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Yoo Jae Suk on red carpet

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Yoo Jae-suk is a male Running Man member. He is considered to be one of the two towering forces of Running Man; the other being Kim Jong-kook. He is regarded as one of the strongest Running Man members due to his superior intellect, wit, and speed.

Membership Edit

Yoo is considered to be the main host of the show. He is one of the original cast members who started with the show on episode 1.

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Expertise Edit

Yoo is primarily known by the nickname "Grasshopper". It is a reference to his self-made "Grasshopper dance" that he popularized in a show he also hosts called "Infinity Challenge". The nickname is also attributed to his alleged obsession of the color green.

Yoo is referred to as the "Nation's MC" or "National MC". This is due to his gargantuan popularity and presence in the South Korean entertainment industry. He is also known and loved by most South Koreans of all ages. This popularity is exemplified when fans would divert all of their attention from another member to Yoo when he arrives, running towards him and leaving the other member(s) by themselves.

Yoo is known for his alter-ego "Yoo-mes Bond" (a portmanteau of Yoo and James Bond). This alter-ego first emerged when Yoo was given a spy mission in episode 38 to secretly oust the other Running Man members by discreetly squirting their name-tags with green liquid. The alter-ego has reemerged in several episodes including one where another spy was posing as Yoo to frame him.

Yoo is also known for another alter-ego, "Yooruce Willis" (a portmanteau of Yoo and Bruce Willis). This alter-ego emerges during intensive chase scenes involving Yoo. It first emerged when Yoo managed to escape the clasps of Kim Jong-kook in one of the earlier episodes. He likened the experience to Bruce Willis' "Die Hard" movie franchise, so whenever he is involved in an arduous chase, he would describe it as the respective "Die Hard" film. He has kept tally and on his latest reemergence as Yooruce Willis, he was at "Die Hard 11".

Yoo is also a self-proclaimed dance master extraordinaire. He decided to name this alter-ego as "Yoo Hyuk", which is another portmanteau. He claims that he had always wanted to be called "Hyuk" as it was a cool name in his generation, therefore "Yoo Hyuk". When in this alter-ego, Yoo likes to show what he calls the "greatest dance move" of all time. It is when he bends down to feature the curvature of his gluteus. The scene is usually accompanied by an explosion of CGI flower petals radiating from his hips. The other members then cringe and reprimand him for doing something so embarrassing.

Relationships Edit

Humiliation by Kim Jong-kook Edit

Yoo has always considered Kim Jong-kook as his greatest enemy. The latter being the second towering force of the show has always been formidable in challenges due to his brute strength and surprising intelligence. In many occassions, Kim would humiliate Yoo by completely overpowering him in combat- and battle-type challenges to which Yoo would always exclaim that "one day" he "will get revenge". In several efforts to defeat Kim, Yoo has tirelessly formed alliances, one of them being the infamous Candy Alliance with Song Ji-hyo.

The Candy Alliance (later the Mandu [Dumpling] Alliance) Edit

The Candy Alliance, later the Mandu (Dumpling) Alliance, is a cooperative formed by Yoo and Song Ji-hyo after Song gave Yoo a piece of candy as the binding symbol of their agreement. This alliance led to the successful ousting of Kim Jong-kook on episode 42 during the year-end competition for the number one Running Man member. The alliance later crumbled when Song betrayed and ousted Yoo while he was celebrating the victory over Kim Jong-kook.

The alliance was later reformed on episode 73 as the "Mandu (Dumpling) Alliance", which helped lead Song to her solo victory in the Hong Kong episode and consequently her acquisition of the golden cintamani prize. The alliance was formed when Song purposefully led Yoo to a crucial clue by asking him to buy dumplings for her at a certain location. After realizing the aid from Song, Yoo then formed an alliance with her and used the dumpling as the binding symbol of their agreement.

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