7 K-Drama second leads that make you want to tear your hair out
So many of our favorite dramas follow a simple relationship formula. One female lead, one male lead, one female second lead, and one male second lead. From My Love from Another Star to Personal Taste — this is an easily recognizable character arrangement that works! While you know in your heart that the two main leads belong together, the second leads are there to create conflict and make you doubt how the story will end.
While some of these second leads are noble, adorable, or just plain awesome, others are not. Some make you want to tear your hair out with their annoying schemes or interference, and others are just in the way and contribute nothing to the plot. Below you’ll find 7 of these second leads that you can’t help but shake your head at. Scroll through and see if the second lead from your favorite drama made the cut!
Beware: Spoilers below!
1. Yoo Se Mi in My Love From Another Star
Yoo Se Mi, played by Yoo In Na, was the kind of second lead who you simultaneously felt annoyed by and sympathetic towards. While her hatred toward Cheon Song Yi felt forced and unnecessary, her long-time unrequited love for Lee Hwi Kyung definitely made me feel for her in certain scenes. Alas, Yoo Se Mi was a pretty unforgettable character who could never be as cool and talented as Cheon Song Yi.
2. Kim Sae Hyun in My Girl
Throwback time! How many readers remember this 2005 melodrama? It’s one of my favorites. And I’m sure fans of My Girl could never forget the trouble-making Kim Se Hyun, famous tennis star and ex-girlfriend of Seol Gong Chan. If any character made me want to scream whenever she came on screen, it was Kim Se Hyun. Even though it was so obvious that Seol Gong Chan wasn’t interested, she insisted on pining after him and causing endless drama. Remember when she drops her necklace and her hand is stepped on by the paparazzi? Come on. But, Park Si Yeon (who most recently starred in The Greatest Marriage) played this love-to-hate character perfectly.
3. Han Chang Ryul in Personal Taste
From the moment Han Chang Ryul appears on screen in Personal Taste, you can’t help but dislike him. Han Chang Ryul, played by the handsome Kim Ji Suk, strings on Park Kae In, who loves him despite how badly he treats her for years, then he dumps her and goes to marry her best friend Kim In Hee without telling Park Kae In. Then Kim In Hee dumps him, and he tries to get back together with Park Kae In. Gahhh! Good thing Jeon Jin Ho, played by the gorgeous Lee Min Ho, is there to save the day and win Park Kae-in’s heart! After a lot of other drama, that is.
4. Han Yoo Joo in Coffee Prince
Everything about this second lead, played by Chae Jung Ahn, was complicated, and she created resonating waves of drama throughout the entire show. First we learn Han Yoo Joo broke Choi Han Sung’s heart when she left him for DK, then she shows up again and unnecessarily gets between Go Eun Chan and Choi Han Kyul and gets back together with Choi Han Sung, then breaks up with him, then she gets pregnant and married and we have to deal with that drama. The list goes on and on. I just want to watch Go Eun Chan and Choi Han Kyul fall in love! At least in the end, everything settles down and everyone is happy.
5. Byun Hak Do in Delightful Girl Choon Hyang
This 2005 drama featured one of the worst, and weirdest, second male leads I’ve come across. He is definitely not the normal sweet and charismatic second lead. Byun Hak Do, played by Uhm Tae Woong, is a CEO who becomes obsessed with the female lead, Choon Hyang, who is not only completely uninterested in him, but is in high school. He starts off trying to win her affections through romantic gestures but quickly turns to blackmail and stalking her when those gestures fail. You can’t help but shake your head at Byun Hak Do and yell, “What are you thinking? She’s not interested!” He finally gives up, but it takes him 17 episodes to do so.
6. Yoo He Yi in You’re Beautiful
Played by the beautiful Uee, Yoo He Yi is a two-faced actress who falls in love with Hwang Tae Kyung and tried to get between him and Go Mi Nam/Go Mi Nyeo. While not technically a second lead, as far as I’m concerned, anyone who tries to get between Jang Geun Suk and Park Shin Hye is not cool. Yoo He Yi proves to be more of an annoyance than a real threat to Tae Kyung and Mi Nam, but her presence still made me want to throw my computer across the room (Thankfully, I didn’t).
7. Rachel Yoo in Heirs
The rich and haughty heiress and fiancee of Kim Tan, played by Kim Ji Won, is possibly one of the meanest and unlikable second leads on this list. It is so easy to hate Rachel, not only because she is the romantic rival to Cha Eun Sang, but because she is so cruel to everyone around her. There are moments in Heirs when it seems like maybe she is just misunderstood and her constant bitchiness may have a reason...but then she treats someone else poorly because they are poor or below her and we’re back to disliking her. However, I have to admit that I love her fashion choices. Rachel Yoo definitely fits the trope of well-dressed second leads!
Who is your (least) favorite second lead? Be sure to comment down below!