Lookism has a plethora of great characters, some of them are female. Therefore, I will rate them.
All ratings are based 100% on my personal opinions.
My criteria essentially is:
- Their removal would affect the plot
- They undergo some change/character development, good or bad
- We see different sides of their personality
- They have a plot of their own that doesn’t revolve entirely around a male character. OR
- They are well-developed within the confines of the role they are written to play
- They don’t toss away every traditionally feminine trait in an attempt to be a strong, independent womyn
Johan Seong In a Dress
Zoe Park (Ha Nuel)
Zoe is probably my favorite character in Lookism, mostly due to her fantastic character development. She starts off as a vain, self-obsessed annoyance, nearly gets assaulted by an old gremlin after hoeing herself out for balloons, is saved by Fat Daniel from said gremlin, and has a slow but realistic heel-face-turn where she realizes looks really aren’t everything. It’s the heart that matters. Also, she:
- calls Little Daniel piggy
- actually likes Little Daniel more than Big Daniel
- is good at math
- regularly harasses Little Daniel at work
- is actually nice (giving creepy stalker girl a hand warmer thing, among other things)
- is generally annoyed by Crystal’s very existence
- is willing to put herself in actual danger by dating Logan so Little Daniel doesn’t get the snot beaten out of him for the 1000th time.
Zoe is one cool cat.
Zoe Park’s Rating: 8.5/10
Mira Kim (Mijin)
Mira is the underrated baddie of Lookism, putting Zack in his place, and despite being a general creep magnet who’s had several traumatizing experiences, she doesn’t let that color her perception of the world.
- She’s genuinely a good person, probably one of the few, attractive characters who’ve been nice since their first appearance.
- She refused to date a bullying Zack.
- She’s the main reason Zack stopped bullying (and generally became a better person)
- She not physically strong, but on multiple occasions she’s proven she has grit and will stand up for herself (putting herself between Zack and Logan, biting pedo cult leader’s foot, doesn’t put up with Zack’s bullying, fought those girls in the bathroom).
- She’s a good friend, visiting Johan’s mom and generally being amazing.
Not much is known about Mira’s life outside of Zack, though they’ve been childhood friends for years. Despite her primary role as a love interest, she manages to be neither annoying, nor in the way and is in fact quite helpful at times. All hail Queen Mira, Zack Slayer, Creep Fighter, and General Cinnamon Roll.
Mira’s Rating 9/10
Crystal Choi (Soo Jung)
Ice Queen Crystal, like Daniel, has a Little and Big version of herself. Like Daniel, Crystal also realizes she has a bad worldview and attempts to change herself. Crystal had certain preconceived biases about attractive people, assuming most good-looking people are jerks (and to be fair in Lookism, 88% are) and that all men only care about looks (also, not entirely off base here). Then she gains a slew of True Companions, meets Big Daniel (who prefers her Little Crystal body – so does Eli Jang), all of which challenges that worldview.
- can fight for real in both her Little and Big bodies
- beats down Daniel’s stalker girl
- was willing to save Big Daniel even though she thought he was trash
- is rich
Crystal’s Rating: 8/10
Joy Hong (Jae Hye)
Joy’s another character who goes against the stereotype that good-looking people are mean as Joy is kind to everyone, all the time, from the moment she first appears and maintains that niceness despite becoming an idol. She’s also Jay’s little sister and their competition for Daniels’ affection makes them quite a hilarious pair. We also know her dad is kinda of sus, so the fact she’s still nice says a lot about her character.
Joy is one of the characters for whom it’s impossible to dislike even if you don’t ship her with Daniel. Her only flaw is that she’s quite one-dimensional.
Joy’s Rating: 6.5/10
Yui is the HBIC of Paprika TV, pimping herself out for the bag. But Yui goes through a good amount of character development in that she realizes she was going down the wrong path (dating her garbage, abusive boyfriend and hoeing herself out for balloons) and sort of changes. Big sort of. Yui is still vain and kinda mean, and still getting money from simps on Paprika, but she’s chilled out quite a bit thanks to savior Zack, she helped Crystal infiltrate Workers, and she doesn’t seem to be dating gangsters any longer.
Yui Rating: 7.5/10
The girl who cried wolf. Or did she? It’s implied Jasmine wasn’t actually lying about her trash, abusive father (and the fact she chose to stay with James and raise a gaggle of kids rather than go home says a lot).
Jasmine is actually pretty cool.
- She gets along with genuinely insane James and tries to start a family with him.
- She got Zack and Daniel to almost kill each other, inadvertently awakening Daniel’s Gun mode.
- She played a light hand in bringing down Olly’s Hostel.
- She not only lies, but embellishes her lies with more lies, creating a wall of impenetrable lies.
Jasmine’s Rating: 7/10
This chick is crazy. However, Daniel’s Stalker is an interesting look at celeb stalkers in general, but also the central idea of Lookism itself. The girl is called ugly her entire life and shunned for it despite seemingly being nice; in jail she gets a makeover and boom, all the dudes that ignored her are falling over themselves to compliment her hideous ring. Stalker girl didn’t change, but her physical appearance did.
Yet despite being conventionally unattractive herself, Stalker Lady is clearly shooting for men that are out of her league (GD and Daniel). Goes to show even those who are harmed by lookism will happily play into it when it benefits them.
Stalker Lady’s Rating: 8/10
Fittingly only known as Daniel’s mom as her biggest achievement thus far is birthing Daniel. Daniel’s mom is not even given a name. She gets one point for being hard working and one point because she has a bf, and two pity points for fighting Logan.
Daniel’s Mom Rating: 4/10
Hostel’s Mother. Lover of Cats.
Mother of Dragons. General HBIC. Sally is interesting as her life was all about appearances. Sally was pretty, presumably smart, and presumed to be well-off in owning her own building, but she was alone. Then she met Eli and gained her True Companions. The rest is tragic history.
Sally is also genuinely nice in that she let a bunch of strange, orphaned boys live in her building and fed them, was generally understanding of Eli’s wildness, and helped keep Hostel running after Eli dipped.
A true queen.
Sally Park’s Rating: 7.5/10
Tragic figure. Her love was turning Eli into a more chill person. Sadly, Olly wasn’t having any of that.
Heather’s Rating: 3.5/10
Johan’s mom fittingly is also only known as Johan’s Mom as other than being blind, being Johan’s mother is the only memorable thing about her.
Where’s Johan’s father? Why did she never remarry while she had her eyesight? Where are her parents at? Does she have any siblings?
Alas, we shall never know. But at least she can cut hair.
Johan’s Mom’s Rating: 2/10
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IU Aru is introduced as a mega you-know-what and nothing that happens after that introduction changes our opinion of her. She single-handedly prevented Oliver from debuting, was generally mean, dated an actual gangster and then cheated on him with several other dudes.
A lot of Lookism centers around various, attractive characters somewhat realizing the error of their former ways after being humbled in some form (usually a beat down by Daniel, Vasco, Zack or all three) and consequently changing. Aru is certainly humbled after almost being blackmailed into taking nude pictures and forced into a slave contract, but like a dog goes back to its own vomit, Aru goes right back to her shady ways after being rescued.
Aru is, if nothing else, a realistic look at what it takes to rise to the top and stay there.
Aru’s Rating: 9/10
Scared the fear of God into Zack.
Ghost Lady Rating: 10/10
All Hail the Queen of Two Seconds, Mary Kim. Mary is amazing as she:
- generally puts Vin Jin in his place
- seems to be the only person Vin Jin actually likes besides himself
- was a Judo genius in middle school
- is a reformed thug basically
- could probably kill most of the characters in Lookism with her bare hands
- likes to caress Jace’s ears
- generally doesn’t go around beating people up for no reason
Mary’s mere presence instills fear in the hearts of others, sending them fleeing across the beach. While we don’t know much about her, it seems like with 77% of characters in Lookism, we’ll eventually get a 20 chapter back-story on her.
Mary Kim’s Rating: 8/10
Leon Lee (the Only Female in Burn Knuckles)
Leon being generally petty while Vasco was on a date is amazing.
- her short hair is cool
- she can go from Burn Knuckles bro to hot girl summer
Leon’s Rating: 6.5/10
A cute kid born out of tragedy. Also, thanks to her Eli abandoned Hostel, thus setting into motion a slew of events that ended with Olly Wang’s death and the end of Hostel B.
Yenna’s Rating: Big Daniel Breaking Gun’s Arm/10
I’m sure there’s someone I’m forgetting…but this is getting long. Anyway, who’s your favorite female (or male) character in Lookism?
References: (https://www.webtoons.com/en/drama/lookism/list?title_no=1049&page=1) “Lookism” by Park Tae-joon