If you’re a K-Pop fan, you’re probably well aware that most idols have a representative animal. Usually, it’s an animal that fans think bears a resemblance to their bias and also allows them to use the animal’s emoji when relaying messages on social media.
Yet, there’s been a debate on what BTS V‘s representative animal should be. ARMYs haven’t quite seen eye to eye with each other on it.
V’s fans are currently divided into two factions: Team Tiger and Team Bear. These teams believe that V is best represented by a tiger and a bear, respectively.
Both teams have made compelling arguments. Team Tiger believes that V is as adorable as a tiger cub but also as fierce as a tiger on stage.
This piece of evidence single handedly terminates the team tiger team bear war. How can u still be team bear after tae does this LEWSERS pic.twitter.com/OWe7HGHxSA
— … (@tanniesluvvver) December 30, 2021
tae: dressed like a tiger
some armys: aw what a cute BEAR pic.twitter.com/XtzljfKmgI
— katerra (@lilacgoog) December 31, 2021
Meanwhile, Team Bear says that V is cute, fluffy, and cuddly like a teddy bear! Considering he also has a song called “Winter Bear,” their argument seems quite valid.
forever team taebear idc idc pic.twitter.com/dKdFwnLTiV
— mimi moon (@liIjiminvert) March 24, 2022
oh my taebear pic.twitter.com/PsvOte293f
— #JK (@jeontaeyu) March 19, 2022
I heard that my fans are having fights right now.
When Tae said fans fighting over which emoji symbolizing him 🐯 or 🐻. It's the fact that Jiminie a few times gently patting Taetae's face awww and like this when he said Tae got the bear vibes recently..@BTS_twt #BTS#BTS_Butter pic.twitter.com/adPZ6sudWa
— cestlavie_90💜⁷ (@90_cestlavie) March 19, 2022
Not even the members agree!
not namjoon calling tae a bear and jungkook calling him a tiger… pic.twitter.com/5JJQ4Mp1m3
— hana ! (@bwikwe) March 19, 2022
So, RM suggested that V post a poll on his Instagram Stories so that ARMYs could vote for the animal they think represents V the best.
You can ask for survey through Q&A in Instagram.
So, V took RM’s advice, and he finally hosted a Q&A on Instagram!
ask me anything!
He answered fans’ questions for a while until finally… The last and debatable the most important question came up.
ok, lastly, lets do this and end it! Eya(wow) ‘ask me anything’..its hard
After a fan asked him to choose between the tiger and bear emojis, he created a poll, asking fans to choose themselves. He also included a cute picture of a tiger and bear together he found on Naver.
V ended up deleting all previous Q&As as well as the poll above. He replaced it with this alternative as the other appeared to have a “correct answer” while this is neutral.
your choice is
Bear | tiger
Although it was only up for about 20 minutes, V quickly found his answer. Bear ended up being the winner!
This actually isn’t the first time V seemingly settled the “Team Tiger vs. Team Bear” debate. Previously, in his birthday live broadcast in 2020, he chose the bear himself.
so i guess if tae wants bear then hes a bear but idc he'll always be a tiger to me pic.twitter.com/uA0aqk0RRc
— arin (@jmscupid) June 6, 2021
Still, ARMYs have a lot of thoughts, arguments, and reactions to the debate. So, here are 10+ “Team Tiger Vs. Team Bear” reactions…
1. Is the poll rigged?
i have evidence that team bear is doing chart manipulation
— jojo⁷ #TEAMTIGER (@93SHAD0WS) March 24, 2022
STOP THE VIOLENCE pic.twitter.com/dnNwrZdbul
— jojo⁷ #TEAMTIGER (@93SHAD0WS) March 24, 2022
No they censor tiger 😭😭😭😭😭 I cannot breath
— namjoon'scactuspen 🍀🌿☘️ (@roseereen) March 24, 2022
2. This valid argument in favor of “Team Bear.”
he made a song called winter BEAR not winter TIGER … 🥱
— YOONGI🌟 (@miniminicult) March 24, 2022
3. Yet, this argument for “Team Tiger” also seems valid.
A tiger represents Korea. As the Idol representing Korea to the world, he deserves to be a tiger.
— Taehyung Naver || 네이버 김태형 (@naver_taehyung) March 24, 2022
4. Still, what about this video? Is this not a bear?
our baby bear <3 pic.twitter.com/X14q8UOpY3
— hourly vminkook (@hourlyvmk) March 24, 2022
5. Jungkook is on Team Tiger, though…
"hyung is definitely a tiger"
I will sleep soundly knowing that jungkook is team tiger 😃
— 태꾹. (@tkchronicles) March 24, 2022
6. The debate is dividing even fan accounts
one of the admins is team bear so i changed the password pic.twitter.com/MMtDhAu7Z0
— namjoon pics (@rmarchives) March 24, 2022
7. Visual representation of the results
team tiger team bear
0 1st win
— xia (@vantends) March 24, 2022
8. Did V delete his Instagram Stories because of the debate?
i think he’s tired of us 🥸 he deleted the previous stories 😭 ++++ BEAR WOOOOOON pic.twitter.com/tPLK9mGsC8
— 무민⁷ (@kkukstudio) March 24, 2022
9. “Team Tiger” are loyalists!
at least team tiger never switched up on nobody. been on the same team since day 1. i see where yalls priorities are at
— mon⁷ (@knjgIoss) March 24, 2022
if team tiger has a million fans i am one of them. if team tiger has ten fans i am one of them. if team tiger has only one fan then it is me. if team tiger has no fans that means i am no longer on earth. if the world is against team tiger, i am against the world.
— julia (@vcutdoII) March 24, 2022
10. Photographic evidence that V is actually a bear?
team bear for the win ! 🧸 pic.twitter.com/Mc9vCnG7cy
— ً (@artkvs) March 24, 2022
11. A logical explanation for all…
I guess We can all agree Taehyung is a TIGER on Stage and a BEAR in daily life….!!!!! pic.twitter.com/KBgDG4mxrj
— ⟭⟬♡- BackUp (@BTSArmy_47) March 24, 2022