Do you ever catch yourself sighing between drama episodes? Do you rewind scenes over and over--but not for the lead couple? Well, you just might be suffering from the common K-drama ailment known as SLS, or Second Lead Syndrome. Second Lead Syndrome strikes when you can't help but root for the second male lead in a series, even if you know in your heart of hearts that he probably won't get the girl. If you think you might have this syndrome, check out these telltale symptoms just to be sure:

(from Greatest Love)


(from Moon that Embraces the Sun)


(from Bride of the Century)


(from Cheongdamdong Alice)



(from Pretty Man)


(from Flower Boy Ramen Shop)


See Jung Il Woo fight ghosts and monsters in his quest to become the rightful ruler of Joseon in The Night Watchman’s Journal

(from My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho)



(from Rooftop Prince)


(from Heirs)


Second Lead Syndrome can hit you hard, and the only known cure is to hope the actor gets the girl next time. While we wait, at least we can all suffer together! Have you suffered from Second Lead Syndrome? Who was your first case? Your worst case? (Mine was Geol Oh from Sungkyunkwan Scandal. Crazy Horse broke my heart forever!) Comment below!


Vivi is an unapologetic Korean drama addict and blogger. She blogs with her K-drama best friend Coco at Kdrama Fighting! In her free time, she likes to bring her commentary to the DramaFever crowd.

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