In the world of K-Dramas, the trope of a Bad Boy with a Soft and Kind-Hearted side has enthralled the audience for years. Such characters are often portrayed as harsh, mysterious, and distant. However, they have a heart of gold hidden inside, waiting to be found. Bad boys are not always favorable surfaces in K-Drama, but nothing can stop the audience from softening their hearts for their characters once they show their kindness, compassion, and true love or affection for someone. Their journeys, often interconnected with love and personal growth, make the series fascinating and heart-warming. The bad boy trope is quite common in K-Drama. The following list consists of the top 10 series of bad boys with a soft and kind-hearted side.
1. Han Seo Jun
True Beauty is a 2020 rom-com series where Hwang In Yeop plays Han Seo Jun, the second lead actor as a high school bad boy in the show. He crosses down each requirement, including riding a bike, dressing cool, and participating in the occasional fights. Seo Jun is the rival of the main lead in the series. Seo Jun is depicted as a rude and mean boy in the series. However, on the other hand, he is an absolute cutie, a lovely and caring son, brother, and kind-hearted friend. Through this character, he made many fans blush and go wild for him in both reel and real life.
2. Wang So
In the 2016 series Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Wang So is played by Lee Joon Gi. Wang So is the 4th prince of the royal clan who is thought of as evil by the other royal courtroom members and the public. In the series, Wang So is depicted as a prince who is neglected and hated by his family and the public because of his scarred face, due to which he turned himself rigid and distant. Nobody knows that behind his scarred face, it was a prince who only wanted to be loved and accepted with the scar. Wang So, who is portrayed as a mean, distant and tough prince, i.e. a bad boy, who tries his best not to fall for Hae So, a court lady, but he could not stop himself from melting and falling in love with her because she was there when he needed her and accepted him for who and how he was.
3. Goo Jun Pyo
In the 2009 series Boys Over Flowers, Lee Min Ho plays the role of Goo Jun Pyo Goo. Jun Pyo is depicted as the most handsome leader of the F4 gang and a wealthy bad boy of the Shinwa School. Jun Pyo is the heir to the Shinwa Group. Jun Pyo comes across Geum Jandi, a fiery and stubborn young girl, and the story begins with the rivalry between them. Jun Pyo tries his best tricks to get under Jandi's skin but to his surprise, she is not easy to play around with. At last, they both lead to a happy ending. Although he appears to be harsh and rude, Goo Jun Pyo is true harbors an innocent and sweet child who is unable to love and care for others because his parents failed to give him sufficient affection and attention since he was a young child.
4. Kwon Shi Hyeon
Another bad boy, a character with a soft and kind-hearted side, i.e. Kwon Si Hyeon, played by Woo Do Hwan in the 2018 series Tempted. Kwon Si Hyeon portrays a rich, entitled, and slick playboy with a tragic backup story that brought him to his current state. Si Hyeon tries to seduce Eun Tae Hee for a bet and fun, but in the end, he eventually falls in love with her. It is an excellent series for those who love to watch toxic relationship dramas.
5. Cha Do Hyun
In the Kill Me, Heal Me series, Ji Sung plays the role of Cha Do Hyun. Cha Do Hyun is a wealthy man who suffers from multiple personality disorder as a result of an awful incident he had as a child. To be precise, Cha Do Hyun has seven personalities, out of which one is in love with Oh Ri Jin, the female lead, and one of them is the tough-as-nails and hard-headed one. Cha Do Hyun does not care about anyone else, but when it comes to Ri Jin, he will go to any measure to make her happy.
6. Choi Young Do
Choi Young Do (Kim Woo Bin) is a narcissist who considers himself highly and enjoys making life difficult for others. He is represented as the bad boy in the series The Heirs, who is raised without his mother, which turns him rude and brutal but from inside, he is a softie who likes to hide it from others. In the series, to irritate his former best friend, Young Do pursued the female lead and eventually started to care for her along the road.
7. Hyun Tae Woon
Kim Jung Hyun is represented by Hyun Tae Woon, a disobedient son of the school's director who hates his father. After an unfortunate incident from his past, he starts to grow a little distant and cold. In the sequel, the female lead is in a problematic situation where Tae Woon initiates his hand to help her. It is a beautiful high school series where both the lead characters lead to a happy ending.
8. Baek Kyung
Baek Kyung (Lee Jae Wook) is a bad boy and the second lead character of the romantic drama Extraordinary You. Though Kyung is fully aware that the lead actress loves him, he chooses not to care. Baek Kyung is a rude, harsh, and arrogant character who starts to treat the girl right when she likes someone else. He is not as bad as his character is illustrated in the series. It's tough for him because of his complicated family.
9. Lee Kang Doo
Lee Jun Ho plays Lee Kang Doo in the sequel Just Between Lovers. Lee Kang Doo, who once wanted to be a professional soccer player, meets with an accident that injured him. Since then, he no longer pays much attention to his life; but he holds resentment for his tragic loss. Kang Doo often gets into fights and is no longer interested in putting his life back on track, but when he falls in love with Ha Moon Soo, he begins healing and realizes that he can start his new journey and can dream again of living a better life.
10. Baek In Ho
In the series Cheese In The Trap, Seo Kang Joon plays the role of Baek In Ho. Baek In Ho is a typical bad boy who before using his brain, uses his fists. He doesn’t like people being rude and gives quick reactions even though it is not required. When Baek In Ho comes across Hong Seol, falls in love with her and does anything to protect her. Despite all the hardships he went through, he loves Hong Soo with all his heart.