Korean Dramas and the Charisma of the Outlaw Hero

Early this year we have seen two of the most popular Korean dramas that employed this hero archetype – TvN’s Vincenzo and SBS’s Kim Do Ki in Taxi Driver. These two dramas are structured in a way that fits perfectly to the definition and characterization of an outlaw hero – a hero that combats social norms and systems by operating above the law. Both dramas picture the current justice system as skewed, manipulated, corrupted, and exploitative. So, to correct this, the hero goes all the way by circumnavigating the law and extracting justice through his own methods and judgments.