7 Iconic Trios From our Favourite Korean Dramas
They often say that “two’s company, and three’s a crowd”, but in the K-drama universe, fans are willing to make exceptions—especially if the friendship of a tight threesome is giving off some serious #SquadGoals vibes—like that of these trios.
Despite the fact that this Netflix series is steeped in intense drama and chilling revelations, the unconventional bond between the often “dark” and brooding Vincenzo Cassano (Song Joong-ki), the feisty Hong Cha-young (Jeon Yeo-bin), and the dramatic Nam Joo-sung (Yoon Byung-he) provides barrels of laughs.
Who can forget the hilariously “noob”-ish Samsan Tech trio from one of 2020’s hit K-dramas, Start-Up? If there’s anything that college-and-knitting-club friends Nam Do-san (Nam Joo-hyuk), Kim Yong-san (Kim Do-wan), and Lee Chul-san (Yoo Soo-bin) have taught us, it’s never to give up on your dreams—or each other.
3/7 The King: Eternal Monarch
Not only do the boys of The King: Eternal Monarch—Lee Gon/Lee Ji-hun (Lee Min-ho), Jo Yeong/Jo Eun-sup (Woo Do-hwan), Kang Shin-jae/Kang Hyeon-min (Kim Kyung-nam)—make such a swoon-worthy, dashing triad, they also dish out the best fighting chops when and where it matters the most.
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4/7 It’s Okay to Not Be Okay
Arguably the best Netflix K-drama of 2020, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay left us crying and laughing with each roller-coaster episode, and it’s all due to its unorthodox storyline that touches on mental health and the formidable trinity of Moon Gang-tae (Kim Soo-hyun), Go Moon-young (Seo Ye-ji), and Moon Sang-tae (Oh Jung-se). Admit it—you wanted to be part of that dynamic too.
Four years on, fans are still raving about the Goblin trio—the pint-and-a-half-sized Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun) and frenemies Goblin/Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) and Grim Reaper/Wang Yeo/Kim Woo-bin (Lee Dong-wook). After all, their endearing chemistry helped steer the K-drama to becoming the fifth highest-rated drama in Korean cable-television history.
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6/7 Mystic Pop-Up Bar
Following the hilarious threesome of Kang Bae (Yook Sung-jae), Gwi (Choi Won-young), and Weol Ju (Hwang Jung-eum) as they fumbled through people’s dreams and helped spirits settle grudges in fantastical missions was such a wholesome journey. In particular, witnessing their friendship bloom despite their different ages, personalities and rough pasts was truly heartening.
7/7 Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Although much of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo’s success is credited to its lead stars who later made headlines for going on to date in real life, the K-drama’s jolly queens—Kim Bok-joo (Lee Sung-kyung), Jung Nan-hee (Cho Hye-jung), and Lee Seon-ok (Lee Joo-young)—were probably one of the best power trifectas of our generation. After all, they coined the popular catchphrase, “Swegg!”, complete with an awkward but cute hand gesture that fans love.
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