We did the guys, so now it’s time for the girls! These women have proven themselves to be well rounded, layered characters who may not fit the classic mold(s) for characters, but they have proven themselves in more ways than one. I will be using a blend of fan art and official art.
Inha Baek, Cheese in the Trap, soonkki:
Link: Cheese in the Trap
Inha is the older sister of Inho, though why he deals with her, I can’t explain. She’s a freeloader, living off of Jung’s family, although Jung has made it clear he doesn’t like her. At least Inho has character development and decides to try to get a better job and to have rehab. But Inha doesn’t even try to get a job. I get that Inho was an arrogant jerk when they were younger and he criticized her passion (art), but as someone who was raised in an artistic family, I know that you need to have tougher skin than that if you want to survive in the art world. Yes, his words weren’t constructive, but you need to get past the criticism and keep going on. She’s also in love with Jung and keeps trying to mess with Seol. I may not like Jung and Seol together, but…her obsession is just creepy.
10. May Ai, My Dandelion, Omoen:
Link: My Dandelion
May Ai is an awkward girl who has a very common problem; making friends. She thinks of herself as weird, which only helps boost her social awkwardness. Her desire for friends switches from being funny to painfully relatable to back again; when she finds out she has a Guardian who can grant her a wish, she doesn’t waste any time using it to make friends. Unknown to her, he actually didn’t grant that wish, which causes a lot of awkward situations.
9. Jung-A Lee, The Stories of Those Around Me, omyo:
Jung-A starts as being the least developed of the three main characters in The Stories of Those Around Me, but once readers get to know her, she proves to be a likable character in her own right. She’s a kind person, but she’s the most objective and logical of her friends. She has problems expressing her own emotions, which cause people to think of her as cold, despite having strong feelings. She wants to express herself better, but her ability to remain calm in stressful situations is at once a blessing and curse.
8. Cassie, Space Boy, Stephen McCranie:
Link: Space Boy
It’s no secret that Space Boy has some of the best developed and realistic characters in Webtoons. Cassie is a painfully realistic character. She is shown to be an enthusiastic, if forceful friend to Amy at first, but then it’s revealed that she has a manipulative and controlling side, especially to her boyfriend David. She’s nosy and pries into Oliver’s past, causing some big problems. But Cassie develops even more, and after a painful experience, she finally opens up to Amy, revealing what made her become more controlling, which eventually strengthens their friendship in the end. Cassie is a complex character, not consistently likable, but realistic and sympathetic.
7. Bora Zhang, Cheese in the Trap, soonkki:
Link: Cheese in the Trap
Bora is a member of the main trio in CIIT that is honestly friendship goals. She and Seol seem to be total opposites. Bora is cheerful, outgoing, and an extrovert, while Seol is more analytical, quiet, and introverted. But they bring out the best in each other, even while having bumps in their friendship. In fact, it’s those bumps that make their friendship strengthen, as they learn to communicate better. She’s willing to do so much for both Seol and Euntaek. She helps Seol when she’s trying to expose Younggong (another student) as a stalker. Bora helps show a realistic friendship, one that grows from problems and is mature and helpful, not harmful.
6. Mira, The Stories of Those Around Me, omyo:
Mira is a working girl whose story is shown first. She’s first portrayed as single, yet longing to become involved in the dating world. She eventually goes on a blind date, which doesn’t work well, especially because she meets a guy by accident that she may like more. As she and Peace (the guy on the subway) talk more, she begins to develop a crush, even though he’s a few years younger than her. They eventually learn to communicate and start a relationship. They’re a good example of a couple that starts off with poor communication skills, but work past that and now can talk to each other easily. They’re a nice, realistic, and mature relationship.
5. Ai Yun, Annarasumanara, Ilkwon Ha:
Ai’s one of the most realistic characters, but her problems may ring a little too true at times. After her father abandoned her and her sister due to his debts, leaving them in poverty, Ai had to give up her dreams and now has no other desire than to become an adult as fast as she can. She has become dispassionate, cynical, and thinks anything that is impractical or childish is pathetic. She takes on a ton of small jobs and works hard at school, while also being a loving sister and book smart. After she meets the magician (L) at the amusement park, she starts to find beauty in the darkest parts of her life again, rediscovers her old dreams, and also finds magic in a bittersweet reality and amongst society’s expectations.
4. Amy, Space Boy, Stephen McCranie:
Link: Space Boy
Art link: Instantmiso tumblr
Amy is from a space colony, but after an accident at her father’s work, she and her family are sent to Earth with the help of cryogenic freezing. Amy is intuitive and is easily able to make friends. She also has synesthesia, which causes her to identify different people with “flavors”. This helps her figure out what people are like, and to steer clear of danger…for the most part. She can be naive and dense at times, especially when it concerns romance. She experiences Earth life happily, almost like a child, as she’s amazed by things we see often, like snow school club, baby chicks, and technology. She is understanding of human nature, and she is able to push Oliver, the titular Space Boy, out of his existential crisis. Even after he ends their friendship, she senses that he’s involved in something dangerous and is determined to help him.
3. Nana, Four Quarters, Kurisustinah:
Link: Four Quarters
Art link: Kurisustinah Twitter
Nana is a sassy woman who is tired of her everyday life. She has become disenchanted and feels like she’s lost her goal in life. However, that all changes when she finds herself waking up in a world that is similar to a “otome” game, where everybody knows her as if she’s lived there all her life. She takes advantage of this opportunity, believing it to be a dream. However, as she’s confronted with evidence that this world may be just as real as the one she comes from, she decides to figure out what’s going on. Nana has some of the best sass and loves trolling people, but she’s revealed to have had problems, especially with so called “friends”. It’s shown that she’s surprisingly strong; after losing one of her closest friendships, she decides to let the friendship go and to stop “chasing the wind”.
2. Seonga Yoon, Dr. Frost, JongBeom Lee:
Link: Dr. Frost
As good as a Holmes is, every Holmes needs a Watson. Seonga is the Watson to Frost’s Holmes. She’s a psychology major who works as an intern in the college counseling center. I have to admit I didn’t like her at first, as she seemed to overreact all the time. But as time goes, she becomes more serious about psychology, all while keeping her base character the same. She isn’t overly happy all the time, and she refuses to let things slide. When she feels like something’s wrong, she speaks up. Also, while she may have unrequited feelings for Frost, those feelings aren’t what her character revolves around. She’s a window into the psychology world, as well as a student. Some complain that that she doesn’t seem capable of figuring out cases on her own, but remember, Seonga is still a student, and while she’s smart, she’s not a genius like Frost and lacks experience. But I do think she’ll end up being a great psychologist someday.
1. Seol Hong, Cheese in the Trap, soonkki:
Link: Cheese in the Trap
Art link: Cheese in the Trap Fans
Seol is an incredibly analytical and intuitive student who is one of the most realistic Webtoon characters. She’s not just book smart, but people smart. She can be seen as reading into things too much, and has been accused of being paranoid (most of the other characters think so). While there may be some truth to that, I think she also has sharp instincts and a logical, practical mind. She can accurately guess people’s true intentions and make it seem easy. She’s also able to get out of tricky, plausible situations with her mind. Seol is also very flawed; she’s aloof and doesn’t communicate well, shown in her interactions with friends and fellow students. Her intuition can be considered a curse as often as it is a blessing too. Sometimes it helps her, but it just as often puts her in worse situations. She also has great development; by seasons 2 and 3, she is able to stand up for herself and her work much better than in season 1. She just feels very real, and very relatable.
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