History’s Number 1 Founder


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He time-traveled and got a system but Lin Feng’s pressure is as big as a mountain.

System main quest: Ling Feng creates a school, establishing history’s number 1 sect, Ling Feng himself becoming the number 1 founder.

And so to become history’s number 1 founder Lin Feng started to work hard.

“Your name is Shi Tianhao? Natural born supreme king but it was stolen by your cousin. Now being raised in a little village your father placed you in? Come come come, come with master, we’ll let those people know that justice that is owed must be returned!”

“Your name is Xiao Yan? A genius in the past, now a loser. Your fiance even came over and humiliated you by breaking off the engagement? Come come come, come with master, we’ll let that brat know the meaning of don’t bully a youngster because he’s poor!”

“Your name is Zhu Yi? The bastard son of a marquis, suppressed by your father. Your mother was the previous saint but she was killed? Come come come, come with master, we’ll let your dad know the meaning of the world is big, fists are… no, reason is the biggest!”

History’s Number 1 Founder average rating 4.3/5 - 422 user ratings
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kainee rated it
April 17, 2016
Status: --
Disclaimer: I read the Chinese raws and finished the original novel but I haven’t read the translated chapters as of yet.

This is the story of a hapless everyday man who is transported to a world where one can become immortal if they cultivate themselves toward enlightenment but is unable to take his time to do so because unlike with other xian xia protagonists, he has a deadline that he received from an un-refusable quest (complete with supporting reality-breaking system) that requires him to be the founder of the Number #1... more>> school within a year’s time upon pain of death. Thus started Lin Feng’s desperate battle for his own life in the cutthroat world of xian xia as he competes for resources and talent, only surviving based on his own modern knowledge of story cliches (enabling him to find the potential heroes while they’re underdogs before they get their big break), his own skill at bluffing and fast talking, and by taking advantage of the small cheats given to him by the very same quest system that is threatening to take his life upon failure.


Storywise, the establishment of the school is very fun because there is Lin Feng’s internal dialogue constantly providing meta commentary about the situation that is hilarious while he is maintaining a mysteriously wise sage facade on the outside. It’s fun to read about him essentially bluffing himself a reputation of being a super mysterious and powerful sage as everyone fills in the blanks on whatever he does or does not reveal and aggroing himself a ton of rivals and enemies simply because he has to pretend to be more powerful than he really is just to fulfill the quest. So the fights tend to actually matter because they’re high stakes as they occur because Lin Feng’s bluff usually failed and now he has to fight someone who’s double his level in strength and he has to use all of the advantages he has on his side– the game-breaking abilities/items his quest system provided him via roulette, his quick wits, and plain cheating– just to win.

By the time his strength starts to catch up with the outsized rep he gained from bluffing, the very well-established characters and world help make up for the slight change in tone from individual fights to manipulation of world politics. In the end, Lin Feng constantly having to work frantically behind the scenes just for that moment of coolness helps give a frantic undertone to everything that helps prevent you from not caring about the events and also prevent it from deteriorating into a level grind that is so prevalent in similar xian xia novels.

Yes, there are characters who are essentially ripped off from other popular Chinese cultivation novels but they are more homages due to Lin Feng’s knowledge of meta-tropes of what makes a good protagonist. So the homage characters are only there to provide enough material for Lin Feng’s smart ass self commentary about the events going on. So you get moments like him thinking, “Oh, that’s the eternal rival that will the walking treasury for my disciple to raid. I pity and thank you (to the hapless antagonist who doesn’t have Lin Feng’s knowledge of story archetypes).” Or internally cackling over his disciple's invincibility despite entering into a battle as an underdog because he knows the disciple has plot armor up the wazoo. As the author writes carefully, the early parody qualities of the homage characters quickly become their own, especially since they’re still subordinate in story purpose to Lin Feng as the main protagonist and it’s not necessary to know the original novel the characters were an homage of since their characterization soon changes as it all melds into its own unique blend.

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Kailyria20 rated it
May 11, 2016
Status: c65
As of ch65, I gotta say I love how this novel is goin so far... its so hilarious with the cliche plots that the MC uses to detect and steal potential disciples [lol].
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Slashs rated it
June 4, 2017
Status: c1450
This is a review after finishing the novel.

The MC's goal is to create the most powerful sect ever. This is not his own goal at the start but something pushed on him by his own cheat. This cheat gives him "quests" related to this goal he has to complete with the threat of death.

For exemple: "Recrute X disciples - You have X years, failure to do so will results in host's death"

The begining is very special and different from what we might see in other novels. To start of on... more>> his path to creating the strongest sect in history he will first need his first disciples, for that the MC will look for and recruit "heaven's chosen childs", young people with crazy high stats which are basically the MCs from other novels (BTTH for exemple), before they get their big break and start on their own path in their own novel.

The MC is not aware that those disciple he is trying to recruit have their own novel so there is no 4th wall break. But he is very aware that they are special, that they probably have, what the MC humorously call, a "grandpa" in a ring, bead, etc and that their destiny is about to start. He wants to hijack that destiny so that they'll become great thanks to him.

He qualifies his "job" as being able to replace that "grandpa" before they start helping that future disciple of his.

The begining is very funny. The hilariousness comes from the MCs comments "Is that the famed marriage annulement?" and how he manages to get out of messes by tricking others and using misunderstandings as he is very weak.

As the novel progress the comedy will disapear little by little (never completly gone but it's a lot more discreet) and it starts to become a lot more like a standard Wuxia novel.

Good points :

    • Comedy at the start is great.
    • Sect building is consistant from the begining to the end, the sect building aspect is not pushed aside
    • Big Side characters (his direct disciples) are very developped, some are rascals, some are strict or easy going, cruel and so on. They have their own self created martial arts and personalities. They are very disctinct and they are not "empty puppets".
    • Even small side characters are great ! They will have personalities, goals, ennemies, friends. Eventually the main disciples will have their own disciples and even those smaller side characters will have rivalries between each others, have their own mini arcs, background. They'll fight for the sect and themselves.
    • For once the girls gets a real chance. They get real "screen time", some are tough and fierce and stand on their own.
    • The MC is very protecting of his disciple and very generous. It's a nice change.
    • Seeing the sect develop from a couple of people to hundreds or thousands with their own sect martial arts is very satisfying
    • There are others sects, some friends, neutral, ennemies and we get to see their stances and view points and their own machinations. This means that even if he is on good term with a sect it doesn't mean that they are not looking out for their own benefits.
    • I kept reading up till the end and found the ending fitting.
Bad Points :

    • There is not much tension. The MC will always win in an over the top fashion.
    • The MC is very lucky. This is usual in those novels. But for exemple one of the MC's cheat is a roulette that will give him a random item, the item he will receive will always play a huge role in the near future. He gets exactly what he needs every time, even if he doesn't know it yet.
    • While there is a lot of sect building stuff written, the focus is still heavily on the MC. We do get some quick peeks on Sect tournaments, sects fights, disciples recruitements and so on. But the author should have gone deeper on those aspects. I wanted to read more about how they were being taugh, I wanted more POV chapters on the actual disciples. And so on.
This is a very good novel. I usually end up droping CN novels after a few hundreds chapters because it often gets too repetitive and boring. There is still repetitiveness here, particularly when it's about the MC cultivation and fights (which sadly is the biggest focus of the novel) but the other stuff makes up for it.

I originall ywanted to give it a 4 starts. But since it is better than most other novel I have read lately, I will give it 5. <<less
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Trent rated it
August 15, 2016
Status: c81
... I feel sort of bad for breaking up the train of nice reviews. But here's my opinion: the story gets stale.

The beginning is great, but the author seems to lose inspiration and put in less effort after a while. Overall, the novel isn't satisfying as a parody, but it also isn't able to stand alone as an entertaining story if we ignore that purpose.

The spoofing has stalled. It reached its peak a couple dozen chapters in with a wonderful utilization of the Mistaken for Badass trope, and it's been... more>> running on fumes for over fifty chapters since. The protagonist's genre savviness and composed attitude were enjoyable at first, but they've undergone little development. Now they're beating a dead horse, and each chapter's become boring. You know what to expect, and the story sticks to its formula and doesn't exceed those expectations.

Good parodies are insightful and funny, but this one's been missing those sparks for a while. It mostly points out and expands upon conventions, which is commendable in its own way, but it tends not to go the extra half-step of humorously deconstructing or exploiting them or whatever else. Instead of regularly making clever, comical observations, the novel does so a few times, and then recycles them whenever a similar situation pops up. So we don't get to see twenty different witticisms, but four... five times.

On a couple levels, the story jumps on top of what other stories have built without having a solid foundation of its own. It's a problem that the author's other novel seems to share. <<less
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Waffle rated it
November 23, 2015
Status: --
Amazing novel; in which the author subverts the general 'MC seen as weak, but really strong' commonly found in xianxia or wuxia novels, and focuses more on the psychology of acting strong and tricking people. I found this read far more entertaining than the majority of currently translated xianxia and wuxia, which just focus on power and generally have repeating elements. Although this novel also takes some of these elements; it admits it and even adds characters from other novels for added comedy and effect. Overall: Genius.
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freezray rated it
November 20, 2016
Status: c104
On this site novels tend to be overwhelmingly liked even if they don't really deserve that score. This is one of those novels I think deserves its rating. Anyone familiar the webcomic Transfer Student Storm Bringer will find a similar feel in this novel. Although unlike the MC of TSSB it isn't all purely luck and misunderstanding this MC has a real wit about him that most xianxia fail to enact. It's also Ironic how much I like this story this considering the stories like BTTH, PW and RI are... more>> stories I couldn't stand BECAUSE of their MCs. The only negative I care to talk about is the lackadaisical nature of the translator.

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marchex rated it
September 15, 2016
Status: c101
The early chapters took a bit of time to get used to. They were still entertaining but the fact that the author is using characters, setting and plot from other xianxia novel was jarring. Thankfully, there are little variations. This could be classified as a multiple xianxia crossover novel, but is very well written and has its own charm.
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Raneday rated it
July 20, 2016
Status: c85
One of the best novel that I've ever read. You gotta hand it to the CN authors when they make comedy or parody novels it's surely an epic novel
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Mou rated it
June 27, 2017
Status: c121
This is one of my all time favorites. It's right up there with "My disciple died once again". Our future NO 1 founder may be a little sly but he has yet to harm someone who has not tried to harm him first. He acts more like a person with brain function befitting that of a modern day person than the protagonists of other novels of similar genre, where the hero ends up acting worse than the main villain, eventually. Although some villains do deserve those treatments. But I like... more>> the way LF does things better. Well that's just my opinion. All I'm trying to say is, though I don't know how this novel will end up, right now I LOVE THIS NOVEL. <<less
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Heyu rated it
October 2, 2016
Status: c102
First of all, you can read wherever you want and should be ok, but the most xianxias you read, the better would the experience be, and if you read the ones that this is is based on, and already know the characters from their original stories, the better would it be because basically, this is a parody xianxia that borrows the main characters of other popular xianxias keeping their backgrounds, their names, etc, and gives them a new future, and a new history under the tutelage of this new original... more>> MC to make the most influential sect on the whole world collecting the main characters of other xianxia and improving them while having to deal with al the problems that are tailing those main characters on their original history.- <<less
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UnknownSaint171 rated it
March 4, 2017
Status: c107
I can't help but grin every chapter. The ideas are brilliant. Its like "Transfer Student Storm Bringer". Unfortunately the writing really lacks though.. It gives a headache just trying to understand. I wish the MC had more OP tricks and bigger misunderstandings. We don't even see enough big reactions from Characters but just easily accepted. I fear that they'll all find out the MC been lying to them.. The way things are going maybe. I hope it ends with no one finding out like "Transfer Student Storm Bringer". And end... more>> with him having the image of a "Legendary Monster OP".

(From what I heard the Characters believed MC was a clone thus weaker then the original. That would explains a lot and its such a perfect lie. How MC takes out a lot of drugs and OP skills and how MC is called weak or fake. Could just say the other clones got em.


I wish there was more... Sigh. Its not being used to its full potential.

Even when his enemies find out MC a clown or a fake, MC wins but there's really no OP turn around. Its a headache because there's not much from the Characters. They are not fleshed out well. It pisses me off how these arrogant villains like Long Ye and Void Palace or pretty much all females are arrogant and are not put in their proper place by MC. {From what I heard MC actually does become super OP Skills but is no longer a honey tongue and conniving guy. Its sucks that the script changes since its because of him being a con man and trickster that I fell in love with this novel. But its not a bad change I guess}


I'm only giving it 4 stars because I admire the premise. We need more Novels like this (but written better). I only wish it had Romance. His disciples get the pretty girls when MC doesn't.. <<less
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drollawake rated it
January 20, 2017
Status: c215
At some point of time, the novel is no longer about Lin Feng being weak and relying on his wits, superior knowledge, magic items, and sheer luck to survive stronger opponents. I suggest you stop reading if you don't like the change in tone because you'll be in for more than a thousand chapters of that. I think I would continue to enjoy it if it were translated--as opposed to reading the raws--so I am still giving this five stars. Otherwise, it would be four stars as of chapter 215.
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Diogenes rated it
November 29, 2016
Status: c105
This is a very enjoyable novel which plays on tropes pretty well. Its written in the perspective of a person who finds himself tasked with many quests leading up to him creating the number 1 sect in history. Its comical and witty, you should read it.

Unfortunately the pace of translation is quite slow (just look at the dates). This does not complement the pacing of the novel. Ill recommend catching up to the current chapter and stockpiling.
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crazykat rated it
November 25, 2016
Status: c88
It is one of the most unique novels on this site. It tells the story of how one person can actually use their head and with a little added bits of talking to take down people who are much stronger then themselves. The story is really fun to read with lots of funny moments. There are a few ups and downs but overall its great novel.

There were a few grammar mistakes here and there, which made it kind of hard to concentrate on the story. I have taken a... more>> break starting c88 and I will come back to it once the chapters builds up. Hopefully by then there would be some proof readers.

Overall my rating for this novel:

Novel : 10/10
Translator: 7/10
Grammar: 6/10 <<less
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Kalione rated it
July 9, 2016
Status: --
The best novel i've read in a while! Basically this is a parody of your common xianxia plot elements, MC is not particulary strong but uses his brains to get out from most of his situations.
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skankhunt42 rated it
October 3, 2017
Status: Completed
Story: A wonderful take on xiaxia/xuanhuan genre. Game elements is kept to a minimum and you have to give credits to the author for his consistency which is rarely found in Chinese novels. There are no bittersweet moments in the story, basically MC gets done whatever he wants to do, albeit not in an over the top fashion.

Characters: MC is levelheaded, clever and like-able and most importantly doesn't get offended easily. There are many conceited characters but no "you offend me, I will kill you" type ones. The author tries... more>> to do justice to the original characters who are the inspiration for the disciples.

World Building: Game elements becomes less important as the story progresses. The cultivation level system is kept consistent. Alchemy and artifact refining skills are not elaborated.


An interesting read if you already acquainted with the genre. The MC is like-able, characters are great and world building is awesome. <<less
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alexfilia rated it
August 12, 2017
Status: c107
The MC has a mission from his system to build a sect so he picks up other novel mc's and he becomes their master... its funny cause he is in the same level as them but they cant see it

the novel has a lot of funny moments especially when the MC pretends to be cool and strong in order to show off to his students :D
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BillionJellyfish rated it
November 5, 2017
Status: c313
  1. MC is from another world with a game system to fulfill certain quests so as not to die. The MC is extremely hilarious at times while being clever and adapts to situations in a humorous way. Rarely any "comedy" genres can actually make me laugh out loud, but this MC/author did a great job!
  2. The plot is very funny with MC trying to recruit disciples, so the storyline smoothly moves along. There are times when the story gets serious, but overall, it is a light novel.
  3. The interactions between the MC and the side characters is gold! If nothing else, read for the feels! This is the first novel I read outside of the "romance" genres cause I got sick of all those transmigration clichés and this novel is a gem!
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Anonymousse rated it
September 13, 2017
Status: c80
"History number one troller" is a better title for this fanfic. Yes! This novels is categorized by me as fanfic. Because the author just using four different MC from other authors novels to make his story goes. Luckily those four MC are either from utter trash under average novel (*cough* btth), or lack readers unpopular novel (*cough* xian ni) otherwise all their fans will gonna go looking for this author n spit him to dead...

Summary: LF (the MC) is a scammer who rob other mc's op item and scam... more>> those foolish young naive little MC to become his slaves disciples (gonna pitied those four little MC whose gonna be drag down by their mediocre teacher's speed of cultivation just like four bunnies walk in line up behind a turtle)

The gaming theme itself (mission, lottery, reward, etc) made this novel genre vague, neither xianxia or xuanhuan are fit to describe it.

Overall, just view this as an average fanfic to waste some time.

Action: mostly troll

Storyline: absolutely fanfic, takes all kidnapped disciples background, mixed it a bit and goes from that.

Romance: none so far

Character growth: read the original novel for the four disciples, slow progress growth for LF (the mc).

Future reading potential: a bit, not expecting much. <<less
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housyspecial rated it
July 23, 2017
Status: Completed

This novel has everything I like. Funny main character (mc), funny side characters, good cultivation technique, great battle scenes, good interactions between MC and side characters, great plot line development, unique treasures, but little romance. I got to say, at first I was taken back by how the author incorporated other stories into it, but as I kept reading, I found the similarities are only at the beginning. As the story progresses, the author puts his own nice twist into it.

I literally fell in love with how the author develops his characters and the way he writes about the interactions between the MC and his disciples. So funny and heartwarming! The mc's cultivation idea is profound and unique, same goes for his disciples. I really liked reading how the sect progresses further into being the top sect of the world, it leaves you feeling pretty satisfied. Overall, this novel is about the MC advancing to be the top cultivator of the world by either fighting other cultivators/sects or gaining enlightenment, while having fun teaching his disciples and developing his sect.

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