Bias K-Pop Slang used in various meme examples.

Bias (K-Pop Slang)

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Bias is a term used in K-pop slang to refer to a fan's favorite member from an idol group. The word is prominent among Western K-pop users in particular and is used synonymously with "favorite." Use of the term "bias" grew in virality in the early 2010s. K-pop biases are sometimes further described as "ultimate bias," meaning a person has an idol who is their favorite amongst all idol groups, while still having biases for each idol group in general.


In December 2009, a viral Tumblr post by @superzinger (now deactivated) read, "My name is _______ and my ultimate kpop bias would be __________♥" The post was shared to Twitter by various users in December 2009.[2][3][4]

On October 12th, 2012, Tumblr[7] user @harshkpoptruths posted about "Your Bias's Hair" (shown below).

HARSH K-POP TRUTH: YOUR BIAS'S HAIR When you realize your bias CAN'T pull off everything. THE HAIR FAIR Harsh K-Pop Truths Though there are a few exceptions to this Harsh K-Pop Truth (coughTOPcough), most of us realists have to face that day where the newest makeover just... well, just didn't work. Now we aren't saying your bias lost the touch that caught your attention in the first place, but one of his or her hairdos may have caused your forehead to meet your palm. WARNING: If your bias appears in this post, and you are offended in some way, we are SO sorry... that your bias had to go through such an... awkward phase. Of course, everyone can have their own opinion, and maybe you thought some of these hairstyles were a success! For us, however, to be completely frank, they make us shudder. SHINee's Key - Lucifer Key Sorry, b-locket... it had to be done. Now, it's hard to find bad pictures of Key. Both Caitlin and I agree that he's incredibly attractive... but this hairstyle is like that embarrassing stain on your couch that everyone wonders where it came from but no one wants to ask. We aren't the only ones who think so. ODDFEATHER listed this haircut as a complete fail as well. WE (no longer pulling ODDFEATHER under the bus with us) would like to point out, after re-watching Lucifer, that most of the SHINee hairstyles during Lucifer promotions were, at the least, a tad bit awkward.

On October 23rd, 2011, Urban Dictionary[1] user hapamyheart posted the earliest known definition of the term "bias" as it relates to K-pop slang. The entry read, "In Kpop, the member of an idol group that is your favorite. A person may have one ultimate bias, and many other biases from other idol groups, or only have one ultimate bias. This term is derived from 'having a bias towards a particular person'" (seen below).

bias In Kpop, the member of an idol group that is your favorite. A person may have one ultimate bias, and many other biases from other idol groups, or only have one ultimate bias. This term is derived from "having a bias towards a particular person." G-Dragon is my ultimate bias, but Key is my SHINee bias. by hapamyheart October 23, 2011 4777 543 f FLAG


The word bias in relation to K-pop gained increased usage online throughout the 2010s. On January 18th, 2014, Twitter[5] user @TypicalKpopFans posted a meme about K-pop biases, gathering over 400 likes in nine years (seen below, left). On September 3rd, 2014, Twitter[6] user @roblessk8 posted a tweet using the phrase bias as well, gathering over 400 likes in nine years (seen below, right).

TYPICAL KPOP FANS CONTENT www.YALAN.COM #TypicalKpopFans @TypicalKpop Fans How I feel about my bias: 너무 미워죽겠는데 너무 잘 생겼어 Gosh, I hate him so much but he's so hot. 10:32 AM Jan 18, 2014 1,108 Retweets 446 Likes SBS ... : AJ @roblessk8. Sep 3, 2014 I received my Ladies' Code Kiss Kiss album today. It came with a card of my bias EunB. I can't stop crying. #RIPEunB 34 LADIES, CODE KISS - KISS t 1,109 465 3 ↑

On April 21st, 2015, Instagram[8] page @dramafever posted a meme using the word bias, gathering over 1,400 likes in eight years (seen below, left). On April 7th, 2016, Twitter[9] user @solornbalbum posted a tweet that read, "me talking about my ultimate bias," gathering over 2,300 likes in seven years (seen below, right).

EVERY K-DRAMA FAN'S FANTASY WITH THEIR BIAS I like you, too. EVERY K-DRAMA FAN'S REALITY WITH THEIR BIAS I said I like you too. DRAMAFEVER sm give ksoo a @solornbalbum me talking about my ultimate bias 20시 복귀하상 21시 현재 잘생기셨음! 22시 역시 "잘생기상 예정 At 21:00, he is good-looking. 8:25 AM.Apr 7, 2016 5,662 Retweets 10 Quotes 2,334 Likes 20시 복귀리싱 21시 현재 잘 생기셨음! 22시 역시 "잘생기식 예겨 : At 22:00, he remains good-looking indeed.

On February 10th, 2022, a Reddit[10] thread on /r/kpophelp discussed the origins of the term bias.[10]

Various Examples

WATCHING A KPOP MV: 80% watching my bias/ having a heart attack 5% hyperventilating over the bomb choreography KOREA BOX 5% screaming the English portions of the lyrics as loud as I can 10% wondering where I can get a jacket like that eli MOVED @95HINWON me with my bias me with the other members liv @voidpacifist. Nov 5, 2019 bomboclaat Show this thread You f------ donkey. 2:32 PM - Nov 7, 2019 : Oh dear, oh dear. Gorgeous. 7,172 Retweets 495 Quotes 20.5K Likes 407 Bookmarks sai @sai_pyon f--- your kpop bias who's your favorite pokegirl Types of Headaches Migraine Hypertension when someone starts to speak bad Stress about my bias, kdrama, kpop #me aki. | ia doing schoolworks @tannieslovre my bias so far 11:21 AM • May 27, 2022 8,768 Retweets 449 Quotes 38.1K Likes 478 Bookmarks : José/JK Mixtape @JoseOchoaTV me: I'm loyal to my bias *other member appears* me: 0:00 123K views From BTS Ruin Lives 3:19 PM Jun 6, 2018 11.9K Retweets 477 Quotes 25.4K Likes 493 Bookmarks : BU

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External References

[1] Urban Dictionary – Bias

[2] Twitter – AZenitha

[3] Twitter – QeniaCoronado

[4]  Twitter – anitopxs

[5] Twitter – TypicalKpopFans

[6] Twitter – roblessk8

[7] Tumblr – harshkpoptruths

[8] Instagram – dramafever

[9] Twitter – solornbalbum

[10] Reddit – kpophelp

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