Dear kfangurl: Are there dramas with sympathetic second female leads?

Sharbani writes:

Hi KFangurl

My observations have been (and this may be a generalisation based on the 80 or so K-dramas I have watched) that most male second leads are presented in a way that engenders sympathy. So, by the time the series have ended we are actually rooting for them to find love!! I know that there are exceptions but they are a rare breed in drama land.

In contrast, most female second leads are presented in a more negative light – possibly a throwover to the ‘vamps’ of earlier times! I know going into the reasons for such portrayals needs a lot of study of human society and the status of women and have probably been the subject of a lot of research! But my question is simple – Are there any dramas that present the second female leads in a positive light?

Hope you are well and staying safe! Your blogs continue to be my first port of call before I pick a new drama to watch so thank you!

A sympathetic second female lead? Why hello, this is she. 🤩

Dear Sharbani,

Thanks for the interesting question!

You are right; second female leads are often portrayed as quite unappealing, with scheming, manipulation and clinginess being their traditional traits of choice. I believe that this has a lot to do with the classic love square premise of many a classic kdrama, which then evolved into a bona fide trope / tradition in Dramaland. Cases in point: 2002’s Winter Sonata, 2004’s Save Your Last Dance For Me, and even modern classics like 2007’s Goong.

My theory for why the chips fell this way in classic kdramas, is that because drama audiences were traditionally predominantly female, the male leads were likely designed to appeal to female viewers. A cold jerk male lead + a sweet second lead = a little something for everyone? And because every story needs a villain for dramatic tension, I guess by process of elimination, that fell on the second female lead?

If you guys have a different theory, please share in the comments!

THE EMERGENCE OF THE NICER SECOND FEMALE LEAD

Yes, we exist!

These days, the clingy second female lead is still A Thing, but with Dramaland exploring more story types aside from the traditional love square, you’re much more likely to encounter a sympathetic second female lead these days.

Typically, we find the sympathetic second female lead in ensemble stories, or in stories where, instead of a love triangle or love square where the second female lead pines after the male lead, the second female lead has her own loveline with someone else, &/or has her own journey to walk.

Are there cases where it’s still a love triangle / love square sort of situation, and yet the second female lead is sympathetic? Yes. It’s not a common occurrence in Dramaland (yet?), but they’re out there, which is a positive sign, I think!

Below, I share a sampling of dramas with sympathetic second female leads. Of course, this list isn’t comprehensive, since there are soo~ many dramas out there. If you guys have more titles to share, feel free to let us know in the comments, so that we can give these sympathetic second female leads more love! ❤️

A SAMPLING OF DRAMAS WITH SYMPATHETIC / LIKABLE SECOND FEMALE LEADS

18 Again

There’s a tiny hint of love triangle about this, but it’s mostly played for laughs. Lee Mi Do works out to be a likable second female lead who’s a supportive bestie to our female lead, AND has her own path to walk.

Review is here.

20th Century Boy And Girl

This is a bit of an ensemble, and our second female leads are besties to our female lead. Both second female leads have their own narrative arcs and lovelines, and there’s no fighting over the male lead in this one, whatsoever.

Flash Review is here.

A Love So Beautiful [China]

Our second female lead is besties with our female lead, and is quite lovely indeed. I loved their friendship, and really enjoyed seeing how these girls supported each other.

Flash Review is here.

A Piece Of Your Mind

I personally wouldn’t count Lee Ha Na a favorite character of mine, but it’s true that she’s a reasonably sympathetic second female lead with her own narrative arc, and that there’s no love triangle here that has her fighting over the male lead.

Review is here.

Age Of Youth

This is an ensemble sort of deal, so we have a whole bunch of second female leads, actually, heh. They’ve all got their own narrative arcs, and these girls support one another through them all. Very nice.

Flash Review is here.

Angry Mom

Because of the story’s premise, our second female lead is our female lead’s daughter, so there’s absolutely no fighting between the two female leads over a male lead. Instead, there are meaningful mother-daughter relationship moments, amid the admittedly wild hijinks.

Review is here.

Beauty Inside

Lee Da Hee starts out a bit prickly as our second female lead, but I do think that Show presents her in a more sympathetic light, as we get deeper into our story. Importantly, she’s our male lead’s sister, and therefore, there is zero chance of our female leads fighting for the attentions of our male lead.

Review is here.

Be Melodramatic

This is an ensemble sort of deal, so we have two second female leads, if we count Chun Woo Hee as our female lead. Both Jeon Yeo Bin and Han Ji Eun are likable and sympathetic, and I loved the friendship among our female leads very much.

Review is here.

Because This Is My First Life

Our second female leads are besties to our female lead, and each of them has her own narrative arc and relationship foibles, which means they don’t fight over our male lead, at all.

Review is here.

Bossam

Shin Dong Mi is a Court Lady who serves our female lead, the Princess, so she’s firmly on our female lead’s side, and very protective of her.

Review is coming!

Chuno [Slave Hunter]

Chuno is not a romance, but our characters do pine for the ones whom they love. Second female lead Seolhwa (Kim Ha Eun) pines for our male lead Jang Hyuk, but is so warm, spirited, and endearing, that she outshines our female lead, to my eyes. I love her.

Review is here, Open Threads are listed here.

Crash Landing On You

Our second female lead does start out having an interest in our male lead, but she is played sympathetically, and importantly, she develops her own loveline along the way, with our second male lead.

Review is here.

Descendants Of The Sun

I love Kim Ji Won in this. Her second female lead is feisty and sympathetic, and has her own loveline with our second male lead. I actually found the second leads’ loveline more interesting and compelling than the main loveline.

Review is here.

Father Is Strange

This is an ensemble sort of deal, so if Lee Yoo Ri is our (utterly fabulous) female lead, that would make Jung So Min our second female lead. Jung So Min’s character’s little loveline with Lee Joon’s character, was very cute, and definitely a personal highlight of my watch.

Flash Review is here.

Find Me In Your Memory

Kim Seul Gi’s character is our female lead’s sister, and has her own little loveline with Lee Jin Hyuk’s supporting character. They are very dorky and cute together, and brought extra sparks, laughs and feels to my watch that were very welcome indeed.

Review is here.

Find Yourself [China]

There is a love triangle sort of situation where our second female lead has feelings for our male lead, but Show treats her sympathetically, and her arc resolves with her not only achieving personal growth, but also, finding a loveline of her own.

Review is here.

Go Back Couple

Our second female lead is our female lead’s bestie, and has her own loveline with our second male lead. I found their loveline a little too cheesy for my taste, but it’s true that this second female lead is sympathetic, and it’s also true that Go Back Couple is a great little show that you should watch, if you haven’t yet.

Flash Review is here.

Goblin

Admittedly, I never finished Goblin, but I do know enough to vouch for the fact that our second female lead is sympathetically portrayed, and that there’s no love triangle situation where she’s involved in fighting for the male lead’s affections.

Healer

Ahjumma is absolutely not your typical second female lead, and it’s part of the reason I love her so much. Yes, she has a deep, personal connection with our male lead, but it’s not a romantic connection, and it does not interfere with the main loveline in the least.

Review is here.

Hello, Me!

There’s absolutely no love square or love triangle in this story, and even more interestingly, our second female lead is the younger self, of our female lead. I’m still watching this one as I type this, but I’m really enjoying it. It’s warm and fun, and deserves more love than it gets.

Review is coming!

Her Private Life

Our second female lead is the bestie of our female lead, and fun and feisty enough on her own, that Show doesn’t need to make her vie for our male lead’s attentions, in order to make her more interesting. Also, I just love Park Jin Joo. 😍

Review is here.

Hi Bye, Mama!

This is a very special set-up, where our female lead is a ghost, and our second female lead is the wife of our ghost’s husband. Both women are portrayed very sympathetically, and I love how, even though there’s sort of a love triangle situation where they both love the same man, they ultimately work together towards the same goals, for love. ❤️

Review is here.

Hospital Playlist

This is an ensemble sort of deal, so there’s no love triangle sort of thing going on in our drama world. Aside from our female lead Jeon Mi Do, Shin Hyun Bin and Ahn Eun Jin fulfill second female lead type roles, and I find both very sympathetically portrayed. It’s all very heartwarming and cozy.

Review is here.

I’m Not A Robot

It can be argued that Chae Soo Bin is her own second female lead in this, since she plays both human and robot, but I thought I’d shine the spotlight on Park Se Wan, who plays Pi, a scientist on the team, who’s got her own crush on our second male lead. She’s sympathetically portrayed, and not interested in our male lead whatsoever, which I thought was perfect for this list.

Flash Review is here.

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

This is an interesting situation, where we do have a love triangle situation, and yet our second female lead is portrayed sympathetically. Instead, it’s our female lead who’s given the prickly, more manipulative personality.

Review is here.

Love is Sweet [China]

This isn’t a love triangle situation, and our second female lead has no interest in our male lead. Instead, she’s besties with our female lead, and has her own loveline.

Flash Review is here.

Modern Girl [Drama Special]

Our second female lead is the maid of our female lead, and while there is a bit of a love triangle going on, our second female lead is portrayed sympathetically.

Flash Review is here.

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds [Love in the Moonlight]

Our second female lead does have an obligatory interest in our Crown Prince, but she is portrayed sympathetically. I also thought it’s important to mention that our second female lead doesn’t feature that much in the overall scheme of things.

Review is here.

My Roommate is a Gumiho

Our second female lead is not only NOT romantically interested in our male lead, she even ends up supporting our OTP, by nudging their romance along. Kang Han Na is awesome in this.

Review is here.

My Unfamiliar Family

This is an ensemble sort of deal, so if Choo Ja Hyun is our female lead, that would make Han Ye Ri our second female lead (or vice versa; it’s hard to say, really). Both characters have their own narrative arcs, and there is absolutely no love triangle business between our female leads.

Review is here.

Navillera

There’s no typical romance-centric set-up in this drama world, so it’s hard to say who’s our female lead. I feel like both Na Moon Hee’s and Hong Seung Hee’s roles qualify as second female leads, but that would mean there is no female lead. Ha. That sounds confusing. But that’s only because our main relationship is between our two male leads, and both female characters are important supporting characters. I’ll just say that both women are ultimately portrayed sympathetically, even though Na Moon Hee’s character gets a bit of a rough start.

Review is here.

Oh Hae Young Again [Another Oh Hae Young]

Jun Hye Bin plays the Other Hae Young to Seo Hyun Jin’s Hae Young, and both women are flawed characters who chart important growth journeys. The Other Hae Young has a bit of a rocky start, but ultimately lands as a likable character too. I love that both Hae Youngs become friends.

Review is here.

One More Happy Ending

Our second female leads are good friends of our female lead, and have their own narrative arcs, so there’s no need for a clingy, scheming second female lead here.

Flash Review is here.

One Spring Night

All our supporting female characters kinda-sorta feel like second female leads in this story world. Most notably, our female lead has two sisters, and they each have their own stories and growth trajectories.

Review is here.

One Warm Word

Our story world is full of difficult emotions because we’re dealing with the topic of adultery and betrayal, but there’s also a lot of warmth and comfort to be had, on the journey. I’d say that our second female lead is treated with a sympathetic lens, as are our other key characters. A really solid show, that’s worth a look.

Review is here.

Racket Boys

Another ensemble sort of deal, there’s no true second female lead in our story world, though I’d say the closest would be Lee Ji Won as Han Sol. Han Sol’s likable and endearing, and definitely qualifies as a sympathetic second female lead.

Update: Review is here!

Reply 1988

I’d say that the closest to a second female lead in this ensemble drama world, would be Ryoo Hye Young as Bo Ra. Bo Ra starts out rather prickly, but she is absolutely portrayed sympathetically, and we grow to understand and empathize with her, as we get deeper into our story.

Review is here.

Reply 1994

Min Do Hee’s character, Yoon Jin, is the closest to a second female lead in this ensemble world. As with all the Reply dramas, she’s warm, human and relatable too.

Review is here.

Reply 1997

Shin So Yul’s character Yoo Jung is our female lead’s best friend, and I loved how strong their friendship turned out to be. Unquestionably a sympathetic second female lead.

Review is here.

Romance Is A Bonus Book

This is a pretty special case of our second female lead absolutely having a crush on our male lead, and trying to gain his affections, and yet, being treated with such a sympathetic touch, by writer-nim.

Review is here.

Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung

I’ve got this show on the list, because even though Park Ji Hyun’s character is portrayed as rather distant and aloof, she is ultimately treated with a sympathetic lens. Also, she has her own narrative arc, and isn’t at all interested in our male lead.

Flash Review is here.

Sassy Go Go [Cheer Up]

I’ve got Sassy Go Go on this list, because Chae Soo Bin manages to make her character land as interesting and sympathetic, even though her character’s not very nice, on paper. Quite a remarkable feat by Chae Soo Bin, I think!

Review is here.

Scripting Your Destiny

The closest we have to a second female lead in this little drama, is Kal So Won as Samshin. I thought her little crush (which is not much related to our main story at all) was very cute.

Review is here.

Search: WWW

If Im Soo Jung is our female lead, then both Lee Da Hee and Jeon Hye Jin are our second female leads. Both of their characters start out rather prickly, but by the end of the show, I loved all three of our female leads, which is why this show is on the list.

Review is here.

She Would Never Know

This is a pretty interesting case, in that Lee Joo Bin’s second female lead definitely has an interest in our second male lead, and acts in manipulative ways because of it. However, Show manages to make her sympathetic in a way that feels believable and organic in the end, and I actually grew a little fond of her, even. A lovely show that I wish more people would try.

Review is here.

Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms [China]

It’s not a love triangle situation in Peaches, and Dilraba Dilmurat’s second female lead Feng Jiu has her own love interest, which is why Show is on this list.

Flash Review is here.

Terius Behind Me

Im Se Mi’s second female lead definitely has some feelings for our male lead So Ji Sub (who can blame her, though?). Importantly, her character is written as decent and not the shady manipulative sort, which is why this show is on the list.

Flash Review is here.

The Devil Judge

I’m still watching this one, so jury’s still out on how it all comes together, but I’ve seen enough to feel confident saying that Park Gyu Young’s second female lead is something of a moral compass in this dark and oily drama world. You could definitely say that she’s portrayed sympathetically.

Review is here.

The First Half Of My Life [China]

I luff-luff-LUFF Yuan Quan’s second female lead character. She’s loyal, caring, and thoughtful; everything you’d want in a best friend. ❤️

Flash Review is here.

The Secret Life Of My Secretary

Ahhh. Veronica Park is such an iconic second female lead that she deserves her own show. She’s confident, bold and feisty, and completely entertaining, at the same time. One of my favorite second female leads, that I’ve come across.

Review is here.

Two Weeks

This is an action-thriller sort of set-up, and our second female lead is the mother of our male lead’s daughter. This is not a romance story, and the love that’s featured, is mostly familial love. I thought our second female lead was very sympathetically portrayed, which is why this show is on the list.

Review is here.

We Married as a Job [Japan]

This story is not a love triangle or love square, and our second female lead is a very pleasant lady who’s got her own maybe-loveline, completely separate from the OTP loveline.

Flash Review is here.

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Even though our second female lead did have some romantic involvement with our male lead, Show gives her a meaningful personal arc, where her growth journey is around bettering her physical and mental health, rather than rekindling a romantic relationship with the male lead. I found her very sympathetic, which is why this show is on the list.

Review is here.

IN CLOSING

I hope this gives you more dramas to add to your list, for when you’re looking to avoid the trope of the unpleasant second female lead!

Like I said earlier, if you guys have other titles to add, please share in the comments!

Thanks, you guys.

Smooches. ❤️

~kfangurl

..And now let’s all live happily ever after~ ❤️

POST-SCRIPT:

1. If you feel that I missed anything, or if you have your own insights that you’d like to share with the rest of us, do tell us about it in the comments!

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Usi
Usi
26 days ago

My heart is full of Ajumma. What a great character and Kim Mi-Kyung is my favorite actress of her generation. Even though her roles are support ones she often outshines the leading ones. And I think she is more well known than many others who had a few good years with leading roles but went away like a leaf in the wind.

Kay
Kay
30 days ago

Great list! There are definitely a lot more sympathetic second female leads these days. I enjoy both the good ones and the trouble making ones, hehe 🙂

beez
30 days ago

@Sean – my short list is somewhat long but nowhere near the list that I call My Monster. And the things on the short list do tend to get watched fairly quick (within a few months) 😉

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
30 days ago
Reply to  beez

😊😊😊

beez
1 month ago

@Trent – Oh wow! I’ve seen The Crowned Clown and never recognized her! I’ve often wondered why she didn’t have more roles but maybe I’ve just been overlooking her.

Trent
1 month ago
Reply to  beez

It’s a very different look, from slave rebel to court lady. I kept looking at her thinking she looked familiar, then I was like, wait, that’s Cho-bok! And then I checked the cast lists to confirm… I’m with you, I’ve always wondered why she didn’t get more and better roles after Chuno (same question as with Seol-hwa’s actress)…

beez
1 month ago

@Brenda – I also thought Lee Joon and Jun min were the lead OTP but I was more interested in Lee Yu ri and “Sunbae”.

Trent
1 month ago

Speaking, as we were, of Chuno, and also 2nd FL, I’m several episodes into The Crowned Clown, where I’m absolutely delighted to discover Min Ji-ah in the role of court lady Kim (the same role played by Song Seon-mi in Bossam). She was Cho-bok in Chuno, which maybe doesn’t really qualify as 2nd FL, since her story arc never intersected with either of the MLs or the FL, but she was still awesome…

BE
BE
1 month ago
Reply to  Trent

Chuno. After the Crowned Clown, see the movie Masquerade from which series was lifted.

Brenda
Brenda
1 month ago

I’m interested to see you describe Lee Yoo Ri as the FL in Father is Strange. In my view, I thought Jung So Min and Lee Joon’s story arc was the main one, with most air time given over to it. I did enjoy the other sisters’ storylines as well, but viewed them as secondary.

beez
1 month ago

@Sean – I’ve added Bossam back on to my short list.

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
1 month ago
Reply to  beez

@Beez, I hope you do get to enjoy what has become one of my favourite OTPs. I also wonder if your short list is like mine – very long 😂

beez
1 month ago

@Trent @Snow Flower Chuno! 😭

beez
1 month ago

@Sean – hmmm. I started Bossaam because of Sean talking about it before but I didn’t really get into it. Maybe I should give it another chance.

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
1 month ago
Reply to  beez

@Beez – for me it was like the writer was going down a particular path and then did a u turn early on and began to bring out the beauty in the “little family” rather than what could have been a tragic mess.

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
1 month ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Sean – 3 episodes in and I am deferring all other dramas for this. This is very good.

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
1 month ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

I am so glad you are finding it so, phl 😊 It is worth it 😊

jossie_fan
jossie_fan
1 month ago

This was a very enjoyable read! Your list confirmed many dramas that I really like and suggestions for others I need to add to my watchlist. Very happy to hear that you are reviewing Bossam as it is my favorite drama of 2021 so far. It is a story of two women’s survival, by using their brains and resilience, in an intensely patriarchal time period.

My2Girls
My2Girls
1 month ago

I think the first k-drama where I felt the second female lead was given satisfying arc was in Protect the Boss. Though it has been many years since I have seen the drama I remember thinking that at the time.

BE
BE
1 month ago

@K
Because she is not really given pov role in Be Melodramatic, nor is she part of central otp, one has to say Jeon Yeo Bin is 2nd FL, and she is really the best part of the show, imo, and far better in this than her star vaulting lead performance in Vincenzo. One only hopes she will continue to get good character roles now that she is being fortified as an action show leading lady.
I agree that Lee Ji Won in Racquet Boys is a sorta 2nd FL, and very charming, though the male characters almost completely dominate the narrative. All the women and girls in show, with one exception, are pretty much shown in a positive light, but I would say as a secondary character the best woman or girl in show is Kim Mi Kyung as grandma Ome.
In My Dear Friends it is hard to say which of the women is the 2nd female lead, as Go Jung Hyun is FL as pov, but not really the central character, and the greatest focus in the elder narrative is given to Kim Hye Ja. Both of those women are such good actors, it is impossible for me to think they play 2nd lead in anything. I know I fell in love with Youn Yuh Jung in this, but I would have to say the great elder character actor, Na Moon Hee, who is utterly sympathetic and quirky as the elder woman who after decades of marriage to an irascibly insensitive man played to the hilt by Shin Goo, moves out on him, is a most wonderful and fully developed second female lead.
And while one would have to say she is 3rd female lead Cha Chung Hwa is irresistibly wonderful in On the Verge of Insanity, every bit as much as she was in Mr. Queen.

Trent
1 month ago
Reply to  BE

It’s a little bit hard for me to assign a “2nd FL” framework to anyone in Be Melodramatic, just because it’s such an ensemble piece…not just the three main friends, but so many of the other secondary characters were also great and had room to breath in their own interesting little stories and subplots.

I mean, I suppose it’s fair to assign the “lead” to Chun Woo-hee, since we mostly follow her point of view and she has the most clear and obvious loveline, but there’s zero romantic competition among the three main ladies, and they have such a fun and supportive friendship among them.

(That scene somewhere in the middle episodes where Jeon Yeo-bin’s character

spoiler for Be Melodramatic
comes out one night and simply says “I’m not doing okay. Can you help me?” and they gather around in a group hug and say “thank you. We’ve been waiting for you to say that” was so lovely and heartwarming

reaper
reaper
1 month ago

Very interesting choice of characters.
It is fascinating to see because everyone has a different view on what is likeable and sympathetic.
So thanks for sharing your view ^^

Natalia
Natalia
1 month ago

What an interesting remark Sharbani. Yes, there must be truth in the explanation given by K; female audiences traditionally root for the good, Cinderella type, girl and love to hate the evil stepmother/sisters. Whereas the second male lead is almost always pining for our heroine, for variety I guess! To be honest, I kind of hate that too and am glad that there are more shows now where the second male lead is not interested in our heroine.
So, to add to K’s list, when I read your question my mind immediately went to Seol Hee in Fight for my way. Such a sweet, understated personality, but clever, loyal to her friends and so strong when she needs to be. And then,after reading the post, I have to give a shout out to Sunny in Goblin, a show I only partially enjoyed and one where the OTP left me completely uninterested- so I guess I had to compensate with the second leads? I loved them both, anyway, and Sunny was ❤.
I sure am glad that dramas seem to get over the bitchy second female lead and go for more sympathetic ones. It’s time we get more best friend types than vamp ones.

Snow Flower
Snow Flower
1 month ago

Seol Hwa, my favorite second female lead and favorite kdrama character in general!
I also have a soft spot for the 2nd FL in Gaksital. She does not start as very likeable character at first, but by the end of the drama she radiates tragic dignity.
Another conflicted but sympathetic 2nd FL is featured in Heartless City.

Nokdu Flower has very memorable female characters, not just the FL.

BE
BE
1 month ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

@Snow Flower: Yes Seol Hwa is absolutely as great a second female lead as I can imagine. Would we call Mishil a second female lead? Not exactly likeable, heh, but absolutely compelling.

wonhwa
wonhwa
1 month ago
Reply to  BE

@BE Mishil really should count – not “good” but definitely awesome! Plus really compelling female antagonists are incredibly rare.

BE
BE
1 month ago
Reply to  wonhwa

Go Jung Hyun!

Trent
1 month ago
Reply to  Snow Flower

Dear Seol-hwa! I was on that Daegil/Seolhwa ship SO HARD, y’all…

Hey, at least

spoiler for ending of Chuno
she got to hold him and sing him a song as he shuffled off this mortal coil, right?

Snow Flower
Snow Flower
1 month ago
Reply to  Trent

@Trent, I hope that they will meet in their next lives and make an awesome couple!

wonhwa
wonhwa
1 month ago

As far as typical “love squares” go, my favorite second female lead is probably Gong Hyo Jin’s character in Ruler of Your Own World. She’s actually shown as having had a serious relationship with the male lead, and despite her anger at his new relationship with the female lead, she’s never portrayed as being a bad person for continuing to care about him. It was lovely to see a show explore the complexities of breaking up and dating other people without demonizing anyone (the show also flips pretty much every other trope in the book as well, and you get to see a very, very young Kim Jae Wook as a member of an indie rock band)

My favorite second female lead overall though is definitely Cha Song Joo in Capital Scandal – she’s never in a love triangle with the female lead, but she’s a total badass, and in many ways the most compelling character in the entire show.

BE
BE
1 month ago

Cha Chung Hwa set the bar for second female lead lady in waiting in Mr. Queen. And may I say it has not been matched more recently.

Second FL in current series You Are My Spring, Nam Gu Ri is simply delightful.

BE
BE
1 month ago
Reply to  BE

& oh yes, Kim Min Jung in Mr. Sunshine is wonderful

manukajoe
manukajoe
1 month ago

The one that occured to me was She Was Pretty (Ha-ri). I loved how they did the second female lead in that. Oh My Ghost kinda has two female leads, both sympathetic. I’m glad to see Goblin on your list too, I loved that show, although I thought the second female lead (Yoo In-na/Sunny) was a bit awkwardly done, almost like she was there just to make sure there was one.

Elaine Phua
Elaine Phua
1 month ago
Reply to  manukajoe

Yes I was going to mention She Was Pretty as well! Love square but second lead has her own growth arc.

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
1 month ago

Great list Fangurl! I had to laugh when I saw Bossam and the name court lady Shin Dong Mi. I have been following along (lightly – as if that is possible 🙄 – as to avoid too much spoil) your Patreon posts and there is so much love for her I may have to break down and watch it.

Also, happy to see Park Jin Joo mentioned as she always seems to be the second female lead. Someday Fangurl, this excellent young lady will get her lead role and hopefully for us she is able to showcase her delightful voice. I am a fan.

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
1 month ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Dare I say it, phl – take a peek at Bossam, becaue Shin Dong Mi is playing the role of her career 😊

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
1 month ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

🤣😅😂 OK Sean – as you recommend I will definitely watch this week (in between Revolutionary Sisters).

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
1 month ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Just so you know, phl – I didnt enjoy the first three episodes, but that all changed at the end of episode 3 when it occurred to me that perhaps I needed to keep watching, and I am glad I did 😉

phl1rxd
phl1rxd
1 month ago
Reply to  seankfletcher

Thanks for the heads up!

Natalia
Natalia
1 month ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

Oh do watch Bossam, there are so many good things about it and Shin Dong MI is definitely one of them!

reaper
reaper
1 month ago
Reply to  phl1rxd

I hope Park Jin Joo gets a main role soon.
She is just amazing ^^

seankfletcher
seankfletcher
1 month ago

Your list is 10/10 from me, kfangurl 😎