An act prohibiting kdrama citizens from recognizing important people such as parents, children, siblings, first loves, etc. after a separation or time-jump.
Section 1. Whereas, recognition is the ability of normal people to recall another person based on appearance and/or past interactions or encounters.
Section 2. Whereas, recognition presents a common threat to kdramas, as it has been known to sap the tension from a search for a lost love or missing family, OR a revenge mission by someone who has been wronged in the past.
Section 3. Whereas, to protect the anticipation for the big reveal and prolong the suffering of The Audience, kdrama characters are hereby prohibited by law from immediately recognizing an important character in their midst.
Section 4. Whereas, to enforce Section 3 of this act, kdramas are authorized by law to use any tool necessary to prevent recognition such as, but not limited to:
(a) Amnesia or any form of memory loss
(b) A condition that prevents someone from attaching a face to an identity (ie blindness, prosopagnosia, etc)
(c) Insanity or mental instability
(e) A time-jump which, in kdramas, is enough to render a person totally unrecognizable even by his/her mother
(f) Presumption of death (ie “She looks exactly like my first love WHO I THOUGHT WAS DEAD so it can’t possibly be her, right? RIGHT?!”)
Section 6. Exceptions
The following people, entities, or situations are exempt from the Instant Recognition Ban:
(a) Kdrama villains, PROVIDED they will use said knowledge of real identity to blackmail the lead and make him/her suffer instead of outing the secret immediately.
(b) Second Leads who will rejoice at finding the lost love first and help him/her hide from the other leg of the love triangle.
(c) The OTP, PROVIDED they cannot act on said knowledge without risking the other person’s life.
(End of Law)
Still searching for this guy (Prof Jung Myung Hwan of What’s Up)
If anyone knows his whereabouts kindly contact the kdramalaws authorities in the comments section.