6 Moments That Made Lee Kwang-soo the Icon of Misfortune


From his first appearance on Running Man, soaked in the pouring rain and ignored by the other members, Kwang-soo has established a reputation for being the Icon of Misfortune. While Ji-hyo has established herself as the Queen of Luck, Kwang-soo is sadly the opposite of his co-star. He is seemingly blessed by the God of Variety for the timing and sheer unluckiness he seems to get. He even has his own personal theme song, Sting's Saint Agnes and the Burning Train, which is played every time he's is faced with a pitiful situation. The song has become a hit among Running Man fans because of the number of times it has played over the past 5 years on the show.

Since 14 July (that's tomorrow!) is Kwang-soo's birthday, I thought it reasonable to point out some of his most iconic moments as the Icon of Misfortune on Running Man. There are, of course, more than the 6 that I've listed down here, but these 6 moments can be said to be prime examples of how blessed Kwang-soo is as an entertainer. 

#6 Counter splash (Ep 34)

Messing around with the Commander Kim Jong-kook is generally not encouraged, so Kwang-soo's audacity to blindfold himself AND pour water on a raging wet Jong-kook was probably his mistake deserving of his punishment. Still, it provided us with one of the most epic finales between the Tiger and the Giraffe.

Watch the entire scene here:

#5 Free Kick (to the face) (Ep 154)

I can tell you honestly that being in the wall for a free kick is probably one of the scariest experiences you may have, especially when the kicker isn't a professional football player. So when Sulli of f(x) lined up her shot, there were some nervous faces in the wall. Then again, there was literally everywhere else she could have kicked the ball, but the ball managed to roll squarely onto Kwang-soo's leg, chip up and smack him right in the face. I think even the God of Variety didn't see that awesome shot coming.

Watch the entire scene here: https://www.facebook.com/budaklife/videos/917060695020800/

#4 Headshot: "That's what his face is for" (Ep 214)

How unlucky must a person be to be just standing by and get hit by a ball to the face? If you're Kwang-soo, that happens almost every Tuesday. In this episode, Kim Ki-bang's little flick of the ball smashed squarely onto Kwang-soo's innocent face. If that wasn't enough, none of his teammates seemed to care because they were too busy laughing. That last quip by Jong-kook probably nailed Kwang-soo's situation perfectly; "That's what his face is for."

Watch the entire scene here: https://www.facebook.com/budaklife/videos/917060431687493/

#3 The yolk's on him (Ep 143)

Possibly one of Kwang-soo's most unlucky moments, cementing him as the Icon of Misfortune was his smashing 2 eggs onto his face, simultaneously. It was so ridiculously unbelievable that almost everyone called it fake, as soon as they managed to stop laughing.

Watch the egg-citing scene here: https://www.facebook.com/budaklife/videos/917060228354180/

#2 Getting his hair in a bunch (Ep 106)

The funny thing about unlucky moments is that they sneak up on you without you even realizing it. So when Kwang-soo's "sexy" seduction technique ends up with him showing off his "Chicken" undershirt, to the amusement of the guests and the other members, everyone thought that his unlucky moment was over and done with. Oh, were they ever so wrong. As soon as Kwang-soo put his shirt back on, his hair immediately caught his extra large nametag, resulting in one of the funniest reactions from the Giraffe on Running Man. Seriously, you have to see it to believe it.

Watch the entire scene here:

#1 Raindrops keep falling on his head (Ep 1)

Of course, no unlucky moment would be complete without Nature having its way with you. Kwang-soo's first ever appearance on Running Man way back in episode 1 had Mother Nature literally rain on his parade. Everyone else was so busy trying to stay dry that his introduction was ignored completely. This was the moment that everyone knew, Kwang-soo was destined for great things. Unlucky, sure, but blessed immensely by the God of Variety.

Watch the entire scene here: https://www.facebook.com/budaklife/videos/917070628353140/

Happy birthday to our Icon of Misfortune! What other Kwang-soo unlucky moments do you remember from the show? Leave a comment below!


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  1. There was also the moment when Jongkook promised to hit him and soon after a butterfly ended up landing on his face. Jongkook finally found the excuse to hit Kwangsoo's face as promised.

    Lastly would be the recent trip to Japan where Kwangsoo's bad luck went full force during the games which caused him to go to the labyrinth alone...


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