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Tomorrow With You (Hangul: 내일 그대와; RR: Nae-il Geudaewa) is a 2017 South Korean television series starring Lee Je-hoon and Shin Min-a. It started airing on February 3, 2017 on cable channel tvN every Friday and Saturday at 20:00 (KST).

The story revolves around Yoo So-joon (Lee Je-hoon), a CEO of a real estate company, who has the ability to travel through time via a subway; and his wife, Song Ma-rin (Shin Min-a), who works as a photographer. So-joon foresees his future-self living miserably so he decides to marry Ma-rin in order to avoid that fate. As time passes, he learns to love her selflessly.


Tomorrow With You contains examples of:

  • Affectionate Nickname: Flower for Ma-rin and Realtor for So-Joon.
  • The Alcoholic: Ma-rin loves to drink but this only leads to the media to continually focus on her.
  • Babies Make Everything Better: Invoked by So-joon's mentor who states if So-joon and Ma-rin have a baby, they will avoid their bad future.
  • Bad Future: Downplayed for So-joon and Ma-rin's future where three years in the future, they will both die at the same time and the same place. Even after getting married So-joon finds out in three months time, he'll break up with Ma-rin and disappear. It's later revealed that he's actually dead.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Before So-joon changed the timeline, Young-jin successfully hurt him and escaped with millions.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Why Ma-rin and So-joon fell for each other in the first place. So-joon was the first person to look at her as Ma-rin and not her role as Bap Soon. While Ma-rin was the first person to be happy that he survived the subway accident that killed his parents.
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  • Becoming the Mask: At first So-joon was just interested in why Ma-rin was destined to die with him. He eventually decides to marry her so they will both survive. But he quickly falls in love with her to the point, he would rather live out the bad future with her than survive without her in his life.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ki-doong is a loyal friend and all around good guy but when he finds out that Young-jin not only stabbed his best friend but even murdered Se-young's dad who helped his family before, he explodes. He even admits he intended to murder Young-jin right there and then if the police didn't stop him.
  • Big Bad: Young-jin is shaping up to be this.
  • Blessed with Suck: What So-joon's mentor thinks about their ability to travel to the future. As the series continues So-joon agrees.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Episode 11 reveals that the future Ki-doong and Ma-rin are trying to invoke this on So-joon to save his life.
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  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: Ma-rin starts to get annoyed with So-joon's secretive nature that it quickly goes to this. Happily, So-joon realizes his mistake and becomes more open to Ma-rin saving their marriage.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: How So-joon comes across to his company where his data is always correct but he barely works. In reality, his ability to time travel means he can be as lazy as he wants and still turn a profit.
  • Call-Back: Considering the series is about time travel, a lot of earlier episodes show events that occur in later episodes.
  • Celibate Hero: So-joon isn't that interested in dating seeing his time travel abilities as much more interesting.
  • The Confidant: So-joon's mentor is the only person that can not only time travel but also knows about So-joon's untimely death as such So-joon asks for his help and advice a lot.
  • Contractual Purity: Due to Ma-rin's past fame as a child actress, the general public is more judgmental about her faults.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Young-jin starts be embezzling millions from his company to escape jail time. But after he is fired, Ki-doong finds out he's been doing this for a while.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Ma-rin's life is downright tragic, she became a child star against her will because of her mother. While she quickly left the entertainment world, she is still remembered for her role and still is mocked for it 25 years later. This wasn't help when her father left causing her mother to use her as a tool to look for a new husband. All this lead her to becoming a huge alcoholic which only increases the public eye on her when she just wants to be left alone. And So-joon reveals that in the original timeline, she would have been crippled for three years before dying in a car accident.
  • Disappeared Dad: Ma-rin's father left when she was a teenager. Turns out So-joon's mentor is her father.
  • Dogged Nice Guy:
    • Se-young has been in love with So-joon since childhood and even started working at Happiness because he asked her to but she never made a move.
    • Similarly Ki-doong has been in love with Se-young since college but he never tries anything.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After a lot of heartarche and even a Heroic Sacrifice, both So-joon and Ma-rin are alive and happily married past 2019.
  • False Friend: Gun Sook appears to be this for Ma-rin. But after Gun Sook realizes who she married, they built a real friendship.
  • Former Child Star: Ma-rin is a rather sad example when she reveals she didn't even want to be a child actress. But her fame as Bap Soon has haunted her since preventing her from living a normal life.
  • Genki Girl: Ma-rin tries to be cheerful about her life despite the many disadvantages she has.
  • Green-Eyed Monster:
    • Se-young is very rude to Ma-rin at first because she married So-joon. She eventually grows out of it.
    • Ma-rin gets really jealous when she realizes that So-joon has done more for Ki-doong with his powers than her. To her defense, she was really drunk.
  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Young-jin is pretty bitter that despite his years of effort and studying, So-joon is more successful due to his time travel abilities.
  • Happily Married: So-joon and Ma-rin's marriage quickly becomes this and So-joon's main motive afterwords is to protect this future.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: In the end, Ma-rin's father sacrifices himself to save both So-joon and Ma-rin.
  • I Am Not Spock: Everyone calls Ma-rin by Bap Soon even her mother. Only So-joon regularly calls her by her real name.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: When Ma-rin finds out how rich So-joon is, she has this reaction.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Ma-rin just wants to live her life away from the public eye and get married to someone that loves her for her.
  • I Will Wait for You: Ma-rin decides to wait for So-joon who has gone missing in Episode 15 after realizing that he is still alive.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: So-joon is a downplayed example. While he's lazy, flippant and cocky, his heart is in the right place.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Young-jin starts by simple embezzlement which leads to murder to hide it and then he just keeps on going. He even admits that he can't stop anymore.
  • Love Triangle: Between So-Joon, Ki-doong and Se-young without any of them knowing about it. Ki-doong is in love with Se-young who is in love with So-Joon who just sees the both of them as his friends. The triangle is soon broken when So-Joon marries Ma-rin.
  • Manchild: So-Joon may be in his early 30's but he's very immature and lazy for his age.
  • Marriage of Convenience:
    • Gun Sook and Young-jin's marriage is this. He's a decade older than her and Gun Sook admits she worked to get married to a man of wealth.
    • So-Joon and Ma-rin's marriage starts out like this. So-joon at first marries her so they will avoid their bad future while she truly loves him. But he soon falls for her too, making their marriage an aversion.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: Episode 15 and after Ma-rin attempts to get past So-joon to break up with her in the past while sending emails to the future for her So-joon if he returns. When he finally comes back, he lampshades this.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: So-joon lays out that one of the rules about traveling to the future is he can never meet his future self or he'll disappear from existence.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: So-joon is rather touchy feely with Ma-rin when he first meets her and regularly tickles his best friend Ki-doong.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Ma-rin's role as Bap Soon continues to haunt her even 25 years later.
  • One Degree of Separation: Ma-rin's friend, Gun Sook marries Young-jin who works for So-joon. While So-joon's mentor turns out to be Ma-rin's father.
  • Papa Wolf: So-Joon's mentor is working tirelessly behind So-Joon's back to save both So-Joon and his daughter's, Ma-rin, life.
  • Parents as People: Ma-rin's mom admits that she was a horrible mother but shows that despite her Stage Mom tendencies, she does love her daughter.
  • Parental Substitute: So-Joon has two sets. First is Se-young's parents that took him in when his parents died in the subway accident. The other one is his mentor that tutored him about his ability to time travel.
  • Second Love: Se-young finds love with her other best friend, Ki-doong.
  • Secret-Keeper: Ki-doong is the only person that knows about So-joon's powers beside his mentor at the start of the series. After Ma-rin finds out, they quickly bond over how annoying So-joon's powers can be. Se-young learns about them from Ki-doong after So-joon has disappeared.
  • Screw Destiny: The goal of the series is So-joon attempting to prevent his and Ma-rin's untimely deaths. The series is ambiguous if this is possible as many times So-joon and his mentor's attempt to change time just help set up the future they were trying to avoid. In the end due to Ma-rin's father's Heroic Sacrifice, they finally succeeded.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: So-joon and Ma-rin after they get over their Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario.
  • Stable Time Loop: So-joon and his mentor's attempt to stop Se-young's father's murder only set up the murder.
  • Stage Mom: Ma-rin's mom. She not only forced Ma-rin into acting, but Ma-rin states that her mother would use her to find a new husband. It's rather telling that she calls Ma-rin as Bap Soon instead of her real name.
  • Survivor Guilt: Both Ma-rin and So-joon have massive guilt over surviving the subway accident. While Ma-rin is focused on living her life the best that she can because of her guilt, So-joon tries his best to ignore his guilt.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: So-Joon, Ki-doong and Se-young. Of course it's revealed that there's a love triangle in the background that none of them know about.
  • Time Skip: The last few minutes of episode 15 skips about 2 years into 2019 when Ma-rin is opening her first gallery, still waiting for So-joon.
  • Time Travel: So-Joon and his mentor have the ability to travel to the future. The series is based about So-Joon seeing a bad future and his attempts to avoid it.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Se-young's father is an older example than most but still, he qualifies. He's the head of a Nonprofit organization that builds houses for the poor, took So-joon after his parents died, is a loving father to Se-young, gave Ki-doong's family a home and is an all around kind man. The reason he was even killed was because he refused to compromise his morals!.
  • Together in Death: An attempted example by So-joon. In the final episode when it looks like Ma-rin will die no matter what, So-joon hugs her, fully intending to die with her. Luckily for the both of them, they survive.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Se-young has been friends with So-Joon since birth and has been in love with him since. But he just saw her as a friend and fell in love with Ma-rin instead.
  • The Workaholic: Young-jin. He even cancelled his honeymoon to work and rarely spends anytime with Gun Sook despite being newlyweds.
  • You Are Worth Hell: In episode 16 So-joon is stuck in the year 2022, finally getting past 2019 when he is supposed to die. But he soon learns that Ma-rin still died in 2019 and he is thus faced with two options, 1. live in 2022 alive but without her or 2. travel to 2019 and risk his death just to be with her. He chooses two in a heartbeat.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: By episode 12, So-joon has come into this mindset believing that although he knows the future, he can't change it.

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