2017 has blessed us with the likes of many hot male leads so far. And although it’s easy to fall for the charming and handsome male lead, there has also been a fair share of villains who have easily been stealing our hearts – against our own will, of course! What makes a villain a heartthrob? His effortless ability to be bad, or his heart-stopping visuals and charisma. Here’s a look at just eight K-drama heartthrob villains who stole the show! (In no particular order).
Warning: minor spoilers below.
1. Lee Junho – “Chief Kim”
Seo Yul (Lee Junho) is the charismatic and cold-hearted antagonist in “Chief Kim” that everyone hated to love. His arrogance and unsympathetic attitude made him a heartless villain. However, despite his antagonistic ways, as the drama progressed, it was even more difficult to hate him, especially because of his budding bromance with Namgoong Min. They were just so adorable whenever they were in a scene together! I mean, look at them both busting out those TWICE moves:
Yes, we know!
Watch “Chief Kim”:
2. Kwak Si Yang – “Chicago Typewriter”
Kwak Si Yang played Baek Tae Min, the villain in “Chicago Typewriter” who was jealous of the success of his childhood friend and kind of brother, played by Yoo Ah In. He was conniving and manipulating; he even went as far as putting people’s lives in danger! It’s so far from the normal, sweet roles that we are used to seeing Kwak Si Yang in, and his impressive ability to portray such evilness was enough to give me chills and win me over.
Watch “Chicago Typewriter” exclusively on Viki!
3. Kim Jae Wook – “Voice”
This one’s an easy one. Even if you didn’t watch “Voice,” you probably saw pictures and videos of this villain and were most likely taken aback by how visually appealing he was. Kim Jae Wook played the awful, awful, awful, psychopathic serial killer who got his jollies by killing innocent people. He was a character we all genuinely hated, yet also couldn’t help but be taken aback by his charisma. He was the type of character who would say, “You don’t want to fall in love with me,” and we totally would.
So creepy, yet so good.
4. Yang Se Jong – “Duel”
Yang Se Jong plays the villain Lee Sung Hoon in the current sci-fi drama “Duel.” Lee Sung Hoon is the evil clone who kidnaps people, kills people, and beats people up. But even though he is the villain, it’s hard to hate him because he looks identical to the sweet and nice clone, Lee Sung Joon. I’m also happy to see that Yang Se Jong has gotten a starring role and have been pleasantly surprised by his ability to play both sweet and evil characters in the same drama. I don’t know about you, but when it comes down to choosing between the two, I’d say the evil clone has won me over. It’s wrong to like the evil one, I know, but he’s got so much charisma in his eyes that it’s hard not to be shook!
5. Jang Mi Kwan – “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon”
Jang Mi Kwan played the horrific woman kidnapper in “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.” He wore a creepy mask for most of the drama, but when his face was finally revealed, people were taken aback by how handsome he was. Yes, it’s wrong and his actions were not supported, but considering the fact that this was Jang Mi Kwan’s first ever drama role, he did a good job of portraying the creepy criminal.
Watch “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon”:
6. Dong Ha – “Suspicious Partner”
Dong Ha played the sociopath serial killer in “Suspicious Partner” who made it seem so easy to be evil, which made it so easy to hate him. How good was he at pretending to be an innocent victim at first? His ability to portray two sides to his character was flawless and made him all the more evil and easy to hate. His smile that covered up his psychotic character brought me chills.
“Suspicious Partner” airs every Wednesday and Thursday. Watch the latest episode at Viki!
7. Choi Tae Joon – “Missing 9”
Choi Tae Joon as killer Choi Tae Ho in “Missing 9” was disturbing for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons being that Choi Tae Joon – our sweet Tae Joon – was showing a side of himself that no one could have ever fathomed. His evil ways and the awful things he did to the other characters made him a villain that we all hated. Despite this seething hate we felt for him, it was hard to not fall for his charisma and strong gazes that were enough to send chills down our spine. Still swoon-worthy even though he was super mean!
Why’s he so good at being bad?
Kim Ji Suk’s role as King Yeonsangun, the antagonist in “Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People,” was a joy to watch, mainly because Kim Ji Suk does not usually play the villain. You can understand my surprise when I saw him acting as a villain so flawlessly! It was easy to hate him, especially because of the way he treated his people and oppressed those who were beneath him. His cold demeanor and how he looked at everyone was acted out so well I couldn’t help but praise his villainous ways! I hope to see him in more evil roles because he’s such a natural at it.
Watch “Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People”:
Hey Soompiers, which K-drama villains stole your hearts this year?! Let us know in the comments below!
binahearts is a Soompi writer who can be most often seen singing her heart out at karaoke, walking her dog, or indulging in dessert. Her current obsessions include Song Joong Ki, BIGBANG and BtoB. Make sure you follow binahearts on Instagram as she journeys through her latest Korean crazes!