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From L-R: Hyelin, Jeonghwa, Hani, Solji, LE
Who's that girl?
Hello, we are EXID!

EXID is a 5-member Korean Pop Music group managed by Banana Culture (Formerly Wellmade Yedang) Entertainment. The group debuted in 2012, and initially experienced very limited success, all while enduring the loss of three members and the addition of two new members.

In 2014, EXID debuted the single "Up & Down" after a two year hiatus. After a fancam of member Hani performing the song went viral, their popularity skyrocketed. Their 2015 follow-up single "Ah Yeah" was also a hit, and since their newfound success, EXID has received much more attention in Korean and international media.

In addition to their music, they also have also starred in or made appearances on several Korean variety shows. They also have a recurring video blog show called ButBut TV which is produced by the girls and their management, and available on their YouTube channel.


Members of EXID:

  • Solji (Main Vocalist)
  • LE (Main Rapper)
  • Hani (Lead Vocalist, Face of the Group)
  • Hyelin (Lead Vocalist)
  • Jeonghwa (Maknae, Main Dancer, Rapper, Vocalist)

Former Members:

  • Yuji (Leader, Main Vocalist)
  • Dami (Lead Dancer, Vocalist)
  • Haeryung (Lead Dancer, Vocalist)

    EXID's Discography 

Tropes related to EXID, their music, and their other media work:

  • Animal Motif: Although not a real animal, Jeonghwa's long neck, tiny chin and huge eyes have inspired many a fan artwork of her as Chikorita from Pokémon.
  • Ascended Extra: Before their time in EXID, LE, and Solji were already involved in the K-Pop industry, and Jeonghwa was an extra in the Wonder Girls' "Tell Me" video.
  • Advertisement:
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: Internet celebrity coverage site TMZ got a good heap of backlash after they published a clip mocking Jeonghwa for this when EXID arrived at LAX for a concert.
  • Audience Participation Song: Like all K-Pop acts, their fans have developed fan chants which complement the live performances. Special mention goes to the entire crowd singing along to "Up and Down" at Dream Concert 2015.
  • Auto-Tune: Used very sparingly, with probably their heaviest use being the already electronic-heavy "I Feel Good."
  • Bathtub Scene:
    • Solji has one in this ad for LG LTE services, and yes, there's the obligatory Censor Suds and a small Bath Kick.
    • Jeonghwa gets her own in this video for Dingo Music.
    • LE has one as well in "L.I.E."
  • Bare Your Midriff: All of the members have worn an outfit that does this at some point or another.
  • Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce: Symptoms of the pepper-based poison used in "Every Night" include sneezing, vomiting, unconsciousness and/or death.
  • Boredom Montage: The appropriately-titled "Boredom Song."
  • Breakout Member: Ever since her fancam went viral, Hani has become the most visible member of EXID, appearing on many variety shows, doing endorsement deals, and even co-hosting a fashion TV show.
    • When viewed within the entire K-Pop industry, EXID as a group can be considered this. After the rags-to-riches success of "Up & Down," their popularity has steadily risen and they are now considered by many to be a solid upper-mid tier girl group.
  • Break the Cutie: Happens to Hani when she goes on a couple thrill rides during the first episode of EXID's Showtime.
  • The Bus Came Back: Solji went to an arcade and did karaoke with her former bandmate Gabin in an episode of ButBut TV.
  • The Cameo: Jeonghwa made an appearance well before her debut in the video for "Tell Me" by the Wonder Girls
  • Cheek Copy: Hani/LE do this in "Ah Yeah," albeit fully clothed.
  • Catchphrase: See the page quote.
    • Jeonghwa: "Yoohoo!~"
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Hani and Hyelin
  • Consummate Professional: As a show of gratitude, EXID invited Pharkil (The person responsible for Hani's fancam) to dinner. He declined the invitation, stating "I'm busy. I have other girl group fancams to record. Let's eat some other time."
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: In an episode of EXID's Showtime, the girls had a dizzy race to see who would have to go in the water. Hani was so disabled by her dizziness that she could barely move, and remarked that the race would be hard for her even if she wasn't dizzy.
  • Darker and Edgier: "Every Night" and the accompanying music video in relation to the rest of their singles.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • Wi arae, wi wi arae/Wi arae, wi wi arae.
    • Ah yeah, ah yeah, ah yeah ah yeah ah yeah.
    • From their latest Weekly Idol appearance:
      Hyelin: "Yo, my subject is meat. Beef meat, pork meat, meat meat." note 
  • Determinator: EXID has been through a lot to get to the point where they are today, as detailed in the page introduction.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: The male character in "Ah Yeah" has a hard time ignoring Hani and LE's flirting and advances.
  • Drunken Song: This soju-fueled performance of "Hot Pink."
  • Dual-Meaning Chorus: It's not technically the chorus of the song, but "Ah Yeah" sounds to most English speakers like an exclamation of pleasure. EXID has gone on record stating that it's actually used in the Korean cultural context where it signifies exasperation with someone else.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Those who are not familiar with their previous lineup might be confused why 3/4ths of BESTie is singing in "Whoz That Girl."
  • Fanservice: A huge reason that Hani's fancam went viral in the first place.
  • Food Songs Are Funny: The song "Are You Hungry? (Nyam nyam jjeop jjeop)" off their latest album Street is the long-awaited unit song for Hyelin and Jeonghwa. Unsurprisingly, fans are going crazy for a food-themed song based off this Ascended Meme, all set to a techno beat.
  • Funny Background Event: The members of EXID like to goof around in the background of other members' solo interviews, with just two examples being these videos from their activities.
  • Fun with Foreign Languages: Hani has a solo song on their upcoming album Eclipse called "Milk." In Korean, "milk" is "우유," which Romanizes to "ooh you," as in an exclamation of appreciation.
  • Gamer Chick: LE
  • Genki Girl: Jeonghwa and Hyelin are both very energetic and talkative on variety shows and in interviews.
  • Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter: In the video for "Ah Yeah," many parts are pixelated out, implying that the video is more sexual in nature than it really is.
  • Gone Horribly Right: At the end of "Night Rather Than Day" promotions, they did a part change version of that song. Naturally, the members had trouble adjusting to different parts, but in true EXID fasion, it was Played for Laughs by the members.
  • Gratuitous English: Present in a few of their songs.
  • Hallucinations: The male character has these of the EXID members berating him in "Whoz That Girl."
  • Heroic BSoD: Hani frequently has these, but they are of the benign variety. In lieu of taking naps, she will often sit conscious but unresponsive for long periods of time.
  • Hotter and Sexier: LE is this to Hani in the story of the video for "Ah Yeah."
  • Human Resources: The music video and album cover art for "Hot Pink" have vague implications that the Pink Oil in the videotape contains processed human remains.
  • Idol Singer: Well, duh.
  • Important Hair Accessory: Hani and her curler for her bangs.
  • In Da Club: They break into a closed club to party in "I Feel Good."
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Most of the girls cried out of joy after their first win. This trope is most definitely invoked when Jeonghwa has a complete breakdown when she tries to call her parents and tell them the news, and also while holding the trophy.
    • Hani was unfortunately in the media for this in early 2016 - she was photographed or recorded crying at eleven different events, presumably due to the stress of her newly-revealed relationship with Junsu.
  • Initialism Title: EXID is short for EXceed In Dreaming
  • Insult Backfire: Rather than be ashamed of it, Hyelin has embraced her ability to impersonate Harry Potter's Voldemort, even demonstrating the talent on variety shows.
  • Jingle: "Up & Down" had it's lyrics changed to be used in a commercial for LG brand products that the girls starred in.
  • Laugh Track: Played with in ButBut TV by means of a bleating goat during funny and/or embarrassing situations.
  • Let's Duet: Dasoni
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • The portion of "Ah Yeah"'s video after Solji's high note.
    • The group has stated several times that if Hyelin and Jeonghwa were to form a sub-unit, it would be a cute concept, befitting their status as the younger members of the group.
  • Lyrical Cold Open: "I Feel Good"
  • Mismatched Eyes: Hani wears heterochromatic contacts in her close-ups at the beginning of "Hot Pink."
  • Official Couple: So far, only Hani has been a member of one, as it was revealed that she was dating JYJ's Junsu in early 2016. They have since broken up.
  • One-Woman Wail: Solji has a very prominent high note in "Ah Yeah" to initiate the final climax of the song.
  • Piss-Take Rap: While promoting "Hot Pink" on Weekly Idol, they all competed in a freestyle rapping contest for beef. It went about as well as one would expect.
  • Precision F-Strike: Delivered by LE in her feature on Hyuna's song "Blacklist."
  • Pun-Based Title: It's fitting that "Up & Down" should be used for their LG LTE ad, as it's advertising upload and download speed on LG's network.
  • Punny Name: Their team name for the Chuseok edition of ''Idol Star Athletics Championship'' was "Yeovengers," a combination of "yeoja" (Korean for girl) and The Avengers. Hani's nickname was "Ahnheeyeon Man," a portmanteau of Iron Man and her actual name.
  • Put on a Bus: Solji, until she sufficiently recovers from her hyperthyroidism. Her return to Instagram and social media in early Summer 2017 points to a very good probability that she's healthy again.
  • “The Reason You Suck” Speech: Speaking of "Blacklist," this song is a tag-team version of this trope.
  • Reincarnation: In an interview, LE revealed if she could be born again, she wanted to be a rock so she wouldn't have to do anything at all.
  • Retreaux: “Lady” is in the ‘90s New Jack Swing style. Further enforced in the video, which features Starter jackets, other period-appropriate fashion, and lo-fi video quality to make it seem like something straight out of a mid-‘90s MTV broadcast.
  • Running Gag
    • Hyelin has two: her resemblance of Voldemort, and her regional dialect.
  • Sequel Song: As the follow-up to their first hit, "Ah Yeah" has much in common with "Up & Down".
  • She's Got Legs: And their outfits often accentuate the fact.
  • The Show Must Go On: During a performance of "Up & Down", the backing vocal track failed to play, but the group turned it into a Good Bad Bug by pulling off the entire song live.
  • Shy Finger-Twiddling: Done by Jeonghwa in this video in response to a judgmental Aside Glance from Hani.
  • The Smart Girl: Hani reportedly has an IQ of 145.
  • Speech Impediment: Hyelin has a lisp, as revealed during their first appearance on Weekly Idol.
  • Spiritual Successor: As the follow-up to their first hit "Up & Down," it's no surprise that "Ah Yeah" shares a boatload of similarities with the former.
  • Stage Name:
    • LE - Ahn Hyojin
    • Hani - Ahn Heeyeon
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Hani is capable of speaking both English and Chinese.
  • Take That!:
    • LE mentioned that the random clip of a running blender with sound included in the video for "Every Night" was there to spite people who downloaded the song illegally from YouTube or other video streaming sites.
    • The misleading pixelation and "19" rating icon in "Ah Yeah" were reportedly this to people who criticized "Up & Down" for it's more risque video.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Done to the male character and the attendees of his party in "Every Night".
    • A recurring theme in their videos is someone getting poisoned. "Cream" is notable that for the first time, a member gets poisoned (Jeonghwa in this case).
  • Team Mom: Solji. To the point where the other girls have nicknamed her "Heo Mommy."
  • Updated Re-release:
    • "Every Night" was originally a song written by LE called "Phone Call." It would then be updated again for release on the Ah Yeah EP.
    • "Only One" was originally released as a duet by Hani and Solji. It reappeared again only a few months later, but this time featuring the rest of the group, as part of the Street ablum.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Just like any group of friends, they admit that they do have their moments of disagreement.
    • Many of the group's funnier moments have come as a result of their willingness to hurl insults or reveal embarrassing facts about each other.
    • LE and Jeonghwa are the group's token "Tom and Jerry Couple" because they are antagonistic towards each other, but still very amicable.
  • Visual Innuendo: The music video for "Up & Down" has generous portions of this. The uncut version later released by Digipedi takes it Up to Eleven.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Hyelin and Solji in the chorus of all their title songs from "Up and Down" on-wards.

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