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5 infuriating K-Drama tropes: Viewers are more mad at a beloved character’s death than a silly ending

There are some absurd details in K-Drama that drive viewers mad and even demand to boycott the dramas.

It is undeniable that in recent years, Korean dramas have seen many improvements in terms of storylines and visuals. However, besides what makes them interesting, Korean dramas still have many repetitive tropes that viewers are sick of.

1. Good start but rushed and unsatisfactory ending

There are many Korean dramas with high ratings but still left viewers disappointed after the final episodes. This is because the audience’s tastes are becoming more perfectionist and rational, this requires producers to constantly come up with new storylines and techniques to bring the best experience to viewers. However, in some dramas, the closer to the end, the more the writers showed their incompetence and rush. Therefore, in the last episodes, Korean dramas suddenly turned to absurd or extremely tragic endings.

The ending of Itaewon Class is criticized for making no sense
The ending of Itaewon Class is criticized for making no sense
Vagabond’s ending being the same as the opening scene left viewers disappointed
Vagabond’s ending being the same as the opening scene left viewers disappointed
Reply 1988’s ending is still controversial
Reply 1988’s ending is still controversial
Continuous twists have made Penthouse 3 the most controversial series among 3 seasons

2. The heartbreaking second lead syndrome 

To make their works appealing to viewers, Korean screenwriters often choose the love triangle trope. The second male leads are often handsome, look cold outside but have warm personalities, and always take good care of the female leads to compete with the male leads. However, many dramas deceive the audience by creating perfect second lead characters, but eventually forcing them to be heartbroken and end up being alone.

A common point of the second male leads is the pretty smile
 A common point of the second male leads is the pretty smile
A common point of the second male leads is the pretty smile
 A common point of the second male leads is the pretty smile
 A common point of the second male leads is the pretty smile

3. The characters who were thought to be dangerous characters but turned out to be game-breakers

In order to improve the mystery and attractiveness, the scripting team will develop a character system with a mysterious background that will make the audience frightened or furious. However, in the end, they are merely “victims” of the screenwriter’s trick to captivate the viewer.

Towards the end of the drama, Da Kyung of “The World of the Married” makes viewers feel pity for her.
Towards the end of the drama, Da Kyung of “The World of the Married” makes viewers feel pity for her.
Until the end, the audience still didn't know what role Jun Ki of Penthouse 3 played in the drama
Until the end, the audience still didn’t know what role Jun Ki of Penthouse 3 played in the drama

4. All types of diseases

Coming to the land of Korean films, the audience may get more medical knowledge when the characters may suffer from dangerous diseases such as cancer, dementia, or all kinds of psychological diseases. There are also Korean films that generate highlights by letting the main characters die in road accidents.

It's 2021 but Logan Lee still dies of cancer
It’s 2021 but Logan Lee still dies of cancer
Villains like Cheon Seo Jin also have cancer
Villains like Cheon Seo Jin also have cancer
High Kick 2 shocked the audience as the two main characters died in a car accident
High Kick 2 shocked the audience as the two main characters died in a car accident

5. The audience’s favorite characters suddenly died in a ridiculous way

The frustrating motif of Korean films is that the screenwriters let the audience’s favorite characters die inexplicably. An excellent example is Penthouse 3, where the scriptwriter not only let the female lead Oh Yoon Hee (Eugene) die, but also Su Ryeon (Lee Ji Ah) and Logan Lee (Park Eun Seok), who were the most loved couple in the drama, also kicked the bucket not long after that.

5 infuriating K-Drama tropes: Viewers are more mad at a beloved character’s death than a silly ending
 Crash Landing On You's supporting male character was unjustly killed.
Crash Landing On You’s supporting male character was unjustly killed.
Even Vincenzo's "maknae" died tragically.
Even Vincenzo’s “maknae” died tragically.
Whether they're on the good side or the bad side, Korean movie characters can all die.
Whether they’re on the good side or the bad side, Korean movie characters can all die.

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