• Anonymous

    Female antagonists are always really easy to hate. I’ve never watched any Kdramas or Jdramas, so I can’t bring any examples from there, but I remember really hating Lorena from True Blood, along with countless other characters. I was so glad when Lorena was killed off.

    I’ve really been considering watching Kdramas and Jdramas, but I don’t know where to watch them or any good ones to watch. Can people recommend some to me, please?

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been watching Protect the Boss, and so far it’s alright. It follows a lot of kdrama cliches, but overall it’s very watchable.

    • Anonymous

      What type of drama are you looking for?  Romantic comedy, melodrama, action or historical dramas? I’ve watched entirely too many in the last 6 years.

      K-dramas I loved: My Name is Kim Sam-Soon, City Hunter, Time Between Dog & Wolf, Delightful Girl Chunyang, Goong, Tamra the Island, Damo, Bad Family, Resurrection, & My Girl.

      J-Dramas I loved: Hana Yori Dango I & II, Hotaru no Hikari, Jin, Keizoku 2:SPEC (freakin awesome), Tatta Hitotsu no Koi, Unfair, Zenkai Girl, Buzzer Beat, & Galileo.

    • Issy

      I watch most of them online:
      Drama Fever :  http://www.dramafever.com/
      Drama Crazy:  http://www.dramacrazy.net/
      Crunchy Roll:  http://www.crunchyroll.com/drama?pg=0

      Netflix also has a lot of Asian movies and shows if you’re willing to pay for it.

      Right now, I’m watching Flower Boy Ramen Shop.

      I recommend:  Greatest Love (one of my favorites), Full House, Dream High, Super Rookie, Iris, Athena, 49 Days, & Lie To Me (I left out the ones already mentioned in nyalims post)

      I only got into Korean movies and shows about six months ago purely by accident one day when I was bored and saw Playful Kiss on Netflix and thought I’d give it a try since Kim Hyun Joong was was cute on the picture.  What I like most is that Korean and Japanese shows tend to run between 16-20 episodes and you’re done.  TV shows in America seem like they’re always getting cancelled just when it starts to get interesting.

  • heyy187

    I like the Way Protect the Boss was done:D!

  • http://twitter.com/MonicaDBSK Monica

    I usually call these female antagonists the female second lead because they usually are. Goo joonpyo’s mom is just plain antagonist and that’s another story. Anyway, The first paragraph brought up a point I’ve always been curious about. We viewers get second lead syndrome sometimes, but it’s always the male second lead that we root for. The male second leads are usually the nice guys that never get the girl, and like the author said, even when male S.L. are hot or evil(mostly hot), we still root for them,if not, atleast like them a little bit. We never root for the second female lead, if she’s not evil then she’s just annoyingly boring(Lie to Me’s second female lead whatshername). Well it kinda make sense because most viewers are female, but I’ve always wondered if any drama writer will ever try to take all the traits of the likeable male second leads and dump that into a female second lead and make her so likeable that viewers would get female second lead syndrome just to experiment with something fresh. The last female second lead that I recall liking is Wang jihye’s character in Protect the Boss, but still, I never rooted for her to the point that I wanted her to end up with the main guy. We root for male second leads to the point where we get into debates on whether the main female character should be with the main guy or the second lead guy but we never do the same for the female second leads. It’d be interesting if that ever happens.

    • Issy

      I have to admit, I started out hating “Ice Cream” in Protect The Boss, but towards the end I kind of liked her.

    • Anonymous

      My thoughts exactly.

      I find it annoying how every second female lead is made to be some crazy bitch who’s out to sabotage the female protagonist. I know that it’s for the drama but it does get tiresome (except in Chinese dramas when it’s concubine against concubine hehe). Maybe I’m basing some of my thoughts on real life, but I knew two people fighting over one guy and they were both bitches (to each other).

    • http://gossymer.livejournal.com/ gossymer

      I admit its almost impossible for me not to dismiss second female leads when they’re ineffectual, annoying and have little character development. However, I usually sit up and take notice when the characters 1) have drive and determination and a certain desperation that is sometimes lacking in the female lead (to the point where the lead is the one who seems rather useless) or when 2) the actresses in the second lead roles are strong enough to elicit a strong reaction beyond the “she’s so irritating” vibe one normally gets.

      I’ve found myself wishing early on that Kang So Ra’s character had more development in The Women of Our Home and that Ham Eunjung’s character in Dream High hadn’t been pushed into the role of female antagonist from the second episode on. I know there have been a few dramas where I mistook the secondary female for the lead and after finding the lead completely lackluster I’d usually drop the drama.

      I wish the k-drama industry would view secondary leads as less of a negative foil and more of a credible rival with possibility for growth – that way they could hook audiences with either of the females and there’s less need to turn to melodrama – when they run out of plot threads for the leads, they can involve them in issues linked to the secondary characters but not in the usual antagonist/protagonist setting.

  • pinky

    Protect the Boss took the female antagonist character, made fun of it, turned it upside down and actually made her likeable.

    • Just Needed to Comment

      I think that Jaejoong had a lot to do with that.  But I did like the fact that Nayoon was not annoying.  

      • Anonymous

        Yes, Jaejoong did have a lot to do with it, but Nayoon was also very awesome by herself. By the end of the series, she was my favorite character and I anticipated her scenes (with or without Jaejoong) in every episode.

  • http://gossymer.livejournal.com/ gossymer

    I find that in some cases, the female antagonist is used to increase support for the female lead, especially in cases where the actress playing the lead role is new to acting (Dream High). In those cases, the female antagonist doesn’t start out necessarily evil but transforms into a villain thanks to character assassination. 

    It’s easier to hate and blame people than a string of misfortune and as long as there’s someone around to cheer as the female antagonist gets trumped. its a easy cop out for a lot of dramas that don’t have enough going for them and feel kinda…blah.

  • Issy

    The thing that’s infuriating to me about the antagonist female characters in Kdramas isn’t so much that they’re mean to the lead female characters, it’s that the female lead almost always takes the abuse from her protagonist without ever saying a word to anyone, instead of outing that nonsense and putting a stop to it immediately.  

    Granted there wouldn’t be much of a story if the lead called them out from the start, would there? LOL.  

    • Anonymous

      u should watch protect the boss, the female lead told them off. it was refreshing to finally see a female lead stand up for herself.

      • http://twitter.com/flickaddi Felicia Addison

        but those rich mothers kept going on and on and got so annoying everytime they talked it was in a whine. that high pitched “eonnie” argh. Still loved the drama though

  • JW

    City Hunter’s female antagonist (the doctor/vet/ex-wife). She is hands down da bomb! LOVE HER.

    • Anonymous

      Did she even count as an antagonist? I saw her as more of a side character…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1575728366 Nadifa Ibrahim Sheek Ahmed

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  • http://colourmesplendid.wordpress.com Ree

    I have to admit, I despise how female antagonists are portrayed. It seems to me that whenever there’s a male antagonist they’re much better written, and admittedly, sometimes you tend to feel empathy. Never with female antagonists. Ever.

    However, I need to mention Dream Hugh. Maybe it’s because I started of HATING Hye Mi (Suzy’s character), but although Baek Hee (Eunjung) became a monster as the drama progressed, I couldn’t hate her. Baek Hee wasn’t perfectly written, but the fact she had a motive, as well as the fact the drama’s own female protagonist wasn’t completely likeable, made her easier to tolerate. Not to mention the fact Baek Hee achieved redemption at the end as well. I felt like as a whole, Baek Hae was written a lot deeper than a lot of other female antagonists (though one could argue Hye Mi was some kind of anti-hero so…).

  • DeNote

    If the female antagonist is not a character driving the love story between the leads [All About Eve], then she is demoted as a prop for the male protagonist to show that he has depth (Because he’s not that great either as he is often mean and spoiled) [You’re Beautiful].

    The female antagonists will usually have something that the female protagonist doesn’t have, on a superficial level – be it social status, femininity, beauty, riches, popularity, etc. But the male lead will see past it all and realize that the spunky, hardworking but poorer tomboy is THE ONE for him.

  • NahbyNahby

    It’s not only in Korean Dramas, it’s probably in almost
    every other type of drama out there-TV novelas for example. Latin, TV novelas (either,
    Colombian, Mexican, Brazilian, Venezuelan and all the others) always have a
    female antagonist. I mean, what are Korean dramas…Korean TV Novelas. Latin TV
    novelas are Latin dramas. Having a female antagonist, like the male antagonist creates
    drama, even if it’s little or a lot of it, and depth…so yeah, there you have
    it.

    • Anonymous

      Oh yeah, South American soap operas, it´s story of itself :-))

  • Igbygrl

    I can’t stand most female antagonists in K-dramas. Most of the time they are the reasons that makes me stop watching a K-drama midway through. K-drama’s need to evlove more when it comes to plot structure and inner turmoil.  

  • http://www.michelle-chin.com Michelle Chin

    the only female villian that i like was mishil. she was brilliant and probably the least annoying. she makes such a good villian that i feel the other characters are secondary to her… not sure if anyone else shares my sentiments. 

    the rest that i’ve watched are either annoying or just plain… 

  • http://tshidi.tumblr.com tshidi

    Women make the “villain drama” all better. They are so versatile. They can gentle, tough, or both, and sometimes seeing them present the different “faces” adds a certain edge and unpredictability to the drama. You never know how far they are willing to take their vindictiveness. 
    Yes, I’m talking about Mishil.

  • seri-park

    I like the female antagonist in “Spy Myungwol” and was rooting for her to get together with the hot North Korean spy.

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