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In K-pop, you might hear or read a lot of words or letters that don’t make sense if you aren’t familiar with them. There could be many reasons for this, but fandom is one of the biggest and most important. These names are often confusing, as they sometimes don’t seem to have relevance to the artist or might sound like the name of a K-group. Some of these names are official, while others are not. Some are acronyms and some are references. Wherever the name comes from, the fans are every bit as important as idols and groups in the K-Pop world. Here is a lost of some popular fandom names along with out ranking of the top 3 fandom names, followed by a brief discussion fandoms’ effects on artists and other fans.

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100%: PERFECTION
24K: 24U
2NE1:  BlackJacks 
2PM: Hottest
4Minute:  4NIA
9Muses: MINE

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A

A.C.E: Choice
Akdong Musician: Aunts and Uncles
After School: Play Girlz, Play Boyz Ailee: Alien
AOA: Elvis 
APink: Pink Panda
April: Fineapple
ASTRO: Aroha
ATEEZ: ATINY

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B

B.A.P: Baby
B1A4: BaNa
B2ST: Beauty
Berry Good: Very Berry
B.I.G: Beginning
BigBang: VIP
BlackPink: BLINK
Block B: BBC
Boyfriend: BestFriend
Boys Republic: Royal Family
Brave Girls: FEARLESS
Brown Eyed Girls: Everlasting
Bulldok: Hotdok
BTOB: Melody
BTS: ARMY

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C

CLC: Cheshire
CNBLUE: Boice
Cosmic Girls (WJSN): Ujung
Crayon Pop: Sketchbook
Cross Gene: CandY

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D

DAY6: My Day
DIA:  AID
Dreamcatcher: InSomnia

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E

ELRIS: BLRIS
EXID: LEGGO
EXO: EXO-L

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F

f(x): MeU
FT Island: Primadonna
FIESTAR: Let⭐s

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G

(G)I-DLE: Neverland
GFriend: BUDDY
Girl’s Day: DAI5Y
Girls’ Generation (SNSD): S♥NE
GOT7: I GOT7
Gugudan: Dan-jjakn

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H

Halo: HALOVE
Hello Venus: Hello Cupid
Hi Cutie: Bellus
Highlight: Light
HISTORY: STORIA
Holland: Harling
HOTSHOT: Hotple

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I

iKon: iKONIC
Imfact: IF
Infinite: Inspirit
IN2IT: IN2U
IU: Uaena

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J

Jay Park: Jaywalkers

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K

Kara: Kamilia
K.A.R.D: Hidden Kard

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L

LOONA: Orbits / –
Lovelyz: Lovelinus

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M

M.Fect: Mfectable
MADTOWN: MADPEOPLE
Mamamoo: Moomoo
MAP6: MAPSI
MARMELLO: MARMALADE
MBLAQ: A+
MOMOLAND: Merry-Go-Round
MONSTA X: MonBebe
Miss A: Say A

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N

NCT: NCTzen
NU’EST: L.O.Λ.E

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O

Oh My Girl: Miracle
ONF: Fuse

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P

Pentagon: Universe
PRISTIN: HIgh
PSY: PSYcho

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R

Rain: The Cloud
Rainz: Rainzer
Red Velvet:  ReVeluv 
Romeo: Juliet

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S

Samuel: Garnet
Saturday: Sunday
Sechs Kies: YellKies
Seventeen: Carat
SF9: Fantasy
SHINee: Shawol
Shinhwa: Shinhwa Changjo
SISTAR : Star1
SNUPER: Swing / –
SONAMOO: SolBangOol
SPEED: DEEPS
SPECTRUM: LANTANA
Stray Kids: Stay
Super Junior: ELF

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T

T-Ara: QUEENS Target: Wonnie
Teen Top: Angels
The Boyz: THE B
The Rose: Black Rose
Topp Dogg: ToppKlass
TVXQ: Cassiopeia
Twice: Once

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U

U-Kiss: Kiss Me
UNIQ: UNICORN
UP10TION: HONEY10

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V

VARSITY: UNION
VIXX: ST☆RLIGHT

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W

WANNA ONE: WANNABLE
Weki Meki: Ki-Ling
WINNER: Inner Circle
Wonder Girls: Wonderful

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Z

ZE:A: ZE:A STYLE

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BlackJacks – 2NE1

This is very clever fandom name for obvious reasons. The group’s name is pronounced like twenty one, the number it takes to win the card game blackjack.

Beauty – B2ST

This one is a play on Beauty and the Beast. This is a very clever name, though we’re not sure how male fans feel being called beauties, but it could be a compliment.

Inner Circle – Winner

Every winner has his or her own inner circle. This fandom name definitely helps to make the fans feel closer to their bias group.

Fans are very important to artists. They give artists support and purpose. Fandoms have, however, been know to have adverse effects, as well as positive effects of their artists. Let’s take ARMY as an example. For member Jin’s birthday, ARMY donated more than $4,000 worth of feminine hygiene products to low-income families in Jin’s hometown. They have also donated thousands of dollars worth of goods to ‘comfort women’ in Korea. Actions like these really help to inspire idols and citizens alike. On the other hand, ARMY also has a reputation for being extremely aggressive and unforgiving. ARMY has been known to scare off perspective BTS fans and turn off veteran BTS fans. There are many examples from many fandoms such as BlackJack, EXO-L, ELF, etc. which we will discuss in a future blog.

Remember fans, it is important to be respectful of idols and fans outside of our own biases.

What’s your favorite Fandom Name? 
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