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The Kim family

    The Kim family as a whole 
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  • Almighty Janitor: They're all unemployed layabouts, but they're actually quite skilled at whatever they actually do. They don't have any credentials in the work that they're doing, but they actually are good enough to legitimately pass a veteran-class professionals, be it driving, housework, or social engineering.
  • Anti-Villain: They all do increasingly terrible things, but they all genuinely love each other and are driven by recognizable goals and resentments.
  • Badass Family: They work almost perfectly in sync and have an amazing range of skills; the children tend to be more intelligent, but they are all resourceful and capable in a fight.
  • Consummate Liar: They are each, to some degree, this. Ki-jeong takes the cake, however, as explained in her entry below.
  • The Family That Slays Together: They gradually become this, although not of their own free will. Ki-Woo is the only person not to directly or indirectly kill someone: Chung-sook kicks Moon-gwang down the stairs, resulting in her death; Ki-woo seems to be thinking about bludgeoning Gim-Seo; Ki-taek eventually kills Mr. Park. They are all, however, very handy in a fight.
  • Happily Married: For all their criminal ways, the Kims have a happy and stable marriage.
  • Hidden Depths: All the swindling aside, the Kims actually are quite competent at their jobs. Even Ki-jeong, whose feigned knowledge of art therapy is based on a quick Google search. Although perhaps that's the point — regardless of what you think of their later actions, they were deep in poverty that no one deserves and would've had a lot to offer if they'd had the right opportunities for their skill sets.
  • It Runs in the Family: All of the Kims are intelligent, resourceful, competent liars — and all seem to be lacking the motivation or the pathway towards legitimate jobs, career paths, and happier lives. Given the way it turns out, it seems like this is probably a reflection of the cycle of poverty.
  • Karmic Thief: Reconstructed. They like to view themselves as this, but they are portrayed as genuine scammers who are exploiting their employers' trust... but, by the end of the film, it's clear that the Parks have no idea of the damage that their wealth has done to others, and especially in the case of Mr. Park, genuinely don't care at all.
  • Lower-Class Lout: The are quite poor, and also dishonest vandals and scammers. Chung-sook also briefly mistreats animals.
  • Nuclear Family: Both the Kim and Park families consist of a husband, a wife, a daughter, and a son.
  • Social Climber: A very central idea. The Kims are willing to use many underhanded tricks to improve their situation.
  • Street Smart: They're tough, wily and willing to do whatever it takes to get themselves out of their current situation. Ki-woo and Ki-jeong are clearly not lacking in book smarts, either.
  • Undying Loyalty: To each other. Even at the end, their shared goal is still to be back together some day.
  • Villain Protagonist: Anti-Villain Protagonists, really. The Kim family are sympathetic for wanting to escape the utter poverty of their lives, but they do so by essentially scamming a rich family, stealing the jobs of two workers that were already employed by the family with no remorse, and outright murdering multiple people when their deception begins to get unraveled.
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    Kim Ki-taek 

Kim Ki-taek

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"Look around you. Did you think these people made a plan to sleep in the sports hall with you? But here we are now, sleeping together on the floor. So, there's no need for a plan. You can't go wrong with no plans. We don't need to make a plan for anything. It doesn't matter what will happen next. Even if the country gets destroyed or sold out, nobody cares. Got it?"
played by: Song Kang-ho

The Kim patriarch. Before posing as the Park's new driver, he went through a number of short-lived jobs.


  • Despair Event Horizon: After a lot of built-up resentments, the horror of seeing Ki-jeong bleed to death in the garden and Mr. Park snub Geun-se a final time finally drives him over it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's pretty nihilistic and helps in exploiting a very rich, dysfunctional family, but he's shown to at least love his family and tries to communicate with them when he takes refuge in the hidden bunker of the Park's home.
  • The Last Straw: Seeing Mr. Park comment on Geun-se's smell one last time.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: During his narration at the end, he's shown hysterically sobbing "I'm sorry Mr. Park", to the man's picture. In a way not unlike how Geun-se's obsession was depicted.
  • Papa Wolf: He tries to keep his family together and at the end, faced with the possibility that both his children will die as they're both seriously injured, he finally loses it and kills Mr. Park.
  • The Resenter: He is the family member who struggles the most with the constant reminders of the Park's status, and that they don't have what the Parks have. He's also most vocal about believing that the Parks don't deserve it, nor are particularly special.
  • Straw Nihilist: Confides in Ki-woo that he sees no point in making plans as no one can predict what life has in store for them and that it "doesn't matter" what happens next.

    Kim Chung-sook 

Kim Chung-sook

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"They're nice because they're rich. If I had all this, I'd be kinder."
played by: Jang Hye-jin

The Kim matriarch, who becomes the Parks' new housekeeper.


  • The Big Gal: A former athlete and the most physically capable of the Kim family when push unexpectedly comes to shove.
  • Brutal Honesty: Her most notable quality, in fact, it's less that shes' a jerkass and more that she just says what she thinks.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Even if you take her brief roughness with Yeon-kyo's dogs as a sign of hypocrisy, she's right in that the Parks can afford to be "nice." At the end of the day, they don't go beyond superficial niceness, particularly in Mr. Park's case... though that is kind of the point of the film.
  • Mama Bear: Chung-sook goes absolutely wild at Geun-se after he stabs Ki-jeong.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: Chung-sook is absolutely ruthless in a fight, and in fact it is she who rather brutally kills Geun-se after he's stabbed Ki-jeong, and who delivers one of the fatal blows to Moon-gwang by pushing her down the stairs, arguably making her the deadliest of the Kim family.
  • Team Chef: Naturally, as she becomes the Parks' cook.

    Kim Ki-woo 

Kim Ki-woo

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"It's so metaphorical."
played by: Choi Woo-shik

Son to Ki-taek and Chung-sook. Ki-woo instigates the whole plan when he gets hired as the new English tutor, "Kevin", to the Parks' daughter, Da-hye.


  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Like his sister, he's sharp-witted and a great improviser. He takes on the role of writer/director for his father's big speech to get the old housekeeper fired; it works perfectly. When he attains the opportunity to climb up the economic ladder, however, he seems much more driven than Ki-jeong. (Although, clearly, it spirals.)
  • Catchphrase: Ki-Woo frequently refers to things as "metaphorical".
  • Disney Death: Ki-woo unexpectedly survives the brutal attack by Moon-gwang's husband which should have left him dead.
  • Distressed Dude: When he's bleeding profusely and on the brink of death, Da-hye finds him and carries him to safety.
  • Dumbass Teenage Son: Only relative to the rest of the Kims, Ki-woo is portrayed as significantly more naïve and less adept at cons, going so far as to believe his own lies.
  • Gold Digger: Ki-woo cultivates a Teacher/Student Romance with Mr. Park's underage daughter in order to gain access to her father's fortune.
  • Hard Head: Downplayed. Ki-woo survives getting his head smashed with a big rock twice by Geun-se and doesn't get fatal head trauma like Moon-gwang, but he still required brain surgery and spent weeks in a coma. He also regains full control of his faculties in what appears to be a moderate period of time.
  • I Just Want to Be You: Implied with regards to Min. He repeats Min's words about Da-hye word-for-word to his family, as though they're his own, and uses "What would Min do?" as a mantra to convince himself that what he's doing in the Park household is not that bad.
  • Laughing Mad: Downplayed. Upon getting released from the hospital following the disastrous birthday party where he lost his father and sister, he narrates that all he could do was laugh at the situation.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The "feminine boy" to Ki-jeong's relative "masculine girl", Ki-woo is dreamier and more emotional than his sister Ki-jeong.
  • Protagonist: All the important characters are given ample time to shine, but Ki-woo is the nearest equivalent to one. It's his friendship with Min that kicks off the plot, and Ki-woo does some narration throughout the film.

    Kim Ki-jeong 

Kim Ki-jeong

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"Jessica; only child; Illinois, Chicago; classmate Kim Jin-mo, he's your cousin."
played by: Park So-dam

Daughter to Ki-taek and Chung-sook. A cunning young woman who poses as "Jessica", an American-educated art therapist for the Parks' son, Da-song.


  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's a beautiful young woman (as acknowledged by her own brother and Da-hye) with naturally dark hair. She also possesses a cool, aloof demeanor.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: She can forge convincing documents (and without a computer of her own at disposal, no less); she's also a brilliant improviser. Unfortunately, she can't apply her brains to much beyond conning, due to her family's poverty. It's worth noting that Ki-woo thinks she's the only one in their family who really suits a lavish lifestyle, and yet she fits the "lazy" part of this trope more, as she can hardly be bothered to even fantasize about what her dream house would be like.
  • Cigarette of Anxiety: Ki-jeong takes a smoke as their home floods.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Not possessing the strength of her mother, Ki-Woo resorts to using an Improvised Weapon of a peach. However, it works brilliantly.
  • Consummate Liar: Although the entire family are pretty damn remarkable liars, it's said more than once that Ki-jeong specifically would be an excellent con artist. There are also passing references to her making some money off acting in weddings. She matter-of-factly talks about catching the bouquet of "some bitch [she]'d never met."
  • Fake Nationality: In-universe, she poses as a Korean-American rather than the locally born and raised Korean she really is. She goes by an appropriately Western name in this role (Jessica).
  • Fiery Redhead: Although a fake one. She dyes her hair reddish brown to pose as "Jessica", and she's extremely strong-willed and determined when she wants to be.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Geun-se stabs her with a kitchen knife at the birthday party and she bleeds to death.
  • Important Haircut: She dyes her naturally dark hair a reddish brown and trims it to pose as the chic Korean-American tutor Jessica.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Plus Interclass Friendship, with Da-song. The little boy actually takes a liking to her.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Ki-jeong can be very abrupt and cold, even with members of her own family, she clearly loves them deeply, as she demonstrates throughout the film, and she comes to genuinely care for Da-song despite her low opinion of the Parks in general.
  • Kill the Cutie: A young woman with Hidden Depths bleeds to death in the Parks' garden.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Relatively, she is brusquer and more physically aggressive than her brother.
  • More Deadly Than the Male: To a lesser extent than her mother, but nevertheless, Ki-jeong is the one who has the presence of mind to use Moon-gwang's deadly peach allergy against her in a fight, and she is shown to be more resourceful than both her brother and father.
  • The Slacker: Unlike the rest of her family, Ki-jeong cannot even summon the energy to dream about what she would like if she was rich.
  • Smoking Is Cool: She smokes when she first demonstrates her skill onscreen, by forging documents for Ki-woo.

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The Park family

    The Park family as a whole 
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  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Although they mostly try to keep it repressed, they exhibit glaring signs of this. The "incident" that traumatized Da-song in first grade seems to signify the unpleasantness they try to ignore in their household.
  • Happy Marriage Charade: While not unhappy per se, the Park parents' marriage is implied to be not quite as picture-perfect as they project to society. In a conversation with Ki-taek, Mr. Park admits that he doesn't quite love his wife, Mrs. Park is a Stepford Smiler who possibly does drugs and is uncomfortable with their distance, and both of them hide things from each other throughout the film.
  • Horrible Judge of Character:
    • Mrs. Park is a depressed Stepford Smiler whose husband doesn't really love her, so it's pretty easy to see how the Kims' combination of ingenious subterfuge and emotional appeal manages to fool her so well. Mr. Park, however, doesn't catch on either, despite seeming more authoritative and reasonable than his wife.
    • Meanwhile, Da-hye correctly suspects that Ki-woo knows "Jessica" (Ki-jeong) as more than a college acquaintance (if for the wrong reasons — she assumes they're dating) and Da-song, a little boy, actually comes the closest to realizing that something's up before the second half of the film.
  • Lack of Empathy: Tied in with their Sheltered Aristocrat status: the Parks have lived such a relatively painless life they simply aren't capable of understanding the struggles of others. Mr. Park's inability to even care about a dying man other than how he smells is what leads to his death.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Deconstructed. Technically, the Parks are nice to their employees, but when push comes to shove, they are extremely quick to abandon their household staff. They'll just do it politely.
  • Nuclear Family: Both the Kim and Park families consist of a husband, a wife, a daughter, and a son.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: Their privileged obliviousness and classism are their most prominent faults. Notably, when the neighborhood in which the Kims reside gets flooded, causing destruction and chaos for many innocent poor people, the Parks are perfectly fine in their mansion and are even busy planning a party.

    Park Dong-ik 

Park Dong-ik

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"I can't stand people who cross the line."

played by: Lee Sun-kyun

The Park patriarch, who heads a successful tech company.


  • Asshole Victim: He didn't really deserve to die, but Mr. Park probably won't have that much sympathy from the audience due to his disdain for the poor (which is the trigger for Ki-taek stabbing him).
  • Failed a Spot Check: To get Chung-sook hired as the Parks' housekeeper, the Kims fake a company business card and pass it on to Mr. Park. He apparently doesn't bother to check if it's a real company.
  • Jerkass: By a long shot, he's depicted the least sympathetically among the Parks. Apart from his salient classism, it's implied that he exploits the fact that his wife gets desperate for drugs so she'll have sex with him.
  • Kick the Dog: That he still expresses disdain for the way poor people smell.
  • Morality Pet: In contrast to his strained relationship with his wife and nearly non-existent relationship with his daughter, Mr. Park actually seems to be genuinely affectionate towards Da-song.
  • Papa Wolf: Although significantly downplayed due to being a workaholic, the minute he sees that Da-song is hurt, he rushes to his aid.
  • The Proud Elite: Downplayed. He can afford to seem nice, but he still thinks poor people are beneath him. He wants his employees to be inherently aware that there's a "line" they shouldn't cross, in his opinion.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He's always dressed impeccably, which makes the poverty-stricken Kims look even more pitifully shabby.
  • Stink Snub: Played for Drama, Mr. Park consistently makes denigrating remarks about the way Ki-taek (and other poor people) smell. This is one of the things that causes Ki-taek to snap and kill him.

    Park Yeon-kyo 

Park Yeon-kyo

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"How should I describe it? A belt of faith."

played by: Cho Yeo-jeong

Wife to Dong-ik and mother of his children. An Idle Rich wife, she is easily manipulated by the Kims.


  • Brainless Beauty: She's beautiful and noted to be quite young for a matriarch. She's also The Ditz, although God knows how much of her apparent cluelessness is due to repressing her misery.
  • The Ditz: Min-hyuk mentions that Mrs. Park is "simple," and of all the Park family, she is the most easily fooled by the Kims' machinations.
  • Femininity Failure: Mrs. Park looks the part of a rich wife but she's terrible at housework and cooking, which is why they need to a hire a new housekeeper ASAP after the Kims get Moon-gwang fired.
  • Freudian Excuse: She's trapped in a loveless and dysfunctional marriage. The fact that she's offhandedly implied to have sprung from a working-class background like the Kims is another interesting detail that alludes to Hidden Depths.
  • Functional Addict: Implied. Although the "functional" part is relative, people are simply under the impression that she's ditzy.
  • Housewife: Of the classic Extreme Doormat type. In scenes where her husband is talking, she is usually just saying elaborated variations of "Yes, you're right!" and affirming him. She also oversees domestic tasks and occasions, although she's not always good at it.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Discussed and reconstructed. Park Yeon-kyo is highly feminine and never anything but nice to her servants, but when Ki-woo points this out, his mother responds - correctly - that she's able to be nice "because she's rich", and not in spite of it, and she's also shown being completely clueless of her marriage, the root of her son's issues, or the Kims' pain and problems, such as the flooding of their house.
  • Stepford Smiler: She's a rich, feminine lady in a Happy Marriage Charade. She's clearly depressed and anxious, but perhaps too clueless to realize she's actually depressed. When having sex with her husband, who has professed to not loving her, decidedly unsexy and un-romantic cries of "Buy me drugs! Buy me drugs!" escape from her lips.
  • Super Gullible: Min claims that Ki-woo will easily be hired by the Parks because Mrs. Park is "simple" and easily fooled. He's right — she believes that he's a university student, and later that Ki-woo's family members are all who they say they are. Overall, she is easily manipulated and pushed around by basically everybody in her life, which allows the Park family to very effectively infiltrate her household.
  • Trophy Wife: She's implied to be one, with the unaddressed misery and lack of real love within her marriage down pat. Despite the latter, her husband clearly finds her sexually attractive.
  • Upper-Class Twit: She is referred to as "slow", and what we see of her is very ditzy-seeming and oblivious. However, how much of this is her intelligence and how much is drug addiction is left ambiguous.

    Park Da-song 

Park Da-song

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"It's the same! They smell the same!"

played by: Jung Hyun-jin

The Parks' rambunctious young son.


  • Ambiguous Disorder: Played for drama and very relevant. Yeon-kyo is constantly worried that there is something wrong with him. Given The Reveal, it's probably PTSD.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Da-song is currently obsessed with Native Americans (called Indians), which manifests in his parents buying him generic bows-and-arrows and a tepee from America, and staging an Indian attack (complete with tomahawks and feather headdresses) during his birthday party. Justified in that as a small child in Korea, Da-song would only be exposed to the watered-down Hollywood-exported image of Native Americans.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: But he's rather compliant to Ki-jeong once she straightened him up slightly.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Doubling as Interclass Friendship. He grows genuinely very fond of Ki-jeong, and utterly futilely — he's just a little boy, after all — tries to stop her death.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Da-song makes several observations that would lead to the unravelling of the various schemes targeting the Park family, but is repeatedly dismissed as an odd, troubled child.
  • Seemingly Profound Fool: His mother thinks he's an artistic genius; no one else does. To be fair, he shows the best instincts in the family, despite really just being a normal (relatively speaking) kid.
  • Trauma Button: Da-song is traumatized by seeing a "ghost" in the house. The button gets pushed again at his birthday party when he sees Geun-se (who had been living in the underground bunker; sighting him going up the stairs one night was what scarred Da-song). This causes him to have a seizure.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-universe. Ki-woo comments with this line while referring to one of Da-song's paintings on the wall.
  • Uncertain Doom: During the first half, his mother talks about how he had a seizure and how he could've been in serious danger if he hadn't been treated in under fifteen minutes. During the climax, he experiences another one, but the audience never learns what becomes of him.

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    Park Da-hye 

Park Da-hye

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"I want to eat peaches. I like peaches best."

played by: Jung Ji-so

The Parks' observant teenage daughter.


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    Min 

Min-hyuk

played by: Park Seo-joon
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[Ki-taek, about Min] "That's an impressive friend!"

A well-off friend of Ki-woo's and a university student about to go abroad for a year. Min kickstarts the plot by offering Ki-woo the position as Da-hye's English tutor in his absence.


  • The Ace: Handsome, stylish, and well-off — following his Establishing Character Moment, all of the Kims are shown admiring how "cool" he is. He's basically like an honorary Cool Big Bro to them, and Ki-woo even shows signs of I Just Want to Be You towards him.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Probably. He wants to court Da-hye when she finally goes to university, but Da-hye almost immediately takes a liking to her new tutor "Kevin." There's no indication Da-hye ever requited Min's feelings.
  • Interclass Friendship: Although likely nowhere near as obscenely loaded as the Parks, he's evidently quite well-off, his gift to the Kims in one of the film's opening scenes being an expensive rock sculpture (among other indicators). He's also very, very nice to them.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: The characters simply refer to him as Min. His last name is also never disclosed.
  • Only Sane Man: Min, who conveniently enough spends most of the film abroad after giving Ki-woo a job recommendation. The worst thing he does is advise his friend to fake a university transcript, because he's convinced he can do the job anyway. Said friend and his family proceed to escalate everything to insanity in his absence. Towards the end of the film the family starts wondering what Min would do to fix the situation, only for Ki-jeong to point that he would have just avoided it in the first place.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Is sporting an evidently quite expensive, high-quality blazer in his scenes. This contrasts with Ki-woo's Beauty Inversion.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's the one who recommends working at the Park household before he leaves to study abroad.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He encouraged Ki-woo to lie about his educational background, yes, but he was clearly well-intentioned and did so because he knew that Ki-woo was both deep in poverty and truly intellectually qualified for the job. Ki-jeong later states that Min would not have gotten himself in the mess that they, the Kims, have.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We never find out what happened to Min or how he responded when he found out what the family he recommended have done.

    Moon-gwang 

Moon-gwang

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played by: Lee Jeong-eun

The Parks' dedicated housekeeper.


  • Anti-Villain: She isn't motivated by personal greed or ambition; she's motivated by genuine love, and thus is depicted sympathetically, in spite of everything. Ki-taek is shown endeavoring to give her a proper burial near the end of the film.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her husband is ill and she doesn't have a lot of options for sustaining him even after all those years of working for rich people.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Her reappearance in the latter half of the film turns things from a dark comedy to a full-blown tragedy.
  • Lower-Class Lout: She and her husband are very vicious, but played with in that they act only out of desperation.
  • Old Retainer: A variant in that her loyalty isn't to the family, but to the house — she was the housekeeper to the previous owner, and returns to it after she gets fired. The Kims know that it'll be difficult to unseat her because of it. More specifically, her loyalty is to her husband in the house's bunker.
  • Plot Allergy: Moon-gwang is deathly allergic to peaches. The Kims exploit this to get her fired, inducing an allergic reaction and framing it as active tuberculosis.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She acts like an impeccably matronly, dutiful figure. Ki-jeong astutely detects that she bears a cunning side, but the Kims fail to do anything about the unpleasantness lurking beneath her except get her fired for their own gain.
  • Staircase Tumble: Moon-gwang falls down the stairs and eventually dies of a concussion as a result.
  • Undying Loyalty: To her husband, whom she kept hidden in the house's secret bunker for years to protect him from loan sharks.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Or rather violently protective wife; Moon-gwang will fight tooth and nail for her husband Geun-se.

    Geun-se 

Geun-se

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played by: Park Myeong-hoon

Moon-gwang's husband.


  • Anti-Villain: He and his wife operate under what's probably the darkest shade of moral gray in the film, but are ultimately deeply sympathetic and tragic characters. Indeed, when Mr. Park decides against saving his life just because he smells bad, it's a valid reason for Ki-taek to feel enraged and is narratively treated as such.
  • Ax-Crazy: His wife Moon-gwang's death drives him totally over the edge, although he was well on his way.
  • Catchphrase: A rare example that's consistently Played for Drama. His boisterous "RESPECT!" is reflective of his Sanity Slippage-fuelled obsession with Mr. Park.
  • Ill Boy: He's a very sickly man. His wife has been resorting to making him sleep in an underground bunker for years.
  • Freudian Excuse: No matter what you think of his later actions, it's extremely difficult not to sympathize with his plight. He's very sickly, his wife can't let him out of a dingy underground bunker much, and his sanity slips to the point that he's begun to believe he was born and married inside the bunker.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Although there's plenty more going on here, it seems that Geun-se's years in the basement, with only sporadic visits from Moon-gwang, have driven him more or less insane, and definitely propelled him into obsession with Mr. Park (although non-romantic and motivated by gratitude).
  • The Heavy: Indirectly. His existence drives the main conflict for the darker second half of the film, and his rampage of revenge against the Kims constitutes the climax.
  • Knight of Cerebus: When he's revealed, the film sobers. Hard.
  • Laughing Mad: Seems to alternate between laughing and sobbing hysterically after everything that's happened to him.
  • Loan Shark: Evading them after falling into debt is the reason Geun-se is hiding out in the underground bunker.
  • Sanity Slippage: Geun-se was already going mad from the isolation of living in an underground bunker, but slides right into Ax-Crazy territory when Moon-gwang dies and he goes into a rampage.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: For obvious reasons, promotional materials completely omit him since his mere existence drives the latter half of the movie.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Part of his Sanity Slippage is becoming platonically obsessed with Mr. Park. Entirely justified in context, especially taking into account that Geun-se can't leave his terrible bunker often and a poster with Mr. Park's face on it is one of the few things he gets to see on most days for four years.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He ultimately kills the mostly sympathetic Ki-jeong, and in front of her parents, no less. He also bludgeons and tries to kill Ki-woo. However, it's impossible not to feel some sympathy with him because he's a totally broken man, motivated only by a desire for revenge on behalf of his now-dead wife who kept him alive.

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