Top 5 K-Drama ‘Frenemy’ Bromances

It’s no secret that the gem of every K-Drama is the bromance that plays out between the male characters – and even though a good ol’ traditional bromance is great, there’s just something special about watching two characters go from enemies to best friends.

So to honour these love-hate friendships, we’re sharing with you five of our favourite K-Drama frenemy bromances~!


Goblin and the Grim Reaper
(Goblin: The Great and Lonely God)

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First off we have to start with the most famous frenemy duo from 2017 – Kim Shin and Wang Yeo, a.k.a the Goblin and Grim Reaper from the infamous drama Goblin: The Great and Lonely God.

These two spent the majority of their screen-time together either fighting or finding ways to annoy each-other – from singing humiliating folk tales about one another to using their telekinetic powers to hurl food and dishes at each-other!

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But despite hating each-other with a passion, these two never seemed to be able to keep away from one another, whether it be going grocery shopping together, cooking a meal, eating dinner and even having a sleepover – these two loved to hate each-other.

And after being forced to spend time with one another, the melancholy Grim Reaper and the egotistical Goblin became closer and, eventually, grew into proper friends.


Soo Ho and Ban Ryu
(Hwarang: Poet Warrior Youth)

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Coming from different aristocratic families, Soo Ho and Ban Ryu spent many episodes fighting, both with spiteful comments and even with swords.

Soo Ho and Ban Ryu’s little feud continued throughout many episodes of Hwarang, but eventually the two hard-headed characters grew fond of one another!

Even though they considered each-other enemies since childhood, Ban Ryu and Soo Ho still looked out for one another and took a chance to grow closer – and despite their bickering, they became best friends.

Putting aside their differences and family dramas, these two characters became especially loyal to each-other and their other friends they made along the way!


Louis and Mr.Cha
(Shopping King Louis)

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Next up is a duo that really never stopped hating each-other, even after their drama ended – and that’s none other than Kang Ji-sung (Louis) and Cha Joong-won from Shopping King Louis!

You’d think that these two would get along, since they both appreciate fashion, but their rivalry was never-ending due to the fact that they both loved the same girl – a K-Drama cliche that we never get tired of.

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But even though they couldn’t stand each-other, Louis and Mr.Cha constantly found themselves looking after one another – from giving each-other massages, applying heat packs and even becoming roommates for a short time!

In the end, these two hot-heated characters put aside their rivalry in order to make the woman they love happy.


Min-hyuk and Gook-du
(Strong Woman Do Bong Soon)

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Another love triangle bromance we couldn’t get enough of was that of Min-hyuk and Gook-du in the hilariously thrilling drama Strong Woman Do Bong Soon.

Aware that they were both going after the same woman, CEO Ahn Min-hyuk and police officer In Gook-du were constantly at each-other throats and were always trying to find different ways to keep the other away from ‘their girl’ – which resulted in a few outrageous scenarios!

Even though Min-hyuk and Gook-du hated each-other, one drink too many had these two enemies dancing together, cuddling and almost ended with them making out!

Overall, Gook-du and Min-hyuk put up with one another and tried to get along for the girl they loved – which, in the end, may not have been so hard to do.


Jin-hyuk and Seon-woo

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Last but not least is one of our favourite frenemy bromances, and that’s between Jin-hyuk and Seon-woo from the famous Korean film Antique!

These two used to be best friends in high school, but after Seon-woo came out as gay, and told Jin-hyuk he had feelings for him, the two fell out. Many years later, Jin-hyuk hired his old friend to be the pastry chef at his cafe – but the stone-cold Jin-hyuk makes it clear that they would never be friends again.

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But, as with most frenemy bromances, eventually these two characters got used to being around one another and got over whatever problems they had in the past – and by the end of their drama, they we’re pretty much considered a couple by everyone around them!


Which K-Drama frenemies are your favourites? Let us know!


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Claudia Deborah 이보라

Book-dealer by day, writer and illustrator by night—Instagram: @kikitsa.draws. Instant coffee and trot music get me through the day. My life is simple but I’m greatful for it. 나의 인생은 조금 심심하고 단순하지만, 이런 내 삶도 나에게 주어진 삶이 기 때문에 감사함을 느끼고 있습니다.



  • Lola M.
    3 years ago

    The Bromance from Jugglers was also great ! Loved the yellow couple outfits !

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