In a previous post of mine, I had stated that “I don’t think I can ever understand the reason behind a K-drama heroine’s ultimate choice”. I decided to put myself in the heroine’s place to see if I too would fall for the ‘bad guy’ or go for the sweet second-lead. In most cases, I would go with the good second-lead because I like good boys. But after pondering for weeks, I think I understand why every drama heroine is fixated with the ‘bad guy’. Drama main leads are not out and out bad. They are just misunderstood. Most of the time they are bad only to those who are bad to others. They are just perceived as evil even when they are actually helpful and kind. So, here some qualities of that bad guy that attract not only the drama heroine but also drama viewers.
1. He will defy anything and anyone for her.
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One thing a bad guy never cares about is his image. A bad guy feels that no matter what he does people will hate him so he pays no heed to people’s opinion about him and does not hesitate to break the norm. He will openly go against his family or even the law just to be close to his lady love.
Wang So in Scarlet Heart Ryeo bent all rules and traditions to have Hae Soo as his wife. He went against his father, the King of Goryeo and fought with his brothers to keep her safe. Too bad they did not end up together.
2. He changes for her.
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As I said before, drama hero is never all bad, he has a good side which comes out only when he meets his alter ego. He may be a workaholic or a taskmaster or a savage assassin. The moment he meets ‘the one’ he is willing to go to any length to have her with him. Even if it means that he has to change certain qualities about himself.
In Something About 1%, the workaholic, stern and obnoxious Jae In, becomes caring, considerate and kind after he meets Da Hyun. It was fun to see him transform into a family man in the last episode.
3. He has eyes only for her.
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In drama world, playboys turn firm believers of ‘one true love’ after meeting the other half of their OTP. Yes, it is rare in the real world but is rampant in dramas. And once he commits to her then he willingly wears horse blinkers to stay away from temptations. Even if a beautiful woman throws herself at him, he will act like a celibate and never show even slight interest in her. Whereas, no matter how unkempt and clumsy the heroine might be, our baddie hero will only find her sexy. Sounds like a dream man, right? Well, that’s the drama bad boy for you. No wonder heroines (and we) fall head over heels for bad boys.
In Taiwanese drama, Mars, Chen Ling is a womaniser and has been with several women in his life. He does not take relationships and women seriously till he comes across Qi Luo. Luo is painfully shy and does not socialise. Ling falls madly in love with her and changes his philandering ways after he commits to Luo and takes responsibility for her.
4. He is stylish.
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What I personally like about drama bad boys is that they are all stylish. Some bad boys are even more fashionable than their lady love.
Joon from Love Rain is by far the most stylish bad boy I have seen in a drama. He is just drop-dead gorgeous and I don’t think Han Na is crazy to fall in love with the dominating and arrogant Joon.
5. He is successful.
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Drama’s bad boy who lack direction in life often feels inspired and motivated by the love of his life to do something better and become successful.
In My Secret Romance, Jin Wook may have been a slacker before meeting Yoo Mi but after their not so short encounter he suddenly changes and works hard to take his father’s business to higher levels. Which means that he is not rich just because of his inheritance but also because of his intelligence.
6. He is actually a softie inside.
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The quintessential bad guy in drama world often has a soft heart which he protects with a tough exterior. The drama hero will act aloof and uncaring with the whole world including his family but will expose his softer side only to the woman he feels for.
Kang Ji Woon became sweet and considerate towards Ha Won in Cinderella and The Four Knights after he realised what he feels for her. He even made cute hearts for Ha Won when he was sloshed. hehehe
7. He will do anything to save her.
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By anything I mean ANYTHING!! He will jump into the pool to save her even if he doesn’t know swimming. He will jump in the line of fire just to shield her from being hit by a bullet. He will kill innumerable enemies just to keep her safe. The bad boy is not afraid of anything because he has to live up to his image, right?
Impertinent and haughty, Joon Young is dying from a fatal ailment in Uncontrollably Fond and has just a few more days to live. Instead of spending his last few days with his loved ones, he chooses to expose the woman who destroyed the life of Noh Eul, the girl he has been in love with since high school. He wants to avenge the injustice meted out to Noh Eul and fight death just to see her content in life. Wow! That’s like my ‘bad’ boy.
8. He is passionate.
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Now there is no match to a bad boy’s passion. Every drama bad boy hero has a passion. Bikes, cars, football, ice hockey, or even computers, he has to be passionate about something in life. His passion is what makes him attractive.
Toru Hyuga is a boy genius for whom life is nothing beyond computers. Despite being insulted by Hyuga, Sawaki Chihiro cannot stop herself from falling for him as she admires his sincerity and passion for his work. Awww…Geeks are finally in demand.
9. He is the best friend for every guy.
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Every drama addict knows that the bad buy is loyal to his friends. He will always be there when his friend needs him. He may have a lot of enemies but his friends love him.
Satonaka Halu is the captain of his ice hockey team in Pride. However, he is not just a captain but a friend as well as a mentor to his team. He helps his teammates not only on-field but also off-field which is why everyone loves him. Aki likes Halu despite his cold demeanour and annoying behaviour because she can see a true friend in him.
Let’s face it. We all fancy bad boys. The drama bad boy has more layers than one to his personality. He is mysterious, prudent and conceited but he still wins over his girl because deep down he is an honest, shy and lovable guy. And it takes a drama heroine to see the good in him and accept him the way he is.