9 Best Romance Kdrama with Badass Male Lead!

What is the #1 Romance Korean drama with a badass Male Lead?

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Korean dramas have been charming and captivating our hearts since the immense craze of Hallyu wave. Life feels incomplete without Kdramas and nothing hits close to home when it comes to romance dramas.

If you’re seeking romance Kdrama with a badass male lead, look no further. This is just the right list for you, with carefully handpicked the best dramas to binge on this season.

So hop on and let’s explore some of the best Korean dramas with badass male leads and let them woo your hearts!

9. Are You Human?

Seok Kang Joon is back as an efficient Android and the heir of a rich corporate.

If it comes to the badass male lead in Are You Human drama, Seo Kang Joon and Lee Joon Hyuk store the spotlight.

The 2018 KBS2 drama is totally recommended. The story revolves around an estranged mother-son who were separated in their early years.

The mother makes an android identical to his son and sends him to replace him when his son meets with an accident.  

The android pretends to be the heir and meets a bodyguard who falls in love with the android Nam Shin.

8. Mr Sunshine

Not mentioning Mr Sunshine in this list will be a huge sin. We have not one, not two but three strong and badass male leads in this romance Kdrama.

Lee Byung Hun, Yoo Yeon Seok, and Byun Yo Han had the best screen time ever and the bromance was too OP.

The story was during the time after the US expedition to South Korea.

The timeline is around the early 1900s when people are working to liberate Korea from Japanese rule.

A young man who boarded the American warship is now back as an American soldier stationed in Korea.

The second lead is back as a merciless Japanese assassin trying to clean up after the enemies and take his revenge.

The third ML is a secret news reporter who portrays as a fool but is working in secret taking huge risks for his motherland. Mr Sunshine is worth your time and best for binge-watch.

7. My Secret Terrius

The 2018 MBC Korean drama My Secret Terrius is one of the most underrated dramas.

This Korean drama has all the right elements with a good plot and great cast. My Secret Terrius won the “Best Drama selected by Viewers” in the 2018 MBC drama awards.

The cats of this drama won several awards including the Best Screenplay award. The plot revolves around a woman who lost her husband and is now raising her child alone. She meets a mysterious neighbour who’s an ex-NIS agent.

He was famous and legendary in the undercover world but disappeared after disconnecting from the world due to certain circumstances.

Their paths collide and he helps her uncover the conspiracy behind the death of her husband.  Cast: So Ji Sub, Jung in Sub, Son Ho Jun.

It was refreshing to see Son Ho Jun play an antagonistic character in this Kdrama. So Ji Sub deserved the tag of the badass male lead in this drama.

6. Sisyphus: The Myth

If you like Time travel and Quantum theory, this drama is the perfect pick for you.  Sisyphus: The Myth is a 2021 JTBC drama that aired on Netflix as well.

The story revolves around a girl from the future who’s trying to save a guy in the past who created a revolutionary technology of uploader that can help people travel in time, but this caused a lot of repercussions.

He was killed after he made this technology and Korea was nuked which resulted in creating a lawless dystopian Korea where the girl is from.

Cho Seung Woo was a Kdrama badass male lead in this romance Kdrama. Park Shin Hye did a phenomenal job portraying the role.

The drama might leave a bitter aftertaste, but nevertheless, this drama is totally recommended.

5. Mr Queen

Despite all the boycotts and controversies, kindly ignore them and enjoy the 2020-21 TvN drama Mr Queen. Kim Jung Hyun deserves a big round of applause for playing the role of King Cheoljong.

We cannot forget Shin Hye Sung and Choi Jin Hyuk for their roles. It was one hell of an entertaining drama.

Choi Jin Hyuk’s character had an accident and transmigrated into the body of Kim So Young, the wife of the king. Quickly watch this drama before it gets totally wiped out from the major streaming sites.

4. Cheese in the Trap

Cheese in the Trap is based on a webtoon of the same name. The webtoon was adapted by TvN in 2016.

Park Hae Jin is a total badass in this romance drama. The story depicts the relationship between university student Hong Seol and his senior who disliked her in the beginning.

They slowly fall in love, but her lover has a bad side and a dark history. This drama was quite entertaining because of Park Hae Jin, Kim Go Eun, Seo Kang Joon, Lee Sung Kyung, and Nam Joo Hyuk.

3. Whisper

This list will be incomplete without mentioning Whisper Kdrama. The 2017 SBS drama stars Lee Bo Young and Lee Sang Yoon in main roles.

The story is about a righteous judge and a charismatic female detective whose lives are ruined because of Taebaek, one of the highest corrupt law firms.

Lee Sang Yoon is a total Kdrama badass male lead this drama. Kwon Yool and Park Se Young are part of the main cast as well, in negative roles. The acting of the entire cast was phenomenal.

2. Doctor John

This is another medical romance Kdrama with a badass male lead played by Ji Sung. Ji Sung never disappoints; his drama choices are fabulous and mind-blowing as usual.

He plays the role of an arrogant but genius doctor who was incarcerated due to performing euthanasia without consent.

He meets Lee Se Young who plays the role of a resident of anesthesiology who was sent to the same prison to work as a doctor.

The story revolves around them and how they treat patients in the hospital. The cast includes Lee Kyu Hong who played the role of a prosecutor who had prosecuted the ML in the past.  

Doctor John is a 2019 SBS drama that is highly recommended.

1. Young-Pal

Yong-Pal is a 2015 medical drama that aired on SBS. This Kdrama was the second-highest-rated drama of the year with over 23% of the viewership.

Yong-Pal casts Joo Won and Kim Tae Hee, won several awards for the drama in the 8th Korean Drama Awards and 2015 SBS drama awards.

Yong- Pal won the Best Screenplay award as well. The plot revolves around a genius surgeon who was harassed by debt collectors. This forces him to perform shady and illegal services.  

He doesn’t care who he’s serving and charges high rates to criminals and patients alike to support this sister who needs kidney dialysis.  

He starts working in the VIP department of the hospital and meets a helpless girl locked by her psychotic fiancé. It’s a romance Kdrama with a badass male lead played by Joo Won.

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