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from L-R: Joy, Yeri, Irene, Seulgi, Wendy

"Happiness~ Hello, we're Red Velvet!"

Red Velvet is a South Korean Girl Group formed by SM Entertainment. They debuted with the single "Happiness" on August 1, 2014. Their image is split into two concepts: strong and feminine, represented by "Red"; and soft and sensual, represented by "Velvet." Originally consisting of four members, member Yeri was added to the group's line-up in 2015.

They're known for their great live performances and outstanding versatility. While Wendy is the powerhouse vocalist, and Seulgi and Irene are the most celebrated dancers, every member has a key role in the group and they're all known to be above average in dancing, singing and visuals.

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  • Irene (Bae Joohyun, born March 29, 1991): Leader, Sub Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Main Rapper, Visual
  • Seulgi (Kang Seulgi, born February 10, 1994): Lead Vocalist, Main Dancer
  • Wendy (Son Seungwannote , born February 21, 1994): Main Vocalist
  • Joy (Park Sooyoung, born September 3, 1996): Lead Vocalist, Lead Rapper
  • Yeri (Kim Yerim, born March 5, 1999): Sub Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Lead Rapper, Maknae
Studio Albums:
  • The Red - 2015
  • Perfect Velvet - 2017
    • The Perfect Red Velvet (Perfect Velvet Repackage) - 2018
Extended Plays:
  • Ice Cream Cake - 2015
  • The Velvet - 2016
  • Russian Roulette - 2016
  • Rookie - 2017
  • The Red Summer - 2017
  • #Cookie Jarnote  - 2018
  • Summer Magic - 2018
  • RBBnote  - 2018
Non-album Releases
  • Happiness (debut single) - 2014
  • Be Natural (feat. SR14B TAEYONG) - 2014
  • Wish Tree (Christmas special single) - 2015
  • Would U (SM STATION 2) - 2017
  • Rebirth (SM STATION 2) - 2017
  • Sappy (Japanese single) - 2019
  • Sayonara (Japanese single) - 2019
  • Close To Me (with Ellie Goulding) - 2019
OST Songs
  • Because I Love You (Wendy) - 2014 (pre-debut)note 
  • Return (Wendy with Yuk Ji-dam) - 2015note 
  • Let Me Know (Wendy) - 2015note 
  • Yossim - 2016note 
  • Don't Push Me (Seulgi & Wendy) - 2016note 
  • I Can Only See You (Seulgi & Wendy) - 2016note 
  • You, Just Like That (Seulgi) - 2016note 
  • Yeowooya (Joy) - 2017note 
  • I'm Okay (Joy with Lee Hyun-woo) - 2017note 
  • Hair in the Air (Yeri with Jeno, Jaemin, and Renjun of NCT) (SM STATION 3) - 2018note 


  • Seulgi
  • Wendy
  • Joy
    • Young Love (with BTOB Sungjae) (We Got Married) - 2016
    • Always In My Heart (with Lim Seulong) (SM STATION) - 2016
    • ''First Christmas'' (special stage with Doyoung of NCT) - 2016
  • Yeri
  • Seulgi & Wendy:
    • Sound of Your Heart (너의 목소리) (with Sunny, Luna, Yeseung, Taeil, Doyoung (SM STATION) - 2016
    • Doll (with Kangta of H.O.T.) (SM STATION 2) - 2017

Tropes that apply to Red Velvet

     General Tropes 
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Irene is very flexible. She can sleep while doing splits and bend her back very far.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "Baechu" for Irene, "Wannie" for Wendy, "Squirtle" for Yeri, "Doodoongie" for Joy, "Ddeulgi" for Seulgi are the most common ones. In addition, all the girls make up new nicknames for each other from time to time.
    • Seulgi's father calls her "princess". According to the girls, he went on to use it for the whole group, too.
    • The members started to call Irene "Best Woman of the Generation, Bae Joohyun" after she bought them all food.
  • Alliterative Name: Wendy aka Son Seungwan.
  • Animal Motifs: Irene is a bunny, Seulgi is a bear, Wendy is a hamster, Joy is a chick and Yeri is a turtle. All of these have been aknowledged by the members, who often use them to sign themselves on social medias, and are used in their 2018 season greetings.
    • Alternatively, Irene has cats, Seulgi has tigers, Wendy has squirrels and dogs, and Yeri has otters and unicorns.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Yeri. Seulgi is regarded as this sometimes because of how innocent and naive she is.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Wendy was born in South Korea, but spent the rest of her childhood in Canada.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Happiness! Hello, we are Red Velvet!"
    • Every comeback they also have one or two phrases that become popular among the members. Recently with "Russian Roulette," it is "Dae-Dank You~" (Tha-thank you!)
    • Yeri has several: No-no hae~ (It's a no-no~), Shh! Chip-jung! (Shh! Concentrate!), Ah, choron... (Oh, dear...)
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Red Velvet dyed their hair with different colors for "Happiness", and the color arrangement has stuck with them since. For reference:
    • Pink: Irene
    • Yellow: Seulgi
    • Blue: Wendy
    • Green: Joy
    • Purple: Yeri
  • Could Say It, But...: The members say that Irene is very, very funny, but she's just too reserved to show it on camera.
  • Delayed Reaction: Oh, Seulgi. There's a reason why Joy called her "Big dumb bear."
    Irene: "On stage, Seulgi is full of charisma, but in real life..."
    Wendy: "She's slow."
  • Easily Impressed: One of Wendy's nicknames is "Reaction Queen." So many memes have spawned from the expressions she makes.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: A large part of their fanbase is made up by females.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Seulgi. When she was little she used to think flowers go to heaven and, as seen in Level Up Project 2, she still refuses to even touch them out of fear of hurting them.
    • Joy, who wants to bond with every animal she comes across. Except seagulls.
  • Genki Girl: Wendy, when she's excited, and Yeri. Especially Yeri.
    Irene: "When Yeri's there and disappears later on, it becomes quiet".
    Wendy: "But! You can still hear her from far, far~~ away".
  • Hidden Depths: Seulgi has great knowledge of art history. She's a good artist, frequently goes to art exhibitions, and is interested in both photography and film-making.
  • Irony: Irene's favourite color is purple and Yeri's is pink. Their representative colors are inverted.
  • The Leader: Irene. Though she's One of the Kids most of the time, the members clearly respect her immensely. She's extremely perceptive and always puts the members before herself
  • Meaningful Name: As stated in the page's description, Red Velvet is a double-concept group: Red which gives off a strong and energetic feel and Velvet which denotes being soft, sensual and feminine.
    • "Irene" was a Greek goddess who personified peace. Irene is the leader and has to keep order within the group. Zig-Zagged since Irene can be pretty mischievous, especially in competitions, and doesn't like losing.
    • "Wendy" means "a friend who gives help to others". Absolutely spot on.
    • "Joy" chose her stage name so that she would become a person who is full of joy.
  • Motor Mouth: When Wendy gets handed the microphone during award acceptance speeches, she has a tendency to talk very fast out of excitement.
    • No one expected Irene to rap that fast in "Campfire" and many agree that her parts are the highlight of an already good song.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Cutie-Sexy Joy, acknowledged In-Universe. She went viral on Twitter for this specific reason.
  • Multiethnic Name: Wendy Son.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Irene slips back into her town's dialect whenever she gets too excited.
  • Older Than She Looks: Irene is nearly three years older than Seulgi, the next oldest member. Not only is she the oldest in Red Velvet, if she were to be placed in Girls' Generation, she would still be three months older than the youngest, Seohyun.
  • One Head Taller: Wendy easily fits under Joy's chin.
  • Pursue the Dream Job: Wendy gave up her Canadian citizenship to become a singer.
  • Renaissance Woman: Wendy can sing, dance, rap, play four instruments, and she bakes so well that the members say her treats seem professionally made. When she was in Canada, she was in both sports club and the school's choir, and her grades were so good that she received an award from President Obama.
  • Shipper on Deck: when Joy was on We Got Married the other girls behaved like typical sisters and actively shipped her with her virtual husband, Sungjae of BTOB.
  • Singer-Songwriter: Yeri, who has penned and helped composing the song Story for Indie singer Ragoon, and released via Instagram 1000, a song dedicated to Luvies.
  • Sixth Ranger: Yeri joined the group after two eras, although the members have heavily implied multiple times that she'd been preparing to debut with them. Her addition was delayed most likely due to her age.
  • Stage Names: Irene, Joy, and Yeri are stage names for Bae Joohyun, Park Sooyoung, and Kim Yerim respectively. Wendy's case is a little different — her birth name is Son Seungwan, but she adopted the name "Wendy" during her years in North America.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Irene and Yeri were already a key part of the harmonizations thanks to their low registers, but over time they've improved so much that they went from receiving barely a full line to leading the line distribution for two songs in "Perfect Velvet". They're the official rap line along with Joy, and finally get to sing in the range they're most comfortable with.
    • Yeri often uploads covers on the group's Instagram account and her improvement is noticeable. In the span of a year it's clear that her confidence has also increased.
  • Surprisingly Good English: While not a group that actively promotes in Western-speaking countries, Wendy speaks English fluently due to growing up in Canada. Yeri, too, is close to fluent.
  • Surprise Jump: Irene and Joy, hilariously so.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pringles for Seulgi, sushi for Yeri, fried chicken for Joy, tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes) for Wendy.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Pick any two members and be sure that, when they harmonize, their voices will fit together almost seamlessly.
    • Wendy and Seulgi were this especially at the beginning of the group's career when it came to "velvet" songs, those being the most vocally complex. Now, the line distribution has considerably evened out.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Yeri is scared of animals and Wendy is scared of high water. Irene is scared of both, plus heights and loud noises.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Irene is regarded as this by her members and almost everyone else in the industry. The other members are obviously quite attractive, but Irene’s stunning princess-like looks have garnered the attention of several random strangers and even members of other guy groups. In one radio interview, the others revealed Irene was such a looker, she could barely walk the streets without men asking for her number.
     Music Tropes 
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: "The Red", "Perfect Velvet " and "The Perfect Red Velvet".
  • Christmas Songs: "Wish Tree" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".
  • Cover Version: "Be Natural" was originally by S.E.S. Red Velvet not only covered the song, but used the same arrangement. The only difference aside from the vocals is that Red Velvet's version cuts out part of the introduction and the second verse.
    • "Rebirth", originally sung by Yoon Jung Shin, was covered by the group when they took part in the "Snowball Project", a collaboration between SM and Mystic Entertainment. Mystic's artists covered "Dumb Dumb".
    • They performed "Stickwitu" by Pussycat Dolls at K-Con 2015.
    • Wendy's solo "Last Love" is a rearranged cover of 90s group Eco.
  • Creepy Children Singing: The "la la la" in "Ice Cream Cake" definitely count as this.
  • Food Songs Are Funny: "Ice Cream Cake" adds a lot of references to ice cream.
  • Genre Roulette: One of their greatest strengths. Their ability to shift between bright, energetic Pop songs and a more calm, R&B or Jazz influenced style is what makes them emerge in the industry. The group's name conveys this.
  • Harmony: One of their trademarks. It helps that all the members have different, yet complementary vocal tones and colours. Lucky Girl is a perfect example of this, not to mention when they sing acapella.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Compared to "Happiness" and "Ice Cream Cake", "Be Natural" and "Automatic" definitely qualify. It comes with the "Velvet" theme.
  • Incredibly Long Note: Wendy holds a 7-8 seconds long one in "Red Dress".
    • She also has a 12 seconds long one at the end of the bridge of "Hit That Drum".
  • Intercourse with You: "Automatic" and "Ice Cream Cake" have shades of this.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: "Dumb Dumb" in a nutshell.
  • Lyrical Shoehorn: The chorus for "Happiness" is nothing but "la la la"s, aside from one or two words after it.
  • Melismatic Vocals: Oh Boy, courtesy of Wendy. There's also in "Hit That Drum", still courtesy of Wendy.
  • Mondegreen: The opening of "Happiness": Sometimes you gotta be bald, just rock the world~ BOOYAH!
  • Mythology Gag: "My Second Date" has the line "Everything from one to ten is so awkward, Dumb Dumb".
  • One-Word Title: "Happiness", "Zoo", "Campfire", "Look", "Rookie", and "Attaboy" all qualify as this.
  • Self Empowerment Anthem: "Cool World" and "You Better Know".
  • The Scream: People were blown away by the high pitched screams/D7 notes in "RBB" and immediately assumed that it was work of resident power vocalist Wendy. It's actually Irene showcasing the very top of her range, and it's registered as the highest note ever hit in a kpop song.
  • Shout-Out: Irene and Joy's tandem rap in "Dumb Dumb" name-drops Michael Jackson and several of his songs.
  • Silly Love Songs: Well, of course, it's a Girl Group we're talking about here. "Ice Cream Cake", "Dumb Dumb", "Russian Roulette" and "Rookie", just to name a few of their title tracks.
  • The "The" Title: Albums like "The Red Summer", "The Red", "The Velvet" and "The Perfect Red Velvet" are examples of this.
  • Title Track: "Ice Cream Cake", "Russian Roulette" and "Rookie" for their respective mini albums.
  • Translated Cover Version: "Dumb Dumb" and "Red Flavor" in Japanese, though to be fair some of the lyrics were altered. The former loses all the Michael Jackson references while the latter adds more English to the rap portion.
    • Averted with the English version of "Bad Boy". The only thing that stays the same is the title. Same thing with "RBB" and its English version.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: Taeyong from NCT, back then still part of SM Rookies, does the rap portion in "Be Natural."
     Music Video Tropes 
  • Animated Music Video: In "Rebirth" to liven up a little 3:40 minutes of a one take in Slow Motion.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Some of their outfits reveal their midriffs. For example, Joy's outfit in "Bad Boy" reveals a lot of skin.
  • The Chanteuse: Wendy is an optimistic version of this in her "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" cover.
  • Dangerously Close Shave: Irene to Seulgi is "Peek-A-Boo".
  • Darker and Edgier: You thought seeing Red Velvet trying to murder each other for the love of a guy in "Russian Roulette" was creepy? Watch them being actual serial killers in "Peek-A-Boo" then.
  • Design Student's Orgasm: Everything about the music videos for "Happiness" and "Dumb Dumb" is colorful, creative, and confusing.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Yeri appeared in the music video for "Happiness" briefly in the opening before she was officially added as a member.
  • Fairytale Motifs: The music video for "One of These Nights" sets Red Velvet in fairytale-inspired settings. Wendy's look is based off of The Little Mermaid, Yeri is based off of Sleeping Beauty, and Irene is based off of Snow White.
    • The Korean title for "One of These Nights" is "July 7", which is Chilseok in South Korea, and is based on the Spinning Maid and Cowherd story.
    • "Rookie" borrows elements from Alice in Wonderland.
  • Fanservice: The only plausible reason why Joy would crawl towards a house made of pizza in "Peek-A-Boo".
    • Irene and Joy's Almost Kiss in "Bad Boy"... okay, you know what, the video is so visually stimulating you could count every second as fanservice.
  • Hot Teacher: Well, we don't see him, but in "Rebirth", but when said teacher enters the classroom the girls instantly fall for him.
  • In Da Club: "Automatic" has a brief club scene during the bridge. "Red Flavor" has various shots like this, though it looks like they're in a house rather than in a club.
  • Light Is Not Good: Everything about "Russian Roulette" is bright and colourful. The concept itself is killing your rivals in love with traps a la Tom And Jerry.
  • Love Makes You Evil: "Russian Roulette"'s MV in a nutshell.
  • Mind Screw: Seriously, just what the heck is going on in the music videos for "Dumb Dumb" and "Rookie"?
  • Queer Romance: A popular theory about "Bad Boy" features Joy and Seulgi being in a relationship until Joy is seduced by Irene, who is implied to represent the titular bad boy.
  • Shout-Out: "Peek-A-Boo" draws inspiration from 80's horror flicksnote , while "Bad Boy" references Grindhouse.
  • Toilet Humor: The five-mini bun hairdo sported by Wendy in "Russian Roulette" was jokingly called the "5 Poop Hair" by the members.
  • Trophy Room: In "Peek-A-Boo" they keep every single shirt of the numerous pizza boys they've killed in glass cases.
  • Vanity License Plate: The plate of the car in "Automatic" reads "140801", the group's debut date.
  • Weapon of Choice: What seemed to be the case after "Peek-A-Boo"'s first teaser dropped. Irene wields an axe, Seulgi a dagger, Wendy a pair of scissors, Joy a gun and Yeri a crossbow. Averted in the MV, where they're shown exchanging their weapons to practice with each of them.
  • Yandere: Basically the concept behind the video for "Russian Roulette". If you can't beat them, just push 'em in an empty pool.

     Level Up! Project 
  • Accidental Pervert: Wendy "porn & erotic novels" Shon.
    • Yeri in episode 19.
  • Anything That Moves: Played for Laughs with Joy, who finds any Slovenian man attractive.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Irene will stop whatever she's doing to stare at the sky if she can. She loves to watch the clouds.
  • Best Served Cold: Wendy, after 17 episodes, towards Yeri.
    "What did you tell me to do then? Charms... show off what?! [...] Please show off your charms."
    • She caves about 10 seconds in.
  • Born Winner: Irene the "Game Goddess".
  • Butt-Monkey: Wendy,anytime there's a game.
    • Ramyun PD has probably been traumatized by constantly losing against Irene.
    • Seulgi is season 2. You know you're easy to push around when even sheep notice it.
  • Can't Hold Her Liquor: Everyone but Wendy becomes a bit tipsy when they visit a winery in Ljubljana, but Seulgi gets straight up hammered.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Wendy has everything and more in her bag, especially cool tissues, and she's known as the "Search King" because she always looks up whatever activity they could be doing ahead of time.
  • The Dreaded: Irene and Yeri in episode 18-19.
  • Drunk with Power: Yeri in episode 2.
  • Genre Savvy: The staff has a hard time keeping the destination of the trips a secret because the members actively try to find out by any means necessary. For example Wendy, in season 3, uses the codes on the plane tickets to check if it's real or not.
  • Lethal Chef: There's a reason why nobody wants to team up with Yeri when it's time to cook.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: Wendy with Seulgi, as usual, but also with Joy in season 2, to the point that "wifey" and "hubby" are the captions inserted by the editors almost anytime they interact.
  • Longing Look: Yeri in Season 3 when she becomes smitten with Eric, the indoor skydiving instructor.
    Wendy: Eric, we miss you. Come to Korea, we'll show you around. Or Yeri will show you around.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Joy in season 2. She believes until the end that they'll be going to Europe while the other members think they'll be staying in Korea. Guess who's right.
  • Never Live It Down: "Porn" and "erotic novels"... really, Wendy?
    • Come season 2's first episode and Irene still laments that Wendy didn't like their room.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The zip line challenge from season 2 summed up in three words.
  • Put on a Bus: Joy is absent in the first season due to drama filming. The Bus Came Back for the last episode, when she appears in a video message, and in the special clips.
    • Irene and Yeri both aren't there to feed the sheep in season 2 due to their fear of animals. Yeri also misses the tour in the German village because of indigestion.
    • Season 2 is the season of indigestion apparently, because Irene misses the luxury session of the trip because of it.
  • Thrill Seeker: Seulgi, big time.
  • Tsundere: Yeri towards Seulgi.

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