K-drama villains never fail to make our blood boil. Their deceptions, crazy antics, and evil plans constantly hinder the main characters, and yet, they are an indispensable part of the plot. There are villains so cunning that they leave the audience shivering in fear, and today, let’s take a look at the scariest K-drama villains.
1. Jang Han Seok & Choi Myung Hee – Vincenzo
At first sight, there seems to be nothing to fear about this duo. There’s Han Seok (played by 2PM’s Ok Taecyeon), the happy-go-lucky personal assistant of the female lead, and Myung Hee – a former attorney who seems all good-natured with a liking to zumba dancing.
However, we can’t judge a book by its cover, and the two turns out to be the epitome of evil.
They murder without blinking an eye, and to them, justice is trash. They happily dance together when people perish, and the death counts under their hands can surpass even the worst serial killers.
Jang Han Seok, in particular, even hurt his own flesh and blood. He murdered his own father to take over his company, as well as physically beaten and emotionally abused his half-brother. His greed for wealth also pushed him to produce an addictive drug, which can cause cancer in long-term consumers. Yet, Han Seok couldn’t have done it all without the help of Myung Hee, who happily covered his tracks and encouraged the guy to go further.
Fortunately, the two get what they deserve in the end – a final dance of fire for the dancer and a drill to the heart for the heartless monster, all carried out by our main character, played by the handsome Song Joong Ki.
2. Seo Moon Jo – Strangers from Hell
A dentist played by the handsome Lee Dong Wook seems straight out of a dream, but in ‘Strangers from Hell’, his character Seo Moon Jo is more like a nightmare.
When he was first introduced, Seo Moon Jo seemed like a normal man compared to the eccentric residents of Eden Studio.
But we soon find out that Moon Joo is a total creep, who spies on the main character through a peephole and was behind all the gruesome murders at Eden Studio. His sense of “art” is also completely screwed, and it was eerie to watch him take the teeth of his victims to add to his collection.
The worst thing about this villain though, was that he actually succeeded in his goal. He managed to gaslit the male lead and turned him into a similar monster.
With all the blood on his hands and a creepy obsession, it’s needless to say that Seo Moon Jo is the kind of K-drama villains we don’t want to find ourselves against.
3. Moo Tae Goo – Voice
We can already feel our goosebumps rising upon the mention of Moo Tae Goo – who is perhaps the most iconic villain of all time. Rich, handsome, and played by the brilliant Kim Jae Wook, Moo Tae Goo is a charismatic character who people would trust, love, and even root for. However, despite his mask as a respectable businessman, Tae Goo is utterly sick in the head.
His insanity streak first appeared when the character was a child, and was worsened by his father covering up his crimes. Later on, he grew to become a serial killer, who enjoys torturing his victims and watching them beg and cry for their lives. Mo Tae Goo can be described as a cat who likes to toy with its food, driving excitement from watching people wallowing in pain and misery.
It is just pure frightening to witness a full-fledged psychopath in his element. Avoid him if you have a weak heart, because Tae Goo is one of the most frightening K-drama villains.
4. Baek Jung Gi – Save me
Let’s take a break from all the killing, shall we? After all, there are K-drama villains that are freaky even without blood on their hands.
‘Save me’ is overall an uncomfortable drama to watch – it’s stifling, creepy, and gloomy throughout. For a realistic thriller series, it feels more like a morbid horror film. And we have to thank the main villain of the drama for that, as Baek Jung Gi is just downright terrifying.
In the series, Baek Jung Gi is the charismatic leader of a religious cult, who is all smooth talking and caring in appearance. However, his cult is actually full of brainwashing, gaslighting, manipulation, and torture. Under Baek Jung Gi’s control, the cult implements strict punishments to those that disobey, locks up their members, as well as takes advantage of hurt people and turns them into devoted and mindless followers. He is also a creep who tries to marry the underage female lead under the guise of “for the greater good”.
Instead of murder, Baek Jung Gi breaks his victim mentally, he makes them worship and adore him, despite taking away their everything. It’s impossible to miss this man when talking about K-drama villains.
5. Choi Yoo Jin – K2
This final case is a bit of an exception. While all the other K-drama villains have the audience on edge wishing for their defeat, Choi Yoo Jin of K2 manages to make viewers root for her, and even ship her with the male lead. This woman is cunning, ambitious, and does not hesitate to take down all that stands in her way. She hides her emotions in her smirks and sharp gazes – and seems like a selfish and evil woman that terrifies even her husband. Yoo Jin also had the greatest weapon in her hand – information – and used it to her advantage, taking control of even the most powerful politicians.
But that’s not all there is to this incredibly complex character. She actually pities her victims, but continues on her path. She locks up her own step-daughter as a hostage because she wants her husband to never leave. Even her life seems unimportant in light of ambition, as this woman is ready to blow herself up to get what she wants.
And Choi Yoo Jin went out with bang – both literally and in the audience’s heart.
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