K-dramas have been our entertainment saviours for the longest time. With the twists and drama that’s packed in every episode, it’s safe to say that it’s impossible to not fall in love with the world of K-dramas. But the one trope we see pretty often is the love triangle. The concept of ‘second lead syndrome’ is not lost on K-drama enthusiasts and has often led to the aforementioned twists and turns that have everyone on the edge of their seats.
And while there are many brilliant shows that have aced the love triangle trope, here are the ones that we are particularly obsessed with.
Boys Over Flowers
One of the most popular shows of all time, Boys Over Flowers introduced many of us to the world of K-Drama. While this show is very over the top when it comes to drama and romance, it still manages to tug at your heart strings and ensure that you’re hooked. Based on a Japanese manga, the show revolves around a young high schooler, who gets dragged into the world of the ultra-rich and ends up running into the popular boys of the school, ‘F4’. While she tries her level best to get out of the high school unscathed, she ends up getting involved with the boys, while developing feelings for two of them. With evil mothers and male leads having amnesia, this show is filled with drama, romance, comedy and so much more.
The show that got everyone to fall in love with the second lead, Nevertheless is based on a Webtoon and revolves around Yu Na-bi and Park Jae-eon, who start a relationship but are afraid of falling in love due to the scars of their past relationships. As the two try to find a middle ground, Na Bi runs into her childhood friend, who is ready to give her everything Jae-eon can’t, but as they say, the heart wants what it wants.
A love triangle that is almost impossible, The Inheritors is another classic show that you must add to your watch list. Similar to Boys Over Flowers, the story revolves around a girl from a low-income household who ends up attending a school for the super-rich. But as soon as she enters, she catches the eye of the bad boy of the high school. As he tries his level best to capture her attention while fighting it out with his ex-best friend, the love triangle starts to get more complicated and intense.
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon
It’s hard to pick the man of your dreams between a handsome cop and a cute CEO, but our protagonist Do Bong-soon, had her eyes set from the beginning of the show, that is until things change. Bong-soon has always been in love with her childhood friend (who is now a cop), In Kook-do, but sadly, he never really notices her. Things start to get complicated when she gets a job as a bodyguard for a gaming company’s CEO, Ahn Min-hyuk, who is smitten by her. Needless to say, there’s a lot of decision making in the mix and a serial killer on the loose, because why not?
Based on a popular webtoon, Love Alarm is set in a world where people express their feelings for one another through an app, instead of just using words. Lee Hye-yeong has been in love with Kim Jo-jo since forever, but she seems oblivious to his kind gestures. But when his childhood best friend, Hwang Sun-oh returns to Korea, sparks start flying between him and Jo-jo. With complications from their families and a haunting past, they soon start to grow apart only to run into each other after a few years. Will it be different this time around?