The 11 most savage maknaes in K-Pop

Being the youngest in the group doesn’t mean that you can’t be on top

The 11 most savage maknaes in K-Pop
The 11 most savage maknaes in K-Pop
17 Nov 2017

The 11 most savage maknaes in K-Pop

In Asian society, you’d expect there to be a certain ‘hierarchy’, if you like, when it comes to idol groups – especially since when there’s a well-established practice of having a leader (usually one of the oldest, if not the oldest), along with a maknae (youngest in the group) who is commonly believed to be the one in charge of being adorably irresistible.

As it turns out, that’s not always the case – and it’s not uncommon these days that to see the maknaes on top, with them having the other members under their control.

Sometimes, however, you see the other members try to control their evil, out-of-control maknae, which often leads to hilarious results and constant bickering (more on that later).

In tribute to all our troublemaking (and hence entertaining), maknaes on top, here’s a list of 11 K-pop maknaes who are so savage that you might find yourself buying aloe vera gel to gift their group members to help soothe the burn.

Read on for more.

VIXX’s Hyuk
VIXX’s Hyuk
17 Nov 2017

VIXX’s Hyuk

Age: 22
Age gap with the oldest in the group: 5 years

VIXX’s leader, N, hilariously declared that their maknae used to be cute and kind, like a puppy they’d want to pet until something happened and he suddenly turned into the member that everyone else fears.

These days, he isn’t afraid to hit the other members (that violence), pick them up and fling them around (more violence) and be hilariously vicious towards the other members even with his words.

During VIXX File episode 7, when Hyuk and N went to the strawberry farm, Hyuk deadpanned that he found a strawberry that looks like N, and when N asked if it was because it was small, Hyuk responded, “No, it’s because it’s old and has no strength.”

Ouch. 

Savage level: 8/10

Catch the group (and their maknae’s) antics on show at VIXX Shangri-La in Singapore 2017 on December 2. 

GOT7’s Yugyeom
GOT7’s Yugyeom
17 Nov 2017

GOT7’s Yugyeom

Age: 20
Age gap with the oldest in the group: 3 years

Yugyeom isn’t the only maknae terrorising his group – his partner in crime, Bambam, is also born in the same year as he is and the pair seem to have made it their life mission to tease their hyungs.

The older members in the group might have been able to handle one, but not two of these troublemakers, as can be seen on and off stage.

These days, when the group goes on variety shows and they have to mete out physical punishments to the rest (think butt hitting or forehead flicking), Yugyeom is more than happy to be the one hitting his hyungs, and doesn’t hold back when he does it.

Savage level: 6/10

Red Velvet’s Yeri
Red Velvet’s Yeri
17 Nov 2017

Red Velvet’s Yeri

Age: 18
Age gap with the oldest in the group: 8 years

Despite joining the group after Red Velvet debuted (they were originally a quartet, but now have five members), Yeri has fit right into the group and has a close relationship with everyone else.

During variety shows, she’s said lots of things to shade her unnis, such as when she was supposed to talk about Irene and Seulgi’s charms, she deadpanned, “Since I wasn’t chosen as one of the top 100 most beautiful people, I don’t have any intention to talk about their charms.”

In addition, when was on Knowing Brothers, she declared during her introduction that she’s the “prettiest girl in school”, and when Super Junior’s Heechul shot back that she has “no conscience”, she quipped, “You’re right, I have no conscience!”

There’s nothing like being savage and proud of it.

Savage level: 9/10

Catch the group (and their maknae’s) antics on show at the Shilla Beauty Concert on November 24.

Super Junior’s Kyuhyun
Super Junior’s Kyuhyun
17 Nov 2017

Super Junior’s Kyuhyun

Age: 29
Age gap with the oldest in the group: 5 years

As one of the original evil maknaes in K-Pop, along with his BFF Changmin (more on him on the next slide), Kyuhyun’s wit and sass is one of our favourite things about him.

Known to be great on variety programmes with his sharp tongue, he’s said things about his hyungs that are so true, and yet so painful. One example was when SJ-M was on a Chinese variety programme, and he had to talk about the members’ flaws.

For Ryeowook, he said, “He’s really cute and sings well, but he hasn’t dated in the longest time.” As for Eunhyuk, he shared, “He’s charming and great at dancing, but he’s really ugly. The kind of ugliness that’s filled with charm.”

He said about Donghae, “He’s really handsome, but he’s an idiot.” Our personal favourite was what he said about Sungmin, “Blah blah… (completely skipping the praise as instructed by the host), but he’s a jack of all trades that can do a lot of things but doesn’t excel in anything in particular.”

Burn.

Savage level: 10/10

TVXQ!’s Changmin
TVXQ!’s Changmin
17 Nov 2017

TVXQ!’s Changmin

Age: 29
Age gap with the oldest in the group: 2 years

Despite having one of the smallest age gaps between the oldest and youngest, Changmin spares nobody when it comes to his viciousness.

When he guested on Knowing Brothers, Changmin was asked if he was in the same school as the show’s fixed cast member Min Kyung Hoon, to which he said, “I’m not very sure, but I heard that he was busy dating his girlfriend back then, so I didn’t really see him in school.”

That led to the rest of the cast members flaming poor Kyung Hoon for skipping classes just to date, and Kang Ho Dong, who had something revealed about him as well, chuckled that Changmin should “carry on dropping more bombs like these so that what he said about me will be buried, too”.

He’s also been known for his epic t-shirts that he wears to the airport, among those were two that read “Talk to my manager” and “Sorry girls I only date models.” respectively.

Savage level: 10/10

TWICE’s Tzuyu
TWICE’s Tzuyu
17 Nov 2017

TWICE’s Tzuyu

Age: 18
Age gap with the oldest in the group: 4 years

Despite being from Taiwan, Tzuyu has picked up Korean really quickly and has used her newfound skills in language to shade her unnis endlessly. While on Happy Together 3, host Yoo Jae Suk asked Jihyo if she watches her music videos, to which she admitted that she doesn’t, but streams TWICE’s songs for it to do better on the charts.

When it came to Tzuyu’s turn, she said, “I don’t do things like that,” which led Jihyo to laugh in embarrassment.

Tzuyu brings a lively spark to their stage performances too as she tends to poke the other members just to kid around with them, and fans love it when the girls are seen having fun together.

Savage level: 7/10

BIGBANG’s Seungri
BIGBANG’s Seungri
17 Nov 2017

BIGBANG’s Seungri

Age: 27
Age gap with the oldest in the group: 3 years

Seungri used to be known as the member who’d get bullied by his hyungs, but these days, it seems that savage Seungri has been unleashed and has no intention of holding back.

On an episode of Radio Star, Seungri said of G-DRAGON, “Do you know why all of BIGBANG’s music is sad? It’s because none of his relationships ever work out.” Oops.

He’s also taken to shading his own agency’s CEO, as he quipped about his experience as a special host on idol survival programme MIXNINE, “Unlike YG, most of the CEOs in other agencies don’t really scold their trainees and treat them like their own children, giving them lots of love (…) I think I could’ve started a successful business selling all the slippers that have been thrown at me over the years.”

Ooooh.

Savage level: 9/10

BTS’ Jungkook
BTS’ Jungkook
17 Nov 2017

BTS’ Jungkook

Age: 20
Age gap with the oldest in the group: 5 years

Jungkook hilariously gets in arguments with just about anyone in the group, but most notably, he and the eldest member Jin get into all sorts of disagreements, particularly over age, often.

It usually goes something like this, “Wow, it must be great that you’re old.” “Yeah, I’m so happy about being old.” “Yeah, you must be really happy, right?” “Being old is the best!” You get the picture.

During a fansign event, they were given a bag of chips and the pair started fighting (in front of the fans, no less) over it. While Jungkook was pouring the chips into his mouth, Jin tried to tip the packet more and earned a glare from the maknae in return.

Guys, we’re sure that the fans would buy you all the chips you could ever eat.

Savage level: 9/10

EXO’s Sehun
EXO’s Sehun
17 Nov 2017

EXO’s Sehun

Age: 23
Age gap with the oldest in the group: 4 years

During one of EXO’s concerts, Baekhyun asked during their introduction if Sehun should start the ball rolling, to which Sehun immediately rejected. Baekhyun had no choice but to change the order of the introductions, saying that they’d listen to him because the “maknae is the most precious.”

He also said on a V Live broadcast, “On my birthday, nobody wished me happy birthday even 11 minutes past midnight. A lot of people think that the EXO members are really close and take care of one another but nobody wished me happy birthday for 11 minutes.” They hilariously ignored Chen, who wanted to explain the situation, as well.

Hilariously, on a variety programme, leader Suho said of Sehun, “I treat Sehun like my blood brother,” which cued all sorts of fluffy feelings from the viewers, until Sehun deadpanned, “Nope, I have a real older brother.”

Savage level: 9/10

WANNA ONE’s Guanlin
WANNA ONE’s Guanlin
17 Nov 2017

WANNA ONE’s Guanlin

Age: 16
Age gap with the oldest in the group: 10 years

On WANNA ONE TV, the members were asked who they wouldn’t want to room with, and Guanlin was the first to speak up, “Sorry Jaehwan hyung. All of us know that Jaehwan is very hardworking and he’s always practicing his singing, so even when I’m sleeping, he sings. My ears hurt.”

When they were shooting an advertorial for a uniform brand, he and Daehwi, who are the same age, took the chance to declare in the waiting room that since everyone was in uniform, that they were all the same age for the day and proceeded to speak in banmal (informal language) to his hyungs.

He clearly enjoys speaking in informal language, as he’s mentioned playing the yaja game (where the positions of the oldest and youngest are temporarily flipped) on a number of occasions.

Savage level: 8/10

iKON’s Chanwoo
iKON’s Chanwoo
17 Nov 2017

iKON’s Chanwoo

Age: 19
Age gap with the oldest in the group: 4 years

His fellow member Jinhwan said during a fan party, “Honestly, my height is taller than what’s written online.” While the emcee tried to say that height wasn’t important, Chanwoo declared, “How about you stand with Junhoe and I over here (to compare)?”

During an interview with arirang TV, he also had fun with yaja time, shooting down all the other members other than Bobby, who he admitted is “too fierce”.

When Yunhyeong was unable to think of which girl group member he would want to be reborn as, Chanwoo also quipped, “Why do you sound mad to be asked this question?” earning a round of laughter from all the other members.

Savage level: 7/10

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