egyptian).

    Abhishek "Lucky" Gupta (India) 
*Date of Birth: 16 June 1978
*Episodes appeared in: 103-144, 161 (as a guest)

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