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Yunho, Yoochun, Jaejoong, Changmin and Junsu.

TVXQ! also known as Tong Vfang Xien Qi (Chinese: 東方神起), Tohoshinki (Japanese: 東方神起), or Dong Bang Shin Ki (DBSK; Korean: 동방신기) , is originally a five member Boy Band formed in South Korea under SM Entertainment in 2003. They later became extremely popular throughout Asia, especially in Japan. Notable for supposedly 1) having the world's largest official fanclub and 2) being the most photographed celebrities in the world. And, possibly because of their acapella background, DBSK is known as a Boy Band where every member can sing.

The group split up in 2009 after three of it's members sued SM over money and contract issues. The drama (a blog summary of the condensed version can be found here) continues to this day. It's not really known how good/bad relations between the former members are but MBC - one of Korea's top television stations - staff freaked out once over two of them filming around the same place at the same time.

Despite having split into two separate groups - JYJ comprising of Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu while Yunho and Changmin continue under TVXQ - they continue to do very well in album sales, and while the number of people in their fanclub has fallen, they are still at least two hundred thousand ahead of the second place.

  • U-Know Yunho (Jung Yunho, born February 6, 1986) – Leader and lead dancer, who usually takes the bass and rap parts in songs.
  • Max Changmin/Choikang Changmin (Shim Changmin, born February 18, 1988) - the youngest and tallest member of the group, Changmin sings the highest parts and has a tendency to "scream" during songs (listen to Rising Sun for an example).
  • Hero Jaejoong/Youngwoong Jaejoong (Kim Jaejoong, born January 26, 1986) – the eye candy and lead vocalist of the group.
  • Micky Yoochun (Park Yoochun, born June 4, 1986) - the lead rapper, who sings mid-low parts. Also known for getting most, if not all of the weird Engrish lines in songs.
  • Xiah Junsu (Kim Junsu, born December 15, 1986) - the other main dancer in the group, who sings mid-high parts and handles most of the vocal gymnastics.

Provides examples of:

  • All Just a Dream: How some fans see their MV for Something - the whole thing could've been just a dream by the statues in the beginning.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: For their MV of balloons.
  • Annoying Laugh: This video has the members describing Junsu's laugh.
  • Bathtub Scene: Happened with Yunho for their MV Wrong Number.
  • Big Eater: Changmin - his friend Super Junior's Kyuhyun has stated that looking at him and SHINee's Minho eat is like looking at a couple of pigs eat.
  • Big Little Brother: Changmin - being the youngest - is still the tallest at his 185 cm height. Yunho stands at 182. Jaejoong and Yoochun are somewhere around 180, while Junsu stands at 178.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: JYJ.
  • Bound and Gagged: Though all of them have probably went through this because of some Sasaeng that keeps coming after them, Jaejoong had to go through it for a movie, 'Jackal is Coming'.
    • Pretty sad when he said in an interview that some of his crazier fans in the past has probably done worse than just the usual bound and gag.
  • Break-Up Song: Quite a few. Such as JYJ's Get Out. To list them all out would take forever though.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Junsu - at first - really couldn't keep his liquor well. Especially compared to Jaejoong and Yoochun. Changmin now as well, considering he has a second fridge just for his alcohol.
  • Cheerful Child: At first, this is how the members saw Changmin as he was the youngest. Then Junsu went and did this, and he immediately took on the role.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: The song "Doushite Kimi wo Suki ni Natte Shimattandarou" ("Why Did I End Up Falling For You"), which is from the point of view of an unlucky childhood friend watching his love get married to another man.
  • Christmas Songs: With Super Junior in this MV.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Junsu's ex-girlfriend was this up to eleven in their dramedy Unforgettable Love.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: There's a reason as to why the oldest Jaejoong didn't get to be the leader. There's also Junsu who can't seem to focus on more than two things at once. Jaejoong and Yoochun talk about it in length in their couple talk.
  • Contagious Laughter: No matter how silly Junsu's laugh is, fans can't help but at least smile whenever he laughs. And while Jaejoong sees his laugh as weird and annoying - hence why he usually covers his mouth while laughing - many fans would love to state otherwise.
  • Cool Big Sis: Jaejoong has a LOT of older sisters. And all of them love him completely - some even support Yunjae!
  • Cool Shades: Just look at their airport photos - especially Jaejoong.
  • Cover Version: Changmin and Jaejoong did a cover of It's Raining Men on a show once - the other three members acted as backup vocalists.
  • Crossdresser: Jaejoong had to do it for a Banjun Drama. Changmin had to do it for a performance. Junsu did it for a music video.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Their Secret Code album, compared with their earlier work.
    • Keep Your Head Down compared to Mirotic.
  • Deus Angst Machina: 2009-2010 has got to be the worst year ever for them. First the lawsuit with SME - that still hasn't concluded itself - then Jaejoong's best friend commits suicide, Junsu gets into a high fever in LA during their album recording and couldn't get into a hospital for over 30 hours, JYJ is supported by Avex Trax in their dispute with SME only to get dumped by them and have all their Japanese activities suspended, and SME has just filed an injunction against JYJ about the release of their latest (technically debut) Korean album.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Junsu. To the point the other members would bully him for it.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: While all of them have their fanboys, Pretty Boy Jaejoong takes it to a whole new level. There's even this fan who decided to have a matching set of his tattoos.
    • He's currently in the army, so he's busy collecting fanboys there too - they're already starting to send letters home, detailing just how amazing and cool their 'Jaejoong-hyung' is.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: These guys states that to go to JYJ's concerts is like going to a formal party - you'll feel as if you have to wear a suit and a tie just to go there. But that's only for ballads.
  • Fanboy: Jaejoong once said that his infamous ideal type 'HK' were the initials for 'H.O.T's Kangta.
    • Here's a video of Jaejoong fanboying(?) over Yunho.
  • Fanservice:
    • The MV for Mirotic, full stop. Both the regular and the dance version. And how else do you explain this?
    • This is probably the most blatant fan service to ever grace the earth.
    • Also, the MV for Mirotic had many marvelously sexy things in it, not the least of which was Changmin dripping in a tub of water and Jaejoong tied to a wall.
    • This Valentine gift for JYJ fans are some of their more innocent fanservice examples.
    • Then there's Junsu's Intoxication that probably sent some fans screaming...
  • Friend to All Children: All of them are quite good with children - they did have to interact with them at one point or another because of their Balloons MV, but Jae Joong could use the shout-out considering he has a LOT of nieces and nephews that just adores their "Uncle Jaejoongie".
  • Genre Shift: They originally debuted as an acapella band. Compare Rising Sun and Balloons. They do release and perform acapella versions of their singles as well as covers of other songs. Acapella influences can also be found in songs like Begin and Your My Melody.
  • Gratuitous English: Yoochun and Junsu in particular. Particularly notable examples include "the ginger bread man's vitality" (My Girlfriend), "the theory of porno" (Shelter), the now infamous "I really want to touch myself" (Purple Line), and Junsu's Intoxication.
  • Groupie Brigade: They have sasaengs. Yunho has even come to the point of taking their bodyguard's jobs because many fans just wouldn't leave Jaejoong alone.
  • Guyliner - all of them, but special mentions goes to Jaejoong who seems to have mastered it to perfection.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Yoochun has been described as this many times.
  • Hotter and Sexier:
    • Watch the MV for Hug or Balloons. Then watch Mirotic. They actually had to make a "clean" version in Korea because some people thought the lyrics were too suggestive. Never mind that it does not come even CLOSE to many American songs, and the lyrics to their song Nobody Knows are much more suggestive.
    • Junsu's solo single Intoxication takes this up to eleven.
    • Since all of them debuted at such a young age, this could actually apply to them all. Fans got to see them grow up, in a way.
  • I Have Many Names: Let's list all of them for fun!
    • Their group name is officially TVXQ, short for Tong Vfang Xien Qi, which results in some people referring to them as TVfXQ - Yoochun and Jaejoong have tattoos of TVfXQ too. It is pronounced as Dong Bang Shin Ki in Korean, which leads to the acronym DBSK. In Japan, their group name translates to Tohoshinki, which fans refer to in short as THSK.
    • In Korea, they are referred to as U-know Yunho, Youngwoong Jaejoong, Micky Yoochun, Xiah Junsu and Choikang Changmin. Youngwoong is Korean for Hero, and Choikang is Korean for Maximum, so the two members are also referred to as Hero Jaejoong and Maximum Changmin.
    • In Japan, the romanization of some of their names changes. Jaejoong becomes Jejung and Yoochun becomes Yuchun and sometimes even Yucheon.
    • Finally, there's their real names! Jung Yunho, Kim Jaejoong, Park Yoochun, Kim Junsu and Shim Changmin. Jaejoong is also adopted and his birth name is Han Jaejoon.
    • Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu have formed a sub-unit called JYJ now.
  • Incredibly Long Note: This group is known to be a group of vocalists. It's not a surprise that all of them could hit such long and high notes. Just look at this for examples.
  • I Can't Dance: Jaejoong and Yoochun - who are described 'to dance if they're asked' by fans.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Many times when they've just debuted, considering J-Pop and J-Rock still had a lot of influence when it came to K-Pop. But was there really any need for this?!
  • Jack of All Trades: Ever since JYJ has been able to spread their wings just a bit more after the lawsuit, fans have been able to see their many different sides. They can act, sing, dance, write songs, produce, run their own business, and many more.
    • Junsu, in particular, has been noticed by many critiques and musicians by just how much he's grown as an artists. Many have stated that he was able to finally shed his idol image these days and become a 'true musician'.
    • Not to say the other two can't do anything. Yunho is able to dance, choreograph, sing, act and many more as well. Changmin writes songs, acts, sings, dances, and has been an idol since he was 16 and was still able to finish college - some idols usually put schooling off to better focus on their career.
  • Korean Drama: Yoochun played the male lead in Sungkyunkwan Scandal and one of the main characters in Miss Ripley and is currently playing the male lead in The Girl Who Can See Smells.
    • Jaejoong has played the second role in dramas Protect the Boss and Time Slip Dr.Jin, played one of the main roles in Series/Triangle and his last work was playing the male lead in Series/Spy.
  • Koreans in Japan: The plot of one of their Banjun Dramas. While the band was attending a press conference in Japan, Yunho sneaks out and ends up in a tour group, where he befriends the tour guide, a Korean girl who develops a UST with. To avoid his manager and the paparazzi, Yunho manages to stay at her house, which was a Korean restaurant run by her father.
  • Meet Cute: How Yunho and Jaejoong met - they first met before they were both trainees during a fight. The meet cute happened when they met the second time during their trainee days and they declared it was fate that let them meet each other again - probably one of the reasons why a lot of people ship them.
  • Shout-Out: Kim Junsu's Tarantallegra, named after the Harry Potter spell that forces people to "dance".
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits: Jokingly or seriously, Changmin has expressed that he would not allow his members to come near his younger sisters
    • Changmin: I hope nobody will misunderstand an older brother, I hope my sisters can meet good men.
    • Yunho has said before that his friends would often say that they were meeting cute girls and then he would later realize it was his younger sister they were talking about and immediately give them a 'love tap' on the head - several times - while telling them 'No!'
  • Neat Freak: Jaejoong, who often gets mad at the other members when they make a mess.
    • He also gets mad at his 'hubby' Yunho whenever he would mess up his cooking while he was still cooking it.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Yunjae during their seating charts on shows - there's even something called the JaeSu gap since it seems like Jaejoong keeps scooting over to Yunho whenever they're on a show.
  • Nostril Shot: Not really for the scary effect. In a show where the guests were supposed to sing to old legends right in front of them, they attached a camera to the mike.
  • Not So Stoic: Jaejoong's first instructions during their debut days were to never say something and to just sing - he was to be the pretty face in the background that doesn't say much but sings really well. And then they lifted the rule
  • Oh, Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!: The Oh Crap part lasted only a moment before Jaejoong started referencing an infinite amount of them.
    • Fan: "Oppa...I've started to read insertfanficnamehere ...It's really sad."
    • Jaejoong: "Doesn't that fanfic have mature content on it? How old are you? Have you read all of it yet?"
      • So subtle, jaejoong-ah...
    • Jaejoong and Yunho has actually discussed just who does what in fanfics, leading to quite a lot of squealing fangirls because they just admitted it on camera that, yes, they do read that far into the story to know who the fans prefer to see top in the relationship.
  • Older Than They Look: They all do. Especially Jaejoong - fans are saying he might actually be a vampire because he doesn't seem to age. And if he does, then he ages like wine - only gets better as the years pass by.
  • One Head Taller: How Changmin got back at Super Junior's Kibum when Kibum kept mocking him for having a larger face - next time they saw each other, Changmin blatantly pointed out that Kibum went up to only his chin.
  • Running Gag: Teasing Junsu seems to be a running gag - even his fans celebrates his birthday by putting together all the moments his members have bullied him.
  • Power Ballad: They. Have. A. LOT!
  • Shirtless Scene: To mention all examples would take all day and need its own page. Just search it.
  • Stage Name: 'Hero Jaejoong', 'U-know Yunho', 'Micky Yoochun', 'Xiah Junsu', and 'Max Changmin'. Yunho and Changmin still uses their stage names, but since SM 'owns' JYJ's DBSK stage names, they couldn't use it any longer, which led to Junsu using 'Xia' as his stage name whenever he makes a music comeback.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Look up 'DBSK Sasaengs' and you'll see just how far this goes.
  • Title by Number: 9095 and 9096 from The Secret Code.
  • Team Dad: Yunho has been described by Jaejoong to be a charismatic leader on stage, but a 'cute daddy' backstage.
  • Team Mom: All the members agree that Jaejoong gives off the feeling of a mother, cooking for them, looking out for them, sometimes cleaning up for them. Yunho and Jaejoong have both agreed that their group has a family dynamic everyone agrees with - mostly with them as the parents.
  • Tearful Smile: After realizing that they've finally made it in Japan - after years of struggling with the culture difference, and language - this tearful performance happened.
  • The Klutz: Jaejoong's known to be quite clumsy - he always trips for some reason.
  • The Dandy: Jaejoong, who now has his own fashion brand, and is often photographed looking fabulous in the airport. All of them could pass as The Fashionista to be honest, but that comes with the territory of being a celebrity, but Jaejoong usually takes the cake with just how much he cares for how he looks.
  • The Musical: Junsu has been in a number of musicals since 2010. He's even received awards for his roles. His most recent role is to play 'L' in Death Note.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: They all love spicy food. And it's most likely because the person who cooks for them the most - Jaejoong - has a very near addiction to it. Changmin's favorite food is just food - he once said he'd marry a fridge if he could.
  • Translated Cover Version: Their debut song Hug along with many of their songs have been translated from Korean to Japanese and Japanese to Korean. Sometimes even Chinese.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Any two members that has harmony parts in any of their songs can be described as this - they are highly praised for their harmony. But Jaejoong and Yoochun have their own 'Soulmate' sub-unit. This is one of their performances.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Jaejoong
  • You're Not My Type: A scene that tends to happen with Changmin and Jaejoong whenever the latter gets particularly close to the former.