Top 15 Best Maknae of K-Pop Boy Groups

Updated on March 8, 2017

Maknae is the equivalent term of being the youngest member, which is popularly known in the K-Pop world. In many boy groups, maknaes are precious for the hyungs because they are like the baby of the family. They are usually seen as the cutest and the most childish of the group and the one that receives the most love from the hyungs. But sometimes, the maknaes are not only playful but are also caring, matured, understanding, and lovable as well. These talented, handsome, and adorable maknaes are the pride of each group. In this list, let's meet the youngest member of each K-Pop boy groups, and learn some fun facts about them.

15. Zelo (B.A.P)

A cute and innocent-looking boy from B.A.P is the maknae with an incredible talent in rap and dance. His name is Zelo, the "English-speaking maknae".

Fun facts:

  • Zelo's real name is Choi Jun-hong.
  • Born on October 15, 1996 (age 20)
  • He is the lead rapper and lead dancer of B.A.P
  • His stage name “Zelo” comes from the Greek and Roman God Mythology “Zelus”, the god of rivalry.
  • He can speak English fluently, and he sounds so good and irresistibly cute!
  • He also revealed that he likes a girl who can speak English. (Way to go, international fans!)
  • Though he's probably younger than them, he wants his fans to call him "oppa".
  • He talks in his sleep and sometimes the members answer to him in their sleep.
  • Among the B.A.P members, baby Zelo is the tallest.

14. Ren (Nu'est)

Besides being the youngest, the most incredible thing about Ren is the fact that he is more beautiful than most women in the world. No doubt, he is the "Beautiful Maknae" from Nu'est.

Fun facts:

  • Ren's real name is Choi Min-ki.
  • Born on November 3, 1995 (age 21)
  • He is the most charming, most attractive, and most beautiful in the group. He is also the member with the strongest cute charms.
  • Because of his pretty face, it's hard to believe that he is not a real girl when he do gender-bending.
  • He doesn’t see himself so “effeminate” as some people says.
  • Apart from being naturally beautiful, Ren is also talented in playing piano.
  • When he can’t sleep, he asks Baekho to hug him. (Awww, sweet!)

13. Gongchan (B1A4)

Maknaes may be the "baby" of the group, but sometimes, they are more matured than we think, just like Gongchan. He is the "Matured Maknae" of B1A4 who likes taking care of his hyungs.

Fun facts:

  • Gongchan's real name is Gong Chan-sik.
  • Born on August 14, 1993 (age 23)
  • Even though he is the youngest member of the group, he has a mature side due to being the oldest sibling of his family, so he takes good care of his hyungs despite his age.
  • Among all the members, he is the best in Math.
  • He was madly jealous when he found out that his Sandeul hyung went out to an amusement park with BTS' Jin. He was so jealous at that time, so he threatened Sandeul that he will erase all of their memories. (Awww! After all, he is still a cute and childish maknae!)

12. Hyuk (VIXX)

Even before his debut as an idol, Hyuk's high school days was warmly cheerful and fun because he is a hard fan of boy group U-Kiss. He is seen clapping and cheering for the band as he watches them from afar. From being a fan to being a star, he is now the "incredible maknae" of VIXX.

Fun facts:

  • Hyuk's real name is Han Sang-hyuk.
  • Born on July 5, 1995 (age 21)
  • His hyungs are so fond of his cute charms, that's why they gave him many nicknames: Hyukkie, Hyukawaii, Manhyuk, Jungle Baby, Hyogi
  • Most of his fans say he looks like Seungri of Big Bang.
  • Apart from the group's activities, Hyuk has also made his debut in the big screen. In 2016, he was casted in a comedy-action film, Chasing, as Han Won-tae.

11. Dino (Seventeen)

He just graduated from high school, but to other Seventeen members, he will always be their "baby maknae". Dino, whose hyungs never wanted him to graduate from being the most adorable boy of the group, is now an official adult!

Fun facts:

  • Dino's real name is Lee Jung-chan.
  • Born on February 11, 1999 (age 18)
  • He is the main dancer of the group. He inherited his talent in dancing from his parents, who are originally dancers. His father opened up a dance class for him.
  • He made the choreography for their song "Jam Jam".
  • Besides being the main dancer, he is also the lead rapper of the group.
  • On February 2, 2017, he graduated in high school at Seoul School of Performing Arts.

10. Sungjae (BTOB)

Whether it's singing, dancing, acting, or even hosting, there's nothing he can't do. The "Talented Maknae" of BTOB is none other than the handsome idol, Sungjae.

Fun facts:

  • Sungjae's full name is Yook Sung-jae.
  • Born on May 2, 1995 (age 21)
  • Not only popular as an idol, but Sungjae is also popular as an actor.
  • He starred in many successful K-dramas, including Plus Nine Boys (2014), Who Are You: School 2015 (2015), The Village: Achiara's Secret (2015) and Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016). He received several awards and nominations for his performance in School 2015.
  • He likes snowboarding and shopping.
  • He wants Kim So-hyun and Joy (Red Velvet) to be his younger sisters.
  • He first met V from BTS at the toilet, and since then, they became good friends.

9. Sanha (Astro)

Because of his cute, innocent, pure, and squishy image, Astro's maknae, Sanha, is also known as the adorable puppy "Beagle maknae".

Fun facts:

  • Sanha's full name is Yoon San-ha.
  • Born on March 21, 2000 (age 17)
  • He's good in playing the guitar.
  • He also has a very flexible body. He can even fit himself in a bag or in a cupboard!
  • He is allergic to seafood and he can't drink coffee.
  • He and Minhyuk are revealed to be big eaters.
  • He had his first kiss with Yejin (iTeenGirls) in Fantagio’s WebDrama, To Be Continued.

8. Kyuhyun (Super Junior)

Since 2006, he has successfully proven himself talented in singing. The maknae of Super Junior is now about to reach his 30s, but still looking fresh and handsome! He's the "Evil Maknae" of SuJu - Kyuhyun.

Fun facts:

  • Kyuhyun's real name is Cho Kyu-hyun.
  • Born on February 3, 1988 (age 29)
  • He is the main vocalist of the group. His voice is incredibly powerful and amazing, and he can hit high notes without taking it too hard. He is also one of the best vocalists in the K-Pop world.
  • He is very good at playing the clarinet. He can also play the piano.
  • Because of his clever personality that causes headaches to his hyungs, he gained the nickname "Evil Maknae".
  • On April 19 2007, Kyuhyun was in an car accident. He was left in shock and it is said that he was mute for awhile.

7. I.M (Monsta X)

At a young age, I.M had a great adventure of the world and has explored many things in life. He is the "explorer maknae" of Monsta X and the one that speaks English in a fluently sexy way.

Fun facts:

  • I.M's real name is Lim Chang-kyun.
  • Born on January 26, 1996 (age 21)
  • He stayed for 3 years in Boston and 4 years in Israel.
  • During his childhood days, he used to live in abroad for a long time because his father was a scientist, and he needs to travel around the world.
  • As someone who had a tour of the world, I.M is fluent in English.
  • His role model in life is his father, whom he respects so much.
  • Influenced by his father, he once wished to pursue science and education.

6. Sungjong (INFINITE)

With his great sense of fashion and diva-like style, the maknae of Infinite, Sungjong, is also known as the great "Maknae-nim".

Fun facts:

  • Sungjong's full name is Lee Sung-jong.
  • Born on September 3, 1993 (age 23)
  • He is a wonderful man who is actually photogenic and shines like a star, that's why his members call him several nicknames that best suits him: Maknae, Maknae-nim, Diva, Beautiful Man, and Jjong.
  • He is left-handed.
  • Among the Infinite members he is the best at girl group dances.
  • He revealed that it's his eyes which body part is he most confident with.

5. Seungri (Big Bang)

Over the years, his success, fame, and popularity is a proof of Seungri's deserving recognition to his performances with Big Bang. Last year, he gave an encouraging shout out to the other maknaes, (which made Jungkook of BTS proudly raising his hand) and since then, he is seen as the "Most Adorable Maknae" in the K-Pop history.

Fun facts:

  • Seungri's real name is Lee Seung-hyun.
  • Born on December 12, 1990 (age 26)
  • He is known for his blunt attitude and his over confidence, especially in dancing. He choreographed numerous Big Bang dances.
  • Seungri was originally eliminated from Big Bang, but because he didn‘t want to face his friend and family after failing, he went back to YG and competed against Hyunsung (BEAST).
  • When Seungri goes places like restaurants or clubs with others he always pays the bills.

4. Taemin (SHINee)

Wit his talent in dancing and singing, Shinee must be so proud to have Taemin as their maknae. They even call him "Dancing Machine" because he's just too good in dancing!

Fun facts:

  • Taemin's full name is Lee Tae-min.
  • Born on July 18,1993 (age 23)
  • His nicknames are Handy Boy Taemin, Maknae Taemin, Tae, Taem, Dancing Machine, Taeminnie.
  • He’s considered the best dancer out of the group.
  • Great dancers make can make great friends with each other, and Taemin proved it because he is close friends with Kai (EXO).
  • His hobbies are listening to music, dancing and playing the piano.

3. Yugyeom (GOT7)

He might be so sexy, hot, and charismatic on stage, but when he's with the hyungs, Yugyeom will always be the kind-hearted, cute, and adorable boy of Got7.

Fun facts:

  • Yugyeom's full name is Kim Yu-gyeom.
  • Born on November 17, 1997 (age 19)
  • He has a talent for street dancing, krumping, house dance, and popping.
  • Upon first sight, you can hardly believe that he's the maknae because of his mature physique.
  • He is also the tallest member of Got7.
  • He says that he likes to check out the pictures that his fans take of him. He’ll save the pictures that look good. He’s very grateful to his fans for them.

2. Sehun (EXO)

EXO must be so blessed to have Sehun as their maknae, because he's got almost everything - the handsome face which shines like a prince day and night, and the talent he have in dancing. The "Handsome Maknae" of EXO is also known for his sunshine-like, fairly-white skin!

Fun facts:

  • Sehun's full name is Oh Se-hun.
  • Born on April 12, 1994 (age 23)
  • He is the visual of EXO-K, and is also a former ulzzang.
  • He is a shy and mischievous person, but is also sincere, considerate, and becomes more lively as you get to know him.
  • He is a big Miranda Kerr (Victoria Secret model) fanboy. He followed her immediately after creating his Instagram account and was super happy when she followed him back.
  • He says that Suho is the most perfect older brother to him. Suho’s always taking care of him.
  • F(x)’s Amber says that Sehun is her ideal type because he has matured from a young boy into a very mature, manly man.

1. Jungkook (BTS)

Out of all the many maknaes in K-Pop, the one that really stands out is the young, handsome, and talented Jungkook of BTS. He is popularly known as the "Golden Maknae" because he can save his hyungs whenever they need help. But take note, he's probably younger than you so never ever call him "oppa" or else, he will get mad!

Fun facts:

  • Jungkook's real name is Jeon Jeong-guk.
  • Born on September 1, 1997 (age 19)
  • He attended Seoul Performing Arts High School and he graduated in February 2017.
  • His hyungs gave him many nicknames, which includes Jeon Jungkookie (Suga calls him a lot), Golden Maknae, and Kookie.
  • His role model in K-Pop is G-Dragon (BigBang).
  • When asked if who among the BTS members is the most similar to him, he answered: "V Hyung. He’s random, our comedic cords match well, and I think our personalities are similar."
  • Rap Monster said that although he wants to seem manly, Jungkook is actually a cutie.
  • His singing voice sounds so heavenly, like an angel (check out his cover of We Don't Talk Anymore)

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      Ana 22 hours ago


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      annisa safitri 9 days ago

      I love jungkook BTS

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      Jimin oppa 3 weeks ago

      KOOKIII is the best like all bts .

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      kaira claire dalida 6 weeks ago

      dino is life!! seventeen is real!! SEVENTEEN forever!! FIGHTING!!♥♥

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      Nasra osman 6 weeks ago

      Bor bts is the best Koop and they are so funny ever time I watch one video of them they make me cry I love them.

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      Bri 8 weeks ago

      Kookie is life

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      ChoiEka17 8 weeks ago

      Yugyeom was always referred to as the "Giant Maknae" by his members and even us Ahgases

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      ASEN EXO L 2 months ago

      for me, Sehun is the best maknae

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      Leah 2 months ago

      What about Changmin? He'll always be my fave

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      Jade Henderson 2 months ago

      Luv ya Yugyeomie!

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      exo-l 3 months ago

      Love u Sehun!!

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      Vishaka Barua 3 months ago

      Love you Jungkook

      You are the best....!!

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      kookkii 3 months ago


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      jong key 3 months ago

      Jungkook ♡♡♡

      The best maknae♡♡♡♡♡

      The golden maknae♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

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      bts 3 months ago

      go bts. bts is like the most popular in vote in everything not being mean to other fans

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      exo-l 3 months ago

      exo sehun is our number 1 maknae

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      exo fan samantha 3 months ago

      exo sehun is the best

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      Jungkook's Real Wifeu 4 months ago

      I love you Kookie!

      We love you!


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      VIP 4 months ago

      Im here for Seungri Panda

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      Saj 5 months ago

      I love Jungkook

      And I heard all of his covered songs

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      Jungkook's yeoja chinku 6 months ago

      Love you jungkook and I have heard his cover song 'we don't talk anymore ' and many others.

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