A Fairy Tales for the Villains


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Somehow, I found myself reincarnated as an extra from a reverse harem novel. Although a peasant girl, my family was relatively well-off thanks to my mother working as a nanny for some kind noblemen.

There’s just one problem: I’m destined to be the final boss, the queen of snakes who puts the entire empire at risk.

The autumn my mother passed away was the same year the empire fell into chaos. The noblemen my mother served imprisoned me with the children of the Duke, hiding us away in secret part of the mansion.

The details of our 700 days of imprisonment are absent from the novel, so I’ve no choice but to survive by my own wits. My little villains and I, together as one.

Associated Names
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A Fairy Tale for Villains
A Fairytale for villains
Agdangdeul-eul Wihan Donghwa
악당들을 위한 동화
Related Series
Predatory Marriage (1)
Living As the Villainess Queen (1)
Under the Oak Tree (1)
You’ve Got The Wrong House, Villain (1)
A Stepmother’s Marchen (1)
The Tyrant’s Leash Is Held by a Maid (1)
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EmbersAndAshes23 rated it
March 20, 2022
Status: c21
This is such a beautiful, heartwrenching novel! Being stuck in my house because of COVID is already kinda making me crazy, so I can't imagine what these kids have to go through!😭 like I could really understand that they would be villains in the future :<

Though the updates are slow, every chapter is worth the wait, so for the translator, thank you and please keep updating this novel!
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Princess Stardust rated it
November 18, 2020
Status: --
A beautiful fairy tale filled with heart wrenching tragedies. It is no wonder they became villains with circumstances like they. But....

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Why did Estelle have to die? 😭 It was heart breaking.

"But unfortunately for us, life was not like a fairytale"


Unlike what many isekai would have you believe, knowing the future does not mean you have the power to change it. Some things are out of your control, even if you already know what will happen....

I love that Sasha behaves like the child she is. Memories do not make you an adult. I feel like many stories overlook that. <<less
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KindapitiedMielle rated it
June 9, 2022
Status: c24
I must say that this novel is one of the most chilling ones I have read in the reincarnation genre, though yes the translation is very slow, the quality of it is really good. The story explores the real process of how these children became the villains to had begin with, bit by bit you see their condition get worse and their thinking become changed. How innocent children turn into ''Villains''. It also has the amazing and chilling part of how the protagonist had read a story full of lies... more>> and how they slowly get set on the path predestined for them. This is 100% a novel I can confidentally recommend. Truly great. <<less
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Yi0104 rated it
April 12, 2022
Status: Completed
This is such one of the best k-novel I have ever read. It is really beautiful every joyful moment of the children. It clearly described the suffering, hardship and how depression the children have to go through and then Sasha's decision to take revenge (against her original intentions).

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Since Estelle's death, every chapter Sasha remembers about Estelle almost always makes me cry. Sasha is really smart, she sets up the whole stage, sacrifice herself for her stage to fulfill her only goal, revenge.

I also loved the Sasha and Benya moments, although I think it a bit little. Reading it a second time made me enjoy the s*upidity of the 2nd prince and the heroine's younger brother, about their imagination, it made me laugh so hard (maybe this is the only fun part of this story).

The part I didn't like about the story was the main reason why the crown prince liked Sasha. He said he liked her from the first time they met, it was merely a fleeting glimpse of less than 30 seconds. I don't like 'From the moment I caught your eyes, I love you'.

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Lemur rated it
October 14, 2022
Status: c30
I'm not exaggerating in the slightest when I say that this is the best reincarnation novel I've ever read. Seriously, read it. Just be prepared for the overwhelming heartbreak and tears.


Don't worry though, it has a happy ending.



    • The story does not at all rely on clich s. The plot is far more unique and creative than what you would ever expect from an isekai novel.
    • The story doesn't rush through plot points and the pacing is wonderful. It takes its time to build up the characters and setting instead of speeding through everything.
    • The characters are written well with depth and nuance. Throughout the novel you can see exactly what kind of unique impact that the trauma and neglect has on each character and how it affects them all in different ways.
    • The author does a fantastic job at showing instead of telling.
    • MC isn't able to solve all her problems or avoid heartbreaking events just because she's transmigrated. Which adds a lot of wonderful tension to the story because the reader never knows when something will go horribly wrong, or if MC will succeed or fail in her efforts to avoid calamity.
    • The romance so far is done very subtlety and believably. MC and ML don't just automatically fall in love with one another. It's a slow and gradual development of feelings between them.

I also absolutely love how you can see the gradual development of MC's and ML's desire for vengeance during their imprisonment. At first neither MC nor even the reader can imagine why the siblings would ever grow up to be villains after initially being such sweet and innocent children. In fact MC's primary motivation at the beginning is to keep the two brothers from becoming evil. But as the children are continuously abused/neglected to the point that Estelle is constantly on the verge of death and Lettis becomes suicidal, MC's and ML's hatred for their captors grows more and more, until eventually MC promises that she'll kill them herself once she and her siblings escape. The shift from "let's be innocent, good and morally upright people" to "let's destroy them all and make them pay" is so organic and believable.



    • I wish MC had a bit more of a prominent personality. She's not flat or bland, but she is just a little bit too similar to almost all other isekai MCs, which makes her a tad bit boring.
    • MC actually had a really good chance at escaping and getting help for her siblings, but instead she chose to go to their captor to ask for a doctor for Estelle. Which was frankly speaking, really dumb on her part. She's overall a pretty intelligent character, so I'm not sure why she made such a bad decision.
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Lofa rated it
August 14, 2020
Status: c7
So far I like the novel, the characters are really loveable, the story looks interesting and I can't wait to see the rest ! I'm truly intruiged, you should give it a try !
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Ilana rated it
September 10, 2020
Status: c14
Pretty good so far. The psychological torment these children go through isn’t personally my cup of tea but I still read it because the quality of the translations is so good and I am intrigued by stories about children growing up together. It’s a heavy read
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TeaPlease1717 rated it
February 14, 2022
Status: c17
I know some readers dislike the slow development of the plot, but I'm really, REALLY enjoying this. The story has very good character development (or regression in this case) and, although the pace and romance is slow, I'm hooked on finding out what happens next.

Translation: 10 - Top notch translation make following the storyline super easy.

Romance: 2 - As of ch 17 no romance, the cast are all kids still but there are hints that characters are starting to feel closer. And now that they are growing older, I'm hoping... more>> to see if romance blooms more.

Character Development: 9 - Unlike other novels that use flashbacks or "tell verse show" how the villains became evil, this one focuses on showing us why the villains from the "novel" turned evil. And honestly, it makes sense. If I were trapped in a tower for who knows how long I'd probably become resentful and angry too.

Overall: 8 - I will have to wait and see how the plot plays out but so far it has an interesting premise and the translation is top notch. <<less
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May 26, 2021
Status: c21
Saw the promo for this and got so hooked! Just not sure which current translation to follow, I saw both speedcat (trusted HQ TL) and sunset do this but either way as long as the chapters pick up I'm not complaining.

Another answered prayer from the TL gods, thank you 🙏

-- Edit:

I don't know if/why this was dropped before but gina is translating it now and the quality is really good 👍
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MusicFromMiles rated it
May 6, 2021
Status: c30
Its an interesting concept for a novel and so far the progress is... ok, nothing exciting much happened. But still looking forward to the next chapters

Edit: This made me cry buckets. We all know villains usually have a tragic backstory but it's only ever been summarized like some sort of flashback. Here it really immersed the readers in the tragic story of the characters. It's also not told on an OP character's perspective which makes this so realistic.

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I really thought because of the MC being there Estelle will survive. Whyyyy?! (⁠T⁠T⁠)

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September 30, 2023
Status: v7c4
I have read a lot of the isekai villainess stories and this has been the most well developed one so far. Mainly because of how believable their descent into their roles, it's a tough read in terms of the heaviness of despair that clings to them as children.

I think the best comparison I have in terms of situation is that they remind me of the Baudelaire Children—where they're in a sad and hopeless situation but you really want to see them win.

edit: I have since dropped this novel as I... more>> enjoyed their time as children more than they as adults (not because they're being locked up but I liked seeing them have hope and their plans to leave etc). as adults there is more of the romance and politics which I just didn't want to commit to reading <<less
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UnknownRoyalty rated it
September 23, 2022
Status: c30
OML I'm so sad. The emotional journey this story is taking me on is nuts. I feel like this needs a psychological tag.

honestly I adore how dark a turn the story took when you start realizing just how different the children became over time. Lettis become more temperamental and depressed instead of his originally kind and nagging big bro personality.

Venya who was once mischievous and c*cky become quiet and withdrawn, only trusting Sasha. Estelle who they all loved, became less of a preteen girl and more of a young child trying to not be a burden.

Then Sasha, poor Sasha. She did her best to keep Venya and Lettis from blackening and tried so hard to protect Estelle. She didn't want the boys to become villains or any of them to suffer and try to get revenge. In the end, she became the driving force for getting revenge, the exact opposite of what she originally wanted. She is such a well written out heroine and her own blackening was so sympathetic and understandable, she set the tone for the plot so well.


all in all, I can't wait for more chapters. I NEED to see them get their revenge.
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January 2, 2022
Status: --
This is story is actually very intriguing as all you can do is wait and see if the children will be released from their "prison". I just feel like crying for them as they have been living their life for a month now basically repeating each day in hoes they would leave that lace the next day. But I am only 19 chapters in so it's hard to tell where this story will lead to. But it looks very promising.
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Kawaii Panda rated it
September 17, 2022
Status: Completed
*sob* I decided to re read this again as I've dropped it 2 years ago. It really saddened me of how the children been through their childhood. The plot is quite heavy. Even if the process is... At least it was a happy ending.


I cried when Estelle died *sob* the poor child

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Meerkatnip rated it
November 22, 2021
Status: c16
I’m really happy this got picked up again it’s interesting and I can’t wait for more chapters!
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Asphyxia778 rated it
October 30, 2022
Status: --
This is one of the most well done isekai stories I've seen in a while. I came here from the manhwa and the slow progress and change in the characters personality and perspectives is so well done and it seems super organic. I also like the fact that just because the MC is reincarnated she can't avoid or change major events cause she's just a child and a servant.

The setting also makes it super realistic as to why the characters became villains and I like it.

One of the few cons... more>> I think is that other than the gradual villainization the MC is overall a bland copy paste isekai MC.

Overall I'm quite happy with this story and am looking forward to more translated chapters. (Maybe if I find the raws I might MTL)

I really recommend this story. Solid 4 stars <<less
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Packu rated it
October 8, 2021
Status: c14
I really enjoyed this novel, I love the MC' mature point when she has to bear a weight of locked up and keep an eye on 2 young master and 1 younger sister. Hoping the translate team will continute this series!
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August 27, 2021
Status: c12
The concept took my interest but I cant help getting a bit disappointed (?)

So far its only tell daily life of 4 imprisoned teenager. Its like slice of life but with twist everyone is on the edge. Because theres no progression aside from timeline. The situation stagnanted while character personality feel more like regressing (more and more immature).

I wont put any rating right now because its too early to judge. Theres nothing impressive on first 12 chapter. I shouldve waited more chapter to reach 'exciting' part but who knows... more>> how many months I need to wait or the tl project might be dropped before it even reach them. <<less
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Jackle rated it
October 11, 2022
Status: c30
It's a good story's alt it's depressing at the start btw.

I want to read it fully so any link guys? So that I can complete reading it.

I searched in the Korean website along with Google translate but in vain it's wether a resume or the webtoon or any good advice where I can find the rest of chapters.

I would be glad. Thx in ad6
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