K-drama protagonists who seek justice can steal hearts, but characters from the underworld have their own deadly charms.
From rich to poor, bloody to retired, these K-drama “underworld bosses” exude fatal charms that make audiences unable to take their eyes off.
Son Seok Gu (My Liberation Notes)
In “My Liberation Notes”, Mr. Gu is a cold and mysterious character that barely talks to people. As his past is finally unveiled, many viewers were shocked to learn that Mr. Gu, or Gu Ja Gyeon, used to work at a host bar, and would often go around threatening people to hand over their debts. It was a cruel and harsh version of himself that the Mr. Gu now wanted to forget about.
Perhaps it was due to such past that the present Mr. Gu seemed to abhor humans, avoid them, and never spare feelings for them. Still, the female lead Yeom Mi Jung couldn’t help but fall for him.
The host club version of Mr. Gu was super charming with his harsh expression and regal clothes in contrast to his ruggish look now. He looked like a total lady-killer who looked hot while reminding people of their places.
Lee Ki Woo (Doctors)
Despite not being the male lead of “Doctors”, Lee Ki Woo managed to steal the show with his powerful aura.
At his first meeting with the female lead, played by actress Park Shin Hye, Lee Ki Woo’s character did not hesitate to throw punches. His actions may be that of an asshole, but the actor totally pulled it off with his prickly attitude, dashing swept-up hair, and masculine charms.
Park Hee Soon (My Name)
Similar to Lee Ki Woo, Park Hee Soon was not the male protagonist of “My Name”, yet the actor drew great attention and was even shipped with the female lead. In the series, he was a whole boss of an underworld organization with both blood and power on his hands.
At the age of 52, Park Hee Soon was an excellent villain. His cold and completely unremorseful attitude, except for when it comes to the female lead, managed to sweep many off their feets. It is no exaggeration to say that Park Hee Soon’s character contributed greatly to the success of “My Name”.
Song Joong Ki (Vincenzo)
As a consultant and lawyer for cruel Italian mafias, Song Joong Ki’s Vincenzo striked the balance between cunning and cheeky, and managed to be both intimidating and adorable.
Thanks to his composed yet passionate attitude, sick martial arts, and genius mind, Vincenzo managed to utilize the talents of everyone around him and completely overwhelmed his opponents. In his poised vest suits, gallant tie, and deadly visuals, Song Joong Ki’s Vincenzo managed to look sexy with just one smirk.
Lee Jun Ki (Lawless Lawyer)
Every K-drama fan is probably used to Lee Jun Ki playing complicated characters with tragic pasts, so not many are surprised to see the actor having an underworld background in “Lawless Lawyer”. In the series, Lee Jun Ki assumed the role of Bong Sang Pil, who used to think with his fists, before realizing sometimes it’s more effective to battle using the laws.
From Sang Pil’s cheeky way of speaking, sick fighting abilities, to cold and fearsome gazes – Lee Jun Ki managed to deliver it all, creating a whole underworld boss that’s both alluring and scary in his own means.