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~~Dramatic Hour Long Korean Drama, Romantic Comedy, Sports Stories~~

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Wild Romance, or Aggressive/Rambunctious Romance, (Hangul: 난폭한 로맨스) is a 2012 KBS2 Korean Drama starring Lee Dong Wook and Lee Shi Young.

Park Moo Yul (played by Lee Dong Wook) is the arrogant, notorious shortstop of the Red Dreamers. Yoo Eun Jae (Lee Shi Young) is a fiesty young woman who works as a bodyguard. Like her father and brother, she is a big fan of the Blue Seagulls, a rival baseball team to the Red Dreamers.

On her father's birthday, she drunkenly runs into Park Moo Yul at a noraebang and gets into a physical altercation with him. A video of the event shows up all over the internet, forcing Moo Yul's publicist to cover it up by hiring Eun Jae as his personal bodyguard and presenting a tale to the public that Moo Yul's life has been threatened. Unfortunately, Eun Jae and Moo Yul can't really stomach one another. But what are they going to do when Moo Yul begins receiving actual threats?

Tropes used in Wild Romance include:

  Eun Jae: You looked first!

    • Then Played Straight. Eun Jae and Oh Suh Young argue over their breast sizes when they're in the hot springs.
  • Actor Allusion: Eun Jae hits a punching bag regularly to air out her frustrations; Lee Shi Young is an amateur boxing champion.
  • Answer Cut: Inverted.

 Moo Yul: I didn't want to drag that person into it.

Eun Jae: Who!

Moo Yul: Jong Hee.

(Cut to Suh Yoon Yi's hospital room)

Reporter Go: Who is Kang Jong Hee?

  Jong Hee: Moo Yul, let's break up.

  Eun Jae: I didn't drink ... much. (Beat) Just one or two. (Beat) Three or four. (Beat) Beer ... and soju.

 Eun Jae: As his bodyguard, I have to keep (Moo Yul's secrets).

Dong Ah: Why are you telling me then?

Eun Jae: You don't go on the internet or have any friends. It's like talking to a wall.

Dong Ah: (to her puppy Kong) You heard? That was a compliment!

 Eun Jae: Dong Ah, if you were a man, would you be attracted to me?

Dong Ah: Yes.

Eun Jae: To what exactly?

Dong Ah: It's an essay question? I thought it was 'yes or no,' so I guessed.

  Eun Jae: Don't worry about it; I meant to say it in my head.

  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: Mgr. Kim shows a list of suspects, which is basically limited to the main characters, to Reporter Go, who amusedly thinks the most suspicious one is Mgr. Kim.

 Mgr. Kim: Mgr. Kim wouldn't have gone through all that trouble. He would have just let the press know of Park Moo Yul's private matters.

Reporter Go: So just tell me.

 Fan girl: We always have to be near you!

Eun Jae's voice: (humourless) How enthusiastic.

Fan boy: When are you going for off-season?

Eun Jae's voice: Why do you need to know?

  • Heterosexual Life Partners: Dong Ah/Eun Jae. The first thing Dong Ah does when she gets home after being beaten by Suh Yoon Yi and yelled at by Mgr. Kim is to crawl into bed with Eun Jae.
  • Holding the Floor: Mgr. Kim knows the whole history of baseball in Korea.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Jin Dong Soo used to be a top baseball player in college. Now the team only retains him on the roster because he's Moo Yul's friend.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: When Yoo Mi Jin pretends that Moo Yul is a rapist, Eun Jae doesn't fall for the act for a second but instead lists Moo Yul's (bad) characteristics.

  Eun Jae: He is selfish, mean, arrogant. He's stupid, has a bad temper, but ... never that.

 Jin Dong Soo: Jong Hee is a bit bipolar.

Eun Jae: (gasps) That's ... (Beat) Isn't that for men? (She's thinking of preejaculation.)

  Moo Yul: Thank you for your fan letters and gifts. Please stop sending me women's underwear. I don't need them; they're too small.

 Dong Ah: The robot got angry.

Eun Jae: Did you fight with Mgr. Kim?

Don Ah: We didn't fight; he just got angry.

  Eun Jae: Huh? What is wrong with my ear?

 Mgr Kim: Park Moo Yul is a star; he attracts attention. Cain killed Abel because Abel was more loved.

Moo Yul: Who are Cain and Abel? Baseball players?

Eun Jae: You're so ignorant!

Moo Yul: Who are they? You don't know either.

Eun Jae: (Beat) At least I know they're not baseball players.

  • Slave to PR: Being a famous baseball player puts Moo Yul in the limelight quite a bit.
  • Sleep Cute: Moo Yul/Eun Jae
  • Sneeze Cut: Dong Ah tries to guess who Eun Jae has a crush on, and finally lands on 'Reporter Go.' Cut to Reporter Go sneezing.
  • Spirited Competitor: Moo Yul. Eun Jae.
  • Stepford Smiler: Reporter Go appears to be a generally nice guy--until you stand in his way for a story.
  • The Stoic: Mgr. Kim, who Dong Ah nicknames "The robot"
  • Stuffed Into the Fridge: Short
  • Teens Are Monsters: When Jong Hee accidentally bumps into a teenager in a group, the group immediately starts to taunt Jong Hee until Eun Jae intervenes.

  Eun Jae: Don't you know that kids at this age are the worst?

  Eun Jae: (to Moo Yul) You say Jin Dong Soo is a good guy. In the end, good guys are the ones who hurt the most. (Cut to Yoo Yong Kil looking at an old family photo.)

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