You know how it goes: In every K-drama, there's the main guy who makes us swoon (the leading oppa), and the lead girl with very relatable feels (the heroine). But beyond the star couple, some K-dramas shine the spotlight on supporting roles. There's even a so-called "second lead syndrome," where the actor with the supporting role makes you fall in love with him so much that you root for him to end up with the heroine. There are also second lead couples that take the backseat for the OTP to shine, yet they have such a compelling story arc that sometimes, you look forward to watching them instead of the stars of the show.
This post from Annyeong Oppa, a fan page that K-drama lovers would recognize, couldn't be truer:
Their stories make us ugly-cry and scar our fragile hearts. Don't you wish these second leads get their own spin-off series?
Grim Reaper and Sunny from Goblin
They were a match made in heaven, but they're star-crossed lovers. They were sooo cute as they slowly fell for each other. What sucks is how long they had to wait to be finally happy together. It's especially unfair to Sunny who virtually did nothing wrong! Why did she have to get punished for Grim Reaper's mistakes?
Sul Hee and Joo Man from Fight For My Way
They're a pair that long-term couples could relate to. They faced struggles after the lovey-dovey honeymoon period, dealt with issues like emotional cheating and annoying third parties, and worked on themselves before trying to find their way back to each other.
Kim Shin Hyuk from She Was Pretty
He got drawn to Kim Hye Jin right from the start and grew fond of her over time—only to realize he has hopelessly fallen in love with her. He loved everything about her and did everything he could to make her happy and to protect her. In the end? He got hopelessly friend-zoned. ANG SAKIT.
Baek In Ho from Cheese in the Trap
Here's another guy who was fated to stay in the friend zone. He was always there for Hong Seol, and he showed her his gentle side (while the rest of the world only saw his tough personality). Sadly, he didn't get a happy ending.
Jung Hwan in Reply 1988
This series is so famous for the way it urged the viewers to guess who the heroine ends up with. Major spoiler alert: This guy and the lead female role, Duk Sun, seemed like they were MFEO—but Taek (Park Bo Gum's character) swoops in eventually to get the happily ever after. *sigh*
8th Prince Wang Wook from Scarlet Heart
Okay, TBH, this broody prince was a cheater and a fuccboi, but didn't he just have his hands tied? Didn't he just choose family even at the expense of his love and happiness? Didn't he deserve to redeem himself after all his stupid mistakes? (And since he's off to start his mandatory military service now, how long do we have to wait before the actor Kang Ha Neul gets the break he deserves?!)
Soo Kwang and So Nyeo from It's Okay, That's Love
For a guy with a stigmatized condition (Tourette's Syndrome), Soo Kwang mustered up the courage to pursue the spunky So Nyeo. It was such a cute story of young love (with so many sweet kisses, BTW!) that could have given the story of Kim Bok Joo and Jung Joon Hyung in Weightlifting Fairy a run for its money. Fun fact: Actors Lee Kwang Soo and Lee Sung Kyung became closer because of the drama, and there were dating rumors, of course. But as we all know, Sung Kyung is with Nam Joo Hyuk now. Sayang, Kwang Soo!
Seo Dae Young and Yoon Myung Joo from Descendants of the Sun
Their love was epic, and the challenges that came their way just made it something to aspire for. There was a dad against their relationship, there was the physical distance, and there were threats to each other's careers and lives as dutiful soldiers. So. Many. Sacrifices. Who wouldn't want a love that conquers all that?
Who are the other second leads you wish would get a spin-off?
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