Having two equally gorgeous men fighting for the lead girl’s love has always been a kdrama rom-com cliché. It challenges how unrequited the love of the main couple is and most of the time functions as a consolation for the female viewers. I always have moments like that when I get hit with second-lead- adoration syndrome, where I like the other man more than the lead man. But it will always take a very strong portrayal to sway me otherwise in focusing on the prince in a kdrama story and whenever that happens, and I’m sure most of kdrama addicts like me would agree, it will be a hair-tugging moment because of its sweet dilemma effect. So because in some Heavenly reason, I am enjoying a princess moment here at work, and because I keep seeing Yoo Ah In/King Sukjong when I’m not thinking of something, I remembered how I fell in love with him for the first time and has been loving the moment of being in love with him everytime… *wink
So I delved more in the memory lane and thought of my favorite KDrama Second Lead Men. Who’s yours? ^_^
♥Sungkyungkwan Scandal – Yoo Ah In as Moon Jae Shin
Who wouldn’t fall for this bad boy by day rebel at night Sungkyunkwan scholar? After his F4 Joseon stint I became his stalker. He gets even steamier as you stare at him and he has the sexiest smile from all the sageuk characters I’ve seen so far.
♥ I Miss You – Yoo Seung Ho as Harry Borrison
I struggled big time in disliking Barry in this tearjerker. I remained firm in understanding his noona-romance and vengeance driven self. Why? His face was just so drowning to watch I can’t bring myself to hate him.
♥ Flower Boy Ramyun shop – Lee Ki Woo as Choi Kang Hyuk
The topless scene sent me in ohlala land. Another I-have-to-give-way-to-my-brother kind of love that was almost in equal contention and considering how I loved Jung Il Woo, Lee Ki Woo was really a delightful treat in this first flower boy spectacle.
♥ I Need Romance – Choi Jin Hyuk as Bae Sung Hyun
Before being the cute daddy-gumiho-turned-devil, he was the rebound-guy-whose-love-was-reciprocated but the first love of the lead girl still prevailed but at least he got to kiss the lead girl a lot. *giggles
♥ Gaksital – Park Ki Woong as Kimura Shunji
In Gaksital I enjoyed both the bromance and the real romance tug-of-war. I liked how Shunji embraced his dark side overnight but was easily disarmed because of the love he harboured towards the lead girl.
♥ You’re Beautiful Jung Yong Hwa as Kang Shin Woo
The gentle band member who secretly loved the kind-hearted-novice-pretending-to-be-her-twin-brother and the guy best friend who always offer his shoulder to cry on. He was too late to realized he should have been braver enough to get the love of the girl he liked. When it hit him, she already fell in love with another guy and he settled in loving her from afar.
♥ Boys Over Flowers – Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo
Playing this classic side of a love triangle, he has a lot to prove but his serious attitude and princey face has won so many hearts including mine. In those times when Jun Pyo’s indecisive nature can’t stood up for his woman, I was thankful Ji Hoo was there to stay by the lead girl’s side.
♥ My Girl – Lee Jun Ki as Seo Jung Woo
I am not a Lee Jun Ki fan but I best remember him in My Girl. He started that Hyung-loved-the-same-girl-I-love-I-have-to-give-way mantra but I really felt sorry for him not getting the girl even if his love was super sincere in that drama.
♥ The Greatest Love – Yoon Kye Sang as Yoon Pil Joo
The sweet dork doctor who saw through the best of the lead girl and was firm in believing her pure heart amidst the reputation she gained due to the cruelty of the people who judged her without even knowing the story. One of the best showdown on who can love more the lead girl I have seen so far.
♥ I Do I Do – Park Gun Hyung as Jo Eun Sung
The stethoscope “will you marry me?” scene will always be one of my favourite romantic love declaration scene done by a second lead. I actually was routing for the lead man in this drama the whole time.
♥ May Queen – Jae Hee as Park Chang Hee
This was a case of borrowed love but then eventually the love destined to happen overpowered Chang Hee’s seasoned love and found another love again which he deserved.
♥ My Flower Boy Neighbor – Kim Ji Hoon as Oh Jin Rak
Bubbly Enrique amused me but I was also into Jin Rak’s secret love-daily milk and encouragement giving way of showing he likes the girl so much. When the series ended I equally loved them both.