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[Theme of the Month] One True Pairings

February is, for better or for worse, something of a shorthand for “romance month,” what with all the Valentine’s marketing and pink-themed merchandise everywhere. So what better topic to discuss than one of our favorite and most enduring aspects of K-dramas: One True Pairings—or, as it’s sometimes better known, OTPs?

(Put another way, OTPs are the primary couple of a drama, so we’re not talking about alternate pairings or missed connections. They don’t always have to have happy endings, but they are the main romantic pairing of a show.)

Tell us about your favorite, least favorite, most effective, most tragic, most fandom-splitting (etc) OTPs.

Rather than just asking for you to tell us about your favorite OTPs (because I’m sure we all have a couple hundred), we’re opening up the topic to encompass all sorts of aspects of the OTP relationship. You could, of course, talk about your favorite romances. But you could also talk about OTPs that didn’t work, OTPs you wanted more from, OTPs that caused the most heartache, OTPs that were miscast, OTPs that were nearly there except for that one thing…

You get the point. Love is in the air, and we want to hear how you feel about it!

 
To submit:

  • Email your submissions to [email protected] If you have a registered Dramabeans account, include your handle so we can link to it.
  • Include at least 1 image, though more is preferred.
  • Suggested length: Between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Deadline: We will post these on a rolling basis, so we’re taking submissions now. We will cut off accepting submissions on February 24. If you miss this month, join us for a new theme next month!

 
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I love that you chose a photo of an alien and a drama queen to illustrate this awesome Theme for the Month!

My ultimate OTP might still be the one where the guy doesn't care if the girl is a man or an alien.

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I wonder how many there will be for Eun Chan and her Han Kyul!

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Second this! Coffee Prince doesn't make it to my list of absolute favorite dramas, but the OTP is ultimate.

I'm also particularly fond of the OTP whose love was so epic it prevented a devastating war between at least three nations; and another where the girl won over the boy, even though her father had his whole family assassinated. ^^;

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omo what shows are those! want to check them out (:

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Ahaha you probably know them: The King2Hearts and The Princess' Man

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There’s no denying Princess’ Man OTP was the hell of OTP. I still love this drama, it was captivating in all aspects.

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omo! U r right i watched both! how cld i hv not remembered! thanks! (:

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after more than ten years still there's no one can beat that line..

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10 years passed and still the best love confession line in dramaland.

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Iconic love confession indeed

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I know it is not a romantic pair, but can I propose Hyun Jong Hyun and Bok Gil from Imaginary Cat (2015)?. Because you can love a pet as if it is family.

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OMO, I love imaginary cat!!! It's one of those drama that I can re-watch many many times and I still feel content and happiness in my heart. I know in term of quality it's not consider as one the best, but who cares
?? Who can resist a pair of a cat and cute guy???
Please please write about imaginary cat, this cat ahjumma can't wait to read and comment on it.

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I need to get this out here, I already made a long list below but this just came to mind.
Kim hee Sun and Ji Soo (Angry Mom).
Go figure.

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Ohhhh sweet (or bittersweet for some haha) theme! As always, looking forward to beanies' entries (because I am too lazy to write my own and real life is such a pain in the you know what hehe).

Happy Hearts Month!

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Okay, whose going to write about Reply 1988?

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Oooh, I've been waiting for this entry...
and other Replys.
CHILBOOOOOOOONGIEEEEEEEEEEEE
My heart still aches every time I remember it.

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I was the ultimate Childbongie shipper. OMg. Those times! With all the nasty fan wars!

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I'd love to read an entry about Chilbongie or Jung-hwan.
I still get upset whenever I remember how my OTPs were trolled, teased and crushed by the writer. I would write one myself but I'm absolutely horrid at writing so I'm avoiding that to not ruin my tragic OTPs.

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Omomomomo

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I might do the reply 1988 one! Unless someone gets there first hahahaha! I have a 1000 other OTPs though

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Do it!! I don't think I can do the Reply 1988 one because I'm still too emotionally involved, but I really want someone else to write one!

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I am also too emotionally invested hahahah. I’ll see if I have time and if I can see through the tears as I write it. Need to think of a theme, there should be more then one OTP I think. I kinda wanna do Yeo rim and Geol oh too. And my other OTPs. Like Mi Ho and Dae Woong, and park soo ha and hye sung, and shi won and Yoon jae and bok Joo and joon Hyang and splish spladh love and the list goes onnnnn

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@mollyp
There are too many OTPs for this... The list just keeps going on...

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Another idea I had was to write about Lee Seung Gi and perms ~ the OTP that crosses all his dramas (while Monkey's haircut has grown on me, you can't deny the fabulousness of his mane of glory when he was trapped and Sun Mi first met him).

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I actually much prefer his look. Not a fan of his big hair at all! I know this is scandalous!

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To each their own ~ I appreciate most of his hair cuts (though I agree too poofy is not the best look).

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are you writing for Jung Hwan- Doek Sun... i am eagerly waiting if someone else can write. i tried myself but could only stare at Jung Hwan pic instead of writing anything significant... please please do write... *puppy eyes*

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@mollyp are you planning to write it?

I can’t write anything until next week at the earliest, since in real life I’m packing up my apartment and moving to a different state this weekend...

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@ravennightstar @midnight @prisonplaybook @letseatcookies
annyeong chingudeul..
calling team jung hwanie... just to askong if anyone of you is planning to write anything for Jung Hwan - DS... ??

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I don't think so. I think because I was spoilered I don't have enough hard and hot feeling to be able to write from my heart 😁

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sorry dear @kdramaswimmer. im not really good with words.

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I would if it didn't hurt me so much to remember which btw I also barely do as I tried to wipe away all my loving memories of that potential pairing.

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Ooh I didn't even think about writing it! But I think that I would have to rewatch it again to be able to remember everything that happened (and yes, reopen old wounds and get scarred again).
So our best bet is for YOU to write it as everything is still fresh and your pain is still raw. I will be here rooting for you! 😉😉
Just pour out your feelings while staring at Jung hwan's pic. I'm sure you can do it!!

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@prisonplaybook @midnight @letseatcookies thats ok chingudeul. this drama gave us so much pain to even think abt revisit it and i completely understand it.

@hotcocoagirl @mollyp that's ok dear friend. real life does have more power in our life i agree. keep up your work.

@ravennightstar chingu -ya.. i am trying my best to write something meaningful but i ended up writing 300 words with 12 pics of Jung Hwanies for it. i am really bad at selecting few images for the article. still i am trying bit no idea will it be completed.. thank for your support...🤗🤗🤗

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@kdramaswimmer @hotcocoagirl I don’t have the time at the moment! May have more next week and will have to watch it again to really hit me hard! If not, you should write it!!!!! I bet you guys would be better anyway hahhahaah

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@kdramaswimmer
I'm writing it now, it's midnight and I'm going slightly mad with the move and job change. BUT I WILL DISCUSS WHY THIS OTP IS IMPORTANT. Wish me luck.

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wowww so so sweet of you dear chingu..... and all the luck and wishes on your side while you write abt uri OTP. and this OTP is very important no doubt abt it.
*Fighting* 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗

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Hehe, I would write (if I had time) on the concept of OTP itself.

When I started watching dramas I didn't know there was such a thing as an OTP. This made my watching experience more exciting, because the second lead had a real chance, or the girl had more choice in a love triangle, so to speak. In my books 'Fate' was a tricksy elf that seemed to throw people together, but it didn't guarantee that they would end up together.

Now, as a more experienced viewer, I can read a synopsis and the cast for an upcoming drama and I pretty much know/guess how the romance will end. Any suspense in the story is not about the end game, but about how they get there. So, if the romance drags or there is too much fluff and little story, I get bored. #kdramaaddictproblems

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Oh you should definitely write a post along these lines! The times when you felt an OTP may not be the end game.

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I think this is the reason why Reply 1988 caused so much heartache -the OTP was never clearly identified until the last few episodes, and then it was too late to jump ship....

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Hehehehe literally. I already knew the end game when I caught Reply 1988 sadly, so I was never too attached to that pairing. I just kept Ryu Jun Yeol for myself in my mind. ^^p

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At least Ryu Jun Yeol and Hye Ri are couple in realife ^^

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i am late and missed this R1988 and Jung Hwan - ah discussion.
@kimbapnoona though i stared watching R88 much later (last week) still i dint have the spoilers till epi13 and i was damn sure Jung Hwan is the husband but after epi13 when torture was getting on my nerves i just looked for confession video on yt hoping it would be happy one but alas... i couldn't watch after that.
it was pure betrayal and cheating by production team.

@greefields i was a emotional crying mess by epi 18 end and could not imagine how will i wake up in the morning....
for Ryu Joon Yeol i am also in line...lol

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I was having misplaced second lead syndrome with Taek and wishing that there should wt least be someone there for him in the end.

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Hahahahahahahaha This is the best comment re Reply 1988 I've read.

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All that emotional investment just felt cheated in a way. It was like noooo you didn't follow the kdrama OTP guidelines!!!

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Haha seriously, we need rulez yo!

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exactly... cheated badly.
OTP guidelines indeed needed and will surely help us from heartbreaks...

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I would love a drama where the main leads end up with the second leads. That would be such a fun (and major) twist!

I honestly don't know why that hasn't been done yet - or maybe it has but I haven't seen it.

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Didn't the writers change the OTPs in Winter sonata and Queen of reversals?

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Of what I know Park Shi Hoo is the only actor who got the girl in the end (TWICE) even though he was cast as a second lead - How to meet a perfect neighbor and then in Queen of reversals.

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I should check those out!

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I'll check those out. Any female SL ever get the guy?

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King of Baker -Kim Tak Gu! Joowon got the girl.

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@cloggie I wondered about that too, but only historical dramas came to mind. Example: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, female SL gets the guy, though not his love...don’t know if that counts.

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@cloggie I wondered about that too, but only historical dramas came to mind.

Female second lead bagged the male lead in SHINE OR GO CRAZY, which ended up like MOON LOVERS because the historical characters were the same. KINGDOM OF THE WIND had more of the same.

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Exactly my thoughts! I think it was done better in Shine or Go Crazy, because you could tell Wang So actually respected his queen, and they made a good team. I really made my faith in the OTP falter in the end.

Yeah, and there's also Jumong. Historical dramas can cover the whole lifetime of a character, so who he/she 'ends with' is not always relevant. Having a past love is possible, and is overcome with considerable less angst than modern dramas, like in Rebel for instance, sure Ga Ryung waited for a long time for Hong Gil Dong, but there was no 'I think I like you but I'm not sure so I'm going to go on a date but afterwards forget the whole thing'.

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architecture 101.. and its a conscious choice :)

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You might want to check out "The King Loves". The love triangle is pretty epic.

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Yes it had been a few but I forgot which ones.

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I'd like to read this. I was actually pondering doing one about how shows might benefit from not having an OTP.

I still remember watching INAR and a lot of people were struggling with it because it almost completely avoided tropes. I had comments from people early on that they were "struggling to ship her with the second male lead" and I pointed out that you weren't supposed to be shipping her with the second male lead and they basically said, "but it's a kdrama and that's what you're supposed to do". As though somehow every show is just Boys Over Flowers rewritten over and over again. And in many cases it is.

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The lack of the second male pairing was one of the things I liked most about the show.

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@leetennant Please write it!

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That's such an interesting thought, about people struggling to ship the female lead with the second lead male.

I always go with chemistry. I could understand when a second lead has great intentions/swoony but the female lead still needs to click with her partner, be it with the first or second male lead. It's not worth shipping if they don't connect or don't have a good rapport.

Also, yes to kdramas without the first vs second lead or fighting over for the love of one character. It's just too repetitive. The Korean drama world needs something fresh in the romance genre.

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... can a BroTP count?

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School 2013?

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Love LJS - KWB broTP.
One of the best broTPs in Kdrama.

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I was going to mic drop goblin and reaper but the school 2013 bromance is pretty compelling

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That BroTP did steal the show though ~

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someone please write something about Joonho and Jehyuk from Prison Playbook. or maybe Looney and Captain Yoo, Looney and Kaist. i will take anything, ANYTHING from PPL.

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Yes this! I miss this drama so much

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If I didn't have a mountain of things to do I'd probably write a 300 page book on how Kim Hang-Ah and Lee Jae-Ha changed what I looked for in "a-hole male character" relationship dynamics, but alas I'll have to save it for my memoir.

I'm wondering how many classic dramas will be brought up

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Yes to the 300 page book about Hang-ah and Jae-ha! I cannot think of any other OTP where world peace hangs in the balance because of their actions. Talking about a high stake relationship!

Would it encourage you to submit if you think of this as a 500-1000 word book proposal? 😉

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I support this call. Please submit! ^^
I wrote this earlier as well! One of my favorite OTPs

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I could give and take King2Hearts for a variety of reasons but I did like it when he essentially invaded North Korea and everybody pretended it was just a diplomatic mission.

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omg I wanna submit for this one but which OTP????

Also, in Ojakkyo Brothers, can UEE and Joo Won be considered the main couple? No, right? Okay, I shall think of another OTP. Hahaha

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UEE and Joo Won in Ojakkyo Brothers are the main couple! They are main characters who had the most screen time! Especially, UEE is the heroine/female lead of the drama. Therefore, they are OTP of the drama.

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I consider them as the main couple because their love is the one that tangled with the main conflict, the land ownership.

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I'm so glad you think they are! I wasn't sure because even though that was the case, they're also the maknae loveline so I don't know what to think. I might write about them, not sure. I hope I can submit this month! Thank you for responding to me, @hallie9146!

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I hope you can write it too. I would really love to read it. :)
There were some ideas in my heads about the past themes of the month but I wasn't able to write it because I'm not good with words and English is my third language. :(

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But you're good in English! And there are editors that would edit it if ever. I hope you can write for this month!

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I admit watching Kdramas with english sub and reading recaps here improve my english understanding, haha.. but it's still hard to write in english (I spent much time even just to write a comment). I have something in my mind for this month theme though, so I'll try to write it down. Anyway, good luck with your submission. 😊

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@hallie9146 Who ever said nothing good comes from watching kdramas and spending time on the Internet! I'm amazed at people who are multilingual. I'm bilingual but hopefully I can find the will to learn another one soon AKA I want to learn Korean! Hihi

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@whoopeeyoo actually I'm not that multilingual, My first and second language is my local and national language. 😅
I want to learn Korean too.

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There’s so many to write about and for so many reasons!!! Right off the top of my head, OTPs of recent years:
- “Reply 1988”, but Jung Hwan (so the OTP that could have been), or Taekie (the OTP you can’t deny no matter what because it’s Park Bo Gum) ??? ⚪️⚫️ 🇰🇷
- “Scarlet Heart: Ryeo” (one really messed up OTP 🕑 💦👸🤴
- “I’m Not A Robot”, our dear #ROBOTP (see what I did there?? 😏😏😏) 🤖🙅🏻‍♀️
- “Just Between Lovers” OTP of PTSD 😷🤕
- “My Secret Romance”, a.k.a. My not-so-secret OTP 🤫 ❤️
- “Seven Day Queen”, OTP officially only for seven days (but no, really, it was longer than that 😏😉) 👸🤴
- “Playful Kiss”, our Snail OTP 🐌
- “Oh My Venus” (can’t think of anything witty for this OTP) 🧗🏻‍♀️🧘🏻‍♀️🏋🏻‍♀️
- “Marriage Contract”, can-she-just-live/survive OTP 📃📄📑
- “Rooftop Prince”, Rooftop OTP 🏠
- “Secret Love” (2014??), I-fell-in-love-with-my-ex-supposed-killer OTP 🤷‍♀️
- “Kill Me, Heal Me”, I-am-dating-my-shrink-and-breaking-tons-of-patient/Doctor rules OTP 🎭
- “Falling for Innocence”, I-love-him/her-because-he-has-my-ex’s—heart-literally “ OTP 💞
- Weightlifting Fairy, Kim Bok Joo, SWAG OTP 🏋🏻‍♀️
- “YFAS”, Alien OTP👽
- “Master’s Sun”, Ghost OTP👻
- “SWDBS”, Min-Min/Bong-Bong OTP 💪🏻
- “W- Two Worlds”, manhwa OTP 🌎🌍

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Love your use of emojis! so well thought out!

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Haha Thanks!! It took me 45 minutes because I was doing it on my phone 😅

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Ouch! The effort. Hahaha. It really is cool!

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Great work, bebeswtz!

Now days I wonder how many people would consider their phones as the other halves of their own OTP..

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@greenfields Thanks!! 😂

@KimbapMidriffRoll I live in North America, where, yes, we are quite attached to our phones, but it's nothing to to level that it is in East Asia, where the attachment seems like an epidemic 😓😓😓

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Im thinking of writing for playful kiss amd all of its many variations. Its a couple and drama.that I ALWAYS come back to and have rewatched approximately 5 kajillion times and seek out every variation that I can find. Oh, I may have to. Seriously.

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Looking forward to it, Isa!

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Ah, I really want this! Please write it!

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Yea, for the first year that it came out, and the solid 2 years after that, “Playful Kiss” was my go-to drama to rewatch over and over again if I was ever in a slump or had nothing else to watch... Even though I watch it less now, the OTPis still very near and dear to my heart 😊

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It’s been awhile since I thought about Playful kiss. But I loved them back then. There’s just something compelling about a moment where he realised he was in love with her.

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There is! From the very beginning of their interactions there's something there. He's drawn to her in spite of how very hard he's trying to resist. But the moment where he just gives in And then spends the night while she's on her date waiting for her in the rain because he knew she would forget her umbrella? Love. Love. Love.

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This was my first drama, and I’ve now watched all its variations too because there is just something there ~ even if the guy seems like a typical jerk and the girl a typical airhead, from the beginning you can see he is denying his feelings...

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I mean I just did a massive rewatch of all the variations (plus one is never seen before) in August and I'm sitting here stroking my chin trying to decide if I need to rewatch to write about this otp. Obviously I do.

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What I love about it most was the humble feel of the drama, and how relatable the main conflict (Ha Ni's life-long crush/love for Seung Jo) is for everyday guys and girls and just how naturally it all came together, especially for Seung Jo, when he finally realized his feelings for her, too =)

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“Moonlight drawn by clouds,” the why did you have to make the OTP so fracking cute while knowing the real life prince dies young and they’ll be separated forever. 🌜☁️💕😭

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And a few more (w/o emojis cuz @bebeswtz does them much better!):

BTLIOF: Asexual+mo-sol OTP
The king loves: The anti-title OTP
Man living in our house: step-father/step-daughter OTP
Cheese in the trap: 2nd lead gets the girl OTP (sorry @azzo1)
GOBLIN: >950 years can’t stop this OTP

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Yea, they are one of my fave sageuk OTPs EVER!!! So fracking cute, indeed 😁😁😁😁

Hahaha Thanks!! It took me a while to look up all the matching emojis that I could, as I was trying to do this on my phone, but some of them really threw me off XD Like, “Kill Me, Heal Me” until I found the masks 🎭 emoji lol

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Loved your Kill Me Heal Me take on that doctor/patient OTP. Yep, that’s a lawsuit and a half/strip your medial license OTP.

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It reeks of lawsuit lol But of course, K-drama logic isn’t a very bright (RE: smart) thing, now is it ?? 😅😅😅😅😅

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Oh my Venus:love you’ve through thick and thin TP? 💏

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*love you not you’ve 🤦🏾‍♀️

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Ooooh good one!!! I honestly have forgotten what the OTP name was that was given to them by fans 😅

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Oh My Venus: Do you even lift, bro? TP. 😉

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Hahaha But he DOES!!

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Master's Sun was my first for-real OTP.

SWDBS was my first Pyramid... the first second lead where the second lead trope worked for me. The second lead showed with their character traits why the first lead completed the OTP. Min chase her from the moment he met her, he spoke what he felt as soon he realized he felt it, and he accepted her before she even knew that's what she need -- all the things that the second lead didn't do until it was too late.

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Yea, that’s why I never felt bad for the second male lead in SWDBS, because he was always just too late— the same reason why I never felt bad for the second male lead in “Reply 1988”, not until His this-is-but-is-not-a-proposal scene 😞

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Also the second male lead in 1988 asked out one of his students after hitting another one up for hardcore porn. I don't know, everyone thought he was a serious contender but I mostly thought he was a giant skeeve.

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I sat staring at this in confusion for a while trying to remember when Jung-hwan was ever teacher, let alone when he asked out a student and asked another for porn, until I realized you probably meant the second male lead in 1997?

I also never thought he was a serious contender. It was obvious to me from the beginning that Yoon-jae would end up with Shi-won.

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@mindy
Oops! Sorry! You're right. I got my Replies mixed up. Sorry everybody!

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Can I write about me and Oppa? 😂❤

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Honestly, at this point you two are an OTP in my book ~ ;)

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Please hahahaha

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Of course, as long as The Rim & @mary together validate your essay. 😇😄

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Yes!!!! 😂

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Ultimate DB Oppa-Beanie OTP!

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Ohhh
These top my list my list,

ULTIMATE OTP

Go eun chan and Han gyul
Healer and Chae Young-shin

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Our ultimate OTP is Moon soo and Gang doo from Just between lovers. There is not a more perfect pair in Dramaland... But we could try to remember others.

On the other hand (hey, more seriously), I like to think (meditate) about the reasons and the values that make an otp a very "true" OTP...I don't know if you get it. It is not only the look factor, or the bickering factor... For me, there has to be more than one significant reason why they are in love, so that I believe in that love. Otherwise it is or could be a prolonged infatuation or the establishment of a dysfunctional relationship.
That may be the reason why I don't like these so common stories where the guy is a jerk, and yeah, just because of her, he changes for the better. Why would you have any type of relationship with a jerk to start with????
Something like boys over flower leaves me a bad taste, because I could never understand why Jang di would fall for gun pyo... For me, it didn't make any sense...
So... off to write about it. I think I will be the one to write in order to ruin some of the most popular OTP out there in Dramaland, LOL😂😂😂
I hope you guys don't hate me for that...

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I know Gang doo and Moon soo are new, but it's so true. It's hard to beat them. I like them both as individuals and a couple.

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I think this is a great post to write: 'true' OTPs.

For me, that would be OTPs that are good for each other. I love stories where the OTP complement each other or see things in the other that only they would see. So I've been spoiled recently with Moon Soo and Gang Doo as well as Kim Min Kyu and Jia

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Please write about it. Honestly, they improve each other and compliment each other sooo welllll. I mean there are sooo many other OTP's in drama land, but this one feels so much more functional down the line

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Interesting topic! Since I don't want to type a whole article, I will simply post here in summary:

My favorite OTPs/ OTPs that worked regardless of whether the drama’s story was strong or not:
Boong Do/ Hee Jin “Queen In Hyun’s Man” (adorable OTP)
Kang Chul/ Yeon Joo “W Two Worlds” (breathtaking OTP… swoony)
Soo Ha/ Hae Sung “I Hear Your Voice” (heartfelt/heart-melting OTP)
In Ha/Dal Po “Pinocchio” (soulmate OTP)
Song Yi/Min Joon “My Love from the Stars” (cosmic OTP)
Min Min/ Bong Bong “Strong Woman Do Bong” (sparkling/vibrant OTP)
Bok Joo/ Joon Hyung “Weightlifting Fairy” (nostalgic OTP)
Jae Chan/ Hong Joo “While You Were Sleeping” (dreamy OTP)
Choi Young/ Eun Soo “Faith” (destined OTP… this was the strongest chemistry I felt from LMH – who I otherwise find bland - despite the lack of kisses)
Jung Sun/ Hyun Soo “Temperature of Love” (palpable chemistry OTP… the chemistry of the two actors made it work for me, in an otherwise slow/shaky story)
Moon Soo/ Gang Doo “Just Between Lovers” (heartbeat/survivor OTP)

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OTPs that didn’t work for me, either because of the story/lack-of-chemistry or because they were miscast:
OTP in “Heirs” (lack of chemistry, average actors, and the story is bad)
OTP is “playful kiss” (zero chemistry, bad actors, and the story is terrible)
OTP in “Legend of the Blue Sea” (The H/h felt like brother and sister not a romantic couple, there was zero sizzle or spark between them)
OTP in “Flower boy Next Door” (I wished they had cast a different male lead for the part)
OTP in “Boys Over Flowers” (I didn’t finish this drama, long suffering heroine played by an annoying actress and an annoying man-child hero... blech)
OTP in "Secret Garden" (I don’t find a man child attractive)
OTP in "Jealousy Incarnate" (I had second male lead syndrome)
OTP in "Because This is my first life" (this OTP just didn't click for me, and while the story was good at some parts, it was also pretentious in others)

OTPs that were almost there:
OTP in “She Was Pretty” (the hero was too much of a jerk for too long)
OTP in “Fight My Way” (something was missing, despite having some sexy moments…)
OTP in “Kill Me Heal Me” (I liked this OTP, but the story is too crazy for my liking)
OTP in “I Need Romance 3” (they had sizzle, but the heroine was too messed up and annoying for a good portion of this drama)
OTP in “Jugglers” (cute OTP but there was something distinctly lacking about them... that special feeling was just not there)
OTP in “I’m Not a Robot” (I just could not suspend my disbelief)
OTP in “Personal Taste” (There was good chemistry between this couple, but the heroine was just too pitiful and the story was slow and weird… though I still remember her life weather forecast monologues to herself)
OTP in “City Hall” (I hated the male lead’s hairstyle, the OTP were understated yet memorable but I wanted more – especially on the male lead’s part)
OTP in “Coffee Prince” (the male lead was great, but the female lead annoyed me and that is why this couple is in this category)

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Lie to me also didn't work. Tomorrow cantabile could have done better.
But somehow the liar and his lover felt ok, and Louis and Bok shil, come on, they were absolutely adorable.

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I didn’t watch “Tomorrow Cantabile” so I can’t comment on that one. However your post made me remember some that I had forgotten in my original post, so I will add them here hehe.

In the OTPs that were almost there category, I need to also add:
OTP from “Suspicious Partner” (I like this OTP, but the male lead’s lack of charisma was really obvious in this drama, at times I wished it was SIG playing the part, even though I used to like JCW)
OTP from “Another Miss Oh” (I hated the male lead’s hairstyle, and the couple were too dis-functional for my liking… had the story/characters been better, I would’ve easily liked this couple)
OTP from “Lovers” (this is an older 2006 drama that I watched several years back, I don’t remember the specifics but I do remember that I liked the OTP and they had chemistry but the ending was kind of open)
OTP from "My Princess" (bubbly OTP... even though the story made no sense, the H/h had lovely chemistry)

OTPs that didn’t work for me:
You’re Beautiful (teenybopper OTP, and male lead is lacking)
Princess Hours (weird OTP, and the heroine deserved better, and I couldn’t stand the elders)
Shopping King Loui (sorry to differ with you on this, I dropped this show because I couldn’t take the male lead’s childishness… like I said I don’t like when the male lead is a man child)
Masters Sun (there was something distinctly lacking between them which became palpable in the stilted kiss scenes… but I can't put my finger on it, in addition the story was weird for me)
Full House (terrible male lead who annoyed me so much throughout the drama… the female lead deserved better)
Fated to Love You (the male lead came off as annoying and certifiable, again the female lead deserved better)
The Greatest Love (bland OTP… the story was nice and the OTP was nice, but that’s just it there was nothing here that was gripping, everything was forgettable)
Love Rain (boring OTP… this whole drama was so boring, and I also don’t like JGS something about him rubs me off wrong and he lacks charisma and screen presence)
My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (awkward OTP… I like SMA but I don’t know why they seem to always pair her up with male leads that don’t work, and I don’t like LSG)
Heartstrings (the most stunted/stilted OTP… the male lead should not be given any leading roles, his acting is average at best and he lacks charisma and screen presence…)
Secret Love (makjang OTP… story is too over-the-top and abusive for the female lead, I couldn’t stand this couple)
Nice Guy ( I find SJK just okay but he lacks charisma and screen presence IMO, and here he had some chemistry with MCW, but the story was makjang and the ending sucked)
City Hunter (stylized/artificial OTP… the story/characters felt too artificial and unbelievable, there was a distinct disconnect from any realism/sincerity in this, so I ended up dropping it)

Waah! I guess this is now the most comprehensive list I have ever posted! Gee, I needed 3 separate posts to...

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Oh, and I forgot to add, in the "OTPs that worked for me/favorite OTP category):
Oh Soo/ Oh Young "That Winter the Wind Blows" (ethereal OTP... despite the flaws of the story, and I wished their kisses were more passionate)

Also in the category of "almost there OTPs" I need to add:
OTP from "Tomorrow with You" (they had sweet chemistry and good kisses, but something about them just didn't click... I think the male lead was miscast)

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LOL i agree with you in almost everything you listed. 😂... heirs and boys over flower...you forgot to mention You are beautiful, also that was an OTP that didn't work. He was an arrogant jerk, and she was also a pitiful silly girl. Come on: I give you permission to love me?? (Or something like that, he said)... 😒
I didnt have experience at that time, that is why I watched that show.

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Jung Sun/ Hyun Soo “Temperature of Love” (palpable chemistry OTP… the chemistry of the two actors made it work for me, in an otherwise slow/shaky story)

What could have been /regretful sigh/ The feels they gave me in the first few episodes totally win them OTPoints though. I totally loved the vibe they gave off during those first few interactions ;;

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There's one OTP that I dislike so much. Goblin, because of the hype, was the first drama that I watched after years of hiatus from dramaland and I remember I was appalled by the pairing.
Normalizing romance between high-school student and an almost 40 year old ahjussi is WRONG. Usually when I don't like a drama I just quietly stopped watching and dropped any conversation about it. But this pairing is so appalling that I'm willing to fight anyone who say otherwise.

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PREACH!

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I think this is one of the reasons I tend to like SLP's (second lead pairing) or go looking for an SLP in a drama that I like that has a little age thing going.

Goblin --> I liked Reaper and Sunny MUCH better as a pairing.

I Hear Your Voice --> I was praying that male lawyer would get it on with the female prosecutor because I loved the story, the supernatural schtick, the mom, the villain, the characters... but he's in high school!!! He's in high school!!! Stop... go to college and then talk to me.

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"most fandom-splitting (etc) OTPs"... *glances at this comment section* *heh*

hehehe, dunno if I'll write anything for this but I'll stick around with popcorn for the good reads.

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Can I request Ssong Sungmin couple post?!!

Still patiently waiting for a possible season 3🙏

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Yes! We need to see the "P" in OTP actualize in Season 3.

Writer-nim, give us poor fans just a little bit of SsongSungmin service, jebal!

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Yes!! This needs written! The OTP that was teased but never actualized...

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can I invent my own "mosts"?

the cutest and puppiest would be Louis and "Koboshi"
the most separated by class would be Bang-Won & Boon Yi
the most caper would be Jung-Do & Sung-Il from 38PU
the Most would be Hye-Jin & Sung Joon.
etc. ...

I should appoint all OTPs their own subtitle

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Any Louis and Bokshil appreciation is love. The one true puppy pairing to rule all the puppies.

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I'll be interested to see what the beanies come up with... although I truly hope writing about/reminding us about some of the OTP wars doesn't rekindle them!

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So Ji Sub and Gong Hyo-Jin from Master's SUN will FOREVER be my OTP!!!

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I really was planning on submitting something for whatever February's theme would be but how can you do this to me

how can I NOT write about Moon Soo and Gang Doo and submit 5 separate entries about them because I can't keep to the word limit?
😥😥😥😥

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Word limit! LOL😂😂😂😂

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Don’t worry about the word limit, I submitted something about 600 words over and they edited down for me! If it’s compelling, write it!

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Anybody has the same list of ultimate OTPs?

Queen In Hyun’s Man
Coffee Prince
Reply Me 1997
Go Back Couple
Princess’ Man
I Hear Your Voice

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Queen In-hyun's Man YES A THOUSAND TIMES YES

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Princess' Man

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INAR
SWDBS
Healer
are my top three

I do agree about I Hear Your Voice, Coffee Prince though. They were very good OTPs.

I must be the lone voice in the wilderness of Queen In Hyun's Man because I really disliked that OTP. I thought he treated her badly, constantly demeaning and belittling her for not being smart enough. I have a thing about OTPs where I need them to be able to answer "what do you actually like about each other?" and in that show I thought the answer was "she's hot and dumb so I can show her off and feel superior to her at the same time".

I'm about to watch Princess' Man because everybody keeps saying the OTP is great.

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OST is not great... It’s chilling, goosebump-inducing. One of few kdramas that really ripped my heart apart.

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"INAR
SWDBS
Healer"

YES TO THESE 3!!!!

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Does this need to be a Kdrama couple? Weirdly enough, I have an ultimate OTP, which so far still has not been dethroned 10 years later.

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Just tell us here, since maybe non-Kdrama shouldn't be written up on a Kdrama blog... But...I'm interested!

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TsukushiXDoumyoji from live action drama Hana Yori Dango. Out of all the remakes of the series I would always go gaga over the Japanese pairing. It doesn't help at all that the actors are now also confirmed to have actual relationship in real life . 😂😂

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Omg, are Inoue Mao and MatsuJun actually confirmed to be dating?! After all these years?! 😂 I wonder if they’ve been dating since the drama. That is a loooong time indeed!

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yeah, i think they confirmed last year? You don't know how ecstatic i was to hear that news. There was even a rumor that they were getting married, but I havent heard anything else about that after. Not sure how long they've been dating though since J-media's/Johnny's international lockdown is tighter than YG dungeons.

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YES! no matter how annoying or whatever,Tsukushi and Doumyoji are just 😍

Oh,has Johnny's FINALLY confirmed them? They've been rumored to be dating since HYD ended

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whenever i see her hairstyle, I just cant help but to think about Kim Go Eun (Hong Seol) from cheese in the trap..

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