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Your Guide To NCT: A Fandom FAQ

Your Guide To NCT: A Fandom FAQ

Has Neo got your back? Well, it’s about to! Want to learn more about the famous global group NCT? You’ve come to the right place. NCT has been breaking records, performing across the globe, and collecting the hearts of many. Now we know what you may be thinking. There’s no way anyone can remember 23 members. How would someone even keep up with all the changes? Learn about the beautiful world of NCT, and you’ll be begging for more. From the units to the shows, it’s time to learn about NCT!

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An Introduction to NCT

Who are the members?

There are a total of 23 NCT members with more to come. They are currently the top K-pop group with the most members. NCT has a diverse background with members from America, Japan, Canada, Thailand, and more.

Taeil: Moon Taeil (문태일)

Johnny: Johnny Suh (서쟈니)

Taeyong: Lee Taeyong (이태용)

Yuta: Nakamoto Yuta (中本悠太)

Kun: Qian Kun (錢錕)

Doyoung: Kim Dong-young (김동영‬)

Ten: Chittaphon Leechaiyapornkul (ชิตพล ลี้ชัยพรกุล)

Jaehyun: Jung Yoon Oh (정윤오)

Winwin: Dong Sicheng (董思成)

Jungwoo: Kim Jungwoo (김정우)

Lucas: Wong Yuk-hei (黃旭熙)

Mark: Mark Lee (이마크)

Xiao Jun: Xiao Dejun (肖德俊)

Hendery: Wong Kun-Hang (黃冠亨)

Renjun: Huang Renjun (黄仁俊)

Jeno: Lee Jeno (이제노)

Haechan: Lee Dong-hyuck (이동혁)

Jaemin: Na Jaemin (나재민)

YangYang: Liú Yángyáng (刘扬扬)

Shotaro: Osaki Shotaro (大崎将太郎)

Sungchan: Jung Sungchan (정성찬)

Chenle: Zhong Chenle (钟辰乐)

Jisung: Park Jisung (지성)

What does NCT stand for?

NCT stands for Neo Culture Technology. The group’s company, SM Entertainment, created the group to spread K-pop across the globe hence all the different units. They wanted NCT to have unlimited members that could debut in these units.

What are NCTzens and Czennies?

NCTzens are the official name of NCT’s fandom. NCT members refer to fans as Czennies. The concept was for NCTzens to be “citizens” of NCT since their name pronunciation sounds like Ncity. Doyoung (127) thought citizens sounded a bit too stiff, so he suggested Czennies, and that is how the name was born!

What are the NCT Units?

NCT has a total of 4 units: U, 127, Dream, and WayV, with more anticipated to come in the future. Each unit has a different concept to them. 

NCT U is based on rotation and there is no set lineup. Depending on the concept, members are added or removed. NCT U debuted in April 2016 with ‘The 7th Sense’. The original group had only Taeil, Jaehyun, Taeyong, Mark, Ten, and Doyoung. After their debut, the member lineup would change. Some comebacks included Jeno, Johnny, Shotaro, and many other members. Some notable songs from them include ‘Make A Wish (Birthday Song),’ ‘90’s Love,’ ‘Boss,’ and many others.

NCT 127 was the next group, debuting in July 2016 with ‘Fire Truck.’ NCT 127 combines Neo Culture Technology with the number 127, the longitude coordinate of Seoul. They were the first unit with a set line-up. This group consists of nine members: Taeil, Johnny, Taeyong, Yuta, Doyoung, Jaehyun, Jungwoo, Mark, and Haechan. Winwin was a part of the original lineup but was pulled in 2019 to promote with WayV. Some notable songs from them include ‘2 Baddies’, ‘Regular,’ ‘Sticker,’ and more.

NCT Dream is the youthful unit of NCT, debuting in August 2016 with ‘Chewing Gum.’ The lineup consists of Mark, Renjun, Jeno, Haechan, Jaemin, Chenle, and Jisung. This group originally had a graduation system. Once members reached 20, they would leave the unit. Mark graduated, and the others were going to follow suit. However, many fans became attached to the members, so SM reinstated Mark and eliminated the graduation system. Some notable songs from them include ‘Beatbox,’ ‘Boom,’ ‘Glitch Mode’ and more.

WayV is the Chinese label of NCT and the most recent lineup so far. Debuting in January 2019 with ‘Regular (Chinese Version),’ they mostly promote in China, and their music is in Chinese. The member lineup includes Kun, Ten, Winwin, Lucas, Xiao Jun, Hendery, and Yangyang. Lucas is currently on an indefinite hiatus. Their name stands for “We Are Your Vision.” Some notable songs from them include ‘Take Off,’ ‘Love Talk,’ ‘Kick Back,’ and more.

NCT Lore

What is the “Regular, huh?” challenge?

Fans who know this challenge remember all the 2nd hand embarrassment that came with it. The “Regular, huh?” challenge was a challenge where NCT members ordered a coffee, and when they are asked for the size, they responded with “Regular, huh?” While saying this, they did a part of the choreo from their title track. This challenge happened during their promotions for the Regular-Irregular album, whose title track was ‘Regular.’ Although a little embarrassing, the challenge was a fun memory for the boys and their fans.

What are the NCT dolls?

Some fans have made their own NCT dolls which they sell to others. The members all have different animals. It depends on who you buy it from and what animal they’ll be since there are different sellers. Many users post the NCT dolls in different locations, such as concerts, beaches, and even different countries around the world! Some members’ animal plushies are puppies, bunnies, cats, cheetahs, deer, and even quokkas. The most notable plushie is Taeyong, known as Tyongya from Twitter user tyongya71. His animal is still a mystery to fans!

Image Source: tyongya71 Via Twitter
Who are the Awkward Bros?

With a group as big as NCT, it’s not always easy for the members to know each other. Most of the units have different schedules or even reside in different countries. This started a joke among fans calling members Awkward Bros since so many of them act shy around each other when they meet. It got so popular that SM started a series, combining members into awkward duos. Some popular duos included Doyoung (127) and Renjun (Dream), Jaehyun (127) and Jisung (Dream), Yuta (127), and Xiao Jun (WayV). Fans are hoping for future seasons to see more hilarious pairs.

Connect With NCT

Does NCT have social media?

NCT are extremely active on social media. With 23 members, there’s never a dry day! NCT as a whole and as their own units have Instagram, Tiktok, and Twitter. Their music videos are posted on SMTOWN and NCT’s Youtube channel. Members have their own individual Instagrams you can discover as well. There’s a member for every fan’s taste!

NCT 127: Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok

NCT Dream: Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok

WayV: Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok

What NCT content should I watch to get to know them better?
NCT Life

NCT Life featured the daily lives of the members. It has a total of 11 seasons in different locations, with members participating in different challenges. This is a great way to learn about the members as it shows them over the years. With 11 seasons, you’ll be sure to know NCT well in no time.

NCT Daily

NCT Daily is NCT’s YouTube channel where members can feature their everyday lives. From vlogs to behind-the-scenes, NCT daily has it all! This will help show you a more relaxed version of the boys as these videos are less program-show-focused. 

NCT World 2.0

NCT World 2.0 was a reality program featuring all 23 members of NCT. Their Resonance album was released the same year, so the program was a perfect way to show all the members again as well as promote them. The show presents the personalities and chemistry of all the NCT members. After you’ve watched their other content and learned about the members, this will be a perfect binge show!

Inside the Fandom

Image Source: NCT DREAM Via Twitter

NCT has a large history of names, jokes, and more. It may be a lot to keep up with, but we’re here to help! NCTzens official fandom color is green. Fans refer to themselves as grass because the member Mark joked that all the lightsticks look like a field of grass. This joke even trended for a while on social media!

Neo Got My Back

In 2018, NCT released their debut studio album, Empathy. It was the first album containing all of the units created at that time. The intro to the album was called ‘Intro: Neo Got My Back.’ The famous line “Neo Got My Back Culture Things Tech Tech On My Mind” was repeated over and over in the song. Neo may be referring to NCT. This created a famous line for NCTzens. Many fans like to joke from time to time that Neo has their back on things like breakups, exams, money, and more.

Solo Names

Sometimes fans who bias a certain member have a name within NCTzens. As a whole, they are still an NCTzen but to let people know their bias, they have unofficial and official fandom names. Some official fandom names are Enjenie for Jeno fans and Sunflowers for Haechan fans. An example of a popular unofficial name is Jaehyun’s fandom called Valentine. Jaehyun was born on Valentine’s Day hence the name!

NCity

As we mentioned earlier, NCity is known as the city for NCTzens. NCT sounds like NCity, and fans are citizens. Therefore, NCity is the place where all of NCT’s fans reside. Within NCity are fans from all the units, and they even have different names. For example, NCT Dream fans are usually referred to as Dreamzens in NCity.

Are you prepared to become an NCT superfan now? Ready to dive into their city and binge all their videos? Let us know by tweeting us @TheHoneyPop or checking out our Facebook and Instagram.

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