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aegyo - 애겨 Cute. Often used as a noun, not an adjective, as in showing one's aegyo and being aegyo.
Airport Scene Rule - Cellphones refuse to work or connect at an airport.
Amnesia - Where a person loses their name and convenient parts of their history, but oddly can talk well despite not remembering anything, including their name.
Asian Drama Gods - The gods that control if a drama is good or bad. Prone to gambling.
Banjun - Where the mood of the drama changes suddenly. Was a drama series as well, often played for laughs.
banmal - 반말, Talking down to someone because they are younger or have lower status.
Beach Scene - Where the hero and heroine go to the beach, often driving overnight to see the Sunset on the other coast of Korea. However, this trip is often deemed a waste of time if the hero and heroine don't chase each other along it.
Big Misunderstanding - Character A hasn't told Character B something important, so Character B mistakes the information when they get it leading to this. But if they just talked it out then it would be solved.
Big Secret - Character A can't tell character B something, so Character B gets thrown around in circles trying to figure it out, often with lots of misunderstandings. Often if Big Secret is told, the current plot unravels.
Camera Rotate Around Brooding Character - Because life is so hard and they have nothing else to do in an empty room even if the rest of the world is busy and they should be working. Often features lowered lights and very serious looks. More prone to male use than female.
Car Accidents - Mostly black cars are involved and the license plate never appears. The character rolls over the top of the car, often the force breaking the windshield. The driver is never heard from again.
Chaebol - A person from the upper class, often owning large company holdings--or their family does. Often in dramas cold-hearted, angry and needs to be set on the right path by the hero[ine].
Cinderella Effect - The heroine's shoe gets damaged in some way or she loses it, so the man bends down and either puts on new ones or repairs the one there and puts it on while they look at each other with meaningful stares.
Debt - Often incurred by the FMC's father's gambling problem or a father trusting someone that is shady with a cosign, leaving the girl to do something extreme to pay it off. Or in melodrama, something to add to the fact that the situation is desperate and she can't pay it off until she meets a Chaebol.
Family Objection - Where the family puts up a packet of money to make usually the heroine go away. The heroine is then to nobly refuse said packet, often after looking in at it and then saying their moral principles and/or love is better.
Gangsters - Often who swear, ask for debts, have their hands in their pocks while their button-up shirt is half open. Not to be confused with street punks. Drama version often has them stickying notes to precious objects to force the main character to do something.
haeyoche - a formal speech level whose regular indicative ending is -ayo (-아요) or -ôyo (-어요).
hageche - A formal speech level whose indicative ending is -ne (-네). One level above hapsyoch'e.
haoch'e - formal and polite whose indicative ending is -(s)o (-소 or -오)
hapsyoche - Formal speech level whose indicative ending is -(sû)mnida (-습니다 or -ㅂ니다);
hasoseoche - extremely formal and polite indicative ending is -naida (-나이다)
Hospital Scene, The - Hospital Scene is obligatory in every K-drama--one scene must happen in a hospital or it has to be mentioned.
Ill-fated Bad Timing - Where the male or female lead witnesses their rival hugging their love interest. This can also happen for second leads.
Jeongmal - 정말. Speaking up to someone because they are older than you.
K-drama Curse - One of the random melodramatic plotlines that are often inserted when the writer is stuck. Often used to keep people from complaining about subs.
K-Drama Romantic Relationship Points - What one needs to become good at romance, or how to meet a guy if one is in K-drama land.
Leukemia - The single most used disease in K-drama history and an excuse for the large Hospital scenes.
Makeover - The event where the ugly girl transforms into someone the hero admires.
Makjang - Overdramatic stories which often include Birth secrets.
Man-Child - Where the man is acting as a child often with the Main female character acting as a substitute mother for the man.
Military Service - Required service for all body-able males for two years in which time they return and often do things with their shirts off--get out of the shower with only a towel on their lower half, shower brooding, and swim. Sometimes the removal of the shirt is sheer fan service and goes completely unexplained. Close second to the shirt off is a wet shirt, which women, as much as men, aren't immune to.
Montage Scene - Often obligatory and done either when Romantic interest/Main character is remembering fuzzy memories with the female character or at the end of a drama. Sometimes randomly inserted with camera rotate complete with brooding.
Noble Idiot Syndrome - Where the Hero[ine] saves the other character by either going away or quietly suffering for the other character.
Passing Shot - Where the hero and heroine (usually the main characters) just miss each other. This often leads to the ill-fated bad timing.
Phone battery pull out - Because the character is frustrated with the other character on the other side, they pull out their cellphone battery rather than turn off the phone with the power button. (That or K-drama phones don't have an off button unlike real life)
Phone has no answering machine - Because the character wishes to not talk to voice mail unless the other character is dead and it is being played for tears.
Piggy Back Ride (the) - Where the hero or heroine bond over drinks and then one of them gets too drunk so piggy back rides them, which often results in throwing up, stripping of clothes and so on.
Pink Shirt Theory - Where the hero often shows up in a pink shirt when they are ready to sweep away the girl.
Princess Carry - Where the girl is disabled in some way so thus needs to be carried in the guy's arms.
sageuk - Korean historical dramas
Second Lead Female - Someone who often has a lop-sided hair cut, too much make up, sharp heels and furry or designer clothes.
Second Lead Male - The male, who is often kind, good looking, but too slow to get the girl. Often the object of Second Lead Syndrome.
Second Lead Syndrome - Where you like the second lead (usually male) better with one of the main characters.
Shower Brooding - Where usually the man is brooding in the shower about tough issues. Often comes after army duty.
SoonJeong - Sweetness and innocence, especially about love.