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[Theme of the Month] Scene stealers

It’s true that every good drama has strong main leads, but for me the best dramas are made complete by the strength of their supporting actors. Sure, they weren’t the focus of the show — but they drew your attention anyway. Scene stealers come in every variety. Sometimes, the show’s scene stealer is that quirky, funny hyung. Other times, they’re gruff but lovable. Still others are just pure charisma in human form.

So let’s look back and remember our favorite scene stealers!

Tell us about your favorite dramaland scene stealers. How did they steal your heart? What makes them special for you?

 
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 November 26. If you miss this month, join us for a new theme next month!

 
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Oohh... I like this theme. I can't wait for beanies' entries.
Also, is this an excuse for me to write about oppa?? ๐Ÿค”

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Probably yes. Go for Hanyang this time.

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Yaaas Gadis, please write about Hanyang.

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๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
I don't know who that is for you, but definitely this is everyone's chance to write about oppa ๐Ÿ˜

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I can reach the word limit by only putting in their names and their drama characters ๐Ÿ˜

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DUSTY!!!!!

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Or "Cat" in Because This Is My First Life, though I dropped the drama itself.

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Dare you! ๐Ÿ”Œ

*you idiot, never dare a writer to write something, what are you thinking???*

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Okay you wierded me out for a minute... that's my first name, lol.

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You're a scene stealer too @lollypip - especially when your recaps are better than the drama

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Awww! *blush*

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Kang Ki-young in every single drama

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Or Lee Yi-kyung in every drama ever...

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Nam Da-Reum as every male leadโ€™s younger self.

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oooohh, the number of dramas I've watched just because nam da-reum is in it.

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Speaking of the leads' younger selves, in THE MOON EMBRACING THE SUN every child actor/actress were a scene stealer (Kim You-Jung, Yeo Jin-Goo, Lee Tae-Ri, Kim So-Hyun, Siwan, and Lee Won-Geun), The senior ones paled in comparison with them.

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Agree!

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THIS!!!!

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Yoo Ah In's wig in Chicago Typewriter

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Dylan Wangโ€™s spiky pineapple hair in Meteor Garden 2018

#pineappleoverperm
#keepingthishashtagalive

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Coats. How many dramas have I watched and been distracted by the parade of stunning coats?

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You mean there was a drama hidden amongst all those gorgeous coats?

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Kim Shin and Reaper's coats in Goblin!

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Secret. I finished Secret only for the coats. That was a first and last to this day, but left quite an impact.

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Do hands count then? Because can definitely count times when the hands have been more interesting than the actual scene...

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Oh yes. What comes to my are the infamous hands of Choi Daniel.

As long as we are talking about body parts, how about butts? Song Jae-rim's apple butt is not merely a scene stealer, but a special feature in Surplus Princess. Aaaaand again Choi Daniel. That long shot in the dark in Jugglers. Definitely top 5 (on a list that I was not aware that I am keeping.)

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Oh I thought I was the only one who was totally distracted by all the stunning coats!

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#don'teverletitdie

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Go Hye Ranโ€™a suits in Misty!

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I agree with this very very strongly

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Park Min Youngโ€™s earrings in WWWSK!

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I nominate her perfect ponytail.

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And her side bang. Perfect hair!!!!

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I saw a sale of Threader Earrings on Haute Look yesterday and thought of her immediately.

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The sparkly tracksuits. See, I don't even have to name the drama, do I? They stole so many scenes that you had to watch again because you were too distracted ๐Ÿ˜

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Lee Junki's mane of glory in MLSHR is what matters

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I'm gonna write about Jennifer. Lol

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I agree with you totally, what a scene stealer she was! Lol her stoic expressions, robotic way of talking and constant quotes by so and so.Hell even her minimalist fashion choices were great and accessories that were either shades, umbrella and even deokku at some points! I absolutely loved her bgm shape of my heart sting!!! Write her well I will look forward to it!

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Hm? Did my entry for last month predict this?

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Jo Jae-Yun ahjussi in everything (such as Gu Family Book, Heart Surgeons, Black, Save Me, Liar Game, Empress Ki)

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Ooohhhh, I have the perfect one. Weโ€™ll have to go back a couple years though! (And no, itโ€™s not Goblin, although Secretary/CEO Kim was an amazing scene stealer!)

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Actually, he stole the scenes in Mr. Sunshine too. Maybe someone should write about him!

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I love Goblin's Secretary Kim. Write it Ally.

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It seems the secretaries steal so many scenes, someone should write a show JUST for them!
way too much fun

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Well, What Wrong With Secretary Kim, and Jugglers were supposedly about secretaries.

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I have three other ideas for this month, so I nominate you, @egads, to show your love for him! Or maybe we can to a joint one. I can provide the gifs/images.

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I also really liked Jo Woo-jin in Chicago Typewriter.

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He did! What's his name? And the twin jokes always brought a smile to the scene. Heehee

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Kim Won Hae in every drama he is in ! his gangster v/s office diva in Strong Woman Do bong soon was just the very very best!

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โ€œevery drama he is inโ€

More than 1,000 words.

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He's my favourite scene-stealer, too! Also in The Ghost Detective, Chief Kim, Signal, and even his cameo in The Miracle We Met!

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CHAN

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4th rower.

Just kidding. Please don't ban me, DB.

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I'm expecting to read about 4th rower, Jus.
Give us a name!!

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This! The ongoing vigil cannot be all for naught!

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Pshhh his name can't be mentioned because it is too powerful... we even never get to see his face in a full shot... let alone his name

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It'll happen one day - persist!

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The banning of @justme, or justice for 4th rower?

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Justice for the 4th rower.

But I still maintain he and Lee Ri-an ran off together and are happily attending university together - him rowing for a team that respect and includes him and her topping every subject and enjoying a relationship with a man that adores her.

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LOL he's the strong and very silent type. ๐Ÿค

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Thanks @egads! I'm still laughing.

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Hahahaha I thought I was the only one who felt so bad he was never invited to the hangouts, workouts, and meals!

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And pajama parties!

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Nope! I have a whole vigil dedicated to him. It's a long running gag. Not really. But yes.

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๐ŸŠ

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R.I.P.

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He's fine! He washed up on my beach on The Island of Neutrality and now lives a happy life on my tug boat catching fish and guarding my gin.

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Aw I love this happy ending.

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Never fail to leave it's impact, TOD!

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Along with that dynamic geographic feature, Cliff Of Non-Doom. ;-)

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And it's less lethal cousins - the Sageuk Cliff of Non-Doom, and Bridge of Non-Doom.

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Why do I have a feeling that this entry is dead on arrival?

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Because it's not moving? ;-)

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A time-skip will reveal it just dropped out of sight and disappeared for awhile. It will probably show up in the last episode on the final day of the month.

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This tempts me to write about the real hero of About Time - the ToD.

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Did someone write about the TOD on one of these before?

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A masterpiece!

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@Ally November 3, 2018 at 7:43 AM

Thanks for that leisurely stroll across TOD Memory Lane -- outside the crosswalk and with our backs to traffic, while wearing dark clothing after dark. ;-)

*blows kisses at TOD*

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I just watch Defendant and have to defend for Optimus Prime, he is harmless and cute and not doom at all!

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Haven't s seen Defendant but I'll believe you because it's Optimus Prime ๐Ÿ˜†

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@bogoshipda, @neener,

Another Optimus Prime just popped up in ep. 5 of DAE JANG-GEUM IS WATCHING, but shows no signs of sentience. For some reason I had it confused with Locutus Prime. Oops! ;-)

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The drama is on my list @pakalanapikake. I will look forward to Optimus Prime! :D

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You should see Defendant, it's a great drama!
If it's not your genre, maybe just watch some scenes with the appearance of Optimus Prime =)))))

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It's on the 'To watch' list and will do so when I'm in the mood ^^

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Kim seul gi in every drama she's in!

So glad she's making a comeback, too bad it's just a one episode drama. Wonder which oppa will she be pair up with this time.

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Yes! I love her!

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I need her as lead again though- I miss her D':

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Lee Se Young in Hwayugi, steal the shine from most of her costars whenever she was on screen.
Son Ho Joon in Terius Behind Me.

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Manseh for Zombie Girl! Definitely a scene stealer. ;-)

Ditto for Jin Yong-tae, who is relegated to second fiddle by criminally cute moppets Kim Gun-woo and Ok Ye-rin. And Uncle Kim Bon when he's delivering nose kisses. ;-)

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Does it apply to every second lead out there?

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Ding dong in Best Love...he is ADORABLE

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Lee El in everything she's in.

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+1000

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She's amazing in Matrimonial Chaos, but so is Bae Doo Na.

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Ah.. Gil Tae-mi, this one is for you

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Be still my SIX FLYING DRAGONS heart. <3

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Key in both Lookout and Drinking Solo. Key in anything. Key in lyfe. Jk. Mostly ;)

Also Kim Kyung Nam in everything he's been in ever, even the extra in AOY...

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Key in Halloween.

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Yessss!!!

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I was just thinking Key as well!

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Excellent - can scrap Key in Drinking Solo from my list of possible scene stealers to write about

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Ahahaha! Oh so now I have to write something for this...?

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yup - you've been volunteered XD

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I just wrote a list, came up with twelve right off the top of my head, lol.

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Does that mean youโ€™ll be writing one or twelve? Oooh, like the Twelve Days of Lollipipโ€™s Stealer-mas. (That was terribke, but you get my point!)

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*terrible, sheesh. Iโ€™m going to sleep now.

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LOL! Maybe just one with all of them in it :)

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Yoon Si-yoon (Da-bong!, Enrique, & Dong-gu), MAD DOG'S Woo Do-hwan, REBEL's Kim Jung-hyun.

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WDH 100%

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WDH for the win!

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So I settled with 2-3 in mind but after reading this whole thread my list grew to 20+ again.

Why is adding so easy and removing so difficult? WHY???

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Beanies were not born with the editing gene.

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I can attest to that; if you guys could see my submissions before they were edited by professionals, atrocious!

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2018: FBS cleaning robot, PMY's ponytail, the censoring of 'adult content' via Viki for "Shall We Kiss First?", The OST - "To. Jenny", Joy's acting (or lack thereof) - "The Great Seducer", nose kisses - "My Secret Terrius", the poems & ALLIGATOR (R.I.P.) - APAD, Ji Eun's acting - "My Mister"
2017/18: JENNIFER, Chae Soo Bin & Yoo Seung Ho's cuteness, the entirety of JBL
2017: Jisung -"Defendant", Jung Hae In - WWYWS, Cat - BTIOFL, Kim Jae Wook - "Voice", BongBong-MinMin,
2016/17: our "SWAG" squad
2016: Jinyoung - MDBC, the OTP & Shin Rina - "Marriage Contract", 4th Prince - ML:SH:R, Kim Go Eun's red scarf - "Goblin"
'Older dramas': Namgoong Min - "Remember" & "Girl Who Sees Smells", Shi Won - "She Was Pretty", sequinned tracksuits - "Secret Garden", Cheon Song Yi, Jung Hwan - "AM1988", Trash Oppa "AM1994", Hacker Ahjumma - "Healer", the drama behind the drama for dramas, Goo Jun Pyo's hair, the mind-bendy-ness in "Circle", our show-stopping duo -FoS, CSW singing/playing "Magic Castle & the wtf-ery ending - "God's Gift - 14 Days", Doctor's Son, Ahn Yo Na & Shin Se Gi, Shin Sung Rok - "Liar Game"

Any- and everything Jo Jung Suk is in

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Oh Jinyoung in MDBC! Ofc how could I forget.

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My heart still hurts thinking of his *SPOILER ALERT* death scene, and I cry my eyes out every time I revisit itโ€” which hasnโ€™t been too many times, for the fact that it actually hurts so much ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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I think I should do it like you, naming the year and then the dramas I have watched, and check which side characters I still find interesting to rewatch. :D

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It took a bit of time for me to do it, but those were just dramas that I rememeber, and I remember them because certain aspects of them stood out, and I think that's the point of scene stealers :)

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yeah and i love do kyeon seok mum in gangnam beauty

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1. Chief Kim Sung-ryong, Gluttonous Sociopath Seo Yool, & Choo Nam-ho (Namgung Min, Lee Junho, & Kim Won-hae in CHIEF KIM / GOOD MANAGER)

2. Prosecutor Jang Do-han's aegyo directed at Prosecutor Kim Eun-joong (Kim Young-kwang and Kim Tae-hoon in LOOKOUT).

3. Shin Dong-wook as Priest Lee Gwan-woo in LOOKOUT.

4. Yang Se-jong in DUEL.

5. Lee Honey (traditional music and dance) and child actor Lee Ro-woon (Gil-dong) in REBEL: THIEF WHO STOLE THE PEOPLE.

6. Lee Joon-gi as Gong-gil in THE KING AND THE CLOWN.

7. Kim Mi-kyung as Court Lady Choi and Ryu Deok-hwan as King Gongmin in FAITH.

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I got to #3 and my heart stopped, again.

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Shoot, @ally-le! I knew I'd get a rise out of you, but I wasn't trying to send you into cardiac arrest. Down, Girl! ;-)

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He did spur the recent priest trend in drama land.

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And SDW is the only one to wear a cassock, IIRC.

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Isn't King and the Clown a movie though? And wasn't he the lead, or at least the joint lead in that? Does that still count? hahaha

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You're right -- it's a film. I must have been so mesmerized by the gorgeous Gong-gil that I forgot he would have had to upstage himself. This is my brain on sleep deprivation. ;-)

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Hahahahaha I was momentarily confused. "Can a lead be a scene stealer? at least in this context?" lol

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Lim Ju Hwan in Bride of the Water God and in Shine or Go Crazy.
Choi Moo-Sung as Safari in Heartless City.
Yoo Seung Ho in Warrior Baek Dong Soo.
Kim Ha-Eun in Chuno - The Slave Hunters.
Yu Oh-Seong as the crazy villain in Kim Soo Ro.

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Really, Im Joo Hwan in almost everything he does. Good one.

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My favorite scene stealer is any cat in any scene in any drama.

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How about the little baby girl in Wa-Hoo Waikiki? Can't spell, but she stole every single scene she was in. I personally could not get enough of her cute smirks and the astonishing array of hats.

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BABY SOL! Her collections of pajamas and hats also the scene stealers

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And her little smiles. yes, she always stole the scenes.

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I am kind of late to the party but I think I would be remiss if I did not nominate (both from STRONGEST DELIVERYMAN) second leads Kim Seon-ho and Ko Won-hee.
Also I think an argument could be made that Choi Min-soo (in LAWLESS LAWYER) stole every scene he was in. Talk about highway robbery!

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Choi Min-soo FTW! He was magnificent.

Also, Lim Ki-Hong as male twin Geum Gang, leader of the loansharks-turned-Lawless Law Firm staff, moved to THE PLAYER. There he again wore his signature aloha shirts. As he was in charge of a money laundering operation, he literally pressed and ironed crumpled bills. What a sight gag.

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All the PPL in the Ghost Detective... especially those cars....

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I'm not sure I can write an entire article (not sure if I have time) but wanted to mention another scene stealing power couple
Song Dong Il and Lee Il Wha, aka the Reply series parents.
the perfectly placed goat sounds and the mom's struggle with portion control with the heaps and heaps of food! entertainment for days!!! ^.^

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Subway. She is everywhere in every scene. You need a place to break-up, Subway. Let's make-up, Subway. I'm trying to woo you, how do you take you Subway sandwiches? You need somewhere to meet you students, Subway. Your wife non-wife just broke up with your cheating self, Subway is there to dry your tears. At this point, I get sad when I watch dramas where she doesn't make a cameo or have plots revolve around her.

In all seriousness: Lee El, Son Seok Koo, Seo Jun Young, Kang Ki Young, Hwang Bo Ra, Kim Seul Gi, Song Ha Joon, Jung Da Bin, Nam Da Reum, and a bunch of child actors, Seo Ji Hoon, Seo Young Joo, Kim Hyun Soo, Shin Jae Ha, Lee Yang Seob, Yang Jin Sung, Han Chae Ah, Song Ok Suk, Jeon No Min, Kil Hae Yeon, Kim Ga Eun, Kim Min Suk, David Lee, Lee Si Won, Shin Jung Keun.... I watch a ton of dramas and tend to get interested in side character/second or third leads more than the leads.

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