K-pop groups often have large age gaps between the eldest and youngest members, but that has never stopped them from getting along. In fact, sometimes an older member of the group can easily pass for the maknae in various situations, mainly due to their adorable, childlike behavior.
Because age is just a number, here are 10 K-pop idols who are so young at heart, we could simply mistake them for being the youngest in their group.
1. BTS’s Jin
If Jungkook is the group’s youngest member, Jin is the unofficial maknae thanks to his babyish attitude. He’s often seen fooling around, and his members have no choice but to keep up with him.
2. BLACKPINK’s Jisoo
Another youthful personality that comes to life is Jisoo’s. Her liveliness pops up every now and then on variety shows and live broadcasts, and sometimes even at fansigns.
3. EXO’s Xiumin
Not only does Xiumin look like the youngest member of EXO, but he also acts like one. The amount of embarrassing situations he puts himself in are countless, one of them being when he unintentionally slapped himself with a clip toy.
4. TWICE’s Nayeon
This specific Unnie has more of a loud character, and she doesn’t shy away from showing it whenever she’s got the chance. You can capture one of her interactions where she boldly mimics her fellow TWICE members and later complains about being babied by them. (5:51-6:48 and 8:19-8:24, respectively)
5. MONSTA X’s Wonho
Aside from being one of the older members, Wonho is also big on teasing his group. Moreover, one of his victims actually happens to be the group’s youngest, I.M.
6. GFRIEND’s Sowon
When she’s not busy being a responsible adult, Sowon detaches herself from her leader image and turns into a carefree individual. In the clip below, she’s nonchalantly just being herself. (2:04-2:32)
7. Block B’s Taeil
It looks like BBC are not Taeil’s only fans. In fact, his fellow members are said to be his biggest fanboys because of his explosive cuteness as well as his intriguing agelessness, both mental and physical, which hasn’t changed since debut. (0:44-1:35)
8. Apink’s Chorong
Chorong is another leader who switches moods according to the situation she finds herself in. For the most part, she’s a young woman who often lets her inner bubbly persona out, and the karaoke session below is living proof of that.
9. SHINee’s Onew
It seems like the leader/fake maknae duality is more common amongst K-pop groups than we thought. In this video, Taemin is hopelessly trying to teach Onew how to breakdance. In return, the outcome causes a major case of hilarity.
10. Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon
Being all cute and vibrant alongside her youthful features, the tiny leader surely lives up to her name. During game night, Taeyeon made Tiffany and Seohyun crack over her silly jokes.
Which idol could easily fool you as being the maknae of their group? Let us know in the comments below!
Esmee L. is a Moroccan lively dreamer, writer, and Hallyu enthusiast.