It’s not a Kdrama Until: Somebody has a Grossly Irresponsible Parent

Posted by Stephanie on June 27, 2012


In all of Kdrama, there are three types of parents. First off we have the Big Bad Kdrama Mama. A twist on this is the lesser known is the Big Bad Kdad. Then we have the infrequently seen normal parents (or they are just dead.) Finally we have the breed of parent we are going to be focusing on today, the Grossly Irresponsible Parent.

We’ve all seen them. We’ve all marveled over them. Some of us have even shouted at our television screen at them as if they could hear our cries and somehow be compelled to changed their Grossly Irresponsible behavior. It would sound something like this: “Are you freaking kidding me?”

A Grossly Irresponsible Parent is easy to spot. There are traits which all Grossly Irresponsible Parents share. They may include any of the following:

  • problems with gambling
  • shop-a-holic
  • can’t keep a job
  • has no interest in getting a job
  • plays fast and loose with the law
  • borrows money from bad guy money lenders
  • abandons children when going gets rough
  • blames children for their problems
  • expects children to pay off their debts
  • expects children to marry wealthy husbands/wives in order to support the parents, no matter how awful the husband/wife might be.

The Grossly Irresponsible Parent is quite different from the Big Bad Kdad or Big Bad Kdrama Mama. Grossly Irresponsible Parents and their offspring usually are lower-lower middle class or hover just above the poverty level (primarily due to their Grossly Irresponsible behavior). The Big Bad’s primarily are of the über wealthy sphere and primarily use their Big Bad schemes to keep their offspring away from the spawn of the Grossly Irresponsible Parent.

Children of the Grossly Irresponsible Parent are usually the complete opposite of their parents. Character traits of the Children of the Grossly Irresponsible may include any of the following:


  • Plucky
  • Independent
  • Studious
  • Unique fashion sense
  • Dependable
  • Good runners (you know, from all that running away from the Money Lenders they have to do)

Due to these traits, the children of the Grossly Irresponsible Parents are highly alluring to the children of the Big Bad Kdrama Mama. Within the Kdrama world it’s hard to find one without the other.

Children of the Grossly Irrisponsible Parents are primarily female. I’m not sure why this is a rule, it just is. It may have something to do with the allure of having a hero who is a chaebol.

If you are a child of the Grossly Irresponsible Parent, there is hope! With a little work, and a 16 episode story arc, your Grossly Irresponsible Parent can learn the error of their ways and change. Or die. Either way, it paves the way for you to live a relatively stress free life with the chaebol hero.

Check out this week’s Top 5 List to check out my list of the worst of the worst Grossly Irresponsible Parent offenders.

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