History’s Strongest Senior Brother


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The first time Yan Zhaoge crossed worlds, he landed in a martial warrior civilization that was at the peak of prosperity. He ended up in the book storage building of the the Divine Palace, which collected and preserved the classics of the entire world from all fields of knowledge. However, a world class calamity struck soon after and even the Divine Palace was destroyed.

Yan Zhaoge’s soul once again crossed over, but this time he arrived in the same world, except countless years have passed.

With his brain full of rare books and classics from the era of peak prosperity, Yan Zhaoge’s second crossing over to the present era was like a gamer who was used to playing hell mode suddenly finding himself playing the game on easy.

That was just way too awesome.

But before that, he needs to fix a certain problem.

“I’m not a main character? In fact, I’m actually the main character’s love rival and the antagonistic Mr. Perfect senior martial brother? This script is wrong!”

Associated Names
One entry per line
History's Strongest Martial Brother
Shi Shang Zui Qiang Shi Xiong
Sử Thượng Tối Cường Sư Huynh
Related Series
History’s Number 1 Founder (Same Franchise)
History’s Number 1 Founder (10)
Library of Heaven’s Path (8)
My Disciple Died Yet Again (5)
Return of The 8th Class Mage (2)
I Shall Seal the Heavens (2)
The Trembling World (2)
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Ginko rated it
November 21, 2017
Status: c150
I'm ashamed I even read till c150.

Because of the picture & title it's rated so high.

1. Starts off well, then quickly turns into very bad generic xianxia - (pulling out co*ks over nonsensical matters)
2. The fights are lame, using horrid over exemplifications to describe. You eventually have no real gauge.
3. The MC constantly finds an opponent just one step above his own every other chapter.... really?
4. The authors rambles on-and-on-and-on about the politics of this world. - Like we care, Move the plot!!

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If you read my review, you have been warned that this novel is a waste of time.

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Jinntonic rated it
October 7, 2017
Status: c213
Irregardless of this novels plot armor and characters and what not, since different people have different taste. The most glaring problem with this novel is how messy and convoluted the story is.

Even before I read c100, i've already long forgotten any of the characters other than the MC Yan Zhaoge. The number of unnecessary characters and events are too much to count and happens in quick succession. The pacing of the novel can be considered quick and some may like that, however there were no memorable scenes or characters. The... more>> Author throws various characters and conflicts together as if he were making an ABC soup. The writing style further makes it hard to keep track and understand what is going on properly.

I've read novels like ATG, emperor's dominion to ISSTH. Despite all these novels short comings may have, none beats the mess and unnecessary complicated story telling this novel offers. This is novel isn't slow or boring, just way too messy. <<less
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crochetcocoking rated it
June 13, 2017
Status: c208
HSSB is funny because it makes fun of the usual xianxias and even the MC does so, however apart from that the storyline is basically the same as in the others xianxias (same development => how characters treat (and underestimate) the MC, how MC lvl-up,...). There is a lot of filler (1/2/3 paragraphs of nothing) but while it may be annoying, it still has some use as these fillers allow you to remember the characters involved (almost every side-characters are introduced each time they are talking/do something).

My review may seem... more>> negative but I still rated HSSB 4 because it was overhaul that funny :) <<less
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Daoist LastWish rated it
May 25, 2017
Status: c240
The main 'stunt'/fad of this story is that MC is being forced into the role of 'Senior Brother', and is forced to deal with the MC's of a typical Xianxia novel. In Reality, there is not much difference between Yan Zhaoge and MCs of Low Quality Xianxia Novels (like Emperor's Domination/ATG/BTTH). Yan Zhaoge wins all the time. He is above everyone else, be it cultivation, historical knowledge, knowledge of formations, alchemy, plotting etc. Which means he is actually a standard MC.

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The Good:

Writing is good, at least initially.

Opponents of MC are not retarded. They know when to attack and when to run.

Initially MC is not crazy overpowered & doesn't go on murderous rampages, killing everyone in sight.

The Bad:

Writing becomes repetitive, half of the time it is Yan Zhaoge giving sermons and explaining things.

Yan Zhaoge NEVER suffers a setback. He ALWAYS wins at ALL TIMES in ALL CIRCUMSTANCES. He knows everything, all plots, all formations, all alchemy, all history. This makes it boring, and very similar to a standard Xianxia novel. But then, if I wanted to read crap like Battle Against The Heavens or Emperor's Domination, why would I come here?



If you are reading crap like BTTH/ATG/Renegade Immortal/Emperor's Domination etc, you can switch to History's Strongest Senior Brother, at least it is better written.

If you want to read only the BEST Novels, then Read: Deathsutra, ISSTH, A Will Eternal, Ze Tian Ji, Pivot of the Sky. <<less
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Aina Seira
Aina Seira
September 25, 2016
Status: --
OMG!!!! I love the author! He really knows what are hated and copy-pasted in cultivation type of novels and he pointed those out. I like the MC's temperament and wits. For me, he is the real genius of the cultivation world. I hope there will be more releases.
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September 1, 2016
Status: c11
History's Number 1 Founder is refreshing since it has a trickster trying to fulfill a support role and allow his 'protagonist' disciples fulfill their template story. It shows how much work it would be to manipulate things so they end up so conveniently- basically, it shows how hard a job it is to be someone else's plot armor and deus ex machina.

History's Strongest Senior Brother takes a different approach. The protagonist is in a set of circumstances that completely fulfills the 'arrogant young master' archetype... and he realizes that... more>> he is being set up to be a midboss that gets killed on the protagonist's sect destroying story arc. Recognizing his position... the protagonist is trying everything in his power to avoid fulfilling his role in the story. So he uses his cheat like store of knowledge and understanding of archetypes in order to gain actual power (instead of faking it like in founder) and to try to talk his way out of getting into fights with the 'hero'.

While #1 Founder is about weaseling your way into fulfilling a destiny that you are in no way qualified for, Strongest Senior Brother is about weaseling your way out of a destiny that everyone is trying to set you up for. Both wonderfully play with the tropes of this genre, either trying to find ways to activate them or avoid them. If you have grown sick of other works in the genre, I highly recommend these two series. I cannot guarantee that they do not eventually 'become the the exact thing you are making fun of', but I can guarantee that they at least give you a good laugh as they enter into their premises. <<less
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IMakeCopperMirrors rated it
September 3, 2019
Status: c500
Rating: 5.5/10

Never have I read a story that fell so much in quality by betraying its own ideals it swore to protect. It became the monster it despised. I think its biggest mistake was making the MC too overpowered with the stolen cheats. The MC from that point on only had one direction to go in, which was the road of the typical xianxia smug young invincible master protagonist. The plot becoming convoluted and the enemies becoming irrelevant was only the effect of the crave for more challenges for... more>> the invincible MC. This positive feedback loop made everything a mess for a novel that wasn't meant as an instant-gratification one.

P.S. Morale of the story: don't make the MC invincible (unless you are a genius of an author and can create works like One punch man and Mob 100) <<less
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seawaterwitch rated it
December 24, 2018
Status: c275
It's all about cultivation story.

I love the male lead. I am enjoy reading about him. He has character also funny.

So many OP characters. I don't mind.
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Hazmat rated it
April 19, 2018
Status: c252
The first chapters are actually pretty good. The premise of having to watch out for the "protagonist" is pretty cool, and the MC is fairly entertaining in how he deals with not becoming a bad guy in his own story. However, as the story goes on, it begins to drag and become boring. It's initial premise is kind of just there, and it becomes a generic xianxia.
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Reputation rated it
April 11, 2018
Status: c800
Lots of people grow on this novel after the first arcs, but I found it lost its originality and charm after the MC moves on to the upper realms. Basically, the whole ‘senior brother’ premise gets thrown out the window. The plot evolves into a more straightforward cultivation novel. The novel should be titled History’s Strongest Dude at that point.

On the other hand, the cast is genuinely likable, which is this novel’s saving grace. The MC has both brains and brawn, and the supporting characters are well-written, too. Overall, it’s... more>> still an enjoyable read, but a little tedious at times. <<less
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Qwerty10856 rated it
March 4, 2018
Status: c779
All you guys need to realise that it's a stupid argument to compare this novel wit other xianxia novels. It's a matter of taste. Thanks MC is not retarded like the rest of the MCs in all CN novels. Every action he takes is very logical.

He never actually complains that he has no luck infact all those treasures he has acquired have not fallen from the sky. He actually researches about it first. He doesn't recklessly charge at the problem but first gathers information which is quite logical.

Even if it... more>> appears to stray a bit after the first arc, it mocks every dumbfu*k of a protagonist in other CN novel at every turn.

It isn't nauseating to read like dumbsh*t works like Dragon Marked Wargod where every Fu*king high ranked saint or whatever the sh*t they are behave like hoodlums and deliquents caught off the street. In this we can see that the antagonist too have a story behind them and aren't just cannon fodder for the MC to kill. E.g. When madame Kang sacrifices her life to save her son's and how her husband goes in a mad rage to kill the MC.

Overall it's far better than those harem seeking, hypocrite, mass-murderin as*ho*es they sell you in other novels. <<less
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Timid rated it
January 12, 2018
Status: c650
Starts off really good, as the MC (who has an OP cheat) has to deal with others like him that resemble various CN protagonists. Then it goes off the rails for a while once it gets past the initial good bits. Becomes a bit too political and dry at the expense of story.

After that arc it does start to pick up into a really interesting cultivation novel. The type with a smart main character. Even if it has lost some of the originality of the beginning.

Supporting characters are a bit... more>> 2D, but it's still a good read. <<less
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FortySeven rated it
January 4, 2018
Status: c555
This book has become one of my favorites and as a long time reader, pushing through probably a half dozen of the most popular novels and currently following a dozen more I feel like I can add some credibility to my words. This is my first review and I'm only posting it because I wanted to thank the author for this story.

I'm not good at critiquing writing but I will say five things:

    1. The whole "main character" plot is really only maybe in the first 30-50 chapters, the book still references this scenario later on BUT IT IS NOT A MAIN PLOT DRIVER. So don't get upset if you start reading and after a few dozen chapters realize the book strays.
    1. One of my favorite things is the lack... more>> of plot holes. The author to my pleasant surprise keeps pretty good track of events and items gained throughout the book and closes them neatly or reminds the reader about them lest you don't forget. I can't say that it's perfect and there are zero plot holes but it's indeed better than the majority of novels in this category. This is one of the things that frustrates me a lot with these novels. Often it is even worse, with the author forgetting things happening earlier on and writing impossible scenarios conflicting with the earlier plot.
    1. The fights and story arcs aren't cookie cuter. It's very hard to write novels this size and not repeat, but the author clearly tries to make each situation unique. He kills off semi-main characters after having you grow attached to them, he has the maiden being rescued turn out to be a villain, he tries to add twists and turns to keep you guessing. The only thing you can always count on is the invincibility of the main character; you can be sure that he will always survive and walk away from any scenario gaining power or treasure, often both
    2. The author strives to many characters a unique personality. I really enjoy also how the female characters are written. They are unique personalities that evolve over time yet remain true to their character. They aren't simply written about for a few chapters until they become another faceless harem member.
    3. The author plans ahead and there is a lot of foreshadowing (relative to this category). Many novels feel like the author plans only a few chapters in advance.
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leva rated it
November 6, 2017
Status: c576
This novel started out very promising (and boy do I still remember that, 570 chapters down the road) because of the inverted trope and the multiple villain protagonists. The worldbuilding is magnificent and the main character, since he was indeed still low in the power scale, out-schemed stronger cultivators and sects. It kinda went downhill from there after the first arc is over, though to be fair author-san did warn us (through MC's insistence about being low-key and lying low before being able to stand for himself) that someday he's... more>> gonna be the ultimate faceslapping godly martial saint. One thing I got to give though, he does that with style. I mean it. You know it's faceslapping but it's... so tastefully done it's all feel good, look good, who are you people??? <<less
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Draakon rated it
August 24, 2017
Status: 500+
Drop novel when it comes to Yan Zhaoge acquiring Dragon Palace, this going to be long, boring and repetitive from that moment. But until this...

This is great story, largely based on start it's based largely on deconstruction of common wuxia plots since MC is genre savvy, but then turned into "intelligent and loyal to his clan MC owning asses of characters, based on MC of other novels by use of either his skill, knowledge, cunning or mix of above mentioned traits and time and time again showing middle finder to... more>> vicious plots of other guys, saving world couple of times in process.

I shall mention that while it is largely based on common plots, characters (at least ones who's names readers bother to remember) is not shallow (with exception of if they are especially shallow because they are just stupid) and not all plot really rotated around Yan Zhaoge (or his awesome father). He also nether trying to "dominate for lulz" and not above helping comrades, allies or vassals without seeking of gains.

While I do not read many chinese novels, only a couple of dozens, this one so far is my favourite. <<less
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shuiko rated it
August 18, 2017
Status: c443
Wish for more stories like this, where the MC actually stands out and people accept it. Getting tired of the the stereo-typical MC getting betrayed or looked down by family/clan, only to come back super awesome, but then repeats the same plot, but with a school/sect, or town/city, and on and on and on so forth.

Like lets be honest. The writing is engaging, the characters interesting, the world setting is fun. Also Panda companion! CMON! So good.
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Drake888 rated it
July 24, 2017
Status: c218
A run of the mill xianxia with good enough writing to keep the fights interesting. If you are looking for depth or a new style of xianxia, look elsewhere.

A lot of other reviewers seem to criticize the author's switch from mocking tropes to following tropes. I honestly don't remember getting that vibe in the first place. The MC definitely makes frequent reference to tropes like reincarnators, ridiculous luck, and plot armor but the author doesn't really play it up for laughs. The MC definitely has a sarcastic tone when he... more>> mentions these things, but that's usually because he is either doing it better or annoyed by the effect on his plans. Frankly, I just read the story as a typical xianxia but with the MC being a more believable archetype. I like reading all the underdog xianxia stories, they're fun, but it's nice to finally read a story where the sect is actually giving proper support to their OP student from the start. That's what I read this novel as. It's a "What if the super-talented rich guy actually made proper use of his gifts?" kind of story. The petty sect politics aren't threatening to destroy the sect, the MC's father properly supports him, and the various rivals aren't able to constantly send cannon fodder to bully him for stupid reasons. Just a typical xianxia with the MC playing a different role. If you want a comedic xianxia that pokes fun at the tropes, read "Elder Brother has a Pit in his Brain". The light novel only has 6 chapters translated but the manhua is very far along. Otherwise, just enjoy HSSB for what it is. <<less
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ZhaWarudo rated it
May 16, 2017
Status: c56
Okay but lackluster. I quickly read some review saying it's hilarious and got the gist of it, I can tell you for sure this story doesn't have humour despite being a xianxia parody, I didn't even grin. The good thing is another point of view and some actual thinking from all the characters, like why did the elder help "cheat MC" (not JP cheat, just plot armor magical object) vs arrogant young master... though it is a bit changed as everyone schemes, even the good guys. The bad side of... more>> this parody is that though fights and cultivation system are... well lame. Techniques and fights are boring, not epic and awesome like in some good xianxia. It doesn't deserve 2 stars but I'm dropping it after rating a 3. <<less
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knightandstars rated it
May 12, 2017
Status: c115
Not dissatisfied because it's not a parody anymore after chapter 100, I'm just not enjoying it

All the fights are almost all the same

While the MC is smart in a sense he's basically the same as all other generic MCs.

Plot is meh, no downtime just all go go go. Boring is the final judgement
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toumatoes rated it
May 9, 2017
Status: c247
Many people are dissatisfied with HSSB because as the plot moves on, the summary doesn't quite reflect the content of the story anymore. If you came here hoping for the MC to constantly ridicule mainstream tropes, you probably won't survive after 100 chapters. There's a bunch of it in the beginning but it grows more subtle as the story goes on. Personally, HSSB is funny with an interesting cast that I actually really like (Feng Yunsheng and Ah Hu for example). One thing I always look forward to is how... more>> the MC shocks the world over and over again with his achievements.


Where did your "low-key, low-key" life go to, international celebrity sir?


Yan Zhaoge is hilarious, witty with a dash of ruthlessness and arrogance (all these can be seen from the golden chapters 174-175). He is OP and ridiculously so. He breaks through cultivation levels as if he's just leveling a lvl 1 pokemon to lvl 5, has backup plans for everything he does and collects his enemies' artifacts like they are pebbles by the roadside after thoroughly one-upping them so badly they can't find their faces anymore. Yan Zhaoge has both brawns and brains but he can be stuck in awkward situations when he runs his mouth, a meticulous planner and enjoys showing off. He does have a goal, besides maintaining his Mr. Perfect status, which is to discover about how the calamity came about which seems to be a pretty interesting part of the plot too.

Though really, it's all about taste. HSSB does get detailed in certain points (if you are not into that) and some arcs may feel a bit dragged out (and also, as usual, names and stuff gets a bit confusing). It would seem as if the MC does everything effortlessly because of the advantages he has which would seem hypocritical because he got reincarnated twice, is rich, is strong plus he's got a powerful father and subordinate (their interactions are really good) and if this is not your cup of tea, rather try something else rather than let the MC grate on your nerves. There's not much romance yet but there are hints of it. I appreciate that the author is willing to develop the relationship, no matter how slowly, before the characters devote themselves to each other. Plus, they have good chemistry.

Overall, I would rate it 4.5/5. HSSB is a very enjoyable read despite its flaws. <<less
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