You probably won’t be the last man standing…but we’re still rooting for ya!
We’ve all been there; rooting for the guy who’s not supposed to get the girl. The question is just how strongly that case of the classic “Second Lead Syndrome” was. Even if, deeeeep down in our hearts, we know he’s the right man for the leading lady, drama gods are cruel and will never let it happen. Maybe you’re one of the lucky viewers who actually supported the second lead, and he does somehow defy the dramaverse odds!
Either way, we want to know: Who and what was the strongest case of “Second Lead Syndrome” you had while watching a drama?
Anna: More often than not, I’m a fan of the main lead. Even if he’s a misunderstood jerk with a heart of gold (see: most Korean/TW romcoms), I find myself hoping he will succcessfully romance the girl. Perhaps that’s why my pick for the ultimate “Second Lead Syndrome” candidate comes through a bit of a loophole. Moses Chan’s beloved character, Tong Chi On/”Dak Dak Dei,” in my all-time favorite drama, Heart of Greed, still wins my heart after all these years. The aforementioned loophole comes from the fact that he’s the second male lead in story’s love triangle/square, but he was most definitely the protagonist of the entire drama and the family saga within it. #sorrynotsorry lol.
Even though Raymond Lam and Linda Chung were probably most people’s OTP from this drama, I was always on Team Moses. He was so caring and considerate to Sheung Joi Sum (Linda) while her boyfriend, Raymond’s character, was off being a god-awful, craptastic boyfriend. Dak Dak Dei was always there for her, whether it was during the highest or lowest moments. And even when his own life was being flipped upside down by inheritance battles, evil stepmoms, scheming relatives, he never lost his priority of his friendship with her. If this was a non-TVB drama, then I would have held out more hope that the good guy wins. But since TVB tends to royally eff things up, I was skeptical. Luckily for me and Sheung Joi Sum, the producers were reasonable and kind for once, and they made my OTP happen! Sure; it came about through some heavy-handed and ridiculous ways, but I ain’t complaining.
Estelle: I’ve been a strict OTP shipper since forever, and just like Anna, no matter what I do I just love that misunderstood jerk! I mean he didn’t mean to be so cold and aloof, right? He’s just waiting for that special lady to melt his heart, warm his soul and heal his wounds, right? Maybe this is why my favorite second lead is Ryoo Joon Yeol’s character in Reply 1988, Jung Hwan. He is every bit the “bad boy” and I just love how he and Duk Sun bicker and poke fun of each other. If that’s not true love then I don’t know what is! I like that he cared for her in such subtle ways without fanfare and without loud declarations. Perhaps that’s why he couldn’t compete, but when he lost in the final battle, I rolled around in my bed screaming “whhyyyyy.” I also just can’t believe I shipped the wrong folks again!!!
Runner Up: I can’t talk about second leads without mentioning Choi Siwon‘s turn as Kim Shin Hyuk in She Was Pretty. I mean the man was AMAZING and I talked about him at length in my series review so I won’t repeat it here, but he’s another one that lost for who knows why.
Let’s be real here and give us your takes on:
Which character in a drama gave you the strongest case of “Second Lead Syndrome?” Are you still wishing he/she got together with the main character?
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