15 Korean Drama Cliches That Never Go Away D Lee Dramas Korean dramas are wildly addicting. And while dramas overall have been revamping their typical story lines, there are still certain cliches that never really go away. From a business standpoint this makes sense, if one type of plot line is immensely popular, why not try to replicate its success? At the same time, this same predictable plot line may lead to a dramas doom in both ratings and reviews. A few cable networks, such as tvN, have tried to stray away from the cliches and create their own original story lines, like the massively popular ‘Reply 1997‘ and ‘Reply 1994‘ series. The majority of networks, however, are still chock full of these cliches. Here are 15 Korean drama cliches that never go away! 1. Romeo And Juliet: Love At First Sight! The gaze is deep. The feels are deeper. 2. Friends Turn To Enemies Two friends who were once BFFs eventually turn against each other, usually because of a boy. No worries, usually by the end they make up and become best friends again. 3. The Jealous Girlfriend A talk between two friends is quickly turned into something more by suspicious Korean drama girlfriends. See the ring? No talking. 4. Or The Weird Psychotic Ex-Girlfriend Exes in Korean dramas can be really scary at times, almost to the point of mentally disturbing. 5. Falling Asleep in Car/Plane/Bus: Oops! Fell On Your Shoulder You know you have seen this one. Someone falls asleep and bobs their head until they land squarely on the shoulder. 6. The Evil Mother In-law! There is always that over protective mother, who thinks their child is the golden child of the world and should only marry someone of equal perceived standing. They are probably some of the most interesting characters as they really instigate drama. 7. The Bad Boy Who Becomes A Good Boy Male protagonists have a knack for always starting off bad in one way or another, usually snobby rich boy syndrome, but is eventually changed by the lower class maiden that hates him. 8. “You Follow. Now!” Going back to their caveman roots, it always seems to happen. The girl does not want to go, but is dragged by the wrist to follow. Eventually, the girl usually falls in love with the perpetrator from this act of dominance. 9. I Seem To Have Lost All Hope, Cue Rain It would not be as dramatic without a character standing in the rain after a dramatic moment. With, you know, the umbrella just sitting there. Unused. 10. Awkward Almost Revealing Moments Getting out of the bathroom? Check. Climbing over the wall exactly at the right moment? Check. Awkward moment? Check 11. The Back Hug A popularized scene in any Korean drama. The moment when the female protagonist is about to leave, but the male protagonist stops her with that heartfelt back hug. 12. Overdramatized and Static Kiss Kiss scenes last forever in a Korean drama and they will go to a great extent to dramatize it as much as possible. By either prolonging the kiss scene or some neat camera tricks. 13. The Bus Was All Shaky! “Oh no! The bus is shaky! I’ll just lean on you for support!” Whether on the subway or the bus this happens quite often, just another coincidental moment of skin-ship (physical contact). 14. Overdramatic Crying Let’s face it. Sometimes the crying is just a little too much. Like this guy. 15. Need the Sick Person No Korean drama cliche list would be complete without someone who ends up in the hospital. Either from cancer, a car accident, or passing out from stress. You name it, Korean dramas have done it. Although the blind thing seems to be going away. There you have it. 15 Korean drama cliches that never go away. What do you think? Have any other cliches that are all too common? Let us know! If you want any gifs removed due to copyright then please feel free to contact us using the contact page at the bottom of this page with proof of copyright. We will be happy to remove anything that breaches any individual’s or organization’s copyright. Gifs via Tumblr Comments Jinju says: February 10, 2015 at 12:47 am Don’t forget when they start fanning their face to show they’re flustered! Keziri says: February 17, 2015 at 10:52 pm Also the “I’m going to call him/her and confess X…oh nevermind let me hover over the Send Call button then change my mind and never make the call” cliche. Alejandra Flores says: March 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm You forgot the piggy back rides! Sophia Nabutovskaya says: March 29, 2015 at 6:31 pm What is the name of the drama in the first picture?? Please tell me!!! Vianne says: May 2, 2015 at 2:31 am Dream High 🙂 Sophia Nabutovskaya says: May 2, 2015 at 4:36 am Thank you!:D Vianne says: May 3, 2015 at 3:55 am No problem! Sorry that it was a month ago. New to this website. :L Sophia Nabutovskaya says: May 3, 2015 at 4:12 am Me too:P Allisse says: May 17, 2015 at 2:41 pm Laughing so hard! Especially the Yoon Jae part. Haha! Janutiel says: October 9, 2015 at 1:55 am Memory loss…. Ramen says: October 15, 2015 at 2:38 am wheres the infamous blocking the girls path by putting their arm in front of her. that wall slam thingy. SaintSmith Smith says: March 12, 2016 at 7:58 am Whats the drama from number 10? FadeinAysel says: May 13, 2016 at 6:50 pm haha.. this is hilarious and true. what about the kabe-don scene(Hand on wall). It’s pretty cliche… Samuel Tsui says: May 14, 2016 at 10:53 pm What’s the sixth drama? Sonsarae says: September 6, 2016 at 6:13 am I think you missed the biggest one – getting hit by a speeding bus or car!