A Smile from the Villain


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As a person who transmigrated into a novel written by himself, Qin Kaiyi experiences a huge pressure and burden.

Even more so, he transmigrated as the villain and is forced to follow the plot. Qin Kaiyi expresses that he doesn’t want to write novels anymore.

Qin Kaiyi: “WTF. transmigrating into the villain and being forced to follow the plot. Just let it be. Shen Feixiao, can you get the f*ck down from my body???

Shen Feixiao: “Shixiong, I won’t.”

Alright, actually this is just a s*upid story about transmigrating into his own novel as the villain and getting pushed down by his own protagonist.

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New 123shortpum rated it
March 2, 2021
Status: c94
I gave this a full 5 star because of how the story kept me going until the end (to the point where I had to mtl the last 14 chapters).

Of course, the content is another topic.


... more>> The first half was okay. Although, at times, I kept on smh at the choices of the MC. His actions haven't reached the cringe level, but I think he could've done better.

The other half just made me cry (literal tears). The woes of the MC made me wish and hope that he and the ML wouldn't get together. I could literally feel his desperation. Kudos to the translator/s for a job well done 👌.

I saw some mention Luo Binghe from SVSSS and compared him to Shen Feixiao (the ML) and honestly, I can't place them side by side.

LUO IS NOT A YANDERE. He's just a sad boi that's angry at everyone that left him unlike Shen FX who kept on chasing the MC despite having people who cares for him. The difference is pretty big and if you read SVSSS, you could tell how different the 2 are.

After reading the ending, I didn't bother translating the extra chapters because my heart couldn't take any more of this. Sure, it was a "happy" ending, but it left a bitter feeling in my mouth.

The feels were real, as well as the angst. The novel would make you want to finish it till the end to see how the MC will settle the problem.

But if you like fluffy-like romance, then this is not for you.

Novels like Legendary Master's wife or Everyday the protagonist wants to chase me would be better suited for ya. <<less
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New IAmARedMushroom rated it
February 27, 2021
Status: Completed
This is my first time reviewing despited being a danmei reader for 3 years. THIS BOOK IS INSANE AND IT DROVE MAD. MAD. MAD.

At first I thought this would be that fluffy story where the shidi falls inlove w/ his shixiong and pampers him to the core. But no. No.

This novel gave me mixed amount of feelings. Made me laugh, sad, mad, frustrated, frustrated, and frustrated. There's no fluff bae, only endless amount of grief. I dont like reading this type of novels but this one made me unable to... more>> stop reading. I even hoped that Qin Kaiyi and Shen Feixiao won't get together at the end. PLEASE JUST LET MY BABY GO HOME!! Q0Q) /

I'll be dropping some spoilers//trigger warnings!!!


f*ckton of misunderstandings. No good female characters. Tang Shayun is a transmigrator too



Shen Feixiao doesnt necessarily like Qin Kaiyi??? Hes just obsessed



ML is too obsessed



MC almost got r*ped TWICE and then got r*ped by ML.. TWICE


Anyways, read at your own risk!! I have to go read some fluffy sh*t in order to reorganize myself

QOQ) / this was definitely good read but dont read if you cant handle maltreated MC!! Also PLS PLS READ THE TAGS!! Ch 82 above aint translated bc the translator lost interest (??) so just mtl the rest :)) <<less
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remiss rated it
December 20, 2018
Status: c97
warning, contains r*pe.. ML has a possessive yandere personality. This is a tragedy and theres not much comedy actually. The ending is HE (according to author)

i was interested in the beginning, so I mtl the raws but got disappointed.

pros: consistent character development, non-cliche plot changes when MC alters plot.
cons: bc of consistent characters, plot could only travel in one direction.

a direction where MC doesnt/can't love ML bc ML is abusive


not my cup of tea, plot spoilers below:

even tho its supposedly a HE, imo theres practically no chemistry/romance between ML and MC..

basically a story where MC is forced to follow the plot and do bad stuff to ml. MC can only go back to real world after getting protagonist (ml) to kill him. The plot gets changed, but the MC manages to follow the system quests. Then ML captures and seals MC powers. MC gets r*ped a few times, then develops depression and stockholm syndrome. Near the end, MC and ML die in novel world. &Gt;_>

theres a complicated part I dont quite understand where MC goes back in real world and meets ML again, but then it somehow switches back to the novel world. (Not sure if parallel worlds begin to happen or something but MC is somehow in both worlds w ml?)

well, in novel world, MC is somehow revived but still sealed and imprisoned by ML and then MC makes a deal w ml. In exchange for saving his friend, MC wont try and escape. Author sorta explains how despite MC not liking ml, they get along eventually w time. (And MC finds happiness sorta bc he just gets used to ml)

meanwhile in real world, ML manipulates MC, getting MC parents to distance themselves from MC, so that MC has no choice but stick with ml. ML pampers MC by doing chores and making food, and then leaves suddenly so MC can realize how much MC needs ml.. They end up together and HE! Overall, the message is: in spite of how miserable life can get, you can adjust w time and still find happiness! ^_^

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hiryukaede rated it
December 19, 2018
Status: Completed
The story excually was good,...

but,... Beware this story have r*pe content,... The crazy and possesive ML, dominaring, yandere, and black Belly ML...

In the beginning, the story was good, the plot, how the MC solved all the problem,... Thea MC also not weak...

... more>> If you think the MC will be soft hearted with ML,.. then, you really wrong! The MC not easy to fallen in love,... Well, its fair enough, the pain from MC give for ML,.. aiyo~ I'm crying when ML follow MC to die,...

I can't blame the ML, he... Just.... Falling in love, and despirate, couse unrequited love for so long, really, really for a long time, until MC give up and realize his feeling... sigh...

But, I'm glad this story have happy ending,..

Psssst : they also have son in the ending,... only adopted tho,...

Recomendid this story for someone who like dark yandere plot,... dont worry its 1vs1 story...

Also this story its depend on how you see it, it can be good or bad story,... <<less
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Emma_cs rated it
May 24, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel is disgusting !

I have read my fair number of disturbing novels, but this has truly breached every sort of acceptable 'standards' for a book that I might have.

It starts off as interesting, it's very similar to "Scum Villain" so I would go as far as to say the author was strongly inspired and wrote the events almost exactly as in the novel mentioned above.I decided after 24 translated chapters that I would MTL it - the worst decision of my life.

Do not let me start talking about... more>> the time skips, which happen almost every chapter - this way we don't even read about actual development of powers or character, it's just pointed out that ' an y amount of years passed and suddenly he is one of the most powerful cultivators'.

Starting from the 50th chapter, it all went down the drain. We get to know some crazy ML, he makes this whole crazy plan and captures our MC. Then proceeds to r*pe him multiple times and emotionally manipulate him to no ends. It's not even in a romantic way, it's in an abusive obsessive one.

That part disgusted me the most, believe me when I say I was disturbed when reading the actual novel and then reading the reviews which are a bunch of people romanticizing toxic abusive relationships.I'm very disappointed and hope that no one reads this tr*sh. <<less
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StarlaBlaise rated it
February 6, 2019
Status: Completed
I mtl'ed this novel and got addicted to this author. He/she definitely can write believable yanderes (love them!). And not just "ML beats rivals" as most writers do, but straight up nutjobs, who go after MCs to the other worlds, change time and revive them, r*pe and break their legs. AND those cases aren't shown as "love" (many chinese BL writers often showcase r*pe as component of love). No, the writer knows that this is sick and the characters know that too.

So, about "A smile from the villain" novel... MC... more>> is a writer of the novel and ML is the main character. ML is a pretty standard hero of a stallion novel at first: he's a poor child, whose life was cruel to begin with and nobody was kind to him. He doesn't know what love is and that's pretty important. MC wrote him so himself and then he transmigrated via the System and changed the plot a little. Those little changes affected it so much, that the only character, who became kind to the ML was his alter ego/Masked Man. That's why I understand ML's obsession with MC, although it's still sick and bad and hurtful. But when everybody is either cruel to you or indifferent to you, ML's obsessive behavior is pretty logical. He's a broken man and he has broken MC along the way. It's not a HE kind of novel, for which I am thankful, cause ML is a sick, obsessive yandere, but the ending is logical. You can't just ran from this man and if running isn't an option, try to get something good from this. <<less
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hy-d-ra rated it
June 27, 2020
Status: Completed
Rate: 2.5. The ending is HORRENDOUS.

Why I give this novel 2 stars despite inadequate ML (like honestly, he's such an a**hole), is solely based on approach. I might actually think too much and create a theory, which wasn't a part of author's main idea. But somehow I found interesting the idea of being realistic considering the situation MC ended up in, which is: MC ended up with a system, which isn't a golden finger one, but which forces you to tasks. This screams word "miserable". You do it - reward,... more>> you don't do it - punishment. MC's life turns to be miserable from all sides. His actions he's supposed to do go against his morality. I personally don't like stories where characters are forced to do things, because it annihilates all the genuine feelings. His empathy made the wheels of events turn in an opposite direction, because he wronged and helped the ML it f*cked up both their lives. MC was wronged many times, mostly by ML. Most devastating was actually a mental instability of MC at the end. If you look at it from the point of view where MC realistically goes through shit, because he is basically at disadvantage by default, it doesn't seem like a bad main part (although events become empty at some point, side-characters come and go without conclusion), but what actually ruins it is the ending and going back to the real world. It was rushed and wasted. It simply buffled me and it has the longest author's notes explaining themselves.


Major spoiler. But what actually I find horrendous is the fact that instead of getting rid off MC psychological shadow, he somehow feels fine, until he meets ML in RL, For some reason ML proposes to live together to figure out "feelings". But when MC says - still no (reasonable, I mean their time was like a textbook noncon), ML blackmails MC, sends some kid and a hooker to ruin MC's reputation in parent's eyes... It should make MC want to come back... I can't. And MC eventually just gave up. I can't x 2.

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gnessa14 rated it
April 14, 2019
Status: Completed
This is basically "The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System" x "The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love". The attitude of the MC here is similiar to Du Ze from The Reader but the ML is crazy and manipulative. While I liked both characters and I enjoyed the journey a lot, the ending was very unsatisfying.

... more>>

I like CPs with strong love but for these two, love didn't exist. Even the ML admitted that he didn't love MC at the end. He didn't care if MC hated him or loved him. It feels to me like he wasn't even sexually attracted to the MC. He was simply obsessed with the idea of being around the MC and the MC just got used to the ML. I think they call it Stockholm Syndrome?


I'm giving it 5 stars still because other than the above, I'm very happy with the story overall. <<less
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RickyTracy rated it
October 15, 2020
Status: c79
Because of those bad review, I almost miss this novel. Are you kiddin' me ? You guys don't have eyes for reading Tags? Gosh.... This story is not the romance drama all of you expected. But the story flows in a way of being resonable. Why must you all compare with other novels? LOL. This Novel's Author write everything that differ from you-know-what- famous-novel-books' plot. Never act like a victim you haven't been read yandere type ML and nobody warn you, the yandere you expected may be soft-hearted when it... more>> comes to his lover. But the real yandere is not and this novel ML are not like that! They are real ones! Got yourself out beutiful dreams. Unless you need not to read this novel. Because this novel MC's mindset is way too much reasonable! <<less
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Asahi_411 rated it
April 20, 2020
Status: Completed

I rated this full stars not because I really love it, it's just because this story giave me quite a lot of thinking about the relationship between MC and ML and well... as you can obviously see from the tags and other reviews, their relationship is an unhealthy one. I hadn't expect it was quite a tragedy when I read the completed novel in my native language (if you don't like tragedy like me, don't worry, it's quite short and this... more>> is a HE).

Same opinions with other review, if you are expecting big love chemistry/romantic interaction between the MC and ML, then I will have to say this beforehand: Their relationship is not a common love story.

Let's start with the MC, I can tell that MC does not love ML (but he cares about ML and well... he manage to find hapiness and enjoy his life while being with the ML). His feelings to the ML are mixed with care, protection, guilt, scare, dependence, etc. In this story, there are rooms for MC's affection for ML to grow since whether he truly love ML or not at the moment, he feels uncormfortable without the ML being around.

About the M, how can I say this, it's quite hard to many readers to tell whether he love the MC or not. He want to possess the MC, he manupilate the MC and the people around him so that he can keep the MC by his side. He is truly a hardcore yandere. To ML, MC is like the beacon in the dark and he can not bear a life without the MC. You can call it love, you may not call it love but MC is undoubtedly the most important person to ML.

In conclusion, they are dependent on each other and can't do without the other person. They get what they want in the end, they're happy with their life together so yes it's a HE.

So again, read the tags carefully before you read this. <<less
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EndlessLove rated it
December 24, 2018
Status: Completed
One word: Yandere

The ML is the true definition of the word. You really cannot escape him. However, in all fairness, the story was good. It wasn't personally satisfactory, but the contents were emotionally provoking... or am I brainwashed myself? In anycase, the misunderstandings and the lengths of how things turned out into made my heart ache.

Read the tag for tragedy.

Is it a happy ending? Yeah. -_-
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Letifer rated it
August 23, 2020
Status: c75
Thank you so much! Been looking forwards to this one and man, I'm so glad that it's almost completely translated. Thank you for all your efforts dear translator and please don't mind all the hate. ♡ The tags are there for a reason and it's their own fault if they didn't read them.~
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gummybear123 rated it
July 11, 2020
Status: c67
I like this novel a lot so far and when I read that the translator was disheartened by all the bad reviews I decided to step up and write this review.

I find myself looking forward to each new chapter to see how many more misunderstandings develop and how deep a hole the protagonist digs himself into. The developments so far in the novel have built up the tension wonderfully btw/ the characters and I'm soooo ready for things to just explode!

I love myself a Yandare so the ML is just... more>> perfect! And the protagonist is the perfect mix of dense and yet smart that is believable and yet keeps you on the edge of your seat with the question: when is it finally going to dawn on him?

If you're into cultivation, reincarnation/transmigration, and yandere I'd recommend this novel so far! <<less
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ShizunShizun rated it
November 16, 2020
Status: c79
I love this novel!❤️

Honestly, after reading several negative reviews in here ☝️, I put off reading this for so long, but... fortunately, since I was out of options, I started reading it with relatively low expectations (mind you, due to the low ratings given to it) but was pleasantly surprised!😍 The slow-burn was all worth it.

This novel has been misleadingly reviewed and improperly rated by parties who clearly are incapable of reading tags and trigger warnings. If the sole reason for downgrading this work is due to r*pe... I'm just... more>> speechless... weren't tags already placed for that purpose?!

And most importantly, 'A Smile From The Villain' does not romanticise r*pe at all, unlike many I've previously come across. Rather, it shows the bitter and toxic aspects that a relationship can develop into, in reality. Not all partners are gentle/loving/yandere-but-good-to-only-me in real life.

In my opinion, this novel depicts the butterfly-effect clearly, on how a minute change could lead to drastic unpredictable results later on, and show that not all such outcomes end up being pleasant. <<less
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AmNut Obcess rated it
April 23, 2020
Status: Completed
Aha. The story is good, tho I recommend it to not read it if you like fluffy and light romance. This story is kind of heavy even for me haha.

Should have guessed esp with the heavy and dark tags.╮ (╯▽╰) ╭

But overall it's good. Tho it's a pit (kind of). I kind of enjoyed reading it til the end I guess. Tell you looking for the raw for this one made my headache. Thankfully worth 4/5 the shot.

I actually like the side characters a lot. Especially the interactions with MC... more>> (esp 2nd ML almost had a 2nd ML syndrome). Tho at some point their relationship with each other kind confuse me lol. Like at one sec they're killing each other and next they're having this shady deals. I guess I got used to eliminating the roots kind of ML/ MC these days.

PS. This story is kind of a pit for me lol. Why do I feel like adding the tag tragedy haha. Oh well, drama works too. But it's a HE so no worries. <<less
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May 16, 2019
Status: Completed
After reading some review I was thinking not to read it but the curiosity got me and I did read it is now thinking I should not believe in reviews much!! I almost miss this novel.. The only unsatisfying thing is I feel it was so short..i wanted more ~~~ and it did contain r*pe but I did not feel like any Stockholm symptoms occur. They r in love with each other but not the sweet fluffy love you normally see in novel..i feel like it is normal type love... more>> you see everyday life. So don’t bother about bad reviews and atleast try it out <3 <<less
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Lahell rated it
July 12, 2020
Status: Completed
First of all don’t read this novel if you don’t like yandere ML. You’ve been warned, please read all the tags!

This is one of the early works of the author and you can notice it towards the second half of the novel. Let me explain.

The first half of the novel is very enjoyable, pretty funny and has a nice pace and plot. You can almost forget that it’s a dark/yandere trope novel.

... more>> But then it hits you in all force (and I think that’s way many people left bad reviews).

I think the author didn’t manage very well the transition between young ML and adult ML, yes there’s plenty of foreshadowing and also a good reason (heart demon) but I still felt that it was a bit rushed, it would have been nice if the author spent some more chapters on it.

Nevertheless, I’d recommend this novel if you want to read something enjoyable and you like the genre. Just don’t expect too much, it’s still pretty good for an early work.

I liked the ending, the ML is a bit more normal and what happens with MC’s family is really funny (but still f*ckde up).

Also check out the authors other novels! If you like psychological, twisted and worldview shattering novels I’d recommend “turns out I’m crazy” <<less
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chrysanthenum rated it
July 4, 2020
Status: c65
Rating: 3/5.

I have to admit that for me personally, this experience was an utter disappointment. Prior to this novel, I read excellent works from this author such as Kaleidoscope of Death, My Five Element Lack You, and started on Fantasy Farm. Thus, despite particularly harsh reviews, having a good impression of the writer, I went in A Smile From the Villain having high expectations. And boy do I feel quite let down.

First off, the novel starts off with potential as a standard transmigration story with a yandere trope. Personally, ... more>> none of the characters were yet especially likable nor relatable, but that was fine because I expected at least some growth or minimal change regarding the main character as the story progressed. On the other hand, I was alright with having to bear with the characters as long as I could understand their motivations to a degree and see where they were coming from in their actions and behavior, and the plot was engaging.

Sadly, I find that the quality seems to degrade as the story advances. Further series of events just appear plain illogical, repetitive, or distasteful. To be brutally honest, up until where I have read, from the shallow conduct of the characters to the events that occur, I cannot even begin to fathom how any aspect of this novel can be "realistic". To top it off, the main character and main lead, as well as the side characters remained unappealing and inconsistent. Too often, there is a dissonance in the characters' words and actions, which did not help my confusion or frustration throughout the story. For clarification, I don't particularly mind yandere tropes, as long as the plot has to some extent logical events and characters that are engaging and serve to drive the plotline. However, in this novel, many characters appear in the story, seem to serve no significant or meaningful purpose whatsoever, and are later discarded. They do not have much depth and do not visibly grow throughout the story, and are in other words, very one-dimensional and boring. In the later chapters, the plot makes me feel as if it is agonizingly dragged forward in order to lengthen the story.

Therefore, unless you want to set yourself up for endless mortification, torment, and a severe headache, I suggest you not to waste your time, not to repeat my mistake, and perhaps read the author's more enjoyable works. Although I haven't finished reading this yet, I simply cannot see how what I personally consider as a total mess to be salvageable anymore, especially with how some other reviews described the last third of the novel. The only positive things I have to comment on are all the accurate and fast translations, so I do sincerely appreciate the translator's efforts and time. I can only say that I refrained from rating this even worse in consideration of the fantastic translator. <<less
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mangaotaku rated it
June 22, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel... is something else.

It contains a lot of toxic, manipulative and terrifying content, and most of it is found in the relationship between the MC and ML. This feels somewhat like if Luo Binghe from Scum Villain never got the love he desperately craved from his Shizun before the betrayal, thus spawning an EVEN MORE twisted version of him, tbh.

And this only gets terrifying... more>>

after MC and ML transmigrate back into their original bodies


I find the way the novel reiterates that there really isn't any reciprocated love between the MC and ML, it was just the ML making sure to make his presence needed in the life of the MC and manipulating things to go the way he did very novel. It doesn't try to make the MC fall in love with the dude or whatever like in all other novels dealing with similarly twisted versions of love. The MC's easy-going personality just... sorta goes with the flow once he does everything in his power to get away from the ML, and fails. The novel doesn't try to paint the ML as anything other than a manipulative dude who's got a great grasp on human psychology and knows just how to make everything go the way he wants it to as much as possible.

Yan Gu and Ziyang Pei are very interesting characters that I would have liked more backstory on (or maybe that was there but I couldn't parse it from the mtl? idk) but I hate the shitty system sm man gdi.

But yeah, there are much worse novels out there; so go through the tags, see if you're up to read it, and maybe give it a go. <<less
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Ouryuu Zeno rated it
February 24, 2019
Status: c92
This story gives me such a bitter taste in my mouth, I love it but hate it so much. Especially hate HIM.

It's a wonderful story no doubt, everything about was realistic and my heart kept palpitating with each blackening of the Ml. I love the MC to death and I keep rooting for him, I admire his bravery and sense of logic and realistic weakness.

The side male characters are pretty interesting as well, they have their pros and cons.

and one of them was basically a system for MC and I loved their interactions lol.


This is my first time writing a review but this story really gave me too many emotions over 24 hours.i had to write somewhere since I mtled the whole thing. Well done author, but still feck you
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luoxin rated it
January 24, 2021
Status: c80
One of the best story ever read!!! I am trembling with emotional wave its so good so good I am goingcrazy!! I thought its usual transmigration novel but make me shock completely different and have own flawless flow. I am sucker for angsty stories and its one of them. Completely crazy how will development. If there is a story addiction I already am.

Translator so amazing!!! Flawless translation and awesome story choise I am so happy that we meet this story and I want to be with her forever thank you... more>> so much your efforts you gave me amazing weekend!! <<less
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sonalisona rated it
November 13, 2020
Status: Completed
I don't know why this story has many bad reviews, but I personally liked it very much. Don't miss reading this just because of some bad reviews. The characters were good, plot is good, and translator did a great job I really appreciate them.


I didn't like the part where after MC went back to reality he was dragged back into the novel by that sly fox ML



MC adopted a kid with Shen feixiao after he went back to the world

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