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TWICE (Hangul: 트와이스) is a South Korean Girl Group formed by JYP Entertainment in 2015. They debuted through the reality show Sixteen, where sixteen girls competed against each other to decide who would be the ones to debut in a long-planned project of the agency. Eventually, nine winners – seven who won outright, plus one each based on audience votes and JYP's personal recommendation – were chosen and became members of the group. Of the members, five of them are Korean (Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Jihyo, Dahyun, and Chaeyoung), three are Japanese (Momo, Sana, Mina) and one is Taiwanese (Tzuyu).

The group debuted on October 20th 2015 with the EP The Story Begins and it was a massive success. The title track "Like Ooh-Ahh" broke records for K-pop debuts, and the girls landed numerous endorsements, claimed to be enough to maintain JYPE as a company for 10 years. Record-breaking trends continued with their second EP Page Two, which also landed the group their first music show wins.


During promotion of Page Two, Taiwanese member Tzuyu was caught in a political proxy war between China and Taiwan which made international news. She got backlash for waving Taiwan's flag in a Korean TV show, forcing her to make a video apology. Reactions to this were extreme, from likely influencing the Taiwanese elections already scheduled for that period in favor of the pro-independence party, to the Chinese government censoring searches for the controversy in order to defend her.

In June 2017, Twice officially debuted in Japan, with their first Japanese-language EP #TWICE – adaptations of their first 5 Korean title songs (coupled with the Korean originals) – being certified Platinum, and made their first live appearance in Tokyo that July. They later followed this up with Japan-only singles and albums, technically also making them a J-Pop group. To date, they only perform their Japanese songs in Japan. Everywhere else gets their Korean catalog (which includes a few adaptataions of originally Japanese songs like "BDZ" and "Be As One").


The group's massive and enduring popularity since its start has led to Twice being rather controversially dubbed The Nation's Girl Group, the title once held by Girls' Generation. Less controversially, Twice is the best selling current girl group in Kpop, with not only mega-hit singles but also selling more albums than every other girl group in Kpop combined in 2017.

Twice made their first international appearance at KCON-LA in July 2016, along with several other groups including BTS and Girls' Generation. They embarked upon their first international headline tour in early 2017. Twicelights, their 3rd international tour, included their first headline shows in the West (specifically the USA and Mexico City). Their 4th tour, III, began in earnest in February 2022 with seven shows across the USA and then three shows at Tokyo Dome, all of which sold out within minutes. These shows marked the first time in almost three years all nine members performed together in front of a live audience. That was followed by two more sold-out "Encore" shows at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles – the first time any Korean Girl Group had played, much less sold out, a stadium show in the USA. A couple days later, they performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, marking their first in-person appearance on an American TV show (earlier performances were remote due to the pandemic).

In May 2022, JYPE, through Twice's social media channels, announced they would release Nayeon's first solo EP – a Self-Titled Album – the next month, marking the first commercial solo music release for any of the members. On July 12th 2022, JYPE formally announced that all nine members had renewed their contracts, making Twice the agency's first girl-group to break the so-called "seven-year-curse", and one of the very few Korean groups to do so without losing or replacing any members.note 

Two members thus far have had to go on hiatus at separate times for mental and/or physical issues – Mina in 2019, followed by Jeongyeon from 2020-2021. Unusually for K-Pop, fans (especially outside Korea) have been very accepting of this and appreciative of the girls being candid about their issues.

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  • Nayeon (Im Na-yeon, born September 22, 1995) - Lead vocalist, lead dancer, center
  • Jeongyeon (Yoo Jeong-yeon, born November 1, 1996) - Lead vocalist
  • Momo (Momo Hirai, born November 9, 1996) - Main dancer, sub vocalist, sub rapper
  • Sana (Sana Minatozaki, born December 29, 1996) - Sub vocalist
  • Jihyo (Park Ji-hyo, born February 1, 1997) - Leader, main vocalist
  • Mina (Mina Myoui, born March 24, 1997) - Main dancer, sub vocalist
  • Dahyun (Kim Da-hyun, born May 28, 1998) - Lead rapper, sub vocalist
  • Chaeyoung (Son Chae-young, born April 23, 1999) - Main rapper, sub vocalist
  • Tzuyu (Chou Tzŭ-yú, born June 14, 1999) – Lead dancer, sub vocalist

Korean Catalog

Extended Plays

  • THE STORY BEGINS (released October 20, 2015)
  • PAGE TWO (released April 2016)
  • TWICEcoaster: LANE 1 (released October 2016)
    • TWICEcoaster: LANE 2 (released February 2017)
  • SIGNAL (released May 2017)
  • What is Love? (released April 2018)
    • Summer Nights (released July 2018)
  • YES or YES (released November 2018)
    • The Year of "YES" (released December 2018)
  • FANCY YOU (released April 2019)
  • Feel Special (released September 2019)
  • MORE & MORE (released June 2020)
  • Taste of Love (released June 2021)
  • BETWEEN 1&2 (released August 2022)

Full Albums

  • Twicetagram (released October 2017)
    • Merry & Happy (released December 2017)
  • Eyes Wide Open (released October 2020)
  • Formula of Love: O+T=<3 (released November 2021)


Japanese Discography

Extended Plays

  • What's TWICE? (released February 2017)
  • #TWICE (released July 2017)
  • #TWICE2 (released March 2019)
  • #TWICE3 (released September 2020)
  • #TWICE4 (released March 2022)

Full Albums

  • BDZ (released September 2018)
    • BDZ Repackage (released December 2018)
  • & TWICE (released November 2019)
    • & TWICE -Repackaged- (released February 2020)
  • Perfect World (released July 2021)
  • Celebrate (released July 2022)


  • One More Time (released October 2017)
  • Candy Pop (released February 2018)
  • Wake Me Up (released May 2018)
  • Happy Happy (released July 2019)
  • Breakthrough (released July 2019)
  • Fanfare (released July 2020)
  • Better (released November 2020)
  • Kura Kura (released May 2021)
  • Doughnut (released December 2021)

English Singles (all digital only)

  • More & More (released April 2020)
  • I Can't Stop Me (released October 2020)
  • The Feels (released October 2021)

Twice provides examples of:

     General Tropes 

  • Affectionate Parody: Jeongyeon, Tzuyu, Chaeyoung, and Dahyun did one of the hit Korean Drama Descendants of the Sun for Twice's Elegant Private Life.
  • Angelic Beauty: Tzuyu is so beautiful that she's been paired with literal angel imagery multiple times.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Tzuyu has a reputation for being this. She's drop-dead gorgeous (although the darkest-skinned member of TWICE, not the standard Raven Hair, Ivory Skin example of this trope), and she's nicknamed the "evil maknae" due to how blunt and detached she can seem.
    • Mina also counts. Like Tzuyu, it's because she is very shy, mostly keeping to herself and not joining in the others' antics. Unlike Tzuyu, Mina is rarely blunt.
    • The members also say Dahyun is like this off camera as she rarely joins other members in random merriment, except occasionally Chaeyoung, instead off doing her own thing. It tends to take people back, considering her usual cheerful and extra personality on-camera. During her pre-debut days, she played a role of this in a role as JB's Love Interest in GOT7's "Stop Stop It" music video.
  • Animal Motifs: Most, but not all, members are associated with an animal, an emoji of which will sometimes be used as shorthand on official social media posts.
    • Nayeon's is a rabbit.
    • Jeongyeon's is a dog.
    • Sana's is a hamster.
    • Jihyo's is a unicorn.
    • Mina's is a penguin.
    • Chaeyoung's is a tiger.
    • Tzuyu's is a deer.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Invoked constantly by the other members with Tzuyu, the tallest member but also the youngest (thus the occasional nickname "Big Baby"). Even years after she became an adult, the other members go out of their way to not tease her too hard and often give her a pass when she fails challenges. Tzuyu herself said Jeongyeon continues to treat her like a baby to the present day.
    • Nayeon pretends to be this on-camera – she's the oldest but will often act childish to get a reaction from the others. This earned her the nickname "Fake Maknae" (contrasting Tzuyu, the real one).
  • Bad Liar: Tzuyu is one, and it has been used against her in several variety show appearances, including one where she was repeatedly asked if [random guy in the studio] was attractive. For one, she didn't want to say "no" but her attempt at deflection was so obvious everyone burst out laughing. Girl cannot fib to save her life, which probably contributes to her bluntness noted above.
  • Bare Your Midriff: It's a K-Pop girl group. Momo, in particular, is popular for her abs.
    • Mina, of all people, also earned abs-respect during Twice's February 2022 tour of the USA. Video from one of the LA concerts shows Momo looking down at Mina, clearly impressed.
    • Usually averted with Jeongyeon who, even before her health issues began in 2020, has a history of being more conservative with her clothing choices. She does not like showing too much skin and was noticeably uncomfortable in one of her USA Tour costumes that did show a tiny bit of midriff.
  • Bifauxnen:
  • Big Eater: All of TWICE's members love snacks (see their reaction to Sana's Cheer Up set), but the most eating obsessed of them all has to be Momo.
    "If I work hard, then I get to eat good food." —Momo's self-proclaimed drive
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead:
    • For "Like Ooh-Ahh", Momo was blonde; Jihyo, Mina, and Jeongyeon all had red hair; and everyone else was brunette.
    • For "Cheer Up", Sana's blonde; Mina has red hair; Jeongyeon, Momo, and Jihyo are brunettes; and Chaeyoung is more reddish-brown.
    • During their first online concert, Jihyo had red hair again, Chaeyoung, Mina and Jeongyeon were blonde, and everyone else's hair was brown (except Momo, who had blue hair).
  • Blind Without 'Em: While the majority of Twice members wear glasses when not working, this is most often discussed regarding Nayeon, whose eyesight is absurdly poor. When she appeared on Korean TV show The Manager, the hosts noted how thick her lenses are. Nayeon sometimes pokes fun at her terrible eyesight during livestreams and admitted she uses colored prescription contact lenses during performances.
  • Boobs of Steel: The bustiest members, Jihyo and Momo, are considered to be the best dancers and, therefore, the most physically capable in the group.
    • Averted with Mina who is also a "Main Dancer" alongside Momo but is more slender by comparison.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Jeongyeon had this up until "Signal". Chaeyoung also adopts this hairstyle from time to time if she isn't sporting a bob-cut – most of the time she has long hair it's actually a very good weaved-in extension.
  • Brutal Honesty: Even though Tzuyu is the youngest, she's notorious for being very blunt with the other members.
  • Catchphrase: Twice always introduces themselves with "One in a million! Hello, we are Twice!"
  • Celebrity Resemblance: Twice's extremely big Filipino fanbase will not stop joking about Jeongyeon's resemblance to famous Chinese-Filipino actress Angel Locsin. The joke is so widespread that the live audience during ABS-CBN's 2019 Christmas special on TV audibly chanted, "JEONGYEON! JEONGYEON! JEONGYEON!" when Locsin appeared onstage to sing.
  • The Cutie: Chaeyoung became notorious of this when dressed up as Harry Potter for Halloween.
  • Double Agent: In episode one of Twice's Private Life, an Mnet employee posed as a manager for the girls to get real footage of their private lives. At the end, it was revealed that she had been so successful because Tzuyu had secretly been assisting her the whole show.
  • Expy: The group has been called the next Girls' Generation. After all, they are a girl group from a large company with nine members and have enjoyed immense popularity so far. Comparisons were bound to happen.
    • However, JYP's original intention was to make them into an upgraded and more "natural and friendly" version of their predecessors Wonder Girls and miss A.
    • Jeongyeon used to be an expy of Amber, as admitted by Park Jin-Young (founder of JYPE).
  • Fanservice: It's a K-pop girl group, they live and breathe on this. Cosplay seems to be a popular form of fanservice with this group though.
  • Faux Yay: Sometimes, like when Jeongyeon and Nayeon pretended to make out on stage. Lips did not touch, but it was pretty prolonged, with the live audience going absolutely nuts.
    • Sana by contrast is very affectionate towards those she cares about and has at least once (Tokyo Dome 2019) gone on a very real kissing spree at the end of a show. Usually on the cheek, but still… it brings the misheard lyric from "Heart Shaker" (Is Sana Gay) to a whole new level.
    • During one variety show, Nayeon went up to Mina and, completely blocking any cameras, appeared to kiss Mina on the lips. She pulled away wiping her lips with a smug expression as Mina sat stunned. The other members asked if lips actually touched, to which Nayeon replied "I'll leave that to your imagination." (her go-to answer when asked questions about dating and such). Many months later, Mina said they did.
  • Friend to All Children: Nayeon, in spades. She absolutely loves kids, and will not hesitate to run up to one to bring a little joy to their lives.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Jeongyeon adores animals and has done lots of volunteer work at animal shelters with her sister. This is why in group videos during her hiatus, clipart of a cartoon puppy was often superimposed on the video thumbnail and sometimes in the video itself to represent her.
  • Fun Personified: Dahyun. Just look at her teaser for their very first single. Even funnier given the fact that she's well-known for being a church girl, but doesn't fit the stuffy stereotype of religious Christian youths at all.
  • Gamer Chick: Mina is one to One of Us levels.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Jeongyeon was the group's designated Bifauxnen for its first few years, but eventually imposed a Girliness Upgrade upon herself. Lo and behold the difference between 2015 Jeongyeon and late-2019 Jeongyeon. Even her name counts, as she legally had it changed from Kyungwan to Jeongyeon due to her birth name being too boyish for her taste.
  • Girl Next Door: They thrive on a "startlingly pretty girl-next-door" concept (or at least did for the first few years of the group), but this probably applies the most to Nayeon. She has said that she wants to be "the Nation's BFF".
  • Hair Flip: When Tzuyu did one in Idol Olympics, she went viral even in Western sites.
  • Happy Holidays Dress: The band wear these on the Christmas edition of "TWICEcoaster: LANE 1".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: During the selection stage for 3-way Rock, Paper, Scissors battles to see who would be able to sing in "Encore", JYP was asked who he thinks he can beat. He answers Mina; and not only does he end up selecting her as his opponent (along with Wooyoung from 2PM), she beats both him and Wooyoung in their match.
  • Identical Stranger: Momo and Sana were this to each other before forging their friendship over the years. Other trainees apparently thought they were identical twins. With their extremely similar facial features and jaw shapes, it's hard to blame those who mistook/mistake the two for twins. Both girls have embraced the joke. In one livestream, Momo announced that her twin was doing the video with her, and Sana emerged in a matching outfit, right on cue.
  • Idol Singer: They are some of K-Pop's biggest examples, earning "Nation's Girl Group" levels of popularity and success following their debut.
  • It's All About Me: Nayeon lightheartedly exhibits this attitude. When Mina talked about "Shot Thru The Heart", a song she co-wrote about a guy not requiting her feelings, Nayeon asked if he didn't like Mina because he liked Nayeon. In a Private Life episode as well, the producers brought in a pair to show "daring" PDA when each girl entered the elevator. Even "clueless" Sana was flustered by the PDA, but Nayeon didn't notice a thing.
  • Kansai Regional Accent: Mina, Sana, and Momo, being that they ARE from the Kansai region.
  • The Klutz: Sana is definitely qualified. Her klutziness was even included in the Music Video for "Like Ooh-Ahh".
    • The other members claim Momo is one whenever she isn't dancing. She is not the first or last top-tier dancer to have this reputation.
  • The Leader: Jihyo is an example of the second type. Despite not being the oldest, she got this position by having the longest training period – 10 years.
  • Lethal Chef: None of them could cook. Their reality show, "TWICE's Elegant Private Life," showed the girls struggling to make pancakes. They've gotten better at it over the years, as they've been able to cook potato pancakes and chicken feet. Jeongyeon and Momo have since shown themselves to be decent cooks – Jeongyeon's father is a high-profile chef after all, while Momo loves food too much to afford constantly eating out.
  • Meaningful Name: The group was given the name of TWICE because they have the power to make you smile twice: once with your eyes, and then with your ears.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Sana's referred to as the cute-sexy member of the group.
    • Some of Momo's stage outfits are noticeably... less modest compared to the others.
  • Nice Girl: All the members have earned reputations for being very sweet girls. Specific examples…
    • Invoked and discussed a lot about Tzuyu during their Time To Twice mini-series. In one, the girls play "Blind Yes or No" (answering without knowing the questions). While most of the members' requests were self-centered, such as "Buy me a gift" or the like, Tzuyu's was "Buy drinks for the staff".
    • Tzuyu isn't the only one. Chaeyoung intentionally failed her 2022 TW-Log mission because of this. Her mission was to ignore Momo and only Momo in New York. She couldn't bring herself to do it because Momo is just too nice and instead helped Momo complete her own mission.
    • Nayeon told Tzuyu during their arranged "date" that there was just something about Mina, an innocent aura, that made her impossible to tease. Tzuyu agreed.
      • During the Behind-the-Scenes of her solo MV "POP!", Nayeon spent a couple minutes discussing the internal struggle that she hadn't yet become close with her six backup dancers, wanted to, but also admitting that having a professional relationship made practices and shoots more productive – Twice tend to clown around during practice.
  • Otaku: In the full meaning of the word, Mina, who has Anime pillows. That's not just Anime fan, that's advanced Anime fan.
  • Proud Beauty: When asked by a fan who is prettiest without makeup, Nayeon pointed at herself. Her response to Chaeyoung calling her cute was "I know." When asked which member would be most attractive as a man, she referred to herself. When Tzuyu reenacted the scene from Snow White (using a soup spoon) where the Queen asks who's the fairest of all, the spoon replied "Nayeon-unnie" every time until Tzuyu eventually turns to give Nayeon an expression that is as close as she gets to a Death Glare.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Dahyun is the most obvious example. Her skin is so pale, one wouldn't be faulted for thinking she's mixed-race (she isn't). This is how she got her nickname "Dubu" (Korean for tofu). When she bleached her hair in 2019, it blended in with her face so much that only her eyes and lips stood out.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Jeongyeon, Sana, and Chaeyoung's ideal boyfriend outfit is heavily pink. The shirt is bright pink and so is the hat. Sana even says that a man who looks good in pink is attractive. The other girls' only criticisms for this look are that the ripped jeans don't look as nice and their chosen wristwatch is incongruous with the rest of the ensemble.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In the third episode of Twice TV 4, a tired Momo spent several minutes telling the camera about two mosquito bites she had gotten the night before. Lampooned by Dahyun, who stood behind her progressively becoming more and more visibly bored.
  • She's Got Legs: The members' toned legs are often shown off with leg-baring ensembles.
  • Shrinking Violet: Mina and Tzuyu are the quietest members of the group. Deconstructed with Mina; she isn't merely shy, but has suffered from anxiety disorder.
    • Jeongyeon became one, at least onstage, following her own anxiety diagnosis and panic attacks. Even when she did return to the stage in February 2022, she was still often noticeably anxious and often spent MC and Encore periods off to the side until the final shows in New York.
  • Simple, yet Awesome: Tzuyu's profile lists one of her talents as "Throwing ball far." The other girls even ribbed her for it when they went bowling in Twice's Elegant Private Life.
  • Singer Name Drop: "Like Ooh-Ahh" has the line "better think about it twice." Lampshaded by GFRIEND when they performed their cover of the song, and changed it to "better think about it GFRIEND".
  • Singer-Songwriter: All nine members have lyric credits to their names for B-Side tracks going all the way back to 2016 EP Page Two. A couple of songs – "21:29" and Japanese title track "Celebrate" – credit everyone, but for the most part member-penned songs tend to be either solo or in groups of 2-3. As of Between 1&2
    • Chaeyoung has 14 lyricist credits and 1 composition credit ("How U Doin’")
    • Jihyo has 13 lyricist credits and 2 composition credits ("Cactus" and "Trouble")
    • Dahyun has 13 lyricist credits
    • Nayeon has 10 lyricist credits, including 2 songs on her solo EP
    • Jeongyeon has 6 lyricist credits
    • Sana has 6 lyricist credits
    • Momo has 5 lyricist credits
    • Mina has 3 lyricist credits (1 with Momo & Sana, the other 2 with all members)
    • Tzuyu has 2 lyricist credits (both with the all-group songs noted above)
  • Spell My Name with an S: Has happened with more than one member.
    • Jeongyeon's given name was originally transliterated as "Jungyeon" as shown in this reveal for SIXTEEN. It changed to the current spelling by the time Twice debuted, but some longtime fans still use the older spelling.
      • That same "yeo" vowel (ㅕ) is spelled as "yu" by Dahyun and "you" by Chaeyoung – the latter is a pre-reform Romanization still used by many Koreans including JYP himself.
    • Nayeon's family name is transliterated as "Lim" in official subtitles despite being pronounced by her and spelled as 임 ("Im") in Korean. The latter spelling is used by fans and That Other Wiki. Nayeon herself has yet to address the discrepancy to indicate a preference.
      • The reason there is a discrepancy is due to mandated spelling reforms to both Romanization and Hangeul itself since the Korean War. The underlying hanja (Chinese character) of her name, 林, was traditionally spelled "Lim" or "Rim" (림), but South Korean no longer allows initial-consonant "r/l" in "native" words.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Downplayed. While hardly Amazonian in height, famed beauty Tzuyu stands at an impressive 5’8”. She's noticeably taller than even Jeongyeon (the second-tallest member at ~5’6”).
  • The Stoic: Tzuyu is prone to being rigid and not expressing emotions easily, especially on camera. In fact, she didn't cry on camera until June 2016 according to Jeongyeon. She doesn't even get scared easily earning admiration from fans.
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Certainly applies to Momo, Sana, Mina (all Japanese), and Tzuyu (Taiwanese) since they have to speak Korean in their daily lives. By the time Twice had been around for awhile it became incredibly rare for them to make mistakes, though Momo still has odd pronunciation (which Nayeon loves to poke fun at) and Tzuyu seems to speak Korean with a Chinese accent. Flipped around the other way when the five Korean members and Tzuyu need to converse in Japanese.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Averted with Mina. She was born in Texas, but did not reside long enough in the USA to have learned fluent English, contrary to common fan belief. She does, however, have decent pronunciation whenever she's tasked to speak English. This is evidenced by her flawless delivery of the Gratuitous English introductory lines of "Yes or Yes". She also the most able to engage in conversational English even though her vocabulary is limited and she's very shy.
    • Nayeon has been working at this as well, and by 2022 her pronunciation has arguably surpassed Mina's, though she admits she has a ways to go before being conversant. During one stop on the 2022 USA Tour, Nayeon said to the crowd (in English) that she hoped by her next visit to America, her English would be better, to which Sana – one of the worst at English by her own admission – replied (in Korean), "Your English is good now."
      • Nayeon has a habit, shown in her vlogs, of using Gratuitous English in real life conversation, something no other member does (except sometimes Mina). She also announced her first solo EP in English (after JYPE had already done so in Korean).
      "Can't wait to share my first solo album with you! See you soon"
    • As of late-2021, Tzuyu has shown an extremely high level of English comprehension, being able to understand an American speaking quickly without needing to wait for a translation. She also tends to attempt to use more advanced vocabulary than most of the other members during English MC. However, she is very shy about speaking. When told by a native speaker that her English was good, she replied quietly, "No… I'm not." Keeping in mind that English is her fourth language (Japanese is her fifth).
  • Team Mom: Nayeon occasionally becomes this to the other members. For instance, during a rehearsal for "TT", she saves Momo from falling off the stage; and during the actual performance, she pulls Momo back from the edge.
    • Jeongyeon also counts, according to the other members. In fact, the girls say Jeongyeon is like this to everyone except Nayeon and Jihyo – the former is older and the latter has more performing experience – who she prefers to tease mercilessly.
  • Team Pet: Boo, Momo's adorable little dog that frequently appears in TWICE's Instagram posts and behind the scenes videos. Boo even made a cameo in the "SCIENTIST" music video, playing with Momo.
    • Note that several other members of Twice have dogs, and Momo herself got a second dog in early 2021 (Dobby) to be Boo's companion, but only Boo has become so thoroughly associated with Twice.
  • The Tease: Sana. From going on kissing sprees, to making other members kiss and even wiggling her butt when slapped, Sana is the biggest teaser in the group.
    • Nayeon is a close second. She has been filmed wearing skin-tight clothing and giving lap-dances to other members, draping herself on them, trying to kiss them (notably the ones who least like it), and even claimed in response to a Once's request to marry Jeongyeon (in English), "No! Jeongyeon is my husband!" and said they had signed their marriage certificate (same-sex marriage is illegal in South Korea, so she was obviously joking).
  • Teen Idol: What they were when they first debuted… except Nayeon, who turned 20 one month before their inaugural release. It wouldn't be until their 8th EP Feel Special (September 2019) that every member had aged beyond their teens.
  • Theme Naming:
    • Most artists from JYP Entertainment have a number-related name: 2AM, 2PM, 15&, Baek Ayeon (baek = 100 in Korean), GOT7, TWICE, and DAY6.
    • Wonder Girls, miss A, NMIXX, and TWICE have the same "s" sound, and all but miss A incorporate the syllable "스" (miss A's is written as 미쓰에이 in Korean).
  • Those Two Guys: Chaeyoung and Dahyun are quite the dynamic duo. They're often introduced together, isolated from the rest of the group, in music videos. Justified by their positions as the group's rappers.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Momo really, really loves Jokbal (Pigs' feet).
  • True Companions: After all their years together (plus hardships), the girls consider each other family, unable to be seperated each other for long periods of time. Special mention goes to the times one or two members go absent (like Mina and Jeongyeon's hiatuses), where they are noticeably empty when incomplete and made sure the absent member's presence is acknowledged.
  • The Unpronounceable: Tzuyu's name pronunciation has been a topic of debate. Korean doesn't have the same phonemic inventory as Mandarin and it lacks tonality (for the record, neither English nor Japanese are tonal either) so they try to approximate 子瑜 as much as possible with 쯔위 "jjeu-wi" which is very different from the pronunciation in Mandarin. Her name is transliterated in Hanyu Pinyin (not universal in Taiwan, especially in the south where she's from) as Zǐyú, just to add to fan frustrations on what pronunciation to use. Tzuyu herself embraces "Jjeu-wi" when she speaks Korean, however she uses the original pronunciation when she speaks Mandarin. To settle the differences, fans have given Tzuyu the affectionate nickname "Chewy" based on her Korean pronunciation.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: More than one member has this…
    • Dahyun is deathly afraid of heights, as shown during the group's trip to Switzerland and the Thrill Walk. She was practically attached to Sana's hip when they were slowly walking the entire way down.
      • Momo is afraid of heights as well. Unlike Dahyun, she didn't even go through the Thrill Walk. She ended up going an alternate route down with some of the managers to meet up with the other members.
    • invoked Sana is terrified of thunder to the point she immediately collapses into the fetal position and needs someone to comfort her in the event of an especially loud burst. This was once caught on camera while she was leaving Inchon Airport during a storm. It was also (unintentionally?) exploited and retained during the Korean version of the "TT" music video where Sana, dressed as a superhero, crouches on a roof but hears fake thunder – the metal sheet type often used on sets – and flinches.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Tzuyu is a constant fixture in popular "World's Most Beautiful Women" lists (e.g. TC Candler's), and is often the only member to crack Top Fives. She even won in 2019, becoming number one on the TC Candler list for that year.

     Tropes that apply to their songs 

  • Biblical Motifs: Eyes Wide Open, the title of their October 2020 album, alludes to their greater knowledge upon eating the forbidden apple.
  • Call-Back:
    • One of Jeongyeon's lines in "TT" is "You're saying I'm ridiculous, that I don't live up to my looks, doesn't cheer me up at all ba-ba-ba-baby!"
    • "Talk That Talk has 5 references to their older songs:
      • Sana repeats her iconic lines from "MORE & MORE", reminding us of how she slayed similar lyrics all the way back in 2020.
      • In the pre-chorus, Tzuyu references the group’s 2018 single "YES or YES", even doing the iconic dance move.
      • Tzuyu also references "PUSH & PULL", a song by the subunit of Jihyo, Sana, and Dahyun from their 3rd full album, Formula of Love: O+T=<3.
      • Jeongyeon mentions TWICE’s "1 to 10", a b-side from their album TWICEcoaster: LANE 1.
      • Although it’s barely heard in the song, thanks to the subtitles on the official music video, ONC Es were still able to catch this line! In the background, a chorus says "Turn It Up", one of their b-sides from an extended play, FANCY YOU.
  • The Cover Changes the Gender: Utterly Averted in their Cover Version of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" to the delight of some female fans.
    • Played straight with Dahyun & Chaeyoung's cover of JYP & Rain's "Switch To Me" so they wouldn't be referring to themselves as men.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: They have a theme song!
  • Emoticon: The title and chorus hook of "TT" derives from an emoticon used to signify crying.
  • Gratuitous English: It's present in a lot of their songs.
  • J-Pop: Although known mainly as a K-Pop group, they consistently release official Japanese versions of their songs plus original songs in Japanese.
  • Letters 2 Numbers: Their 11th EP Between 1 & 2 is stylised as "BETW9EN 1&2".
  • Not Good with Rejection: "Hey, boy! Look, I'm gonna make this simple for you. You got two choices: yes or… YES?" The song itself proceeds to egg this guy further into saying yes. For what it's worth, the narrator acknowledges she's being selfish.
  • Protagonist Journey to Villain: Lyrically, "I Can't Stop Me" is about standing on the boundary between good and evil. See Biblical Motifs above for more.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Twice Square", a location that shows up in more than one music video, is sort of a riff on New York City's famous Times Squre.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Well, single girl seeks good boy, as they were so young at the time. But the lyrics for "Like OOH-AHH" talk about a narrator who's pretty In Love with Love, except she won't give herself to someone so easily. They even chant "Let me see how you're gonna treat me!" when the beat drops.
  • Surprisingly Good English: Formula of Love really cranked up the English and their pronunciation is better than one might expect for girls who openly admit to struggling with the language – "Moonlight", "Icon", and "Candy" are entirely in English.
    • Their previous EP, Taste Of Love contains the English version of "Cry For Me" (the Korean version was a standalone single). English versions of "More & More", "I Can't Stop Me", and "The Feels" were released as digital singles around the same era.
  • A Wild Rapper Appears!: Usually the domain of Chaeyoung and Dahyun.

     Tropes that apply to their music videos or performances 

  • Action Survivor: The girls in "BDZ". For instance, Mina's method of attack against a Consummate Professional law enforcement agent is... distracting him through her cuteness. (sadly, it doesn't work)
  • Arc Number: Every Twice member has a one- or two-digit number associated with them and in some music videos (e.g. "One More Time", "The Feels") they will wear uniforms with their number on it.
    • Nayeon = 9
    • Jeongyeon = 0
    • Momo = 64
    • Sana = 12
    • Jihyo = 21
    • Mina = 37 ** 
    • Dahyun = 7
    • Chaeyoung = 29
    • Tzuyu = 25
  • Biblical Motifs: The "More & More" and "I Can't Stop Me" teasers and music videos feature Garden of Eden imagery, including the classic Forbidden Fruit.
  • Brand X: Chaeyoung wears a Moschino-branded gold chain belt in outdoor scenes filmed on location for "Signal". The costumers seem to have had second thoughts about featuring the brand so prominently in close-ups, so later shots of the outfit show that the letters 'O', 'C', and 'I' have been removed from the dangling charms.
  • Call-Back:
    • The dance for "I'm Gonna Be A Star" has Call-Backs to "Like Ooh-Ahh" and "Cheer Up"
    • In the MV for "Signal", when the girls are following the alien through the futuristic department store, they pass the camera guy who featured in the "Cheer Up" MV. There's also a lady wearing a similar hanbok to the one Dahyun wore in "Cheer Up", and being projected onto the wall is a "Cheer Up" dance video.
    • The choreography for "LIKEY" has Twice doing the hand poses for "Cheer Up", "TT", and "Signal" during Momo's part.
    • During "Brand New Girl", the members are briefly seen watching the anime used in their previous Japanese video "Candy Pop".
    • In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it flash, the video for "The Feels" shows Dahyun suddenly wearing sunglasses and holding a potted plant in a reference to her costume from "What is Love?"
    • The first pre-chorus in "Talk that Talk" has the line "Baby you know the answer YES or YES". Tzuyu, who sings that line, does the hand gestures from "Yes or Yes" in the choreography.
    • The entirety of "Celebrate" is a big call-back to their entire Japanese-region release catalogue, and each of the props references a particular music video. A toy bulldozer on the pile of gifts is a reference to "BDZ", the tennis racquet evokes the competitive game depicted in "One More Time", and the fried and iced treat is clearly a "Doughnut".
  • The Cameo: All of them (minus Dahyun, who was filming a show) appear as stylists for Conan O'Brien and Steven Yeun and as backup dancers in the video for "Fire" by JYP.
  • Charlie Chaplin Shout-Out: Chaeyoung dresses up like Chaplin during her rap verse in the "What Is Love?" video.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Every member of Twice is identified by a specific colour, which often accompanies their name in live shows and sometimes even the superimposed Korean subtitles on their videos.
    • Nayeon – Baby Blue
    • Jeongyeon – Green
    • Momo – Pink
    • Sana – Purple
    • Jihyo – Orange/Apricot
    • Mina – Mint
    • Dahyun – White
    • Chaeyoung – Red
    • Tzuyu – Blue
  • Continuity Nod: In "Knock Knock", the group flicks through a book containing drawings of themselves in the outfits they wore in "TT". They also get locked out of their house at midnight in the snow, and it's implied that they died and became ghosts, appearing to the kids in "TT".
  • Cool Bike: Jeongyeon drives a motorbike in the MV for "I Can't Stop Me".
  • Cool Car:
    • The video for "Feel Special" features Sana hiding out behind a 1976 Jaguar XJ Series 2.
    • A 1964 Lincoln Continental is the backdrop for the rap break in "Likey". In their music video commentary the group remarked on how the owner was nervous about all the dancing happening around his vehicle.
    • Jeongyeon is your chauffeur in a 1966 Volvo 122 S in the video for "Yes or Yes".
    • Nayeon poses on top of a stretch-Hummer during "POP!". During the music video reaction, Jeongyeon and Chaeyoung asked Nayeon if she got to go inside the limo… She did not.
  • Crapsack World: The setting for the "BDZ" MV.
  • Creator Cameo: JYP turns up at the doorstep of the house in "Knock Knock". Also a case of Biting-the-Hand Humor, as the girls' expectant faces immediately fall upon seeing him, and they slam the door on him.
  • Cross-Cast Role:
    • Some of the roles in the "What Is Love?" music video. In one scene, Chaeyoung is given a drawn-on mustache. (Behind the scenes, however, Dahyun got upset over being told that her character in one scene didn't really look like a man)
      • For her brief cameo as Albert Einstein in "Scientist", they didn't have a fake moustache for her, so she cut her wig and made one herself.
    • Jeongyeon was the go-to for playing male characters (Leonardo Dicaprio's Pretty Boy Romeo; Pinocchio; etc.) before her self-imposed Girliness Upgrade. Inverted during the Ghost homage in "What is Love?" where Sana of all people spoofs Patrick Swayze and Jeongyeon is Demi Moore.
  • Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Tzuyu in the "Signal" MV nudges her alien crush, but ends up pushing him through the wall and into the classroom.
  • Double-Meaning Title: Of the Visual Pun variety for "Fancy". The song is straightforward enough in using fancy as a verb (the British sense, in that you're attracted to someone), but the music video also has the girls being very, very fancy. In fact, one of the opening shots is Nayeon atop a gigantic diamond.
  • The Driver: Jeongyeon normally gets this job and an outfit or a hero role to go with it.
    • The motorcycle that breaks up the staid dinner party in "I Can't Stop Me" is driven by Jeongyeon.
    • In the video for "BDZ", Jeongyeon is absent for most of the espionage and sabotage action (she's running ops in Twice's hideout) until turning up at the controls of the titular bulldozer used to save the day.
    • Jeongyeon gets the first verse of "Yes or Yes" at the wheel of a vintage European car in a chauffeur's outfit.
    • While an animated JYP drives the getaway van in "Candy Pop", he can't follow the group into the real world, so Jeongyeon takes the wheel for the final stunt jump.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Tzuyu, who is actually the darkest-skinned member of TWICE when allowed to tan, is transformed into a pallid, vampiric Elegant Gothic Lolita in "TT."
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: The enforcement goons in the video for "BDZ" are noticeably diverse, and the first four we see as the song begins are Black, white, western-Asian and eastern-Asian.
  • The Future Is Noir: Both the dystopian future in "BDZ" and the dark digital world in which the music video for "Fancy" is set in.
  • Genre Throwback:
    • "Fancy" echoes 1990s to early 2000s pop in terms of sound and aesthetic, particularly the hyper-kitschy green screen sets. Unlike 1990s-2000s music videos, of course, this one is available in crisp 4K footage.
    • "I Can't Stop Me" had a lot of influence from 80s synthwave pop.
    • "Talk That Talk" is intended to be an homage to "Y2K" songs and styles.
  • Girlish Pigtails:
    • Sana in "Like Ooh-Ahh", when she's in her cheerleader outfit.
    • Nayeon has her hair tied like this in most, if not all, performances of "Cheer Up", and then again for "What Is Love".
    • Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, and Chaeyoung in some parts of the "Happy Happy" video.
  • The Glasses Gotta Go: As the legendary nerd Mia Thermopolis, Nayeon naturally does this for the "What Is Love" MV and subsequent performances of the song where they wore their MV costumes, such as this one.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: "Feel Special", their most elegant and mellow comeback yet, has a set where they're all dressed in purple or bluish purple.
  • Hair Color Dissonance:
    • Tzuyu in both "Cheer Up" and "TT". She appears to have black hair, but in "Cheer Up" it is actually tinted blue and green, and in "TT" it is purple.
    • Chaeyoung's bob in the "Fancy" era looks very blonde in the MV, but behind-the-scenes footage and subsequent performance show that it's actually hot pink.
  • Halloween Episode: The "TT" MV takes place in a haunted house where two children go trick and treating. There, they meet TWICE dressed up in different costumes. The MV ends in a cliffhanger with the children scared.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: The sight of Jihyo elicits the most blatantly unchaste reactions from the government agents in "BDZ".
  • Hollywood Mirage: Implied at the end of the "Dance the Night Away" MV, when the girls see a cruise ship passing the island in the distance. After a moment of staring, they all decide that they're hallucinating and go back to sleep.
  • Homage:
  • Homage Shot: The latter half of the "Talk that Talk" MV includes a sequence that is a homage to Apple's 1984 advert. The only difference is that in the MV, the drones are replaced with cats, and they are watching a clip of a cat being stroked when the hammer smashes the screen.
  • Hot as Hell: A Girl Next Door version of Nayeon is beleaguered by a bunch of devil Nayeons in "TT". Said devil Nayeons are wearing a figure-hugging red dress, harmless-looking little horns, and lipstick — and, of course, look like Im Nayeon. Certainly more glamorous than the usual imaginings of the devil.
  • Hotter and Sexier: The concept for "Fancy" is more mature than their previous singles. Even the MV uses a darker colour scheme.
  • Huge Schoolgirl: 5’8” Tzuyu is both the tallest and youngest member of TWICE, a fact that naturally lent itself to some of this imagery. In their debut MV, she is the only one in a school uniform, and also noticeably towers over the rest of TWICE.
  • Joshikousei: It's almost as if the reason for existence of the Japanese members is to provide sailor-fuku fanservice. Though, Nayeon wore one too in the "Cheer Up" MV.
  • Jump Scare: There are two in "TT": Tzuyu's first materialization and the lightning strike during Sana's second solo. Worth noting that second one is more a jumpscare for Sana herself than the audience – she's known to be terrified of thunder.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": The law enforcement agents in "BDZ" are giddy fanboys for TWICE, but still have to do their job in maintaining the music video's Crapsack World.
  • Magic Music: In "Like OOH-AHH", their song is enough to make ravenous zombies harmless, so enraptured with the music that they're busy dancing with these singing humans rather than eating them.
  • Modesty Shorts: Many of the group's performance outfits feature skorts rather than actual skirts, but even under short trousers and formalwear nearly every costume includes black shorts that serve to obscure and negate any impropriety. If you're not a dirty pervert and haven't been carefully scrutinizing every frame of every music video, modesty shorts are most evident near the end of "What is Love?" on Nayeon's costume, and also in "Wake Me Up" preserving the whole group's dignity under the athletic uniforms.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg:
    • Invoked in Momo's special video for "Like Ooh-Ahh", as the rest of the group can't be bothered to dance along with her when she's not looking.
      • Tzuyu's video is similar, with the difference being that the others are in the back of the bus and are more interested in interacting with the zombies outside while she's not looking at all.
    • Parts of the "Knock Knock" video show clips of the group chucking pillows with whoever is standing in the middle of the shot. When it's Tzuyu's turn, the other members are too busy fighting amongst themselves to pay attention to her.
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: So far, this has been their preferred approach to stage outfits.
  • Oh, Crap!: In the "Knock Knock" MV, when they realize they've been locked out of the house.
  • The Oner: Attempted for the front half – about 100 seconds – of "Like OOH-AHH", but not quite pulled off. The first 82 seconds are a single continuous take but then there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cut to turn on the blacklight in the bathroom (also Dahyun originally kicked the door open a beat too early), followed by an even less noticeable whip-cut from Dahyun & Chaeyoung to Mina in front of the window, even though the set was intentionally designed for the camera to move through seamlessly. D/C's rap part is its own single take. Given how K-Pop music videos were known even in 2015 for crazy editing, this makes Twice's debut video stand out.
  • Palette Swap:
    • Most notable during the "Cheer Up" era, where several uniform sets were identical in all but colour.
    • Their performance of "Fancy" at Music Bank featured pink versions of the V Live Showcase costumes.
  • The Power of Friendship: Of the "You Are Not Alone" variety in the "Feel Special" music video. Certain members are trapped in situations/locations — Chaeyoung is in some kind of futuristic, stark-white dome; Tzuyu is literally inside a dollhouse; Sana sits in despair, trying to find shelter from rain as the only person without an umbrella in the city; Jihyo is in a room full of TV sets; Nayeon is in a diamond-encrusted room; Jeongyeon is on a luxurious seat reminiscent of a throne, in addition to other regal imagery. They're isolated and acutely feel this loneliness, as you can tell from their forlorn faces. Then, they each meet another member: Chaeyoung's dome opens up to Mina, who has been traversing a forest (also of the sci-fi/fantasy nature); Momo chances upon Tzuyu's dollhouse; Dahyun, who is carrying an umbrella, smiles at Sana; Nayeon's image appears on the TV sets and she smiles at Jihyo. The exception is Jeongyeon. Driving the theme of friendship saving one from loneliness home, Jeongyeon sees another version of herself, except undeniably much happier and surrounded by the rest of the girls.
  • Product Placement: The bridge of the "What Is Love?" music video has an advertisement for Acuvue contact lenses when Dahyun, known for her bad eyesight, holds a box as its logo appears onscreen. This is nowhere near as blatant in the Japanese version of the MV (which lacked sponsorship).
  • Sequel Hook: This has happened in more than one music video.
    • "Cheer Up" ends with the bass-line from "Touchdown" (downplayed example as both songs are on the same EP.
    • Similarly, the opening of the "Likey" MV starts with the instrumental for "Ding Dong" (on the same album, Twicetagram) playing for a few seconds before the song proper begins. It ends with a teaser for their next title song "Heart Shaker".
    • "TT" ends with the opening notes of "Knock Knock" playing over a "To be continued…" screen.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Invoked for "Likey". The lyrics speak of the narrator desperately wanting her crush to notice her, so she dolls herself up. The music video captures this theme by using a highly prettifying filter on the girls, and the styling generally just makes the already-lovely girls look even more flawless.
  • Shout-Out: Momo does the "Nico-nico-nii" pose in the music video for "TT".
  • Stylistic Suck: Done in one of the special "Cheer Up" dance videos, when the dance break takes place in front of a "broken" green screen.
  • The Tease: In early MVs such as "Like Ooh-Ahh" and "Cheer Up", Jihyo is prone to flirting with the camera (winking at it, sometimes simultaneously biting her lip as she smirks).
    • Nayeon does this nearly as often, for example in "SCIENTIST".
  • Toon Transformation: Inverted in "Candy Pop" wherein the members transform from anime characters to real, living humans. Amusingly, they continue to move at the anime standard 15fps (half the framerate of the video itself) or less before they make it to the real world.
  • Touched by Vorlons: In the "Signal" music video, the girls all receive superpowers by coming into contact with the alien love interest. They are all as follows:
  • Uncanny Valley: Deliberately invoked at the start of its second verse where Jeongyeon sings while dressed as Pinocchio laying against a wall and then after a camera cut moves only her head.
  • The Unreveal: When it was announced that the knocking at the door in "TT" was a hint for their next single ("Knock Knock" as noted above), many a fan speculated that Somi – one of the girls eliminated at the end of SIXTEEN who had not yet debuted – would be making a cameo appearance, or be added to the group via introduction in the video. Fast forward a few months, and the person at the door was… a dorky JYP.
  • Visual Title Drop: A bulldozer appears near the end of the MV for "BDZ".
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: Momo has experienced many of these.
    • For one performance of "Like Ooh-Ahh", the knot holding Momo's shirt together comes undone. Despite Tzuyu and Nayeon's attempts to help fix her shirt, Momo ended up doing most of the dance with one hand holding her shirt in place.
    • Momo loses her shoe while performing Signal.
    • During one comeback stage for Likey, both of Momo's earrings fly off during the dance break – they were clip-ons because she refused for a long time to pierce her ears.