15 Most Jealous Characters In K-Dramas

15 Most Jealous Characters In K-Dramas

K-dramas are on the rise as some of the most binge-watched series on streaming platforms. But besides the riveting drama that has fans watching episode after episode, they have another unique characteristic when it comes to their characters.

Part of what has fans in love with the show is the entertaining and comical jealous moments of the main characters. Many can imagine the fumes coming out of the male lead’s ears when seeing his love interest with another male suitor. The same goes for the female leads. With so many K-dramas available today, there are some characters that take the cake for being the most jealous.

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Updated on July 6th, 2022 by Jom Elauria: K-Dramas have become a global phenomenon thanks to streaming websites that make them more accessible to a wider audience. For instance, Netflix has a huge variety of K-dramas in its library, from romantic comedies like Business Proposal to action-horror shows like All of Us Are Dead. Aside from the exciting and thrilling plots, K-dramas, especially those that belong in the romance genre, have some of the most charming and lovable characters. That being said, there’s also an abundance of jealous boyfriends and girlfriends in K-drama that add spice and drama to show they are in. 

Seo Joon-Hee: Something In The Rain

A Scene from Kdrama Something in the Rain

In the K-drama Something in the Rain, viewers get to see too people go from acquaintances to lovers.  The show follows Yoon Jin-Ah (Son Ye-Jin) as she gets closer to her best friend’s younger brother Seo Joon-Hee (Jung Hae-In).

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Being the younger person in the relationship, Joon-Hee is cautious of the people Jin-Ah meets. In one scene, he even confronts Jin-Ah and asks her to stop talking to other men because of his jealousy. Despite his slightly-possessive behavior, Joon-Hee is an understanding partner who easily gets soft for Jin-Ah.

Jung Tae-Eul: The King: Eternal Monarch

Jung Tae-Eul in The King Eternal Monarch

Jung Tae-Eul (Kim Go-Eun) is considered one of the coolest female characters in K-drama. In The King: Eternal Monarch, Tae-Eul plays a police officer who has been obsessed with true crime stories ever since she was a kid.

Tae-Eul’s partner in The King: Eternal Monarch is the king of the alternate world Kingdom of Corea, Lee Gon (Lee Min-Ho). In the show, Tae-Eul proves to be a jealous partner, as she interrogates Gon and asks him about his love life, as well as the women in Gon’s life who might be preparing him some scrumptious meals. Thankfully, Gon can see the jealousy through Tae-Eul’s questions and reassured her that she’s the only one for him.

Son Oh-Gong: A Korean Odyssey

Son Oh-Gong in A Korean Odyssey

A Korean Odyssey is a K-drama that features immortal sages, endearing businessmen, and jealous main characters. The show follows Son Oh-Gong (Lee Seung-Gi), who is an exiled magical being who has powers like telekinesis, levitation, and pyrokinesis.

While viewers might find him to be mischievous, Oh-Gong is also charming enough to attract Jin Seon-Mi (Oh Yeon-Seo). Because he is a deity, Oh-Gong feels entitled to whatever he wants, and when he doesn’t get it, he tends to act like a child. He showed his jealousy when Seon-Mi was dismissive of him, and even said that he shelved a task just so he could see her.

Lee Yeong: Love In The Moonlight

A Scene From Kdrama Love In The Moonlight with Lee Yeong

The K-drama Love in the Moonlight puts the spotlight on Hong Ra-On (Kim Yoo-Jung), a scholar who poses as a eunuch for the King for fame and money. Unfortunately for her, she’s no match for the King’s son, Lee Yeong (Park Bo-Gum), who is equally smart and bright.

Yeoung falls deeply in love with Ra-On, even though the scholar tried to deceive him. He also has a tendency to get jealous, as he said that he can get possessive of the person he likes. There’s also the factor that he’s the King’s son, which would make him feel entitled and overprotective.

Jo Yi-Seo: Itaewon Class

Jo Yi Seo from Itaewon Class

Itaewon Class is a K-drama that follows Park Sae-Ro-Yi (Park Seo-joon) a bar-restaurant owner who seeks to avenge his father by creating a successful franchise. Jo Yi-Seo (Kim Da-Mi) acts as the manager of Sae-Ro-Yi’s bar and is also a celebrity on the internet thanks to her social media presence and blog.

Yi-Seo has professed her love for Sae-Ro-Yi and has gotten rejected. Despite that, she still continues to work for him as the manager of his restaurant. In one scene, Yi-Seo asks Sae-Ro-Yi’s former lover intrusive questions. Yi-Seo also shows her jealous side by preventing Sae-Ro-Yi’s former partner from kissing him by holding her hand out. Thankfully at the end of the series, Sae-Ro-Yi realizes that he also has feelings for Yi-Seo.

Ko Moon-Young: It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay ranks as one of Netflix’s top-rated K-dramas that blew fans away with its intriguing story. Between the chilling thriller aspect and the romance, there were some jealous scenes that had fans laughing in shock. The main female character, Ko Moon-Young (Seo Ye-Ji) had many moments of jealousy to take note of.

One of them in particular was at the pizza restaurant. She receives a message from an acquaintance who took some photos of a group of girls taking interest in her significant other. She races, defying all laws, to the restaurant. Once there, she gives the girls a deadly look while stabbing his plate with a knife. But the male lead isn’t free of his own jealous moments.

Jung Jae-Chan: While You Were Sleeping

Lee Jong-suk in While you were sleeping cafe scene

While You Were Sleeping aroused fans’ curiosity for its legal drama-fantasy storyline. Audiences got hooked on the lives of the three main characters – a field reporter, a prosecutor, and a police officer. All have the ability to foresee future events in their dreams. Intermixed is a story of romance, which leads to many comical scenes that feature jealousy.

The most jealous character in While You Were Sleeping was Jung Jae-Chan (Lee Jong-Suk). He starts to develop feelings for Hong-Joo (Bae Suzy), the field reporter. In one scene, Jae-Chan covers up the police officer’s chiseled body from Hong-Joo. In another, he questions her reasoning as to why she finds the officer attractive. His jealousy pours out to a point where even the barista calls him a jealous crab.

Kim Tan: Heirs

Lee Min-ho played by in The Heirs

The K-drama Heirs has been a popular show ever since its original debut in 2013. It might be due to its riveting love triangle between the three main characters. It might also be due to the jealousy of the male lead, Kim Tan (Lee Min-ho). As the story goes, Kim Tan is a wealthy heir who falls in love with Eun-Sang (Park Shin-Hye) despite her poor background.

His love for her also steams to his jealousy. In one scene, as she and her friend meet with two male students to discuss an event, Tan disrupts the meeting and makes the boys uncomfortable by stating that she’s married. In another, the second male love interest calls her and Tan begs her not to answer, but she must. Angered and jealous, he kisses her.

Jang Man-Wol: Hotel Del Luna

Man-wol's played byLee Ji-eun in Hotel Del Luna jealous scene

Jang Man-Wol’s (Lee Ji-Eun) jealousy is something that fans of Hotel Del Luna can’t help but find cute. Especially since it’s regarding the new hotel manager, Chan-Sung (Yeo Jin-Goo). He has a bit of everything: he’s handsome, a Harvard grad and kind-hearted.

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Hotel Del Luna is a good show to watch for those  who are new to the world of K-dramas. Besides the supernatural element to the show, fans rallied behind Man-Wol getting her man. And a real treat was the jealousy scenes in episode six. She can’t get ahold of him and discovers that his American girlfriend has arrived. Seething with jealousy, she questions if she’s pretty. She’s even more jealous in episode eight when he tells her she’s staying with him.

Lee Hwa-Shin: Jealousy Incarnate

Hwa-sin played by Jo Jung-suk in Jealousy Incarnate

Jealousy Incarnate is also known by the name Don’t Dare to Dream and the story will intrigue any romance drama aficionado. Hwa-Sin (Jo Jung-Suk) and Na-Ri (Gong Hyo-Jin) have been friends for years. Na-Ri once had a crush on Hwa-Sin until she met the perfect man. But Hwa-Sin realizes he’s had feelings for her all along.

Seeing Na-Ri with another suitor makes him insanely jealous. He and the other man end up fighting for her attention and love. At one point, both of them get into a messy and comical mud battle about who she deserves to be with, all during which she’s completely oblivious.

Kim Shin: Goblin

Gong Yoo as Kim Shin in Goblin show

The supernatural drama Goblin has a good fanbase and centers around the story of 939-year-old Goblin, who must find his bride in order to move on to the afterlife. That bride happens to be Eun-Tak (Kim Go-Eun). Goblin ends up developing feelings for her that lead to a lot of jealousy.

There’s one moment where he sulks on his bed over another man touching her and her hair. In another, he watches her as she goes out with another male character. There are so many similar scenes that it’s hard to keep count and the show is riddled with jealous moments from all the main characters. Fans shouldn’t let themselves get too attached to the show and its characters, though, as it is notorious for having plenty of heartbreaking plot twists and scenes.

Yoo Si-Jin & Dr. Kang Mo-Yeon: Descendants Of The Sun

Song Joong‑ki as Yoo Shi‑jin and Song Hye‑kyo Kang as Mo‑yeon in Descendants of the Sun

This K-drama was a hit amongst audiences and the scenes of jealousy from both main characters only made it better. Yoo Si-Jin (Song Joong-ki) is a South Korean army captain who gets feelings for  Dr. Kang Mo-yeon (Song Hye-Kyo). Their relationship starts off bumpy and isn’t so easy.

Their feelings for each other cause some comical moments, like when Mo-Yeon gets insanely jealous over the fact that Mo-Yeong was seen fangirling over a girl group when he told her he was away on a mission. She retaliated when appearing on a talk show, saying that she didn’t have time for a boyfriend. Mo-Yeon also has a jealous fit when he receives a care box from another woman, complete with hearts and all.

Ko Dong‑Man: Fight My Way

Park Seo-joon as Dong-man in Fight My Way kdrama

Park Seo-Joon’s role as Dong-man in Fight My Way is one of his best roles when it comes to a jealous character. Besides the cringe-worthy aegyo-cute gestures and wording, his undeniable jealousy over his crush is comical. In the beginning, Dong-Man becomes increasingly jealous as he starts to see his long-time female friend as something more.

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One of the best moments is when she changes up her look and wears a dress. Dong-Man is so flabbergasted and attracted to her that he forces her to change, fearing that men will ogle her. When seeing her with another possible suitor, he interrupts and forces her to leave with him and gives the man the stink eye. He even throws a pebble at them when he tries to kiss her. Besides jealousy, the show has some steamy kissing scenes.

Kim Bok-Joo: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo

Kim Bok-joo played by Lee Sung-kyung in jealous cafe scene

In Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo, the number one jealous character is the main female lead, Kim Bok-Joo (Lee Sung-Kyung). A relationship brews between her and Jung Joon-Hyung (Nam Joo-hyuk) and the best aspect of the K-drama is Bok-Joo’s jealous streak. Fans of the show who were rooting for Bok-Joo and Joon-Hyung would be glad to know that the actors that played them ended up dating in real life.

One of the show’s most recognized scenes is when she finds him at a cafe talking to two other girls with his friend. Audiences can see the fire in her eyes. She sends him a message saying, ” You die. I will kill you!” Once reading it, his face pales and he looks frightened as he spots her. She does the famous finger across the throat while giving him an icy gaze.

Lee Young-Joon: What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?

Park Seo-joon as jealous Young-John in Whats Wrong With Secretary Kim

Lee Young-Joon is the king when it comes to jealous characters and Park Seo-Joon amplifies the needed rage and jealousy Young-Joon exhibits in the show. His scenes are marked as some of the best. When realizing he has feelings for his secretary after she announces her soon retirement, he goes into a jealous fit.

At the company games, he watches in rage as she gets close to her partner and the crowd is loving their interactions. When having a polite conversation with an employee, there’s a chill in the air. It then cuts to Yeong-Joon giving him the stink eye. It’s the definition of “if looks could kill.” He’s even flabbergasted when she calls another man “oppa.”

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