LIST: FAVOURITE MALE CHARACTERS
Now it is time to write out my most memorable character list for the drama men, as I have already completed my favourite female character list.
So here goes…..
My most memorable male characters:
Whilst choosing the list below I can see that my tendency towards romance and thus a good romantic storyline is hugely influencing my decision on most memorable male characters. Whilst all a girl has to do to make me like them is be strong and independent, a man has to also be romantic and caring, and basically just be totally head over heels in love with his drama leading lady.
There are a few exceptions to this rule when it comes to the more action based characters (see below) but on the whole if a man is intelligent and capable and looks at his love interest ‘that’ way then I am totally sold.
Kim Eun Oh (Arang and the Magistrate):
Eun Oh is a character that I love wholeheartedly. He is intelligent and capable, dresses in lovely Hanbok and is a bit of a mummy’s boy (Arang’s words, not mine). Although he begins the drama as a bit of an uncaring cold noble type (his motto is: ‘If you see injustice….just endure it’) it is not long before we see a pretty freaking awesome individual peeking through the cracks in his façade. From the moment he first dons his Magistrate uniform he turns into a capable and reliable ally in Arang’s desperate search for the truth, a man so in love that he would sacrifice anything to help her live. The way he clearly and honestly confesses and the utter intensity of his expression as he tells Arang how he feels is a moment worth rewinding many many times over.
Park Kyu (Tamra the Island):
It is entirely possible that the captivating character of Park Kyu is my favourite male lead of all time, his extended visit to Tamra and his ensuing character growth just enchanting to watch as he discovers the things in life that are truly important to him.
His rapport with the female lead’s mom is particularly touching and after an initial rocky (but very funny) start to their relationship, the genuine respect and reverence that he shows her along with the rest of Tamra’s inhabitants (all far below him in status in a very class conscious era) is a truly moving turn of events, giving the viewer an understanding of exactly what sort of man Park Kyu truly is.
There are not many drama leads that must go through the sort of desperate and drawn-out unrequited love that Park Kyu experiences at the hands of Beo-jin, and the moments of utter heartbreak he is exposed to in this storyline are just gut-wrenching to see. This romantic tension and blind devotion finally culminate in a concluding scene that had me breathing a sigh of relief that Beo-jin had finally expressed herself to him, because if she hadn’t my devastated heart might have shriveled up and died alongside Kyu’s.
Lee Yoon-sung (City Hunter):
This drama isn’t one of my favourites but as a standalone character I do find Yoon-sung to be a very compelling and intriguing lead, a man with deep emotional struggles and wavering morality, experiencing real life for the first time as he steps out from under his controlling and brutal surrogate father’s shadow.
Yoon-sung’s character is portrayed as intentionally controlled and restrained all the time, though what I really liked most about him was the way his true emotions were always there, softly simmering just below his detached and dispassionate exterior. Underneath this mask we are left with a very confused young man searching for the right way to live his life, and what is there not to like about that?
Lee Soo-hyun (Time Between Dog and Wolf):
Another action thriller role centred around revenge here, but this time the lead, Soo-hyun, is more grounded in grief and reality, his journey portrayed in a much darker and gritter way then the slicker shiny overtones of ‘City Hunter’.
Soo-hyun as a character is fully fleshed out and constantly engaging, the depth of his grief and hatred mean that he is willing to go to ultimate extremes and sacrifice everything to complete his personal mission, to the point where you wonder if it is possible for him to even come back from it. Although his motives are clear cut, sometimes his thoughts and emotions are left unsaid and ambiguous, making his character into a bit of an enigma, even the ‘changes’ he experiences about halfway through the drama leaving him as a compelling puzzle of emotional traits; serious intensity walking the line alongside a dangerous and detached defiance.
Choi Young (Faith):
Quiet and self-assured yet completely detached from the rest of the world to a fault, Choi Young was an intriguing character who kept me captivated right to the very end of this drama. A broken man still haunted by his past failures, he slowly came back to life as he spent more time with Eun-soo, falling in love with this intrepid and modern doctor.
Their understated but touching to the core romance changed Choi Young from a sleepwalker who loathed himself into a man ready to care compassionately about the people he loves and protect them in any way that he is able. This slow transformation from stone-faced silent warrior to man in love was a charming and beautiful journey to watch.
Special mentions also go to Kim Boong-do from ‘Queen In-hyuns Man’ for single handedly creating the tagline ‘Thinking is sexy’ which is often displayed on Dramabeans rotating banners, as well as the ridiculously hilarious Jeon Woo Chi from the movie ‘Jeon Woo Chi: Taoist wizard’ who is probably the most petty, silly but also possibly the awesomest superhero ever invented.