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, in 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 numerous souls have been bound by the system to enter into the bodies of those who only rely on their lovers, what could this lead to?

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

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New 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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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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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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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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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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FanGirlNoha rated it
December 15, 2020
Status: c38
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 & ML in each arc is different. This one is not... more>> 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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PrettyBoGummy rated it
September 25, 2020
Status: c21
I can’t express how much I like this novel. Usually (I take that back ALWAYS) I only read bl novels with a shou protagonist but this novel is just so cute and amazing I am GLAD the gong is the protagonist.
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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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thebadgirl05 rated it
February 15, 2021
Status: c79
I really really like this novel mainly because of it's refreshing plot, brilliant translation and interesting characters. The fact that the MC's had pitiful pasts but refreshing views in life was quite new to me--- given all the other novels I've read and I like that they don't delve too much into the self-pity party which I see a lot.

'The world doesn't owe you anything type of understanding, ' I saw that mostly in the second arc which made me give a big like. A lot of sentiments and thoughts... more>> are brutally honest and I love it.

Also, I have been used to OP MC's or ML's having golden fingers that I expected something miraculous to happen at certain scenes if you know which one I'm referring to but I couldn't be more glad that things progressed as they did.

All in all, this novel gave me the novel experience of reading through characters that were closest to being human with all their thought processes and flaws if you know what I mean. It's kinda hard to explain. But yeah, take all that I said as just my babbling and gushing for the novel if you will. <<less
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Maiasia rated it
January 31, 2021
Status: Completed
I rarely read novels with a gong protagonist but I usually end up enjoying them, and this one is no different. I really enjoyed how much stronger the shous are in comparison to the gongs and that the drama isn't long and over drawn. It's a refreshing world hopping novel in where the only constant in all 8 arcs was the system and the 8th arc... Love it.
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Ouryane00 rated it
December 20, 2020
Status: c61
I actually want to rate this 4.5 but I can’t click on the stars right lol

Anyway, among the novels w/ systems that I read, this one is pretty unique for me because every arc there are different characters not just the MC/ML transmigrating to another people’s lives.

Arc 1 ... more>>

I like this arc, really cute >///< can’t remember much tho cause read this arc months ago and I’m just commenting after reading arc 2


Arc 2

For me, this arc was just so so. There were cute moments and all but I couldn’t grasp much of the characters, there were certain questions that for me weren’t solved like how come the ML accepted that we was married to ML instantly and slept w/ him etc. I know he was a player and he wanted to survive and all but for me, his thought process wasn’t explained much but overall it was still a good read but compared to arc 1 I like arc 1 better but that’s just my preference haha

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December 11, 2020
Status: c38
Loved arc 1, 3, 7, and 8. I mtl them and they were just lovely. I havent read the rest yet cause mtling historical or cultivation are horriblr so ill wait. I so far, based on the spoilers, dont like arc 5 for now. 7 is the sadest arc cause, not sure if its correct due to mtl but the main couples ... more>>

dont survive and they confessed to each other when they were dying

it made me cry but 8 cheered me up. It's also really rare to see the shou/uke chasing or is possessive over the gong/seme. It breaks the stereotype of uke waiting to be seduce although most of the gongs are kinda jerks. The system barely has any presence at all. I keep on forgetting it until the last arc. Translations are good too. <<less
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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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Blubber_faults rated it
March 4, 2021
Status: c87
I was tryna give it a 4.5 but that's ok lol anyways... NOTHING but love for this novel. I was VERY hesitant when it came to reading it only because I'm to into the protagonist being a shou (uke) and this being in the pov of a gong (seme) I didn't think it'll be that interesting. Majority of the gong's that I've come across in CN's all have the personality of a rich arrogant CEO male, I genuinely thought this would be the same. But it isn't and I love... more>> it and it's great!! The shou babies are finally depicted as strong males especially in the first 2 arcs, both shou's can fight, they're straightforward and outspoken, possessive as well but most of all... they're the ones out here protecting their males. It was really refreshing to see the gong's not knowing how to fight but still trying to help their men with whatever resources they have. I just love the "me' who was finally able to pick up her balls and give it a shot because if I bypassed this story... It would've been a huge shame. So if you are hesitant to try it out, Don't. It's awesome.

ALSO!!! sorry, I need to quickly give a great "well done!!" To the translation team. There are a few minor errors but they are quick to fix it annnd whatever errors are left behind, do not worry. It doesn't tarnish the flow of the story. Awesome work guys, thank you so much and please keep translating ☺️ I appreciate you. <<less
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Northdusk21 rated it
February 18, 2021
Status: --
Well done, diverse characters and this novel gives you a different dynamic in regards to bl relationships. Comedy on point, character growth a 👌ok. This is definitely one of those novel filled with schadenfreude. Can someone say bad to the bone
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Regra rated it
December 20, 2020
Status: c109
Ok. So.. I never liked BL where the MC was the top. Even if the story summary was giid I would skip it However this is a super big surprise for me! The start is good the character is captivating who cares about top or bottom

(╯°□°) ╯︵ ┻━┻ I still finished it! (^O^)

Recommended for all of you!
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Yoonseo rated it
December 20, 2020
Status: c38
im rating it 5 stars for the first arc. There are not a lot of ups and downs, and I normally don't read seme protagonist story lines. Not because I hate it, but because there are not a lot of them, so this is a new perspective for me. The story is stable and the growth of the protagonist certainly moved me. All in all the writing and character growth on both ends was like resting in a hot bath. Absolutely soothing. The interactions were realistic and funny and the... more>> relationship was very balanced. Maybe in the next arcs, ill change the rating, but for now. It is a worthwhile read, and I enjoy it immensely. <<less
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