I know i scream about him too much, but I’m honestly so damn pleased with how Hak is handled as a character.
Like… he’s a guy with a decade-long unrequited love and not only does he not act bitter or petty that it is unrequited, he’s just genuinely fine just being friends with Yona. Sure, at times it makes him a little sad, but he never blames her and always respects her feelings. And like, even though he’s a big tease that says things to get a rise out of people, you’ll notice he doesn’t make fun of anyone for the things they’re genuinely insecure about. He doesn’t mock Yona’s hair or Jaeha’s foot, he doesn’t badmouth the dragon brotherhood to Kija, and he doesn’t tease the very socially-awkward Shinah about anything.
And any romantic rivals he’s got? Yeah, he befriends pretty much all of them. Suwon? His best friend for years. Jaeha and Kija? Pshhh, they’re his bros. He doesn’t act jealous or possessive–I even get the impression that if Yona happened to fall for one of the other guys, he’d quietly support it the way he used to with Suwon. Any amount of over-protectiveness he had at the beginning of the series is gone and in it’s place is pride and trust. And that’s not to say he’s not still protective at all (clearly, he’s still willing to throw himself in front of an arrow for Yona), but he’s grown to respect her ability and see her as a capable equal.
Like…. Hak is honestly just such a good boy. At this point, his biggest flaw is having trouble being able to healthily express his feelings and being unaware of his worth as a person. I just love him so much okay he’s so g o od