In the vast range of Korean dramas, popularly known as K-dramas, male lead often takes the spotlight. In almost all Korean dramas, the male lead is expected to be an alpha male. They are often seen as a tough guy who is always ready to fight. These characters are also loved by many viewers. But sometimes, some male lead characters show the other side of the coin. They are soft-spoken, kind, and gentle. These characteristics bring a unique charm to the story and are also appreciated by the viewers. So, here is the list of the top 10 Korean dramas where the male lead is a softie.
1. Extraordinary You
Extraordinary You is a fantasy romantic drama released in 2019. The drama revolves around a girl named Eun Dan Ho, who discovers she is living in the world of a comic book and is merely a side character. On top of that, she has a heart disease and is going to die soon. Not satisfied with her fate, she takes the matter into her own hands and wants to change her fate. She then meets Haru, who changes the course of her life. The character Haru is the perfect example of a softie.
2. When The Camellia Blooms
When the Camellia Blooms is a romantic drama released in 2019. The drama tells the story of a single mother, Oh Dong Beak, played by Go Hyo Jin, who has recently moved into a new village and opened a bar named Camellia. Despite the weird glares from the village people, she opened the bar to make ends meet. There, she meets her admirer and an honest police officer, Hwang Yong Sik, played by Kang Ha Neul. The story progresses as Yong Sik tries to catch a killer and also tries to impress Dong Beak.
3. Extraordinary Attorney Woo
Extraordinary Attorney Woo is a romantic drama released in 2022. The drama’s plot revolves around an autistic but genius attorney, Woo Young Woo, played by Park Eun Bin, who has just joined Hanbada Law firm. She was raised by her single dad, who owned a small restaurant. In the law firm, she meets Lee Jun Ho, played by Kang Tae Oh, an employee in the litigation team in the same law firm. While everyone else used to ignore what Young Woo said, but Jun Ho listened to her very carefully. Especially when Young Woo tells him many trivia about dolphins. Jun Ho always supported her and stood by her no matter what the world had to say about their relationship.
4. Angel’s Last Mission Love
Angel’s Last Mission Love is a romantic fantasy drama released in 2019. The drama’s plot revolves around a talented ballerina named Lee Yeon Seo, played by Shin Hye Sun. After a tragic accident, she lost her vision and had to give up on her dreams. She also lost her parents and wanted to avoid her greedy relatives who had their eyes on her inheritance money. She has become apathetic and does not want to interact with anyone. She then meets a kind and gentle angel, Kim Dan, played by Kim Myung Soo. To return to heaven, he has to complete his last mission and find love for Yeon Seo.
5. Forecasting Love And Weather
Forecasting Love and Weather is a romantic drama released in 2022. The drama’s plot is about a workplace romance of a couple, Jin Ha Kyung, played by Park Min Young, and Lee Shi Woo, played by Song Kang. They work together in the National Weather Service. Both Ha Kyung and Shi Woo were cheated by their respective partners. Post-breakup, as they were working in the same department, they started to bond very well and finally fell in love.
6. My Lovely Liar
My Lovely Liar is a fantasy, romance, and thriller drama released in 2023. The drama revolves around Mok Sol Hee, played by Kim So Hyun, who has supernatural powers to detect if the person is telling the truth or a lie. She has built a business around it by helping her clients to solve different problems in their life. She then meets Kim Do Ha, played by Hwang Min Hyun, a talented music producer but wrongfully accused of murder. Because of this he has social anxiety and trouble in interacting with people. As the story progresses, they understand each other and try to find out the real murderer.
7. Reply 1988
Reply 1988 is a romantic comedy-drama released in 2015. The drama tells the story of five friends who grew up in the same neighborhood. A girl named Sung Deok Sun, played by Lee Hye Ri, is a bubbly, extroverted, and social. On the other hand, Choi Taek, played by Park Bo Gum, is a genius baduk player but is introverted and shy. The drama progresses as they become friends and lovers. The character, Choi Taek, is the true definition of a softie male character.
8. Thirty But Seventeen
Thirty But Seventeen is a romantic drama released in 2018. The story revolves around a girl named Woo Seo Ri, played by Shin Hye Sun, a talented violinist about to go to Germany for her further study. But all her dreams came crashing down as she got into a bus accident and was in a coma for thirteen years. Gong Woo Jin, played by Yang Se Jong, also experienced trauma in his past, and thirteen years later he refused to socialize. But things started to change after they met and started to live their life once again.
9. Our Beloved Summer
Our Beloved Summer is a romantic comedy-drama released in 2021. The story revolves around two high school friends, Choi Woong, played by Choi Woo Shik, and Kook Yeon Soo, played by Kin Da Mi. Both had opposite characteristics. Yeon Soon was a genius but arrogant, but Choi Woong was not good in his studies but was a gentle guy. The drama tells how they were dating in high school and college but broke up. Then, again, fate brought them together in their adulthood.
10. Something In The Rain
Something in the Rain is a romantic drama released in 2018. The story revolves around a woman in her 30s named Yoon Jin Ah, played by Son Ye Jin. Ye Jin has not yet met a lovable man with whom she wants to live the rest of her life. She then meets Seo Joon Hee, played by Jung Hye In, who is the younger brother of her best friend. Both bonded very well and fell in love with each other.