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8 K-Dramas Featuring Introverted Female Leads That You'll Root for Until the End

Not all leads fit the quirky and loud stereotype.
8 K-Dramas Featuring Introverted Female Leads That You'll Root for Until the End
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Not all leads fit the quirky and loud stereotype.

In the sea of K-dramas with feisty leads are the introverts that stay afloat, recharging their social batteries in complete solitude outside of the (often chaotic!) storylines.

While Korean series could feel like an extrovert-dominated space where quirky and loud characters reign supreme, there are the roles that shine in the subtlest ways. And like real-life introverts, they vary in shape–some break out of their shell, some stay cozy in it, while some roleplay as extroverts just to get by.

Whatever category they may fit in, introverts are always worth celebrating, and these K-series know it. Scroll down below for some of our picks!

READ: 8 K-dramas with female leads who are introverts

1. My Liberation Notes (2022)

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The Character: Yeom Mi Jeong played by Kim Ji Won

As the youngest of the Yeom siblings, Mi Jeong is also the most reserved. She spends most of the first episodes as a quiet observer of the stories that unfold for more extroverted characters, while navigating a corporate life filled with parties and mandatory get-togethers. In spite of her unassuming intro, Mi Jeong is a main character in her own right, with her courage and persistence manifesting through her actions and decisions.

Watch on: Netflix

2. Do You Like Brahms? (2020)

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The Character: Chae Song Ah played by Park Eun Bin

In the 2020 K-drama, viewers get the package deal of two introverted leads finding their eventual happily-ever-after, all while celebrating their personalities. Park Eun Bin (Extraordinary Attorney Woo) plays the timid Chae Song Ah, who pursues her violin studies despite naysayers (a.k.a. her disapproving family). On the other side of the story is Park Joon Young (Kim Min Jae), a world-renowned pianist whose fame is on the brink of fading out.

Watch on: Netflix, Viu

3. My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2018)

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The Character: Kang Mi Rae played by Im Soo Hyang

The Cha Eun Woo-starring drama made waves when it was first released, and not without reason. In the Webtoon adaptation, Im Soo Hyang is Kang Mi Rae, a young woman whose past of bullying and torment carried over to adulthood. Deemed unattractive by societal standards, she undergoes plastic surgery, but it soon backfires when her peers discover the truth. She finds solace with fellow student Do Kyung Seok (Cha Eun Woo), who, as it seems, couldn’t care less about life’s superficial things.

Watch on: Netflix, iQiyi, Viu

4. Because This Is My First Life (2017)

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The Character: Yoon Ji Ho played by Jung So Min

On the hunt for a series with a contract marriage to spice things up? This is exactly the situation that Jung So Min’s Yoon Ji Ho finds herself in, while stuck in a rut as a struggling house-deprived screenwriter. To make ends meet (and to avoid parent-enforced blind dates), she pairs up with Nam Sae Hee (Lee Min Ki) for a shared home. Throughout the series, Ji Ho grapples with insecurities about her skills, until she reaches the eventual sweet, sweet endgame of self-assurance. (Like she deserves!)

Watch on: Netflix, iQiyi, Viu

5. When the Camellia Blooms (2019)

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The Character: Oh Dong Baek played by Gong Hyo Jin

Single mother Dong Baek lives in the fictional town of Ongsan, where she’s the subject of gossipmongers. However, the neighborhood locals aren’t the only ones whose eyes are on Dong Baek, with police officer Hwang Yong Sik (Kang Ha Neul) having set his sights on her–in the lovey-dovey romantic way. Characterized by a shy and reserved nature, Dong Baek still knows the tricks to asserting herself, even amid potentially dangerous situations.

Watch on: Netflix

6. Hello, My Twenties! (2016)

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The Character: Yoo Eun Jae played by Park Hye Su and Ji Woo

In a house named “Belle Epoque,” five girls share the coming-of-age pains of youth and university life. One of them is Eun Jae, a 20-year-old psychology major from South Korea’s countryside. Depicted as a character who keeps to herself, she discloses that building human connections may be the hardest thing about college. But soon enough, Eun Jae finds the strong bonds she sought with her roommates, along with a special someone down the road.

Watch on: Netflix

7. Flower Boys Next Door (2013)

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The Character: Ko Dok Mi played by Park Shin Hye

If given the choice, Dok Mi would rather stay in the comforts of her house and avoid human contact. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t curious about the good-looking doctor (Kim Jung San) next door. Her peace and quiet is soon disrupted by her new neighbors, a pretty boy (Yoon Si Yoon) and his group of misfits, who spot Dok Mi during her peeping adventures.

Watch on: Viu, iQiyi

8. My Holo Love (2020)

PHOTO BY My Holo Love/Netflix

The Character: Han So Yeon (played by Ko Sung Hee)

Reclusive So Yeon suffers from prosopagnosia (face blindness disorder), but her life takes a turn when she comes across a mysterious pair of glasses. Once worn, she meets face-to-(virtual)-face with Holo, the world’s most advanced AI. As a not-so-coincidence, Holo bears the likeness of his creator Go Nan Do (Yoon Hyun Min), who soon falls in love with So Yeon. The problem? His cold demeanor is the exact opposite of the Holo So Yeon knows.

Watch on: Netflix

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