Analysis of the Ambitious Femme Fatales of Korean Dramas [part 3]


The third story of this five part series on Femme Fatales explores Kim Hee Ae’s character of Midas.

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Yoo In Hye (Kim Hee Ae) of SBS’s Midas

Yoo In Hye diverges from the traditional femme fatale figure in that she’s soft spoken and elegant: she attacks her opponents quietly and fatally. She’s had a rocky childhood as her mother was unloved by her father and eventually abandoned for a new wife. As a result, she is full of hate, resentment, and ambition.

 Vengeance rating ★★★☆☆

While In Hye is much more capable than her brother Sung Joon (Yoon Jae Moon), her father rejects her as his successor. Sung Joon also passes her off as an illegitimate sister. She plans to avenge all those who have wrote her off as an insignificant – especially her father and brother.

 Perfectionist rating ★★★★☆

She is the chief executive officer of Lone Asia hedge funds and a graduate of UPenn’s Wharton School of Business MBA program. Additionally, In Hye is an extraordinary woman who can speak multiple languages and foresee trends in the finance industry.

Perfect Match: Kim Do Hyun (Jang Hyuk) – Kim Do Hyun becomes Yoo In Hye’s confidant as he is the one capable of helping her achieve her goals. She makes an offer he can’t resist, and the two work together to bring down her opponents. They share a dynamic give and take relationship throughout the series.

 Part 4 coming soon!

 Written in Korean by [email protected]; translated by [email protected]