K-Drama male leads who have a one-sided love for a long time
Apart from the type of cool male lead, many audiences are into male characters who spend years holding unrequited love for their women.
Yoon Yoon Jae (Reply 1997)
Although the male lead of “Reply 1997” Yoon Yoon Jae (Seo In Guk) is not good at expressing his feelings but he is considerate and always shows up at the right time for his childhood friend Sung Si Won, whom he has a crush on for years.
As a drama from the Reply series, “Reply 1997” keeps the viewers waiting to see whether Yoon Yoon Jae wins the heart of Sung Si Won until the end. Luckily, his unrequited love finally has a happy ending.
Park Soo Ha (I Can Hear Your Voice)
Unlike Yoon Yoon Jae, who has a crush on his friend, Park Soo Ha (Lee Jong Suk) of “I Can Hear Your Voice” gets involved in a more complicated relationship. He falls in love with his savior, a woman who is 8 years older than him. At the time a tragedy happened to his family, Park Soo Ha was saved by Jang Hye Sung. From that moment, he swore to always protect her. Although Jang Hye Sung has become a completely different person when he meets her again years later, Park Soo Ha still cares, guards, and loves her silently.
Despite their age gap of 8 years, Soo Ha successfully attracts Hye Sung’s attention with his pure love and maturity. Overcoming several challenges, the two finally have a satisfying ending thanks to Park Soo Ha’s loyalty.
Choi Dal Po (Pinocchio)
Lee Jong Suk continued to portray a character who carries a one-sided love. In “Pinocchio”, he has a crush on his “granddaughter” many years before she loves him back.
Dal Po has a miserable past. He was adopted by Choi In Ha’s grandfather. Having the same age and growing up together, Dal Po naturally developed his secret fondness for In Ha. He always stays by her side, takes care of her and only loves her. In the end, the two become an official couple after solving all conflicts and problems.
Choi Taek (Reply 1988)
Choi Taek (Park Bo Gum) is a Baduk genius. He has a pure-hearted character and doesn’t talk much. However, he shows a very different side in love. Taek does not show himself and his feelings but is always thoughtful. He has a crush on his neighbor friend Duk Sun but doesn’t know how to express his heart to her. Instead of words, Taek stands by Duk Sun’s side unconditionally. In the end, Duk Sun also chooses him as her lifelong partner.
It is definitely patience and sincerity that helps Choi Taek of “Reply 1988” wins in love.
Cha Eun Ho (Romance Is A Bonus Book)
Lee Jong Suk sure loves to play a male lead who has his heart set on one woman for the longest time. In “Romance Is A Bonus Book”, he portrays Cha Eun Ho, a talented, handsome and famous writer. He can get any girl, but he is only in love with an older woman who saved him when he was younger.
Ever since knowing what love is, Eun Ho has always thought about Dan Yi. Even throughout different stages of her life, when she had a boyfriend, got married, became a mother, divorced, returned to being single at 37, Eun Ho’s feelings stayed the same. In the end, after making wrong choices, Dan Yi realizes Eun Ho is the right one for her all along.
Im Eun Seob (When the Weather Is Fine)
Seo Kang Joon’s character Im Eun Seob of “When the Weather Is Fine” is another example of a loyal K-drama boyfriend. Eun Seob lives in the countryside. He has feelings for his classmate even when she has left for the city. But then the girl of his dreams, Mok Hae Won, returns to their hometown after being hurt in the city. The two reunite and Eun Seob has the opportunity to confess his feelings. His sincerity and patience brings him a happy ending.
Seo Woo Jin (Dr. Romantic 2)
Seo Woo Jin (Ahn Hyo Seop) appears to be cold and quiet, but he’s also very affectionate. He is not the type to say cheesy things. but Seo Woo Jin is always there for Cha Eun Jae to listen to her, comfort, encourage, and take care of her when she needs him. Eventually, Seo Woo Jin’s feelings are reciprocated by Cha Eun Jae.
Jung Yi Hyun (Happiness)
Jung Yi Hyun (Park Hyung Sik), a smart and straightforward police officer, has always been in love with Yoon Sae Bom. The two used to be high school friends and later meet again to deal with a deadly crisis together. Yi Hyun always silently protects Sae Bom, and he is happy he gets to do that regardless of whether she is aware of his feelings or not. In the end, they share a sweet kiss and finally take their relationship up a notch, from friends to lovers.