Drama cliches in Korean Dramas

15 Korean Drama Cliches That Never Go Away

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Korean dramas are wildly addicting. And while dramas overall have been revamping their typical story lines, there are still certain cliches that never really go away. From a business standpoint this makes sense, if one type of plot line is immensely popular, why not try to replicate its success? At the same time, this same predictable plot line may lead to a dramas doom in both ratings and reviews. A few cable networks, such as tvN, have tried to stray away from the cliches and create their own original story lines, like the massively popular ‘Reply 1997‘ and ‘Reply 1994‘ series.  The majority of networks, however, are still chock full of these cliches. Here are 15 Korean drama cliches that never go away!

1. Romeo And Juliet: Love At First Sight!
Korean Drama Cliche One Love at First Sight

The gaze is deep. The feels are deeper.

2. Friends Turn To Enemies

Two friends who were once BFFs eventually turn against each other, usually because of a boy. No worries, usually by the end they make up and become best friends again.

3. The Jealous Girlfriend
Korean Drama Cliche Four There has to be a jealous girlfriend in korean dramas

A talk between two friends is quickly turned into something more by suspicious Korean drama girlfriends. See the ring? No talking.

4. Or The Weird Psychotic Ex-Girlfriend
Korean Drama Cliche Five The Korean Drama Ex Girlfriends are no joke

Exes in Korean dramas can be really scary at times, almost to the point of mentally disturbing.

5. Falling Asleep in Car/Plane/Bus: Oops! Fell On Your Shoulder Fall asleep on shoulder in Korean Drama

You know you have seen this one. Someone falls asleep and bobs their head until they land squarely on the shoulder.

6. The Evil Mother In-law!


There is always that over protective mother, who thinks their child is the golden child of the world and should only marry someone of equal perceived standing. They are probably some of the most interesting characters as they really instigate drama.

7. The Bad Boy Who Becomes A Good Boy
Bad Guys in KOrean Drama becomes good guy

Male protagonists have a knack for always starting off bad in one way or another, usually snobby rich boy syndrome, but is eventually changed by the lower class maiden that hates him.

8. “You Follow. Now!”
Korean Drama Drag by Wrist

Going back to their caveman roots, it always seems to happen. The girl does not want to go, but is dragged by the wrist to follow. Eventually, the girl usually falls in love with the perpetrator from this act of dominance.

9. I Seem To Have Lost All Hope, Cue Rain
Korean Drama Character Stands in Rain

It would not be as dramatic without a character standing in the rain after a dramatic moment. With, you know, the umbrella just sitting there. Unused.

10. Awkward Almost Revealing Moments
Korean Drama Awkward Bathroom Moment

Getting out of the bathroom? Check. Climbing over the wall exactly at the right moment? Check. Awkward moment? Check