Park Bo Gum, Jang Ki Yong and More: These Amazing K-Drama Actors Can Portray Both Hero and Villain Effortlessly

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Park Bo Gum
Namgoong Min
Lee Dong Wook
Jang Ki Yong
Kwak Dong Yeon

Oftentimes, actors are so good at one kind of acting role-the mischievous chaebol heir, the filthy rich and cold-hearted university student, or the handsome and friendly male lead-that fans and viewers get used to seeing them play only one role in their long-time acting career.

However, some actors are so talented that they can effortlessly pull off different roles, which can sometimes become a surprise to the viewers.

In this list are the K-Drama actors who can portray both the wholesome hero and the dangerous villain, keep on reading to know more about their engrossing portrayals of their diverse acting roles!

Park Bo Gum

Park Bo Gum is one of the actors who is known not only in South Korea but also in Asia. He is best known for his heart-fluttering and loveable characters in blockbuster dramas "Love in the Moonlight" and "Encounter."

Park Bo Gum
(Photo : Park Bo Gum)

He's the epitome of the sweet romantic guy who has a beautiful smile, which is why fans and viewers are in awe after he portrayed the role of a psychopathic serial killer in the 2015 drama "I Remember You."

His innocent and sweet looks even made his dark role sinister. Park Bo Gum received critical acclaim for his successful portrayal in the drama.

Namgoong Min

Namgoong Min made a huge impression for his famous villain roles in the hit dramas "Remember" and "The Girls Who Sees Smells."

Namgoong Min
(Photo : Namgoong Min Instagram)

In "Remember," he took on the role of an unforgiving CEO whose rage leads to unsolvable issues for his company and other crimes. He then transformed into a psychopath killer who masks his wrongdoings by disguising as a chef in "The Girl Who Sees Smells."

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After these spine chilling acting roles, Namgoong Min left the viewers in shock as he portrayed an enjoyable character in the workplace comedy "Good Manager" and romance comedy drama "Beautiful Gong Shim," where he became a lawyer who does charity for those people in need.

Lee Dong Wook

Known for his handsome face and charismatic aura, Lee Dong Wook proved his acting ability as he played diverse acting roles in his decades of being an actor.

Lee Dong Wook
(Photo : Lee Dong Wook Instagram)

In the worldwide phenomenon melodrama "Goblin," he played both hero and villain as the modern-day Grim Reaper. Despite the chilling name, he was a timid and indifferent man who did unspeakable things in his past life.

Not only that, he played the role of a conniving dentist who masks his sinister plans with his warm smile in "Strangers From Hell." 

Jang Ki Yong

The heartthrob model and actor Jang Ki Yong slowly climb to the top as one of the most sought-after actors in today's time.

Jang Ki Yong
(Photo : Jang Ki Yong Instagram)

Jang Ki Yong gained popularity as a nice guy in his supporting role in "Go Back Couple." In spite of his image, he transformed into an unforgiving loan shark in the drama "My Mister."

Because of that, he continued to diversify his acting roles, playing a variety of characters-from the adorable tactical detective in "Come and Hug Me" to the sly assassin in "Kill It," where he hides his dark story as a friendly veterinarian.

But Jang Ki Yong changed things up again for his role in the 2021 romance fantasy drama "My Roommate Is a Gumiho," where he played the role of a naive and warm gumiho (mythical creature nine-tailed fox).

Kwak Dong Yeon

Kwak Dong Yeon proved himself and his unmatched acting skills with his role as an honorable swordsman in "Love in the Moonlight" to his recent witty cameo appearance in "It's Okay to Not Be Okay."

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(Photo : Kwak Dong Yeon Instagram)

The actor stole the viewers' hearts with his friendly charm and vibrant aura as a graduate student in the 2018 romance comedy drama "My ID Is Gangnam Beauty."

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Interestingly, Kwak Dong Yeon boasted his acting prowess as he took over the role of the disturbed and nefarious Oh Se Ho.

Which character is your favorite? Who among the actors portrayed their role successfully? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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Written by Elijah Mully. 

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