True love overcoming great barriers is a favored theme in popular romantic stories from around the world. In the case of mistaken identity, which is even used by the famous English playwright Shakespeare, the theme is often be explored through accidental mistakes, deliberate disguise, or in gender-bending romance. When the truth is revealed, it can be hilarious or upsetting to the characters involved, but it can also lead to two hearts connecting in unmistakable true love. Here are some outstanding examples of Asian dramas with the mistaken identity theme.

1. Coffee Prince

The gender-bender series has been popular ever since it premiered in 2007. A man falls in love with a woman who is mistaken to be a man. After much self-reflection, the man confesses in one of the most touching and romantic scenes ever, when he says that he doesn't care who he (she) is, but he knows he loves that person.

Coffee Prince has become a romantic classic, and the stars Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye saw their fame rise sky high.


Coffee Prince

Starring Yoon Eun Hye and Lee Sun Gyun

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2. Mask

Desperate to escape her father's debt, a woman poses as a rich girl and even meets an actual rich man-- but how long can she keep the charade up? As she falls passionately in love with her new husband, she fears confessing her true identity will risk their relationship, not to mention endangering their lives. 

Actress Park Soo Ae effectively portrays two women who look identical despite their extremely different backgrounds.

3. Memory Lost

They meet and dislike each other at first. But as they gradually fall for each other, they can't help but feel that they knew each other in the past. It turns out that they both suffer from memory loss. The theme of mistaken identity, compounded with amnesia, makes this romantic thriller an irresistible binge. 


Memory Lost - 美人为馅

Starring Yang Rong and Bai Yu

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4. She Was Pretty

Love and vanity are put to the test when a once beautiful girl becomes unattractive, and the unattractive boy that loved her grows up to be a very attractive man. Without confidence in her looks, she asks her pretty friend to pretend to be her to meet her long-lost crush. Will he fall for the pretty friend or discover the truth? They both have to learn to eliminate their biases to see their real selves and find true love. 


She Was Pretty

Starring Park Seo Joon and Hwang Jung Eum

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5. I'm Not a Robot

A man has a rare and severe allergy to people. When he discovers an advanced robot that helps him overcome the allergy, he wants the robot to be with him forever. What he doesn't realize is that his favorite artificial being is actually a real woman under disguise. When they gradually fall in love, he is naturally dumbfounded by his feelings for a robot, while she doesn't know how to reveal the truth without repercussions. 

What do you think will happen next?


I'm Not a Robot

Starring Yoo Seung Ho and Chae Soo Bin

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May true love win!

Can you think of other dramas involving a mistaken identity that leads to true love?

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