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SHINee (Korean: 샤이니, pronounced "shiny") is a South Korean five-member contemporary dance group under SM Entertainment. With the song "Replay", they debuted on May 25, 2008.

They started very young with a colourful R&B image, have accrued a slew of fans known as SHINee World ("Shawols" for short), and they've kept up their quality over the years, with several of their albums landing on Billboard's year end charts. They are also known for their incredible live performances and are one of the most popular groups in K-pop, both in Korea and overseas, which earned them the title "Princes of K-Pop". While Jonghyun's and Onew's voices are the most celebrated, and Taemin is the stand-out dancer, every member is known to sing and dance competently.

Tragically on December 18, 2017, Jonghyun committed suicide following a long period of depression, leaving the group as four.


On January 31st, 2021, the members confirmed in a live video that they would be making a comeback in February, releasing their seventh studio album after an almost three-year-long hiatus.

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  • Onew (Lee Jinki, born December 14, 1989) – Leader, Lead Vocalist
  • Key (Kim Kibum, born September 23, 1991) – Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer, Vocalist
  • Minho (Choi Minho, born December 9, 1991) - Main Rapper, Vocalist, Face of the group
  • Taemin (Lee Taemin, born July 18, 1993) - Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist, Maknae


  • Jonghyun (Kim Jonghyun, April 8, 1990 - December 18, 2017) - Main Vocalist




  • The First - 2011
  • Boys Meet U - 2013
  • I'm Your Boy - 2014
  • D×D×D - 2016
  • Five - 2017


  • ToHeart (Key's side project with Woohyun of Infinite) 1st Mini Album - March 2014
  • Taemin
    • Solo mini album Ace - August 2014
    • First full length album Press It - February 2016
    • First Japanese solo mini album Sayonara Hitori - July 2016
    • Second Japanese mini album Flame of Love - July 2017
    • Second full length album Move - October 2017
      • Move-ing - repackaged version of Move, December 2017
    • First Japanese full length album Taemin - November 2018
    • Second mini album Want - February 2019
    • Third Japanese mini album Famous - August 2019
    • Collaboration unit with members of EXO and NCT: SuperM
    • Third full length album and first two-part album Never Gonna Dance Again
      • Promotional single "2 KIDS" - August 2020
      • Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 1 - September 2020
      • Never Gonna Dance Again: Act 2 - November 2020
    • Third mini album Advice - May 2021
  • Jonghyun
    • Solo mini album Base - January 2015
    • Compilation album (all of the song released in demo format on his radio show) The Collection: Story Op.1 - September 2015
    • 2nd compilation album of songs from his radio show The Collection: Story Op.2 - April 2017
    • First full length album 좋아(She Is) - May 2016
    • Second and finale full length album Poet | Artist - January 2018
  • Key
    • First full length album Face - November 2018
    • Repackaged album I Wanna Be - March 2019
  • Onew's solo mini album Voice - December 2018


SHINee provide examples of:

  • Accidental Pervert: Minho accidentally seeing a woman stripping on a show.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Gender-inverted and the subject of Jonghyun's debut single "Crazy (Guilty Pleasure)" seems to be one and Jonghyun even wonders why he's attracted to such a dangerous and unstable woman.
  • Auto-Tune: Present in a few songs, most obviously in "Wowowow" and "Ring Ding Dong".
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Taemin, who debuted at 14. Till now some still see him as a little kid despite him being a well-respected veteran.
  • Badass Boast: Taemin makes one after beating everyone at the Memory Dance King competition during a show.
    Taemin: (in Chinese) "Don't be obsessed with me, I'm a legend."
  • Bishōnen: While the entire group has had their moments, Taemin in particular is known for being the most feminine in his looks.
  • Boy Band: Obvious Korean Pop Music example.
  • Break-Up Song: They have several but the best example is "Farewell My Love" from Odd.
  • Camp Straight: Key has flamboyant fashion sense, acts like a mother/wife to his bandmates, and can perform most girl group dances better than the girl group themselves.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "We're shining SHINee!"
    • "Is this the reality you wanted?" - Jonghyun during Hello Baby.
    • "SHINee's Back" - Said before most, if not all, of their live performances.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Taemin, who apparently loses things left and right. He once lost his phone and wasted a lot of time looking for it, and finally just ended up buying a new one. Only to find his old phone again. With the first phone. In the same spot.
    • From Hello Baby: "Onew's hand touched the fried chicken!" It Makes Sense in Context. Only it doesn't.
  • Color-Coded Characters:
    • Particularly noticeable in "Love Like Oxygen" and "Juliette", where all the members wore different-colored pants.
    • Full blown in the "Hello" music video, which gives the members colour-coded outfits.
    • During their SHINee First Concert. A little blinding.
    • Even their blankets are color coordinated, if one checks their dorms.
    • The Japanese glowsticks have different colors for specific members. For reference:
      • Onew: Green
      • Jonghyun: Red
      • Key: Purple
      • Minho: Blue
      • Taemin: Yellow
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: In one episode of Yunhanam, the losers of a tug-of-war game had to go bungee-jumping (Minho, Key, and Taemin). Justified in Key's case, as he's afraid of heights.
  • Cool Big Sis: A cool and older girl is the object of SHINee's affections in their first music video, "Noona Is So Pretty (Replay)", as well as the whole concept behind Yunhanam. It's a convenient self-insert object for older fans.
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: Completely averted in Key's cover of "Hair".
  • Cover Version: This is the case with their songs "Love Like Oxygen" (the original is titled "Show the World"; sung by Danish singer Martin Hoberg Hedegaard), "Forever or Never" (originally by the German glam rock band Cinema Bizarre), "Juliette" (the original was "Deal with It" by American singer Corbin Bleu) and "Hyeya (Y Si Fuera Ella)" (originally by Spanish singer-songwriter Alejandro Sanz).
  • Cute Kitten: To promote their Japanese single "Kimi no Sei de", the marketing team put together a literal copycat group called SHINyan and even made an alternate parody music video featuring them. None of SHINee knew about this apparently, seeing as Key was baffled by this.
  • The Dandy: Key, who likes to make his own clothes, experiment with hairstyles, and do his own eye makeup.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • Their "Ring Ding Dong" and "Lucifer" concepts were basically this, being darker compared to previous releases.
    • The full album Why So Serious? While the title track and its music video aren't particularly dark, the other tracks on the album are and at times even border on nightmare fuel, especially the songs "Nightmare" and "Evil."
    • Taemin's concept and music video for "Danger" definitely counts, in contrast to the group's usual light and pleasant concepts and MVs.
    • Jonghyun's solo concept is most definitely edgier than the group's usual stuff.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Special mention goes to Taemin who dresses like a typical guy does but is always commented on by members, other celebrities and fans by how feminine he looks.
  • Determinator: Minho, who doesn't understand the meaning of the word 'defeat'.
  • Even the Guys Want Him:
    • Jonghyun, who had a couple fanboys calling for him during performances and fanmeets. Rumored that he has the most fanboys, too.
    • Taemin has garnered his fair share of fanboys since his solo debut.
    • A fan account said that the fan's brother (who usually never talks about someone's attractiveness) couldn't help but comment on how good looking Onew was in person.
  • The Face: Its hard to tell which member is the most popular since all members seem to have pretty large individual fandoms
    • Onew is seen as the most popular member in Korea with Taemin and Minho following close behind. However, Taemin has a HUGE Japanese fanbase and ranked third in a list of most popular Korean stars in China, above any other Korean musicians. Key and Jonghyun are generally considered to be the most popular with the Western crowd.
  • Fanboy:
    • Key adores Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, The Ramones, and Mika.
    • Jonghyun absolutely loves Michael Jackson so much that he used to impersonate Michael's singing voice on variety shows. Taemin too, in the dance sense, and you can see it firstly in Why So Serious? and again in his solo debut single 'Danger'.
    • In 2016, Jonghyun noted that he was a huge Prince fan, saying he'd listen to Prince repeatedly while making 좋아(She Is). You can hear the influence in both lyrics and music.
  • Fanservice:
    • The "Lucifer" music video, obviously with their bad-boy outfits and... intense staring.
    • The skits "Story of Chunhyang" and "The Rich Man and the Poor Man" the members acted out in Hello Baby was full of crossdressing members.
    • Key eating a donut on television is pretty much Erotic Eating.
    • A particular OnKey moment of the two doing the "Love Game". Key's screaming does not help.
    • There were rumors that the rather revealing "Sherlock" teaser photos were fanservice for disappearing from the Kpop scene to promote in Japan.
    • A fancam of Taemin's SMTown performance of his Darker and Edgier solo has been doing more than just raising eyebrows. Ahem.
    • Jonghyun and Taemin's "Internet War" cover. Try around 3:25 in the video to see a shirtless Jonghyun grab Taemin by the hair and pull him in as if they're going to make out on stage.
  • Friend to All Children: Minho and Key, as proved by their time on Hello Baby.
  • Fun with Acronyms:
    • Rather than using English letters though, they use Korean syllables. An example would be "A.Mi.Go." which stands for the much longer Korean saying "아름다운 미녀를 좋아하면 고생한다." (Areumdaun Minyeoreul johahamyeon Gosaenghanda), which means "If you love a beautiful woman, you will suffer."
    • "Y.O.U." standing for "Year Of Us". Very clever.
  • Gasshole: There's one part in the choreography for "Everybody" where they mime taking a drink, and Minho turns around to "burp" during the sound distortion.
  • Genre Roulette: The group is known as an extremely experimental band and their discography contains R&B, Dubstep/Complextro, Deep House, Pop, Pop-Rock, Rock, EDM, Blues, Jazz, funk and several other genres. Almost all of their title tracks are in different genres.
  • Gentleman Thief: They appear as thieves in the music video for "Get the Treasure."
  • Gospel Choirs Are Just Better: Jonghyun hired a choir from overseas to sing background vocals for "Hallelujah" and recorded their vocals through Skype. He even posted a video of the choir.
  • Gratuitous English:
    • Exactly what does "fantastic, elastic" mean?
    • "Loverholic, robotronic" exist as words, but make no sense in context.
    • "We got the flow, it's break your naughty"
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Jonghyun, who consistently holds a grudge against Minho and his tallness and can't seem to stop talking about it.
  • Guyliner: Unsurprisingly, as a Korean group, but this was especially apparent in their "Everybody" concept and for their concert performances of "Evil" and "Nightmare."
  • Has a Type: Taemin has a long list of requirements for his ideal type.
  • The Heart: Minho and Onew who are always cheerful and care for the other members.
    • Onew didn't want his members to worry about him when he couldn't talk for months due to his vocal surgery. So, he wrote down jokes on his cellphone and sent it to them almost everyday.
    • Minho is extremely sweet to his members, comforting them when they cry and always being the go-to guy for hugs. In early variety appearances, he was misunderstood as a cold person due to his stoicism, but Jonghyun has said that he's never seen a time when Minho wasn't optimistic and cheerful.
  • Heavy Sleeper: Minho, who once slept for a full forty-eight hours.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • Taemin plays the piano rather well, a fact revealed when he played the piano for Onew's solo in Tokyo Dome. The general fandom consensus was that he was an adorable airhead; however, his appearance on Problematic Men put that to the test, as he proved both street smarts and problem-solving skills. He was so good that he even won the overall prize at the end of the episode. He also revealed here that he was quite the academic achiever in school.
    • Onew was an honor roll student in high school, coming second in his entire grade and having the highest SAT scores in his school. He is extremely interested in science and even said that he would've been a scientist if he wasn't an entertainer.
  • Hotter and Sexier:
    • Some called "Lucifer" this, what with the singing about chains, the hip action in the choreography, lots of shots of the guys touching themselves and/or glaring steamily into the camera, Jonghyun's backless vest, and Minho's shirtless teaser picture.
    • Their Japanese song "Dx Dx D" ("Dance Dance Dance"), as compared to their other Japanese singles. It had leather, body rolls and shirtless-ness.
    • Jonghyun's solo debut and his album, which is filled with what most fans would call "baby-making jams". Special mention also goes out to his live stage for "Hallelujah". His second album, 좋아(She Is) made Base look like child's play, with some of the lyrics being very sexually charged.
    • Taemin's individual efforts are more racy than anything SHINee would put out as a group.
  • In Series Nick Name: While this has become an Old Shame, they all had nicknames they used in promotions and the like. You can hear them in their song "The SHINee World":
    • Onew is "Tofu Leader Onew"
    • Jonghyun is "Bling Bling Jonghyun"
    • Key is "Almighty Key"
    • Minho is "Flaming Charisma Minho"
    • Taemin is "Powerful Taem"
  • Innocently Insensitive: Key, who genuinely has trouble sometimes knowing that his brutally honest remarks can hurt people.
  • Intercourse with You: Most of the songs on Jonghyun's solo album imply this, especially the tracks "Love Belt", "Beautiful Tonight", "Fortune Cookie", and of course, "Hallellujah".
    • "View" from their Odd album, as well as "Hold You" and "Chocolate" from their Married to the Music repackage.
    • "Suit Up" from Jonghyun's 좋아(She Is) album, as well as "Moon".
  • Incredibly Long Note:
    • Jonghyun, as the group's main vocalist, is in charge of most of the long notes, his most popular one being the twenty second long note in "Lucifer".
    • Taemin gets one in "Why So Serious?''"
    • Onew gets an insanely long one in "Breaking News".
    • Onew, Jonghyun, Taemin and Key all get long notes in "Everybody".
    • Onew gets a 39-second note in his solo of "Friend" during their Japan Arena Tour
  • Inelegant Blubbering:
    • Jonghyun when he cries, most noticeable during their first win of Juliette. Sometimes mixed with Cry Cute.
    • Key and Onew also, at times.
    • The entire band (including Taemin, who up until then was infamous for never crying on camera) was reduced to this after winning their first Artist of the Year award for "Dream Girl." Every time a member tries to give their acceptance speech they're either doing it through tears or they choke up and stop mid-sentence, and even when a member isn't trying to talk they're audibly sobbing in the background.
  • I Want to Be a Real Man: Taemin, especially back when he was pretty young and once looked like a really pretty man. He used to take being called cute a compliment since at the time there were many idols younger than him and he was no longer a hoobae to everyone. However signs of him wanting to shed the girly image occurred, such as his facepalm reaction to being nominated for "Male Idol That Looks Most Like a Girl'', and working out at the gym with Jonghyun.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Key who can dance, sing, rap and act. He also speaks fluent Korean, Japanese and English, can cook and has an eye for fashion. 'Almighty Key' indeed.
  • The Klutz: Onew, though he tends to exaggerate this trait with over-the-top pratfalls. More often real than a joke though.
  • Korean Drama:
    • Minho is the most active member on the drama scene. He played the lead role in "To the Beautiful You" and a supporting character in "Medical Top Team."
    • Onew played one of the leads in the ensemble sitcom Royal Villa and he is playing supporting role in Descendants of the Sun. There are also rumors of him playing the lead role in a web drama.
    • All the members apart from Jonghyun have had cameos or 3 -episode recurring roles in several dramas.
  • The Leader: Onew, obviously. Minho revealed that Onew's gentle leadership is the reason the group has stayed together for so long.
  • Lethal Chef:
    • Taemin, who somehow managed to screw up ramyun by adding honey, milk, and an assortment of other condiments. Minho cursed after tasting it.
    • Taemin and Onew's first attempts to make soup in Hello Baby, which did not end well.
  • Lighter and Softer: The band's Japanese discography compared to their Korean one.
  • Likes Older Women: "Replay", the group's debut single, is told from the viewpoint of a younger boy to an older girl.
  • Lovable Jock: Minho is ridiculously good at every sport he plays, even wanting to be a soccer player when he was younger. He's also extremely friendly and can hold a conversation with people of any age.
  • Manly Tears: Minho, the few times he cries on stage. He just tears up a bit and stares off into the distance with his chin lifted, the epitome of dignity.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Key's friendship with Bifauxnen and fellow labelmate f(x)'s Amber is seen as this due to his Camp Straight tendencies and Amber's Tomboy side.
  • Mistaken Age:
    • When Key first met Onew, he thought Onew was younger and used informal language until he eventually realized Onew was actually two years older than him. Jonghyun also thought Onew was younger at first (they're five months apart), and tried to take care of him. Onew just went along with it.
    • Key initially thought Minho was older than him, even though they're the same age.
  • Momma's Boy: Jonghyun. He has never failed to tell his mom that he loves her every opportunity he gets.
  • Motor Mouth: Jonghyun, so much so that many new fans think he's the leader instead of Onew because he's always talking in interviews. He says he does this because he usually gets really nervous on camera. Key is known to talk a lot too.
  • Mr. Fanservice:
    • Jonghyun and Minho are generally seen as the darker and cooler members of the band. They're also more likely to show off their muscular physiques.
    • Once they had their solo debuts, Jonghyun and Taemin filled out these roles more often, with their fanservice-heavy concepts and music videos.
  • The Musical: Onew has started participating in these, with his last project being the South Korean adaption of Rock of Ages. Key also participated in the musical Catch Me If You Can, then did Bonnie & Clyde, The Three Musketeers and as of 2015, he's done School Oz, an SM story based in the Land of Oz universe and most recently 'Chess', where he plays a Russian man.
  • Nice Guy: Onew. In fact, Onew literally means 'gentle' in Korean. You know you're nice when that becomes your stage name.
    • He even keeps his fan letters in individual zip-lock bags so they won't get damaged.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: All the members with each other, but Minho and Jonghyun are the worst offenders.
  • Odd Friendship: All the members in the band have completely different personalities, so its a miracle that they get along as well as they do.
  • Obsession Song: "Orgel" from their Why So Serious? album.
  • Official Couple:
    • Taemin and A Pink's Naeun during their time on We Got Married.
    • 2014 saw Key and Japanese model Alissa Yagi on We Got Married Global.
  • Older Than They Look: Every single member looks no older than twenty at most, but the worst offender is Onew who is prone to acting cute and has a smile that makes him look ten years younger.
  • Power Ballad: "Symptoms", "Sleepless Nights", "Ode to You", "An Encore", "Romantic", "Quasimodo", and several others.
  • Pygmalion Plot: The music video for "Married To the Music" involves a bride who creates her "ideal" groom by using Key's head, Taemin's eyes, Jonghyun's mouth, Onew's nose, and Minho's body.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: Let's see, we have the Nice Guy, adorkable leader Onew, the Bad Boy Jonghyun, Lovable Jock and Mr. Fanservice Minho, brutally honest and diva-like Key and Shrinking Violet Taemin.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Key, primarily, likes the colour pink.
  • Red Herring: In the music video for "1000nen, Zutto Soba ni Ite...", you're forgiven for thinking that the person who passes away is the little boy. It's actually his father.
  • Rule of Symbolism:
    • "Everybody":
      • The lyrics are about the contrast between childhood and adulthood. They ask for people to 'wake up' to some of the harmful ideas placed upon becoming an adult.
      • The life support they're on and the color of their eyes when they wake up in the image teaser, are pearlescent sky blue - AKA their fandom color.
    • "Sherlock" has a murder mystery story between the members hidden within its choreography.
    • "Dream Girl"'s choreo contains references to previous dances of theirs, you can spot "Juliette", "Love Like Oxygen", and more in there.
    • "View" has the members take off their fancy celebrity clothes to put on normal summer outfits and the video itself is about the boys escaping celebrity life to do normal reckless 'young people' things that they didn't have the freedom to do before.
  • Running Gag: Minho's "Dibidibidis" rap, which has popped up repeatedly throughout the years, even in their SNL episode.
    Minho: [the other members chant "Dibidibidis" after each sentence] Bling bling is Jonghyun! Our powerful one is Taemin! Only tofu for Onew! SHINee's key for everything is Key! Flaming charisma Minho! My name is Minho!
  • Security Cling: Jonghyun's song "Love Belt". He wrote it after his infamous car accident back in the "Why So Serious" era and said that when people listen to the song, they should hopefully be thankful if they have someone who'll be there to hold them tight during rough times.
  • Serenade Your Lover:
    • Taemin has sung for A Pink's Naeun several times during their run on We Got Married.
    • They've also serenaded their fandom with songs like "Honesty" and "An Ode to You".
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Key. Hello Baby is filled with instances of Key screaming like a little girl, and watch him when he was forced to ride a rollercoaster in Japan. Poor Key.
  • Sequel Song: "Love Sick" is the sequel to "Replay", where it contains a Call-Back to the age difference with the lines, "It's already been years / You said I was like a younger brother / You changed / You're my woman now." The choreography also uses some moves from "Replay."
  • Shinigami: All members appear as death gods in the music video for "1000nen, Zutto Soba ni Ite..."
  • Shirtless Scene:
    • Minho's solo performance won't be remembered for his dancing, that's for sure. There was a near repeat of this in SHINee World 4. Watch it for yourself
    • Their "Sherlock" teaser photos.
    • Jonghyun's performance of "Internet War" featuring Taemin was of him shirtless.
    • Taemin's music video and his infamous SMTown performance for "Danger".
  • Shrinking Violet:
    • Minho, during the early years of the group, would barely speak in interviews and if he did, one could practically see the internal struggle he had trying to get the words out. Many people assumed this was because he was brooding and nicknamed him 'Flaming Charisma Minho', but he later revealed that it was due to how shy he was. He has gotten a lot better.
    • Taemin was an extremely shy kid and though he's gotten better at variety shows, he's still known to be reserved and introverted, only having few friends in his inner circle.
    • Onew was never quiet on variety shows, but he was a shy kid and no one ever expected him to go into the public eye because of just how self-conscious he was.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Signature Move:
    • Their 'pelvic dance' in "Ring Ding Dong."
    • The 'buffering' and 'tutting' dance in "Lucifer" also counts.
    • The "Sherlock" walk.
    • The 5 person 'pilot' from "Everybody".
    • Their "shoulder dance" from "View".
  • Singer-Songwriter:
    • Jonghyun has acted as a lyricist many a times for SHINee but early on expressed that he wanted to avoid composing for the group since he didn't want to mix his individual style with the group's sound. So, he started composing for other artists and wrote Music/EXO-K 's "Playboy" from their Exodus album, "Gloomy Clock" for IU, "Pretty Boy" for Taemin's solo album, "No More" for Lim Kim, "Red Candle" for Son Dambi, and "Breathe" for Lee Hi. All of the songs on his solo album were written by him as well. However, in 2015 with SHINee's solo album Odd, Jonghyun broke his 'no composing for SHINee' rule and composed, arranged and wrote the lyrics for "Odd Eye". He also has a segment on his radio show Blue Night where he writes songs based on experiences his listeners send in, which led to him putting all of the song into a compilation album.
    • Surprisingly, Minho has written a lot of SHINee's raps. He often doesn't get acknowledged for this and he never talks about it which has led a lot of people to be very shocked when they realize exactly how long his songwriting contributions for SHINee is.
    • Key has also contributed to the writing of raps on SHINee's songs.
    • Onew wrote the lyrics for the song "Your Name" on the Lucifer album.
    • For Taemin's first full length album, he wrote the lyrics for two of the songs, "Press Your Number" and "Soldier". He also wrote the lyrics for "Day and Night," the lead single from Move-ing, the repackaged version of his second full length album Move.
  • Stage Names: Onew for Jinki and Key for Kibum.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Many fans interpret "Odd Eye" from their fourth album as this.
  • Stealth Pun: The music video of "Lucifer" has wisps of light zooming in on the members. The word Lucifer means light. The light motif still stays at the music video of the Japanese version.
  • Stepford Smiler:
    • Onew is known for his incredible smile and tends to smile a lot in interviews and variety shows. However, being the leader, he's had to go through a lot, as leaders are put under a lot of pressure in the K-Pop world. More so, he tends to keep his feelings to himself and bottle them up. He was rumored to be a part of a club for depressed idols headed by Super Junior's leader Leeteuk. In 2014, no one knew exactly how painful a time it was for him until he finally burst into tears in the band's fourth solo concert.
    • Key can also be considered this. He's known for being quite cheerful and outgoing, but he revealed to a self harming fan that he used to do it himself.
    • Jonghyun, while seemingly cheerful and outgoing, had revealed that he tried hard to be happy and that he felt lonely and misunderstood. It's revealed that he had followed a long term of depression.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Taemin, oh Taemin. When the group first debuted, many netizens targeted Taemin, calling him tone deaf because of his lack of lines in any of the group's early discography. So, imagine everyone's surprise when the music video for "Dream Girl" comes out and Taemin is hitting all the high notes perfectly. Since then, his singing has only gotten better to the point where he's now featured as prominently as Jonghyun and Onew.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: In the music video for "View", the boys get kidnapped by four female fans. Instead of trying to escape, they use the opportunity to let loose and have fun, something their celebrity life has prohibited them from doing. They grow friendly with the girls and it is even implied that they develop feelings for them. However, a majority of the fandom believes that they had an agreement with the girls beforehand and weren't kidnapped at all.
  • Surprisingly Good English: The English lyrics in their post 2013 releases have all been grammatically correct and make sense in context.
  • Supergroup:
    • Jonghyun, in the project group SM the Ballad. Fellow labelmates included in the project are the TRAX's Jay, Super Junior's Kyuhyun, and newcomer Jino.
    • Jonghyun is also a member of the 2014 incarnation of SM the Ballad, the only member of the original group that came back from their comeback.
    • Minho and Taemin were members of SM's one-shot dance project group, SM the Performance.
    • Key is in one called Toheart with his close friend Woohyun of Infinite.
  • Team Mom: Key is believed to be this due to smothering Taemin with care. At least, Key certainly likes to believe he is.
  • Team Dad: Onew is seen as this, because he's the oldest member.
  • Technician vs. Performer: When it comes to dance, Taemin (technician) vs Key (performer). When it comes to singing, Jonghyun (technician) vs Onew (performer). Key can also be considered the performer here since he isn't as good as the vocal line but has the best stage presence.
  • Teen Idol: The whole group debuted in their teens.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Fried chicken for Onew, steak for Taemin.
  • Training from Hell: As is custom for any K-Pop group.
  • Translated Cover Version: Many of their songs qualify, particular the Korean songs that were translated into Japanese for Japan promotions such as "Replay" and "Lucifer".
  • True Companions:
    • All five members. Yes, they were brought together by their company and yes, their relationship hasn't always been smooth sailing, but one just needs to look at any interview or behind the scenes segment to see how much these boys care about each other. They're practically inseparable and them managing to stay together for so long despite being a part of S.M.Entertainment (a company which is infamous for having group members quit or be kicked out) is just testament to their close bond. They even got friendship rings.
    • Jonghyun on One Fine Day: "Without the other members, I'm five times more free, but also five times lonelier."
    • Their Japanese single "Sing Your Song" is essentially a tribute to their friendship, with lyrics like "I'm glad I found you" and "Let's sing together." The music video features many shots of them simply singing together and looking extremely happy to be doing it.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Minho and Jonghyun definitely qualify. They try to hurt each other, have water fights, and insult each other. But they also fanservice it up, compliment each other, declare their love for each other, and have epic hugs. They don't even have to be together for this; when Minho was away filming for "To The Beautiful You", Jonghyun spent quite a bit of time making fun of him on Twitter, going as far as to ask fans to submit ridiculous photoshopped pictures of Minho to him. Minho eventually got him back, asking netizens to send in photoshopped pictures of Jonghyun in a hanbok as a sort of competition. Can be seen as Slap-Slap-Kiss if viewed with Yaoi Fangirl goggles, especially since they have actually kissed.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Onew and Jonghyun during the early stages of the group's career. However, all the members get equal lines now.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Since their outfits mostly include tight pants, as it's part of their trademark fashion, some of their clothes have ripped during their performances. At the 2012 KBS Song Festival, Taemin's pants ripped when they were performing "Sherlock" and Minho discussed his pants ripping when they performed "Everybody."
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Prone to dressing up like girls so their pretty looks can be shown off.
  • Winged Humanoid: At the end of the Ring Ding Dong MV.


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