All Squid Game Characters Explained

Today we analyze the significance of each character in Squid Game. Check out our full break down of the show on Generation Ochi:

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  1. If I had ali as a partner I'd let him win

  2. It's not the system that inherently bad. It's the ambition of unrealistic status and geeed that can twist people in my opinion. I'm a minimalist though 🀣 Sae Byeok is my favorite ❀❀

  3. Oh my goodness, I needed this for my school project. Thanks!

  4. I loved Sang woo’s character because he was realistic tbh. I think if we were all in his shoes, we would’ve done the same thing.

  5. No you’re not calling a person who killed 3 people and attempted to kill mc their friend
    Ali probably deserves the friend role. Change my mind

  6. Han Mi-nyeo reminded me of the conflict between the old school patriarchal system in the country where women were much more dependent on men (marriage, be a homemaker, raise kids) to live and have safety and security versus what is happening now, women in the country delaying marriage, focusing on careers, living on their own, opposing sexual harassment versus accepting it in the workplace, etc. Mi-nyeo basically tries to go with a more traditional appearance to look less threatening and appear more controllable. Sae-byeok having a completely different experience is basically her opposite and values independence and self-sufficiency seeing that as the only way to survive, depending on others is a weakness in her view. It was interesting seeing the opposite personalities at play in the same game.

  7. The system has nothing to do with it. It’s about the person. That’s the point of the final bet. The system is only as good as the people in it.

  8. I really appreciate the capitalist critique comments, I think it's so central to the show. Thank you

  9. Dude. Your understanding of capitalism is miserable at best.

  10. Corrupt Capitalism? Oh I guess socialism and communism is the key huh?πŸ˜³πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™‚οΈ

  11. No one:
    Not a soul:
    Doll: now did i go sheeeee wia spega

  12. Gi-Hun is a good guy?… um no he isn't a good guy. This is common take and why i just cant see Squid Games as the peak of TV everyone seems to think it is. Look how he treats his family and friends, especially his daughter. After all this is over and he has a chance to be a true father to her and care for her, what does he do – literally the opposite. The concept of moral grey is really lost in the overall discourse where people want to classify as good and evil, but the show itself doesn't really push those concepts to any degree.
    Sangwoo also was in there to escape embezzling millions of dollars, so to say "its not the people it's the system" is incorrect in his case. The show demonstrates not a critique on capitalism per se, as representes by the VIPs but the people in the system. The system is as good as the people upholding it
    Squid Games was written with good ideas and concepts but just hands people the concepts without their need to digest anything. It's like applesauce of dystopias.

  13. No one had to die in the Marbles game, not one player. The rules were, 1) Play Whatever You Want 2) whoever took all 10 of their partner Marbles first, wins. 3) No violence.

    Rule 2 means you needed only 10 marbles to win, your partner's, you could have 0 of your own marbles, as long as you end the game with your marbles

    Rule 1 means you didn't have to play a standard marbles game, as shown by the Sae-Byeok/Ji-Yeong closest to the wall all or nothing game and the Deok-Su in the hole gets all on the ground game.

    What this means is a game of pretend where both players simultaneously exchange bags of 10 marbles, a game to teach sharing and cooperation, as well as teamwork, economics, and other things, would make both partners win, as both tie for getting All 10 of their partner's marbles first.

    In truth, Tug-A-War was the only game before 'The Squid Game' where someone had to die.

    Red Light, Green Light required simply everyone to follow #1's lead (notice he runs forward and stops before red light everytime, short bursts, careful, not worrying about getting max distance per green light, just clean movement and clean freezing in place)

    Honeycomb, everyone could have chosen circle and Triangle, and everyone could follow Gi-Hun's licking technique (Il-Nam & Sang-Woo were both huge dicks to Gi-Hun on this game, Sang-Woo could have told them the symbols reminded him of Honeycomb and they should stick to the two easier shapes, Il-Nam could have said he'd take the Umbrella so Gi-Hun took the star, aka the 3rd easiest shape, then conveniently 'forgot' and gotten in any other line)… yes, there is still a chance someone could fail and die, but like the first game, no one HAD to die.

    As I said, Tug-A-War did require half the players to die, but that is because, unlike the first and second game, the opponent isn't the clock and the parameters of the game but opposing teams (456, can't divide evenly into teams of ten, but presume two players died as examples in game one, as it reveals the Deadly nature, and then 14 players don't return, the same 14 who didn't return in the show, that means 440 players, 44 teams of 10, becomes 220 players after Tug-A-War).

    As I pointed out, no one had to die in Marbles.

    Now we get to Glass Skipping Stones… 220 players, equals 220 minutes (3 hours & 40 minutes). Teamwork… 219 people is a lot of weight to keep one person from getting hurt, scared 96 can test panes, the person behind 96 acts as an anchor behind 96, and all other players advance behind them (two players can be on a tempered pane together at any given time to help keep the players in front of them from being pulled forward and they can uses jackets to link themselves, once the path is found, they can all quickly progress across… no one had to die, even without the glass factory guy to check the panes.

    Finally, Squid Game, 220 surviving players, 110 per team, presuming Gi-Hun can become Secret Inspector (Inspector Royale sounds better in English, but I understand the cultural context, so I acknowledge the proper term for the game) and step into the Squid head without anyone getting killed during the game, half the players would win (yup, half would die, leaving 110 people to split 34.6 billion Won or $29,182,816.40… a final winnings of $265,298.33 each… yeah, remember when the husband wanted to quit after Marbles, he actually was being greedy, as with his wife dead, he would receive $84,369.56 as the family of a dead player, while the other players would receive nothing… $84,369.56 is the price of a human life it seems).

    But, the show wouldn't be as moving if nearly a 1/4 of the players survived, and all won the Won equally just over a quarter million dollars each… albeit it would be more honest (there was not a fair and equal chance in the first three games, nor the treatment of players between games… food allergies not accommodated for, limiting caloric intake, not treating medical issues, not informing players that Elimination wasn't explusion from the games but in fact elimination from life, allowing players pushed by other players to be faulted for moving… there is so many ways the games were not kept fair).

    I WONder if using Korea as the setting was just to have the currency be called Won, which transliterates and sounds like Won the past tense of the English word Win?

  14. The only character I was sad was killed was Ali!! He was too trusting and innocent!! πŸ₯²

  15. It isn't suprising she is faithless.
    Her abusive murderes father was a priest according to her. It isn't suprising that someone speaking about god while talking about brutal actions isn't exactly someone she would like very much.

  16. Idk about you but at the marbles when jin sacrificed herself i teared up alot. They made me love 2 characters and then took them both away in a heartbeat.

  17. The old man explained – wealthy psychopath that murders human being for his entertainment .. and pees his pants 🀣🀣🀣

  18. The old man explained – wealthy psychopath that murders human beings for his entertainment .. and pees his pants 🀣🀣🀣

  19. Gambling addictions are not a result of the system, that’s a result of bad decision making. Capitalism can lead to great payoff if navigated correctly. I just feel like capitalism is looked at very negatively when it create opportunities for so many

  20. Me who ruined the whole jam just by accidentally starting with last episode πŸ™„
    Lol , throughout the series I knew the secret about that old man.

  21. ngl i really loved how han mi nyeo died. She told Deksu that she'd kill him if he betrayed her. He did that, so she lived up to her word. Gotta love that payback.

  22. To me the schemer was smart but she wasn't sharp, to think she made a great chance with the bully and thought she was going to survive. She should've have known better or chose the main character or the orphan girl instead of turning her nose down at them. πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ€¦πŸ€¦πŸ€¦πŸ€¦πŸ€¦

  23. WAIT- I don’t remember 12:38 in the series πŸŸ«β¬œοΈγ€°οΈβ¬œοΈπŸŸ«

  24. did player 1 pretend to have dementia and allowed himself to get tricked or did he lose his mind in that game ?

  25. This Horror Show Shows Who We Are

    A student of mine told me about a new show called β€œSquid Game.” It is a South Korean β€œthriller series,” as they call it, which has become a pop culture phenomenon and is the no. 1 show in more than 90 countries. The show presents several hundred people who are all in great financial debt and in dire emotional states. The producers pit them against each other, even if they are very close, and make them hate each other. The winner takes millions of dollars, and the others are killed. This show wouldn’t be so horrifying if it didn’t portray our true nature. The very fact that we watch such a show enthusiastically is proof that underneath the β€œcivilized” faΓ§ade, our nature is as the show depicts.

    It works like a magnet. We love to watch the struggle between good and evil, as long as we are safe from the consequences of the battle. The thing is that in this show, there is no good; there is only evil.

    Indeed, humans are the worst being in reality. What makes us so uniquely evil is the fact that we explicitly want to harm others. We do not want to eat others because we will starve unless we do so; we want to see them suffer! We derive pleasure from others’ pain, and derive the most pleasure when we are the ones inflicting it.

    We often say that reality is like a jungle, where the strong eat the weak. However, in the jungle, the strong do not want to destroy the weak; they want to eat. Once they are full, they want to sleep and play, and not kill or hurt for fun. In the human jungle, we do not want to eat other people; we want to see them hurting! This is why the natural jungle thrives without any laws while the human jungle, which we mistakenly refer to as β€œcivilization,” is disintegrating despite the laws that strive to limit our barbarity.

    If we had any hopes of finding goodness in human nature, β€œSquid Game,” and mainly its popularity, proves that we have nothing to hope for when it comes to human nature. If we can create such shows, and if they can be so popular, then we can do such horrors in real life.

    The only possible good that can come out of such a show is the realization that it is not fantasy, but an authentic depiction of who we are. Maybe if we realize this, we will be willing to do something about changing ourselves.

    The current trend is to dull our awareness of the human horror show we live in by making cannabis available and legal. Indeed, the more we learn about human nature, the more we realize that perhaps it is better to numb ourselves through life until it’s over.

    For now, we’re cheering at the sight of other people suffering, much like people used to cheer at the sight of poor men fighting against lions in ancient Rome. Only if we realize that it is not okay to be like that, our minds might open to other options. If such a diabolical program can be the no. 1 show in more than 90 countries, it means that the entire world is immersed in unhinged viciousness.

    There is a solution, but it is demanding and must encompass the entire world if it is to succeed. To change who we are, we must initiate a worldwide educational process where such programs are forbidden and pro-human-connection programs are produced and aired. Even if they are not popular, at first, we cannot allow ourselves to be exposed to the violent poison and culture of narcissism that we consume today. They may be sweet, but they are lethal.

    If people don’t want to watch shows about human connection, they can put aside their media devices and simply talk to one another. This will already be a major improvement to the current situation.

    It may not sound like fun, but what is the option? To live out the β€œSquid Game.” Besides, after some practice, we will discover that connection and care are far more rewarding and pleasant than destruction and cruelty, and do not carry the negative side effect that is our current culture.

  26. I think it's just il-nam. he just says "oh il-nam" because he finally remembered his name.

  27. I just thought of a theory that explains a lot about Han Mi-nyeo.
    My theory:
    Han Mi-nyeo has been to prison before.
    She either just got out of prison or she went in a while long but can't find legitimate work because of her record and that could be way she's in debt.
    The child thing was a lie just to get the guards to let her go free hence why she voted to stay after her outburst and finding out how much money was on the line.
    Episode 3 is where she really shows the evidence that she's been to prison before.
    She seeks out the strongest people immediately to form an alliance, she sneaks contraband in by hiding it in her body, she gives the guards attitude despite them being armed, her willingness to cheat and/or throw people under the bus to get ahead, etc.
    That's where her fear of being seen as weak/helpless/useless comes from as showing weakness/uselessness is the worst thing you can do in prison.
    Also explaining her lack of fear of death as she probably had near death experiences in prison.
    I may be off but I personally think I'm onto something with this.

  28. Minyeo is what? Can’t see it from your thumbnail. You gotta know right lower corner of the thumbnail cannot have any letters because they get blocked by the time indicator

  29. Is the whole squid games show basically "Bum Fights" on steroids? Offer desperate people money to do dangerous things for entertainment

  30. Sang Woo is the worst character – even worse than Deok-Su. While Doek-Su is openly aggressive, Sang Woo is a sneaky snake. Take the glasse bridge game…: Doek-Su threatens openly the man behind him. Sang Woo instead pushes the glass engineer down without any warning, although he did some work for all survivors before. He could have said: "Move forward, we run out of time, I don't want to push you down." Sang Woo hates Mi-neyo because she was the only one not susceptible for his manipulations. Mi-neyo was unpredictable and emotional, while Sang Woo analysed everyone to play his tricks on the other contestants.

    Sang Woo wanted all the money for himself, although the 3 left players could have said that they quit and share the money.

  31. I literally got the smartwater add before this. Internet really got to warn me about like my fav show πŸ˜‚

  32. Couldn’t have Ali stole someone else’s marbles and they both could’ve won?

  33. Play fair and risk your life or do whatever it takes to win?

    Neither. My baby angel Ali deserves to live.

  34. I think Il-nam is supposed to be a metaphor for the devil:
    1. there are 6 games in the show and in Dante's Inferno the 6th level of hell is reserved for violent people and/or killers
    2. he seems to know everything about all the players and his henchman aka the slapping guy is giving me some supernatural vibes
    3. he gives players contracts to sign and lets them come back to the game by their own free will and even emphasizes to Gi-hun in the last episode how he never forced anyone to join the games
    4. his "guests" (clients) all wear masks associated with satanic imagery and the furniture in the room they're in was clearly insipred by the Rothschild satanic ball
    5. in the last episode he seems obsessed with convincing Gi-hun that people are inherently bad so he can lose faith in humanity and maybe become his successor like the Front Man

  35. πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ‘Œ Duke su the gangster β™₯️
    Love him a lot
    He has a great talent, amazing reactions
    My favorite 😍

  36. 212 is an schemer?
    h removed from word
    he be scammer

  37. The self-preservation instinct prevails when a person is put in a do-or-die situation like this.

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  39. Oh Il-nam seem to go back and forth on the whims of the players. He stopped the night killings game once and he also voted to leave the game when he realized there were people that wanted to leave. Another thing to note about Oh Il-nam is at the last scene of him he put away a golden animal mask of his own meaning he too spectated as a VIP as well but he wanted to play the game and stop spectating.

  40. Interesting to note about Ji-Yeong is how she doesn't like Christianity but at the same time she has morals similar to it but she wants to exercise them by her own accord. This can be shown when she sacrifices herself for Sae Byuk. Sacrificing oneself or becoming a martyr and doing it for other families is a very Christian thing to do.

  41. You didn't exactly explain all the characters

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