Super Junior ( Korean : 슈퍼주니 어 ) is a South Korean boy band . Formed in 2005 by producer Lee Soo-man of SM Entertainment , the group comprised a total of thirteen members at its peak, and was once claimed to be the world's largest boy band. Super Junior originally debuted with twelve members, consisting of leader Leeteuk , Heechul , Han Geng , Yesung , Kangin , Shindong , Sungmin , Eunhyuk , Donghae , Siwon , Ryeowook , and Kibum . Kyuhyun was added to the group in 2006.
Super Junior launched into international recognition following the release of their best-selling single " Sorry, Sorry " in 2009, the title song of their most critically successful album Sorry, Sorry . The group has released and contributed to over 20 records with varying degrees of success. Over the years, they have been divided into smaller subgroups, simultaneously targeting different music industries and audiences. Largely due to Super Junior's success as entertainers, other Korean entertainment managements began to train their music groups in other areas of entertainment, such as acting and hosting. in addition to their commercial success, Super Junior has earned six music awards from the Mnet Asian Music Awards , nine from the Golden Disk Awards , and is the second singing group to win Favorite Artist Korea at the 2008 MTV Asia Awards after jtL in 2003.
In December 2009, Han Geng left the group after filing a lawsuit against their agency SM Entertainment . Heechul and Kangin announced their hiatus to fulfill their mandatory military service of two years, and Kibum temporarily parted with the group for his pursuit of an acting career, leaving Super Junior down to nine active members.