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I Love Yoo is a webtoon by Quimchee.

Shin-Ae Yoo has had an unfortunate childhood. Her family being torn apart by divorce, combined with suffering constant bullying and harassment from her peers at school has turned her into an introverted, sarcastic 17-year-old who professes no interest in dating or romance.

One day, after rejecting a Love Confession, she's being treated to a meal by her friends, when the guy she rejected and his buddies enter the restaurant. When they start insulting her and her friends, she throws a drink at them... and hits the ginger-headed boy that was trying to stick up for her instead. And who is now intrigued.

This is the start of her life becoming crazy, and — just maybe — her coming out of her shell.

Currently one of the most popular series on Line Webtoon, I Love Yoo has garnered a large following since its debut, with fans praising its likable main cast and balance of romance, humor, and drama.


Can be read here.


  • Abel And Cain: Zig-Zagged with Kousuke and Yeong-Gi, as while they aren't having an exactly ideal relationship, they aren't anywhere nearly as bad as the Trope Namers.
  • A-Cup Angst: Mrs. Hirahara gives Shin-Ae a dress she claims she bought for herself and would never wear. When Shin-Ae tries it on, she finds she doesn't quite fill it out properly.
    Shin-Ae: I don't have enough boob for this dress! I bet her single boob would still be bigger than both mine combined!
  • Alcoholic Parent: Shin-Ae's dad apparently never got over his divorce, and she frequently comes home to find him drunk.
  • Betty and Veronica: Sweet, outgoing Yeong-Gi is the Betty to the cold, harsh Kousuke's Veronica for Shin-Ae's Archie. Somewhat downplayed in that, at the moment, Kousuke isn't actively seeking anything beyond a professional relationship with Shin-Ae and his mother's attempt to force the two together ends in embarrassment for both parties.
    • As the series continues, Dieter seems to take the position of the stable, thoughtful Betty to Yeong-Gi's emotionally unavailable Veronica (he's dating someone already).
  • Berserk Button: Talking smack about Shin-Ae's friends.
  • The Big Bad Shuffle:
    • There are several characters who appear through the story and haven't been dealt with for good including the man who tried to drug Shin-Ae during the party and later turned out to be Sang-Chul Kim, the son of a business partner to Kousuke and Nol's own father who could potentially become the Big Bad, with Nol's father so far having the best chances to do so.
    • Yui Hirahara seemingly plans to have her son Kousuke get together with Shin-Ae, no matter how much either of them objects. Yui Hirahara has firmly established her role as the Big Bad. She manipulates Shin-Ae into working for the Hirahara Corporation, blackmails the girl into attending a party where she gets drugged, almost sexually assaulted, and dropped into a pool, and demonstrates direct authority over Shin-Ae's new boss, Sang-Chul, who at this point works as her dragon.
  • Big Eater: One of the few ways to get Shin-Ae enthusiastic is to present her with the prospect of good food. Her friends are savvy enough use this to lure her out of the house.
  • Bland-Name Product: So very many. WacDonald's, Sunbucks, and WouTube, just to name a few.
  • Blind Date: As a result of a Prank Call, Maya sets Shin-Ae up on a blind date with Kousuke AND Yeong-Gi. None of the parties involved know it's a blind date though, and only Maya calls it that.
  • Celibate Heroine: Shin-Ae. As she eventually explains to Dieter that it's not that she doesn't like him, she's just not looking for a relationship.
    • Kousuke also qualifies. He even carries around a spray to scare away women...
  • The Comically Serious: Kousuke often ends up in this kind of situations.
  • Cringe Comedy: Shin-Ae, to the chagrin of her friends, often engage in this, while being completely oblivious to - or just ignoring - the embarrassment she should be feeling.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It is heavily implied that Yeong-Gi is the bastard son of Kousuke's father. You do the math.
  • Deadpan Snarker: There is snark aplenty.
  • Face Doodling: Yeong-Gi tricks Shin-Ae into standing still for this, by pretending to help her disguise herself. When he admits he was just messing with her, she steals the pen back and doodles on his face as payback.
  • Face of a Thug: The students at Yeong-Gi's school think Soushi has this.
    Soushi: "Yo! What's up ladies."
    Female students: "OMG HE'S GONNA SHOOT US."
  • Foil: Mr and Mrs. Hirahara. Mrs. Hirahara is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who is willing to physically and mentally harm her children while pretending to care for them. Mr. Hirahara is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who, despite his aloof nature regarding his kids, especially Yeong-Gi, does care for their well being.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Parodied in Shin-Ae's Imagine Spot.
    Imaginary!Yeong-Gi: "Fufufu... She fell right into my trap! Now I will follow that cab and find out where she lives so that I can harrass her about paying for my uniform for the rest of her life! And also avenge my pal... The german guy... I forgot his name..."
  • Frivolous Lawsuit: Shin-Ae is extremely scared she'll be a victim of this after ruining Kousuke's suit. Later turned on its head, when Kousuke gives Shin-Ae the opportunity to press charges against a lady who threw a drink at her. In neither case does anyone actually chose to sue anyone though.
  • Gold Digger: Discussed in the first chapter. After recieving a bad grade, Rika suggests Shin-Ae just become a House Wife, with Maya adding that she might be able to find a rich guy. Shin-Ae points out that it sounds like they're suggesting she become a Gold Digger, which brings up the question of what the difference is between House Wife and Gold Digger. Rika and Maya take the stance that there is a difference, while Shin-Ae argues that an Unequal Pairing is an outdated concept. Becomes Hilarious in Hindsight as Shin-Ae gets into a Love Triangle with two rich dudes. (Probably).
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Zigsagged. Soushi is a good guy, and his scar is definitely of the Rugged Scar type, but from the perspective of the students at Yeong-Gi's school it's an evil scar, because they think he's a Japanese Delinquent, as mentioned above.
  • Hate Sink:
    • Sang Chul Kim is the spoiled son of an associate of the Hirahara Corporation, and a loudmouthed and lazy Jerkass who antagonizes others and insults them both to their face and behind their backs. During the formal hosted by his father, he is enlisted by Yui Hirahara to sexually assault Shin-Ae, which he nearly does. He's also all but confirmed to be the masked man who drugged Shin-Ae's drink near the beginning of the comic.
    • Yui Hirahara. She initially treats Shin-Ae as a possible baby factory, and subsequently tries to manipulate her and Kousuke into a relationship neither of them want. She then exploits Shin-Ae's position to make her work for the company, under a man who tried to take advantage of her, deliberately sets her up to be raped by said man, hospitalizes her, and is implied to be an abusive parent towards Yeong-Gi.
    • Subverted with Meg. Her extremely rude and condescending attitude towards Shin-Ae makes her seem like this at first... and then the party arc happens. When Meg sees the drug vial that Sang-Chul dropped, she immediatley goes to warn Yeong-Gi and Kousuke that Shin-Ae may be in danger. Not only that, but she joins the Hirahara brothers in searching for the drugged Shin-Ae after learning that Sang-Chul had taken her from the ballroom. Despite initially appearing as such, Meg's actions during her second appearance demonstrate that she is definitely not written to be unlikeable.
  • Honorary Aunt: Maya is hell-bent on setting Shin-Ae up with someone because she wants to be this.
  • I Can't Dance: Shin-Ae claims this.
  • Idiot Hero: Subverted with Shin-Ae. She’s an average student at worst. At best, she’s very competent with mathematics such that Yeong-Gi's friends ask that she becomes their tutor.
  • Informed Poverty: Inverted. Shin-Ae doesn't seem any different from her friends at first, and when she shows up at a Masquerade Ball with a borrowed dress and an ugly home-made mask, the obvious conclusion is that she's a tomboy, who doesn't care about her looks. A lot of Shin-Ae's actions takes on a new light once you realize she's so poor, she relies on her friends for meals, which her friends doesn't seem to realize.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Dieter.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shin-Ae may be a rude, sarcastic loner, but she has a soft spot for children and will go to war for her friends.
  • Kids Are Cruel: And how. The bullying Shin-Ae was subjected to as a child is certainly not played for laughs. Another example is when Shin-Ae is at the mall and sees a girl bullying a younger girl at a mall for seemingly no reason.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Even when Shin-Ae can barely feed herself, she still buys food for the neighborhood cat. When she gets a bit more money than usual, she buys it salmon.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: At one point Shin-Ae tries to explain to a child's mother that her child had been bullying a younger than them. She threw soda in her face. Kousuke then got mall security to take her to their office and help Shin-Ae press charges. While Shin-Ae declines, the bully and her mother both apologize, albeit the latter does so begrudgingly.
  • Loners Are Freaks: How Shin-Ae's classmates perceive her.
  • Longing Look: Shin-Ae catches Dieter staring at her during class.
  • Lost Food Grievance: Sousuke trips Shin-Ae, causing her to drop her plate. As revenge, Shin-Ae chucks a steak at him.
  • Love Confession: The plot kicks off with Dieter confessing to Shin-Ae and getting rejected.
  • Meddling Parents: Kousuke's mother offers Kousuke an arranged marriage with Shin-Ae.
  • Meet Cute: Shin-Ae's meetings with both of the Hirahara brothers. She accidently throws her soda at Yeong-Gi and gets tripped up by Kousuke.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Yeong-Gi, in spades.
    • Spoofed a bit in Kousuke's corner, when Yeong-Gi addresses this by trying to take off Kousuke's shirt by force so that it would be 'fair'. Too bad for him (and those fans who looked forward to Kousuke finally getting a Shirtless Scene), Kousuke was wearing a second shirt under the first one.
  • Near-Rape Experience: At a party, a group of men accost Shin-Ae and one of them (later revealed to be Sang-Chul) spikes her drink. Yeong-Gi drinks it instead and ends up in the hospital.
    • Happens again in Episode 59. While Shin-Ae is successfully drugged this time, she manages to successfully, and surprisingly, defend herself from Sang-Chul before wandering off.
  • The Nicknamer: Shin-Ae is quick to come up with something when she doesn't know a character's name. Thus Yeong-Gi was dubbed Mr. Stalker, and Kousuke Q-tip.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Rika and Maya are fangirls of "Tim Hurdleston's" cheekbones and "Huge Jackedman's" biceps.
  • Not so Above It All: Kousuke tripping up Shin-Ae to get the last piece of cake is this in-universe. Normally he's the very picture of a Princely Young Man.
  • Offscreen Inertia: Played for laughs. Apparently, Shin-Ae's friends panicked for 30 minutes straight after recieving the Prank Call from Yeong-Gi and Shin-Ae. They didn't even think about calling Shin-Ae before the bartender called them out on it.
  • Only Sane Man: The Bartender when Rika and Maya are panicking. Though to be fair, he knows there's nothing to be panic over.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: When Kousuke corners Shin-Ae at the hospital and he doesn't seem to recognize her, she decides to add a little extra to make sure he doesn't remember her. It works. Until it doesn't.
  • The Paranoiac: Shin-Ae fits three of the criteria:
    • 3. Suspiciousness / Cynicism - In her own words: "Humans kinda suck."
    • 4. Jerkass - with a heart of gold, but she does occasionally purposely stomp on some nerves to drive people away from her, like when she refused to wipe the whipped cream off her face because she knew it bothered Kousuke.
    • 7. Conspiracy Theorist - When she discovers Mr. Stalker was the one she poured a drink over, she immediately starts imagining a ridiculous scenario with the conclusion that Yeong-Gi helped her and paid for her cab so he could follow it to find out where she lived and harass her.
  • People Fall Off Chairs: Yeong-Gi falls off his chair when Shin-Ae surprises him while he was spinning around.
  • Prank Call: Done twice. The first is done by Yeong-Gi and Shin-Ae to get revenge on Shin-Ae's friends for ditching her at a party. The second is done by Shin-Ae's friend Maya as revenge for the aforementioned prank.
  • The Prankster: Shin-Ae, Yeong-Gi and Min-Hyuk.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: The students surrounding Yeong-Gi at school. Of course, the minute he leaves the classroom, they start insulting him.
  • Returning the Handkerchief: Averted. Kousuke does indeed give Shin-Ae a handkerchief to clean herself - two times actually - but tells her there's no need to return it, he's got plenty at home.
  • Self-Induced Allergic Reaction: Shin-Ae somehow comes to the conclusion that Yeong-Gi fainted because of an allergic reaction to the orange juice she gave him, even though he knew it was orange juice. Of course, the real reason why he fainted is because someone spiked her drink.
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: A downplayed example. Kousuke is a food connoisseur, but apparently, he's never had rice-cake from a food vendor, because he thinks it's unsanitory. He has, however, eaten a hamburger before, and is a little offended Shin-Ae thinks he's that out of touch.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Maya. So far, she's been shown to ship Shin-Ae with either Dieter or Yeong-Gi, but according to herself, any male would do really.
    • Yeong-Gi as well initially ships Shin-Ae with Dieter.
    • Min-Hyuk also starts shipping Dieter and Shin-Ae after his return from America. Unfortunately from Dieter, Min-Hyuk's earnestness gets him in trouble more than not.
    • Kousuke's mother is rather determined to get Shin-Ae and her son married and making some grandchildren.
  • Shoe Slap: Shin-Ae throws her shoes at Kousuke.
  • Shout-Out:
    • To Unordinary (with two students resemble John and Serafina) and Siren's Lament (a name in the scoreboard is Ian the Goldfish in chapter 21 and ‘Lyra Fishbait’ is on the visitor sign-in sheet for delivery in chapter 64+65).
  • Sibling Triangle: Both Kousuke and Yeong-Gi are growing attracted to Shin-Ae.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang / Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Kousuke is the refined, relatively cool-headed sibling, while Yeong-Gi is far more emotional and reckless sibling.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Yeongi-Gi. Shin-Ae meeting him (the second meeting, to be more precise) is what kick-starts the plot.
  • Slipping a Mickey: A guy does this to Shin-Ae's orange juice at the Masquerade Ball. She doesn't end up drinking it though.
  • Solomon Divorce: Shin-Ae was separated from her sister when her parents divorced.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Kousuke is constantly fending off Meg, a woman who keeps following him around insisting they're a couple even when he's all but threatening her with a restraining order. Doesn't help that his father seems to be trying to facilitate a relationship.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Shin-Ae disappears very quickly when Kousuke tells her the price of the suit she just ruined.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Kousuke and his mother have the same hair and eye color, as well as similar facial structures.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: The dinner conversation at the Hirahara household:
    Dad: "How is school going for you? Top of the class like your brother I presume?"
    Yeong-Gi: "... No."
  • Sweet Tooth: Kousuke. In fact, the first time he and Shin-Ae meet is when they come in conflict over the last remaining tiramisu.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Dieter has been taking this role recently as of chapter 77.
  • Those Two Girls: Rika and Maya.
  • There's No Place Like Home: Shin-Ae prefers staying at home, and only reluctantly goes out at the promise of food.
  • That Came Out Wrong: Yeong-Gi offers to give Shin-Ae a ride.
  • Too Hungry to Be Polite: When eating with Kousuke, Shin-Ae eats her cheesecake so quickly she gets whipped cream all over her face.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Inverted. Kousuke insists that he owes Shin-Ae a debt for taking Yeong-Gi to the hospital discreetly. Shin-Ae doesn't see how that deserves a reward, and has no intentions of cashing in on it.
  • We Used to Be Friends: If you can read through the blur, you can see Shin-Ae saying this to Alyssa just before she gets pushed down some stairs.
  • Workout Fanservice: Many, many scenes with Yeong-Gi. Anytime his sandbag is seen, so are his eight-pack abs.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Kousuke's mother tries to set up a romantic situation between Shin-Ae and Kousuke as a gift for her birthday. Her tricks include getting her to try on a dress that didn't fit her and arranging for Kousuke to come by when Shin-Ae would likely be changing, and also spilling wine on her so she'd put on a "shirt dress" she had lying around. It was one of Kousuke's shirts. Unfortunately, this isn't a traditional romcom, and her efforts fail. Mostly. The two of them do have a tender moment at the end of the day, and Shin-Ae realizes that Kousuke might be attracted to her.
  • You Are Fat: Kousuke calls Shin-Ae a fatass when they first meet. For all we know, Shin-Ae could be Hollywood Pudgy. When Kousuke calls Shin-Ae a fatass in front of Soushi though, he looks confused and says she doesn't look fat. It seems to have mostly been a jab at how she's a Big Eater who tried to get the last slice of Tiramisu—which he also wanted. The only other character to make a comment like this suggests that her eating habits will eventually make her fat.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Maya's reaction when Shin-Ae intends to show up at the Masquerade Ball in leggings.