History’s Strongest Senior Brother


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The first time Yan Zhaoge crossed worlds, he landed in a martial warrior civilization that was at the peak of prosperity. He ended up in the book storage building of the the Divine Palace, which collected and preserved the classics of the entire world from all fields of knowledge. However, a world class calamity struck soon after and even the Divine Palace was destroyed.

Yan Zhaoge’s soul once again crossed over, but this time he arrived in the same world, except countless years have passed.

With his brain full of rare books and classics from the era of peak prosperity, Yan Zhaoge’s second crossing over to the present era was like a gamer who was used to playing hell mode suddenly finding himself playing the game on easy.

That was just way too awesome.

But before that, he needs to fix a certain problem.

“I’m not a main character? In fact, I’m actually the main character’s love rival and the antagonistic Mr. Perfect senior martial brother? This script is wrong!”

PS from author: ‘History’s Number One Founder’ is already complete with 4.6 million characters, I welcome you readers who have favourited and fed my book until it became fat to enjoy this book as well.

History’s Strongest Senior Brother average rating 4.4/5 - 499 user ratings
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History's Strongest Martial Brother
Shi Shang Zui Qiang Shi Xiong
Sử Thượng Tối Cường Sư Huynh
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New Hisagi rated it
July 16, 2017
Status: c519
The main character, Yan Zhaoge, is a godlike prodigy. He wins every fight, there is no tension whatsoever.

Whatever he does, he does it perfectly, and gets some additional benefit along the way - ancient legacy, legendary artifact, ... you name it. With no surprise, his Mary Sue halo extends to those around him, and damnation awaits anyone with competing interest.

I can't even recall the last time he received a mere injury (And I have read up to chapter 500.)

The novel had so much potential. Cultivation is interesting... more>> and well-described. The characters are actually intelligent, and there is no mindless harem. Lin Zhou, Fang Zhun, Feng Yunshen, Huang Jie - in fact, most of the characters - are awesome; they deserve their own novels.

Alas, the luck (read plot armor) and the sickening talent of the main protagonist spoils everything.

Also with no surprise, his enemies and rivals are portrayed as despicable, petty, or insufferably jealous. Hence, when he proceeds to beat them up, he can do it with a righteous smile. How boring.

Really, this story would be perfect without Yan Zhaoge.

I am cheering for the Heavenly Thunder hall and the Sacred Sun clan; let them kick His ass all the way up to the ninth heaven. <<less
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New ninthlite rated it
July 11, 2017
Status: c90
A satire on generic xianxia rebirth novels becomes a generic cliche xianxia, unironically at that. The author lacks a serious amount of Self Awareness. I question his intelligence that he started out writing a novel that was supposed to provide an alternate viewpoint on the generic mc antagonist. However the true MC is an op god reincarnated that knows everything ever worth knowing and out mc's the mc antagonist and the story devolves into a generic cliche story.
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lingarko rated it
May 31, 2016
Status: v1c6
Great you are the best. Making a mockery of god knows all the xianxia, wuxia novels which follow the same script. I can see PMG, MW and many more from this
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July 31, 2016
Status: c468
After reading all of the current chapters, I want to say something.

Like the description says, the MC is the senior brother which if he was in a traditional xianxia novel, he would be the antagonist. Like in HN1F, we once again see xianxia main character tropes, like once trash, but obtained a priceless treasure and becomes a genius; taking the body of an insignificant noble/royalty child and beats up all the people that once belittled the body's previous owner; and going back to the past with the knowledge of the... more>> future; but this time, all of them are Yanzhaoge's enemy.

For the first 200 chapters, you could say that the story is about Yanzhaoge dealing with the xianxia protagonists, but afterwards, it stops focusing on them and the xianxia protagonist just become insignificant. Not that the story isn't good, it still is, but the description put up isn't accurate anymore.

There isn't much romance in the story, since the MC is focused on training (yes training, not cultivation. He can almost rank up when ever he wants, so he's just training his techniques), but he does have encounters with beautiful woman. Some of them he has a very close relationship with, and hilarity ensues when he talks without thinking.

Overall, I really like this novel and will continue to follow it. I recommend reading this when it has more chapters translated, or read the raws if you can read Chinese. <<less
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Lunnear rated it
August 13, 2016
Status: c11
Okay, so he wanted to avoid being the last boss and also avoid becoming the main character. That's good. Is understandable. He's a prince but didn't want to be too arrogant, that is another plus. He can see schemes from the dark is another plus.

The only thing that I don't know is will he turn corrupted in the end? Or will he continue to be the strongest Senior Brother.

In fact, this story is so good that I place it in my Top 20 Must Read Folder. The only downfall is... more>> that there is no updates since June 25 of 2016.

Someone please, translate this novel and update it please. <<less
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GabeZhul rated it
March 12, 2017
Status: c144
Not bad. An enjoyable read, though it very quickly falls prey of the same tropes it sets out to satirize.

The protagonist is supposed to be the stereotypical "arrogant young master" the "main character" was supposed to go up against? Sounds like a nice subversion, until you realize the protagonist also faces two such "arrogant young masters" in just the first couple of chapters.

There are antagonistic "clichéd xianxia MCs" who were originally weak but plot-devices made them OP? Once again sounds like a nice subversion, until you consider that the protagonist... more>> is actually a double-reincarnator and is even more broken than them.

The "clichéd xianxia MCs" are very lucky and stumble upon very powerful artifacts and techniques left and right? So does the protagonist, not to mention technically he had already stumbled upon on ALL the techniques in his previous life, and he doesn't even have to do most of the legwork, as he has retainers who collect materials and artifacts for him.

The first "clichéd xianxia MC" is a chick magnet who keeps improbably bumping into gorgeous female cultivators and have "perfect meetings" with them where he helps them out and earns their trust and love? Could have been a nice bit of satire, except the protagonist does the exact same thing beat for beat just a couple of chapters later.

So yeah, I don't know if it's intentional, but directly hanging a lampshade on xianxia clichés and then following them to the letter anyway is a little weird in my opinion. There are also some weird inconsistencies in the story, like characters seemingly teleporting around, and the pacing and time-scale is all over the place too.

Those nagging issues aside it is a pretty good read. Not as biting in terms of satire as History's Number One Founder or as hilarious as Library of Heaven's Path, but it is a pretty nice, tongue-in-cheek xianxia series all the same.

Edit: After reading all the currently TLd chapters, I have to say this story completely lost the satirical bend it had at the beginning and turned into a fairly bog-standard xianxia story. The "clichéd xianxia MCs" are still there, and they still cause some interesting situations, but other than that the protagonist completely fell into the role of a "clichéd xianxia MC" himself. It's still worth a read, but if you came here expecting a solid deconstruction of xianxia tropes, look elsewhere and read this one for what it is: a pretty good, entertaining xianxia story with a few lampshades hanging around the place. <<less
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NovelsJapan rated it
June 4, 2016
Status: c5
Good story with a nice twist to the normal xianxia novels, If you ever read xianxia before then you can understand the story more and gets the comedy behind it. Everyone should definitely read it.

Main character has the knowledge of the xianxia novels and has the best cultivation methods. Really smart and cunning MC, very relatable story
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Novelupdatesaccount1 rated it
March 12, 2017
Status: c116
This story started out pretty funny but it quickly turned into a fairly generic battle story with a very generic battle system pretty quickly.

New characters are introduced all the time and forgotten fairly quickly, everything remains fairly shallow, the MC makes cunning plans, but the author hides them from the reader so the MC appears to just keep making stupid decisions until the Asspull "this was all according to my secret plan" card is used.

The biggest sins, however, are that
1. Enemies who pose very little threat just... more>> keep coming back again and again. Each time 10 or so chapters are wasted in dealing with these useless enemies.

2. the battle system is boring and overly drawn out. <<less
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hexfirwe rated it
April 8, 2017
Status: c160
You would guess that this novel would be a parody. I dont know if the author intended it to be one but it isnt. The main character follows all the common tropes without even a hint of parodying them.

The mc fails at being a character. His goals and motivations are incredibly vague. He wants to help out his sect? Why? He has pretty much no reason for 80% of his actions to be helping the sect but he does it anyway. The guy has no unique character traits at all... more>> aside from having a pre-existing reputation in his sect which has 0 impact on the story as he still gets underestimated just like every other mc in existence.

This novel would benefit from having a system like the authors previous novel as it would forcibly give the incredibly bland and uninteresting mc interesting goals. <<less
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pocketbear rated it
July 15, 2016
Status: c11
I have read my share of wuxia and xianxia, and have become oversaturated with the auctions and Mt Tai and arrogant young masters and senseless killing. This novel is like a breath of fresh air, in a different way than History's Strongest Founder is. To see someone given the villainous role and have to pull through and destroy the death flags, but in a chinese xianxia instead of a japanese otome, is very fun and truly great. This novel has not been translated far as of the writing of... more>> this review, but I have great expectations for the future chapters, and am eagerly awaiting to devour the next one~ The MC's sense of humor and his directness, and the fact that he isn't a total idiot like some others is just so great, it gives me hope~ <<less
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Trent rated it
June 11, 2016
Status: c11
So far, it's easygoing and humorous. The pacing is wonky, alternately slow and fast, and the story kicks off before readers are comfortably situated and understand the setting, which may mirror the protagonist's situation. The novel's strengths lie in its interesting characters, genre savviness, and potential, but it's too early to know if they'll be reinforced or fade away.

There are already three interesting characters—the usual "MC," the actual protagonist, and the henchman—and a heroine or two might join their ranks. The protagonist's thoughts about his situation as a stepping... more>> stone are funny the first time, but not the third or fourth time. Unfortunately, there's been a lot of repetition already, and the story's barely started, so it's uncertain if the story will progress past that basic awareness. How the protagonist will respond to the "MC" is still unknown, and it's fun to wonder: Will the protagonist simply beat him down? Will he make the "MC" loyal to him? Will he tell the heroine(s) that he'll play the villain for the sake of the "MC's" growth and to create another genius for the sect, bringing the heroine(s) and later the "MC" under his sway? <<less
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Ardavix rated it
March 18, 2017
Status: c154
If you read the description and the comments and thought to yourself that this was going to be a satirical comedy novel along the lines of My Disciple Died Yet Again then I'm afraid that you'll be disappointed. Simply put this is a Xuanhuan; that's it. If you know the genre then you've read this novel before. The first few chapters seem to be in the satirical comedy spirit; however, it very very quickly becomes just another Xuanhuan.

Meet Yan Zhaoge, once an earthling, he was brought into a martial... more>> world during its martial golden age and died... only to be reincarnated again many years later. With his superior knowledge and otherworldly wit he works his way up to become the strongest blah blah blah... ... Honestly, it's not a bad read; just that, at this point, I'm tired of this genre. The first 60 chapters do kinda feel like it's going in the comedy route; however, after about 10 chapters (or so) you start to question this preface... by chapters 30 or 40 you retain some hope that it'll satisfy the description... by chapter 100, you've given up.

This feels a lot more like Sovereign of the Three Realms or Emperor's Domination than it does My Disciple Died Yet Again. Accordingly, if you're still into those novels, then give this one a read ~ you'll likely enjoy it. In short, the description is a lie; it's not a satirical comedy (or a comedy for that matter), it's a Xuanhuan pure and simple.

[Edit: April 15, 2017]: There are two things that I forgot to mention in my earlier post; 1) events in this novel will drag on to an insane degree; I'm not kidding when I say that HSSB is one of the worst [insert useless text here] offenders (accordingly, make sure to binge read this novel or you'll hate it); and, 2) the early parts of the novel (first 70 chapters or so) do in fact satire other novels to a lesser extent (than otherwise expected); however, I should point out that for every treasure or good fortune found by people the novel tries to satire, our MC gets his own even more impressive [insert here: plot armor]. It's to the point where I have half a mind to think that the author initially intended it to be a satirical comedy; however, he wasn't able to write one well so he gave up and joined the dark side.

After taking a break from this novel, I've picked it up again with the mindset that it's not a comedy and I'm somehow enjoying it more. That said, this novel is nothing out of the ordinary: 3.5/5 stars as of chapter 154 (not caught up yet). I stand by what I said earlier, if you like novels like SotTR and ED then you'll probably like this. <<less
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Soma rated it
June 4, 2016
Status: c11
Good xianxia story, and it made people addicted, too bad the update is too slow. Oh, my heart is in pain.

The MC is interesting, cunning, and badass. MC is not the usual as crippled, useless, untalented, or poor usual cliche MC. On the contrary, he had everything a cultivator needed and longed for from the beginning. Power, Women, Backing, Respect, it's a story about how he protect his interest and twart the scheme of the other cunning bastard that dare to stand against him.
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ImperfectMemes rated it
September 2, 2016
Status: c11
This author is great. While the background was initially lacking, that's exactly how all xianxia novels are.

It's extremely entertaining and I hope that someone picks up the novel soon.
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March 2, 2017
Status: c107
Hmm, I would say that at the point of chapter 107, the title is no longer apt. I am not sure if there would be other Junior Brothers to be sacrificed to keep the title appropriate on the future though.

... more>>

Still, for a xianxia (double) reincarnation plot, it is still well-written, though if I might say, the Senior Brother thing actually makes it kind of odd. Odd that was interesting at first, but as the story progresses that plot hook just becomes an oddity.

I like the fact that the MC involves the cast in his problem-solving.



Mooks bothering juniors? No problem, my henchmen will handle it. Slightly above cultivation antagonist? No problem, my higher level right hand will handle it. One step higher cultivation antagonist? No problem, I will break through the level gap in a second! High above cultivation antagonists and multiple factions ganging on me? No problem, I can humbly lower my head and request help from my own faction!


It's the last part of the spoiler that makes it great for me. <<less
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slay_mithos rated it
November 19, 2016
Status: c15
I can see where everyone is going with their "it's so different", and "it mocks the usual tropes", but so far I don't agree with it one bit.
Fair warning, the whole review could constitute a vague spoiler.

Yes, the main character is placed in a different position than usual, in the place of the one that usually bullies the main and tries to get his parent's influence to help in that task. Yes, there is a character that sounds like your standard main character (weak and bullied at first, grew... more>> stronger at an unnatural pace, possibly in possession of some hidden goods).

But far from being able to mock the usual tropes, it goes right into them. I mean, there are multiple factions that try to bully the main character (despite his status), he possesses some godly knowledge that lets him improve faster and beat those that are supposed to be his equals, and the most important point is that annoying tendency of always having a crowd so that people can be shocked at every single action.

That said, while it doesn't seem that different from your usual cultivation novels, it also doesn't seem to be a bad one so far, and the protagonist doesn't seem to be like those murdering machines we see in most of those novels.

Translation-wise, let's just say that none of the translators so far made it unreadable, and nothing particularly sticks out in term of bad quality.
That said, even the most recent translator basically disappeared right after telling he would do 2 chapters a week + sponsored (without saying an amount or putting a progress bar/amount donated, so not playing it clear with us), and nothing after a bit more than a month. It's a bit early to say that it's abandoned again, but it's safe to assume that we will not be seeing a regular pace for this novel in the near future (I'd love to be proven wrong though).

All in all, 15 chapters of a correct length should be enough for you to decide if you want to stick it into a reading list to watch for future updates or not. I personally think that while it's not as ground breaking as most of the reviews seem to indicate, it's sufficiently intriguing for me to recommend giving it a try. <<less
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keklel rated it
July 31, 2016
Status: c27
Well the beginning is funny but as it goes on the amount of unexplained terms just increases without end. For example 罡气 was never explained. I think the author just assumes the audience is familiar with standard xianxia terms but I don't think that's a good idea. Genre savviness is one thing but if you have read a lot of xianxia works you'd know that they are actually different in how the powers work. So far none of the powers are explained, just the names are given without any further... more>> details. This makes it frustrating to read.

Furthermore, the MC of the story (I mean the actual MC, not the one with the ring) continually finds himself in lucky situations whereas he thought the other "MC" is supposed to have godly luck and obtain all the items and girls and beat everyone. There's nothing more annoying than a guy saying "Oh woe is me, look at how pitiful I am! I don't have the other MC's godly luck and items" and then repeatedly gets lucky and obtains the stuff he wants. I'm only at chapter 27 so I don't know if he gets bad luck later on but this already basically contradicts the premise of the story. If the MC is actually the "lucky MC" then the story just falls prey to the very same tropes that it's criticizing. I was actually looking forward to the MC overcoming the "other MC"'s ridiculous items and luck with superior intellect and scheming but it seems that idea has just gone out of the window. Dropped. <<less
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clowred rated it
April 26, 2017
Status: c58
If I were to rate the first ten chapters, not even five stars would have been enough. The fresh comedy and protagonist made me feel a sense of attachment towards the author who, in my opinion, was at the time even better than all the other xianxia author by a few levels. Only, there seemed to be a problem.

That specific problem was the way the parody became too serious for its own good. The antagonist? who was more or less the usual xianxia protagonist that is blessed with fateful encounters... more>> and plot armor had too many misunderstandings. His hatred towards the protagonist, while it was partially explainable, reached new heights quite fast. After that, most of this novel becomes the narration of a reader that is fed up with the usual xianxia cliches, and wants to delve deeper in sect matters, politics and the usual things that most author leave behind because they know how much would a story lose once all these details hits our screen.

Yes, this story is an avalanche of details. The author would tell you everything you wanted or not to know. Each little prick has some fateful encounter and tries to act against the protagonist, only to be taught a lesson.

As someone already said, this novel moves in a completely different direction from what the synopsis presented. The comedy and the general fresh feeling disappears and is replaced by a stale narration of side quests in a xianxia world. The protagonist cultivation work is no longer described as his powers is always enough to be able to slap the face of anyone going against him, so we are ultimately seeing the daily life of a sect member caught in the sect's political conflict.

The biggest plot armor of this story is the "plan". If someone has a plan against him, our protagonist has a plan for that plan. If his enemies have a plan for his plan, the he has a plan for the plans his enemies have for his former plans. Keep this up and you could see how bored a person can become.

Most of the high rated reviews around here are for the first few chapters, only a few other found themselves attracted to the shitload of details about everything else beside what a true xianxia represents. If it is to your taste, read it, but don't rely too much on the synopsis or the first ten chapters. Expect a drastic change on the plot line. <<less
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Davr rated it
March 13, 2017
Status: c59
It started out pretty good

But as the story progressed, the side character plot became more and more annoying.

Problems the main character could have dealt with immediately, were dragged out for many chapters.

The main character's decisions are very irrational, but then are made to seem as they were all part of his secret plan.

So, I'm going to drop it.
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Callista Soo rated it
June 7, 2016
Status: c6
I have to say I wasn't expecting a novel of this kind. The antagonist becoming the MC? Overturning the norm of the MC being weak than becomes OP and trashes and dominates everyone? The same u disrespect me I kill u shit? This novel is wickedly awesome! It's so different from the norm and that's what makes it so unique. It's not even trying to but it's breaking all the rules(in a good way). The author is very creative and a freaking genius and the translator is doing a... more>> great job for translating the novel. At the moment update is slow, but I hope it picks up and I can't waitto read more. For those tired of the usual MC first is trash than becomes OP and built a harem and is looking for something VERY different, this novel will knock ur socks off! I guarantee😉😉😉 Try the novel, it might surprise u. <<less
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Keriirou rated it
June 4, 2016
Status: c5
Pretty well done, an unorthodox plotline!

I would like to see this kind of semi antagonist pop up in other xianxia novel.
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Seregosa rated it
January 13, 2017
Status: c100
Great novel, no doubt, sadly there's only 39 chapters thus far and it's just getting started with the mc barely powering up even a little bit. It's quite funny to read, the mc is using his knowledge to bash down the "pre-written" script of the main character template guy(ye jing) and replacing it with his own. The mc template guy is following the regular script of some mc's, he starts out weak, the "evil wealthy boy" stole his girlfriend and now he's butthurt and wants to get back at him,... more>> and he received some "OP" items and all. The only thing is that there's a huge difference between a real main character and this template guy, he's actually unbelievably stupid, his head must've been dunked in water, because he makes weird assumptions and his reasoning is extremely twisted, he's basically just trying to find someone to blame for his own inadequacies. Even before the protagonist took control of this new body in that world, the previous master of that body did not actually do anything worthy of such resentment. He basically went in, saw a pretty girl, made a pass on her and she abandoned her "childhood sweetheart" for power, wealth and stability, she made a choice by herself after weighing the choices and threw away the template mc. But the mc template guy is acting like the protagonist went and bashed her head with a stone club whereafter he dragged her by the hair to his cave or something... She wasn't even threatened. But somehow this protagonist is the evil of all evils now and he made up a lot of grudges. Later on he becomes more like an antagonist template than a main character template and goes all crazy and stuff.

Anyway, it's quite amusing to read this novel, it's somewhat different from other novels and I recommend just reading it for the comedy, don't think too much about the mc template guy and other people, it will just piss you off, just think of them as comedic relief characters or something and you will surely enjoy this. There's no doubt that the protagonist will ALWAYS be one or two or three steps ahead of this retarded mc template guy and everyone else for that matter, so I think you will be disappointed if you expect some heavy rivalry and "real" challenges. In the first place, this author is and has always been(if you read his other work, history's number 1 founder), really bad at writing fighting scenes, it's just not immersive, so go for the comedy and don't pay too much attention to the fights. As of chapter 39, this is undoubtedly a 4 of 5 stars in my mind, not perfect but undoubtedly amusing enough to read.

Edit: turns to shit later on. Started reading it because of the comedy and parody, but as the chapters goes on, all humor completely disappears and it turns to the usual trash, but worse, the author needs to realize that if you start out with some settings, you have to fcking finish it or rewrite the whole thing, you can't just change genre in the middle of it for shits and giggles, it doesn't work that way... Worth 3.5/5 stars for the first few dozen chapters, 1.5/5 for the rest, and this is me being generous. <<less
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