The sexy leading man is nothing new. Just about every lead actor in a drama is hot, particularly in rom-coms. But being hot doesn't necessarily translate to good dating prospects. So here, ranked from 10 to 1, we present a list of heartfelt hotties who will not make you cry from a broken heart:
#10 Lee Jin Wook as Choi Won in 'The Time We Were Not In Love'
Yes, he was hot and cold during the series, but that was because he was trying to figure out his feelings for Ha Na. He was hopelessly devoted to her as a friend, fending off all girls who might replace her, which is what you want in a boyfriend -- loyalty. He became a good guy when he finally figured out what he wanted.
#9 Kim Rae Won as Hong Ji Hong in 'Doctors'
Handsome, successful, quick with a smile, and emotionally available. Maybe too much so at times. But he knows what he wants, which is definitely a good quality in a lover. If he pursues you, you know it's not just idle flirting. Handle this heart with care. Besides, your mom wants you to marry a doctor, right?
#8 Hyungsik as Yoo Chang Soo in 'High Society'
By far the best romance in that show was between Chang Soo and Ji Yi. Chang Soo made for a charming boyfriend. A little fixated on the chaebol world perhaps, but still a dashing, romantic guy. Just don't worry about the money -- he wants someone who doesn't care about all that. The right girl can touch his heart and he will dump his playboy ways, hold your hand while you look at the stars together...and he's not above stealing a kiss.
#7 Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo in 'Boys Over Flowers'
His music is what first attracted Jan Di's attention, but his actions are what won her heart. Crushing hard on her, he backed down to support his F4 mate Jun Pyo, who also loved her. But it's Ji Hoo who gave her the queenly treatment, protecting her from practical jokes, saving her from drowning, and, in general, being loving. If you're looking for a quiet, sensitive guy to do anything for you, look no further.
#6 Yeon Woo Jin as Kong Ki Tae in 'Marriage, Not Dating'
The romance was a hilarious example of how to develop the hate you/love you subplot, and Ki Tae turned out to be a good guy once the fakery was dropped. It was never more obvious than when tragedy struck; he stayed close by, comforting Jang Mi's dad and her. Not only that, he tried to keep her parents together. When he cares for someone, he's not selfish about it, which is why he's on this list.
#5 Ryu Joon Yeol as Kim Jung Hwan in 'Reply 1988'
Sarcastic and soccer-loving, this guy was '1988's Chilbong. The devil was in the details, like how he got up way earlier than he had to just to see her, waiting in the rain for her, protecting her on a crowded bus. He did everything right, was considerate to his family and friends, even stepping aside to allow his buddy a shot at the girl. In the end, though, he was alone. I can't imagine he'd have any lack of girls who wanted to comfort him.
#4 Jo Jung Suk as Kang Sun Woo in 'Oh My Ghost'
The handsome, cool-headed star chef with a secret, burning passion? What woman could resist? Apparently not many, with the hordes of women he alludes to in the finale. But he's playful, too, making Bong Sun grin several times. And he'll be glad to serenade you, too, just to give you the feels.
#3 Kim Woo Bin as Choi Young Do in 'Heirs'
This bad boy is a bully to be sure, but this fiendish flower boy really had a heart of gold. True, his rival Kim Tan was meant to be with Eun Sang, but that gave some of us Second Lead Syndrome. He's actually a loving guy when he drops the act. Giving Eun Sang a relieved hug when he found out she was alright, giving off a vulnerable, wounded vibe while quietly eating a meal with her mom, and tugging at our heartstrings when he reads his mom's message and confirms that no, he's not okay. He even does right by Kim Tan at times. He's rich and devilishly handsome to boot. Lining up now, ladies?
#2 Yoo Yun Suk as Chilbong in 'Reply 1994'
The sporty guy with a loving heart. This second lead (starting to see a pattern here?) is just a wonderful guy. I found myself rooting for him even though I knew he'd lose. He didn't stand out early enough. But his spirit is what grabbed me. He has so much to frown about, but doesn't. Once he got going, he was the guy to beat.
#1 Kim Soo Hyun as Do Min Joon in 'You Who Came From the Stars'
This guy could give Superman a run for his money. He's an alien, though a lot better looking than E.T. You could just admire him for what he can do -- he's immortal, can teleport, stop time, lift heavy things and has superhumanly keen hearing. You could whisper sweet nothings to this guy a mile away. He's acquired a wide array of skills through the centuries, like doctor, professor, and lawyer, so money wouldn't be a problem. And then there are his looks. But what gives this guy his rank is that he doesn't have any of our human foibles -- he loves with his whole heart.
So there you have it, my list of K-Drama characters who would make the best boyfriends. But I'm sure you have your own lists. Lemme know in the comments below.