5 Male K-Drama Characters That Radiate ~Golden Retriever~ Energy

by Mariel Roja   |  Feb 7, 2023
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Don’t we all adore guys with golden retriever personalities? They make everything *light* with their happy-go-lucky attitude and kindness. While reminding us that life shouldn’t be taken seriously all the time, these types of men are also reliable and gentle to their partners. Being supportive is the best quality they have because they never try to change or demand anything from the people they love. In short, they are the walking green flags!

When it comes to their looks, they do not literally resemble a golden retriever dog—but their positive energy in our lives reminds us of one. And where do we usually see these kinds of lovers? None other than our favorite K-drama shows that made us believe in the ~magic~ of falling in love again and again. Here are six male K-drama characters that personify the qualities of a golden retriever

1. Lee Jun Ho of Extraordinary Attorney Woo

With his patience and firm declaration of his love for a woman with autism spectrum disorder, Lee Jun Ho (Kang Tae Oh) touched the hearts of many viewers and labeled him as the ideal golden retriever boyfriend! Despite the fact that many girls vied for his attention, Jun Ho was only *interested* in one colleague at Hanbada Law Firm: Attorney Woo Young Woo (Park Eun Bin). He was genuine and sincere in his quest to be Young Woo’s safe space, from listening to her endless whale stories to acting like a ~fool~ for his girl's happiness. Jun Ho fought for their relationship to the end, notwithstanding the fact that many people doubted that he could put up with a person with autism. If that isn't love, I don't know what is!


2. Jung Joon Hyung of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Who can resist the ~classic~ friends-to-lovers trope? Jung Joon Hyung (Nam Joo Hyuk) revived our faith in slow-burn romance when he fell in love with his closest friend Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung). The foundation of their relationship is their strong friendship. They were each other's support while they worked through and dealt with their own personal trauma. Joon Hyung gave Bok Joo room to breathe and did not attempt to save her in any way—he simply stayed by her side. When you ask an avid K-drama fan if there’s a male character that gives off ultimate golden retriever energy, Joon Hyung is the top answer due to his playful but caring nature.

3. Choi Taek from Reply 1988

A story about first love will always make us feel ~nostalgic~. Choi Taek (Park Bo Gum) is a famous Baduk player who came from a well-off family and a famous Baduk player. He has always expressed his admiration for his future bride Deok Sun (Lee Hye Ri) and matched it with actions! Their love began in the small neighborhood of Ssangmun-dong and has grown over the years as they navigate adulthood together (they are each other's first kiss!). It was clear from the get-go that Taek has cemented a place in Deok Sun’s heart, which is why she chose to marry him in the end. Taek loved her insecurities and even skipped a big match to accompany her to a concert—now that’s a real golden retriever quality right there!

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4. Choi Ung of Our Beloved Summer

Are you a believer that love is *sweeter* the second time around? Five years after their split, ex-couple Choi Ung (Choi Woo Shik) and Kook Yeon Soo (Kim Da Mi) reunited, thanks to a hit documentary they made in high school. Little did they know that this chance encounter will rekindle their relationship as they both matured in handling problems. His golden retriever attitude shines through whenever he chooses to adjust his sleeping schedule just to be with the girl he loves. There’s also something endearing with his habit to remind Yeon Soo to eat her meal on time and the way he tilts his umbrella to protect her from the sudden rain.

5. Hong Du Sik of Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

It’s hard to ignore a man who is always willing to give a helping hand. Known as the jack of all trades in the town of Gongjin, Hong Du Sik (Kim Seon Ho) developed feelings for one of its visitors, Dentist Yoon Hye Jin (Shin Min Ah) who is a dentist. His good upbringing made the residents love him, allowing him to connect with different kinds of people and revealing the golden retriever that he is. They were annoyed at each other at first, but it slowly moved to an intimate relationship as they learned to open up more. The ~cutest~ part is the moment they became official, Du Sik went with his girl to tick off everything on her “boyfriend bucket list,” such as taking sweet photos and going on a shopping spree.


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