It’s time for the good guys to shine!
K-dramas are a bit notorious for featuring male leads who start out as cold and rich bad boys, but end up changing after falling in love. Let’s be real- guys who are genuinely good from the beginning are so much more attractive. Thankfully, recent K-dramas have kept up with the trend of having more good guys and making them super appealing. Check out some recent good guys you’ll fall in love with below!
Ki Seon-gyeom from Run On
Run On’s track star Ki Seon-gyeom (Yim Si-wan) appears to be a bit socially awkward at first, but he’s cute once you get to know him. Seon-gyeom is caring and makes his feelings for Oh Mi-joo (Shin Sae-kyeong) obvious. In addition to his swoon-worthy words and actions, Seon-gyeom doesn’t hesitate to make the difficult decision to stand up for Kim Woo-sik (Lee Jeong-ha). Seon-gyeom often places other people’s needs before his own, and he sticks to his convictions.
Han Ji-pyeong from Start-Up
Start-Up’s Han Ji-pyeong (Kim Seon-ho) could easily be misunderstood as a typical cold male lead. However, he’s truly a good guy in every way. Ji-pyeong isn’t aware of his growing feelings for Seo Dal-mi (Bae Suzy) at first, but he’s always looking out for her. Even after realizing his feelings for her, he never burdens Dal-mi and doesn’t make her uncomfortable. His sweet relationship with Dal-mi’s grandmother is so precious as well. His nickname is definitely “Good Boy” for a reason!
Nam Do-san from Start-Up
Nam Do-san (Nam Joo-hyuk) was also a very good boy! While he struggled about the truth behind the letters, Do-san always does his best to help Dal-mi. How adorable was Do-san when he gifted Dal-mi’s grandmother with his hand-knit RGB-colored dish sponges? Furthermore, he even developed a brand new app to help her visually impaired grandmother. A good boy not only takes care of you, he takes care of your grandmother too!
Sa Hye-jun from Record of Youth
Record of Youth’s Sa Hye-jun (Park Bo-gum) is such a pure character despite his difficult circumstances and the industry he works in. Hye-jun is very loyal and trusts the people around him. Even though his best friend Won Hae-hyo (Byeon Woo-seok) is more successful than him at first, Hye-jun doesn’t get envious and feels truly happy for his friend instead. As a celebrity, public scrutiny should be a concern, but Hye-jun always cares more about the people he loves than what the public thinks of him. He just might be an angel in disguise.
Moon Gang-tae from It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
It’s Okay to Not Be Okay’s Moon Gang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun) is another studly and empathetic character. He started taking care of his older brother from a young age, and gently cares for his patients. When Ko Mun-yeong (Seo Yea-ji) is intent on harming a patient, Gang-tae blocks her knife with his own hand. Even when Mun-yeong’s romantic obsession with him gets annoying, Gang-tae still takes care of her and helps her heal. He’s also thoughtful and careful not to lead Nam Ju-ri (Park Gyu-young) on.
Cha Eun-ho from Romance Is a Bonus Book
Romance Is a Bonus Book features Cha Eun-ho (Lee Jong-suk) as an accomplished writer and chief editor who has been in love with his long-time friend Kang Dan-i (Lee Na-young). Eun-ho eagerly helps Dan-i every way he can after she has nowhere to go, following her divorce and eviction. He’s her biggest cheerleader and supports her efforts to re-start her career and life. The way he embraces her with open arms not seeking anything in return is clearly a good guy trait.
Park Saeroyi from Itaewon Class
Itaewon Class’s Park Saeroyi (Park Seo-jun) has such a good heart even though the world, especially Jangga Group, has not been kind to him. After being wrongfully expelled and convicted, Saeoryi does have revenge on his mind. However, he goes about it the wholesome way and seeks to establish a business more successful than Jangga Group. He’s truly kind and gives marginalized people a second chance. Saeroyi’s father undeniably taught him well.
Which K-drama good guys do you love the most? Check them all out on Netflix!