12 times being human was too mainstream for K-pop

TWICE was the latest group to join in on the supernatural fun

12 times being human was too mainstream for K-pop
17 May 2017

12 times being human was too mainstream for K-pop

One of South Korea’s hottest exports, the wildly popular nine-member girl group TWICE, released their latest music video (MV) for ‘Signal’ earlier this week – and boy, were we impressed by the amount of effort that was put into yet another stunning video from the group.

In particular, what stood out was the girls’ superpowers in the video – hypnosis, super speed, replication and telekinesis were just some of the powers we saw. The cherry on top was the members’ fascination with an alien boy (his skin was conveniently blue for us to identify him as male), which was explained at the end when the nonet was revealed to be (adorable, pink-skinned) aliens, too.

While TWICE was not the first group to delve into the world of the supernatural, they will most definitely not be the last. From having superhuman powers, aliens, zombies, angels and everything else in between, read on for the 10 times being human was too mainstream for K-Pop.

TWICE – SIGNAL
17 May 2017

TWICE – SIGNAL

Year released: 2017

Superpowers exhibited: Hypnosis, enhanced speed, strength and vision, time control, replication, invisibility, telekinesis

There’s been much hype over TWICE’s comeback, especially after a string of hit releases (‘KNOCK KNOCK’, ‘CHEER UP’ and ‘Like OOH-AHH’ are just some of the wildly popular songs they came out with).

While there has been split opinions on the musical direction of ‘SIGNAL’, we loved how colourful and well-made the music video was – with its plot, visuals and more on point as usual. We especially loved the ending, where TWICE were revealed to be aliens as well, which perfectly explained why they were interested in their blue-skinned counterpart.

Only time will tell if JYP continues on this alien concept with their next comeback, as like how ‘TT’ and ‘KNOCK KNOCK’ had an ongoing storyline.

Out-of-this-world rating: ★★★★★

EXO – MAMA, Lucky One
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EXO – MAMA, Lucky One

Year released: 2012 and 2016 respectively

Superpowers exhibited: Teleportation, fire, water, telepathy, flight, healing, earth, light, wind, time control, lightning, frost

EXO debuted to much fanfare, especially when S.M. Entertainment painstakingly created unique profiles and symbols for all the members. The result: an out-of-this-world video that not only showed off their sleek dance moves, but also all the superpowers listed above (and that’s a lot).

They haven’t kept up with this superpower theme for the rest of their videos, save for ‘Lucky One’ last year, where a less obvious show of their supernatural talents was revealed.

Out-of-this-world rating: ★★★★★

Wonder Girls – Tell Me
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Wonder Girls – Tell Me

Year released: 2008

Superpowers exhibited: Enhanced strength

Instead of having the entire group having superpowers, Sohee transformed into Wonder Woman (Wonder Girls, Wonder Woman.. get it?) when the need arose – think stopping a bus from hitting an old lady and standing up for a group of girls who were being harassed by a flasher.

While she didn’t exhibit some of Wonder Woman’s other abilities (speed and flight, for example) this quirky music video somehow managed to gel both the superhuman and human parts of it together. We can only wonder what it could’ve been if all the members were given abilities, too.

Out-of-this-world rating: ★★★☆☆

NELL – White Night
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NELL – White Night

Year released: 2012

Superpowers exhibited: Frost

Before Disney’s Frozen was released in 2012, NELL’s music video for ‘White Night’ gave the world a glimpse of what #ElsaProblems were like. The female lead in the video wakes up in the middle of a room coated in frost, and goes into the next room only to realise that her boyfriend, too, has become a victim of the frost. (The finger that fell off from him was a grisly touch that we’d rather not have seen, honestly.)

While we don’t know how exactly a human suddenly acquired the ability to turn any place into a winter wonderland (or if it’s even her who caused snow to fall), this haunting video was definitely an eye-opener.

Out-of-this-world rating: ★★★★☆

DAVICHI – 8282
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DAVICHI – 8282

Year released: 2011

Superpowers exhibited: Enhanced strength, telekinesis

Now, we weren’t sure whether or not we should be disturbed by this video. It starts off innocently enough, with a little boy helping a lady push her car out of a ditch. Turns out that this lady was his new homeroom teacher, and his fascination with her grew as the days went by.

He saves her from various incidents in school – including being spied on by peeping toms and almost getting hit by a ball – but it really started getting weird in the real world. From causing a passing cyclist to fall after almost hitting the teacher with telekinesis, he then proceeded to hit his teacher’s abusive boyfriend with a rock (using only his mind, of course), before creepily grinning when he saw him getting hit by a car while crossing the road to confront him. (By now, we’re going ohhh-kay.)

But that’s not all – the video ends with the boy being unable to push his teacher’s car off the tracks while an oncoming train is headed straight for them (not a good sign), before trying to stop the train with his bare hands. As it turns out, everything was a figment of the boy’s imagination… What?

Out-of-this-world rating: ★★★★★ (Though honestly, it’s more for the plot than for the powers exhibited)

VIXX – Error
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VIXX – Error

Year released: 2014

Superpowers exhibited: Turning into a cyborg

VIXX has been dubbed the king of concepts with their unique ideas for every comeback (just look at their most recent ‘Shangri La’ music video!) and ‘Error’ was no exception. With the boys turned into cyborgs, Hongbin is seen trying to give his lady love a new lease of life by turning her into a cyborg as well, only to have her being apprehended by security for being an illegal cyborg.

How else would they end their modern Romeo and Juliet tale than to go into a nearby room to be destroyed together? At the end of the video, only one mechanical heart is left on the table as the two lovers are taken apart by machines.

Out-of-this-world rating: ★★★★☆

BIGBANG – Monster
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BIGBANG – Monster

Year released: 2012

Superpowers exhibited: None, unless having glowy eyes and durability counts

With a song title such as ‘Monster’, BIGBANG could’ve gone all-out and transformed themselves into ravenous beasts. Instead, they let the viewers’ imagination do all the work as they subtly hinted at their non-human nature but stopped short at laying their superhuman abilities out in the video.

One point worth noting was their wardrobes and styling for this video, which included horns (G-DRAGON) and a huge nose ring (Daesung) too add on to the monster-ness of the video.

Out-of-this-world rating: ★★★☆☆

SHINee –Married To The Music
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SHINee –Married To The Music

Year released: 2015

Superpowers exhibited: Glowing skin, extreme durability (think surviving with your head severed and facial features falling off)

There’s never a dull day when SHINee’s around. The video has the quintet at a house party that’s out of this world – think Key being put on a giant wheel, having a knife thrown at him and beheading him, but him still being able to sing, blink and be very much alive (Yes, it’s the head doing much of the work.)

The other members suffer from similar fates, with eyes, mouths, noses and more being removed from their faces during the party. Uh, maybe what mum told us about being careful about random party invites was true.

Out-of-this-world rating: ★★★★☆

Kim Jae Joong – MINE
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Kim Jae Joong – MINE

Year released: 2013

Superpowers exhibited: Growing fangs and spouting wings

We can’t decide if Jaejoong was an angel, a vampire, or something in between in this video. While the video started off normally enough (well, if you count being locked in a dungeon with a muzzle on normal), the reason for his imprisonment is quickly revealed at the end of the video, when he’s revealed to be not quite human.

We must say, however, that his fangs were very well-made, as he looked every bit the monster you’d want to keep securely locked up in the dungeon. Pro-tip: use better quality chains next time. 

Out-of-this-world rating: ★★★★☆

BTS – N.O
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BTS – N.O

Year released: 2013

Superpowers exhibited: Enhanced durability

Released in their debut year, ‘N.O’ starts off with BTS looking every part the well-programmed robots designed to obey every command. We’re not sure what sparked their revolt (perhaps it was the never-ending math class that got to them), but they start rebelling against the system and get into a fist-fight with the armed guards.

The fight ends with an explosion that knocks everyone but them out, and they officially break free from prison. It seems that the group has broken out of their drone mode, as they’ve been pretty much human for most of their other videos – save for ‘Blood, Sweat & Tears’, where V is theorised to be a fallen angel by the scars on his back where wings are meant to be.

Out-of-this-world rating: ★★★☆☆

INFINITE – Destiny
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INFINITE – Destiny

Year released: 2013

Superpowers exhibited: Enhanced speed, fire, turning into smoke

The music video for ‘Destiny’ was hastily changed to Version B in 2013 following an Asiana Airlines plane crash shortly before the video was slated to be released, as the original is said to have had a plane in it.

Cue Version B, where the members display superhuman powers towards the end of the video – though we’re not entirely sure that we’d like these said powers. Apart from enhanced speed (that would definitely come in handy when we’re running late), we’re not sure that turning into black smoke (where did they go?) or spontaneously combusting out of desperation are abilities we’d like to have.

Out-of-this-world rating: ★★★★☆

B.A.P – WARRIOR
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B.A.P – WARRIOR

Year released: 2012

Superpowers exhibited: Being aliens

B.A.P debuted as aliens from Planet Mato, with their aim to conquer the human race with their brand of music to save their dying home planet. Their debut music video, WARRIOR, featured one of their alien counterparts in his alien bunny glory, but the boys were probably adapting to the Earth so well that they showed no sign of their alien-ness.

Worth noting, however, is how they’ve stuck to their concept from day one, and have continuously had their releases and concert tours revolve around the alien concept. Their plan to have their human fans’ screams and support for them power their dying planet has definitely worked, as the group is reaching greater levels of popularity with every comeback.

Out-of-this-world rating: ★★★☆☆

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