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Stray Kids (Korean: 스트레이 키즈), SKZ for short, is a nine member South Korean boy band that debuted on March 25, 2018 under JYP Entertainment with the song District 9.

Members Bang Chan, Changbin and Han are part of a pre-debut hip hop trio named 3RACHA.

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  • Woojin (Kim Woojin, born April 8, 1997) – Main Vocalist
  • Bang Chan (Christopher Bang, born October 3, 1997) - Leader, Lead Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Rapper
  • Lee Know (Lee Minho, born October 25, 1998) - Main Dancer, Vocalist, Rapper
  • Changbin (Seo Changbin, born August 11, 1999) – Main Rapper, Vocalist
  • Hyunjin (Hwang Hyunjin, born March 20, 2000) – Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Visual
  • Han (Han Jisung note , born September 14, 2000) – Main Rapper, Lead Vocalist
  • Felix (Lee Felix note , born September 15, 2000) – Lead Rapper, Lead Dancer
  • Seungmin (Kim Seungmin, born September 22, 2000) – Lead Vocalist
  • I.N (Yang Jeongin, born February 8, 2001) – Vocalist, Maknae

  • Mixtape (2018)
  • I am NOT (2018)
  • I am WHO (2018)
  • I am YOU (2018)
  • Clé 1: Miroh (2019)

Stray Kids provides examples of the following tropes:

     Band and Members Tropes 
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Bang Chan can rotate his arms and wrists 360 degrees. According to him, it's a family inheritance.
  • Adorkable: Justified, they are quite young.
    • Chan stated that their concept is "dark". Look at their performances for Awkward Silence and Get Cool.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Members love calling Changbin as Baby Changbin.
  • Alliterative Name: Hwang Hyunjin.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Or maybe even Ambiguously Gay. Not known if they are Played for Laughs, but Minho, Jisung and Felix are all not too afraid of showing too much affection to the other members. Especially the former two.
    • Minho is always trying to kiss Jisung and invading others' (Like Hyunjin's) personal spaces.
    • Jisung is also always trying to kiss others or sometimes even returning kisses to Minho. And outright admitting he enjoys them.
    Hyunjin: I nearly kissed you just now.
    Jisung: I know.
    Jisung: I like it.
    Jisung: I feel happy with that.
  • Animal Motif:
    • Bang Chan is nicknamed kangaroo or koala.
    • Woojin is nicknamed Bear.
    • Minho is similar to a cat.
    • Han is referred to a squirrel or a donkey.
    • Felix is a mosquito.
    • Seungmin is sometimes called a snail, and members (mainly Jeongin) draw him as a dog.
    • Jeongin resembles a fennec fox.
  • Annoying Laugh: Some fans describe Changbin's laugh as Spongebob laugh.
  • The Artifact: The vocalists are not labelled as rappers...doesn't mean they can't.
  • Ascended Extra: Bang Chan has starred in Twice's Like Ooh Ahh as a zombie and miss A's Only You MV. Lee Know was once a backup dancer of BTS during their world tour and he was one of the dancers in Not Today.
  • Australian Wildlife: They meet both kangaroos and koalas on their trip to Australia.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Especially strong in the Two Kids Room series, where they often thank each other and say what they like about one another.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Jeongin. He's so adorable that basically everyone loves him.
  • Badass Adorable: Felix who has a cute face but also a Taekwando 2nd-degree black belt, and Woojin, usually soft and caring, who is a 3rd-degree black belt in Kendou (Japanese martial arts with the use of sword) and the strongest member.
    • Chan and Changbin secretly has muscular biceps. They are pretty well-hidden. Chan is the second strongest.
    • Minho doesn't look really strong, but he is actually the forth strongest and can carry Jeongin and Han in bridal style effortlessly, and the two boys aren't particularly lighter than others.
    • Seungmin too doesn't seem to be a strong guy, but he managed to sustain for quite some time when he arm wrestled with Bang Chan, closely followed by I.N who also nearly won Seungmin.
    • Hyunjin, again, doesn't look strong but is the third strongest.
  • Berserk Button: Minho is not really a fan of lame puns. Which is strange, because his stage name, Lee Know, is a lame pun of "We Know". He isn't too fond of seeing members acting cute either.
  • Big Brother Bully: Lee Know is this to everyone especially Jisung, Changbin, Hyunjin and Jeongin, while Seungmin is also one to Jeongin.
  • Big Eater: Especially Felix.
    • According to the members, Ban Chang is the biggest eater. He easily eats four bags of ramen. The other members also give him their leftovers.
  • Bishounen: Hyunjin and Minho really stands out among the boys.
    • Hyunjin is the official visual of the group and other members are all whipped for his handsomeness like saying "Hyunjin looks good in everything".
    • Minho once said that someone has said to him that he has SM visuals, i.e. statue-like beauty.
    • While Changbin is also considered one of the visuals (nicknamed "Binsual", which comes from Changbin and visual, by the members), he's more of a handsome boy.
  • Big Little Brother:
    • Jeongin, the youngest, is taller than half of his members and the same height as Minho.
    • Hyunjin, one of the dongsaeng line, is the tallest member.
  • Blessed with Suck: Before playing a game in which they have to take each other out, much is made of the treasures they can find in the area. They all start looking for them eagerly, but it turns out that most are actually things that obstruct them, like having to drag a suitcase around or having a large balloon tied to their wrist.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: During District 9, Minho, Han and Felix were blondes, Seungmin was a redhead, others except Woojin are brunettes.
  • Boy Band
  • Breakthrough Hit: Miroh brought them their first win, as well as a lot of attention.
  • Brutal Honesty: Jeongin. Examples include:
    • Calling Chan short. Twice.
    • Calling Woojin "fatty".
    • Scolding Hyunjin for being a Heavy Sleeper.
    • Saying that Minho is weird.
    • Exposing Jisung for kissing him in the dorms when Jisung yelled that he hadn't kissed him yet.
    • Saying Changbin is small. Twice. Once after complimenting the older for being cute.
    Jeongin: You're cute because you're small.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Felix is actually pure Korean, but he's born and raised in Australia, while Bang Chan is also only half-Australian.
  • Butt-Monkey: Han, courtesy to Changbin and Seungmin.
    • Changbin is this in his Idol Room appearances. He seems to enjoy it.
    • But sometimes Changbin is the one being teased all the time.
    • There's also Felix because of his Korean name and his shaky Korean, he was bullied in the street video of ''Question'' and got trolled by Changbin on Two Kids Room.
  • Catchphrase: "Step out! We are Stray Kids!"
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Some of members have similar visuals to many of their seniors:
    • Bang Chan looks similar to ex-Super Junior member Henry
    • Hyunjin is like a combination of Got 7's JB, Jinyoung, and Monsta X's Hyungwon
    • Jisung looks a lot like a mix of Young K from Day 6 and Got 7's Mark
    • Seungmin hugely resembles Young K's bandmate Wonpil and also looks a little like the actor Park Bogum.
  • Curtains Match the Window: During MAMA 2018 Jisung has his hair dyed blue, combined with blue contact lens.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mainly Woojin, Lee Know and Seungmin.
    • Jeongin is becoming more and more good at this though.
  • Death Glare: Minho can pull some pretty good ones.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Two members got eliminated on the survival show. They came back before the show was even finished.
  • Even the Guys Want Him:
    • As compared with other boy groups, Stray Kids have a lot of male fans. While others have girls as majority of fans, nearly half of the Stray Kids fandom are composed of boys.
    • Some men were heard to be praising Minho's side profile.
    • Changbin loves Hyunjin's lips.
  • Evil Laugh: Also a trait of Minho.
  • Expy: Since they are a rare K-Pop group which has songs about their lives, struggles, frustration towards the society, etc, some people regard them as a second BTS.
    • They are also seen as a boys version of their label mate Twice by some fans, both being a nine-membered group and are born from a reality show.
    • Changbin reminds some fans of Seventeen's Wonwoo, both looking dark, mean and emotionless at first sight but is actually a soft adorable boy.
    • Felix is like a combination of GOT7's BamBam and Jackson, with the former's goofy personality and the latter's deep raspy voice.
  • Family Theme Naming: The only group in JYP which averted this trope. (Most JYP artists have numbers in their names - Got7, DAY6, Twice, 2AM, 2PM, 15&, Baek Yerin and Baek Ayeon with "Baek" meaning "hundred")
    • But still, they are associated with the number '9' - they have 9 members, their debut song being District 9, one of their variety shows named The 9th, The 'S' in their logo styled like a '9', their fandom name is announced on August 1 - 1+8=9.
    • Played straight with 3RACHA.
    • While they do not follow the numbering name system, they have the same "S"(스) sound as Day6, Twice, Miss A and Wonder Girls.
  • Fanboy: Hyunjin is a huge fan of Got 7's Jinyoung, Seungmin is a huge fan of Day6 (to a point that he couldn't choose between the band and his own group) and also Woojin to a lesser degree, Lee Know is one for 2PM, WonderGirls and also hypes up to BTS's songs, and all of them like Twice to different degrees.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Stay.
  • Flanderization: Some members have a specific trait in fanfics:
    • Minho is usually the flirty gay.
    • Changbin is the emo kid who is secretly a sweetheart.
    • Jisung is the annoying and sassy kid.
    • Felix is the one who is a walking meme.
    • Jeongin is the innocent kid whom everyone loves.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Hyunjin and Han have admitted that they disliked each other a lot at first. After working hard together, they became friends and now don't understand what they got so worked up about.
  • Funny Background Event: Nearly half of the members have weird or 4D personalities, so there are also hilarious things going on when they are doing lives. Questionable things are usually done by Minho the official 4D, Jisung who likes making weird expressions and admitted that he is good at doing weird things, and Felix who keeps on dabbing.
  • GASP: Hyunjin is often making dramatic gasps.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: They quickly grew a big following abroad, while Korean popularity lagged behind. Lately, Korea is starting to discover them as well.
    • They got recognized a lot in Australia specifically, which is not strange as two of them are from there.
  • Good Is Not Nice: JYP has said that they only like people with good personalities, so Stray Kids are hardly bad. Doesn't mean that they are totally gentle with one another, especially when Minho and Seungmin are nicknamed Meanho and Seungmean respectively. Others are Changbin who is more or less a Troll, Woojin and Jeongin being Deadpan Snarker and Chan and Hyunjin who also snark from time to time.
  • Has Two Mommies: Gender inverted. While they agreed that Chan is the mom figure while Woojin is the dad, Chan said they can just be dad and dad.
  • Hates Being Touched: Jeongin. He resists very wildly even when being touched slightly, not to mention older members like Han or Seungmin loves kissing and hugging him.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • All vocalists can rap. And they're not that bad at it too.
    • Felix's rapping voice is so raspy that when he sang Glow in a soothing voice, even other members are shook.
    • Hyunjin doesn't look like a stereotypical rapper because of his pretty face, but not only he's a decent rapper, he can carry all styles like a main rapper do.
  • I Have Many Names: While all of them have a bunch of nicknames, Felix takes the most, and his nicknames don't make any sense either.
  • It Runs in the Family: Not the real family, but like many other members of the JYP Nation, Stray Kids is a very crazily adorable group and some of them are very snarky.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: God. All of them can sing, rap, dance, and contributes to song-producing, although a few of them do stand out.
    • Bang Chan is one of the main producers, main rappers and a vocalist, have learnt modern dance and ballet, knows how to speak English, Korean, Japanese and some Mandarin, and can cook well.
    • Han, who is also one of the main producers, main rappers, can reach high notes that even vocalists can't reach (resulting in the second pre-chorus sung by him in Hellevator), and is good at drawing - he can draw the other members with their characteristic feature and the drawings are pretty similar-looking to the real persons too.
    • Minho is initially a vocalist, but during the reality show his talent in rapping was discovered. He is also one of the main dancers and he's so good at this that he was once a backup dancer for BTS. He even graduated from school smoothly, getting a car license while going on BTS's tour!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Minho has some Jerkass tendencies, such as breaking an boiled egg on Changbin's forehead without hesitation and declaring that it's too bad that the egg isn't raw or saying that there's ugliness on Bang Chan's face, but he still loves his members as much as others do.
    • Same for Seungmin, who usually hits the members. Or hit something else by saying that it represents a member (mostly Changbin). But he can also be gentle and sweet.
  • Land Downunder: Two of them hail from it. They visit and yes, they meet kangaroos. They also do some less stereotypical things, like lie around in a park and visit Bang Chan's family.
  • Large Ham: Felix may be counted as this, famous for his dabbing of all sizes and very high frequency, and also the infamous Fortnite dance.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Felix when he complimented and made fun of Changbin's sharp jawline by putting a sandwich on his face.
    Felix: It's so sharp, it could cut a - it could - it could hurt you.
  • The Leader: Bang Chan may be counted as the "Levelheaded" and "Mastermind" type, having been trained for 7 years and is very serious during practice, and he was the one who chose and assembled the current members.
  • Lethal Chef: Changbin, Minho and Hyunjin are really messy during the process: Hyunjin nearly burnt his jacket, Minho nearly spilled all of the rice cakes in the pan, and they never washed the pan and spoon before cooking - the spoon is washed only after Changbin realized it when Hyunjin said the food had a copper taste.
    • Bang Chan had to teach Changbin how to shell a boiled egg. Changbin still asks others to do it for him, as he keeps cracking eggs.
  • Like an Old Married Couple: When the members are asked about whom are their parental figures in the group, the members don't even need to discuss whom they are. They just straight-up discuss whether Chan is the father, Woojin is the mother or vice versa.
  • Meaningful Name: Their name “Stray Kids” imply that they are going to chase their dreams together. The fan name, Stay, means that their fans is "where Stray Kids stay".
    • As much as Minho's stage name is embarrassing, punny and hilarious, there's a meaning behind: the pronunciation of Minho is similar to that of Lee No, but since Lee No is like deprecating himself, Minho changed the spelling to Lee Know.
  • Multicolored Hair:
    • In My Pace, Changbin and Minho both have black hair, the former has dark red highlights while the latter has dark ocean-blue highlights. Jisung could also be seen with orange hair with pink bangs.
    • In I am YOU, Jisung has blonde hair with mint bangs.
    • During post-I am YOU era, Felix has orange hair with hot pink bangs.
  • Multiethnic Name: Lee Felix, Christopher Bang and Peter Han.
  • Name's the Same: Felix has the same first name as a certain famous YouTuber, while Minho's full name is exactly the same as the actor, and his first name is the same as many others in the industry, such as Minho from SHINee and Mino from Winner. Chan also has the same name as a some others, like Dino from Seventeen and Chan from Victon.
  • Neat Freak: Seungmin is one.
  • Not a Morning Person: Hyunjin is really difficult to be waken up (on top of his werid sleep-talking) and he is dissed by many members for this.
    Jeongin: Hyung, please wake up when I tell you to wake up.
  • Odd Name Out: Together with Wonder Girls, they don't follow JYP's numbering names. While you can still argue that the "won" in Wonder Girls sounds like "one", Stray Kids really doesn't have any number in their names. (although they are still associated with "9".)
  • Older Than They Look: Jeongin, somehow.
    Idol Master MC: Who's the youngest among you?
    Jeongin: (raises hand) Me.
    MC: Ah, how old are you?
    Jeongin: I'm 18.
    MC: Really? I thought you were 17.
  • Only Sane Man: Woojin, most of the time. It's hard labor.
    Minho, holding fans representing the members: Lee Know, I.N, kiss~
    Woojin: Waaa, I wonder what will Jeongin think if he sees this.
    Minho: Woojin, Seungmin, kiss~
    • Hilariously, Jeongin sometimes takes up the role, doing most of the scolding, such as telling members not to fight.
  • Otaku: Chan has a Dragonball figurine, while Jisung was also seen with a couple of figurines.
  • Power Trio:
    • To fans, 3RACHA is this. Chan is the leader, and his parts are usually about his responsibilities as a leader, how he is going to protect his members, and how he loves fans. He is notable for heavily relying on English lyrics and the most emotional. Changbin is the 'dark' one, has the deepest voice among the three, and he can make his voice raspy intentionally using the top of his throat. Jisung is usually rapping with a slightly aggressive tone, but is also the most melodic. He can also sound a bit raspier than normal. While the lyrics of Changbin and Jisung are both more directed to haters, Changbin is the "I don't give a shit about you" style while Jisung has this "I am better than you so you can shut up" vibes.
    • Then there is the dance line. Minho is the one with very smooth body movement, and is especially good at provocative and graceful moves. Hyunjin is the "precise and concise" type, with every move being clear and is able to do fast but sharp moves. Felix is the powerful one, with wild moves and an aggressive style.
    • Lastly, the vocal line. Woojin is the one with a distinct voice that can be recognized easily and has high penetrating power, and is usually the one responsible for high notes in the three. Seungmin lurks in the tenor range and sometimes sings baritone parts, and has the most soothing voice of the three. Jeongin has a notably less mature voice but also pretty recognizable.
    • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: 3RACHA is the first one, with Jisung, who's full of love, Changbin who is one of the members who like to troll Felix, and Chan who is generally sweet but will sometimes throw a snark or two. Then there is the maknae line, with Felix the nice guy, Seungmin who is nicknamed Seungmean by fans and Jeongin in-between, being the sweetheart but is gradually becoming snarky.
  • Princely Young Man: Hyunjin, to a point that he has already been called a prince back in middle school.
  • Projectile Toast: On their second appearance in Idol Room, they have to catch toast with their mouths. None of them is very good at it.
  • Proud Beauty: Slightly subverted by Hyunjin and Changbin.
    • For Hyunjin, although he knows he's handsome, he wants others to recognize him as a talented person instead merely a pretty boy.
    • For Changbin, he only bec8ame confident with his looks because Felix always compliments him for his sharp jawline and his generally good-looking features.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Despite Changbin's insistence on his 'dark' concept, he does wear a pink sweater after all.
  • Rebellious Spirit: They intended to have this concept, which is especially apparent in I Am NOT. While they are good people, they are obviously not afraid to go against the rules.
    • In MIROH, they actually took over government officials!
    • During the reality show JYP criticized Chan for making Hellevator in such a high voice range that it's basically girls' range. While Chan agreed to lower it, he didn't do it at the end and made Jisung (a rapper!) sing the high note.
    • Then he made District 9, which reaches even higher.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Minho is the blue to Jisung's red. Changbin is also the blue to Felix's red.
  • Running Gag:
    • "I am GROOT".
    • Changbin's very sharp jawline. According to most of the members (and himself), it can hurt you.
    • "I know, you know, Lee Know"
    • Felix initiated dabbing and Fortnite dance...which are then both included in their actual choreographies and MVs. The dabbing is more subtle, but the Fortnite dance can be clearly visible in My Pace and the MV of Awkward Silence. In Get Cool, Hyunjin joins in the dance.
    • Then there's the "baby girl" incident. Fans noticed a pink Tumblr aesthetic in Chan's phone gallery...which is one with "baby girl" written on it. They started to comment the phrase when Chan is on live, and some time later Chan himself greeted fans (not so subtly) as "baby girls". And in one of the lives, calling himself...daddy.
  • Singer-Songwriter:
    • All of them (mostly Bang Chan, Changbin and Han) have contributed to various songs’ melodies and lyrics.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Woojin and Changbin love to do this to each other.
    • Changbin offered himself as a birthday present to Woojin. When asked if Woojin threw 'it' away, he said he didn't even take it in the first place.
    • When Woojin talked about watching the movie made of him during his first appearance on Idol Room, Changbin said he clicked it away the moment he saw the thumbnail.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Since fans cringed at the stage "Lee Know" very much, they prefer spelling it as Lino.
  • Stage Names: Lee Know for Minho, Han for Jisung and I.N for Jeongin.
    • In 3RACHA, Bang Chan, Changbin and Jisung have the stage names CB97, SPEARB and J.ONE respectively.
  • Step Up to the Microphone:
    • Minho, from an eliminated vocalist to the one who raps the first line in their debut song.
    • Jeongin's vocals improved a lot since the reality show.
  • Stepford Smiler: Apparently Felix is one. Changbin and Jeongin told him through their letters that he doesn't need to keep the stress all to himself.
    • Jeongin also admitted that he's always smiling, partially because his eyes made him look scary if he doesn't smile, but more importantly he doesn't want to let the older members know that he's having a hard time.
  • The Stoic: Changbin at first glance. He is not. He likes to act cute, and he cries pretty easily - he cries really hard when Felix is eliminated, and again when Bang Chan gives an emotional speech about their debut.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Bang Chan and Felix, who are Australians. Seungmin, Hyunjin and Han can also speak fairly well in English. Seungmin has studied in LA for 3 months, Hyunjin has lived in Las Vegas, and Han has lived and studied in Malaysia before.
    • While Changbin isn't too decent in English, Felix said he has a good pronunciation.
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Bang Chan knows some Mandarin and Japanese as well.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Hyunjin is famous for his very weird sleep talking habits.
    Han: I was listening to music with my earphones on when I suddenly heard, "ARRRRGH!!!" from next door (Hyunjin's room), so I immediately pulled off my earphones thinking "What's that sound? Did I hear wrong?"
    Han: So when I was about to put my earphones back on, "BRRRRWA"
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Hyunjin, the tallest member and the official visual, can definitely carry the dark vibes.
  • Team Dad: Chan decided that Woojin takes this role after saying that they can both be dads. However, Chan is the dad in the eyes of fans.
  • Team Mom: Because of the declaration mentioned above, Chan is the mom to the group while fan prefers the option that Woojin is the mom. Meanwhile, Minho sometimes also takes up the role, feeding the members with snacks and telling Jeongin to hand over his phone for inspection.
  • The Tease: Minho acts like one. He always try to kiss Jisung, hits Bang Chan's butt just because he feels like it, and generally invades others' personal spaces whenever he wants to (although personal space is not in the dictionary of SKZ), such as climbing onto Hyunjin when he's lying down while the latter protests.
    Hyunjin: Lee Know hyung is doing something weird—— (being pushed down by Minho)
    Minho: You like this, don't you?
    Hyunjin: Hahahaha someone save me TAT
    • Among dance line, he is the one in charge of seductive and provocative moves, and he loves dancing sexy dances.
  • Teen Idol: Most of them debut at the age of 18, and their average age is 19.
  • There Are No Coincidences: They had their first win on the fourth of April 2019. One of their songs is calld 4419.
  • Third-Person Person: Minho tends to use third-person, but more frequently on Instagram than in real life.
    • Chan had also uses it, but extremely rarely.
  • Tsundere:
    • Minho and Seungmin show their love to members by bullying them.
    • Changbin loves his members too, but he seldom shows.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chicken and cola.
    • Up to Eleven for Woojin's love for fried chicken, to a point that he can distinguish the brands of fried chicken merely by smelling and taking a bite.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Which make Jeongin look like a desert fox.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Han tends to say "UWA!" whenever he's surprised or amazed by something.
    • The Aussie line calls each other "mate" or "bro"' when they converse in English.
    • When Changbin is annoyed by someone he calls them "ahjussi".
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Minho to everyone else (especially Bang Chan and Jisung), and also Changbin and Seungmin.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Felix. He got an incredibly cute face but his voice is so deep that he got many people shock.
  • What Could Have Been: Bang Chan might have debut with GOT7 or Day6, Woojin might have debut with NCT since he had been a trainee with them while Minho might also have just stayed in BigHit as BTS's backup dancer, or debut as a new boy group of the company.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Lee Know is afraid of heights. When they went to Namsan Tower, he first clung onto Woojin during the elevator ride, then onto Jisung's arm while insisting that he's not scared when they are climbing the stairs to the cable car station, and onto Chan when they are on the platform next to the tower.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair:
    • During Hellevator era, Bang Chan had bluish-silver hair. He also had mint hair.
    • In District 9, Woojin has ash blue hair.
    • In My Pace, Minho's black hair has shades of dark ocean-blue. Changbin also has black hair with dark red highlights. Jisung's hair is orange and can be seen with pink bangs.
    • In I am YOU, Han has blonde hair with mint highlights. Felix, after the MV, is orange-haired with hot pink bangs.
    • During MAMA 2018, Jisung has blue hair and Chan has pink hair.

     Music and Music Videos Tropes 
  • Album Intro Track: NOT!, WHO? and YOU. serve as this in I Am NOT, I Am WHO and I Am YOU respectively.
    • NOT! gives a brief glance for the theme of the album, and has some references towards Mirror and 3rd Eye.
    • The lyrics of WHO? includes the titles of the sidetracks, Voices, Insomnia, M.I.A. and Question.
    • YOU. speaks directly of the theme of the album, "I am not afraid because I am you."
  • Auto-Tune: Bang Chan's verses in both 3RACHA and Stray Kids usually has this, while most of M.I.A. uses auto-tune.
  • Badass Boast:
    • 3RACHA's Matryoshka, talking about how they will never fall down even when being "peeled off", a metaphor of being attacked or looked down to.
    • Scene Stealers, a song where 3RACHA brags about how they are a Spotlight-Stealing Squad.
    • Also Stray Kids' Opposite.
  • Boastful Rap: Mostly appear in 3RACHA's productions.
  • Call-Back:
    • 3RACHA's ZONE from SKZ-PLAYER has similar concept with District 9, telling haters to leave their region.
    • Chan's line in 0325 mentions Start Line, a 3RACHA song.
    This is our start line, our start line, our start line.
    • In I Am YOU, a line from Changbin is that he is holding hands with 'you' so he can be able to do anything, in contrast with the pre-chorus of Hellevator where Chan's line mentioned that no one holds his hand.
  • Character Development: In I am NOT, the boys realize that they are not themselves and start to fight against the society. The epiphany leads to I am WHO, where they start to wonder who they really are and why they are here. Then, in I am YOU, although they still don't know who they are, they are not afraid to continue their journeys because they realized that they have each other and 'you', fans.
  • Cover Version:
    • Woojin and Seungmin, especially Seungmin, often unofficially cover Day6's songs.
    • During the reality show Stray Kids, Woojin, Bang Chan and Jisung did a cover of [1]'s As If It's Your Last.
    • The vocal line, Woojin, Seungmin and I.N did a cover of JJ Project's Tomorrow, Today.
    • Members Bang Chan, Han and Hyunjin participated in an event where they covered Momoland's Bboom Bboom with some members of The Boyz, Donghyun and Youngmin from MXM and Samuel.
    • In their first concert in Germany, they did a cover of a medley of BTS's DNA and GOT7's Hard Carry.
    • In KCON 2018 in Thailand, they covered Rain's It's Raining.
    • In Jeju Hallyu Festival 2018, they covered SEVENTEEN's Adore U.
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: The dance line, Lee Know, Hyunjin and Felix. Words don't do them justice.
  • Funny Background Event: Han made a quite hilarious face in the MV ofDistrict 9, when the bus rocked.
  • Fun with Foreign Languages: Matryoshka has some Russian mixed in it. The Clé series comes from French for key.
  • Free-Range Children: The concept of District 9, that is, breaking the social stereotype and fight for their own freedom and protect their own district, which also echoes their name, Stray Kids.
    • In I am YOU, although they still live on the streets, they no longer stray around and have their own district.
  • Friendship Song: 4419.
  • Hotter and Sexier:
    • 3RACHA's Wow, which is one of the only love songs, having slightly provocative lines and with members making sensual noises in the background.
    • The dance line's video for SKZ-PLAYER is definitely this to Stray Kids' dances.
  • Lighter and Softer: Their MV for Grow Up and performance video for Young Wings is a huge contrast to all of their previous MVs and performance videos.
    • The melodies of their songs in the second album, I am WHO is also this to their previous I am NOT (although the theme is similar).
    • I am YOU is even more softer than I am WHO, because the boys realize that they have one another to rely on.
  • Looped Lyrics:
    • 3RACHA: Double Knot and P.A.C.E..
    • SKZ: Grow Up and Grrr.
  • Lyrical Tic:
    • "La la la" appears in quite a number of songs, such as School Life, Grrr (Law of Total Madness) and Awkward Silence.
    • Some of their songs feature the Korean word for "frustrated", including Grrr (Law of Total Madness), Rock and District 9
    • In many songs, 3RACHA members (especially Changbin) always make sound effects including "yoh", "yaw", "skrrrr AH", "woo" and "ooh".
  • Lyrics/Video Mismatch: Hellevator is a song talking about how they feel lonely and helpless in the demanding society, but many portions of the MV have the boys playing around together.
  • Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: Usually ranges around 3-5.
    • Some songs reached the level of 6, such as Hellevator subtly mentioning the mental status of a depression patient.
    • 3RACHA's songs can reach levels on or above 7, outright mentioning problems of LGBTQ+ discrimination, suicides, racism, etc.
  • Motor Mouth: Han and Changbin are perfectly capable, such as their verses in District 9 and Changbin's second verse in My Pace, but Hyunjin also seemed to have the potential to do so, judging from District 9 and Mixtape #1.
  • Non-Appearing Title: 4419, M.I.A.,Insomnia and MIROH.
  • One-Word Title:
    • 3RACHA: Intro, Complain, WOW, , Alchemistry, If, Matryoshka, P.A.C.E and Placebo.
    • Stray Kids: Hellevator, Beware (alternate title of Grrr (Law of Total Madness)), Glow, Not!, Mirror, Awaken, Rock, Who?, Voices, Question, Insomnia, M.I.A., You., Opposite, and MIROH.
  • Pep-Talk Song: Most notable ones are 3RACHA's Broken Compass, Placebo and Even Shadows Need Light to Exist (hence Stray Kids' Mixtape #1 and Mixtape #2), Stray Kids' Young Wings, 4419, My Pace, M.I.A., and Awkward Silence.
  • Performance Video: A whole bunch: Mirror, Grrr (Law of Total Madness), Young Wings, My Pace performance video, Voices and the dance line SKZ-PLAYER video.
  • Protest Song: Some of their songs are about identity loss due to and frustrations towards the education system, or at least contain such content, such as Hellevator, NOT!, Mirror and My Pace.
  • Rearrange the Song:
    • Mixtape #1 is a Stray Kids version of 3RACHA's Placebo with slightly different instrumentals and an extra bridging verse.
    • Mixtape #2, similarly, is originally by 3RACHA, but this time only the chorus is completely conserved and the mood and instrumentals of the song is very different from the original Even Shadows Need Light to Exist.
    • Mixtape #3, again, is a Stray Kids version of 3RACHA's For You with different instrumentals.
    • The arrangement of 0325 consists of half of Not!, Who? and You.: The main verses consist of the beat from Not!, then transited into the softer beat of Who? in the pre-chorus, and the chorus uses the comparatively cheerful beat from ''You.".
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Mostly 3RACHA's songs, Matryoshka is the most iconic one.
  • Scary Musician, Harmless Music: Changbin can count as one, because he does look a little scary and unapproachable if you don't know much about him.
  • Self Empowerment Anthem: Young Wings talks about how we can just live as our age and there's no need to act like an adult, while My Pace also talks about how we can just live as ourselves and not to compare ourselves with others.
  • Shout-Out: 3RACHA's Wow mentioned Shrek and Fiona.
    SPEARB: You can be my Fiona today, I'll be your Shrek, ugly immature swag.
  • Signature Dance Move:
    • The post-chorus of My Pace.
    • Chorus of Young Wings.
    • The 'You and I' hand flipping part in I am YOU.
    • Felix's Fortnite dance and shoot dance.
    • Felix and Changbin's worm dance.
    • Minho's American dance.
  • Singer Name Drop:
    • District 9:
    Seungmin: Stray Kids everywhere all around the world.
    • YAYAYA:
    Han: Stray Kids! Watch out! 2018!
    • Opposite:
    Chan/Felix: Whether feeling hot or cold, Stray Kids going fast or slow.
    Chan: Stray Kids on the block
    • 0325:
    Chan + Hyunjin + Felix: o, three, two, five
    Felix: Stray Kids
    • Get Cool:
    Chan: Cause I'm getting cooler-
    • Songs of 3RACHA feature this as well.
      • Broken Compass:
    SPEARB: Music is 3RACHA's ship on the sea.
    • Start Line:
    CB97: I like to start off this speech
    CB97: With a thank you to everyone that helped little Chris to grow up.
    (a few lines later) CB97: But little Chris always waited till Santa would come.
    • I See:
    J.One: The mirage that J.One saw seemed to be a folk tale that came up from an oral fairy tale.
    • Matryoshka:
    J.One: "Ey J.One, even when I break you down, how come you're never defeated but always get stronger yah?
    (Another verse) J.One: Matryoshka version J.One.
    • ZONE
    • P.A.C.E.
  • Songs of Solace: The lyrics of My Pace are about not to comparing oneself with others and it's okay to just be yourself. It can be a great comfort to the younger generations, since they are always compared to someone else.
    • A few songs in I am YOU are this, promising fans that they will stay by their sides no matter what.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Most members are in the tenor range. Woojin can reach higher notes while some rappers like Changbin and Han may hit the baritone range, then there's Felix, who can reach an octave even lower than other rappers without much effort.
  • Take That, Critics!: In some of 3RACHA's songs, Bang Chan use the word 'ninjas' but some misheard it as the N-word and criticize him. In response, Bang Chan added this line in P.A.C.E:
    Bang Chan: Listen up I'm pretty sure you heard wrong, I said ninjas fam I think you misheard, cause I represent and I show respect to all people and the whole world.
  • Vocal Tag Team: They usually have a combination of 5 rappers and 4 vocalists, but it can vary because all rappers can sing and the vocalists can rap as well.
    • Especially Minho, who is originally a vocalist but JYP discovered his talent in rapping. So another usual combination is 6 rappers and 3 vocalists.

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