Korean Dramas: Most Popular & Overused KDrama Cliches

Korean Drama Cliches

Although I’m not a HUGE fan of Kdramas, I watch my fair share from time to time. They are especially useful if I’m looking to improve my Korean listening skills. These are just some of the common themes you will find while watching Korean dramas.

You can almost predict what’s going to happen most of the time. It’s kind of hilarious. My favorite one would have to be being hit by cars because even they acknowledge that driving is one of the most dangerous aspects of living here.


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  • mary

    ^____^

  • EnzoAbbacchio

    Love it, but there are some relevant absences (in no particular order)…
    – Piggyback
    – Falling asleep on the bus with your head on someone’s shoulder
    – Sharing earphones as a form of foreplay
    – Post drunken-sex awakening
    – Unwanted pregnancy every time you have sex, even if you were not drunk
    – Everybody go crazy seeing the sea (and screams “바다다!”)
    – If you are depressed, you go under a bridge on the Han river
    – If you have to talk to people, you meet them under a bridge on the Han river
    – If you meet someone in a café (because you can’t go to the Han river), you always order something but you never drink it
    – If you meet someone in a café and he/she orders some water, it’s because they’re gonna throw it in your face
    – If you take a decision while driving, you always have to change lane
    – If you are wrongly accused of something, you always reply “죄송합니다” instead of “WTF are you talking about?!?”
    – Be it summer or winter, people sleep fully dressed under a quilt
    😉

    • Sophie Song

      And when mother threatens or pays your boyfriend not to see you, he will never tell you this, but will pretend to be a jerk to you instead.

    • Dominic ‘Dom’ Dinkins

      Haha all so true as well.

    • kskjoapriljune

      i LOL-ed at the “If you take a decision while driving, you always have to change lane” I thought only me realize that part always happened that it looks fake now to me =P

  • Megan Sherrin

    -Girl making a cute lunchbox or porridge for sick/hectically busy love interest
    – Accidentally falling on top of love interest (often during an ice skating scene)
    -One parent passed away leaving the other perpetually sacrificial
    – Overworked parent apologizes for being poor
    -Over-rich parent guilts their child about how hard they worked to get rich for the kid’s benefit
    -Bribery/ Extortion
    -Running to meet a lover (no cell phone service??) and passing them/just missing them on the street

    🙂 Great infographic! This is fun

  • 째즈 스타

    D: oh my gosh yesssss~~!

  • Miguk

    The villain who wears a black baseball cap when he goes out to commit crimes. Do they think that makes them invisible?

  • jaraket

    – Falling in love with someone who used to be or is still a sibling-like figure.
    – Dramatic u-turns across multiple lanes.
    – Love quadrangles.
    – The ‘plain’ girl gets a makeover and wows someone with her sudden beauty.
    – Rich guy takes poor girl shopping for expensive clothes for some reason or other.
    – Someone owes money to a loan shark with a gang of thugs at his disposal. Usually, there is running involved.
    – The male lead can’t express emotions and/or can’t say ‘I love you’.
    – Particularly in older dramas, you can’t just turn your cell phone off, you have to rip off the back cover and tear out the battery.
    – You met everyone significant in your life when you were a child, but got separated somehow until a fateful day when you meet by chance as adults.
    – Graphic vomiting or teeth brushing scenes.
    – Uncomfortably long, convoluted kisses. Bonus points if one of the participants was initially unwilling to kiss but had the kiss forced on them.
    – Meeting your antagonist or the disapproving parents of your beloved at a cafe. Nobody finishes their coffee.
    – Police stations are pandemonium, with arrested crooks being interviewed or interrogated everywhere.
    – If you go to hospital, there will be a vapour machine nearby.
    – If you are a girl, you eat like a horse, but never seem to put on any weight or have to work out.
    – At some point, you will probably eat instant ramyun, possibly using the saucepan lid as a plate.

    I’m sure someone already has, but we should all get together and make a Tumblr of these!

  • Patrick07

    hahahahah … hilarious