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Wu Yifan (Chinese: 吴亦凡, born November 6, 1990 in Guangzhou, China), also known as Kris Wu, is a Chinese-Canadian actor, singer, model, and a former member of Korean-Chinese boy band EXO and its Chinese sub-group EXO-M. Born and raised in Guangdong, China, he moved to Vancouver, Canada with his mother when he was 10 years old, living there until he was 18, when he moved to Korea after successfully auditioning for SM Entertainment's Canadian Global Auditions. He debuted as a member of EXO in April 2012, but left in May 2014 after filing a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to terminate his contract and alleged that the company disregarded his health, maintained unfair profit distributions, restricted his freedom, and treated him like a product rather than a person.

In the same year, Wu returned to China and continued building his career, now both as a musician and an actor. Wu has starred in several #1 box office hits including Mr. Six (2015) and Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back (2017), which are among the highest-grossing Chinese films of all time in China. He made his Hollywood debut in XXX Return Of Xander Cage (2017). After releasing several singles here and there, he released his first full album Antares in November 2018.


Studio Albums
  • 2018 - Antares
  • 2014 - Time Boils The Rain (时间煮雨)
  • 2014 - There is a Place (有一个地方)
  • 2015 - Bad Girl
  • 2015 - Greenhouse Girl (花房姑娘)
  • 2016 - From Now On (从此以后)
  • 2016 - July
  • 2016 - Sword like a Dream (刀剑如梦)
  • 2016 - Good Kid (乖乖) [with Tan Jing]
  • 2017 - Juice
  • 2017 - 6
  • 2017 - I Choose the Road (我选择的路)
  • 2017 - Deserve [featuring Travis Scott]
  • 2017 - Miss You (想你) [featuring Zhao Liying]
  • 2017 - B.M.
  • 2018 - Hold Me Down
  • 2018 - Like That
  • 2018 - Freedom [featuring Jhené Aiko]
  • 2018 - Coupe [featuring Rich the Kid]
  • 2019 - A Large Bowlful of Noodles (大碗宽面)


On July 20, 2021, 19 year old university student Du Meizhu accused Wu of sexual misconduct. In her allegation, she included instances of Wu inviting women to events, often under the pretext of auditioning for roles in dramas and music videos, for the purpose of getting them drunk and raping them. Following the incident, Wu's agency attempted to pay hush money to Du, resulting in more women coming forward confirming similar instances happening to them. Wu was soon placed under criminal detention by the Beijing Chaoyang District police on suspicion of rape. On August 16, 2021, he was formally arrested over allegations of rape. On November 25, 2022, the Beijing court sentenced him to 13 years in prison and deportation from the country after serving his sentence.


Kris provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Dye Hard: Has dyed his hair brown, silvery-white, platinum blond, bright red, turquoise blue, and even had purple extensions in his hair.
  • Hotter and Sexier: His "Bad Girl" song and music video, which includes suggestive lyrics, him being surrounded by sexy women, and a Shirtless Scene.
  • I Have Many Names: His birth name is Li Jiaheng. He changed his name to Kevin Li when he was in Canada and while he was in SM Entertainment, he chose Kris as his stage name and currently his stage name while doing solo work in China is Wu Yi Fan or Kris Wu.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: His character in Mr. Six is a rebellious, angry person, despite coming from a wealthy family, due to not having a loving father.
  • Love Martyr: "Bad Girl" is about him deciding to no longer be this to his unfaithful, dismissive girlfriend.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Bad Girl" is about him deciding to let go of a relationship in which his girlfriend mistreats and cheats on him...and it sounds quite upbeat, pop-ish, and fast-paced.
  • Meaningful Name: Yifan roughly means "also normal". Kris means "a follower of Christ".
  • Star-Making Role: He was already well-known as a member of Music/EXO, but his first role as a professional, independent actor was Peng Zeyang from Somewhere Only We Know, and his performance was rather well received by multiple critics.