K-drama “bad boys” with a good heart ft. Lee Je Hoon, Lee Min Ho, and more
These K-drama characters are bad boys, but they are still good boys on the inside.
K-drama male lead image in recent years has been diversified, attracting more viewers. Many characters have the bad boy image but are actually nice, making it impossible for viewers to dislike them. Let’s take a look to see who they are.
Wang Tao Zi (Lee Je Hoon) – “Taxi Driver”
Season 2 of “Taxi Driver” has started airing this year. One of the funniest parts of “Taxi Driver” is the character Wang Tao Zi, played by Lee Je Hoon. Specifically, Wang Tao Zi is the fake identity of the male lead Kim Do Gi created for his plan to expose the misdeeds done by Lim Bok Ja (Shim So Young).
In order for his plan to go smoothly, Wang Tao Zi kept flirting with Lim Bok Ja, making her heart constantly flutter. But when she actually fell for him, he revealed his true identity, breaking the villain’s heart.
Wang Tao Zi took advantage of one of the weaknesses of a woman, which is emotion, so that he could easily exploit information about her.
Although, for women, he is a “red flag”, but for viewers, the male lead is a man of integrity. He wholeheartedly tries to help the weak, seek the truth and bring the evil to the light.
Heo Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho) – “Legend of the Blue Sea”
Heo Joon Jae played by Lee Min Ho in the 2016 drama “Legend of the Blue Sea” alongside Jun Ji Hyun once created much buzz. Heo Joon Jae is a professional con man. He takes on different identities to deceive people and make banks.
But what’s unique is that Heo Joon Jae’s “victims” are usually rich and bad-tempered people. Sometimes the male protagonist’s approach to his “victims” not only helps him get rich but also gives bad people a valuable lesson.
Although Heo Joon Jae is liberal and somewhat careless, he gradually reveals positive aspects when he meets the mermaid Shim Chung (Jun Ji Hyun).
He is always willing to help and protect her. Later, when their love grows bigger and bigger, it is also when Heo Joon Jae chooses to give up his job as a con-artist and return to the honest life. Many viewers praised the “bad boy” Heo Joon Jae as he really fits their ideal type of boyfriend.
Park Jae Eon (Song Kang) – Nevertheless
In 2021, the “talented boy & beautiful girl” combination Song Kang – Han So Hee in the series “Nevertheless” made drama fans excited. Although “Nevertheless” caused a lot of controversies, it received many netizens’ attention at the time of its airing.
Song Kang took on the role of Park Jae Eon, a handsome student. With his bright appearance, Park Jae Eon attracts many girls’ attention. This guy often flirts with the girls he is interested in. He even spends the night at their house. However, when meeting the heroine Yu Na Bi (Han So Hee), Park Jae Eon still shows a certain kindness.
When he sees that she is in trouble, he does not hesitate to help. He is even the one who helps her in awkward situations. In the end, Jae Eon chooses to accompany Na Bi instead of running after women as before when he realizes that he really needs Na Bi.
Despite being a womanizer, Jae Eon is still a polite and kind person, especially towards the girl he loves.