A Few Thoughts on Yoon Bum’s Personality
Yoon Bum has a really complex personality. The way he acts with Sangwoo is actually really different from what I think he usually is like. Perhaps it’s because he “loves” Sangwoo so deeply, or because he wants to be obedient since he is actually quite terrified of dying.
It’s weird we all kind of ignored that Yoon Bum basically expected the girl in his class to be in a relationship with him and like him essentially because he “liked her for her and not her boobs”.
I’m not saying that the girl was not being mean or rude but Yoon Bum was definitely being a creepy “nice guy” that ended up stealing from her afterwards. Yoon Bum definitely has a really interesting personality that extends a lot from how he is with Sangwoo.
Just tell me this isn’t a face Sangwoo would have made.
He looks so cool and detached here when he’s telling her that he likes her for who she is after giving her a backhanded compliment about her boobs, like he knows he is right. He actually has the balls to just say that to her and then expect her to jump in his arms. It shows how many social cues he is missing honestly, or perhaps how highly he thinks of himself deep down. Perhaps maybe that he just thinks this is the right way to be.
He really has some obvious problems during the entire series and is not often what we think he is like.
Here are only some scenes of Bum’s “other side” shining through:
This one is the one I think people miss the most. Yoon Bum actually tries to approach and talk to Sangwoo in the army when he recognised him (before the whole saving thing went down).
After being one day in his captivity, Yoon Bum constantly whines about his pain even though that easily could have meant that Sangwoo got too annoyed with him and killed him.
Yoon Bum showing no remorse of guilt that he was chosen over the other woman, he just feels grateful that he is more important to Sangwoo than the woman.
Yoon Bum trying to hurt/kill Sangwoo 1.
Yoon Bum trying to hurt/kill Sangwoo 2.
Yoon Bum trying to(thinking about) hurt(ing)/kill(ing) Sangwoo 3.
Yoon Bum again, stepping over the line even though he knows Sangwoo punishes the smallest things.
Yoon Bum trying to manipulate Sangwoo with sex. Honestly this part was really interesting. For him to be do that he needs to be sure that Sangwoo really finds him attractive and that offering himself can be a distraction. I have a theory that he does this here because he basically does this to his uncle too (offering himself). This could be out of desperation too of course but what’s important is Yoon Bum shows uncharacteristic confidence here, something we wouldn’t expect from the nearly docile Yoon Bum we see most of the time who always flinches away, cries and trembles.
Yoon Bum, once again, stepping over the line and trying to talk to Sangwoo like an equal and like he is a logical human being.
More proof that Yoon Bum actually changes how he is to please Sangwoo.
In conclusion, I feel like Yoon Bum is a very complex character and we only see cracks of how he can be deep down shine through sometimes and they are rare enough for people to kind of skip through and not think about it.
I also think that Sangwoo can actually see these small cracks. He isn’t stupid, he shows a lot of surprise when Yoon Bum does something uncharacteristic so he definitely realises (ex: when he says he wanted to fondle him, when he asked to eat with him) and this is the reason why he is actually interested in Yoon Bum.