The second female leads in K-dramas seem to have it all: looks, money, and the attention of the male lead. Obviously, we’re supposed to root for the underdog female lead, but, sometimes, we love the fabulous, rich bitch more.
I could really extend kudos to every other female character on the show aside from lead female, Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye), but I’ll give the honour to evil robot, Yoo Rachel (Kim Ji Won). Whereas Eun Sang spent much of the show being a weepy wet napkin, Rachel basically did what she wanted. Granted, what Rachel wanted was to slap people and generally act like a huge bitch, but at least she kept me entertained with her evil robot stare and catty remarks. Now, if only Eun Sang could have borrowed enough of her attitude to approximate a backbone, “The Heirs” might have been worth watching. – Only 만
Dal Ja’s Spring
Oh Dal Ja (Chae Rim) is the cheerful and spunky heroine at odds with her diva co-worker, Wi Sun Joo (Lee Hye Young). It would seem that Sun Joo is beyond redemption after she sleeps with Dal Ja’s boyfriend then leaves him, because she is bored. Yet, one can’t help but admire Sun Joo; she doesn’t suffer fools, is a pro at her job, and her aloof exterior belies a strong sense of justice. She puts her job on the line to defend Dal Ja from being slut shamed, then gives her a much needed kick in the pants for being a passive scapegoat. In her advice to Dal Ja, served with a six pack of beer, it turns out that Sun Joo is a no-nonsense advocate of the contemporary single female. – Junggugeo Kaenada 중국어 캐나다
Shim Ji Hye (Choi Yeo Jin) may be one of my all-time favourite characters in a drama, one of the few I’d enjoy spending time with. Who wouldn’t? She’s a good doctor who cares about her patients, she’s cool-headed, confident, strong, funny and every scene is instantly sexier when she appears, especially if Kook Cheon Soo (Lee Pil Mo) is there to look amused or outraged. Plus, she does ballroom dancing! For fun! – 만
I Need Romance 3
Male lead, Wan (Sung Joon) is so busy trying to change female lead, Joo Yeon (Kim So Yeon) back into a human being that he doesn’t even consider Se Ryeong (Wang Ji Won) as anything more than a friend. It’s his loss though, because Se Ryeong is perfectly happy to hug him, look stylish, and tell it like it is. Her cheerfully blunt honesty about her failings and her feelings make her a standout in a cast of robots, suckers and “Sex and the City” rejects. The only thing we can fault Se Ryeong on is her taste in men, but she is not reconciled with robot, Tae Yoon (Namgung Min) by the end of the series, so we hold out hope for her and Wan. – 중국어 캐나다
I’m not usually a fan of the Pollyanna type: the eternally optimistic ditz who lives on nothing but sunshine, rainbows, and lollipops. Yoon Jin Yi (Yoon So Hee) spent much of “Let’s Eat” either following Goo Dae Young (Yoon Doo Joon) around like a lovesick puppy, or cheerfully fulfilling such pedestrian dreams as crying herself to sleep over a manga, or talking about orgasms with her neighbour unni, or giving surprise gifts. Either it was her unabashed love of food, or I’m just not as jaded and cynical as I think I am, because I found Jin Yi surprisingly charming. – 만
Protect The Boss
Eun Sul (Choi Gang Hee) was such a kick ass female lead that I felt the male lead did not deserve her. Better that she continue living with her best friend, Myung Ran (Ha Jae Suk) and rival turned roommate, Na Yoon (Wang Ji Hye). Myung Ran is the reliable rock who has backed Eun Sul since their high school deliquent days, and who dreams of becoming a professional wrestler. Na Yoon starts out as the rich bitch, then turns out to be a naive weirdo who latches onto a resistant Myung Ran for comfort, and ends up benefiting from having actual girlfriends. The three women form such an entertaining and endearing unit that it is kind of a shame when it is broken up by the standard pairing up of the couples. – 중국어 캐나다
Readers: is there a second female lead who came first in your heart?
And since the male lead won’t choose her, she is all yours. Rejoice in the Comments below.