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Stray Kids (Korean: 스트레이 키즈), SKZ for short, is an eight-member South-Korean boy band that debuted on March 25, 2018 under JYP Entertainment with the song "District 9." Unlike other JYPE groups, Stray Kids was not formed by the company and instead was put together by their leader, Bang Chan.

While their main influences lie in hip-hop, their work is also heavily influenced by various offshoots of electronic music and any other genres that may catch their fancy. Their lyricism primarily draws upon personal experiences and feelings, with recurring themes of youth and the place of the young within society, and often delving into topics such as coming-of-age, mental health, alienation, expectations pushed upon young people and various social disparities.

Previously, the group had nine members, but on October 28, 2019, member Woojin was removed from the group for undisclosed reasons.

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Members Bang Chan, Changbin and Han are part of a pre-debut hip hop trio named 3RACHA and also compose and produce the entirety of Stray Kids' discography.

The group as a whole also puts out additional solo/subunit work under two series on their YouTube channel - SKZ-PLAYERnote  and SKZ-RECORD.note 

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     Members 

Current Members:

  • Bang Chan (Christopher Bang, born October 3, 1997) - Leader, Lead Vocalist, 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, Main Dancer
  • Seungmin (Kim Seungmin, born September 22, 2000) – Main Vocalist
  • I.N (Yang Jeongin, born February 8, 2001) – Lead Vocalist, Maknae

Former Members:

  • Woojin (Kim Woojin, born April 8, 1997) – Vocalist
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     Discography 

Extended Plays

  • Mixtape (2018)
  • I am NOT (2018)
  • I am WHO (2018)
  • I am YOU (2018)
  • Clé 1: MIROH (2019)
  • Clé 2: Yellow Wood (2019)
  • Clé: Levanter (2019)

Studio Albums

  • SKZ2020 (2020)note 
  • GO生 (2020)

Repackage Albums

  • IN生 (2020)


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.
  • Affectionate Nickname:
    • Changbin is often referred to as "Baby Changbin" due to his Not So Stoic nature.
    • Fans, and subsequently the members themselves, have taken to calling Felix "sunshine" due to his optimistic and gentle temperament.
  • Alliterative Name: Hwang Hyunjin.
  • Animal Motif:
    • Bang Chan is nicknamed "kangaroo", and often associates himself with wolves.
    • Lee Know is similar to a cat.
    • Han is referred to as a squirrel or a quokka.
    • Felix's resemblance to a cat is often commented upon, but he's occasionally also associated with birds.
    • Seungmin is sometimes called a rabbit, and members (mainly I.N) draw him as a dog.
    • I.N resembles a fennec fox.
  • The Artifact: The vocalists are not labelled as rappers... doesn't mean they can't hold their own against the official rappers. Ditto for the rappers who don't hold official vocal positions.
  • Ascended Extra: Prior to debuting, Bang Chan has starred in Twice's "Like Ooh Ahh" as a zombie and miss A's "Only You" MV. Lee Know used to be a backup dancer for BTS, and he was one of the dancers in Not Today.
  • Awesome Aussie: Chan and Felix, who were both born in Korea but raised in Australia. They even have Australian accents when speaking in English.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Especially strong in the Two Kids Room series, where they reflect fondly on their interpersonal friendships and shared memories with utmost honesty.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: I.N is so adorable that basically everyone ends up cooing over him and babying him - sometimes much to his chagrin.
  • Badass Adorable: Particular examples include Felix, who is chirrupy and adorkable but also holds a 2nd-degree black belt in taekwondo; Lee Know, who is wiry and a trained boxer; Seungmin, who doesn't look particularly strong but frequently bests several members in playful rough-housing and Chan, who is the second-strongest overall.
  • Badass Baritone: Felix.
  • Berserk Button: Lee Know is not really a fan of lame puns. Which is strange, because his stage name is based on 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 Han, Changbin, Hyunjin and I.N, while Seungmin is also one to I.N.
  • Big Eater: Especially Felix.
    • According to the members, Bang Chan is the biggest eater, capable of easily eating four bags of ramen. The other members also give him their leftovers.
  • Bishounen: Hyunjin and Lee Know really stand out among the boys.
    • Hyunjin is the official visual of the group and other members often pass comments like "Hyunjin looks good in everything".
    • Lee Know once said that someone had complimented him by saying that he has 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 on the handsome than pretty side.
  • Big Little Brother:
    • I.N, the youngest, is taller than half of his members and the same height as Lee Know.
    • Hyunjin, one of the younger members, is the tallest of the group.
  • Boy Band
  • Breakthrough Hit: "MIROH" brought them their first win, as well as a lot of attention.
  • Brutal Honesty: I.N is notorious for his brusqueness. Examples include:
    • Calling Chan short to his face several times.
    • Scolding Hyunjin for being a Heavy Sleeper.
    • Describing Lee Know as "weird."
    • Exposing Han for kissing him in the dorms when Han yelled that he hadn't kissed him yet.
    • Saying Changbin is small - once after complimenting the older for being cute.
      I.N: You're cute because you're small.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Bang Chan and Felix are both of Korean descent, but were raised in Australia.
  • Butt-Monkey: Han, mainly due to Changbin and Seungmin.
  • Catchphrase: "Step out! We are Stray Kids!"
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Some members bear uncanny resemblances to other celebrities:
    • Bang Chan looks similar to ex-Super Junior member Henry
    • Hyunjin looks like a combination of GOT7's JB and Monsta X's Hyungwon
    • Han looks like a mix of Young K from DAY6 and GOT7's Mark.
    • Seungmin bears a striking resemblance to Young K's bandmate Wonpil.
  • Curtains Match the Window: During MAMA 2018 Han had his hair dyed blue and wore blue contact lens.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Mainly Lee Know and Seungmin. I.N doesn't lag far behind either.
  • Death Glare:
    • Lee Know can pull some pretty good ones, usually when his patience has been stretched to its limit.
    • I.N takes on some surprisingly scathing ones in the MVs for "MIROH" and "District 9."
  • Even the Guys Want Him:
    • Compared to typical boy group demographics, Stray Kids have a lot of male fans.
    • Some men were heard to be praising Lee Know's side profile and eyes.
    • Changbin loves Hyunjin's lips.
  • Evil Laugh: Some rather hair-raising ones are a part of Lee Know's repertoire.
  • Family Theme Naming: One of the only groups under JYPE to avert this trope so far. [[note]]Most artists under JYPE have numbers in their names - Got7, DAY6, Twice, 2AM, TwoPM, 15&, Baek Yerin and Baek Ayeon with "Baek" meaning "hundred"
    • Played straight with 3RACHA.
    • While they do not follow the numerical name theme, they have the same "S"(스) syllable as DAY6, TWICE and Wonder Girls.
  • Fanboy: Hyunjin is a huge fan of GOT7's Jinyoung, Seungmin and Felix are huge fans of DAY6 (to the point that Seungmin is unable to choose between the band and his own group), Lee Know is one for 2PM, WonderGirls and BTS, and all of them like Twice to different degrees.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: Stay.
  • 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 livestreams. Questionable things are usually done by Lee Know - prone to non-sequiturs and surprising observations, Han - who likes making weird expressions and admitted that he is good at doing weird things, and Felix - who often brings out random objects like boiled eggs and bananas with no context, randomly exclaims loudly and references memes.
  • Gasp!: Hyunjin often punctuates situations with dramatic gasps.
  • Good Is Not Nice: While they are adamantly nice people who are quick to refute any nastiness in their vicinity and make it a point to offer solace to those in need and openly champion various causes, they hardly shy away from verbal and physical roughhousing. Particularly prominent examples include Changbin, who is more or less a Troll; I.N, who is capable of switching from warm geniality to sardonic snarking in a blink; Chan and Hyunjin, who aren't above tossing in an acerbic comment or three.
  • Hates Being Touched: I.N resists very wildly even when being touched slightly. Unfortunately for him, older members like Han or Seungmin love cuddling, tickling and hugging him.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • All vocalists can rap. And they're proficient at it too.
    • Felix's voice is usually so low and sonorous that when he first sang "GLOW" in a higher-toned, soothing voice, even the other members were stunned.
    • Hyunjin doesn't look like a stereotypical rapper because of his pretty face, but is a more-than-competent rapper who can adapt to different styles with the ease of a main rapper.
  • I Have Many Names: While all of them have a bunch of nicknames, Felix takes the cake with his innumerable nonsensical nicknames.
  • It Runs in the Family: Not the real family, but like many other groups under JYPE, 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 contribute to writing and producing music, although a few of them do stand out.
    • Bang Chan is one of the main producers, main rappers and a vocalist, has 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 and main rappers, possesses a sweeping tenor vocal range that allows him to hit resounding falsetto notes. He's also good at drawing, as shown by his accurate sketches of other members.
    • Lee Know was initially a vocalist, but during training 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 on tour with BTS!
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lee Know has some acidic tendencies, such as smashing a 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 to death, and will not stand for any hate tossed their way.
    • Seungmin usually doesn't hesitate to smack his teammates - or to hit something else and declare that it represents a member - but he can also be gentle and sweet, and is often a shoulder to cry on for the rest of the team.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Lee Know adores cats, adopting and raising three throughout his teenage years. He has also been noted to have a general affinity for them.
    • Felix and I.N have also professed their love for cats several times.
  • Land Downunder: Two of them hail from it. They visited and yes, they met kangaroos.
  • Large Ham: Felix is famous for his theatrical expressions, maniacal laughter and affinity for memetic gestures and reactions.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Felix checks himself just in time when complimenting Changbin's jawline by placing a sandwich on it -
    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 trained for 7 years and picking each member to assemble the current team. He has also stated that he views the well-being of each member, as well as the group as a whole, as his personal responsibility.
  • Lethal Chef: Changbin, Lee Know and Hyunjin are really messy when trying to cook. One of their attempts involved Hyunjin nearly burning his jacket, Lee Know barely managing to not spill all of the rice cakes in the pan, and them forgetting to wash the pan and spoon before cooking - the spoon is washed only after Hyunjin notices that the food has a metallic taste, and Changbin realises their mishap.
    • 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.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: "Seungmin in the [insert name of place]!" note  during their interviews there[[/note]] It initially started out simply as "Seungmin in the building!" but is now often altered according to location due to Han and Hyunjin sometimes taking the catchphrase for themselves instead.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The group's name implies that, although coming from myriad backgrounds and experiences, they have now banded together to take on life's challenges and chase their dreams together. In the process, they also wish to act as a voice for similar "stray kids" all around the world by talking about their own journey and feelings.
    • The fandom name, Stay, is one letter away from "stray" - R. Bang Chan often explains this choice as representing the fact that Stays are the reason for Stray Kids to continue to fight on and, well, stay.
    • As much as Lee Know's stage name is punny and chucklesome, there's a meaning behind it: the pronunciation of Minho is similar to that of Lee No, but since Lee No could be read as self-deprecatory, Minho changed the romanized spelling to Lee Know.
  • Multicolored Hair:
    • In "My Pace", Changbin and Lee Know both have black hair - the former had dark red highlights while the latter had dark ocean-blue highlights. Han could also be seen with orange hair with pink bangs.
    • In "I am YOU", Han had blonde hair with mint bangs.
    • During post-I am YOU era, Felix had orange hair with hot pink bangs.
    • Some of the teaser photos for GO生 depict Bang Chan with pink and green hair.
    • For the GO生 era, Han had dark silver hair with blonde roots.
  • Multiethnic Name: Lee Felix, Christopher Bang and Peter Han.
  • The Napoleon: Woe betide anyone who teases Changbin about his shortness beyond friendly limits.
  • Neat Freak: Seungmin is one.
  • Not a Morning Person: On top of his weird sleep-talking habits, Hyunjin is a heavy sleeper of legendary magnitude and notoriously difficult to wake up. It's often a source of consternation for the others.
    I.N: Hyung, please wake up when I tell you to wake up.
  • Not So Stoic: Changbin, at first glance, appears cold and stern, but he likes to act cute, and he cries pretty easily - he cried really hard when Felix was initially eliminated, and again when Bang Chan gives an emotional speech about their debut. He's also a self-professed romantic at heart, and is fond of writing sentimental verses.
  • 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: I.N, somehow.
    Idol Master MC: Who's the youngest among you?
    I.N: (raises hand) Me.
    MC: Ah, how old are you?
    I.N: I'm 18.
    MC: Really? I thought you were 17.
  • Only Sane Man: Chan, most of the time, finds himself wrangling the others and trying to bring some order - although, hilariously, I.N also sometimes takes up this role and does most of the scolding, such as telling members not to fight or snapping at them when they cross a line.
  • Otaku: Chan has a Dragonball figurine, while Han was also seen with a couple of figurines.
  • Power Trio:
    • To fans, 3RACHA is this in their subunit work. Chan is the leader, and is notable for heavily relying on English lyrics and being the most emotional. Changbin is the 'dark' one and often incorporates vocal fry in order to make his delivery deliberately harsh. Han raps with aggression, but is also the most melodic of the three.
    • Then there is the dance line. Lee Know's movements are very smooth and elegant, and he is especially good at provocative and graceful moves. Hyunjin is deliberate and concise with his manner of dancing and expression, and executes sharp, fast moves. Felix's style places an emphasis on power and emotion, with a fiery, agile form of movement and haunting expressions.
    • The vocal line is an anomaly, being a duo. Seungmin has a robust tenor range and sometimes sings baritone parts, and often croons soothingly. I.N has a distinctly more boyish voice, but is still capable of belting powerful notes, and even screams when the song calls for it.
  • Princely Young Man: Hyunjin, to a point that he was already being called a prince back in middle school.
  • 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 of merely a pretty boy.
    • For Changbin, he only became confident with his looks because Felix always compliments his sharp jawline and his generally good-looking features.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Despite Changbin's insistence on his 'dark' concept, he does love his pink sweater after all.
  • Rebellious Spirit: A prominent theme in their music and concepts is questioning authority and breaking the rules and limits of what the youth are supposed to be capable of in the eyes of society. This also reflects on their general philosophy as a group - while they are good-natured, they aren't afraid to go against the grain in order to stay true to themselves.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Lee Know is the blue to Han's red. Changbin is also the blue to Felix's red.
  • Running Gag: At one concert, a fan held up their camera so that Changbin could take a picture, but he accidentally turned it off instead. Since then, it's become a running gag between the rest of the members and the fans to turn off any cameras being held up in the front row after recording for a while.
  • Singer-Songwriter:
    • All of them (mostly Bang Chan, Changbin and Han) have contributed to various songs’ melodies and lyrics.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: A frequent feature of their off-stage banter, especially when Lee Know or Changbin get involved.
  • Stage Names: Lee Know for Lee Minho, Han for Han Jisung and I.N for Yang Jeongin.
    • In 3RACHA, Bang Chan, Changbin and Han have the stage names CB97, SPEARB and J.ONE respectively.
  • Stepford Smiler: Apparently Felix is one. Changbin and I.N told him through their letters that he doesn't need to keep the stress all to himself.
    • I.N also admitted that he's always smiling - partially because he feels that his eyes make 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.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Bang Chan and Felix, who are Australians. Seungmin, Hyunjin and Han are also pretty fluent in English. Seungmin studied in LA for 3 months, Hyunjin has lived in Las Vegas, and Han has lived and studied in Malaysia before.
    • While Changbin has been working on his English, Felix says his pronunciation is good.
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Bang Chan knows some Mandarin and Japanese as well.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Hyunjin's sleep-talking habits are very odd, to put it lightly.
    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?" Then, just as I was about to put my earphones back on, "BRRRRWA!!"
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Hyunjin is dark-eyed, dark-haired, the tallest member and the official visual. He most certainly suits darker vibes too.
  • Team Mom: Due to his leadership style, Chan is regarded as the mom of the group. Meanwhile, Lee Know sometimes also takes up the role, keeping the the members well-fed with snacks.
  • Teen Idol: Most of them debuted at the age of 18.
  • There Are No Coincidences: They had their first win on the fourth of April 2019. One of their songs is called 4419.
  • Third-Person Person: Lee Know tends to use third-person, but more frequently on Instagram than in real life.
    • Chan also uses it, but extremely rarely.
  • Tsundere:
    • Lee Know and Seungmin show their love to members by snarking at them.
    • Changbin loves his members too, but he masks said love behind sardonic commentary.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Chicken and cola.
  • True Companions: It's evident that they are willing to stick together till the end, and share a deep mutual admiration, respect and fondness for each other - to the point that they consider themselves a family.
  • Tsurime Eyes: I.N, whose eyes further heighten his resemblance to a desert fox.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Han tends to say "UWA!" whenever he's surprised or amazed by something.
    • The Aussie line call each other "mate" or "bro"' when they converse in English.
    • When Changbin is annoyed by someone he calls them "ahjussi". He also uses "aigoo" when stalling for thought.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Lee Know to everyone else (especially Bang Chan and Han), and also Changbin and Seungmin.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Felix's doe-eyed appearance is at complete odds with his cavernous baritone voice.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Lee Know is afraid of heights and sudden loud noises.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: All members are known to frequently switch up their hair colours, with a preference for distinctive and unnatural shades.

     Music and Music Video Tropes 
  • Album Intro Track: "NOT!", "WHO?" and "YOU." serve as this in I Am NOT, I Am WHO and I Am YOU respectively. "Entrance" functions as one for MIROH, while "Road Not Taken" and "GO LIVE" are for Yellow Wood and GO生 respectively.
    • "NOT!" gives a brief glance for the themes 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."
    • "Entrance" serves as a brief overview of MIROH and features many musical motifs - the war cries from the title track, the yells and whoops from "Victory Song," the electronic effects from "Maze Of Memories," the bells from "Boxer," the whispers of "watch out, watch out!" and "tick-tock, tick-tock, getting closer!" from "Chronosaurus" and the echoing bass from "19" are all wrapped up and paced to the looming beat of drums, bass and snares.
    • Backed by a frenzied electronic improvisation, "Road Not Taken" introduces Yellow Wood's primary themes of confusion, anger and sorrow at having "lost the way".
    • "GO LIVE" features a murky synth-based instrumentation that backs furious verses about "not following time" and wanting to live at one's own pace.
  • Angry Dance: Of the "war dance" variety. The choreography for "MIROH" takes some moves from Haka, and several other songs have choreography reminiscent of or inspired by the power, acrobatics and aggression of war dances.
  • Auto-Tune: Often applied for stylistic effects. Bang Chan's verses in both 3RACHA and Stray Kids usually have a touch of this, while most of "M.I.A." uses auto-tune. Han makes use of it in his verses in "Double Knot" as well.
  • Badass Boast:
    • 3RACHA's Matryoshka, talking about how they will never fall down even when being "peeled off", a metaphor for being attacked or looked down on.
    • "God's Menu" uses cooking metaphors to underscore their resilience and uniqueness.
    • "Victory Song" is centred around being "undefeated" even in the face of adversity.
  • Battlecry:
    • A lot of the yells and vocalisations in the more aggressive songs are meant to be this.
    • "ZONE" from 3RACHA features a Maori war chant in the chorus.
    "Kia rite! Kia rite! Kia rite! Ah, upane, ha!" note 
  • Beast in the Maze:
    • The lyrics of "Chronosaurus" personify time as a Eldritch Abomination chasing the protagonist through a labyrinth, and uses it as an allegory for feeling like time is running out too quickly while still young.
    • "Maze Of Memories" also makes use of monsters in a labyrinth as a metaphor for the trials and tribulations of youth.
  • Boastful Rap: Mostly appears in 3RACHA's productions.
  • Call-Back:
    • 3RACHA's "ZONE" - also a part of the SKZ-PLAYER series - shares similar themes with "District 9" such as reaffirming the fact that hate cannot knock them down.
    • 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 notes that "no one holds [his] hand."
  • Careful with That Axe:
    • "Side Effects" is punctuated by piercing, heavily-distorted screams throughout, courtesy of I.N and Changbin.
    • A sudden, guttaral screech precedes Felix's verse in "Maze Of Memories."
  • 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', the listener.
  • Cover Version:
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: The dance line - Lee Know, Hyunjin and Felix. Words don't do them justice.
  • Darker and Edgier: "Side Effects" is considerably darker and heavier in comparison to the other title tracks, with a much harsher, psy-trance influenced sound, harsh chants and screams, and grim, downbeat lyrics that are frank in their description of hopelessness and anxiety.
  • Every Episode Ending: Every music video ends with a title card - usually black with text in All Caps and in the primary colour of that particular era - that reads "Stray Kids everywhere, all around the world. You make Stray Kids stay."
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Han makes a rather hilarious face in the MV of "District 9", when the bus rocks.
    • I.N can be seen repeatedly smacking himself in the head with a foam baseball bat at the start of the performance video for "Boxer."
  • Fun with Foreign Languages:
    • "Matryoshka" has some Russian mixed in it.
    • The Clé series comes from the French word for "key".
    • "ZONE" uses a Maori war chant in the chorus.
  • Free-Range Children: The concept of "District 9", that is, breaking the social stereotype and fighting 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 wander around and have found their own district.
    • Most of the videos for MIROH, including the title track and "Victory Song," see them prowling round the streets as they quietly prepare a coup.
  • Friendship Song: "4419" and "Sunshine."
  • Growing Up Sucks: A fair amount of songs deal with the fears and uncertainties associated with coming of age. "19" is one of the more straightforward and sombre examples - it was penned by Han as a response to still feeling as uncertain and riddled by questions as a teenager after realising he was one year shy of entering his 20s.
  • Hotter and Sexier:
    • 3RACHA's "WOW" has more provocative lines and sensual noises in the background.
    • The dance line's video for SKZ-PLAYER is definitely this to Stray Kids' usual choreography.
  • Lighter and Softer: Their M Vs for "Grow Up," "On Track" and "Get Cool" and performance video for "Young Wings" is a huge contrast to all of their previous MVs and performance videos.
    • "School Life" is this to the rest of their discography, being more in the vein of synthpop.
    • I am YOU is even softer than I am WHO, because the boys realize that they have each another to rely on.
  • Incredibly Long Note: These tend to fall to either Han or Seungmin.
  • Looped Lyrics: Happens quite often, most notably in "Grow Up," "Grrr" and "Side Effects."
  • Lyrical Tic:
    • "La la la" appears in quite a number of songs, such as "School Life", "Grrr (Law of Total Madness)" and "Awkward Silence"
    • Rap parts (especially by Changbin) are usually prefaced by and peppered with variations of "yoh," "skrrt," "brrah!" and "ah!"
  • Lyrics/Video Mismatch:
    • "Hellevator" is a song talking about how they feel lonely and helpless as the pressures of society build up on young shoulders, but many portions of the MV have the boys playing around together and walking through empty streets with their arms around each other.
    • "Boxer" is a defiant anthem about taking the punches dealt out by life with grace and resilience. The MV features the boys goofing about in a playground and playing with toddlers while recording most of their shenanigans on their phones.
  • Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: Usually ranges around 4-7.
    • 3RACHA's songs can reach levels on or above 8, outright mentioning problems of LGBTQ+ discrimination, suicide, 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 comes close in tracks like "District 9," "Mixtape #1" and "MIROH."
  • Non-Appearing Title: "4419", "M.I.A.", "Insomnia", "God's Menu" and "MIROH."
  • One-Word Title:
    • Mixtape: "Hellevator", "BEWARE", "GLOW"
    • I am NOT: "Mirror", "Awaken", "Rock"
    • I am WHO: "Voices", "Question", "Insomnia", "M.I.A."
    • I am YOU: "편"
    • MIROH: "MIROH", "Boxer", "Chronosaurus"
    • Yellow Wood: "TMT"
    • Levanter: "STOP", "Levanter", "Booster"
    • GO生: "Pacemaker", "Easy", "Haven", "Phobia"
  • Pep-Talk Song: Some notable ones include "Mixtape #1," "Mixtape #2," "Mixtape #4," "Blueprint," "My Pace," "Young Wings," "Sunshine" and "Awkward Silence."
  • Performance Video: Several songs have these, either as stand-alones or as dance-only variations of more story-heavy music videos. Examples include "Voices," "Victory Song," "Double Knot," "Grrr (Law of Total Madness)," "My Pace," "Mirror," "Side Effects," "Young Wings" and the dance-line's SKZ-PLAYER video.
  • Pun: The title for GO生 has a two-way version. One of the readings for the Chinese character "生" is "live," and is pronounced as "saeng." This is also where the English title of "GO LIVE" comes from, as a command. When read as one word, "GO生" would be read as "gosaeng," which is the Korean word for "hardship" - one of the album's primary themes.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: The chorus for "Side Effects" is only comprised of screams of "MEORI! APU! DA!"note 
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": One of the verses in "Side Effects" devolves into a panicky series of "no, no, no!"
  • 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.
    • "Mixtape #4" is a rearrangement of 3RACHA's "Broken Compass."
    • 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."
    • "STOP" is an expanded version of "Road Not Taken."
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Mostly 3RACHA's songs. "Matryoshka" is the most iconic one.
  • 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:
    • Yellow Wood takes its name and primary concepts of conflict and difficult choices from "The Road Not Taken," a poem by Robert Frost.
    • The primary motif of Levanter is change and renewal, with the title being inspired by the eponymous winds in "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho.
    • 3RACHA's Wow mentions 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.
    • The haka in "MIROH".
    • The flailing arms in "Side Effects".
    • The sprinkling of spices, as well as the butterfly pose, from "God's Menu."
  • Singer Name Drop:
    • Quite a lot of songs integrate some form of this, such as "Pacemaker," "Victory Song,"note  "Double Knot," "MIROH"note , "District 9"note , "Opposite"note  and "YAYAYA"note 
    • "GO LIVE" drops in "I know, you know, we know, Lee Know."
    • Songs of 3RACHA feature this as well. Examples include "Broken Compass"note , "Start Line"note , "I See"note  and "Matryoshka"note 
  • Songs of Solace:
    • The lyrics of "My Pace" are about not comparing oneself with others and it's okay to just be yourself.
    • A few songs in I am YOU are this, promising fans that they will stay by their sides no matter what.
    • "Sunshine" from '"Levanter''.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Most members are in the tenor range, with Han, Seungmin and Lee Know often taking charge of falsetto and long notes. Changbin's voice is grittier and can pitch down into lower registers. Then there's Felix, who can reach the lowest of the bass register without much effort.
  • Take That!: One of the set-pieces in the MV for "God's Menu" is a construction site. Seeing as how the song primarily boasts about their individuality and defiance, this is implied to be a response to those who tend to disparage their music as "construction noise."
  • Vocal Tag Team: They usually have a combination of 5 rappers and 3 vocalists, but it can vary as the vocalists and rappers often switch positions.
    • Lee Know started off as a vocalist before his talent in rapping was unearthed. So another usual combination is 6 rappers and 2 vocalists.
    • "Maze Of Memories" is a variation where everyone raps in a call-and-response manner.
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