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     Go Hye Mi 

Go Hye Mi

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Portrayed by: Suzy (miss A)

Initially aspiring to take up vocal music at Julliard, her dreams are crushed after she has to pay off her father’s debts by studying at Kirin Art School and debut as an idol singer.

  • The Ace: Hyemi, who is rich, beautiful, and talented enough to be aiming for Julliard for classical operatic training. Her only flaw appears to be her nasty personality.
    • She becomes a Broken Ace early on once her father becomes bankrupt and she has to instead pursue a career as an aspiring Idol Singer, which she looks down upon, at Kirin Arts High School in order to quickly earn money and repay her father's debt.
  • Age-Inappropriate Dress: Hyemi is forced into a sleazy songstress outfit in a Bad-Guy Bar once the Loan Sharks realize she failed her audition.
  • Aloof Big Sister: Hyemi starts acting like this to Pilsuk, with emphasis on the "aloof". It especially shows after she tells off Jason about misleading girls with his "manners" which had won Pilsuk over.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": The “I have a dream” scene comes to mind.
  • First Love: Jinguk’s first love is Hyemi and her first love is him. Sadly, they break up after Jinguk’s been busy with work.
    • Frozen Face: A common criticism of the actress portraying Hyemi. However, the drama itself used this as one of its plot points: Hyemi is the most trained and most talented of the special admissions students, but she lacks the ability to express emotion in the songs she sings.
  • Cooldown Hug: Baekhee and Hyemi give these each other a lot, despite having turned into rivals.
  • Chilly Reception: Due to everyone seeing her attitude during the audition.
  • Cool Loser: She, along with Samdong and Jinguk, are initially isolated from the rest of the school due to being special applicant students.
  • Disappeared Dad: Hyemi's father fled the country to seek financial aid from relatives living abroad. He comes back.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: First to Samdong and Jinguk, then to Pilsuk and Jason.
  • Duet Bonding: With Samdong during the real showcase.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Hyemi attempts to lure Samdong to Kirin this way, even hiding her own dislike for him and telling him she likes him so that he'll follow her.
  • Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Hyemi and Jinguk met once as children. Hyemi had even cried for him after hearing that his mother was trying to find him so she could leave him at an orphanage. While Jinguk is immediately able to recognize her when they meet again, Hyemi fails to remember him.
  • Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: At first, she is the alpha bitch, but then Baekhee became a greater bitch than her.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Jinguk teaches her this when she was the target of bullying. She later shares this to Baekhee.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Hyemi when she has to switch from classical opera to pop singing due to her father's bankruptcy and is even initially rejected from Kirin Arts High in favor of her overlooked Number Two.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Professor Kang and his sister are keeping Samdong, Hyemi, and Jinguk in their house. And Hyemi's sister.
  • Kick the Dog: When Hyemi states that she would enter the school even if Baekhee failed, right after Baekhee had insisted she would reject if it was the other way around. She goes even further when Director Jung announces that Baekhee was the one who passed, despite the loyalty Baekhee had shown her.
  • Lame Comeback: The character who does this pretty often.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch
  • Love Triangle: Samdong and Jinguk both want to win her affection. She is also Baekhee’s rival for Jinguk.
  • Meet Cute: Samdong and Hyemi run into each other, which results in Hyemi's cellphone breaking. Samdong immediately falls for her, but Hyemi carries on, not realizing he's the person she's been looking for.
  • Meta Guy: Hyemi mentions that she thought she was the main character in the story, but may in fact just be a peripheral character.
  • Missing Mom: Hyemi's mother ran off with Professor Kang when she was younger and later died.
  • Morality Pet: Hyemi initially has two: her little sister Hyesung and her Number Two Baekhee. She loses the latter by the end of the first episode.
  • Pet the Dog: Hyemi defends Baekhee a lot of times despite their rocky relationship.
  • Princess in Rags: Hyemi, who refuses to even let Baekhee know she is now both penniless and homeless and has yet to let up on her arrogant attitude.
  • Rescue Romance: Jinguk saves Hyemi from a bunch of Loan Sharks in the first episode.
  • Rich Bitch: Hyemi starts as one, although seeing as she is the female lead, it can be assumed she got over the "bitch" part.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • Spoiled Brat
  • Technician vs. Performer: Hyemi's initial problem with singing-she has terrific technique, but can't emote or engage the audience to save her life.
  • Throwing Your Shoe Always Works: Hyemi throws a shoe at the Loan Sharks after herself and Jinguk in order to deter them.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Yoghurt drinks for both Hyemi and Jinguk, who actually fought over them as kids.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The main trio.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: Jinguk holds one out for Hyemi while they're in the snow.
  • When She Smiles: Samdong finally sees a genuine smile from Hyemi after she gets a phone call from her missing father, and later refers to this as a sign of her opening up to him compared to Jinguk.

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     Song Sam Dong 

Song Sam Dong

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Click here  to see his pre-Kirin appearance
Click here  to see him after his haircut

Portrayed by: Kim Soo Hyun

A boy from the country who hides the fact that he can sing well from his mother so that he can join singing competitions to earn money for her. He is convinced by Professor Kang and Hyemi to enter Kirin as a special admissions student.

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Samdong. He issues a singing challenge to Jason, and later tells Hyemi he mainly lost because he didn't know the song they were singing in the first place. It turns out he had been predicting how it was going to go based on the beginning of it.
  • Bad Bad Singing: When Samdong realizes his mother is in the audience of a talent search program, he purposely sings poorly in order to fool her into thinking he still has no interest in singing. Luckily for him, the other audience members are supportive of his comedic performance, even if Hyemi isn't.
  • Blatant Lies: Samdong tells his mother he's the top student at Kirin (with Jason begging him for lessons and Jinguk acting as his lackey) and Hyemi is madly in love with him so that she doesn't have to worry about him.
  • Career-Ending Injury: He slowly loses his ability to hear. Later on, he manages to overcome his injury.
  • Chilly Reception: Due to being a special admission student.
  • Cool Loser: He, along with Jinguk and Hyemi, are initially isolated from the rest of the school due to being special applicant students.
  • Country Mouse: He even speaks with an accent.
  • Disappeared Dad: Only his mother is shown. There is nothing said about what happened to his father.
  • Duet Bonding: With Hyemi during the real showcase.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: Hyemi attempts to lure Samdong to Kirin this way, even hiding her own dislike for him and telling him she likes him so that he'll follow her.
    • This is also the reason why Samdong delays getting to Kirin once he has made it to Seoul: he finds a lost little girl and is determined to help her find her parents.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change / Important Haircut:
    • Samdong gets two: one after he moves to Seoul, and one after he witnesses Hyemi and Jinguk's kiss, and then finds out he's going deaf shortly afterwards.
  • Fish out of Water: Samdong when he leaves the countryside to follow Hyemi to Seoul.
  • He Cleans Up Nicely: Samdong after he follows Hyemi to Seoul and she gives him a haircut to end his worrying about sticking out.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Professor Kang and his sister are keeping Samdong, Hyemi, and Jinguk in their house. And Hyemi's sister.
  • Love at First Sight: Samdong immediately falls for Hyemi the first time they meet.
  • Love Triangle: Samdong and Jinguk both want to win Hyemi’s affection. Initially Jinguk won, but Hyemi realizes that the one she really loves is Samdong.
  • Meet Cute: Samdong and Hyemi run into each other, which results in Hyemi's cellphone breaking. Samdong immediately falls for her, but Hyemi carries on, not realizing he's the person she's been looking for.
  • Momma's Boy
  • Mr. Fanservice: He’s clearly not losing to the beastly idols in terms of fanservice.
  • Naïve Newcomer
  • Ridiculously Successful Future Self: He eventually goes on to become the first Korean to ever win a Grammy in 2018.
  • Second Love: To Hyemi.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The main trio.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Samdong to his mother.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: Hyemi gives Samdong a haircut after noticing he has pretty eyes that he keeps hidden behind his Messy Hair.

     Yoon Baek Hee 

Yoon Baek Hee

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Portrayed by: Eunjung (T-ara)

Hyemi’s only friend. After Hyemi proved that she cared only about herself and was willing to set Baekhee aside for her own sake, she ends her friendship with Hyemi and is determined to show her that she is better than her.

  • Ambition Is Evil: She is willing to cheat and sabotage others so that she can be on top. She gets better later on, though.
  • Attempted Rape: By the president of the agency that manages Group K. Jinguk saves her, but his career is ruined as a result. To save his reputation and to thank him for what he did, she steps up to report the incident despite knowing she will get a lot of criticism.
  • Berserk Button: When Baekhee's mother tells her to stop practicing her singing because she's not as talented as Hyemi, Baekhee explodes at her.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Goes from a kind and soft-spoken girl to an Bitch in Sheep's Clothing.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Baekhee deliberately sabotages Ahjung, one of her first friends at Kirin, by putting a tack in her dancing shoes right before their dance-off to see who will be able to have the female solo for their upcoming showcase. When Ahjung injures her foot, Baekhee is right there to act the role of the concerned friend.
  • Broken Pedestal: Baekhee initially worships the ground Hyemi walks on, but when Hyemi shows she is willing to throw Baekhee away for a chance to get into Kirin and openly disses her in front of the judging panel when they admit they want to admit Baekhee but not her, things start changing between them. What the Hell, Heroine?
  • Cooldown Hug: Baekhee and Hyemi give these each other a lot, despite having turned into rivals.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Baekhee eventually becomes as spiteful and self-serving as she does because of her own inferiority complex and Hyemi's betrayal.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Hyemi outsings Baekhee during their midterm assessments, so Baekhee trashes Hyemi's locker with blood and attempts to drop a flowerpot on her. Even worse is that she hits Samdong instead when he tries to protect Hyemi.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Baekhee starts to once she has been accepted to Kirin and Hyemi has been rejected.
  • Duet Bonding: With Jinguk during the real showcase.
  • Every Girl Is Cuter with Hair Decs
  • Expository Hairstyle Change / Important Haircut: Baekhee starts off the series sharing not only the same clothing style, but the same hairstyle as Hyemi. Then Hyemi betrays her, and in the midst of clearing her room of any trace of Hyemi's influence in her life, Baekhee cuts off her two braids and next appears with bobbed hair.
    • She gets extensions after she resolves to stop cheating and do things the right way.
  • Flower-Pot Drop: Baekhee drops a flower pot from the top of the school building, hoping to hurt Hyemi. She hits Samdong instead and he is rushed to the hospital for a serious head injury.
  • Former Friend of Alpha Bitch: At first, she is the former friend, but she became the alpha bitch.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Baekhee goes from meek, but well-meaning Number Two to the Alpha Bitch willing to do anything to discredit and harass the girl she once looked up to.
  • Girl Posse: Baekhee earns herself one comprised of fellow students once she's been accepted to Kirin. They even help haze and harass Hyemi once she's been accepted to Kirin as well.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Hyemi shared this trick with her when she became the target of bullying after her attempted rape incident.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After the attempted rape incident, Jinguk helps her realize that Hyemi really does care for her and the two reconcile.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch
  • Love Triangle: Hyemi and Baekhee both like Jinguk. Insung, Jinguk’s friend, likes her and sees Jinguk as a rival.
  • Meganekko: Before entering Kirin Arts School.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite her relationship with Hyemi, she does defend her at times.
  • Sadist Teacher / Stern Teacher: Becomes one at the end, following Professor Si’s footsteps.
  • School Idol: After debuting as a member of Group K.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
  • The Starscream
  • The Unfavorite: While there is no mention of if Baekhee has siblings, while asking if she truly was picked for her talent Baekhee tells Director Jung that her own mother referred to her as "defective" after having a dream of cockroaches before she was born. Her character bio also mentions that she is treated as invisible by everyone including her mother.
  • The Unfettered: She aims to be this.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Baekhee initiates a fight with Hyemi in the girls' bathroom, and when the other students come to investigates, pretends she lost in order to gain their sympathy and turn them even more against Hyemi.

     Jin Guk 

Jin Guk / Hyun Si Hyuk

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Portrayed by: Taecyeon (2PM)

A troublemaker in the streets who excels at dancing. He was supposed to audition with his friend In Sung, but after causing a big incident, he decides not to continue. He is convinced by Professor Kang and Hyemi to enter Kirin as a special admissions student.

  • Big Eater: Professor Kang finds this out only after he's already promised to treat him to a meal.
  • Chilly Reception: Due to being a special admission student.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Jinguk who was abandoned by his mother at an orphanage, only to be later taken in by his estranged father and ignored. He eventually ran away and changed his name, now living in poverty.
  • Cool Loser: He, along with Samdong and Hyemi, are initially isolated from the rest of the school due to being special applicant students.
  • Duet Bonding: With Baekhee during the real showcase.
  • First Love: Jinguk’s first love is Hyemi and her first love is him. Sadly, they break up after Jinguk’s been busy with work.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Hyemi and Jinguk met once as children. Hyemi had even cried for him after hearing that his mother was trying to find him so she could leave him at an orphanage. While Jinguk is immediately able to recognize her when they meet again, Hyemi fails to remember him.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Jinguk invokes this trope by wearing earbuds despite not having an MP3 player so that he can ignore others. He shares this trick with Hyemi when he sees other girls gossiping about her, and later Hyemi shares this to Baekhee.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Professor Kang and his sister are keeping Samdong, Hyemi, and Jinguk in their house. And Hyemi's sister.
  • Love Triangle: Part of three: Samdong <-> Hyemi <-> Jinguk, Baekhee -> Jinguk <-> Hyemi, and Insung -> Baekhee -> Jinguk.
  • Missing Mom: Jinguk's mother abandoned him at an orphanage.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • Only One Name: After he goes by the name Jinguk.
  • Parental Abandonment: Jinguk's mother leaves him at an orphanage.
  • Parental Neglect: Jinguk's father ignored him even after taking him in from the orphanage and Baekhee's mother ignores her as well.
  • Performance Anxiety: It's implied Jinguk experiences this when he is forced to step on the showcase stage, and hastily makes his way off of it.
  • Put on a Bus: Jinguk's dad aims to do this to him by sending him out of the country so that no one can find out he abandoned Jinguk and his mother.
  • Rescue Romance: Jinguk saves Hyemi from a bunch of Loan Sharks in the first episode.
  • The Runaway: He left his father’s house. It’s okay with his father, as long as he doesn’t do anything to ruin his image.
  • School Idol: After debuting as a member of Group K.
  • Spit Take: Jinguk accidentally does one at Hyesung when he overhears Hyemi criticizing him.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Yoghurt drinks for both Hyemi and Jinguk, who actually fought over them as kids.
  • Turn Coat: Jinguk ditches the fake school showcase and ends up teaming up with Baekhee for the real one because Jason ditched the real showcase and there's no opening act.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The main trio.
  • Umbrella of Togetherness: Jinguk holds one out for Hyemi while they're in the snow.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He just wants his father to acknowledge him.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Jinguk ditching the fake showcase, and then agreeing to help Baekhee in the real one.

     Kim Pil Suk 

Kim Pil Suk

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Portrayed by: IU

A girl who auditioned with a sushi costume because she was worried about her weight but left the chairman impressed because of her amazing voice. Due to failing marks, she got demoted to the College Prep Class.

     Jason 

Jason

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Portrayed by: Wooyoung (2PM)

A Korean-American dancer and singer who scored the highest during the entrance exam. Despite being on the top of his class, he hangs out with the College Prep students.

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     Teachers 

Jung Ha Myung

The director of Kirin Arts School. He later gives up his position to let the special admission students he chose stay in Kirin.

  • Fan of the Underdog
  • Frozen Face
  • Secret Test of Character: The director of Kirin offers Hyemi a second chance at passing her audition by asking her to identify the songs he is playing on the piano. She is immediately able to identify one of the songs in the mash-up as Gershwin's Summertime because of her classical training, but has difficulty identifying the second, which she assumes to be a classical piece as well. Her inability to identify it as a humble, but still famous, Korean trot song that most people would be able to identify on the spot reveals her prejudice against different types of music and her own superiority complex.
  • Take Me Instead: Director Jung gives up his position as head of Kirin to Director Si in order for Professor Kang and the three special applicant students to stay.

Kang Oh Hyuk

A teacher in Kirin Arts School who is on the verge of being fired due to his poor performance. He is given a last chance at redeeming himself by being in charge of the special admission students.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: When Professor Si finds out about the fake showcase, he locks her in a closet to keep her from disrupting it.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • Determinator:
    • In an attempt to get Jinguk to attend Kirin, Professor Kang bets he will be there when the doors of the elevator Jinguk is riding in open, having to climb eleven flights of stairs in order to do so. He doesn't actually make it in time, but Jinguk waits in the elevator so that it looks like he did.
    • He also chased down Professor Yang relentlessly until he was able to push him to become the college prep students’ teacher.
  • Nice Guy
  • Ship Tease: With Professor Kang. They end up marrying at the end of the series.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The reason he ran away with Hyemi’s mother was because she asked him to make her a bad wife so that her family would be in lesser pain when she died.

Si Bum Soo

An arts teacher of Kirin Arts School who later becomes the director.
  • Dean Bitterman
  • Manipulative Bastard:
    • Director Si, who has been heading Kirin in the absence of its headmaster Director Jung, feels disgruntled about having to hand back control of the school and schemes to get Director Jung out of the picture.
      • Director Si opens the school showcase to the press and has the three special applicants — Samdong, Hyemi, and Jinguk — be known and forced to come on stage. Unfortunately, Samdong is late, Jinguk runs off, and Hyemi is left standing alone in the spotlight. Director Si planned to open the showcase to the press to either force Director Jung to give up on the special applicants or make Director Jung resign himself.

Si Kyung Jin

The director’s daughter and a dance teacher at Kirin Arts School. She is in charge of Baekhee, Pilsuk, and Jason’s class.

Yang Jin Man

An English teacher at Kirin Arts School who eventually helps the special admission students.

     Students 

Lee Ri Ah

A teen star who entered Kirin Arts School to experience a “normal life”.

Jo In Sung

Jinguk’s friend who caused him to withdraw from the audition.

Jun Tae San

An upperclassman at Kirin Arts School.

Jung Ahjung

Baekhee’s friend and classmate.

  • Alpha Bitch: Despite claiming to be Baekhee’s friend, she spreads bad rumors about her and Hyemi in order to sabotage the both of them.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Ahjung lies to her classmates about her mother in order to get the female solo uncontested.
  • Bathroom Stall of Overheard Insults: Ahjung, jealous due to being passed over for another showcase, invokes this trope by pretending to gossip over the phone about how everyone believes Baekhee was the one who dropped the flowerpot on Samdong when she knows Baekhee is in the stall next to her.
  • Girl Posse: She was part of Baekhee’s, but then she started sabotaging her, too.
  • Missing Mom: She tells her classmates she wants the female solo for their upcoming showcase so that her mother in heaven can watch her on stage, when really her mother is just working overseas.
  • Sdrawkcab Name: In the Korean language, Jung Ahjung's name would be read the same backwards and forwards. She mentions this in her own introduction.

     Family Members 

Go Hye Sung

Hyemi’s little sister who lives with the main characters. In the ending, she eventually becomes a student at Kirin Arts School.

Go Byung Jik

Hyemi’s father, who is hiding overseas after accumulating large amounts of debt in Korea.

  • The Bus Came Back: He comes back to pick up Hyemi and Hyesung and take them with him to live overseas.
  • Good Parents: Despite his ways, he genuinely wants Hyemi to pursue her dreams and doesn’t want his debts to keep her from achieving what she wants.
  • Loan Sharks: He’s being chased by them, which led to him fleeing out of Korea and letting Hyemi handle the situation.

Song Nam Boon

Kang Oh Sun

Professor Kang’s older sister and the owner of the house they live in.

Hyun Moo Jin

A politician and Jinguk’s estranged father.

  • Heel–Face Turn: Becomes supportive with his son’s activities after the attempted rape incident.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Will do anything just for his reputation to not be tainted.
  • Put on a Bus: He aims to do this to Jinguk by sending him out of the country so that no one can find out he abandoned Jinguk and his mother.
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: Jinguk's father does this to him, telling him he doesn't want to neglect Jinguk in favor of his political career anymore right after hitting him and using this to convince Jinguk to give up music. It doesn't exactly work out.

     Other Characters 

Ma Doo Sik

The boss of the loan sharks that Hyemi’s father are running away from. He forces Hyemi to pay her father’s debt by debuting as an idol singer to make money.
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