If there are anti-heroes, there are also anti-heroines. What differentiates the latter from the usual female leads is they’re not the kind to be swayed by pretty words, nor are they the type to be easily bullied. While anti-heroines may not be everyone’s cup of tea, their complex layers and powerful presence will keep you on your toes until the very last episode. And it just so happens that Korean dramas have no qualms in introducing us to characters who will help us channel the confidence and *girlboss* attitude we need to get through a hard day.
Ahead, let’s take a closer look at five K-Dramas with the most memorable anti-heroines:
- The Alchemy of Souls
Following the old adage that revenge is a dish is best served cold, Naksu (played by Go Yoon Jung) trains for years to avenge her father's death and earns her reputation as one of the most ruthless assassins in the fictional country of Daeho. But when she gets badly injured during a battle with the best mages of Daeho, she unintentionally transfers her soul to the body of a blind girl named Mu-Deok (Jung So-min).
- Hotel del Luna
Hotel del Luna revolves around Jang Man-Wol (Lee Jee-eun), a thousand-year-old ghost cursed to be followed by a hotel where spirits come to stay before departing to the afterlife. When a wandering soul asks for help to find his way back, Jang Man-Wol proposes a contract to later take his son Chan-seong (played by Yeo Jin-goo) to help her manage the hotel.
- It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
At a glance, Ko Moo Young seems to have it all. She is well-off, undeniably beautiful, and a popular writer of children’s books. However, she suffers from antisocial personality disorder, which makes her unpredictable. When she meets a community health worker named Moon Gang Tae (played by Kim Soo-hyun), she instantly sets her sights on him and resolves to do anything to get him.
- My Name
A revenge-driven woman named Yoon Ji-woo (played by Han So-hee) conspires with a powerful crime boss (Park Heesoon) in her quest to avenge the murder of her father. Deciding to grab the help offered to her, she enters the police force under his direction.
- Why Her?
For a cut-throat high-profile attorney like Oh Soo-jae (Seo Hyun-jin), winning a case comes down to one’s ability to pay for a good lawyer. What starts as a noble desire to help the weak turns into a determination to rise up the ranks of the law firm where she works. When the news of a woman she met committing suicide suddenly breaks out, she gets demoted to a teaching position at her old university. Under the guise of busying herself with her students, she looks for a way to clear up her name while investigating the dirty secrets of the higher-ups.