Why BTS Fans Gave J-Hope the Nickname ‘Seokie’

He’s your hope and you’re his hope. When it comes to J-Hope’s nicknames, fans have awarded him several based on his sunny disposition and immense talent. Here’s what we know about one nickname, “Seokie,” and why fans often call the BTS member by that name. 

BTS are seen backstage during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards
BTS are seen backstage during the 2019 Billboard Music Awards | Emma McIntyre/BBMA2019/Getty Images for dcp

J-Hope is one of the rappers in BTS

There may be seven members in BTS, but there’s only one J-Hope. He’s bubbly, energetic, and funny and he’s also a rapper, singer, songwriter, and dancer for the group, performing on award-winning songs like “Dynamite,” “Boy With Luv,” and “Life Goes On.” 

He’s also known for his love for the BTS ARMY, often sharing pictures and messages on social media platforms. When he’s not performing with BTS, J-Hope often releases solo music under the same stage name. 

That includes his mixtape, Hope World, and his single in collaboration with Becky G, titled “Chicken Noodle Soup.” (The music video for this song earned millions of views on YouTube in a matter of hours.) With over seven years of knowing this performer, this BTS member earned a few different nicknames from fans.

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J-Hope’s real name is Jung Hoseok

Although some fans know him by his stage name, when he’s not performing, some know him by his birth name of Jung Hoseok. Because of his real name, fans (and other BTS members) often refer to this performer as “Hobi,” “Hoseokie,” and “Seokie.” (Not to be confused with “Kookie,” one of the nicknames of the youngest member of the group, Jungkook.)

The rapper even mentions this “alter-ego” in his solo song for Map of the Soul: 7, saying, “Life not of J-Hope but Jeong Ho-Seok flashes byIt must have been full of regret with no hope till I die,” according to a translation from Genius.

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J-Hope earned a few other nicknames from BTS fans

Although he does have an official stage name, there are a few other nicknames awarded to J-Hope by the BTS ARMY. Because of his bright and often “sunny” disposition, some BTS fans nicknamed J-Hope “Sunshine.” Others often refer to him as “J-Dope” or “J-Nope,” a play on the idol’s official stage name. 

According to fans on Quora, fans also gave him the “tag” the “Golden Hyung,” similar to Jungkook’s nickname, the “Golden Maknae.” (These names mostly stem from J-Hope’s talent, whether that be through dance, rapping, writing, or singing.) However, when this performer introduces himself during interviews, he typically uses his official stage name.

The “Life Goes On” music video is now available on YouTube. Music by BTS, including their recently released album, Map of the Soul: 7, is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and most major platforms.