From “Reply 1988” to “Cheese in the Trap” , here’s a list of 6 K-dramas with unforgettable second lead syndrome

Korean dramas, or K-dramas, have an extraordinary capacity to transport us into their realms of romance, drama, and heart-pounding moments. While the main characters frequently steal the show, there is a phenomenon known as Second Lead Syndrome that causes viewers to be split between the main coupling and the often underappreciated second leads. Despite not receiving the happily-ever-after they deserve, these individuals manage to leave an unforgettable impact on our hearts.

In this post, we’ll look at 6 K-dramas that are sure to cause you Second Lead Syndrome.


1) “Reply 1988”
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Set in the late 1980s, “Reply 1988” takes us on a nostalgic journey through the lives of five friends who live in the same neighbourhood. While the major plot revolves around the female lead’s decision between two childhood friends, it’s the second lead, portrayed by Park Bo-gum, whose gentle charm and everlasting friendship touch our hearts.

2) “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo”
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This charming coming-of-age drama recounts the journey of a weightlifter through love and self-discovery. Nam Joo-hyuk, who plays the second protagonist, charms fans with his lovable nature and implicit adoration for the main character, making viewers desire a better result.

3) “While You Were Sleeping”
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Lee Jong-suk portrays the second lead in this fantasy-tinged thriller, a prosecutor enmeshed in a labyrinth of precognitive nightmares and crime-solving. His charismatic and protective nature towards the female lead generates a compelling pull that tests the audience’s loyalty to the primary coupling.

4) “Scarlet Heart: Ryeo”
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This historical romance transports us to the Goryeo Dynasty and follows the path of a modern woman caught up in political intrigue and love intrigues. Kang Ha-neul, who plays the second character, adds a depth of pain with his unrequited love, leaving fans hoping for a different ending.

5) “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim”
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Kang Ki-young, who plays the second protagonist in this workplace romance comedy, is a breath of new air with his hilarious antics and unassuming affection for the female lead. His undeniable chemistry with the main character makes viewers wonder if the chosen couple is indeed the ideal match.

6) “Cheese in the Trap”
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This college-set drama includes a fascinating and charismatic second star, Seo Kang-joon, whose enigmatic personality adds another layer of depth to the story. As the plot progresses, viewers are caught between the mystery attraction of the second lead and the security of the main romance.