Is Psycho The New Black?

12 Aug

Gone are the days of ultra-perfect male leads. It is getting rarer and rarer to find KDramas whose main characters are even semi-normal. Not that I’m objecting or anything; I think it’s wonderful that it isn’t always the female lead who has some sort of abnormality. As seen through the dramas “Secret Garden”, “The Greatest Love”, and “Protect the Boss”, viewers also enjoy the change in roles with the former two reaching high ratings while Protect the Boss is doing well on episode 4.

Hyun Bin/Kim Joo Won-Secret Garden

The first time I noticed this trend was in the highly popular “Secret Garden”. Hyun Bin’s character, Kim Joo Won, appeared from the outside as desirable bachelor #1. He was rich, unbelievably handsome, free-thinking, and of course, heir to a large company. But as the show went on, viewers became privy to Joo Won’s not so desirable antics: ridiculous fashion sense, multiple hallucinations, frequent meetings with his shrink, strange mutterings (an explanation of which can be found here), and of course his other-worldly arrogance.

Despite his many shortcomings, as a viewer, I found Joo Won to be endearing and funny (once I managed to look past his gigantore ego of course). Apparently, I was not alone on this view as Hyun Bin managed to gain an even larger fan base than before with Secret Garden having a 32.5% viewing rating at its finale.


Cha Seung Won/Dok Go Jin-The Greatest Love/Best Love

As one of my favorite KDrama characters to date, Dok Go Jin captured the hearts of viewers with his hilarious antics. Cha Seung Won who is one of those actors who is normally seen in action flicks and serious dramas. I wasn’t really expecting him to be able to act as the arrogant yet ridiculously love-stricken, Dok Go Jin. I must have rewound his scenes hundreds of times One: because I couldn’t believe an actor would actually do stuff like that on TV, and Two: He is so freakin’ hilarious. One of my favorite scenes of his is when he is sitting in his car playing a fake game show with himself:

Dok Go Jin: Who is the best-looking actor in our country?

Dok Go Jin: Jang Dong Gun?

Dok Go Jin: No.

Dok Go Jin: Great style, Cha Seung Won?

Dok Go Jin: No, it’s the actor who hit it big with the movie Fighter.

Dok Go Jin: Ahh! Dok Go Jin?

Dok Go Jin: Ding Dong!

Dok Go Jin: *laughs manically*

Of course, there was the infamous panties scene where Dok Go Jin very loudly interrupts Gu Ae Jung’s (his love interest) phone call by exclaiming that she shouldn’t forget to wash his PANTIES since his PANTIES are very precious. Oh, and did he forget that they are his PANTIES?

I liked that “The Greatest Love” was a drama where the lead was transparent about his feelings. Though Dok Go Jin very adorably tried to cover up his emotions with hilarious gruffness, he always found a way to protect Ae Jung from public harm.


Ji Sung/Cha Ji Heon-Protect the Boss

Though only 4 episodes in, Protect the Boss has the potential to become one of my favorite dramas EVER. Why? Because Ji Sung’s portrayal of Cha Ji Heon has me cracking up every time he is on screen.

The OCD son of a CEO, Ji Heon has much to live up to, a situation made worse by his perfect cousin (played by the very pretty Jaejoong) who is striving for the position of president. In addition to abhorring crumpled tissues, iced coffee with melted ice, and any form of physical contact, Ji Heon also has a psychological illness that incapacitate him when faced with a gathering of people.

Frequently beat up by his father in the elevator, Ji Heon gives of a vulnerable sort of feel that appeals directly to the viewer. He is fully aware of his deficiencies but prefers to appear nonchalant and immature rather reveal his illness. One of my favorite scenes of the drama is when his father knocks over his cardboard cutout of Noh Eun Seol, his secretary (played wonderfully by Choi Kang Hee) and he rushes over to save it, freaking out when the head snaps off and begins tend to it like it was actually alive.


 Lee Min Ho/Gu Jun Pyo-Boys Over Flowers

I suspect that the almighty Gu Jun Pyo may have been the first character to start of the semi-psycho trend in male leads. Though Lee Min Ho’s hotness makes up for all or any shortcomings, Gu Jun Pyo’s unsightly permed hair, childish fear of insects, and epic fail of reciting popular sayings and proverbs, were all characteristics that viewers fell in love with.

And here are some more Lee Min Ho pictures just because he’s hot. =)



6 Responses to “Is Psycho The New Black?”

  1. Alice August 24, 2011 at 3:11 am #

    LMAO So True!! This is totally a trend now! And thx for the bonus Lee Minho pics (scrolls up to enjoy the hotness again).

  2. Alice August 24, 2011 at 3:13 am #

    And MAN that Ji Sung gif is HILARIOUS!

    • dramapop August 24, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

      I saved the Ji Sung gif on my computer. It is the epitome of awesomeness =))


  3. Alice August 24, 2011 at 3:28 am #

    You forgot go mention Eric’s character from Spy Myung Wol! He’s so weird and funny!

    • dramapop August 24, 2011 at 10:54 am #

      Ahahahah Temi can speak more about this since I’m not really into Spy Myung wol but she’ll tell you how much she loves his psycho-ness 🙂

    • dramapop August 24, 2011 at 11:25 pm #

      Hi Alice! I was thinking of including Kang Woo, but I thought there was some sort of order to his insanity. At least he has a past that explains his strange ways, but these ^ guys are just straight-up crazy/awesome!

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