Who doesn’t love a good bad boy in a K-drama? They’re usually so pretty and charming, and sometimes these bad guys can give up on the total antihero vibe, but we still can’t seem to get enough of them. If you haven’t checked out our other feature for some epic villains, check out this list here!
This list is in no particular order!
1. “Scarlet Heart: Goryeo” – Wang So.
Lee Joon Gi plays the tough, tough Wang Also, who is one of the many princes queuing up to become king. When he meets Hae Soo (IU), he falls in love with her but doesn’t seem to find the right time to ever be with her. His evil ways are almost all restricted, but when the service calls and Wang So must become king, he is forced to make a heartbreaking decision.
Seeing Lee Joon Gi in this antihero role is invigorating and so romantic. He’s so easy to hate at times, but by the end of the show, he has all of our hearts. Despite the big chip on his shoulder, he loves Hae Soo with all his heart and doesn’t want her to suffer. His love for her is infinite, which makes him bloody epic.
2. “Angry Mom” - Go Bok Dong
What can we say Ji Soo as the bad boy Go Bok Dong in “Angry Mom” with a lot of luggage is a total heartbreaker. He must be so angry which is why he is involved in so many fights, but he also shows so much vulnerability and pain. His character is complex with many problems, but none that he cannot overcome. It’s also so adorable to see how much he loved Jo Bang Wool (Kim Hee Sun.).
You can watch “Angry Mom” here:
3. “The smile left your eyes” – Kim Moo Young
Kim Moo Young (Seo In Guk) is a little difficult to read and understand at first. He seems like a total punk with a chip on his shoulder, but once the story unfolds and we get to know his past and character, it becomes a lot clearer. The series is also capable of truly revealing his vulnerability and complex emotions.
This is especially the case when he meets Yoo Jin Kang (Young So Min) and falls head over heels in love with her. Seeing his evil image go away when he’s on screen with her was exactly what we needed to see. His love for her definitely overshadows the bad boy person he exudes.
Now watch this drama:
4. “Temptation” – Kwon Shi Hyun
Woo Do Hwan plays Kwon Shi Hyun, a rich boy who wants nothing more than to hang out with his friends and pick up women. He doesn’t feel like settling down, and it’s almost impossible to get him to even think about love. When the opportunity arises for him to pretend he likes Eun Tae Hee (joy) as a scheme of revenge, he doesn’t think twice.
Talk about a totally bad boy. At first he might care less about the women he plays with and he doesn’t care about his future. When he collides with Eun Tae Hee, however, her purity and innocence shake his world and he falls head over heels in love. He begins to realize that she is exactly what he needs in his life.
Now watch the first episode of “Tempted”:
5. “Only Between Lovers” – Lee Gang Doo
Lee Gang Doo (Junho) lives his life on the edge as a result of an accident he had as a child. His dreams were instantly stolen from him and he was less able to care about his quality of life. He gets into fights repeatedly with no intention of putting his life in order. He has no hope and no wishes for the future.
Then he meets Ha Moon Soo (Jin Ah won), a girl who is the total opposite of him. She strives to make her life better and works hard to make her dreams come true. And when the two fall in love, he realizes that his life can be better. She becomes the reason for him to change.
Seeing Junho exuding so much pain, but so much love through the role, made it one of his best accomplishments to date. We could see so many sides to him that we had never seen before and it was really a turning point in his career. The bad boy roles definitely suit him!
Watch the first episode of Just Between Lovers here:
6. “Mr. Sunshine ”- Gu Dong Mae
Yoo Yeon Seok as Gu Dong Mae in “Mr. Sunshine ”is the bad guy with whom you have a love and hate relationship. Sometimes he’s so indulgent and deceitful that you’re almost certain he’s completely angry, but then you see him melt at the sight of Go Ae Shin (Kim Tae Ri) would make you think differently. His only weakness is for Ae Shin and he makes it known. He has an intense look and softness at the same time when it comes to her.
7. “I’m sorry, I love you” – Cha Moo Hyuk
Cha Moon Hyuk (So Ji Sub) is one of the original bad guys when it comes to K-dramas. He plays the racket who grew up abroad after his birth mother put him up for adoption. He doesn’t make excuses for his life and makes money in various illegal ways. He’s the classic bad boy we all eventually fell in love with.
After Moo Hyuk is shot in the head and doesn’t have much time to live, he returns to Korea to search for his birth mother and happens to meet Song Eun Cha (I am soo young), a girl he is completely fascinated by. His life begins to revolve around Eun Chae and he realizes that there is more to life than its bad boys.
Now watch this drama:
8. “Best mistake” – Ji Hyun Ho
Kang Yool plays Ji Hyun Ho, the evil student who has some anger problems. He is known as punk in school but is also very popular with the girls. If a misunderstanding leads him to face Kim Yeon Doo (Lee Eun Jae) he begins to see her in a different light. She is everything he is not – smart, calm, and very cute. His feelings for her grow and it changes him completely. He’s even studying hard because he wants to go to the same university as her! So romantic!
Check out Best Mistake here:
9. “Wok of Love” – Doo Chil Seong
Doo Chil Seong (Jang Hyuk) is a gang leader, loan shark, and owner of a rundown Chinese restaurant. He has a calm demeanor, but can also be ruthless when it comes to business. He’s not scared and people are scared of him.
But when Chil Seong meets Seo Poong (Junho), he lets him take over his restaurant and the two form a brotherly bond. He cares about him and wants him to succeed. In addition, he meets Dan Sae Woo (Jung Ryeo won) who he falls in love with in the end. He even risks his life to save them all in the name of love!
Watch the first episode of “Wok of Love” here:
10. “Extraordinary You” – Baek Kyung
Baek Kyung (Lee Jae Wook) lives in a comic book world where he has little choice about how his life will develop. In the story, Eun Dan Oh (Kim Hye Yoon) is in love with him, but he treats her like dirt and can’t care about her progress. He embarrasses her and makes her cry on a regular basis.
But when he finds out that Dan Oh is actually in love with another man, Baek Kyung realizes that he actually loves her. He starts changing and doing sweet things for her in hopes that she will return his love. Its tough exterior changes completely and it’s the cutest!
Now watch “Extraordinary You”:
11. “When a man falls in love” – Han Tae Sang
Song Seung Heon as Han Tae Sang in “When A Man Loves” is also a classic K-drama villain. He works hard to become the leader of a gang where people not only respect him but also fear him. There is a softness about him, but he can also be reckless when it comes to people who cross his path. But when he then meets Seo Mi Do (Shin Se Kyung), he bends over backwards to make sure she is his. He does whatever she asks and is ready to sacrifice anything and everything to be with her – even his own life!
Here you can watch “When a man falls in love”:
12. “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” – Moon Jae Shin
Like a knight in shining armor, Moon Jae Shin (Yoo Ah In) is always there for Kim Yun Hee (Park Min Young). He is fearless, calm, and loves Yun Hee with all his heart. This is one of Yoo Ah In’s most epic roles, and he can play the bad boy persona so well! There is something about the brooding walks of Jae Shin that makes your heart beat faster. The second lead syndrome is strong in this case!
Watch the “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” here:
Hey Soompiers, which one of these K-drama villains is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
binahearts is a Soompi writer whose ultimate prejudice is Song Joong Ki and BIGBANG. She is also the author of “K-POP A to Z: The Definitive K-Pop Encyclopedia. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she travels through her latest amazing Korean journeys!
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