10 Fictional Boyfriends We One-Sidedly Dated From 2018 Korean Dramas

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For faithful K-Drama fans, being in love with male leads we met through Korean dramas is but normal.

We even have the license to jump from one relationship to another when dating our favorite oppas from K-Dramaland. No bouncing back from heartache required, since we have the luxury to date two or more guys at the same time.

2018 showered us a bountiful roster of fictional heroes who made us swoon and bask in beautiful scenes of love. Some dramas even gifted us with two amazing actors in one series, who alternately made our hearts beat fast just by being their awesome selves.

Here are the best hero-boyfriends we met from 2018 Korean dramas, and the modern definitions of love we learned from them.

1. Seo In Guk – The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

The Smile Has Left Your Eyes

“Love is becoming a better person for the one you love.”

Heartbreaking yet emotionally uplifting, Kim Moo Young’s love journey has been one of the best written narratives we got from 2018 Korean Dramas.

His story teaches us how love can help you find solace when you have been deprived of it, if you are willing to reach out.

2. Lee Min Ki – The Beauty Inside

The Beauty Inside

“Love is healing through sharing fears and pains.”

Experiencing life’s cruel realities makes or breaks a person’s outlook in life. Lee Min Ki portrayed the role of a man with face-recognition problems who falls in love with a woman that magically changes her physical appearance once a month. He patiently waits for his woman to heal her inhibitions on her own before continuing the love they both deserve.

It is important to share your fears and pains with someone before building your dreams together.

3. Seo Kang Joon – The Third Charm

The Third Charm

“Love is letting go of your first love after failed second chances.”

For those who seem to have a knack on going on a loop of trying to resuscitate relationship after a few breakups, here’s a perfect romance story for you.

Take it from Joon Young, the man who can only love one woman all his life. In the end, he allows himself to be his own critic when it comes to loving. By being honest to what your heart truly feels, does not mean you need to push trying when it has been failing.

4. Jung Hae In – Something in the Rain

Jung Hae In

“Love is willing to be with a woman no matter how emotionally damaged she is.”

All pretty noonas swoon at Jung Hae In’s rendition of a man who braves the odds to love his older sister’s best friend amidst the disapproval of his woman’s mother.

The indie romance mood made the series a hit credit to Jung Hae In and Son Ye Jin’s spot-on chemistry.

5. Cha Eun Woo – My ID is Gangnam Beauty

My ID is Gangnam Beauty

“Love is… Cha Eun Woo.” *pun intended

For young women and young-at-heart women, it is not hard to fall in love with the blinding handsome visuals of Cha Eun Woo.

Albeit the cliche plot, the campus crush, who loves his pure hearted old classmate then went under the knife to become pretty, is just emotionally satisfying.

6. Kim Myung Soo – Miss Hammurabi

Miss Hammurabi

“Love is having a man who got your back when you want to save the world.”

Threading on the first love premise, Judge Ba Reun showered us with healthy doses of oppa vitamins every week while flashing those cute smiles and dimples.

Even with not much skinship scenes shown in the series, viewers were comforted on his sincere efforts to be by the woman he likes.

7. Yoon Shi Yoon – The Grand Prince

Yoon Shi Yoon Grand Prince

“Love is being with a man who shares your pain even when he has his own.”

It takes a lot of strength to commit yourself with someone when you enter a relationship. Because you are giving that assurance that you will be with them in good and bad times.

Living to his role of a prince who would do everything for the woman he wants to protect, he goes to a point of giving all that he has.

8. Yoo Seung Ho – I’m Not a Robot

Yoo Seung Ho

“Love is shared best with a counter-top kiss.”

Known for his emotional roles, we were taken aback with that light side of Yoo Seung Ho, who played the role of a rich man with a rare disease that inhibits him from human contact.

After acquiring a robot, who is in fact a real person, his illness is cured and he also starts opening up to people.

Yoo’s portrayal teaches us that lies and betrayals always hurt a relationship. And that a steamy kiss can be shared while preparing some kimchi. *blush

9. Park Seo Joon – What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim

What's wrong with secretary kim

“Love is closet and sofa kisses.” *giggles

Brimming with fan service, this boss-secretary love tale gifted viewers with love rush from start to finish.

Amidst life’s ample serving of woes and fears, if you can find that one special person, wherever you two go, equates to unparalleled bliss.

10. Lee Jong Hyun – That Man Oh Soo

That Man Oh Soo

“Love is surviving relationship heartaches by staying together.”

Trite nevertheless refreshing, That Man Oh Soo presented addictive transitions which made the story endearing.

No matter how small or big the problems you encounter with your lover, solve it together with your partner.

Which hero from 2018 Korean Dramas did you date this year? Tell us your story by leaving a comment on Facebook or saying hello to us on Twitter.

*Note Hellokpop’s season run of 2018 Korean Dramas covers November 4th week of 2017 till November 3rd week of 2018.


abbyinhallyuland reads and sleeps a lot when she is not traveling. Her calendar reminders are mostly K-Drama broadcast schedules and birthdays of her favorite Korean actors. Promoting K-Drama watching as stress therapy is her life advocacy. She is fond of Spencer Reid, Gregory House, Kenshin Himura, Starwars saga, Haruki Murakami and Hunter x Hunter.

Recommended Korean Dramas: Reply 1988, Nine, Misaeng, Gaksital, Discovery of Love, Because This is My First Life, Descendants of the Sun, My Love from the Star, Healer, Punch, You’re Beautiful, Coffee Prince, Princess Hours, The Greatest Love, Sungkyunkwan Scandal, City Hunter, and The Smile Has Left Your Eyes.

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