What Webtoon is Vigilante K-Drama Based On?

Nam Joo-hyuk as Kim Ji-yong in Vigilante
Credit: Studio N

Nam Joo-hyuk as Kim Ji-yong in Vigilante
Credit: Studio N

There's a strong demand for K-Dramas based on webtoons. The latest to join this roster is Vigilante, which is now available to stream via Disney+. In this explainer article, we'll talk about what webtoon Vigilante K-Drama is based on.

We'll talk about what the show is about and how Ji-yong chooses his victims. Let's dive in.

What Webtoon is Vigilante K-Drama Based On?

Nam Joo-hyuk as Kim Ji-yong in Vigilante
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Credit: Studio N

The Disney+ K-Drama is based on a Naver webtoon of the same name created by Kim Gyu-sam. Apart from a live-action adaptation on Disney+, Vigilante is reportedly getting a film adaptation from Studio N.

The webtoon follows the story of Ji-yong, a mysterious hooded man who hunts down criminals during the weekends. What makes his story unique is that he is actually a college student training to be part of the police force.

Vigilante webtoon
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Credit: Vigilante Naver webtoon

Despite appearing to have it all cut out for him, Ji-yong has a deep-rooted anger toward the judicial system, which failed him when the person responsible for his mom's death did not get the punishment he deserved.

Instead of the maximum punishment, the murderer only received a sentence of 3 years and 6 months. After 17 years, he tracks down the criminal to exact revenge on him.

Although he would have liked to see him as a changed man full of remorse, he finds himself angered by the realization that the murderer continues to be a delinquent. This forces him to seek the retribution denied to his mother years ago.

How Does Ji-yong Choose His Victims?

Nam Joo-hyuk as Kim Ji-yong in Vigilante
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Credit: Studio N

As a student training to be part of the police, he gets a first-row seat to the injustices that the justice system continues to practice. In response to this, Ji-yong turns to vigilantism to give justice to the poor and defenseless.

In the webtoon, Ji-yong acts as a top student from Mondays to Thursdays. When nighttime comes on the weekends, he transforms into the hooded vigilante seeking justice from criminals who unfairly received a short sentence. He also targets those who continue to be a criminal after getting released from prison.

He manages to get information from the police station and strategize his plan of seeking revenge. And although some see him as a criminal himself, others can't help but see him as a dark hero-- the only light they can rely on from a justice system that has largely failed its citizens.

Here's a trailer for Vigilante:

Meanwhile, you can read the webtoon here.

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