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unTouchable is a Korean Webtoon by 'massstar'.
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Sia Lee is a 22-year-old young lady who has just left home and moved to the city, both to pursue her modeling career and escape her overbearing preacher father. She is also a vampire.

No big deal, vampires have learned to move with the times. They've worked past most of the traditional weaknesses (Sia still has trouble with strong sunlight.) And instead of all that nasty business with blood, they've learned to discreetly absorb Life Energy from humans simply by touching them.

On her way to her new apartment, Sia brushes against Jiho, a man with the most intoxicating energy she has ever tasted, and becomes desperate to sample him again. Unfortunately, he has a crippling case of mysophobia, and doesn't want anyone else even breathing too close, let alone touching him. Then they discover they're now neighbors.

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With her taste for other humans' energy permanently ruined, Sia is determined to cure Jiho's condition and get her hands on him again...

The official English translation can be read here.


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  • Accidental Pervert: When Sia first brushes against Jiho, she runs after him in desperation to touch him again, trips, and ends up with her hand on his crotch.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Sia's two friends call her "Simba" for her mane of red hair.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Invoked. Sia goes to her sister (a doctor) to ask about curing Jiho's "disease" with medication. Her sister exasperatedly explains that it's a psychological disorder.
  • The Beautiful Elite: All vampires are genetically predisposed to good looks (easier to feed when humans want to touch you) and are not shy about using it to their advantage; many of them join the entertainment industry.
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  • Becoming the Mask: While Sia did initially take an interest in Jiho purely because he tasted good and became his girlfriend explicitly so she could feed off him freely, she falls for him for real.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Baryu turns out to have been serious about wanting to marry Sia. Unfortunately, by the time Sia realizes it, she's hopelessly in love with Jiho.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: When Jiho is sleeping, Sia has to restrain herself from feeding off him. Later, when Sia spends the night (chastely) in Jiho's bed, he comes very close to kissing her neck before restraining himself.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Sia calls Jiho "Chicken" due to her craving for him. This comes to save her later from her overbearing father when she is able to explain away a text from "Chicken" as coming from a fried chicken store.
  • Fan Nickname: Baryu, better known to the fandom as "Ramen", because of his yellow curls. After his hair straightened, he was immediately renamed "Spaghetti", and later "Noodle" also showed up frequently.
  • Fantastic Racism: Vampires consider themselves superior to normal humans. Using them for feeding or sex is fine, but Sia's growing love for Jiho is looked at askance.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: They're The Beautiful Elite, and not a little arrogant about it, but on the whole they coexist peacefully with humans nowadays. For the most part.
  • Forgotten First Meeting: When Sia was hospitalized due to refusing to feed, Jiho had briefly overcome his OCD and held her hand while she was unconscious, desiring to cheer her on. While he never outright says it is her and Sia is annoyed for being led on, the viewer can see that it truly was her.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: After all the Ho Yay between Sihwan and Baryu, it was rather shocking when Sihwan revealed he wasn't gay for Baryu.
  • Hates Being Touched: Jiho due to his chronic fear of contamination.
  • Homoerotic Subtext: Very close to just plain text between her friends, fellow vampire Baryu and normal human Sihwan. Baryu playfully hits on Sia, but touches Sihwan whenever he needs some energy, and the two are pretty open and jocular about the implications.
  • The Masquerade: Vampires keep quiet about what they are. Relatively easy to do nowadays, since sustaining themselves is a lot less messy.
  • Mate or Die: Well, not to the point of death, but when a vampire becomes enamored with someone, they can develop what amounts to a biological imperative to mate. In fact, they call it being "in heat".
  • Neat Freak: Jiho has a pathological need to disinfect everything, so his apartment tends to be sparkling clean.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: They used to be the standard bloodsuckers of public imagination, but have quietly adapted to modern society.
  • Overprotective Dad: Sia leaves home partly to escape his constant demands that she provide a detailed list of everyone she absorbs energy from. This is due to a major incident in her childhood that nearly led to her death.
  • The Power of Love: Plays a large part in the story, as befitting a romance webcomic, but plays the biggest part in the last few chapters when Sia exchanges some of her vampiric power to Jiho to replenish his life.
  • Really Gets Around: Sia has never even kissed anyone let alone had sex, but she had this reputation in high school due to using her good looks to touch adoring males for sustenance. She's pretty blasé about it, since it's standard practice for vampires.
  • Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Humans' energy for vampires. Jiho's is so delicious that Sia has lost her taste for anyone else.
  • They Do: In the finale, Jiho and Sia tie the knot.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Baryu. While he takes it quite poorly initially, he ultimately comes around and cheers on Jiho as he makes Sia happy, which he figures is real love.
  • Vampiric Draining: It's relatively harmless, but feeding too heavily off one human can make them weak. (This is frowned on mainly due to putting The Masquerade in danger.) Some vampires are capable of killing humans they drain.

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