K-Drama: 7 Iconic & Lovable Trios We Will Never Stop Rooting For
“Two’s company, three’s a crowd,” as they say, but in the K-drama universe, fans are willing to make exceptions—especially if their friendship oozes some serious #SquadGoals vibes—like these trios.
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Despite the fact that this K-drama 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.
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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 its audience crying and laughing with each rollercoaster episode, and it’s all owing to its unorthodox storyline which touches on mental health and the formidable trinity: 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.
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It’s true: four years on, fans are still raving about the Goblin triplex, 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.
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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 food trip 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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