This list was originally posted on our Facebook page in 2017.
K-dramas won’t be complete without the beautiful tragedy of these second leads. They are usually the ones who love the most but don’t get the girl. Here’s our Top 10 oppas who made us cry a river. They will always be the ones that got away.
She Was Pretty
“To me, you’re a hundred times prettier.” – Reporter Cha/Kim Shin-hyuk (Choi Siwon)
“Because instead of me, she loves somebody else the most. And I don’t want to see her sorry all the time.” – Gong Tae-kwang (Yook Sung-jae)
“I will live as your man and not anyone’s king.” – Sam Maek-jong/Ji-dwi (Park Hyung-sik)
“In the end, fate and timing do not happen, out of coincidence. They are products of earnest, simple choices, that make up miraculous moments. Being resolute, making decisions without hesitation… that is what makes timing. He wanted her more than I did. And I should have been more courageous. It was not the traffic light’s fault. It was not timing. It was my hesitations.” – Jung Hwan (Ryu Jun-yeol)
Moonlight Drawn by Clouds
“Be as sad as you wish, cry as you want, suffer from a broken heart and then come to me.” – Kim Yoon-sung (Jung Jin-young)
My Love from the Star
“’I’ve been telling you about my feelings like a joke for 15 years. I joked about it because I was afraid you’d shut me out if I said it seriously. But can’t you also call it love?” – Lee Hee-kyung (Park Hae-jin)
Flower Boy Next Door
“Maybe, I could have had a chance. I just regret that I missed it.Leave so that I can give up. If you can’t leave…ask me to stay.” – Oh Jin-rak/Oh Jae-won (Kim Ji-hoon)
“People become cowards because they have something they want to protect.” – Moon Jae-shin/Geol-oh (Yoo Ah-in)
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
“Now I have finally realized my feelings. I don’t want to be friends with you anymore.” – In Guk-doo (Jisoo)
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
“I thought I had lost you. I thought I wouldn’t be able to see you again. I was scared.” – Wang Wook/8th Prince (Kang Ha-neul)
The original TOTGAs My Girl‘s Seo Jung-woo (Lee Jun-ki) and Princess Hours/Goong‘s Prince Yul (Kim Jeong-hoon).
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Here are some of our other Top 10 lists.