Every story needs recurring characters to help the plot progress and entertain readers or viewers. In the case of Squid Game, there are many recurring characters that have become almost as popular as the main characters themselves! Here’s our list of Squid Game’s recurring cast and characters, along with the time of their first appearance in the series. Which Squid Game character are you most excited to see more of? Let us know in the comments! Squid Game: The Recurring Cast and Characters You Love
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A non-recurring character who appeared in 2 episodes. Not much is known about him, except that he was picked on a lot in high school. This is revealed in his first appearance where Squidball says he wasn’t really friends with any of them, and people didn’t really like him. He then went on to state that it was because he always wore a red shirt, referring to himself as red guy. In his second appearance where Princess Bubble calls him a loser, after being surprised that he showed up for squidball’s funeral. Which makes you wonder if red guy will ever be seen again. We do not know if there are others like him out there or not… But we hope so! Red Guy can come back!
This is Chris. He works in a warehouse, but he knows little about that. He enjoys dressing up as his favorite comic book character, BatGuy. His favorite superhero is Batman (who would have guessed). One of his hobbies is collecting comic books. But his most redeeming feature? He wears a squid costume to parties! And not just any squid costume, either—his has eight tentacles! I’m telling you, it takes a special kind of person to pull off something like that… so maybe we should all respect him for it? As for getting into fights with other characters—it’s bound to happen at some point. But what fun would it be if everything went swimmingly all the time?
This alien likes to hang upside down from trees and other tall structures. He usually has a slimy coating on his belly, making him especially dangerous for birds. These creatures use their tongues as a lure; when prey comes near, they grab it with their tentacles and eat it whole. Their favorite food is tiny woodland animals such as birds or squirrels. Large cats will also make a tasty meal for an upside-down alien, but with its superior intelligence, it prefers not to eat creatures that can retaliate in any way. Instead of killing its prey instantly, an upside-down alien might stick to torturing its victims through mental attacks until they lose control of their limbs or minds before killing them off slowly by absorbing them into its body one molecule at a time! Beware!
Upside down alien
(reminiscent of Ed Harris in Apollo 13) Upside down Alien is a recurring character on Squid game. He appears to be a humanoid like creature with enormous tentacles that he used as arms. There are two known aliens, seen in episode 6 (pilot episode) and episode 12 (Christmas special). They were meant to appear only in episode 6 but due to popular demand, they appeared in an additional episode. These aliens have no voices so we can assume that they can’t speak or understand English. They communicate with smoke signals, which usually spell out Hello. Although their appearance was short lived it made it’s mark on Squid Games history and became instantly recognizable by fans of Squid games.
Yoo Sung-joo Played as Byeong-gi
He is a former figure skater turned restaurateur. Yoo will portray an arrogant, competitive and flamboyant man with a bit of a dirty mind. He is also an acquaintance of Kang Tae-young (Lee Jong-suk). Before he became as successful as he is now, Byeong-gi’s dreams were shattered after being accused of attempting to murder a woman in his neighborhood. Although it was actually done by his friend Jo Soo-jin (Seo Hyun-jin), he decided to take responsibility for what happened in order to save Soo-jin from getting into more trouble. After that incident, Byeong-gi decided not to pursue his dreams of becoming a figure skater anymore, instead focusing on earning money at any cost.
Lee Yoo-mi Played as Ji-yeong
The protagonist of Squid Game. She is someone who would try to live according to her own pace, but she also knows when it’s time to change her way of living. Lee Yoo-mi will be playing Ji-yeong, a college student majoring in creative writing at a university in Seoul who goes back to Daejeon for summer vacation where she runs into a variety of new people that have recently become important to her. One day, she realizes that she has been walking around with a book by an author named Lee Ji-eun without knowing it was actually herself. (More)
Kim Si-hyun Played as Player 244
Kim Si-hyun began his career with a leading role in cable drama Bad Guys. Since then, he has acted in films like Two Moons (2013) and The Beauty Inside (2015). Kim is also an active voice actor for video games including recent hit title PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. He can be seen next in tvN drama series Mr. Sunshine, based on Japanese manga of same name, which is slated to premiere in July 2018.
Lee Sang-hee Played as Do Jung-soo
Lee Sang-hee is a South Korean actor, who has portrayed many negative roles in his career. In 2018, he took on a different type of role as Jung Do-joon in Squad 38. Previously, Lee appeared on Queen of Mystery 2 as Bae Jung-gyu, a strong but naive police officer working alongside Noh Ji-wook (Lee Bo-young) to uncover clues to figure out why his father was murdered. On Squad 38, Lee’s character is somewhat similar to that of Bae Jung-gyu but with more personality quirks and memorable lines.
Kim Yun-tae Played as Player 069
Kim Yun-tae played Kim Song-joo, a scientist whose obsessive research causes him to become infected with superpowers in order to eliminate those powers from himself. In Squid Game, Kim plays Player 069, a former detective who is now an agent for a shady organization known as the Agency of Affairs. Once his eyes are opened to its methods (brainwashing victims into assassins), he defects and becomes Player 012’s ally. This character archetype is common in Korean dramas but it’s rare for them to have such an impact on every story arc.
Lee Ji-ha Played as Player 070
Lee Ji-ha is a popular Korean singer, actor, and model. He had a major role in the Korean drama Dream High as Kim Pil-dong (Jung Jin-young’s character). He was also in a KBS drama called Angel Eyes with Oh Seung-hyun. In Squid Game he plays Player 070, a mysterious player who has never lost at squid games before. His name is revealed to be Park Eun-tae later on in season 1.
Lee Seo-jin Played as Player 577: Lee Seo-jin is an actor, comedian and MC of many variety shows such as Infinite Challenge, Radio Star and Gag Concert. In Squid Game he plays Player 577 or better known by his nickname The Prince of Squid Games because he has never lost at squid games before either until he met up with Player 070 (Lee Ji-ha) which caused him to lose for first time ever at squid games.
Kwak Ja-hyoung Played as Player 278
Kwak Ja-hyoung will appear as Player 278, a crazed high school student obsessed with increasing his weight stat. Though he may appear insignificant at first, he plays a vital role in Ssangmi’s growth as a character. He is also shown to be extremely intelligent (he graduated from college at age 17) but has no ambition or motivation to put that intelligence to use. He is also revealed to have been held back twice in middle school because of his mental issues. Despite all of these problems, he is also shown to be very kindhearted and loves spending time with his family and friends, which makes him an easy character for viewers to relate to. His main goal throughout the series is getting accepted into Sangmu High School so that he can play for their football team. He eventually does get accepted into Sangmu High School after being scouted by Coach Kim Seong-su during an open tryout session for new players on campus.
Christian Lagahit Played as Player 276
Christian first appeared in season one episode The Call. His character was quickly killed off at his own request to gain XP. But he will be returning in Season Two as Player 276. Christian is reprising his role as Player 276. Christian described himself as a terrible guy with morals, so lets see what trouble he gets himself into next time around. As of now, there are no hints on how he will be brought back from beyond death.
Kim Young-ok Played as Oh Mal-soon
Oh Mal-soon is a nagging housewife. With no son to care for, she complains about her family’s entire diet. If it isn’t made from chicken or pork, she doesn’t want to eat it. She has a habit of telling long stories that often have no meaning whatsoever. She is always seen eating fish cakes or dried pollack stew (미역국) during scenes where she is gossiping with her neighbors.
Cho Ah-in Played as Seong Ga-yeong
Ga-yeong is Yoo Jung’s younger step sister. As such, she feels that she has a lot to learn from her step brother. While Ga-yeong finds it difficult to express her feelings in words, she can become very emotional when she does let herself go. She also tends to act on impulse, leading her into all sorts of trouble. But behind her tough exterior lies a genuine girl who just wants to be loved by someone special. Her first love was Seo Joon-hee (Lee Min-ki), but after their break up, she moved on with Kang Tae-oh (Seo Kang-joon). Although Tae-oh broke up with her as well, he still cares for Ga-yeong and will always be there for her whenever she needs him.
Seo Joon Hee Played as Seo Joon Hee: Joon Hee is Yoo Jung’s best friend since middle school. As he lives right next door to him, they have been close friends ever since they were kids.
Kang Mal-geum Played as Kang Eun-ji
Squid game has quite a few recurring characters within its universe. What makes Squid Game unique is that all of these characters are individual art assets made by our artists, instead of simply duplicating an existing character with a different skin. Let’s take a look at these Squids one by one ! Kang Mal-geum played as Kang Eun-ji. As you may have guessed from her name, she is a female squid. She’s lively and cheery but can also be childish at times, which often gets her into trouble with others. Her favorite phrase is hoo hoo! and she uses it often to get her point across or cheer someone up when they’re feeling down! Since she doesn’t live in Saegon City (the location of Seaworld), we’ve never seen her there before—instead, she’s mostly appeared in maps like Frozen River Lake or Octopus Canyon in other stages such as Clam Cove or Deadman’s Peak!
Park Hye-jin Played as Sang-woo’s mother
She is a single mother of three who supports her children by working two jobs. Park Hye-jin portrays her as a very hardworking person who loves her family dearly. Whenever she sees Sang-woo, she would always give him a big hug. In episode 5, it was revealed that she was pregnant with Sang-woo’s father at 17 years old. However, he left them before they could marry. In episode 6 (recap), it was revealed that her husband died in an accident when Sang-woo was 10 years old.
Park Si-wan Played as Kang Cheol
Arguably one of South Korea’s most popular K-drama actors, Park Si-wan has appeared in a string of hit dramas including My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox (2010), I Need Romance 3 (2012) and Heirs (2013). In Squid Game, his portrayal of seemingly half-witted Kang Cheol instantly won him over as fans and critics alike hailed his performance. A natural comedian with great physical timing, he delivers some laugh out loud moments in every episode.
Guest cast Gong Yoo Played as a salesman
Gong Yoo is a South Korean actor, singer, model and entertainer. He debuted as an entertainer in 2003 after winning MBC’s Best New Actor Contest. As one of Korea’s top Hallyu stars, he has enjoyed popularity in both South Korea and parts of Asia since his debut. His role in Train to Busan (2016) made him popular worldwide.
On November 29, 2016, it was confirmed that Gong would be making his small-screen comeback through KBS2’s new drama Goblin.
He will play Kim Shin (also known as Gong Yoo), a goblin who lives forever by consuming human hearts. This marks his first television drama since 2005 when he starred in MBC’s Boys Over Flowers.
Kim Shin is described to be a handsome goblin with good manners and positive thinking despite being cynical at times. His positive attitude makes him popular among people around him even though he doesn’t have much interest for human beings unlike other goblins who are more ambitious about living among humans instead of isolated from them.
Guest cast Lee Byung-hun Played as Hwang In-ho
Hwang In-ho is a former Navy SEAL from South Korea who now works as a private military contractor. He is currently assigned to work with Mi-jin on her first mission as an assassin. Byung-hun is also known for playing Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers and Daniel Lee in Iris II. It’s only a matter of time before he stars in his next drama!
Guest cast Lee Jung-jun Played as Guard
Lee Jung-jun appeared as a security guard in episode 3 of Squid Game (SBS, 2018). Before he began his acting career, Lee Jung-jun served in South Korea’s army. Lee was born on March 8, 1982. He graduated from Seoul Institute of Arts with a major in film. In 2008, Lee made his acting debut with an appearance on MBC’s Golden Time. He also starred in films such as A Day and A Night (2009), One Fine Spring Day (2010), I Saw The Devil (2010), Ode to My Father (2014) and Veteran (2015). Lee will next appear in upcoming films such as Arirang 2: The Second Term, Our Love Story and Manhunt.
Guest cast John D Michaels Played as VIP #1
When we first meet VIP #1 he is at a hot night club in NYC. He’s smart, handsome, rich and rather flirty. He is best known for his roles as Bradley Swift in 3 Confessions of Avianess (2013) and Brett Anderson in Brace Yourself (2013). VIP #1 can be described as a well spoken playboy who knows what he wants but isn’t afraid to get it by any means necessary.
Guest cast Daniel C Kennedy Played as VIP #2
VIP #2 is a recurring character in SquidGame. He always get VIP seats to all of SquidGame’s events; he also owns one of SquidGame’s most popular podcasts. But what is his real name? Thats right, Daniel C Kennedy! Daniel has appeared in 5 out of 7 episodes so far. Its hard to imagine that any other guest could top him, but we will see!
Guest cast David Lee Played as VIP #3
David Lee is a stand-up comedian, who has also acted in several shows. Originally from Brooklyn, David attended Clark University before heading to New York to pursue his comedy career. He has performed as a finalist in NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity competition, won several stand-up competitions at clubs around New York City and was featured on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham comedy showcase.
Guest cast Geoffrey Giuliano Played as VIP #4
Geoffrey Giuliano is a character who appears in multiple episodes of Squid Game. He almost always leaves in an angry fit, usually after getting tackled by Captain Teppei. Despite being a VIP member, Geoffrey often seems to be less than happy with Captain Teppei’s tactical decisions during battle, and he never hesitates to let his displeasure be known.
Guest cast Stephane Mot Played as VIP #5
Admit it. When he appeared on Celebrity Squids, you squealed like a schoolgirl. He may have been maimed in his last appearance, but now VIP #5 is back for another round of squid insults with even more venom than before! That’s right; our beloved French squid has had all his limbs replaced with tentacles and joined back up with his former cast-mates from season 1!
Guest cast Michael Davis Played as VIP #6
Actor Michael Davis, who plays Squid Grandpa #6, has been in a variety of television programs since 1987. His most notable roles include an actor on The Partridge Family (1970), a high school principal on Baywatch (1989), and as himself in A Christmas Story 2 (2012). What’s your favorite role? Let us know! – Wendy & Lisa Guest cast Susan Hale Played as VIP #2: Actress Susan Hale is best known for her performance as Missy Stone in The Princess Diaries (2001) and its sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004). She has also appeared in Pretty Little Liars (2010-2017) and played herself on Will & Grace (1998-2006). In 2013 she was inducted into the North Carolina Theatre Hall of Fame. What do you think about her role in Squid Game? We’d love to hear from you! – Wendy & Lisa Squid Game: The Recurring Cast and Characters You Love
Who Wearing VIP Owl Mask
Considered to be one of the most honorable Squid Pros in Busan, Oh Il-nam (Lee Min-ki) is often seen with his signature Owl Mask. His friendly appearance hides a dark secret as he was once an infamous criminal. Il-nam will stop at nothing to keep Kwang-seok alive, even if it means stealing other people’s identities. He often serves as a teacher to Young-goon, giving her advice on how to play a squid game without playing dirty or hurting anyone. After helping Kwang-seok get his life back together, Il-nam went off into hiding but returned when Seo Jae-won threatened Young-goon’s family with violence. Squid Game: The Recurring Cast and Characters You Love