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BRB, Swooning: 6 K-Drama Boyfriend *Archetypes* That We Can't Stop Thinking About

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5 K-Drama Boyfriend Archetypes That We Always See

K-dramas are known for their portrayal of ideal male leads who take courtship and romance to a whole different level. Boyfriends in K-dramaland have the perfect mix of visuals, personalities, and charm that can instantly sweep you off your feet!

Here's a list of our fave K-drama boyfriend archetypes:

1. The cold chaebol - Kim Tan in The Heirs
You’re sure to meet the classic chaebol heir in K-dramas with Cinderella-type storylines that are anchored on the rich guy-poor girl trope: A rich guy lives in his exclusive little bubble and gets shaken up when a chance encounter leads him to cross paths with a poor girl who catches his attention and pulls him into situations where he is forced to help and get involved. He totally cannot understand why he is instantly drawn to her. She brings out his kind-hearted side (which was initially buried under an armor of aloofness) and no matter how much he tries to shake off his feelings, he eventually falls head over heels for her. He has to prove his love for her, of course—and once he wins her over, they face a situation where it’s him and her against the world—with people like his parents, the girl’s parents, and third parties doing everything in their power to split them up.


The Heirs (trailer)

Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) from The Heirs best represents this boyfriend archetype. His love story with Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye) represents young love at its best. The series' stellar cast of K-drama favorites like Kim Woo Bin, Kim Ji Won, Choi Jin Hyuk, Park Hyung Sik, Kang Ha Nuel, CNBLUE's Kang Minhyuk, and F(x)'s Krystal Jung makes it a classic that we promise you'll end up watching again and again.

2. The brave soldier - Yoo Si Jin in Descendants Of The Sun

Soldiers were not K-drama boyfriend material until Descendants Of The Sun introduced us to Captain Yoo Si Jin. His cool guy vibe and his personal mission to protect beauties, the elderly and children made him an onscreen heartthrob and propelled Song Jong Ki to Hallyu superstardom.

Descendants of the Sun - Trailer | Song Joong Ki & Song Hye Kyo's 2016 New Korean Drama

Who doesn't love a man in a uniform? Unlike the typical macho soldier stereotype, Si Jin injected a gentle and playful take on his role as a soldier. His sense of humor fueled viewer interest and earned him so much love. When it was time for action though, he manned up and flexed his muscles to answer the call of duty. Si Jin's mastery of the art of flirting is something worth noting. His eyes and body language made his moves on Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) feel so real and cemented their heart-racing romantic moments into fans’ hearts the world over.

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3. The hardworking entrepreneur - Park Sae Ro Yi in Itaewon Class

We see a lot of dramas about underdogs who've survived a bitter past and rose to make their dreams a reality. Even if the end goal is tainted with a tinge of revenge, the hard work and the struggle to rise above poverty and hardships are what build character and elevate the trope of the hardworking entrepreneur into boyfriend-worthy material.

Itaewon Class | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

It's not hard to see why viewers would fall for someone like Itaewon Class' Park Sae Ro Yi (Park Seo Joon). Watching the drama will make you cheer for him starting day one. And when he finally achieves his dream, you’ll be like the supportive girlfriend who never doubted what he was capable of.

4. The supportive co-worker - Lee Jun Ho in Extraordinary Attorney Woo

Romance among co-workers is a staple in slice-of-life dramas and those that revolve around a particular profession. Boyfriends in the K-drama workplace are often characterized as being super reliable and supportive of the heroine they have a love line with. They step back to shine the spotlight on the female lead and are there to cheer her up and offer solutions when she is struggling. If she gets drunk by any chance, he'll surely give her a piggyback ride home. And when she is cold, he is always there to lend her his jacket.


Extraordinary Attorney Woo | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]

In the world of law seen in Extraordinary Attorney Woo, paralegal Lee Jun Ho (Kang Tae Oh) starts off as Attorney Woo Young Woo (Park Eun Bin)'s friendly co-worker. Though he is the office heartthrob, he ignores the ladies who throw themselves at him and takes interest in Young Woo the moment he lays eyes on her. Unlike other K-drama co-worker boyfriends, he takes things slow—and gives viewers a chance to relish their friendship before he makes his move and pulls her outside of the friend zone.

5. The K-pop star - Hwang Tae Kyung in You're Beautiful

K-dramas that give audiences a look into the K-pop industry have made their mark on fans by marrying strong romantic plots with amazing music tracks. The male lead often plays the leader of the K-pop group and becomes the object of affection for the drama's heroine—an outsider who finds her way into their inner circle thanks to circumstances beyond her immediate control.


You Are Beautiful Korean Drama - Trailer HD

You're Beautiful is a cult favorite that every K-drama fan should watch at least once. In it, Jang Geun Suk plays the lead vocalist and guitarist of the fictional K-pop band A.N.JELL. He's got a super cold exterior that slowly melts when he gets to know Go Mi Nyeo (Park Shin Hye), a nun-to-be who is forced to impersonate her twin brother Go Mi Nam and join the boy band until he recovers from a cosmetic operation gone bad. This gender-bender is a classic drama that is a must for your watchlist.

6. The above-average country guy - Hong Du Sik in Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

When a K-drama heroine needs to be grounded, an instant fix is to pair her up with an all-around guy who helps her appreciate that simple acts of kindness go a long way. Chief Hong (Kim Seon Ho) plays this boyfriend archetype effortlessly in Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. It isn't surprising how the town favorite wins Yoo Hye Jin (Shin Min Ah)'s affection in a heartbeat. Throughout the drama you'll see his kindness, sincerity, sense of humor, and cute dimples at work, winning you over in just a few episodes!


Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]


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