Running Man (Korean: 런닝맨) is a South Korean variety show; forming part of SBS's Good Sunday lineup. It first aired on July 11, 2010, and as of 2016, it is one of the currently longest-running programs in South Korean history, at six years, surpassing the channel's previous variety show, X-Man (at three and a half years), and behind MBC's Infinite Challenge (10 years), and KBS2's 1 Night 2 Days (9 years).

Running Man was originally classified as an "urban action variety"; a genre of variety shows in an urban environment.[1] The MCs and guests were to complete missions at a landmark to win the race.[2] The show has since shifted to a more familiar reality-variety show concept focused on games. It has garnered attention as being the comeback program for Yoo Jae-suk, the main MC of the program, after leaving Good Sunday's Family Outing in February 2010.[3]

The show has become popular in other parts of Asia, even reaching its popularity outside Asia, and has gained online popularity among Hallyu fans, having been fansubbed into a number of languages by volunteers, such as English, Spanish, French, Thai, Malay, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian, Burmese (Myanmar), Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian and Turkish.

Running Man is currently airing at 6:30 pm KST every Sunday, as the second part of Good Sunday. ( WIKIPEDIA - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Running_Man_(TV_series))






Yoo Jae-suk

Yoo-ruce Willis (유르스 윌리스)
Yoo Hyuk (
Yoo-mes Bond (
유임스 본드)
Grasshopper (
Cicadanem (
Ddakji King (
Yoda (

Episode 1 – present

The main host of the show and known during the race missions for his escaping abilities and quick thinking. As a main host, he has been featured as a protagonist in many special episodes, which presented him with a nickname of Yoo-mes Bond. He is shown to have a closer relationship with a lot of the guests on the show, which he often boasts about to the other members. He is also often referenced to the color green throughout the show and is also known for his nickname "Grasshopper" from his first television appearances. He started off as a weak player during the race missions, but later becomes one of the strongest players in the series, and is, along with Kim Jong-kook, considered to be one of the two main powers in the race missions. His theme songs are "Step by Step" by New Kids on the Block and "Extreme Ways" by Moby.


Peaceful Gary (평온개리)
Straight-Going Gary (
Tycoon (
Monday Boyfriend (
Mr. Gary (
개리 쒸)
Wild Gary (
Sudden Commander (
뜬금 능력자)
Random Mr. Capable (
임의 씨 가능)
Squid (

Episode 1 – present

Introduced alongside Lee Kwang-soo and Song Joong-ki as one of the "variety rookies" due to his lack of experience on variety shows prior to Running Man. He is shown as the most gullible but honest member. Throughout the series, he has been involved in the official loveline of the show alongside Song Ji-hyo, as well known to be rivals with Haha. Although shown to be quite clueless at times, he is known as "The man full of surprises" and the "dark horse" of Running Man during race missions, highlighted when the show held the Best of the Best Match with him winning the match twice in a row. He is also known to be easily irritated whenever the members, particularly Haha called him a "squid" (as the byword for being ugly), which often leave him depressed. His theme songs are his various Leessang songs.


Haroro (하로로)
Roro (
Penguin (
Playboy (
Kid (
Schemer (
Ha-Rad Pitt (
하래드 피트)
Octopus (
Spaghetti (

Episode 1 – present

The primary joker of the cast and is usually picked on by other members because of his height and his similar appearance to Pororo the Little Penguin. He also has a tendency to feel as though he is the main lead in a movie created by his imagination. When things don't go his way, he lashes out verbally, causing great laughter among the cast. He is also the playboy of the cast, as he always confesses his love to female guests. However, this ended when he became engaged to singer Byul, changing to a "married man" and becoming very rough to female guests. He was initially a weak player during the race missions, occasionally being picked on even while on the chasing team, however he has improved over the course of the show, highlighted when he won the Best of the Best Match 2 times, along with Gary, who also held the same title. He is currently involved in the rivalry of the show alongside Gary. His theme song is "Perfect Love" by Lutricia McNeal and the theme song of Pororo the Little Penguin.

Ji Suk-jin

Big Nose (왕코)
Impala (
Race Starter (
레이스 스타터)
Yoo Jae Suk's Sunflower (
유재석 의 해바라기)
Celebrity Paparazzi (
Suk-ja (

Episode 1 – present

The oldest member of the show and one of Yoo Jae-suk's closest friends, knowing each other for more than 20 years. He is shown to be jealous of the good relationship between Yoo Jae-suk and Kim Jong-kook. He is also sometimes shown to be smart, particularly towards Korean history. Dubbed the " Race Starter" during the race missions, he is shown to be one of the weakest members and is the easiest and most frequently eliminated out of the cast, so easily that the other members would declare that the race has officially started after his elimination. He is also the most gullible among the cast, as he get easily tricked, particularly towards business investments. His theme song is "House You Live In" by Park Jin-young.

Kim Jong-kook

Sparta-kook (스파르타국)
Commander (
Kookie (
Tiger (
Coach Kook (
Mr. Capable (
능력 씨)
Father-in-law (
Kook-minator (
Jong-sook (

Episode 1 – present

The strongest member of the cast, Kim Jong-kook is known for his strength and skill during the race missions. During the missions, he is known for his sudden appearances that are often accompanied by the soundbite "This is Sparta!" taken from the movie, 300. His smart tactics are often successful to eliminate the other members and as a result, he is known for having both brains and brawn. He is also shown at times to act cute and show off his aegyo. His only apparent weakness is women and he is often teased for having a particular fondness towards Yoon Eun-hye. His theme song is "What We Need Is A Hero" by Alan Silvestri and his own song, "One Man".

Lee Kwang-soo

Framer Kwang-soo (모함광수)
Giraffe (
Giraffe's Tricks (
꼼수 기린)
Kwangvatar (
Betrayer Kwang-soo (
Icon of Betrayal (
배신의 아이콘)
Icon of Bad Luck (
불운의 아이콘)
Prince of Asia (
아시아 의 왕자)
God of Variety (
KwangToad (
Kwang-ja (

Episode 1 – present

The tallest and currently the youngest member of the cast and initially introduced alongside Gary and Song Joong-ki as one of the "variety rookies" due to his lack of experience on variety shows prior to Running Man. During the earlier episodes he was known for framing his fellow members with embarrassing and often absurd rumours. He is often picked on by the rest of the cast, particularly Kim Jong-kook, due to his timid nature. He is one of the weakest players, often the first to be eliminated during race missions. However, he has grown to easily betray his fellow members without hesitation. He is also known to be one of the most unluckiest member, having earned the worst results in nearly every luck-based missions. His theme song is "Saint Agnes and the Burning Train" by Sting. It was revealed that he is one of the most popular member and earned a great reputation in various regions of Asia through the series, which left the others in shock.

Song Ji-hyo

Blank Ji (멍지)
Ace (
Bad Ji-hyo (
Monday Girlfriend (
Song Ji-yok (
Beardy Ji-hyo (
Gold Ji-hyo (
Goddess of Luck (
행운의 여신)
Goddess of Sleep (
잠의 여신)
Hell Ji-hyo (

Episode 2 – 5 (guest)
Episode 7 – present (regular)

The only current female member of the show and initially only appeared as a guest but was added to the main cast in episode 6. During the earlier episodes, Song Ji-hyo was often known to swear during broadcasts especially towards Haha and Lee Kwang-soo. She is also known to be often seen with confused or blank facial expressions a lot of the time. Throughout the series, she has been involved in the official loveline of the show alongside Gary. She is one of the strongest players during race missions with similar running and catching capabilities as well as comparable intelligence to Yoo Jae-suk and Kim Jong-kook. Her theme song is the Angry Birds theme song.

Former cast






Busan Girl (부산 소녀)
Cowardly Girl (
겁 많은 소녀)
19 Years Old Girl (19
살 소녀)
Vitamin (

Episode 13 – 14, 292 (guest)
Episode 18 – 25 (regular)

She originally appeared as a guest in episodes 13 and 14, but later joined the main cast in episode 18. Formerly known as the youngest member of the show (at 19 years old), Lizzy is known for her cute looks and her "aegyo". She also proved to have a unique Korean accent when speaking since she's from Busan, where they have a slight change in speaking Korean. Lizzy has left Running Man since episode 26. Her reason to leave was never mentioned in the show, but possibly due to scheduling conflicts between the show and After School activities. After 5 years of not appearing in the show, she makes a comeback as a guest in episode 292. Her theme song is "A-ing", by After School sub-unit Orange Caramel

Song Joong-ki

Flower Joong-ki (꽃중기)
Pretty Boy Joong-ki (
Brain Joong-ki (
브레인 중기)
Active Young Man (
Detective Joong-ki (
형사 중기)

Episode 1 – 41 (regular)
Episode 66 (guest)
Episode 71, 97, 251, 283 (cameo)

Introduced alongside Gary and Lee Kwang-soo as one of the "variety rookies" due to his lack of experience on variety shows prior to Running Man. He was shown as being the smartest and also having the best looks out of the cast. He was known for being able to figure out puzzles and strategize during the race missions. He was also shown to be very optimistic and is often seen attempting new things but ultimately failing. As of episode 41, he left the main cast to focus on his acting career.[20] However, he reappeared in episode 66 as a guest and also in episode 71 in a short cameo as part of his promotion for the drama, Deep Rooted Tree. He had a cameo on episode 97 as a soccer player for the 2012 Asian Dream Cup. He also had a cameo on episode 251 to meet the members. He was initially set as a guest for episode 283 for the 2016 Smile Cup, but later appeared in that episode as a special appearance only due to his injury to his knee, preventing him from taking part in the missions. His theme song is "Pretty Boy", by M2M




Kim Jong-kook, Gary, Haha

Kim Jong-kook and the Two Kids (김종국과 아이 둘)[21]

A twist on the name of the former Korean band Seo Taiji and Boys (서태지와 아이들). In earlier episodes, Gary and Haha were often found in the same team, and were usually under the control of the domineering Kim Jong-kook. Thus, they are often shown as being afraid of Kim Jong-kook.

Gary, Song Ji-hyo

Monday Couple (월요커플)[22]
Business Couple (
비즈니스 커플)

The primary loveline of the show, they show interest in each other on Mondays, which is the day the show was filmed. The first mention of the term "Monday Couple" was in episode 12, although the relationship had been developing a few episodes prior. The relationship seemed one-sided until episode 16 when Ji Hyo told the cast that on Mondays she has a man, referring to Gary. Song Joong-ki would attempt to come between them on several occasions and many jokes were made from other cast members about Gary's appearance (the fact that compared to Joong-ki, he was far inferior). It became a major loveline after Song Joong-ki left the program.[23] (Later, the show was filmed on both Mondays and Tuesdays, leading to jokes about the couple not being in effect on Tuesdays.)

Yoo Jae-suk, Kim Jong-kook

Eternal Rivals (영원한 숙적)
Running Man's Two Pillars of Power (
런닝맨 권력 양대산맥)

These two are often arguing, joking and fighting with each other when they meet. Usually Kim Jong-kook wins the battle. They have been known as rivals since the 1st episode. They are considered as two of the strongest players in the series.

Song Joong-ki, Song Ji-hyo

Song-Song Couple (송송커플)[23]
Song-Song Siblings (

Another popular loveline, it first attracted attention from episode 15 when Song Joong-ki kissed Song Ji-hyo on the cheek. They later evolved into a siblings relationship as the Song-Song Siblings.

Kim Jong-kook, Song Ji-hyo

Commander and Ace (능력자&에이스)[23]
Spartace (

The two are considered to be one of the strongest teams in Running Man since they first worked together from episode 21.

Lee Kwang-soo, Song Joong-ki

Same-Aged Friends (동갑내기)[25]

Lee Kwang-soo claims to be close friends with Song Joong-ki due to their same age (both born in 1985), but Song Joong-ki would often deny their close friendship, leaving Kwang-soo appearing depressed. Song Joong-ki finally admitted to their close friendship in his leaving speech during the filming of his last episode (Episode 41).

Yoo Jae-suk, Song Ji-hyo

Candy Alliance (사탕동맹)
Yoo-Blank (

In episode 42, Song Ji-hyo gives Yoo Jae-suk a candy to make alliance with him. In the end, Song Ji-hyo betrays Yoo Jae-suk by ripping off his name tag.

Lee Kwang-soo, Ji Suk-jin

New Dumb and Dumber (신형 덤앤더머)
Easy Brothers (
이지 브라더스)
Feel, Touch, Cross! (
필촉 크로스)[26]

The New Dumb and Dumber relation was first depicted in episode 65, when they became a duo, acting similarly to the Dumb and Dumber couple of Family Outing. Later, they were known as the Easy Brothers when they were designated spies for episode 68, and a clue was offered to the other members that threatened to reveal their identities. The clue was "Easy", a combination of their surnames (Lee, pronounced ee) and (Ji). Whenever they are paired up, they are also known for performing their "Feel, Touch, Cross!" (, , 크로스!) cheer before each mission.[27]

Kim Jong-kook, Lee Kwang-soo, Ji Suk-jin

Serengeti (세렝게티)
Animal Kingdom (
동물의 왕국)
Kook-Easy Brothers (
국이지 브라더스)

This group has a set of animal nicknames. Kim Jong-kook is the tiger, Ji Suk-jin is the Impala and Lee Kwang-soo is the giraffe. When they are grouped, they always have an serengeti atmosphere as Kim Jong-kook says in episode 87.

Haha, Lee Kwang-soo

Betrayal Masters (배신 마스터)

In the series, these two are known for betraying other members. In episode 99, they've given a spy mission to oust their kings respectively but they fail the mission.

Yoo Jae-suk, Lee Kwang-soo

Yoo-Lee (유이)
Yoo-Lee, I miss you! (
유이 보고 싶다)
Lee-Yoo (
Dumb and Dumber (

This was formed when Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Kwang-soo was paired up as a team in Episode 90 by combining both their surnames together, (Yoo) and (Lee, pronounced ee). Throughout episode 90, Yoo Jae-suk and Lee Kwang-soo often does the "Yoo-Lee" cross. Often at which, Lee Kwang-soo would state that it sounds like the name of After School's UEE. They would say that they miss her. They would finally meet and become one team with her in episode 137. They also do the "Lee-Yoo" cross. They are pertaining to IU which is a popular Korean singer.

Lee Kwang-soo, Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-jin

Jail Regulars Trio (감옥 단골 3인방)[28]
Lee-Yoo-Ji Brothers (
이유지 브라더스)
The Unlucky Trio (
꽝손 트리오)

In earlier episodes, this trio was often eliminated the earliest during Bells Hide and Seek, and met each other at the jail. They are also known as Lee-Yoo-Ji, an evolved form of Easy Brothers. It was created when Ji Suk-jin was getting jealous of Lee Kwang-soo being close with Yoo Jae-suk, and calling themselves Lee-Yoo in episode 81. Asking whether Lee Kwang-soo was with Easy or the new Lee-Yoo, Yoo Jae-suk replies "that is the reason" ("the reason" is "Lee-Yoo-Ji" in Korean), and Ji Suk-jin reluctantly joins them to become Lee-Yoo-Ji, which is their last names put together. They are also known for being the most unlucky members in Running Man, particularly in missions.

Yoo Jae-suk, Ji Suk-jin

Suk-Brothers (석브라더스)
Two-Suks (
Yoo-Ji (

The two MCs have been close friends for more than 20 years and that they both have "Suk" in their name. However, Ji Suk-jin is always jealous of the good relationship Jae-suk has with Kim Jong-kook. In episode 27, Ji Suk-jin was referred to as Yoo Jae-suk's "sunflower" (always facing towards him) and was officially christened as such in Episode 40.

Kim Jong-kook, Haha

My Big Brother and My Little Brother (우리 형, 내 동생)[29]

These two are often on the same team and they have an endearing older brother/little brother relationship throughout the show and often address each other as such in a playful manner. The two have performed and toured together as the Running Man Brothers.

Haha, Yoo Jae-suk

Ha-Suk (하석)

This "loveline" was formed after the announcement that Song Ji-hyo was dating the CEO of her company in episode 82. Ji Suk-jin commented that a new loveline was needed in the show. Following which, Haha commented that he was preparing for a love line and Yoo Jae-suk immediately jokingly replied, saying that he couldn't sleep because he has been thinking about Haha too much. They often argue with each other with the superpowers given on episode 74. "The one who controls time" and "The one who drives me crazy" are the top two said by Yoo Jae-suk and Haha.

Kim Jong-kook, Lee Kwang-soo

Commander Jong Kook and Disciple Soo (능력자종국 과 그의조수)
Kook-soo (
Tiger and Giraffe (
호랑이와 기린)[30]

This was formed in episode 82 when Lee Kwang-soo and Kim Jong-kook were paired into a team. Since Kim Jong-kook resembles a tiger and Lee Kwang-soo resembles a giraffe, their relationship is known as Tiger and Giraffe. This happened again in episode 84 where Lee Kwang-soo and Kim Jong-kook were chosen by the opposing team to pair up together with paper handcuffs, leaving both of them stuck to each other for the rest of the episode. The two show a Tom and Jerry-esque relationship.[31]

Haha, Lee Kwang-soo, Ji Suk-jin

Betrayer's Club (배신자 클럽)[32]

After Haha and Lee Kwang-soo became betrayal masters, Ji Suk-jin was added and they became the Betrayal Team. They were known for their constant betrayals in missions. They could even betray each other, thus distrust always exist in the team. In episode 146, there was an episode featuring them, where they were listed as the Betrayer's Club who attempts to steal a treasure.

Lee Kwang-soo, Song Ji-hyo

Kwang-Mong Siblings (멍광남매)

These two are often seen playing with each other, sometimes they fight but if you look closer, they take care of each other just like close siblings.

Gary, Haha

Two Kids (아이둘)
Real Rivals (
Squid and Octopus (
오징어와 주꾸미)

The rivalry between Gary and Haha had existed since way back but was just recently confirmed in episode 275 where they'd have been bickering a lot more than usual in the past few episodes. Ironically, they were often in the same team and have won in many occasions.



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