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8 Second-Lead Male Characters From K-Dramas That Are Too Hard To Forget

8 Second-Lead Male Characters From K-Dramas That Are Too Hard To Forget
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It’s the funny guy best friend, the boy who lives next door, the co-worker, the brother with a cold exterior but with a soft and tender heart – in popular Korean dramas, these characters aren’t written for the lead role, but along the way they capture our imagination and our hearts.

This feeling is popularly known as the “Second Lead Syndrome,” when  fans begin rooting for the second lead instead of the main character in the drama series. Even when you know that the female lead is bound to end up with the leading man, , viewers sometimes hope for a change of heart at the end of the story.

Whether you are an avid fan of K-Dramas or just recently started watching your first series, your heart will still surely ache for these poor souls who had their hearts broken because of unrequited love. Here’s a roundup of second lead characters that are just too hard to forget.

  1. Choi Siwon in “She Was Pretty” (2015)

    In this romantic-comedy series, Kim Shin-hyuk (Choi Siwon) is a senior feature editor and a famous writer under the pen name Ten. His character is full of craziness, energy and charm - a man who never failed to express how the girl he loves the most is actually the best thing to exist in the world.

    She Was Pretty is available on Netflix.

  2. Seo Kang-joon in “Cheese In The Trap” (2016)

    Cheese In The Trap is not your typical Korean drama, as you can actually build a feeling of dislike toward the male lead character. This is one of the reasons why you can easily favor Baek In-ho (Seo Kang-joon), a talented pianist with a sincere and carefree character, who would definitely make you feel that he is the better choice right from the start.

    Watch Cheese In The Trap on Netflix and Viu.

  3. Woo Do-hwan in “Save Me” (2017)

    Save Me is a not romance drama – rather, it’s a mystery-thriller that tells the story of a girl who tries to leave her church after realizing that it is a dangerous cult. But through Suk Dong-chul’s (Woo Do-hwan) character, the ‘second lead syndrome’ is still in full effect. Well, who wouldn’t fall in love with a man who’s more than willing to sacrifice himself and take the risks to rescue you?

    You can stream Save Me on Netflix.

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  4. Yeon Woo-young in “My ID is Gangnam Beauty” (2018)

    The female lead, Kang Mi Rae, is surrounded by two opposite characters – Do Kyung Seok, who is cold and timid, and Yeon Woo-young (Kwak dong-yeon) who has a warm, approachable, and accommodating personality. With his soft and caring side, the latter never failed to show how much he truly wants to protect and care for Mi Rae.

    My ID is Gangnam Beauty is available on Netflix and Viu.

  5. Bae Kyung in “Extraordinary You” (2019)

    Bae Kyung’s (Lee Jae Wook) character is pretty much misunderstood from the start, as he keeps on showing a cold and arrogant personality. However, as the story progresses, people will start to see his softer side. When he decides to confess and show his affection, everything seems to be too late.

    Watch Extraordinary You on Netflix and Viu.

  6. Han Ji-pyeong in “Start-Up” (2020)

    One of the most-talked-about second lead characters of 2020, Han Ji-pyeong (Kim Seon-ho), also known as the “Good Boy,” is no doubt a complete package. He’s a successful and intelligent mentor and investor who constantly puts others’ happiness before him. He definitely stands out with his ability to draw emotions from the viewers.

    You can stream Start-Up on Netflix.

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  7. Woo Dae-sung in “A Love So Beautiful” (2020 - 2021)

    This romantic comedy and school drama is actually a remake of the original Chinese series which was released in 2017. The second lead, Woo Dae-sung, is a talented swimmer with a thoughtful and humble personality. Even though he knows how open Shin Sol-yi is about her feelings towards Cha Heon, he still chose to stay by her side.

    A Love So Beautiful is available on Netflix.

  8. Han Seo-joon in True Beauty (2020 – 2021)

True Beauty is based on a popular webtoon, where Han Seo-joon (Hwang In-yeop) is caught in a typical classroom love triangle. Even though the drama just recently ended in February, many recognize how exceptional Hwang In-yeop’s portrayal is of his role, which is why even with Seo-joon’s rigid and tough personality, it became easy to fall in love and root for his character.

Stream True Beauty on Viu.

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