8 Lovely Korean Dramas With Cute & Shy Male Leads You’ll Adore

While I love dashing male leads who are rich, suave, collected, and calm, sometimes the shy ones steal the show, and it’s always a joy to witness. 

These are the ones who don’t go out of their way to interact with people and are very comfortable remaining in their own heads.

And it’s probably all that repressed energy, but when these guys fall, they fall completely, and there is no way you’re not going to be moved by their romance.

1. It’s Okay To Not Be Okay


The best companion for a shy male lead is a very bold, somewhat outrageous female lead, and It’s Okay To Not Be Okay really got that right because Gang Tae was so introverted while Moon Young was quite talkative and abrasive. 

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2. Love In Contract

Love In Contract

I think my favorite thing about this fake relationship Korean drama was also that, again, it starred a reserved male lead (Jun Ji Ho) and a female lead (Choi Sang Eun) who had been trained in the act of diplomacy and interpersonal relationships. 

It was so cute to see Ji Ho absolutely flustered by the smallest things she did and he was so stunned she sort of interpreted it as dislike. 

3. When The Camellia Blooms

When the Camelia blooms

More ignorant than shy, our male lead, Hwang Young Shik, in this small town romance and thriller Korean drama won’t win any awards for being a strapping hero, but he was just what Oh Dong Baek needed, and that’s all that matters.

4. Because This Is My First Life

Because this is my first life

Nam Se Hee was downright antisocial, and while he got on my nerves a couple of times, I loved when he eventually made the effort to open up because he had mastered his feelings, and it was one of the most beautiful things ever.

5. A Love So Beautiful

A love so beautiful

Cha Heon, our male lead in this high school drama, was a bashful teenager who covered his dorkiness by being cold and very, very reserved, while our female lead would be jumping all over him. 

He would simply stand in his own place, and it was just so funny to see him sit still while his bundle of energy would be so uncontrollable.

Also See: 15 Interesting High School K-Dramas That Will Make You Feel Young

6. Introverted Boss

Her introverted Boss

I have to say, the male lead in this workplace romance drama, Eun Hwan Ki, had me a little worried because I can understand being shy and introverted, but he was so traumatized by the public that he couldn’t even talk to anyone except those in his inner circle.

7. Dream High

Dream high

You probably won’t even recognize Kim Soo Hyun in this drama because he was a country bumpkin who was brought in and also trained to be an idol. 

To say he faced a lot of hardships in his journey would probably be an understatement and it was good to see him learn more about himself. 

8. Summer Strike

Summer strike

It might be a little hard to believe, but An Dae Beom, our male lead in this drama, was so shy when he met Yeo Reum, the female lead, that he literally never spoke to her.

In fact, I was convinced that he just couldn’t speak, but then we later learned that he is shy and very introverted, so he doesn’t speak to people he isn’t familiar with. But, he eventually became familiar with her, and you needed to see him go.

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So what do you think? Do you think you’re going to go back to a cold man anytime soon? Let me know in the comment section.

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