Don’t Be a Kept Man


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In this world, there is always one type of man who does not want to improve themselves. They care only for themselves, by whatever means possible. They make their life goal to be kept as a lover, and they will use their lovers up until they have no more use.

Self-Reliant System: Our goal is to rise up! Our goal is to persevere! We must be self-sufficient and self-reliant!

When the system has bound numerous souls to enter into the bodies of those who only rely on their lovers, what could this lead to?

In other words, this is the main character transmigrating into a scummy human being, and creating his own destiny kind of story.

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Don't be a soft rice man (manhua)
ระบบพึ่งพาตนเอง #ผู้ชายไม่กินข้าวนิ่ม
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JamaisVu13 rated it
August 28, 2020
Status: Completed
Not going to lie but this is one of my favourite novels so far. It has different concept from other world hopping novels.

The system always gets paired with the seme protagonist (?)


First arc (Modern - college life, 1-39)


MC is a seme protagonist. He is cold hearted, unfeeling and has low EQ. He is reborn after he dies in car accident because he was scum man in his past life. After being reborn, he gets bounded to a system. He is punished if he tries to take money, which is not earned by hard work.

The ML is short-tempered, has poisonous tongue, can beat the crap out of anyone (even the MC is not spared, hehe, he deserved it anyways).
They eventually fall in love and live a happy life and the system leaves the MC when he becomes vice president of a company where he started working as a newbie in his college days.

Second arc (Historical, 40-61)


So, MC is okay in this arc. He gets transmigrated (?) from modern to ancient time and he gets caught with another woman by the ML on their wedding night. ML was a general but now he's a crippled man because he got shot by an arrow in his knee. The MC tries to win ML and succeeds too. Later, MC gets oppointed as a low rank official by the emperor. Their chemistry is amazing. There are schemes from emperor's uncle (?) side, many people die. MC turns the event around, saves the country (yay!!) and finally realises that he is in love with MC more than money and fame. Happy ending.


Third arc (showbiz, 62-88)


MC gets transmigrated from his martial arts world to modern world into a body who is an idol (?). He is participating in a reality show as a bad guy (He is very disliked by everyone, has a lot of black powder fans but he does it all to treat his sister, who got into an accident) ML is also part of the reality show.

• MC has very poisonous tongue and a soft heart. He is poisonous to the point that the system gets frightened by him. Also, The system accepts that he is the only host who can eat soft food (?). (In all three arcs, I like him the most because he has many likeable points)

• ML claims to be a die-hard fan of the MC (😂) He is also the one who chased the MC.


Fourth arc (Ghost, 89-108)

FML!!! This arc made me tearful.

MC has a special body constitution. He can see ghosts. ML gets killed and then starts following MC to kill him. ML takes his own revenge with other people who made his life miserable.

• This one has HE too.

Tbh, I don't want to spill much on this one because it is a little different form what you read in a supernatural arc/novel. There are so many unanswered questions the MC has and the answers he gets in the end makes not only him, but the readers sad.


Fifth arc (rebirth, 109-125)

I wanted to beat the crap out of MC. 🙂

MC's background is like any other novel. Mother got divorced and then father married another woman. The mother-son duo started living in a crappy area (it's crappy for 'em because they used to be rich.) Later, someone came to pick MC up and he left too but he also left the ML alone. (I want to beat him for this. He is such an ungrateful human.) After he got rich he came back to find the ML but he was not there anymore and when he found out about it, he got in the car. On the way back, he got into an accident (?) and he was reborn. About ML, he is slow like a snail. (He is soooo adorable.. I wanna adopt him🥺🥺) MC, on several occasions, treats ML like shit. (Like why TF are you calling my bub fool all the time and insulting him😡🤬)

Good thing, that he realises his importance sooner. (Otherwise, I would've f***ed him up) He doesn't leave him like in his past life and made his and ML's life much better.


Sixth arc (historical, 126-143)


MC was the sixteenth child in his family and because of him, his family was ruined (?). Later, the ML comes back and they meet up again. They, together, have a tragic past because of that ML suffered a lot (after I knew about the reason, I was ready to beat MC up🙂) He was so unreliable until he was arrested by the emperor to be beheaded.

• One point I don't like about this arc, how easily ML accepted him even after knowing the truth.

• a tiny bit of sexual assault (which I'm glad didn't happen, good going ML.)


Seventh arc (apocalypse, 144-162)


MC is transmigrated into a 'harem' novel, in which, the ML was treated very badly so later he turned into a bad person. (ML was r*ped and was bullied his whole life because of his mother's profession) MC actually saves ML from being r*ped and treats his wounds too. After that, the ML is reborn with his past life abilities. He doesn't trust MC whole-heartedly but he is possessive about him because he is the only person in his life who has given him warmth.

Good thing that MC has some brains and he actually has the system to keep his mind in track so that he doesn't take advantage of ML.


Chapter 163 - extra


This chapter is different. They talk about other systems and the system 008 who went to all these world where the arc stories happened. Also, the points they've accumulated. Sadly, in the apocalypse arc, 008 contributed his points so that the humans can make a antidote for the zombie virus.


Eighth arc (modern, 164-186)


The system transmigrates into a scum-man's body.

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ike_00000 rated it
October 29, 2020
Status: c38
I feel like the ratings are way too low so I'm giving it an extra star to bump.

It's really rare that we have such a flawed MC. This person was an actual scumbag in his past life, and somewhat in this life too. However, although he seems cold, it's not as if he doesn't feel guilt and repentance; HMC in the past may have killed him, but he's still the one sorry to HMC.

Tbh ML is pretty flawed too. We mostly see his fluffy side so it feels like an... more>> unruly but cute younger brother. However, this type of person would actually be terrible. Therefore, it's like the story says; getting together is helping society get rid of two scums.

I like the character and relationship development of the two. I think the premise of the entire story is also quite interesting. I'm curious for more!!! <<less
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May 21, 2021
Status: c24
I- am I the only one who doesn't like this story. The MC seems selfish and I just can't acceptthat he betrayed the ML in his past life. Gonna drop this cause I don't like the MC. I can accept people being gold digger, but I can't accept betrayer. Once you lose my trust, I will never believe u once again even if you're a change man.
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FanGirlNoha rated it
December 15, 2020
Status: c38
Edit 2: This has a MANHUA!!!! And the two protagonists look 🔥!!!☺

Edit: I forgot to mention this but the translations for this novel is absolutely brilliant. There are occasional mistakes in case of grammar or spelling, but the way the translator expresses the nuances in language is definitely praiseworthy. Kudos to the translation team! 😁 There are BL novels that are fast-paced and full of action. I love my share of QT novels, but this one is very different. I've only read one arc but I'm assuming that the MC... more>> & ML in each arc is different. This one is not your typical dog-blood drama and the first arc did was a modern campus romance with very little action. The first arc had so much of sweet dog food that I got diabetic. But I loved how the romance was built up and it's honestly one of the best examples of romance in BL. I loved the banters between the MC & ML and how they were all over each other while still a little bit cautious if each other's feelings. Arc 1 had a slightly slice of life ambience. So, if you want to read sweet sweet romance between the scheminh MC (GONG) & the quick-tempered but tsundere ML (SHOU), you should definitely read this. 100% RECOMMENDED for the romantic content. <<less
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jasmin1028 rated it
November 22, 2020
Status: v1c38
I am honestly surprised I didn't expect to like it so much oh my...

I only read the first arc and I'm actually sad that it ended. I suck at writing review but really give this novel a try it is so good.

First arc : Scum MC greedy for money × Hot tempered ML who is obsessed for MC// fell in love first.

MC was a scummy scheming gold digger in past life who used ML : (
I'm really happy he got a second chance bc of the system.
Note -... more>>

ML has anger management issues and he beats up MC bc of a misunderstanding and MC riles him up too

Honestly that^ part was scary but later on their relationship was really sweet.
They're a bickering couple but there's warmth in their small actions and that's really cute. I was truly enjoyed reading this arc.

Second arc : I remember I liked this arc too but I'll read it again and edit this <<less
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CaptainxCres rated it
February 20, 2021
Status: Completed
everyone LOVE to eat soft rice, but not everyone can get that chance (QAQ)

this is the story about handsome scumbag gong vs queen stubborn shou, when the disaster stars get together, it'll never end well. BUT with the interference of cutest blue light ball aka Self-Reliance System, they get the opportunity to see thing through. Let's follow the system hop to several world with different hosts to see their love story. ((System not frequently show up unless host try to eat soft rice or host in truly difficult... more>> state))

it's kind of difficult to read at first (every first part of each world) for me; those MC and ML are so full of themselves that I felt the story is hard to chew BUT they'll get better in a way, they change slightly, still being the same but difference at the same time.

the pace of this story is not too fast or too slow, for me, the way author write is kind of make me feel a little peaceful in this capitalism world. It may lack clarity of every event happen in the worlds BUT clearly this is novel about the love between 2 protagonists. <<less
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Nihilestenim rated it
November 15, 2020
Status: c38
This review is only for the first arc as I haven't read others yet.

I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. The setting is rather realistic but not in a depressing and gritty way, and the dynamics between the two main characters were really unique compared to other novels I've read. Moreover although it's world-hopping it's the system that does the hopping and not the MC, so there's no feeling of losing all the progress that sometimes I get from quick transmigration novels.

Also the translator has been doing a good job... more>> and updates very steadily, thumbs up. <<less
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Yeoha rated it
May 20, 2022
Status: --
I think this has to be made clear before people start to assume stuffs after reading the reviews that said they don't like scummy gong MCs.

The MCs in every arc is different!!! Only same system.

I actually hold this novel for like, 2 years before I read it... Cuz of reviews.... But kinda glad at the same time cuz the chapters are all piled up.

... more>> Honestly I personally like scummy gongs in this novel who ended up soften their stone heart in the end, PHEW THAT'S ANOTHER KIND OF SATISFACTION!

So if you don't like the MC in a certain arc, just skip the arc.

Though I wouldn't recommend it if you don't want to regret missing out on diabetes moments at the end. And they are particularly sweet if you didn't skip any chapter, cuz seeing the slow and natural character development in each MC is such a journey! <<less
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Chocotania rated it
March 21, 2021
Status: Completed
This is amazing. The format of this book is like Beloved Husband, there are multiple different arcs with new protagonists, with only one factor that is the same, this book is the system. Some arcs are hilarious and other arcs angst. The characters and relationship between the characters are solid. Have given 4 stars for that and the translation is very well-written. The mlt is also easy to understand. For me personally, I loved the 1 arcs because it cute and hilarious story but the 4 and 7th arcs hit... more>> me the most. It was a blend of soulmates who missed their chance and came together after.


The 4th arcs however have a definite HE as the ML becomes a demon to stay his lover while the 7th arc has a bittersweet ending as they both die in other's arms while reminiscing an alternative ending for their lives.

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You gotta be kidding me rated it
June 8, 2021
Status: v4c89
I got hooked because of the first couple wu wu wu wu. There's a LOOOT of people who already hated the MC because he --truly-- is a hundred percent scum--no more like ninety nine point nine percent--- but the character development *chefs kiss -- it was too much of my taste!!!. He didn't deviate from his original personality, still headstrong, scummy sometimes, rude ---suck at fighting--but good in [cough] bed-- however now he wasn't with the bottom because of money and truly did fell inlove with him wu wu wu... more>> --- WHEN A PERSON WHO HAVE THIN POCKETS TELLS YOU YOU COULD KEEP ALL HIS MONEY THEN THAT PERSON IS THE "ONE" ---

About the second couple---hmmmm--- it's interesting I guess? It also got nice substance and I actually like it too. But I dropped it since I found it too boring later in [sigh]. Not really fond of historicals that much.

The third couple--- I GOT NOTHING ELSE TO SAY ASIDE FROM----- I LOVE YOU CHEN YIIIIII!!!!!---- Probably my next fav arc from this three. First fav was the first cp, then the third cp, and the second cp----barely--- I have yet to read the 4th cause the translation's still not done. Dont wanna read the MTL, I'm afraid it will be degraded wu wu. <<less
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Shimozuki Yue rated it
April 25, 2021
Status: Completed
Just a bit follow up for the zombie arc

... more>>

The very last chapter of the series was an extra of the zombie arc.

The energy leaked by the system produced a blue flower and the researcher use them as ingredients for vaccines.

Also, our pair didn't die! They are alive!!! Alive! Oh my gawd my heart. The extra is mostly just trival daily life in which they were talking about studies.

As for the last arc, I didn't fully read the two extra, but system 008, Gu Lai, dreamt of college life and how he met his ML. System 008 was hinted to be the original Gu Lai in the main story. And Sytem 008 also said in the end of the extra that he came back to pick up his happiness.

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erialolita rated it
September 9, 2022
Status: --
All the high ratings make me feel like I'm missing something, but I'm only through the first 2 arcs and already dislike the novel. I love seme protagonist stories too, so I want to stick it out, but I didn't like either MCs and the MLs don't make the story worth sticking around.

I get it's a system to rehabilitate scum men, so I do know they will start off as complete jerks but they don't really get better. They just kind of fall in love? I didn't feel like either... more>> MC really loved the ML in either story, just they did because the author said so. Same with the rehabilitatio, they just suddenly were no longer interested in being kept, it felt like there was parts missing

I will say the translation is gold, the 2nd story had to be a pain to translate, but was done well.

I also read the manhua up until chapter 41, and other than the pretty art I found it even more lacking than the novel. Too much gets cut out that it makes some parts confusing. I recommend only reading the manhua after reading the novel. <<less
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wertttt rated it
January 3, 2022
Status: c125
The translation is done amazingly well, usually when translating Chinese to English the flow of words and an author's sense of style (of writing) is lost within the translation, but this translator allows the author's talent to really shine through in their translation. Throughout the novel there are examples of the author saying straight up facts that make you think, "Wow this person really knows how to make one think." For example, in the second arc when the MC is talking about the discrepancies in the dynamic of the rich/poor... more>> involved in the imperial exams and in the third arc when the MC is doing an interview and goes into depth with how it's the little things that matter. Although it's a little hard to adapt to the shitty mc's (except arc 3), if you just think about how there aren't people who are completely evil and completely good, then you're able to see that through their arc, the mc's are able to love/realize their feelings for their partners and change their shitty ways. I especially like how the author includes a conclusion in every arc at the end where the system leaves knowing that their host has changed their ways and the MC either thanks the system for letting them fix their mistakes or letting them be with their lover. It really just leaves nothing left to be wanted, there's nothing that makes me feel that the arc is incomplete or that there are loose ends. All in all, there's literally no reason not to read this and I very much recommend doing so, although it's not perfect, no novel really is. <<less
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agathe rated it
November 28, 2021
Status: c88
first of all, the translation is exceptional, and so are the numerous excellent footnotes, providing lots of insight and an occasional picture, it's a true delight to read -many thanks for that awesome work !!

I love the concept : be self reliant + - the + being for a number of moral qualities, this was a super nice idea, but it feels like a let down

the multiple characters thing is different and not all bad - I guess once redeemed, there's little reason to be tested again

nonetheless, it's still very... more>> short of good stories, the selfish characters are super obnoxious, and you hardly can like them - the actor part is simply empty of any content as the directing principles are let down from start

all in all it seem like a collection of short romance stories with one mean protagonist in each of them and very little character depth :/

i also dislike very much the « dominant « /« top » fantasy, but that's another story <<less
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Fisukisuki rated it
November 17, 2021
Status: c125
The Author really did AMAZING JOB writing different arc each with different MC, Life, and different Settings.

So far had read all 5 arcs, All Stories is Absolutely Best Story so far. How the System help all the Slag Gong aka the MC who had or would be a Kept Man walk to the right part. Well, except on the 3rd arc. Because even the System can make an Error and accidentally bonded to Non-Slag Gong 🤭. But the 4th arc.... I LITERALLY Cried so Many Times! But there's actually Great... more>> moments near the end of the arc because the System. Great System!

The System in this Novel doesn't make much appearance. Give Warning when MC going to make Mistake, Give Missions for MC's sake, Would help if IT can Help, but wouldn't make any appearance when MC's life was going in Non-Wrong directions. The World Hopping tag is for the System who changing Host when it finish it's Job. But like I said, the System rarely make appearance. The System Is NOT the MC!

Anyway, you won't regret this! This is novel about an Actual Slag Men who given chances to be Good Man! But they're not Evil. Seriously try it!!! <<less
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ahjiu rated it
October 14, 2021
Status: c120
I'm normally not the type to leave reviews but this story is too good for me not to. At first, I assumed it was your typical short stories full of dog blood and unnecessary drama but I was so wrong. Not only are the characters all unique and have their own personalities, the plots are also never repetitive and are always different. Whenever I was reading, I always felt like the characters were all real people with real feelings. The author does such a good job at making their characters... more>> 3D and not so stiff. I even found myself getting attached to each MC. Please give this novel a try. <<less
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AnuBis28 rated it
September 26, 2021
Status: c125

It's like a collection of many short stories, each unique in their own ways and interesting than the other..

The system here must be the best system one can come across.. Other than appearing once in a while and warning the host, it's almost nonexistent, so much so that it can even be forgotten..

Most of the hosts of the system a.k.a. The Gongs are undoubtedly the scummiest scums.. And they also didn't miraculously change right after the second chance in life, and still tried to enact their tr*shy nature... more>> once again.. Only after being electrocuted and threatened by the system did they change little by little..

Since every individual story is quite short, there's no time to get bored.. Instead some the ending felt rushed..

Near the end of the first story there's nothing about the Gong's sister or the Shou's brother, or how did the Shou's parents react on his relationship..

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Nyaa.23 rated it
July 3, 2021
Status: Completed
Pros :

Multiple protagonists novel. It's the first time I read this kind of story.

The system rarely comes out. The story of the system is also fun to read.

Some arcs are okay while skme are just boring. The first, third and the zombie apocalypse arc is my fav. The MC is arc three is my spirit animal. MC's poisonous tongue is everything.

Cons :

The MCs are scum like to the core. Some might not find them a nice character to read. The story sometimes feels too drag out but still enjoyed it.
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Accellia rated it
March 27, 2021
Status: v2
it's not QT with one big plot behind. It's more like a compilation? Of (scum?) seme protagonist bound to anti-kept-man system. It's unique since every arc can be read alone. It's fresh since it's seme protagonists with powerful uke :3
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bingpupschewtoy rated it
March 18, 2021
Status: c88
edit: just finished the second arc and wanted to add that the writing is really good. Character development is very natural and descriptions are vivid. The author really made me feel. Highly recommend this webnovel.

I'm only around a quarter of the way through but so far I'm really enjoying this webnovel. The main character is a mouthy, quick witted character, whose dialogue is often very interesting to read. The MC and ML have lots of funny banter, and the author does a good job showing the MC falling in love.

I... more>> would also like the commend the translator for really good work. The original text often references old literature, slang, etc. And the translator always provides extremely detailed explanations of everything, which I really appreciate. <<less
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