A prime example of this is my history of liking Super Junior.
I never didn't like Super Junior, but I had problems really getting into them like a ton. I was a casual fan of them, but since I didn't have a bias I didn't go like crazy for them or anything. Especially with a group that large, I felt that I didn't see one on the screen enough to actually like them, (although I knew I really hated "hamster face," aka Kyuhyun, even though I admit he has an amazing voice, I just don't like looking at his face- it's a Yunho type thing).
Over time I started thinking that perhaps I could pick between Heechul or Eunhyuk, since I noticed them more than the others. Then I watched Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team.
That dude worked himself into my little heart before I could stop him. And now I'm like looking up the SuJu MVs way more than before. Go figure.
This is what I now have titled the Drama Picking Bias Syndrome. Maybe you all don't need this sort of thing to pick a bias, but I do apparently. Not that I did for G-Dragon.
That was just love at first sight, but in most cases I need it. Here are some other examples:
Before I actually started listening to Kpop, and I merely watched Kdramas, I watched this show called Protect the Boss. I had total second male lead syndrome for Cha Moo Won.
JYJ will always have a special place in my heart as my gateway Kpop group. I fell in love with Big Bang at the same time (the first Kpop I actually purchased), but because of Spotify (one of the only things we were allowed to listen to at my workplace) only having JYJ at the time, that is how I cemented my love of Kpop forever.
Similar to my SuJu story, I never could get into Beast before. I liked Fiction, but they seemed so hit and miss that I never obsessed over them or anything. Once again, I never really had a bias for Beast until I watched Let's Eat. Then I was ready to give every Beast song a chance, and now they're on my frequently listened to playlists, just for Doojoon.
This is where my problem becomes obvious. After watching Just You and falling in love with him (and his neck) I proceeded to look up his music, add it to playlists, and even start listening to Fahrenheit as well, which is the boy band he's in. Then I continue on to begin watching all the shows he's in, past and present.
I followed this pattern with them all. Start with the drama, proceed to look up everything about them, including their music, pictures, and other dramas they've been in. Begin to be a fan of their band and other associations, etc. I even did this for Puff Guo, Aaron's co-star in Just You. I don't get into girl bands so much, but I do listen to Dream Girls on occasion.
Ask me who my Infinite bias is: L. Reason: Shut Up! Flower Boy Band
Sometimes it's love at first sight. Sometimes you just know. But even if it isn't that way, not all idols end up actors, so here are some other examples of the discovery. But it does take longer without the drama instabias help.
So... my bias for B.A.P.... Himchan?... Yongguk?...
Yep. It's both. I can't decide because I love them both so much. Since they aren't in dramas (that I'm aware of) I tend to just watch them on variety or other shows and do other research. They really don't apply to this syndrome, so never mind. B.A.P follows the Big Bang model more, however it wasn't the same, since I couldn't tell them apart when I first saw them (because they were all blond in Warrior), so it couldn't be love at first sight. But as much as I do love both, if I had to pick one, it would probably be Himchan. Mostly because Dewaani loves Yongguk so I feel he's well represented among my friends.
After KCON got us all more interested in younger bands such as VIXX, B1A4, and Teen Top, we've been watching more of their videos. However, I still have to ask Lizabreff who my VIXX bias is, because I don't ever remember. Yep, she just reminded me that it's Leo. I need to research him more before I can really call him my bias. Could it change if one of them appears in a drama? Probably not. I appreciate them for their music enough already.
So whatever the way you decide, it's always a plus when your bias is in a drama. Also, if the dramas help me pick my bias, so be it. I'm not going to complain about having more men to love. Never, never, never.