Ever since my Queen In Hyun's Man overview, I've been fascinated with the stereotypical dumb-as-a-rock-but-nice kdrama feminine lead and looking for some sensible, robust feminine results in root for as a substitute. I actually, actually preferred the leads in that present, however I used to be infuriated that she saved calling herself silly the entire time (and no, I do not suppose that his response of "You're not stupid; you just don't know anything" made issues significantly better).
In many dramas, it is a lot worse. The male lead usually belittles the feminine lead for her stupidity, pushing on her brow along with his finger and saying issues like "Do you just smash things with this rock?" or "I'm surprised you can even chew food with this useless lump." (I do not know if these are precise kdrama insults, however they sound like actual kdrama insults.)
|If a person did this to me, I might break his finger off. And then do some calculus out of spite.|
Now, I'm not saying that each lady must be a rocket scientist, however these exhibits appear to persistently assume that the solely factor ladies can do nicely is being "nice." That's why they want huge, sensible males to assist them escape their very own stupidity. In essence, saying that girls are all the time silly and incompetent infantilizes them.
For these of you kdrama viewers who get bored with ladies pounding their fists on their heads and blinking absent-mindedly, I've put collectively an inventory (in no specific order) of some sensible and sassy kdrama feminine leads who've some brains behind all that magnificence. If you do not thoughts the she-can't-tie-her-own-shoes-but-she's-so-cute lead, you then're welcome to disregard this listing and go watch Playful Kiss or You Are Beautiful on repeat.
Note: We've overhauled this put up to rejoice all the numerous fantastic Ok-drama feminine leads we have seen since we initially composed this in 2013. Updated: November 2017
1. Baek Yeo Chi (performed by Jung Ryeo Won), History of a Salaryman
2. Kim Yoon Hee (performed by Park Min Young) Sungkyunkwan Scandal
|I need this to be her theme music.|
I really began watching Sungkyunkwan Scandal as a result of I actually, actually wanted a Ok-drama with a feminine lead who was sensible sufficient to carry her personal towards the male characters. Kim Yoon Hee to the rescue! In phrases of gender-bending dramas, she's the anti-Go Mi Nam. I'm fairly certain you'll by no means catch Yoon Hee by chance gluing her fingers collectively, even when she time traveled and had by no means seen glue earlier than. But she goes approach past this naked minimal of mind energy; she's a superb scholar who refuses to surrender on information simply because she's a woman.
3. Hwang Tae Hee (performed by Kim Nam Joo), Queen of Reversals
|I think that she derives particular mind powers from her helmet hair.|
Hwang Tae Hee does not even have niceness going for her, so possibly she must be sensible by default. Even her enemies cannot deny that she's the very best of the very best at her job, however their fixed sabotage is not any match for her sharp wits.
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4. Choi Yoo Jin (performed by Song Yoon Ah), The K2
In my thoughts, the difficult, conniving, and charismatic Yoo Jin undoubtedly ran off with Je Ha, whereas Yoona's bland Anna had a lifelong love affair together with her favourite ramen packet. I did not really end this sequence, so nobody can persuade me this factor ended every other approach (*places fingers in ears*). As a lot as The K2 tried to distract me with Ji Chang Wook naked-fighting a bunch of different dudes within the bathe (and boy oh boy, did it attempt to distract me), Song Yoon Ah simply stole the present with a personality who was not solely some of the fascinating antagonists I've seen in a drama, but in addition top-of-the-line feminine characters, interval.
5. Cha Soo Hyun (performed by Kim Hye Soo), Signal
You know what crossover drama I might watch the hell out of? One the place Signal's Cha Soo Hyun chases The K2's Choi Yoo Jin round and round and round in an incredible sport of cat and mouse. (And if Jo Jin Woong and Ji Chang Wook make cameos as nicely, so be it.) Yoo Jin might need the sting on crafty, however Soo Hyun is a badass who does not surrender simply. These are each tvN dramas, so there's actually no cause this may't occur—somebody give me cash for this genius concept! *grabby fingers*
6. Chae Young Shin (performed by Park Min Young), Healer
This listing might have been a rundown of Park Min Young roles, however for the sake of selection (spice of life and all that), I'll depart it at my two private favorites: Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Healer. You'd suppose it will be onerous to carry your personal while you're in a relationship with a super-secret ninja-like dude, however nope. Young Shin does not have to leap throughout buildings to be her personal model of superior as a tenacious reporter who refuses to let go of the reality. At the top of the day, having a feminine lead this highly effective in her personal proper sells the romance and makes all of it work.
7. Jang Hye Sung (performed by Lee Bo Young), I Hear Your Voice
Jang Hye Sung comes with a little bit of a caveat. She's sensible and good at her job, however solely when she desires to be. She is not all the time obsessed with doing job, however when she is, she will be able to work a case like a champ.
8. Yoo Jung In (performed by Lee Young Ah), Vampire Prosecutor and Vampire Prosecutor 2
|"Let's see who wins"? It's you, Yoo Jung In. You win. At all the things.|
Okay, in the event you actually wish to see a feminine prosecutor finished proper, look no additional than Yoo Jung In. Unlike the earlier entry, she involves the job filled with ardour and a drive to succeed. When she will get neglected of the boys' membership for being feminine and a non-vampire, she does not mope or costume up as a boy. She simply does her personal sleuthing (with out the assistance of cheater vampire powers, may I add) and solves crimes on her personal. Also, she beats up gangsters. Also additionally, she interrogates folks like a boss. Also additionally additionally, I LOVE HER. (Also additionally additionally additionally, can we please have Vampire Prosecutor 3 now?)
9. Ji Hae Soo (performed by Gong Hyo Jin), It's Okay, That's Love
|This could be a bizarre factor to say,
however she additionally will get bonus factors for figuring out easy methods to costume herself in skilled apparel.
I like when drama characters really feel like actual people with actual flaws, and that is Hae Soo for certain. She's a wise, succesful physician who clearly cares about her sufferers and stands her floor when she crosses paths with Jang Jae Yeol, however she's additionally weak in reasonable ways in which make her stand aside from fully candy feminine leads.
10. Eun Ho Won (performed by Go Ah Sung), Radiant Office
I did not ever count on to be saying this when the sequence first began, however Radiant Office is certainly considered one of my prime three Ok-dramas of 2017, largely because of Go Ah Sung's depiction of the decided Eun Ho Won. I like how the sequence constructed up a big forged of facet characters, and but it by no means overpassed Ho Won because the core of the present.
Why did not Cheon Song Yi make the lower?
|I do know, I know.|
Then there's the opposite finish of the spectrum, with characters like Cheese within the Trap's Hong Seol, who's intriguing and multilayered, even when she's a bit too timid to be included in an inventory of "strong" characters.
There's undoubtedly some extent to be made there, although I made a decision to stay with the unique spirit of this listing with "smart" feminine leads as a result of I bear in mind my intense frustration again within the day when each single drama consistently harped on the idiocy of its ladies in distinction to the geeeeeenius males who love them. I'm blissful to see that we're slowly getting to some extent the place we do not have to have all of it by some means, and we're balancing out much more well-rounded characters for each women and men.
Who are your favourite Ok-drama feminine leads?
So who did we miss? What different sequence ought to we take a look at for different sensible, succesful ladies? What traits do you're keen on in Ok-drama feminine leads? We're all the time in search of extra drama suggestions!
If you are curious how our unique listing from 2013 ranked, right here it's. I'm blissful to say that fairly a number of outdated favorites held robust, however we're additionally seeing new feminine results in problem the title!
1. Kim Yoon Hee (Sungkyungkwan Scandal)
2. Hwang Tae Hee (Queen of Reversals)
3. Sam Soon (My Lovely Sam Soon)
4. Noh Eun Sol (Protect the Boss)
5. Gong Ah Jung (Lie to Me)
6. Seo Yi Soo (A Gentleman's Dignity)
7. Jang Hye Sung (I Hear Your Voice)
8. Ma Hye Ri (Prosecutor Princess)
9. Yoo Jung In (Vampire Prosecutor)
10. Kim Na Na (City Hunter)