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5 K-Drama Second Male Leads We All Love

The second-lead syndrome is real.

When it comes to Korea dramas, we obviously always ship the canon main couple! But #OTP goals aside, there comes a time when we feel like the secondary male character (e.g. the friendzoned guy bestie/the childhood crush) deserves better. So now it's time to let all the guys who made us catch an extreme case of second-lead syndrome shine in the spotlight. Here are our top five picks for the best second male leads of all time!
  1. Ji Soo as In Gook Du in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Actor Nam Joo Hyuk's real life bestie is first on our list. Why? Well, to date, he's played so many supporting roles that have captured our hearts—from Scarlet Heart to Doctors. But it was his portrayal of the surly yet secretly caring police officer Gook Du that made us feel all the feels. Gook Du was just a little bit too late, and as much as we ship Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young) with CEO Ahn (Park Hyung Sik), our heart goes out for Bong Soon's (former) crush. :( Luckily, actor Ji Soo is set to have his own starring role this year—finally, a chance for him to shine.

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  1. Lee Dong Wook as Grim Reaper in Goblin

So after Lee Dong Wook starred in the fave K-Dramas of our childhood (remember My Girl?), it's a little disheartening to see him relegated to mere second lead. *sound of hearts breaking* But Goblin is a great drama, and it was a perfect showcase for Lee Dong Wook's character to shine in the spotlight once more. Throughout all the laughter and tears (and extreme feels) on the show, Lee Dong Wook made it cool to fall in love with an actual Grim Reaper, which is a feat in itself, TBH. Love you, Oppa. ♥

  1. Kim Woo Bin as Choi Young Do in The Heirs

Okay, so admittedly, Kim Woo Bin was the bad boy in this show. As in a total jerk (remember when he pushed Eun Sang into the pool?!) He was a stereotypically arrogant rich kid, and he always got in the way of the main couple's (played by the legendaries Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye) relationship. But throughout the course of the iconic K-Drama, we could see that Young Do was just way misunderstood. He just didn't know how to express his deeply sincere feelings, and our heart breaks for that boy! :(

  1. Choi Si Won as Kim Shin Hyuk in She Was Pretty

Another second lead who broke our heart, the cute Shin Hyuk was always there for Kim Hye Jin (played by Hwang Jung Eum) when she was down. True, he was sort of cowardly, preferring to hide his true feelings by acting the part of a comedian with jokes and pranks. But at the end of the day, he was always there for Hye Jin, always making her laugh, always rushing to her side... and alas, always too late. But hey, you can't blame him—he was up against the main lead's first love, who was played by none other than Park Seo Joon. Our love for his adorkable-ness still had us rooting for him 'til the end, though!

  1. Jin Goo as Seo Dae Young in Descendants of the Sun

FINALLY, A HAPPY SECOND LEAD! At first glance, Seo Dae Young may seem like the most boring and serious soldier ever... until you realize his competitiveness to win is just so he can show up at his ex-GF's wedding. Hee. His solemness is playfully complemented by Yoo Myung Ju's (Kim Ji Won) quirkiness—opposites attract, after all. Both underwent scrutiny and sacrifices to get where they are now, and it was so worth it to see that final kiss at the end. ♥ We have to admit: sometimes we paid more attention to the second lead romance than the main couple. Master Sergeant Wolf, forever. ♥


Do you love these second leads as much as we do, Candy Girls? Share this article with a fellow second lead syndrome sufferer, or comment your fave second lead down below!













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Scientific Method

You were a phenomenon I cannot wrap my head around

When I first met you, my heart forgot to make its signature sound

And it's overwhelming, your presence;

And underwhelming, so science will be the only language I'll hide in-- For now.


At first glance, I notice your top button unbuttoned,

and your shirt fully cotton

Complete with a smile as nervous as me

And a swagger in your step only I can see

Further on, I find your wit to be at a pace

That doesn't leave any space for tension to rise

and it's all too nice

And ridiculous and a bit too suspicious

That this isn't another (well,) circus.


Now, let's take a wild guess,


Oh, but it has to be smart, yes,

That this could lead to something with potential

That this isn't another differential easily solved

With a formula, tried and tested but never evolved


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But not a single thing

Could stop me from pushing this blindly to find its threshold,

Hoping that it's a quantity my hands could still hold

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Through minor revisions and tweaks

Then comes the analysis -- that these weren't accidents

So, now I find myself in a conundrum

With the anomaly in a blue shirt right in front of me,

That this had to be processed logically,

But the findings are as follows:

None of which were shallow, so I therefore conclude that it's true,

I therefore conclude that it's you.

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