Today is officially Running Man's 6th Anniversary. Six years ago, the show went on air in South Korea, and it has left us in stitches since. Throughout the six years on air, Running Man has changed variety shows so much. They've brought in iconic elements like the nametag ripping games, and have influenced pop culture in not only Korea, but all around the world as well.
Kudos to them for this feat that not many shows can attest to doing.
So in celebration of all things Running Man, here are 10 things only Running Man fans can understand completely.
#10 The Hidden Couples
Every Running Man fan, and even those who aren't, know about the Monday Couple and the Easy Brothers. These are the couples that have been heavily promoted within the confines of the show. But Running Man fans have pointed out time and time again that there are waaaay more couples within the Running Man family. These include; The SpartAce Couple (Kim Jong-kook and Song Ji-hyo), The Candy Alliance (Yoo Jae-suk and Song Ji-hyo),
KwangMong Siblings (Lee Kwang-soo and Song Ji-hyo),
HaHyo Couple (HaHa and Ji-hyo) among others. Feel free to add on any which I may have missed out on in the comments below.
#9 Framer Kwang-soo
Before he became the ultimate Icon of Betrayal, Kwang-soo was a lethal framer. From pointing out Song Ji-hyo's constant swearing (Song Ji-Yok) and Kim Jong-kook's penchant for playing skipping bands with neighbourhood kids,
...it seemed like his framing skills were off the charts. That is, until his betrayal genes took over.
Here are some classic zingers.
Read about Framer Kwang-soo here.
#8 Gary's Stressss
There's something about seeing Gary's STRESSSS and totally laughing at it.
#7 Meep Meep Dong-wan
Every Running Man viewer will know the familiar soundbite "Meep Meep". It will almost always be accompanied by a new alteration of FD Dong-wan, the master of disguises and costume changes.
He's just so good at what he does that he's booked a spot in every Running Man fan's heart.
You can read more about FD Dong-wan here.
#6 Running Man's Korean Humor
From flying chairs to forehead slaps, Running Man seems to have perfected the art of making people laugh. The Korean style of humor, which includes a lot of comical slapstick, resonates even if you don't understand the language.
It's their body language and other means which makes them so hilarious.
#5 Every Member's Personal Theme Song
The background music plays an important part of every Running Man episode. With the music, you're instantly able to tell the mood, set up humorous or tense moments and sometimes, the music itself is able to bring about the laughs. Such is the power of a good soundtrack in a variety show. These themes are the embodiment of the characters that the Running Man members portray in the show.
Find all the personal theme songs here.
#4 Kwang-soo's Eternal Bad Luck
From his first appearance on Running Man, soaked in the pouring rain and ignored by the other members, Kwang-soo has established a reputation for being the Icon of Misfortune. He is seemingly blessed by the God of Variety for the timing and sheer unluckiness he seems to get. It's something the fans appreciate the most about the Unlucky Giraffe.
Read more about the Icon of Misfortune here.
#3 The Horror of the Bells
The Bells are a spine-chilling sound to both the Running Man members and to the fans. In the past, the Bells Hide and Seek game was one of Running Man's main talking points.
The horror of the jingling bells are enough to keep anyone wary, and to make the members squeal. You've never experienced true horror until you hear the bells behind you down a long corridor. Seriously.
Read more about the Bells here.
#2 Jae-suk's Ability To Talk
Make no mistake; Yoo Jae-suk is one of the best MCs in South Korea, if not the world. His speaking ability far exceeds what you would expect of a normal MC. He can simultaneously interview, prank and joke guests on the show, and make sure that no one is left out in the cold. The best example of this is the Running Man 100 v 100 episode (ep 271-272) in which he managed to keep all the guests entertained, while making sure everyone got to introduce themselves.
Masterclass in speaking.
Much has been written about Running Man's 7 members and how they have made the show into what it is today. 7012, or "The 7 Forever" in Korean, is a cheesy reminder that the Running Man members are as close to each other as a family, both on and off camera, and are as important to the show as kimchi is to rice.
Happy 6th Anniversary Running Man. 6 Years Running.