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I'm good at everything except the things I can't do!

Han Mi-nyeo in "Stick to the Team"

Han Mi-nyeo (한미녀 Han Mi-nyeo?), also known as Player 212, was a contestant in the 33rd Squid Game in 2020.[1][2]

Han Mi-nyeo was in heavy debt and chose to enter a high-risk competition to win money. She was a possible mother to a child. Throughout the games, she becomes associates with multiple people, many of whom end up betraying her. She had a brief sexual relationship with Jang Deok-su, after joining his team. After she gets betrayed by Deok-su, she joins Seong Gi-hun's team for the remainder of the games. She later is thought to be dead by other players due to here being dragged off by guards, but was revealed to have sat out of Marbles due to not having a partner. She later gets revenge on Deok-su by killing him and herself in a murder-suicide during Glass Stepping Stones.

Personality

A manipulative woman, she constantly seeks allies to gain protection and advantages during the game, sticking with the group that will favor her the most.[3] She constantly brings other women down to boost herself up, such as before the Tug of War where she insults Sae-byeok and Ji-yeong where she referred to herself as better than other girls.

History

She initially joins the Squid Game as a means to pay her significant financial debts. At one point she claims to have a newborn child who she has not even named yet.[4] After rejoining the games, Seong Gi-hun and Oh Il-nam wonder if Mi-nyeo managed to name her child before returning.[5]

After learning the fatal nature of the games following Red Light, Green Light in the first round, she begs to be set free, but after learning about the ₩45.6 billion prize money, she votes to continue the competition. She claims that life outside is just as difficult and dangerous as it is in the games.[4] She assists Kang Sae-byeok at one point in her attempts to learn more about the upcoming games, though she doesn't completely trust her. Later on in the games, she assists Jang Deok-su during the second-round game Sugar Honeycombs, which leads Deok-su to invite her into his team.[5]

Mi-nyeo and Deok-su have a brief sexual relationship, but he later expels her from his gang after learning the third-round game is Tug of War and needs strong people. After which he replaces her in the Team 1 with physically stronger men. Mi-nyeo defects to Seong Gi-hun's team for the Tug of War game,[3] but afterward she has trouble finding new allies and is left without a partner for the fourth game. The other contestants believe she will be killed as a result,[6] but to their surprise she was spared and was able to participate in the fifth game, Glass Stepping Stones. During that round, she gets revenge against Deok-su for his betrayal by grabbing him around the waist and pulling them both off the bridge, causing both of them to fall to their deaths.[7]

Appearances

Han Mi-nyeo's appearances
Episode One Episode Two Episode Three Episode Four Episode Five Episode Six Episode Seven Episode Eight Episode Nine

Behind the Scenes

Han Mi-nyeo was portrayed by actress Kim Joo-ryoung.

Trivia

  • She made one selfish act that helped benefit the other players. Specifically, during Glass Stepping Stones, where she took Jang Deok-su with her to fall to their deaths, and revealing the correct glass pane.
  • She is possibly a con-woman, which is implied by her boasts of fraud.
  • Deok-su guesses that her age is 49. At the time of filming her actress was 45.
  • She is the only character to be a part of both Jang Deok-su's team and Gi-hun's team.
  • Her name means 'a beautiful woman'. That's most likely why she is very confident while saying "I'm Han Mi-nyeo!".
  • On the V.I.P.S screen she can be seen labeled as Player 202, this is likely a continuity error, as her jacket number was 212.

References

  1. Red Light, Green Light
  2. The overall competition is confirmed to be called Squid Game, and the 2020 game is confirmed to be the 33rd annual game, by the archived files Hwang Jun-ho reads in the episode "A Fair World".
  3. 3.0 3.1 Stick to the Team
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hell
  5. 5.0 5.1 The Man with the Umbrella"
  6. Gganbu
  7. VIPS
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