Korean Dramas Where the Second Leads Get the Girl

DREAM HIGH(2011)

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Dream High tells the story of six students at Kirin Art High School who work to achieve their dreams of becoming music stars in the Korean music industry. Go Hye Mi is a student who had majored in classical music but has to give up her dream by entering Kirin Art High School to pay off her father’s debt.

However, she needs to get two other students to also come to the school in order for her to enroll in the school conditionally. These two students are Song Sam Dong, who lives in the countryside, and Jin Guk, whom she accidentally meets while trying to escape from a loan shark. Yoon Baek Hee, formerly Hyemi’s sidekick, becomes her rival in school because Hye Mi betrays her during an audition to enter the school



MOON LOVERS: SCARLET HEART RYEO(2016)

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In this drama, it’s safe to say that even though the second lead got the girl he lost her in the end, so technically its the first lead she truly gave her heart to in the end.

When a total eclipse of the sun takes place, a 21st-century woman, Go Ha Jin, is transported back in time to the Goryeo Dynasty of Korea. She wakes up in the body of 16-year-old Hae Soo, an aristocrat living with Lady Hae, her cousin who happens to be married to one of the sons of King Taejo. 

She soon befriends several of the princes, who find her carefree and exuberant attitude refreshing. Although she knows she should not get involved in palace intrigues over the succession to the throne, she inadvertently becomes a pawn in the struggle, as several of the Princes fall in love with her.

EMPRESS KI (2013)

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Genghis Kahn built an empire that spanned vast regions in East Asia and East Europe. And there was one woman who held immense power in the Yuan Dynasty, which Genghis Khan founded, for 37 years.

She was neither of Mongol descent nor from the Han Chinese. She came from Goryeo, a small kingdom in the Far East. She was taken to Mongol against her will as a Gungnyeo (palace women) but somehow overcame her lowly status to become an empress in another land. Her name was Empress Ki.

QUEEN OF REVERSALS(2010)

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Hwang Tae Hee is the daughter of a chaebol and team leader at her workplace. She is married to Bong Joon Soo who works at the same company. When Bong Joon Soo’s ex-girlfriend, Baek Yeo Jin, who happens to be Hwang Tae Hee’s rival as well, begins to work in her team, troubles start to surface.

Tae Hee has to juggle her challenges in love with those in work, helping shape her boss and department director, Goo Yong Shik, from an insensitive and uninterested second-generation chaebol to a true leader. Tae Hee’s seeming success in love, however, presents her with another problem as she begins to realize that marriage involves just as many obstacles to overcome.

HOW TO MEET THE PERFECT NEIGHBOUR(2007)

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Baek Soo Chan has nothing in his hands but he lives a life under the belief that he will become the man any woman who sits next to him wants. However, his belief is questioned when he starts to realize true love.

He goes absolutely crazy! His once blissful life of messing around with women has become something of the past every since Yoon Hee started to make snide remarks as she tries to protect her older sister from being trapped by his playboy ways. Yoo Joon Suk is the heir to his father’s very successful company. He is forced to come back and take over his father’s company when his father suddenly collapses. Yoon Hee then becomes Joon Suk’s assistant and falls for her boss

FASHION KING (2012)

FASHION KING

Great fashion has to start somewhere. And for aspiring designer Kang Young Gul, that somewhere is in a humble stall at the Dongdaemun Market, a crowded fashion district in Seoul known for its cheap clothing and wannabe designers.

Young Gul is a little timid about pursuing his dreams to become a famous designer, until he meets Lee Ga Young, a confident young woman who shares his aspirations. Anna Choi, a brassy woman who will let nothing stand in the way of what she wants, and privileged hunk Jung Jae Hyuk create a double love triangle.

PROSECUTOR PRINCESS(2010)

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Ma Hye Ri is a woman with an excellent memory and ability to focus, which allowed her to pass the bar exam with ease. Despite her talents, she is more interested in being fashionable and dislikes hard work so she is far from being an ideal prosecutor and has doubts about her suitability for her job. Through her conflicts with senior colleages and struggles with difficult cases, however, Hye Ri gradually matures into a brilliant prosecutor with a sense of duty and justice.

FEAST OF THE GODS(2012)

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Set within the backdrop of a traditional royal cuisine restaurant named Arirang, two women grow as chefs through competitions with each other.

BAKER KING KIM TAK GOO(2010)

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Kim Tak Goo is the eldest son of Goo In Jong, the president of Geosung Enterprise, a legend in the baking industry. Although he is an extremely talented baker and seemed destined to succeed his father as president, Goo In Jong’s family plotted to rob him of his inheritance because he was born to In Jong’s mistress. Tak Goo’s determination to become number one in the baking industry drives him to rebuild his career from scratch despite the many trials he faces.

 

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