Darling (vonnadarling) wrote in exo_spheres,



EXO (엑소) is a twelve member South Korean/Chinese boyband produced by SM Entertainment. After 100 days of online promotion during which they released 23 teasers, they made their debut on April 8, 2012. The group is separated into two sub-groups each made up of 6 members, EXO-K focuses promotions in Korea while EXO-M focuses on China.

The name EXO is derived from the word EXOPLANET, which signifies that EXO and its members are otherworldly, something never seen before. There’s also this tree of life, two as one, tl;dw, confusing explanation...

Their debut mini albums MAMA was released April 9 and reached #1 on both Gaon and Hanteo weekly charts, #2 on Sina album chart and #8 on Billboards World Albums chart. The EPs have sold a combined total of 150,000 copies and still continues to chart semi weekly...


Exo-K is composed of Korean members leader Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai and Sehun. They debuted on SBS Inkigayo and continued to promote MAMA on various music shows from April to June. They made their SM Town debut at SMTOWN WORLD TOUR III in Los Angeles on May 20, 2012. They've done multiple endorsements for Sunny10, Ivy Club, Face Shop and Samsung.


Exo-M is made up of four Chinese members and two Korean members including leader Kris, Xiumin, Luhan, Lay, Chen and Tao. Although they promote primarily in Mainland China they have performed with EXO-K in Korea on several occasions. They made their SM Town debut at SMTOWN WORLD TOUR III in Los Angeles on May 20, 2012. They accompanied Super Junior as tour guests performers on their Super Show 4 World tour and co-headlined at Mnets Kpop convention ‘KCON’ in California.


tumblr_mc5ge3FTFg1r3o6q8o5_500    XIUMIN
   full name: Kim Min Seok (김민석)
   birth date: March 26, 1990
   birthplace: South Korea
   height: 173 cm
   blood type: B
   position in group: EXO-M lead vocal, lead dancer, rapper

- Entered SM Entertainment in 2008 after placing 2nd in their Everysing contest
- Oldest member in EXO
- Is the “cleaning umma” of EXO-M
- Nicknamed “boazi” by the members, after Luhan mentioned he looked like “white, soft and chewy”, and it stuck.
- Trained in kendo & taekwondo
- Often plays soccer with Luhan  for fun and to relieve stress
- Mistook Luhan for Korean when he first met him
- Has a megawatt smile
- He also does this a lot

Xiumin is incredibly charismatic and well rounded. He can sing, he can dance, he can...scream? It is very easy to tell that he takes his career very seriously. The first thing he does in Chinese interviews is apologize for not knowing a lot of Mandarin and promise to study harder. He tries hard to be apart of the conversations even if he just understands a bit of it. As the oldest of the group he takes care of the other members very well, especially Luhan and Tao. He is also an aegyo MASTER, your bias could never....

He’s cute and cuddly and gorgeous with a side of snarky. It is impossible not to love him.

tumblr_mc5ge3FTFg1r3o6q8o4_500    LUHAN
   full name: Lu Han (鹿晗)
   birth date: April 20, 1990
   birthplace: Beijing Haidian, China
   height: 178 cm
   blood type: O
   position in group: EXO-M lead vocal, lead dancer

- Scouted into SM in 2008 but didn't start training until 2010
- Attended Beijing Haidian Foreign Language Shi Yan school before traveling to Korea to attend Yonsei University as an exchange student.
- Huge DBSK fan. Supposedly could often be seen in the girls bathroom at Yonsei with his female friends fangirling. His friend credits DBSK and KPOP to the reason he decided to study in Korea
- is the most fluent in Korean out of all the Chinese members
- has naturally curly hair
- which he has dyed a multitude of colors pre-debut
- has the face of an angel~
- Can complete a Rubix cube in under a minute.
- Is close to f(x)’s Amber
- Gorgeous side profile
- Always wakes up late because he claims the “alarm clock is too soft to hear”
- Hates people on his bed and will literally kick them off. According to Lay, the manager sat on Luhans bed once and he washed his sheets after.

Luhan is way more mature than he looks, which is good considering he looks like a 12 year old. But as one of the oldest of the members he really knows how to take care and look after his dongsaengs. Pretty much everyone in the group clings (literally) onto him and it’s easy to see why. His sass is no joke, he really needs to let that side of him shine, we can all see it simmering under the surface.

tumblr_mc5ge3FTFg1r3o6q8o1_500    KRIS
   full name: Wu Fan (吴凡)
   birth date: November 6, 1990
   birthplace: Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
   height: 187 cm
   blood type: B
   position in group: EXO-M leader, main rapper

- Joined SM by Global Auditions in Canada in 2007
- Grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but moved back to China in 8th grade for a year to play basketball.
- Has Canadian citizenship.
- Speaks four languages (Mandarin, English, Korean, and Cantonese.)
- According to Luhan, Kris sleep talks in those four languages.
- Is one of the four members trained in acting
- This
- Is one of the tallest people at SM Ent. only second to Changmin of TVXQ
- Voted the most appearance conscious by the EXO-M members
- Also voted as the member who changed the most before and after debut
- Wakes up the latest and is the last to be ready
- Is close to Super Junior-M’s Henry and f(x)’s Amber

Kris is so mysterious~ His past is very puzzling and it’s hard to get a clear picture of where he’s been. Most of the time he looks too serious or has chronic bitchface but it’s quite obvious that he’s that way because of the ~mysterious charismatic leader~ concept SM set up for him. He’s quite a goofball and has the most gorgeous smile when he decides to show it. Contrary to Suho, he runs a tight ship (so beware) and they actually listen to him. That could of course be attributed to the M members being older and better behaved than K’s but let’s just say it’s Kris’ doing, kay? He’s a great leader, always helping his members out when they get stuck or answer everything when they don’t want to. He loves the fans tremendously and never forgets to thank them whenever he can. Did we mention that he’s also incredibly good looking?

tumblr_m6x30xvV021qjok8b    SUHO
    full name: Kim Joon Myun (김준면)
    birth date: May 22, 1991
    birthplace: Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea
    height: 172 cm
    blood type: AB
    position in group: EXO-K leader, lead vocal

- Joined SM in 2006 through street casting
- Has the longest training period out of all the members with 7 years
- is one of the four members trained in acting
- stage name “Suho” means “guardian” meaning he is the guardian of EXO and their fans
- has a permanent :D face (look at that smile)
- Attends Korea National University of Arts and is majoring in acting
- Shares a room with Sehun
- Had a crush on Luhan at first sight
- describes his fashion style as “dandy” (he dresses like a preppy grandpa sometimes lbr)
- is very close to other SMTOWN members
- especially Super Junior’s Kyuhyun and SHINee’s Minho
- has a lot of feels
- ideal type is “a girl with literary interest and long straight hair” (just saying~)
- THIS annnnd this

Suho’s stage name is certainly fitting for him. He watches over all the boys with a smile, and you can tell how much he loves and cares for each of them. Suho’s position as leader is well earned after his long years of training.  He doesn’t give off that tough leader aura like Yunho and Kris do, but that doesn’t mean he’s soft. He still gets the job done, even if just barely. >.< He’s a hard worker and is very diligent, he isn’t called “model student” for nothing. Although he pulls off a very charismatic aura on stage, he’s actually pretty dorky and clumsy like 98% of the time.  He tends to get stuck in conveying his thoughts during interviews, but that just makes him cuter. He may be the oldest in EXO-K but he can be childish sometimes, lol like who doesn’t know how to take a selca properly?

tumblr_mc5ge3FTFg1r3o6q8o3_500    LAY
   full name: Zhang Yixing (张艺兴)
   birth date: October 7, 1991
   birthplace: Changsha Hunan, China
   height: 177 cm
   blood type: A
   position in group: EXO-M main dancer, lead vocal

- Joined SM in 2008 through Global Casting System
- Appeared on many variety shows as a local child star
- Knows how to play the guitar and piano
- Writes and composes his own music (1, 2)
- Danced in place of Jonghyun during SHINee’s Japanese “SHINee World” concert in 2011
- Is the “cooking umma” of EXO-M
- fashionista (1, 2)
- loves to eat snacks
- Shares room with Chen in Korea, and Luhan in China
- Tends to be very forgetful and spaces out a lot
- Is a unicorn...he heals things
- Ideal girl is someone who is cute, knows how to do housework and is filial
- has a habit of scratching behind his ear when nervous/embarrassed/shy
- Either hates people blowing on his neck/ear or likes it a little too much, you be the judge

Lay is really interesting, he appears so quiet and demure at first but he can actually be talkative and funny (especially when it comes to exposing the other members secrets). He describes himself as laid back and he doesn’t let a lot of things get to him.  When you see him on stage, it’s like a different person. This boy drips swag from the way he walks, to the way he performs, and even the clothes he wears.  He really loves his fans with all his heart and doesn’t hesitate in doing fanservice even if it makes him head desk after.

tumblr_m9n7iplFuO1ro0opg    BAEKHYUN
   full name: Byun Baek Hyun (변백현)
   birth date: May 6, 1992
   birthplace: Bucheon-si, Gyunggi-do, Korea
   height: 174 cm
   blood type: O
   position in group: EXO-K main vocal

- Was rejected by every entertainment company he auditioned for until....
- He was scouted by an SME casting agent in 2010 after she heard him practicing for his arts college audition
- Had the shortest training time out of the EXO-K members
- Part of the “derp squad” with Chanyeol and D.O. (1, 2)
- Is called Bacon by some fans
- cause he’s greasy
- loljk because when pronounced quickly Baekhyun sounds like bacon
- but he’s actually pretty greasy
- Has the most interesting pre-debut pictures/videos
- Can pretty much be seen touching another member at any given time
- Has the nicest hands he says he inherited from his mom (1, 2, 3)
- Shares room with Chanyeol
- Cameos in TTS’s Twinkle MV
- He took a quick liking to Kris because he thought they looked similar (Ha)
- Makes um...charismatic... facial expressions on stage

Baekhyun is pretty lively. He is famous in the fandom for his pre-debut videos where he performs some crazy, funny antics to the delight of his friends (and us!). We all commend his charity. The other members credit him with being the mood maker of the group, always doing silly things and making jokes to cheer them up. Kai even mentioned in this interview that he would do the best on variety shows. He’s a goofy fanboy. He’s really good with the fans and does quite a bit of fanservice, which is always appreciated. He does a lot of aegyo and most of it’s unintentional—he’s just naturally super cute. But he loves flirting his ~charismatic eyesmile~ too.  Like his ability of light, he really shines when he’s on stage, full of charisma and determination.

tumblr_mc5ge3FTFg1r3o6q8o6_500    CHEN
   full name: Kim Jong Dae (김종대)
   birth date: September 21, 1992
   birthplace: South Korea
   height: 173 cm
   blood type:
   position in group: EXO-M main vocal

- Joined SM in 2011 through casting
- Shares a room with Lay in Korea, and Kris in China.
- Plays piano
- Has the highest range out of all the EXO members
- Is a dansin masheen
- Nicknamed “ChenChen” by Kris and “orange” (chengzi)
- His family was against him becoming a singer, but supported him after finding out he could debut under SM
- Has the most beautiful facial structure it should be illegal
- Fabulous
- Works the hell out of tight jeans
- Is legit a troll

Chen has this feel about him that’s very endearing. He’s constantly smiling and giggling and happy, but he also doubles as an undercover snarky mofo. Chen has a lot of pressure placed on his shoulders by being the main vocal in M and only having a good 6 months of learning Mandarin under his belt. Apparently he asked to be placed in EXO-M and was totally up for the challenge, and will be speaking Mandarin like it’s his first language in no time. This kid can hit the high notes like you can’t even believe.

   full name: Park Chan Yeol (박찬열)
   birth date: November 27, 1992
   birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
   height: 185 cm
   blood type: A
   position in group: EXO-K main rapper, sub-vocal

- Joined SM in 2008 by Casting System
- is one of the four members trained in acting
- Plays guitar and drums
- Part of the Derp Squad with Baekhyun and D.O.
- Shares room with Baekhyun
- Was in a band in high school
- Cameos/stars in SNSD’s Japanese Genie PV
- Cameos/stars in TaeTiSeo’s Twinkle MV
- Has this happen to him a lot
- Had the most trouble with dancing as a trainee (still does tbh) because of being so tall and inflexible
- Laughs like a dork
- nicknamed “teeth rich” by fans, a nickname which is also used to describe 2PM’s Taecyeon, when a 2PM fan expressed her concern to Taec, he said Chanyeol fits the description and hopes they can take a picture together

It is impossible to not like Chanyeol. From his ever present smile, to his crazy antics; he’s someone that you can’t help but giggle at. He is EXO’s “Happy Virus”  He is variety gold and I can’t wait for him to have the chance to showcase his many talents. The whole fandom got a shock when the “cute boy from the Genie PV” opened his mouth and graced us all with his unexpected and pleasant deep voice. This boy gives Barry White a run for his money.

tumblr_m3t9xvIGD61r9alzuo1_500    D.O.
   full name: Do Kyung Soo (도경수)
   birth date: January 12, 1993
   birthplace: Goyang-si, Gyunggi-do, South Korea
   height: 173 cm
   blood type: A
   position in group: EXO-K main vocal

- Entered SM in 2010 through casting
- Considered the group umma due to his habits of nagging the members about their cleanliness, as well as cooking for the group and picking up after them
- Beatboxes
- Favorite dish to cook is Kimchi Spaghetti
- Once lost a cooking competition to Chanyeol suprisingly
- Shares a room with Kai
- Hates the heart emoticon...chooses to write "heart" instead
- Nicknamed Dorchestra by fans because of his mistake during their debut interview which ironically shot him up to most popular member.
- Is best friends with BTOB’s Hyunsik, the pair often collaborated on songs for school events
- Extremely 4D
- Derp. Squad.
- Known for his big eyes. Fans nicknamed him “rich in eye whites”
- Has permanent O_O face and is always judging...

D.O. is such a typical Type A. He’s very detail oriented and has the qualities of a perfectionist. He was undeniably the most nervous during EXO’s early debut stages but he’s pulled it together and seems like a different person now. He handles interviews and live stages with ease and looks totally comfortable in front of a camera, in front of fans, he owns it. But at the same time he’s still (a natural derpball) totally awkward with fanservice and continues to openly gawk and side eye his members and fans from time to time. He has a lot of goals and ambitions and will be damned if anything gets in his way from reaching them.

tumblr_mc5ge3FTFg1r3o6q8o2_500   TAO
   full name: Huang Zitao (黄子韬)
   birth date: May 2, 1993
   birthplace: Qingdao, China
   height: 183 cm
   blood type:
   position in group: EXO-M lead rapper, lead dancer

- Casted in 2010
- EXO-M maknae
- Introduces himself as “EXO’s romantic, kung-fu panda”
- In response the fans sent him a shit load of panda merch 1, 2, 3,
- Very close to his parents
- has been practicing Wushu since he was 6 years old
- does not use his Wushu skills for evil
- Has the most aegyo out of all 12 members
- Picked himself as the most mature of the EXO members (rumor has it he had to drop out of school to work and help support his parents)
- Cries very easily, especially when scared
- Says he is closest to Kris and Baekhyun (he calls Baekhyun "soegogi”)
- Wrote and composed his own songs and raps predebut
- Does yoga
- Selca king
- Watched a lot of kdramas (My Girlfriend Is A Gumiho) before he coming to Korea, which lead him to call Xiumin ‘oppa’ during their first meeting (well, at least he didn’t call him Woong-ah).
- Is close to f(x)’s Victoria who is also from Qingdao

Despite his tough outward appearance, Tao is just one big, fluffy ball of emotions. He is the cutest thing and brings out all of the noona feels. He /adores/ his hyungs and dongsaengs so much that he actually tears up when thinking about how much he loves being together with the others. Obviously he is EXO’s biggest OT12 stan. If you thought that was you, you are WRONG! He seems like such a sweet, innocent, and slightly naive kid, while at the same time he is so mature for his age. He’s so excited to be living his dream and doing everything he loves all at once. Like name someone else who raps, sings, dances and does Wushu all in one performance?

tumblr_membotGpkI1rmg8dyo1_500   KAI
   full name: Kim Jongin (김종인)
   birth date: January 14, 1994
   birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
   height: 182 cm
   blood type: A
   position in group: EXO-K main dancer, lead rapper

- Auditioned for SM in the 6th grade, but was told to come back in two years because he was too young.
- Officially joined SM Entertainment in 2007
-Trained in jazz and ballet dancing before joining SM
- Appeared in 12 out of the 23 teasers
- Cameos in Taetiseo’s Twinkle MV
- Has the “sexyconcept in the group
- Shares a room with D.O.
- is best friends with SHINee’s Taemin (bonus!badfashion besties)
- they often get mistaken for brothers because they look alike
- sleeps a lot and has a hard time waking up in the morning
- Along with Luhan, Chen, and Tao, he performed at SBS 2011 Gayo Daejun for the SM Orchestra performance
- :)
- has two adorable puppies (Moongu & Zzangu)
- Has a lucky bracelet given to him by his parents, and he touches it when nervous

Kai is arguably the most difficult member to understand. He gets this blank idgaf look on his face a lot which makes most think, that out of all of the members he’s having the hardest time dealing with being an idol. But at other (rare) times, he can be seen wearing a smile so bright it’ll blind you. He gets embarrassed easily, and is more on the quiet side, but once he starts performing, he becomes a totally different person. He’s been hurt since EXO’s debut but he’s never given less than 110% every time he is on stage. He probably popped out of his mother's womb dancing. It’s quite easy to tell that he is hard on himself and he is always pushing himself to do more, to do better. What we’ve seen from him so far is just the tip of the iceberg, and we are definitely in for some spectacular things in the future.

tumblr_mazay8diXn1rzdnklo1_500   SEHUN
   full name: Oh Sehun (오세훈)
   birth date: April 12, 1994
   birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
   height: 181 cm
   blood type: O
   position in group: EXO-K lead dancer, lead rapper

- Joined SM in 2008 by Casting System
- Was actually walking down the street eating ddukbokki when spotted by SM representative
- EXO maknae
- is one of the four members trained in acting
- Does a lot of aegyo but hates it
- Shares a room with Suho
- Very close to EXO-M’s Luhan (1, 2, 3 , 4, 5)
- Cameos in Taetiseo’s Twinkle MV
- Is said to be the most difficult member to control
- Is also the member who never listens to Suho

Sehun carries on the SM Maknae tradition by being smart mouth-ed and a brat towards his hyungs and it’s fantastic. Like the other members his personality is pretty much opposite of his looks. He tends to have this dead eye look but he’s so full of aegyo and he’s so shy and talks all quiet with his cute mumbles. We haven’t seen much from him yet (he has the least lines of all the members >.<) but I’m pretty darn sure he’ll surprise us in the future showing a bunch of different sides of himself.


MAMA (4/9/2012)
   - MAMA
   - What Is Love
   - History
   - Into Your World (Angel)
   - Two Moons (featuring Key)
   - Machine

Music Videos

   - What is Love
   - History
   - MAMA

   - What is Love
   - History
   - MAMA



   - Mnet Asian Music Awards: Best New Asian Group
   - Tower Record KPop Lovers Awards: Best Rookie of the Year
   - 19th Korean Entertainment Art Awards: Rookie Singer
   - 5th Mengniu Music Billboard Awards: Best Dressed
   - Arirang’s Simply KPop Awards: Super Idol Rookie of the Year

   - Golden Disk Awards: Best Newcomer
   - Seoul Music Awards: Best Rookie Award


   - 5th Mengniu Music Billboard Awards: Most Popular Group of the Year & Best Dressed
   - Mnet Asian Music Awards: Best New Asian Group
   - Tower Record KPop Lovers Awards: Best Rookie of the Year

   - Golden Disk Awards: Best Newcomer

Variety Apperances

- Happy Camp (Eng Sub)
- Fantastic Thursday (Eng Sub)
- Idol Star Athletic Championship (Eng Sub)
- Channel V Asian Hero EXO-K (Eng Sub)
- Happy Camp EXO-M (Eng Sub)
- Going All Out EXO-M (Eng Sub)
- Tooniverse EXO-K (Eng Sub)

Must See Performances
- Debut Showcase: Baby Dont Cry (Luhan/Chen) (Baekhyun/D.O.)
- Debut Showcase: Into Your World (Korean) (Mandarin)
- 2012 Dream Concert: Sorry Sorry (EXO-K)
- SMTOWN III: DJ Got Us Fallin In Love Again (Luhan, Chanyeol, D.O., Sehun & TTS)
- SMTOWN III: Open Arms (Baekhyun, Chen, Onew, Ryeowook)
- KCON: What Is Love (Luhan, Chen)
- Mnet Asian Music Awards: MAMA, Warriors Desendants, Mirotic, Lucifer
- SBS Gayo Daejun: SM the Performance (Lay, Kai, Yunho, Donghae, Eunhyuk, Minho, Taemin)
- Dream Kpop Fantasy Concert: Open Arms (Luhan, Baekhyun, Chen, D.O.)
- Dream Kpop Fantasy Concert: Hawak Kamay
- Golden Disc Awards: We Are The Future (Xiumin, Luhan, Lay, Baekhyun, Kai, Sehun)

Other Sources

   - http://exo-k.smtown.com
   - http://exo-m.smtown.com

   - https://facebook.com/exok
   - https://facebook.com/exom

   - http://weibo.com/exok
   - http://weibo.com/exom

   - http://www.youtube.com/user/EXOK
   - http://www.youtube.com/user/EXOM

   - http://fyexokfacts.tumblr.com/
   - http://fyexomfacts.tumblr.com/
   - http://exodusubs.tumblr.com/
   - http://exok-trans.tumblr.com/
   - http://exom-trans.tumblr.com/
   - http://fy-exo.tumblr.com/

   - http://thekaisoo.tumblr.com
   - http://oh-luhans.tumblr.com

   - Offical EXO Thread

International Forums
   - http://codeexo.com/
   - http://galaexo.com/

Korean Fansites/Chinese Fansites
   - Masterlist of Korean, Chinese, and International EXO Fansites

- this pimp post has taken a year to get done, mostly due to my own procrastination but whew! finally done, just in time for the exospheres launch. Thanks Ali, Katie, Cole, Anya and Kelcy~
Tags: exo, exo-k, exo-m, member: baekhyun, member: chanyeol, member: chen, member: d.o., member: kai, member: kris, member: lay, member: luhan, member: sehun, member: suho, member: tao, member: xiumin
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