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     Running Man Live Action 
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Naturally, RM fans hope to see Jihyo and Gary get together for real.
    • Spartace (Jong Kook and Ji Hyo) also has its fair share of shippers.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • Lee Gwang Soo may be the butt of every joke in Korea, but whenever the team goes overseas, he becomes the Asian Prince. His popularity in countries like Vietnam and Thailand is insane.
    • Also, nearly all of the cast of Running Man became this trope in the Western World that watches Korean TV shows.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Ji Hyo could be seen as the Launcher of a Thousand Ships, even if her relationships with all of them are Like Brother and Sister.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Song Joong Ki's farewell is seen by most fans as this (despite the show being so lighthearted). But that doesn't mean there aren't fans who weren't too sad to see him go. The minute he starts to cry even Gwang Soo and Ji Hyo begin tearing up.
    • And then we got Kang Gary, who after nearly 7 years filmed his last episode (324) and left the cast on October 31st, 2016. Ji Hyo was the only one who cried both off screen and onscreen. Though there's the chance of Gary having time to show up as a guest like Joong Ki (such as 325 and 336), it's still hard to see Gary leave.
  • Unexpected Character: Lee Kwang Soo's own father in ep. 165. The other cast members had no idea that the building he worked in became a mission location, with the obvious exception of Gwang Soo who recognizes it right away and wondered whether this was a prank. The father even gave three of the cast members, Kwang Soo included, a ride to the next mission location.

     Running Man Animated Series 
  • Accidental Innuendo: Charming Gold is having a massage. Miyo decided to dive in to his memories. However, Miyo's Pressure Point actually made the host feel good for a second. Because he had never felt this in his entire life.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Does Charming Gold wanted to "restart" mankind after what he suffered in his young years as a Mercy Kill or an act of Revenge?
    • How unlucky is Pala from getting picked? Is it because the tribe want him gone or they actually trust him in winning the game? Especially when he wants to know more about Kuga's tribe since none of his people had the confidence to play anymore.
  • Angst? What Angst?: In-Universe, especially if each episodes are 10 minutes. Characters had their own 10-Minute Retirement in the first half and then they get back on their feet the second half.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Try to think hard of how Liu inserted a tracker on Mr. Suitcase's metal hiney.
    • There's something on Miyo's table in her room in one scene. Is it a vase used for design purposes or an urn that is used for cremation?
    • The way how the crystal is used to brainwash the D.V 7 (except for Dr. Mala) is unsettling in real life.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The way on how the eliminated players get dragged out in the game. There's a dark void appearing near them and then a black hand emerges from it, escaping from them would be possible but not really recommended.
    • The D.V 7, unless you already know where they came from, appear not just competitive but also stronger than the Running Man.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Charming Gold, of all people, he was treated horribly and turned down by everyone(even his own folks) for how he looks. Even after killing them, he’s still scarred and absolutely defensive at the slightest insult of his looks.
  • The Wiki Rule: Located in the Namu Wiki even though it's in Korean.

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