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The BTS Universe or Bangtan Universe (often shortened to BU; 방탄소년단 세계관), initially known as The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Series, Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa Series or HYYH Series until the official name and logo were first used in 2017, is an original story that is centered on a series of music videos and short films, independently produced by HYBE and Big Hit Music, and based on characters played by the members of BTS. The franchise has expanded to include short stories, books, a webtoon and a visual novel. A drama is to be released as part of the franchise.


On April 29, 2015, BTS began their second era with a mini album in which the song "I Need U" served as the album's title track. The music video for this track shows a story of the seven members in an alternate reality, depicting their anxieties and uncertainties as they confront their futures.[1] Following this music video story, multiple content were released in this era and in their third era. Due to the popularity of the fictional universe, Big Hit Entertainment named it the "BU", or "BTS Universe".

On June 29, 2017, the BTS Wings Concept Book, the first content with the official BTS Universe logo, was released. In an interview from July 2017, RM explains the origin of their "I Need U" and "Run" music videos by saying: "Stars Wars came out tens of years ago, but a dad and his son still go to a theater to see [it]. It’s not just like a five-year or a ten-year thing, you know what I mean? Our company knew that and they always told us about how important it is to make a world like Star Wars or Marvel [did]."[2] In August 2017, at the start of their fourth era, posters of the fictional characters were released.[3] At the same time, the phrase "BU content certified by Big Hit Entertainment" was added to all music videos and short films that were part of the BU.

Since the BU was established, BE was the first album without any content related to the fictional universe, on BE-hind Story released on December 2020, Jin explains "[BE] It wasn't part of BTS Universe and it was really natural so I think it felt more comfortable. We can't forget about the universe but we should make albums like this to take a break once in a while where we all participate together."[4]


"Seven boys. Best friends. Their fates intertwined through the good times together, but also the tough times, as they have gone their separate ways and suffered greatly as a result. When all is almost lost for these boys, one is given a special chance to go back in time and help his friends fix the mistakes that led them down this path. He’ll do anything to save them, but can he? Or is he too late?" – Plot summary of the 花樣年華 Pt.0 <SAVE ME> webtoon.


See also: Songju

Map of Songju HYBE Insight

Map in HYBE Insight

BU mainly occurs in Songju a fictional city in South Korea. The map of Songju was first seen in the last pages of each version in 花樣年華 THE NOTES 1.

In the museum HYBE Insight a map of Songju along with connections as objects and events can be found.


List of BU content certified by Big Hit Entertainment.

Title Type Released
Youth Trilogy
'I NEED U' Official MV Music video April 29, 2015
'I NEED U' Official MV (Original ver.) Music video May 10, 2015
화양연화 on stage : prologue Short film September 8, 2015[n 1][5]
'RUN' Official MV Music video November 30, 2015
'I NEED U (Japanese Ver.)' Official MV Music video December 1, 2015
'RUN -Japanese Ver.-' Official MV Music video March 11, 2016
EPILOGUE : Young Forever’ MV Music video April 19, 2016
WINGS Short Film #1 BEGIN Short film September 4, 2016
WINGS Short Film #2 LIE Short film September 5, 2016
WINGS Short Film #3 STIGMA Short film September 7, 2016
WINGS Short Film #4 FIRST LOVE Short film September 8, 2016
WINGS Short Film #5 REFLECTION Short film September 9, 2016
WINGS Short Film #6 MAMA Short film September 10, 2016
WINGS Short Film #7 AWAKE Short film September 13, 2016
'피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV Music video October 10, 2016
'血、汗、涙 -Japanese Ver.-' Official Teaser Teaser May 1, 2017
'血、汗、涙 -Japanese Ver.-' Official MV Music video May 10, 2017
Love Yourself
#LOVE_YOURSELF Poster Posters August 11–13, 2017
花樣年華 The Notes: Seokjin – 13 June Year 22 Short story August 14, 2017
LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '起' Short film August 15, 2017
LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '承' Short film August 16, 2017
LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '轉' Short film August 17, 2017
LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '起承轉結' Short film August 18, 2017
花樣年華 The Notes in LOVE YOURSELF 承 'Her' Mini book September 18, 2017
'Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder' Short film April 5, 2018
花樣年華 The Notes: Jungkook – 22 May Year 22 Short story May 4, 2018
'FAKE LOVE' Official Teaser 1 Teaser May 14, 2018
'FAKE LOVE' Official MV Music video May 18, 2018
花樣年華 The Notes in LOVE YOURSELF 轉 'Tear' Mini book May 18, 2018
'FAKE LOVE' Official MV (Extended ver.) Music video June 1, 2018
花樣年華 The Notes: Seokjin – 3 August Year 22 Short story August 7, 2018
LOVE YOURSELF 結 Answer 'Epiphany' Comeback Trailer Comeback trailer August 9, 2018
花樣年華 The Notes in LOVE YOURSELF 結 'Answer' Mini book August 24, 2018
花樣年華 Pt.0 <SAVE ME> Webtoon January 16, 2019–
April 10, 2019
花樣年華 THE NOTES 1 Book March 5, 2019
Map of the Soul
花樣年華 The Notes in MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA Mini book April 12, 2019
花樣年華 Art Toy Art toy September 16, 2019
花樣年華 The Notes in MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 Mini book February 21, 2020
함께라면 웃을 수 있다 Graphic lyrics June 24, 2020
花樣年華 THE NOTES 2 Book August 25, 2020
BTS Universe Story 花樣年華 'MAP OF THE SOUL' Short film September 16, 2020[n 2]
花樣年華 <I'M FINE> in BTS Universe Story Visual novel September 24, 2020–
December 17, 2020
Chapter 2
BEGINS ≠ YOUTH Web drama April 30, 2024—
May 14, 2024

Smeraldo Flower Shop[]

See also: Smeraldo Flower Shop

On August 9, 2017, Jin posted on Twitter a selca featuring a bouquet of flowers and the word "Smeraldo",[6] which is not an actual flower. However, the fans found Testesso, a fictional florist who is planning on opening a shop called Smeraldo Flower Shop.[7]

Testesso has a Naver Blog about the Smeraldo Flower and his shop, with different stories about the origin of the flower and his experiences with it. These stories were deleted and the BU logo was added to the blog on July 4, 2018.[8] A few days later, the blog started to post the same stories as last year, but the eighth story changed and Seok-jin didn't pre-order the Smeraldo Flowers for the girl because he turned back the time.

Also, the Instagram account associated with the blog was deleted and re-opened on July 20, 2018, with content alike to previously uploaded and the Twitter account was private since August 2017, until the content was deleted and reupdated on July 2018.

As of July 6, 2020, all the content of the blog was deleted for the second time with posts slowly being reuploaded again on the same dates. However, the third story changes and gets uploaded on July 15, 2020 instead of July 17, 2020. In the previous versions, Testesso talks about how the flower was first discovered in real life. On the 2020 version, he talks about seeing a man with an umbrella stopping in front of the shop during the typhoon. Afterwards, the uploads proceed just as before.

*Don't confuse Jin, the vocalist of BTS with Seok-jin, the fictional character.

Smeraldo Books's Twitter[]

On January 6, 2019, a Twitter account promoting the 花樣年華 Pt.0 <SAVE ME> webtoon, the 花樣年華 THE NOTES 1 book and the 花樣年華 THE NOTES 2 book was opened. The account shared fragments of the books tied with different visual content on the BU.

On July 29, 2020, the account started polls, giving the fans the chance to decide what happens next, the polls finished on August 4, 2020. A day before it ended, a new hashtag was added to promote the BU video game as well.

The Notes 1[]

BU The Notes 1 (1-15)

from "Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder" short film.

Would I be able to straighten out the errors and mistakes and save the others? I didn't grasp the depth and weight of this question. – Seok-jin, 2 May Year 22.[9][10]

BU The Notes 1 (2-15)

from "WINGS Short Film #4 FIRST LOVE" short film.

The car had just barely missed me. The remaining buzz of the alcohol all made me feel giddy. Then I realized I couldn't hear the piano anymore. – Yoon-gi, 7 April Year 22.[11][12]

BU The Notes 1 (3-15)

from "Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder" short film.

SeokJin just stood there on the edge of my sight. He didn't come closer or start talking. – Nam-joon, 11 April Year 22.[13][14]

BU The Notes 1 (4-15)

from "Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder" short film.

My phone rang. I came back to myself as if awakened from a long dream. I took out my phone. It was YoonGi. – Jung-kook, 11 April Year 22.[15][16]

BU The Notes 1 (5-15)

from "LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '起'" short film.

Mom handed me a chocolate bar. "HoSeok, close your eyes tight and don't open them until you count to ten." – Ho-seok, 23 July Year 10.[17][18]

BU The Notes 1 (6-15)

from "WINGS Short Film #2 LIE" short film.

I lied for the first time today. I looked into the doctor's eyes and pretended to be depressed. "I can't remember anything." – Ji-min, 28 September Year 20.[19][20]

BU The Notes 1 (7-15)

from "I Need U" music video.

The sheet caught fire and instantly flared up. My last sight of this world was this dirty, isolated room, the red-hot flames and rolling heat, and JungKook's twisted face. – Yoon-gi, 2 May Year 22.[21][22]

BU The Notes 1 (8-15)

from "I Need U" music video.

My narcolepsy occurred anytime, anywhere. I always ended up having dreams about Mom when I blacked out. The dreams were all alike. I was heading somewhere with Mom on a bus. – Ho-seok, 10 May Year 22.[23][24]

BU The Notes 1 (9-15)

from "Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder" short film.

I wanted to kill myself instead of Dad. If I could, I wanted to drop dead right then and there. – Tae-hyung, 20 May Year 22.[25][26]

BU The Notes 1 (10-15)

from "Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder" short film.

"Run, JiMin." We all started running. I was caught up in the excitement and ran with them. The snacks and plastic soda bottles flew into the air. – Ji-min, 15 May Year 22.[27][28]

BU The Notes 1 (11-15)

from "I Need U" music video.

At some point, we were all running along the coastal road. I was out of breath, sweaty, and had a splitting headache. But I didn't stop because they continued on. – Jung-kook, 22 May Year 22.[29][30]

BU The Notes 1 (12-15)

from "Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder" short film.

It was like the last scene in my dream. The only difference was that SeokJin was up there instead of me. – Tae-hyung, 22 May Year 22.[31][32]

BU The Notes 1 (13-15)

from "LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '轉'" short film.

Several days ago, l'd been here and seen some graffit. I'd automatically looked around, but TaeHyung had been nowhere in sight. I stared at the graffiti painted all over the wall for a while. – Nam-joon, 13 July Year 22.[33][34]

BU The Notes 1 (14-15)

from "LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '轉'" short film.

The bouquet of Smeraldo flowers fell from my hand. She was lying in the middle of the road. Dark red blood flowed down the road. – Seok-jin, 30 August Year 22.[35][36]

BU The Notes 1 (15-15)

from "Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder" short film.

I didn't tell anyone, but I felt on that long-ago day that I had finally found a real family. Real brothers. – Jung-kook, 22 May Year 22.[37][38]

The Notes 2[]

The Smeraldo was trampled under my feet. And a time loop began again. – Seok-jin, 27 June Year 22.[39]

Everyone must have their reason for wanting to be dead. And for wanting to be alive. Why did Jungkook feel like dying? And what did he live for? – Yoon-gi, 12 May Year 22.[40]

At different moments, I was overcome with seething doubt and disbelief. And I asked myself: Do I believe TaeHyung? And the answer was always the same. – Nam-joon, 18 July Year 22.[41]

Would I lose someone important to me again? I felt like tearing up. "Who is worried about who here? If you are really worried about me and feel sorry for me, please just stay alive. – Ho-seok, 11 May Year 22.[42]

The dreams seemed to be demanding some kind of answer from me. As if they were telling me that there was a problem and I had to fix it. But I couldn't do a thing on my own. – Tae-hyung, 10 July Year 22.[43]

If the seven of us could really become one, HoSeok would be like our guardian, always taking care of us. Be he wasn't really as carefree or outgoing in the inside as he seemed on the outside. – Ji-min, 14 June Year 22.[44]

Why did they lie to me? – Jung-kook, 22 July Year 22.[45]

I had a dream last night. My high school friends were in it, and terrible and vicious things happened in the dream. SeokJin was watching them without a change in his expression as the tragedies unfolded. I drew his sinister looking face and showed it to Namjoon.

"SeokJin is back."

NamJoon told me about how he met SeokJin. He also told me that SeokJin seemed changed.
A nightmare and the news of SeokJin for the first time in two years. Unable to dismiss it as a mere coincidence, I felt apprehensive. – 11 April Year 22.

A. I should ask for SeokJin's number (56,3 %)
B. I should go and see if the friends I saw in the dream were doing okay (43,7 %)[46][47]

Result: #1 - A

"Do you know SeokJin's number?"

I asked NamJoon. I didn't know what I wanted to ask SeokJin, but I felt I should go see him. I called several times, but he wouldn't pick up.
So I ended up going to his house. As I looked for him in the second-floor room with lights on, I saw a map on the wall. Among the places marked on the map, there was one I knew.

"That's YoonGi's workroom. – 11 April Year 22.[48]

When JungKook and I went to see YoonGi a couple of days ago, we'd ended up making him mad at us. I was on my way to see him at his workroom, wondering if I could talk to him again, but even before I got there, I saw him walking out of his place. I called him, but he didn't hear me and disappeared around the corner.

In my dream, he was in a room that was ablaze. I had stolen his lighter from his room, but since he was a smoker, he should have another one by now. When I tried to follow after him, I saw a SUV driving slowly in his shadow. What is that car? Does that car have something to do with YoonGi and the fire? – 30 April Year 22.

A. YoonGi must've started the fire. I should follow him (74,3%)
B. YoonGi must've been killed by that suspicious SUV (25,7%)[49][50]

Result: #2 - A

I was reminded of how angry YoonGi became a couple of days ago. Things still didn't look right with him. Pretending I hadn't seen the car, I followed him in a hurry.
I saw the smoke rising from a motel in the distance. Was that the place I saw in my dream? As I was running toward the motel, I saw someone who looked very familiar. The person was SeokJin who was walking away after leaving something in front of the motel without a moment of hesitation as if he had planned the whole thing. – 30 April Year 22.

I came close to doing something terrible. To my dad who was beating up me and my sister...
If HoSeok hadn't stopped me, I would be in jail now. HoSeok said he was there to ask me if I would go on a trip to the sea which was SeokJin's suggestion. But I didn't think SeokJin contacted us because he really wanted to go on a trip to the beach. I was certain that SeokJin knew something about us or something we didn't know. It was SeokJin who showed up in front of the motel YoonGi was at and made JungKook go into the building. Would I be able to talk to SeokJin if I go on that trip to the sea? – 21 May Year 22.[51]

We all got together for the first time in a long while because of the trip to the sea.
When we said we wanted to take a picture together, SeokJin shook his head.
I was the only one who saw him crumpling up a picture the six of us took together. Did we mean nothing to him now? I picked up the crumpled-up picture. And I followed SeokJin who was going up to the observatory alone.
For some reason, the wind at the observatory felt familiar. I could've seen this in a dream. Seeing SeokJin's cold face, I felt like tearing up. I decided to... – 22 May Year 22.

A. Ask if SeokJin was helping us (67,7%)
B. Ask if SeokJin was behind everything that had happened so far (32,3%)[52][53]

Result: #3 - A

"I know you're helping us. I don't know how. I can't explain it."

I went on and on about awful things that nearly happened to us and how mysterious coincidences took place right before those horrible events to prevent them from happening. SeokJin pushed me away and said,

"I don't need anyone's help, and I don't help anyone." – 22 May Year 22.[54]

There was a sudden sand storm which continued for several minutes. We reeled as if we were about to fall from the observatory. When the sand storm subsided, SeokJin left without a word to us.
HoSeok asked me if something had happened, but I had no answer. I felt frustrated and sad. What should I do? I should... – 22 May Year 22.

A. Follow SeokJin (62,2%)
B. Take care of the other friends (37,8%)[55][56]

Result: #4 - A

I couldn't end the conversation there. SeokJin! SeokJin! I tried to stop him, but he left without looking back. He drove his car and left us just like that. I felt nonplussed.
I didn't get to hear anything from him. But there were some things I found out.
He couldn't remember what we used to be. And there were moments when he looked as if he was in pain. Maybe... he needed our help. – 22 May Year 22.[57]

We found out very late that JungKook got into a car accident on the way back from our trip to the sea. He'd gotten hurt on the day we were all together, and I felt horrible that I found out about it so late. On top of everything, it was a hit-and-run, so they still didn't know who did it. And JungKook couldn't remember a thing.
When I was sitting by his hospital bed side and watching over JungKook, I felt someone was outside. It was strange because it was late at night and the visiting hours were over. Maybe it was the hit-and-run guy. He almost killed someone, so he came to see if JungKook remembered anything. I should... – 13 June Year 22.

A. Go out and see who the person was (53,8%)
B. Stay with JungKook to keep him safe (46,2%)[58][59]

Result: #5 - A

I banged open the door and rushed out. There was no one there. But I saw someone's back as he ran behind the corner. Was it my imagination, or did I see SeokJin? Did SeokJin also come to check on JungKook? Then why didn't he come in? – 13 June Year 22.[60]

There were five of us in the chatroom to which JiMin invited us out of the blue, everyone except SeokJin and JungKook.

"Do you know what the map of the soul is?"

We were puzzled, but when SeokJin's name was mentioned, we all became serious. JiMin said he went to the hospital and saw SeokJin there. JiMin said SeokJin asked a doctor about the map of the soul. Hearing that, NamJoon spoke as if he had suddenly remembered something.

"You know he also asked me about that several days ago. He said he had to find that in order to end everything."

JiMin said he heard of it before somewhere. I didn't know what the map of the soul was, but it must be something important if SeokJin was going out of his way looking for it. But what was it that he had to end?

"Why are we going on and on about it when we can just ask him?"

YoonGi was right. But we also knew that SeokJin was unlikely to tell us even if we were to ask. If this was the way to help him, I should... – 23 June Year 22.

A. Find out about the map of the soul (59,6%)
B. Look for a person who might know about the map of the soul (40,4%)[61][62]

Result: #6 - A

First, we need to find out what the map of the soul was in order to figure out where it would be and how we could find it. NamJoon said it sounded like an academic term, so he would search for it at a library. I said I would go with him.
But I got a call from NamJoon when I was on my way to the library to meet him. A person working at the gas station became sick all of sudden, and they needed NamJoon to cover for him. When we decided to meet up again tomorrow and I returned home, I saw my dad drinking. Seeing that, I turned around and walked out of the house. I could sleep at NamJoon's container and go to the library with him tomorrow. I didn't want to be by my dad's side... when he was drinking. – 23 June Year 22.[63]

I had the nightmare again. I watched as NamJoon was dying in the burning container. And I also saw SeokJin watching the whole thing with his soulless eyes.
Does my nightmare have anything to do with SeokJin being so changed? How long will this nightmare continue? The map of the soul... SeokJin said he needed to find it in order to end everything. His suffering and my nightmare... Can we end everything if we find the map of the soul? – 10 July Year 22.[64]

Other Original Stories[]

  • 7Fates: CHAKHO: CHAKHO is the second original story featuring BTS, it started with a webtoon and webnovel in January 15, 2021. It is an urban fantasy story inspired by the tiger hunters of Joseon dynasty known as "Chakhogapsa." The CHAKHO's characters names are the same as the alternative names of BTS' characters in the BEGINS ≠ YOUTH web drama.
BU TU cat blue eye and green eye

Cat-like creature in different universes

  • THE STAR SEEKERS: Formerly known as TXT Universe, TU and +U, started on January 11, 2019, is an original story that included in music videos and photocards, also produced by HYBE. Similarly to the BU, it is based on characters inspired by the members of TXT. Although the BU and the TSS are different universes, the cat-like creature with one blue eye and one green eye who meets Seok-jin at the beach[65][66], Jung-kook after his accident[67] and Eugene in several places[68][69][70] travel in between both universes looking for his own universe.[71]
  • DARK MOON: Unlike the THE STAR SEEKERS, there are no as-direct references that DARK MOON has with the BU.
    • DARK MOON: THE BLOOD ALTAR: It is an original story of ENHYPEN which formally got its name in "Drunk-Dazed" teaser in April 21, 2021 and is created by HYBE's sublabel Belift Lab. The characters are based around the members of the group similar to the BU and THE STAR SEEKERS. Content that are officially part of the DARK MOON universe are tagged with "DARK MOON with ENHYPEN," such as the music videos of "Drunk-Dazed" and "FEVER".
    • DARK MOON: THE GREY CITY: It is an original story of &TEAM, started with "Under the skin" music video on November 21, 2022 and is created by HYBE's sublabel HYBE Labels Japan. The characters are based around the members of the group similar to the BU and THE STAR SEEKERS.
    • DARK MOON: TWO MOONS: The second original story of ENHYPEN, it started with 'ORANGE BLOOD' concept trailer in October 26, 2023.[72]
    • DARK MOON: CHILDREN OF VAMFIELD: The thrid of original story of ENHYPEN, it started with a webtoon with the same name in March 17, 2024.[73]
    • DARK MOON: THE BLOOD OF VARGR: Upcoming original story of ENHYPEN.
  • Crimson Heart: It is an original story of LE SSERAFIM, started with "Blue Flame" song on May 2, 2022 and is created by HYBE's sublabel Source Music. The characters are based around the members of the group similar to the BU, 7FATES: CHAKHO, THE STAR SEEKERS and DARK MOON.
  • Summer Moon: It is an original story of ILLIT, started with "Magnetic" music video on March 25, 2024.
  • GFRIEND's Original Story: In July 2019, HYBE has acquired Source Music an entertainment company, who manages the girl group GFRIEND, making the group part of the multi-label organization, HYBE Labels. On the corporate briefing of the second half of 2019, Bang Si-hyuk said "Storytelling will be expanded in stages to include artists in our multi-label organization."[74] The short film A Tale of the Glass Bead : Previous Story was released explaining the GFRIEND music videos storytelling, but so far is not established as an official universe. On May 18, 2021 GFRIEND was confirmed to be parting ways with their agency Source Music after all of the members decided not to renew their contracts.[75]

Upcoming content[]

  • Upcoming Animation: In August 2019, Bang Si-hyuk mentions an animation as future project for the BU in the Big Hit Corporate Briefing with the Community.[76] The project status is unknown.
  • Upcoming 3D CG Movie: In August 2019, Bang Si-hyuk mentions a 3D CG movie as future project for the BU in the Big Hit Corporate Briefing with the Community.[76] The project status is unknown.

Deleted scenes[]

화양연화 on stage : prologue[]

BU - Deleted scene

Seok-jin with the polaroid.

  • In a deleted post-credit scene, Seok-jin is in his car, then opens his glove box and pulls out his polaroid with Yoon-gi; however, when he sees it, he is the only one in the picture, with Yoon-gi mysteriously absent from the picture. At the end of the scene, it is hinted that the car is floating on the sea.

'RUN' Official MV[]

  • Tae-hyung, Ji-min, Seok-jin, Nam-joon, Ho-seok, Yoon-gi and Jung-kook's individuals shots with a black background are only shown in the music video teaser.[77]

'피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV[]

  • In an alternate version of the scene with Tae-hyung covering Seok-jin's eyes, Yoon-gi is the one covering Seok-jin's eyes instead.[78]

'Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder'[]

  • An extended version of Tae-hyung, Ho-seok and Eun-hye's scene, which includes Ho-seok stopping Tae-hyung, and Sung-hoon, Tae-hyung's dad, hits Tae-hyung's shoulder while he leaves.[79]
  • An extended version of Ji-min's birthday party, which includes Ho-seok bringing Ji-min from his room to the party, and Seok-jin, Yoon-gi and Nam-joon blocking the door so everyone can escape.[80]

Cultural references[]

BU Cultural references

Seok-jin and the paintings.

  • The book Demian by Hermann Hesse is quoted in the WINGS Short Films and 花樣年華 The Notes 1,[81] meanwhile the "Blood Sweat & Tears" music video uses a lot of objects and elements of the book.[82] Also, the book appears in BEGINS ≠ YOUTH drama.
  • The paintings The Fall of the Rebel Angels[83][84] and Landscape with the Fall of Icarus[85][86] by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and the ceiling in Ljubljana Cathedral[87][88] by Giulio Quaglio the Younger appears in "Blood Sweat & Tears" music video and "血、汗、涙 -Japanese Ver.-" music video.
  • The sculptures Venus de Milo,[89] Laocoön and His Sons (only Laocoön's bust),[90] Livia attired as the goddess Ops,[91] Crouching Venus,[92] Perseus with the Head of Medusa,[93] Ares Borghese,[94] Pietà,[95] and the painting The Lament for Icarus[96] by Herbert James Draper appears in "Blood Sweat & Tears" music video.
  • The quote "'Magic Shop' is a psychodramatic technique that exchanges fear for a positive attitude." in 'FAKE LOVE' Official Teaser 1 is a reference to the book Into the Magic Shop by James Doty.[97]
  • The painting The Raft of the Medusa[98] by Théodore Géricault appears in BTS Universe Story Official Concept Art Teaser and it is mentioned in 花樣年華 The Notes in MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA[99] and 花樣年華 The Notes 2.
  • A quote from The Art of Loving by Erich Fromm can be found in 花樣年華 The Notes 1.[100]
  • The book Cosmos by Carl Sagan is mentioned in BTS Universe Story.

Cast and Characters[]

List of the characters in the fictional universe.


Note: The characters names are the same as BTS's members real names.


Seok-jin's relatives[]

  • Unknown actor as Testesso (picture; uncredited)
  • Choi Yu-ju (Yu Ju) as Seok-jin's girl (uncredited)
  • Jung Sung-il as Kim Chang-jun
  • To-be-confirmed actress as Seok-jin's mother
  • To-be-confirmed actress as Seok-jin's grandmother
  • To-be-confirmed actor as Mr. Choi
  • To-be-confirmed actor as Mr. Choi's son
  • Jo Jin-myung
  • Kim Nam-hee as Song Jun-ho
  • Choi Gyu-ho
  • Nam Myung-ryul as Koo Hyunbok

Yoon-gi's relatives[]

  • Park Jung-yeon as Yoon-gi's girl (uncredited)
  • To-be-confirmed actor as Min Young-ho
  • To-be-confirmed actress as Yoon-gi's mother
  • Sung Ji-ru as Teacher Lead

Ho-seok's relatives[]

  • Shin Ryu-jin (Ryujin) as Ho-seok's girl (uncredited)
  • Unknown actress as Ho-seok's mother (uncredited)
  • To-be-confirmed actress as Yangji Children's home aunt
  • Narcoleptic child
  • Han-gyeol

Nam-joon's relatives[]

  • Unknown actor as Gas station customer (uncredited)
  • Oh Han-Seol as Nam-joon's girl (uncredited)
  • To-be-confirmed actor as Kim Young-min
  • To-be-confirmed actress as Nam-joon's mother
  • To-be-confirmed actor as Kim Nam-hyeon
  • Jong-hun
  • Unknown actor as Song Woo-chang (uncredited)
  • Gas station owner
  • Police officer

Ji-min's relatives[]

  • To-be-confirmed actor as Park Jin-wook
  • Lee Hang-na as Sim Seon-mi
  • To-be-confirmed actor as Arboretum's Choi
  • Woo Hyun-sung
  • Yoo Yeo-woon as Hospital's Choi

Tae-hyung's relatives[]

  • Kim Young-woong as Kim Sung-hoon
    • Unknown actors as Kim Sung-hoon (uncredited)
  • To-be-confirmed actress as Tae-hyung's mother
  • Unknown actress as Kim Eun-hye (uncredited)
  • Unknown actor as Detective (uncredited)
  • Kim Bo-ra (Bo Ra) as Tae-hyung's girl (uncredited)
  • Unknown as Dubu (uncredited)
  • Tae-hyung's uncle

Jung-kook's relatives[]

  • Unknown actor as Thug 1 (uncredited)
  • Unknown actor as Thug 2 (uncredited)
  • Shin Yu-na (Yuna) as Jung-kook's girl (uncredited)
  • To-be-confirmed actor as Jung-kook's father
  • Woo Hee-jin as Hwang Seo-yoon
  • To-be-confirmed actor as Jung-kook's step father
  • To-be-confirmed actor as Jung-kook's step brother

Note: "To-be-confirmed actor/actress" was added due the upcoming drama adaptation, maybe not all will be appear in the drama. Only was added to the characters existent before of Year 13 in the BU timeline due the drama will be placed when they are younger.



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List of songs used in BU content.

List of songs by BTS.
Song Content
"I NEED U" 'I NEED U' Official MV
'I NEED U' Official MV (Original ver.)
"Butterfly (Prologue Mix)" 화양연화 on stage : prologue
"Ma City"
"Outro: Love is Not Over"
"Outro: House of Cards (Instrumental)"
"RUN" 'RUN' Official MV
"I Need U (Japanese Ver.)" 'I NEED U (Japanese Ver.)' Official MV
"Run (Japanese Ver.)" 'RUN -Japanese Ver.-' Official MV
"Epilogue: Young Forever" ‘EPILOGUE : Young Forever’ MV
"Begin" WINGS Short Film #1 BEGIN
"Lie" WINGS Short Film #2 LIE
"Stigma" WINGS Short Film #3 STIGMA
"First Love" WINGS Short Film #4 FIRST LOVE
"Reflection" WINGS Short Film #5 REFLECTION
"MAMA" WINGS Short Film #6 MAMA
"Awake" WINGS Short Film #7 AWAKE
"피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)" '피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV
"Blood Sweat & Tears (Japanese Ver.)" '血、汗、涙 -Japanese Ver.-' Official Teaser
'血、汗、涙 -Japanese Ver.-' Official MV
"Outro: Tear (Instrumental)" LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '轉'
LOVE YOURSELF Highlight Reel '起承轉結'
"Euphoria" 'Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder'
BEGINS ≠ YOUTH (Episode 4; Episode 11)
"FAKE LOVE (Rocking Vibe Mix)" 'FAKE LOVE' Official MV (Extended ver.)
"Epiphany" LOVE YOURSELF 結 Answer 'Epiphany' Comeback Trailer
"Am I Wrong" BEGINS ≠ YOUTH (Episode 1)
"소우주 (Mikrokosmos)" BEGINS ≠ YOUTH (Episode 5; Episode 11)
"불타오르네 (Fire)" BEGINS ≠ YOUTH (Episode 6)
"전하지 못한 진심 (The Truth Untold)" BEGINS ≠ YOUTH (Episode 7; Episode 11)
List of songs by others artists.
Song Artist Content
"Clair de Lune" Claude Debussy 'Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder'
"Valse Op. 69, No. 1 in A flat Major, L' Adieu" Chopin 'FAKE LOVE' Official Teaser 1


Timeline of events occurred on the fictional universe.



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  1. What marketers can learn from K-Pop band BTS
  2. K-Pop’s Biggest Boy Band BTS: ‘We Write About Things People Don’t Want to Say’
  3. #LOVE_YOURSELF Poster in Twitter
  4. BTS (방탄소년단) BE-hind Story (28:25)
  5. BTS Official's Tweet
  6. Jin's post on Twitter with the "Smeraldo"
  7. BTS Fans React To Viral Smeraldo Comeback Concept Theory
  8. Fans expect a possible BTS comeback in August with clues from 'smeraldo' flower shop
  9. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 6, 2019)
  10. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 6, 2019)
  11. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 7, 2019)
  12. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 7, 2019)
  13. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 8, 2019)
  14. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 8, 2019)
  15. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 9, 2019)
  16. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 9, 2019)
  17. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 10, 2019)
  18. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 10, 2019)
  19. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 11, 2019)
  20. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 11, 2019)
  21. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 12, 2019)
  22. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 12, 2019)
  23. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 13, 2019)
  24. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 13, 2019)
  25. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 14, 2019)
  26. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 14, 2019)
  27. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 15, 2019)
  28. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 15, 2019)
  29. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 16, 2019)
  30. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 16, 2019)
  31. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 17, 2019)
  32. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 17, 2019)
  33. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 18, 2019)
  34. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 18, 2019)
  35. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 19, 2019)
  36. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 19, 2019)
  37. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (January 20, 2019)
  38. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (January 20, 2019)
  39. Smeraldo Books's Tweet (July 23, 2020)
  40. Smeraldo Books's Tweet (July 24, 2020)
  41. Smeraldo Books's Tweet (July 25, 2020)
  42. Smeraldo Books's Tweet (July 26, 2020)
  43. Smeraldo Books's Tweet (July 27, 2020)
  44. Smeraldo Books's Tweet (July 28, 2020)
  45. Smeraldo Books's Tweet (July 29, 2020)
  46. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (July 30, 2020)
  47. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (July 30, 2020)
  48. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (July 31, 2020)
  49. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (July 31, 2020)
  50. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 3 (July 31, 2020)
  51. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (August 1, 2020)
  52. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (August 1, 2020)
  53. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 3 (August 1, 2020)
  54. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (August 2, 2020)
  55. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (August 2, 2020)
  56. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 3 (August 2, 2020)
  57. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (August 3, 2020)
  58. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (August 3, 2020)
  59. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 3 (August 3, 2020)
  60. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (August 4, 2020)
  61. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (August 4, 2020)
  62. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 3 (August 4, 2020)
  63. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 1 (August 5, 2020)
  64. Smeraldo Books's Tweet 2 (August 5, 2020)
  65. 花樣年華 Pt.0 <SAVE ME> – Episode 1
  66. BTS Universe Story Official Teaser
  67. BTS Universe Story 花樣年華 'MAP OF THE SOUL' (7:26)
  68. TXT (투모로우바이투게더) '별의 낮잠 (Nap of a star)' Official MV (3:37)
  69. TXT (투모로우바이투게더) 'Magic Island' Official MV (10:55)
  70. TXT (투모로우바이투게더) 'Eternally' Official MV (10:36)
  71. THE STAR SEEKERS - Episode 12
  72. ENHYPEN (엔하이픈) 'ORANGE BLOOD' Concept Trailer
  73. @DARKMOON_HYBE on Twitter (March 4, 2024)
  74. Big Hit Corporate Briefing with the Community (2H 2019) (37:29)
  75. GFRIEND Addresses Disbandment And Thanks Fans In Handwritten Letters
  76. 76.0 76.1 Big Hit Corporate Briefing with the Community (2H 2019) (37:07)
  77. BTS (방탄소년단) 'RUN' Official Teaser
  78. BTS MEMORIES OF 2016 (DISC 3) <피 땀 눈물> MV MAKING STORY
  79. [EPISODE] BTS (방탄소년단) 'Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder' Shooting (2:48)
  80. [EPISODE] BTS (방탄소년단) 'Euphoria : Theme of LOVE YOURSELF 起 Wonder' Shooting (1:05)
  81. HYYH: The Notes 1 (I Must Survive) Nam-joon – 17 December Year 21
  82. BTS Talks About Using “Demian” In “WINGS” Concept And Names Variety Show They’d Like To Appear On
  83. '피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV (0:27)
  84. '血、汗、涙 -Japanese Ver.-' Official MV (0:28)
  85. '피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV (3:18)
  86. '血、汗、涙 -Japanese Ver.-' Official MV (3:21)
  87. '피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV (0:49)
  88. '血、汗、涙 -Japanese Ver.-' Official MV (2:32)
  89. '피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV (0:09)
  90. '피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV (0:13)
  91. '피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV (0:18)
  92. '피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV (0:30)
  93. '피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV (0:32)
  94. '피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV (0:40)
  95. '피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV (1:52)
  96. '피 땀 눈물 (Blood Sweat & Tears)' Official MV (0:54)
  97. Book That Inspired BTS’s “Magic Shop” Becomes Best Seller In Korea
  98. New Game Official Concept Art Teaser (0:52)
  99. HYYH: The Notes (Map of the Soul: Persona) Seok-jin – 4 June Year 22
  100. HYYH: The Notes 1 (The Direction Where the Sun Rises) Seok-jin – 15 August Year 22


  1. It was originally released on September 8, 2015, but was deleted and re-uploaded on September 16, 2015, and Seok-jin's post-credit scene was removed.
  2. Released on September 14, 2020 as BTS Universe Story Official Trailer without dates and without "BU content certified by Big Hit Entertainment".
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Alternative name for the BEGINS ≠ YOUTH web drama.