[caption id="attachment_2696" align="alignleft" width="192" caption="Godo from Queen Seon Duk"][/caption] Hello Drama Fans! In light of Claire's 10 KDrama Conventions post, I thought this would be the perfect time to discuss and dissect the character themes that are ever present in our favorite K-dramas. Without these key characters, many dramas and their plots would seem even more ridiculous than they already are, or just be plain old boring tales of morality. I think all drama addicts subconsciously know these themed roles, just as they know the 10 situational ingredients that make an interesting drama. Hopefully you agree with my observations. If you're a new drama watcher, then I also hope my posts will be of assistance to you. With that being said, I'd like to ask you all to join me in mapping out these players and their ultimate roles in Korean Drama, and for you to offer your observations as well! Let's begin by starting from the bottom of the totem pole and working our way up, shall we? First up on our list of key characters is the Village Idiot...oh boy.

The Village Idiot

Description: The Village Idiot isn't necessarily found in the village, nor is he or she completely an idiot. They are however, slightly less sharp minded than the rest of the team. Usually portrayed as bumbling and stuttering, the Village Idiot is often clumsy and in the wrong place at the right time. More often than not, this causes the Village Idiot to save the day unwittingly. They are also known for having sporadic strokes of genius in the nick of time. Social Network: Usually befriended by the Damsel in Distress or the Prince(ess) Charming. However, in some cases our friend, the Village Idiot, has been known to be taken advantage of by the Evil Mastermind. Purpose: The Village Idiot is very essential the many side plots in K-drama. They are sometimes the connecting factor to seemingly unrelated situations. Their scenes are often accompanied by silly music for comedic effect, but on a more serious note, they are also used for shedding light on how we need to be compassionate towards others who are less fortunate that ourselves. Some of the most beloved (and annoying) characters are 'Village Idiots' and we can easily point them out. Of the dramas I've watched, they were usually portrayed by actors who have mastered the art of being dumb (it's not as easy as it sounds) and often find themselves in similar roles in each drama they take on. [caption id="attachment_2697" align="alignright" width="228" caption="Artist Lee Cheon from Yi San"][/caption] Be they annoying or lovable, some notable Village Idiots (and a few of my favorite) are Jukkbang and Godo from Queen Seon Duk (pictured), Kim Jung Joo from 9 Ends 2 Outs, Artist Lee Cheon from Yi San (pictured) . I like these "Village Idiots" because they're so dumb at times, yet in the end they always do the right thing. Especially with QSD's Jukkbang and Godo, because when they have their 'stroke of genius', it's so funny to watch them prance and preen around. In 9E2O,  Kim Jung Joo's 'idiocy' was in his young heart and puppy love. His naive ways made him almost too dumb to to believe but I ended up falling in love with his character. As for Artist Lee Cheon from Yi San, I have a love-hate relationship with his character. At times, he's so stupid and clumsy it's annoying (especially the way his head wobbles when he talks) but he ultimately has a good heart so it's hard to hate him completely. Who are your favorite Village Idiots? Which get on your nerves or warm your heart? Why? While you mull that over, stay tuned for my next post, where I'll be taking a look at another character we're all familiar with: The Jealous Lover.