MONSTA X‘s Shownu is certainly an interesting character. Stoic and serious but cuddly and sweet, he truly is just like a bear. It’s hard not to love him… most of the time. As loveable as Shownu is, there are truly times were he tests us all and just begs the question: why?

1. The Carrot Cake

Back in May of this year, MONSTA X were guests on the TV show MMTG. When stopping for a bite to eat, Shownu was seen going for a big slice of cake with just his mouth. I.M. continuously tried to give him a fork but failed, leading to Shownu taking big bites into the slice.

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2. The All-In-One Shampoo

As handsome as Shownu is, everyone was shocked to hear the idol’s newly-revealed shower routine. Most notably, he uses an all-in-one shampoo and body wash (a taboo for beauty lovers). This is not what we meant by “All In”, Shownu!

shownu rain
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3. The No-Sheet Towel-As-A-Blanket Sleeper

While it’s unclear if he still uses a towel as a blanket, there’s definitely evidence that Shownu still leaves his bed sheet-less. This old picture still haunts many Monbebes to this day. I guess an idol can sleep anywhere, huh?

shownu sleeping weirdly

4. The Hand Salad

Yes, another eating one, but this is just another one Monbebes can’t forget. Shownu eating a salad with his hands. Now, eating with your hands admittedly isn’t that strange, but Shownu always has a way of making us think otherwise. This time? Shownu used a fork and knife to take out some ingredients and then later, mid-eating, used them again to mix up his food. It’s more a question of why didn’t he use his hands to take out the food or just use the utensils for everything?

shownu salad
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5. The Over-active Dad

Almost every interaction between Shownu and a child becomes a Dad moment. However, this scene from MONSTA X-Ray Season 1 is always one that Monbebes remember. The boys are playing with children on a playground and Shownu approaches this little girl to help her. By “help” her, we mean bounce her horse into the next dimension. At least she had a lot of fun.


Regardless of his antics, we love him. Keep being you, Shownu.