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10 Best Female Guests in "Running Man"

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10 best female guests on "Running Man."

10 best female guests on "Running Man."

Best Female Running Man Guests

It’s always fun to watch Running Man members get excited when there is a beautiful guest on the show. In the early days, Haha would always flirt with the women, Kang Gary couldn’t bring himself to talk to them, and the Commander usually had a love story. The dynamics have changed a little but it doesn’t change the fact that RM is still a sucker for female guests.

However, not every female guest does well on the show. Some turn out to be total busts and only a few are a great fit. Here are 10 of the best!

Sulli (with Kang Gary and Haha a.k.a. 2 Kids) won the Math race.

Sulli (with Kang Gary and Haha a.k.a. 2 Kids) won the Math race.

Appearances on Running Man


55, 75, 129, 152-154


  • Her partnership with the two kids when they created a team dance.
  • Her partnership with Yoo Jae Suk in the couple race.

Why She Was a Great Guest

Sulli is always a pleasure to watch on Running Man. Her mere presence lights up the whole show. The best thing about her is her childish nature which makes her a perfect match for Kang Gary, Haha, and Yoo Jae Suk.

Though she’s not strong like Ha Ji Won or fierce like Lee Hyori, she has that certain “Whatever! Let’s go!” kind of attitude. It’s clear that she just enjoys the show and the people she’s with. Her positive aura is why it’s always a nice experience having her on the show.

Sulli "Running Man" Ep. 153

Han Hye Jin teamed-up with the two kids in the Asian Race to win the golden sword. The two kids gave her the prize.

Han Hye Jin teamed-up with the two kids in the Asian Race to win the golden sword. The two kids gave her the prize.

Appearances on Running Man


133-134, 136


  • When she competed 2 vs 1 against Lee Kwang Soo and Lee Dong Wook.
  • When she asked the PD, “Am I too sexy?” when they asked her not to lean too much.
  • When she danced to Idol songs in a game.

Why She Was a Great Guest

From the time she first appeared on-screen in Running Man to her last episode, Han Hye Jin went all out. She didn’t act prim and proper like other beautiful actresses who have been on the show. She was just playing the game from the get-go. When she was being lifted to a certain location, the PD asked her to lean back because her shirt was hanging low and was showing her . . . errr . . . chest. Instead of being embarrassed, she just smiled and asked, “Am I too sexy?”

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She also went all out in the nametag-tearing competition too. She even ambushed Lee Dong Wook and fought two guys on her own.

Park Ye Jin reunited with Yoo Jae Suk after leaving Family Outing several years ago.

Park Ye Jin reunited with Yoo Jae Suk after leaving Family Outing several years ago.

Appearances on Running Man


37, 67-68


  • She was the only guest in RM to finish a mission while two Running Man members were still present.
  • She “cursed” which was pretty funny.
  • She scared everyone, including Song Ji Hyo.

Why She Was a Great Guest

In Family Outing, everyone was always scared of her because she always meant business and held the knife (for cooking.) She carried that fierceness with her into Running Man and scared everyone, especially her two former castmates from Family Outing.

Yoo Jae Suk had already caught her but she still managed to hustle her way into the last challenge even though Yoo Jae Suk was fully aware of what she was doing.

She also went one-on-one with Song Ji Hyo and beat her, something even Lee Hyori couldn’t do in Family Outing.

Appearances on Running Man


9, 43, 56


  • She always showed a ton of affection for Kim Jong Kook. She fought two men just to buy some time for him and keep him from being taken out.
  • She also bribed Kang Gary to go home so she could have Kim Jong Kook to herself.
  • No one figured out how to take her out even though she was caught by three Running Men.

Why She Was a Great Guest

Her love interest with Kim Jong Kook was both enduring and funny. Every time she comes on the show, she makes sure she ends up with Kim Jong Kook, and every time she is teamed up, she is the one who ends up making sacrifices for Kim Jong Kook. She is his protector and her desire to protect Kim Jong Kook is also her primary motivation in every challenge.

Appearances on Running Man




  • Her romantic interest in Kim Jong Kook.
  • Her relentless nametag-tearing.
  • Her desire to be a permanent member of Running Man and be Kang Gary’s Monday Girlfriend (which she told him too!)

Why She Was a Great Guest

She brought her A-game and played along with the cast. She openly said she was a fan of Kang Gary but when Kim Jong Kook said he is a big fan and the rest of the cast teased them, she played along. She even dared Kim Jong Kook to a one-on-one staring contest, which Kim Jong Kook lost.

Appearance on Running Man




  • She scolded everyone in Running Man for complaining too much and not doing the challenges right.
  • Yoo Jae Suk complained that Lee Bo Young was too competitive.
  • Lee Bo Young asked if Kim Jong Kook was ashamed of her because she was too competitive.

Why She Was a Great Guest

As mentioned above, she was very competitive. During the pressure mat game, everyone, including the commander, were wincing in pain. Lee Bo Young took it like a man and put every guy to shame.

Appearance on Running Man




  • Her relentless cheating.
  • Her great smile.

Why She Was a Great Guest

While she was on Family Outing, she had already taken the role of a fierce and strong woman who doesn’t have qualms about doing whatever she can to get ahead. She carried that through in Running Man, playing the same character for which she is known. Even though she was the very first guest, she was actually more experienced than other Running Man members in variety shows at that time.

As it turned out, she was the one who “guided” the others and gave the episode some semblance of organization.

Appearance on Running Man




  • She repeatedly outwitted other members in the badminton game.
  • Her secret garden parody at the beginning of the show.

Why She Was a Great Guest

Ha Ji Won is athletic and competitive and she gave her all in the competitions. She also played it Running Man style. She competed at the same level as the Running Man cast, bantering and strategizing and identifying loopholes so she could get ahead.

It resulted in a lot of laughter and Running Man members were astounded at her wit several times.

Appearance on Running Man




  • She took out Yoo Jae Suk in a one-on-one nametag tearing battle.
  • She did the robot dance upon request.
  • She sang a final number with Kim Jong Kook, Haha, and Kang Gary, which was one of the best moments of Running Man ever.

Why She Was a Great Guest

She gave it her all . . . and then some. She was one of those guests that do whatever is required of them. She doesn’t care about what she looks like or the final result of the show. She does it, enjoys it, and leaves the rest to chance.

She is very close to Kang Gary and Haha and it was obvious on-screen. In Haha’s words, she is the female Kang Gary. This also made Kim Jong Kook comfortable with her too and the dynamics of their team felt like an upgraded Commander and two kids. It was fun, carefree, and crazy.

Appearances on Running Man


123-124, 151-152


  • Being taken down by Haha.
  • Being cheated the first time she came to the show.
  • Getting KJK as her servant.
  • Great revenge on Haha on her second guesting.

Why She Was a Great Guest

Unlike other guests, Han Hyo Joo is truly one of the boys and is treated as such. Nobody goes easy on her. In fact, the boys are easier on Song Ji Hyo than they are on Han Hyo Joo and that’s why it’s fun to watch her with the rest of the cast.

She is not very strong physically but she knows how to think and strategize. On her last guest appearance, she was matched against SJH in a wrestling game. Everyone knows that SJH is a strong woman, but Han Hyo Joo still won the wrestling match through sheer strategy.

She can banter with the cast and is quick on her feet. On the second day of her first guest appearance, she went around and played with the cast, which resulted in her winning Kim Jong Kook as her servant.


Galy on May 06, 2020:

Ryu hyun kyung easily can fit in as RM member.. She really competitive.. She won against both jae suk and kyung kyu in nametag.. Funny like kang gary..

Qary on May 06, 2020:

Ryu hyun kyung was in episode 143..

Laz on May 04, 2020:

Is this really even update on September 2019. Where's the better list. LDH, HJY, etc... There's been many better guest since then. Stop being so biased. Sigh.....

yaya on April 29, 2020:

Lee Da-hee

lolli on January 03, 2020:

han Hyo Joo is most favorite guest in all shows because of her outgoing personality. She can blend to the group, she knows how to handle variety and real entertainment.

Aemill on December 21, 2019:

Kim Jennie from BlackPink was also a great guest. She appeared in three episodes and raised the TRP of the show by huge no. during her episode.

i did it for the luls on July 16, 2019:

Ryu Hyun Kyung in episode 119? Are you kidding me?


Looks like this author doesn't even know what's the difference between The Best, and his/her favorite

Sulli was good in her first appearance but beyond that it was forgettable..

Tbh Han Hyo Joo probably the only one who really deserves to be in the Top 10 in this list..

Lavieestbelle on May 10, 2019:

Yes episodes with Han Hyo Joo were great but my top one is Koo Hara she's very competitive too she guest 3x and 5 episodes all and all among all her episodes she always win and survive

rayssa on January 17, 2019:

Park BO-young was also good

Swaggypin on August 01, 2018:

Lee Da Hee will be number 1 now

KookYoung on July 28, 2018:

Why is Hong Jinyoung not even here? She, Dahee and Hana are really good additions.

AK on May 14, 2018:

Park BO-young was also good

norika on May 11, 2018:

dear running man, please invite han hyoo joo again. she is the best female guest ever

Maisie Moon on April 18, 2018:

Yeah, I totally agree with this chart, the 10 are the most awesome female guests. Especially, Han Hyo Joo, love the way she tried everything

gogogogo on January 24, 2018:

Go ARA too..

rm fan on December 26, 2017:

they forgot sa yeon noona: tuna lady she is awesome !!!!!

angeun kacang on October 05, 2017:

lee dae he should be on top 5 u remember how she manipulating jae suk&gary and defeat all member's?

runninggirl on March 25, 2017:

gong hyo-jin and suzy should be on the list!

Dope on February 05, 2017:

What about Tuna Lady?

Runningmanfan on December 17, 2016:

Park Bo Young should be there. She appeared 3 times, if I'm not wrong. She's funny, entertaining, and so cute!

Charlie on December 02, 2016:

I think Choi Ji Woo should be on the list. The episodes she was in were hilarious!

hannie on November 07, 2016:

han hyo joo is no 1. she is like a smiling angel and she is really enjoying the running man show in natural way . hyooojoo hyoooJooo !!!!!

Sia on October 13, 2016:

Park shin hye should be on there. Suzy is annoying. Sulli is useless. Song ji hyo was a permanent member. The Snsd girls should be there.

MongJi on October 08, 2016:

Yeahh. Of course Han Hyo Joo no. 1... I start know and love her since she come to Runningman. HyoJoo forever!!!

svdeey on September 18, 2016:

Han Hyo Joo is the best !

So natural and innocent..

I recomended Park Bo Young..

She was great on episode 25 (Manhwa theme) when 9 vs 1 race..

She recognize Kang Gary was not arround the member and call him Ahjussi.. lol..

No Sa Yeon also a great female guest !

SANAA on August 13, 2016:

my favorite episode was 86

i remenber how HA JI WON made the red team win by stealing the name tag from Song Ji Hyo

RunningMan2016 on August 08, 2016:

Why Park Shin Hye isn't on the list? She's been a guest for 3 episodes now and you can see that she is really competitive. She uses her brain and doesn't just act cute.

runningmanfan on July 18, 2016:

omg r u serious? how can lee guk joo, jessi, jang do yeon not be on the list? and there are many other female guests that brought way more flavour to running man than the names you mentioned.

Untitled on July 18, 2016:

I think that Wang Ji Hye should have been on the list. She's a natural. She had a bright personality and always did her best. She never tried to outshine the main guest when she was a guest herself. She is hilarious with Kwang Soo. She also got hurt by her "close friend" while playing the train game and it was only then that the guys paid attention to her. She never complained about anything and just went along with everyone. She's humorous too, especially with her cheer for big nosed brother. All in all, she was a loveable guest.

1415 on July 07, 2016:

I would choose Park Yejin as #1 I know Hyori left a strong impression on us but I like Yejin because every show she was on she won. Yejin is competitive and she can take Jihyo on and we know how strong Jihyo is with other female guest. She's also not afraid to run and very cunning. She's my favorite.

Hm on July 04, 2016:

I like running man's episode which Gong hyo jin to be guest.

ada on July 03, 2016:

2n1??? Minzy?? Hello are you sleeping??

randosgirl on June 30, 2016:

WHERE IS SUZY?? She's the cutest! on May 24, 2016:

why Suzy isn't here? Suzy was a great guest too.

hiro on May 08, 2016:

Sulli the best!

Bobin on April 30, 2016:

Tbh I disagree with Suili (sorry if I spelled her name wrong) ome episode of her when she was the goalie was so annoying. She just stood there and did nothing which made me so annoyed.

kalk on March 12, 2016:

Han Hyo Joo is amazing, but what about Suzy? She's the most frequent RM guest and is basically considered the "8th member" along with Nichkhun.

monchehian_13 on March 11, 2016:

dood, where is kyung soo jin?

tanya on February 09, 2016:

same here!han hyo joo is the best for me!i too watch here episodes over & over again and still laugh my heart out!man!she is so cute & adorable and very entertaining to watch her expressions,her actions the way she talk to herself while doing the mission hehe i love her!i'm really hoping she appear again in running man...

LoveYou on February 06, 2016:

I don't even understand why Sulli is in there, don't get me wrong, I really like her but her in running man wasn't good. Han Hyo Joo was still the best female guest for me, she really made me watch her episodes over and over. I think Wang Ji Hye should be in this list, she had similar vibe around her like Hyo Joo. Out of all, Ji Hye and Hyo Joo did the best guesting out of all girls because they were just being their usual self instead pretending a pretty image.

Tsu Yuan Nieh from Newcastle, UK on December 08, 2015:

I think Suzy is one of the best; not particular about her performance but the running man member's reaction around her was really funny.

Sheng on November 28, 2015:

I'm going to agree strongly with Gong Hyo Jin. She was quite funny and very fierce.

chyantrils25 on October 11, 2015:

han hyo joo is the best!i love d way she do the challenges..soooo cute and she acted naturally she is just herself and i love it especially that scene im episode 124 where in they have to put atleast 20 pcs of something then hyo joo drop the last one and everybody thought she lost it then the boys burst with laugh so is hyo joo but realize to count and she succeded coz she was able to put

21pcs...hahaha!i really luv that scene i

Minsul Choi on September 11, 2015:

sulli is one the best female guests because the members of running man really likes her a lot.....

Anon1 on July 29, 2015:

Gong Hyo Jin should definitely be on this list~ :D

Kiki on July 27, 2015:

Gong hyo jin should be on the lisr

Fairlane Raymundo (author) from Los Angeles, CA on July 26, 2015:

@Rara it looks like Sulli will be replaced.

Rara on July 26, 2015:

I dont think sulli's appearance has a different with another idol, shr doesnt fit this list for me. I think gong hyo jin should add into this list, and moon chae won. Anyway dont replaced the 1st place, it fitted han hyo joo well

Becky on July 11, 2015:

I like the episode where Shin Min Ah appeared. She was rly cute. Park Bo Young too was adorable.

Jayy on June 25, 2015:

Narsha should be on this list she was fierce and funny also and why is Sulli here but not Lee Si Young she is a boxer and if that doesn't say strong then i don't know what does she is also really beautiful and funny.

renee on June 24, 2015:

Why my favorite Gong hyo jin should not on the list.

podori on April 17, 2015:

I think lee yeon hee is good too, I was surprised with her dodgeball skills and she didn't just hide.

Human on February 20, 2015:

I Like Uee...

asdfmong on December 08, 2014:

how bout suzy, lizzy, tuna noona?

theJudge on November 17, 2014:

I HATED Moon Geun Young! She acted cocky throughout the episode and the fact that the RM cast worshipped her only added fuel to the fire. Don't know why KJK liked her as she is easily the ugliest guest that's ever been on the show.

My favs are Han Hyo Joo and Hyori. I also like Park Yejin. Also, Sulli sucks!

guest on October 25, 2014:

Gong Hyo Jin should be on the list. My favorite was Lee Bo Young. LOL, I was even slightly wishing she could have more of those "coach" moments with Kim Jong Kook.

gtmx on August 20, 2014:

Shouldn't Song Ji Hyo be on the list? She started out as a guest didn't she? And she was so good that she made it onto the permanent cast, even getting the nickname Ace! She's also my favourite on RM as well as that of many.

TARA on August 03, 2014:


she doesn't fit Running Man. Seriously you should put Gong Hyo Jin on the list. The boys on RM called her appearance "Choi Min Soo". She was one of the strongest appearance in my opinion.

hjm on August 02, 2014:

i think Han jimin was good doe, she very smart :D

coa on July 13, 2014:

I think Choi Ji Woo should be on that list.

memesusu on July 06, 2014:

All the Hyos! Hyori, Han Hyo Joo and Gong Hyo Jin were my favs! They were all fierce AND funny! I thought Hyori would be part of the permanent cast after the first episode because she did so well and basically co hosted the whole show with Jaesuk. I'd LOVE to see all three ladies on the show again!

poli13 on June 15, 2014:

I respect ur opinion. But i didn't think sulli qualified to be in top 10. She is good but I prefer noh sayeon though. I like guest that is funny through action n words

marissa on June 14, 2014:

Han hyoo joo she's so natural in all aspects...fighting beautiful lady..

RM lovers on June 11, 2014:

I love uee in the princess and three fools episode :D

woaoa on June 05, 2014:

you overlooked Gong Hyo Jin. she was so fierce that YJS called her "Horror" hyo jin, at the level of Choi Min Soo. She played with all the strategies: attacking, sacrificing (one of Kwangsoo's lives), scolding the PD, tempted to betray at the last minute, getting even/revenge through her death-script

chi on May 31, 2014:

I agree with han hyo joo as 1 and having hyejin but i think suzy should at least been considered or prefer park bo young, shin se kyung than SBS and ha ji won but good list either way.

RB on April 25, 2014:

Gong Hyo Jin and Noh Sa Yeon are good. Shin Se kyung,Son Yejin and Hyuna not bad as well

sushi12 on April 20, 2014:

I think Noh Sa Yeon is the best female guest! Every time she appears it's just so uplifting! She's the funniest, really.

david on April 07, 2014:

I believe Ryu Hyun Kyung is in episode 143, not 119

Ary000 on April 01, 2014:

I think Noh Sa Yeon should be on the list. Episodes with her is always funny!

asch on March 12, 2014:

I think Gong Hyo Jin and Noh Sa Yeon deserve to be on the list hahaha and for me as far as I know Sunny is the fiercest yet cute? girl idol and deserve a rank too

user on February 25, 2014:

Lee Siyoung (ep 131) should definitely be on this list. She's too competitive that it was crazy watching her. In addition, she hit Kwangsoo more than once then act as if it was nothing.

jvdv on February 23, 2014:

IU and Sohee and Taeyeon are my favourite female guests

pyk3 on February 16, 2014:

Gong hyo jin porque no esta fue muy buena en el capitulo 108 era muy rapida hasta los hombres le tenian miedo cuando kwangsoo tenia al comandante en un rincon ella tenia a todo el resto en la escalera y nadie era capas de acercarse

carla on February 10, 2014:

I wish there were Park Bo Young on the list. She is fun too

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 14, 2014:

It has been a long time since i watched rm, missed those fun and enjoyable ladies as guests, voted up

mega7x on January 12, 2014:

yaayy sulli is the best for me..

Fairlane Raymundo (author) from Los Angeles, CA on January 11, 2014:

@QWGVA, lizzy was a permanent member, not just a guest

QWGVA on January 10, 2014:

How come Lizzy isn't in here??

LPXIII on December 31, 2013:

to idols' fan boys, no cept for Sulli i haven't seen any female idol guest that can even b matched with those on the list. i Agree with the list specially for the no.1, she's amazing on the show, in fact i'd love her to b a member also =P She's fitted with the show.

Sulli coulnt b no.1 cuz... if you watched the show u'll realize you're just a fan-boy hoping sulli to b no.1. You know i'm right. I totally agree with no.1 on the list, the rest of the rank can change depends on how you like their performances in the show :3

sulli on December 07, 2013:

sulli is the best;D

arina on November 30, 2013:

My fav are Han hyo Joo.Ryu hyun kyung and Gong Hyojin and also noh sayeon..

guest2 on November 25, 2013:

Gong Hyojin should be on the list! During the nametag tearing game all the running man members were scared of her!!

seaellen on November 23, 2013:

2# RyuHyunKyung appears in eps 143. eps 119 was RyuHyunJin, the baseball player

Some on November 10, 2013:

Why isn't SNSD in the top ten

choi jin ri on November 06, 2013:

sulli should be first.

choi jin ri on November 06, 2013:

sulli should be first.

rmlover on October 25, 2013:

I disagree with your opinion on Sulli. (ok i hear fans scolding me but nvm). Her role in the show seems to be only one word - 'pretty and cute'. I don't even get why she can guest in so many episodes when the guest spot can be saved for more well deserving guests. In the idol race 2 episode, she literally just ACTED AS A WEAK SHEEP in front of KJK and let KJK win easily. I mean, yes, KJK is too strong a competitor to win in nametag battle, but seeing how her other male team mates work so hard while she just give the victory up easily angered me. She could have used her wits or something, or maybe, at least, try to battle with him. I mean, SJH and many female guests are girls like her but they still battered off with the males in the show, including KJK. Sulli isn't as entertaining or as active as the female guests listed above. Her image is still fixed to the typical 'cute and innocent' idol image. I really don't get it. -,-

someone on October 17, 2013:

i like han hyo jo because she's not a 'plastic' type of woman..she just go all out and being herself instead of acting cool,cute,shy or like like^^

Jenny on September 25, 2013:

Lee Hyori appeared for only one episode but her strong presence and performance left such an impression that she is still one of the most talked about guests even till now.

Han Hye Jin is my recent favourite female guest. She is sporting and has infectious laughter. Pity she is moving to England after her marriage which means she will not be appearing on Korean shows any more.

I am a little divided over Shin Bong Son, because I find her unbearable on RM and Infinite Girls, yet pleasant on Happy Together.

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