How to Survive As a Villain


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Xiao YuAn transmigrated into a novel as the homosexual young Emperor imprisoning the Male Lead of a Stallion Novel.

This is indeed miserable, and sad.

Because of this, Xiao YuAn began to work hard to survive.


“To those cannon fodders, even if you want to treat the Male Lead bad, can you stop sending him to my bed?” Xiao YuAn thinks that there’s nothing wrong in pampering the Male Lead, but that’s just because he wants to bathe in the Protagonist halo!

Xiao YuAn: “Don’t abuse the Male Lead ever again!!! You guys aren’t afraid of death, but I want to live!!!”

A story that starts out with the Shou taking care of the Gong, and then, the Gong takes care of the Shou.

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New fiffia rated it
May 6, 2021
Status: c185
Soo... it starts off quite easy and humorous. At first, MC's and ML's relationship is progressing quite steadily, and next there comes the most angsty part. Later there's gonna be a lot of misunderstandings, but not really the painful ones- I'd say that rather funny. Overall there is some dog blood here and there, but I didn't feel that it was irritating, and rather (besides the actually angsty parts) quite entertaining. As for the actual angst- I was sobbing so hard fr. The CP's relationship is very nice and they're... more>> really doting on each other. The transmigrated MC introducing the modern love 'rituals' to the ML was also really cute. Oh yeah, also, the MC acts really s*upid sometimes but it's still bearable so no worries. Didn't finish the novel yet but that's my opinion so far :) <<less
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New sikami rated it
May 5, 2021
Status: c190
Rating: 4.8

Almost perfect! This novel has got to be one of my favorites and is actually one of the reasons why I started to explore BL novels in the first place. It has a special place in my heart, especially since our MC Yan HeQing is – although somewhat a typical overbearing and OP character – just so different to me. Perhaps I feel this way because I was partially influenced by the manhua (the visuals are incredible and definitely helped me better enjoy the story!). Although our MC is... more>> somewhat dense first, he is straightforward about his feelings once he realizes them! Honestly, I have cried on so many occasions due to this novel. The wait for new chapters also kills me every single time. I just can't seem to get enough! Thank you to our translators for doing this.

Would I recommend it? Yes! It doesn't hurt to give it a try. However, if you're expecting some fast progress in romance, this slow-burn might kill you as it did me so proceed with caution! It is totally worth it though. Would also recommend trying the manhua <3 <<less
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ri_n rated it
September 1, 2019
Status: c186
Okay, first of all, the first couple of chapters are quite deceitful as this novel is abusive as f**k to the heart. If you came here looking for a fluffy romance story, then I suggest you drop this one and go look for another novel.

This is HE but if I had to describe it, it's like an extreme upscale version of Romeo and Juliet. Wherein Romeo and Juliet, it's two very influential families feuding; here, it's two countries waging war against each other. Blood, death, destruction, abuse are the things... more>> you'll encounter here. So if you think you won't be able to handle reading about the characters' sufferings and death, then nope, move away from this.

Moving on to other aspects, the plot is actually quite fast paced. It picks up around past 70 chapters. Each chapter is really short, maybe around more or less 1000 characters so it's a fast read too.

The MC and the ML, I really wish for them to not be in this novel being abused mentally, emotionally, and physically by the author. Especially the MC, such a fragile-hearted cinnabun that needs to be protected. There were misunderstandings between them at first due to their lack of proper communication but they ended up together through countless trials and sacrifices.

Honestly, this is a story I'd read once and recommend but not read a second time, not because it's not good but just because it hurts. That is all, this work is quite MTL friendly so give it a go if you're impatient to read this story like me. <<less
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monochromatics rated it
April 30, 2020
Status: Completed
I finished reading this novel a few months ago, but I still oftentimes think about it. For the longest time, I couldn't decide how I should write this review because I wanted to do it enough justice. Now I'm just going to do it anyway, and hope I can add to the reviews here to help encourage anyone who is on the fence about reading this.

I loved the journey that I took together with the MC and ML until they reached their final stage of happiness, with all of my... more>> heart. But alongside that, what I also enjoyed a lot was the character development of the MC.

Xiao Yu'an may at first seem like an easygoing fellow from his very entertaining internal ramblings that come along with an abundant usage of exclamation marks, and his fondness for referring to modern-day songs and things (I screamed every time I recognized one). But we don't know how depressing his background actually is. It gets glossed over quickly, presented briefly after his adult life's attempts to be the perfect Overbearing CEO, then the plot picks up quickly after his transmigration. Only as the story progresses, do we start to slowly see more and more of his attitude towards life. (T/W: There's suicide, and not just the MC.)

Taken from my live reading thread verbatim: this novel really made me think about a lot things. Like what happens when the transmigrator doesn't have the ability to take on the role of the person they've become. When things fall out of your control and you can't live up to being the person you're supposed to be, what do you do. Can you live that person's life without the consequences that comes with just being that person. If you can't, is it moral for you to throw away the responsibility.


Without being too spoilery, Xiao Yu'an comes to realize relatively early on that living in the body of an emperor holds a lot more responsibility than just making sure the protagonist is alive and happy so he won't come back for bloody revenge later on. And this propels the rest of his decisions, the butterfly effect that leads to the rest of the happenings in this novel. Hilariously enough (yet bittersweet), he sticks to the only thing that he's sure of - the original plot - all the way until Yan Heqing confesses to him.

And that's only the middle of the knives buried within this novel.


However! Despite how much this novel might make you cry (I sure did), there are a lot of bittersweet/sweet moments sprinkled throughout. Honestly, I think the pacing of this novel is done wonderfully. There wasn't a single moment where I felt the plot was getting draggy; everything that happened in the novel felt accounted for, even if it separated our beloved CP. Perhaps it's also because I'm already quite familiar with plots that revolve around political machinations and warring kingdoms.

By the end, my heart was already bleeding out for Xiao Yu'an and Yan Heqing. I only felt as if I could breathe again when they could finally be together happily. That is, until the extras made me cry again because Yi Yi Yi Yi - or affectionately, 11 - gave us a look into the alternate planes of existence (thanks for the extra knives, 11! Q_Q) before returning back to our loving CP for the final touch.

Also, there were many times when the imagery took my breath away. I have so many favorite moments and favorite lines (many are Yan Heqing's actually, so please believe that I care about him a lot too despite his lack of presence in this review haha!). This novel made me feel as if I was slowly unwrapping a gift.

Please do give this novel a try! You will cry and laugh together with it.


P.S. If you're looking for "cars", you'll find them on 11's wb /cough

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Celissiye rated it
September 3, 2019
Status: Completed
Decent story. The very first chapters almost make it seem like a silly plot line, where the MC has a golden finger, but one soon learns this is far from the case. I would have to agree to the review that compares it to Romeo and Juliet, although usually not as annoying.

The best portion of the novel was the middle 150 or so chapters for me, ... more>>

when the MC essentially fought to save the north kingdom, ultimately to fail, then piddling along until his death. The last novel arc was not as dramatic or intricate.


The MC is fairly likable, although too dense at times. Still, he tended to be better at thinking of solutions and having a proactive attitude compared to other 'shou' who cry and are perpetually weak. He had a banter and silly, upbeat personality, but had many deep rooted issues mentally. MC never came off as too s*upid for me to stomach, but also was never a genius. A major shortcoming is that I think his vaguely suicidal/not caring about his own well being could have been explored (in writing) or discussed with (ML) more, rather than used for dramatic effect.

For example, you know his father only used him as a heir and brother never ending up loving him, but you never learn more about these situations than that. The tragic ending he had with his brother in his previous life could have tied into the tragedy he that unfolds with Xie (a general/soldier that went mad after North Kingdom fell) Honestly, after everything that happened to him, MC should have had more PTSD near the end of the story, but instead it dissolved to one more tragic injury and fluff between MC and ML.


Speaking of drama, there was way too much exaggeration in the plot. ML or MC is injured every other chapter, I swear. Yes, angst is nice, but it was excessive. The plot also varied this way, from the well placed, emotional death of side characters or the not as well written dramatic falling off cliffs again and again or kidnapping scenes. Along with this was the aggravating miscommunication that lasted past the downfall of the north kingdom, albeit this misunderstanding was eventually resolved in one frank conversation being ML and MC, which was quite enjoyable.

As for the ML, while not as interesting as the MC, he was a gentle, persistent, loyal, and cold sort, and does have a few good traits compared to many of the other BL novel MLs. For one, not 'rapey', second a little more emotional, smiling here or there at MC's nonsense, cute actions like insecurity which leads him to check on the MC frequently. Sadly, the conversations between the MC and ML were good at times, but rarely reached the philosophical depth you'd think they'd have after being a pining pair of love birds for so long.

There were also side characters that I quite liked, MC's sister Pingyang, villagers, a few army men from the North, but with the quick pace of the story, these characters were often left behind after their small arcs were resolved, or died tragically. You see Pingyang for about half the novel, then she and the others are gone until the end. More of them could have occupied small roles throughout the novel, thus leaving a greater impact.

All in all, it kept me entertained and there was a bit of good thought (for example how it feels to be on the losing side of a kingdom), but enough of it was cliche/underdeveloped that I can't go as far as 5 stars.

*Still, I will be keeping up with the eng. Translation, as some parts hit me right in the feels, as well as a comparison with the manhua (which I have heard will be a lot different from the novel. Great, maybe they can tone down the silly angst and tragedy!) <<less
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ishrocks18 rated it
August 13, 2020
Status: --
This is a piece of art.

Omg I cried so much reading this novel. At first I taught it would be a romantic comedy. Who would have taught that it would have angst. Ahh my heart hurts till now.


Why angst?


The MC dies and get reincraned but his death really wound me.I wish that he would not have died and the romance could be between the MC and ML as enemy kings. Also one of the side character love story is too tragic.

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veijun rated it
October 29, 2020
Status: c22
I can’t go on with this! Although the plot is really interesting, but the MC is acting like a lunatic. He clearly know he’s in ancient times but doesn’t even try to act like ancient people. He’s reincarnated into an emperor but acts like a lunatic and not like an authoritative figure at all. He says things that don’t make sense and that have no connection with what’s happening at that time. And even though it’s like this the people around him just accept that from one day to the... more>> other the emperor is suddenly humble, doesn’t indulge in carnal desire, says weird things and so on. I can’t go on with reading this since it’s lacking sense and logic. I can follow the MC thoughts and it’s just irritating. I’m baffled it put up with it for 22 chapters... I don’t recommend it at all. <<less
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dtfyg rated it
August 30, 2020
Status: c55
I haven't been this frustrated with a main character for a long time.

Even with the low standards brought to us by the yaoi tag, most MCs are just predictable, cliche or boring. This novel brings to us all 3 traits and more.

So the novel starts out with the "prologue" section split into 3 chapters, already a sign of whats to come. At that point, the MC is being portrayed as this relatable/nerdy web novel reading character who believes all the stereotypical romance genre troupes are s*upid and nonsensical.

The main premise... more>> of this novel is that the MC made this negative review about how this web novel he was reading with a beautiful beginning, got ruined by the author killing of random important characters and giving the protagonist a harem. MC is then transmigrated into the novel plot as a villain. Ok. Typical bad yaoi plot point, nothing new.

With this type of prologue, you'd expect that the MC would want to fix all this villain's wrongs and help the "protagonist (ML) " focus on one woman right? Nope. Instead the MC spends all his brain cells trying to give the protagonist (ML) a harem.


With the first harem target, his sister, you can still sorta understand his motivations behind trying to get the ML and her together. He's the one who caused the change in fate that led to the 2 not meeting. Thus despite his sister clearly not wanting to meet the ML, he tried to match them together. I can accept that. However, at the 2nd harem target, he noticed on multiple occasions that she rather than liking the ML, liked his sister.


At this point, the MC is just yet another yaoi Mary Sue character. "Charismatic, " "funny, " "lively, " and "pure" as he misinterprets every single action made by the ML and harem members.

To make matters worse, halfway through the novel, the author suddenly just decided that the MC needed a tragic backstory and made up some reasons for MC's problems. So halfway through the novel, I guess the author finally figured out that the MC is not relatable as an "fellow web novel reader, " and just completely scrapped the idea. Now we're going for the poor, pitiful abused child that is just such a heartthrob cause... he got treated badly as a kid and now he's so pure and happy. Wow!

In the end, I know that this is all just yaoi filler material to make the "getting together scene" have a bigger payoff, but this is also the type of garbage that I can't stand at all.

Tbh this isn't even that bad among yaois, if I were rating this specifically based on yaois it'd be like a 3*. For some reason yaoi writers can't seem to write any side characters other than "super loyal to the MC and just happens to also have a same s*x relationship." <<less
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mysticalgurl rated it
July 23, 2020
Status: c70
TLDR: Loved the novel. Don't waste your time with reviews and go read it!

This transmigration to a novel trope may have been used to death but somehow I find a new story that can keep the overused trope fresh. The MC in this novel is just so lovable. I've always loved characters who can stay true to themselves no matter what life throws at them. It might be my first time seeing a character who needed so! Much! Exclamations!! Haha With the way he died the first time I didn't... more>> expect him to have such a happy go lucky personality. With the way he is and the way the first part of the novel was progressing, I thought this would be a comedy and a lighthearted read. But then the looming reason for ML's existence wasn't ignored. The little innocent changes to the novel caused by the MC wasn't ignored. The original plot had to be addressed, ML's lust for revenge wasn't just glossed over and forgotten due to MC's kindness. And so, knives were thrown tears were shed. After gaining my emotional stability I can say that everything has been so beautifully written I truly wish I could read Chinese. Please do go read it if you are still not decided.

The most important thing in a story for me is to have fleshed out characters. This novel may not give you a detailed back story of each and every characters but I appreciate that characters who do evils things or betray (ML, and others in the original novel), do it due to who they are as a person and their experiences, not because the plot needed an evil character. As such, I haven't hated any characters in this novel (so far @ ch.70). Even characters that plot to kill the ML still has some part of them that I can sympathize as human. Writing in this manner gives a depth and puts it a cut above others regardless of the plot and is very difficult to accomplish. KUDOS to the author. Thank You so much to all the people involved in the translation and giving me a chance to read this story.

PS: I apologize for my unorganized ramblings. <<less
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idlehands rated it
November 18, 2020
Status: c120
The novel has a very strong start, if it had continued like this, it might have gotten 4 or even 5 stars.

I put up with the MC's s*upidity for 120 chapter, but even my patience has its limits.

MC treats everything like he's an outsider, completely focused on following the plot, mainly getting ML together with his harem, even when it's obvious that the story has already deviated too heavily to correct it.

I was so relieved when he finally realised that it's not just a novel but a real, dynamic world,... more>> the "characters" living, breathing people, with their own thoughts and feelings.

This somehow gets thrown down a cliff only a few chapters later, like the author forgot about it, and MC is back to being an absolute moron with nothing better to do than forcing the unwilling "harem members" on the unwilling ML.

Misunderstandings are piling up until they resemble a mountain, all of them could have been prevented with the minimum of common sense and two short sentences.

I'm at chapter 120 and the story is basically back where it started, MC hasn't changed at all, and yet another misunderstanding was added.

The author seems to be unable to remember her own development, just like she's unable to build any meaningful tension not based on childish misunderstandings, it feels like I'm reading a really bad fanfiction, written at 3 am, with the tag "no beta we die like men".

MC is unbelievably dense as well.


Even so far into the story, after they kissed and made out, he seriously thinks that he has fatherly feelings for the ML, and he's stammering like a 12 years old schoolgirl confronted with her first crush, not like an adult man, or any normal person above 14.


It's beyond ridiculous, I think I've never been this annoyed with a novel, it's enraging. <<less
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1darling rated it
June 1, 2020
Status: c40
This novel is interesting unlike other transmigration novels where MC tries to take the role help the ML too much lol.. But this one here is so good, the plot, the characters and everything is so interesting. Especially the MC is just too much for me.

  • So just go for it.. No one will regret.
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GTRabbit rated it
March 31, 2021
Status: c94
4.2 - It's a good novel, but I really wish there was a tragedy tag included. I actively avoid tragic stories so this caught me by surprise. The story started lighthearted and seemed like it would be a fluffy read and then...


Character deaths and misunderstandings galore. I stopped at chapter 94 because my heart was hurting and the misunderstanding between MC and ML was DRAGGING. They made MC WAY too dense about ML's feelings. I skipped ahead and he doesn't find out until chapter 136. 39 chapters later!!!

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Darc_Reiko rated it
September 11, 2020
Status: Completed
This is one of the best danmei Novel and one of my favorite. Other danmei novel usually not focused on the main pair. There will be other side pair too. Sometimes I don't like that because what I want to see is the development on the main pair. And this novel really are my cup of tea. Not only the novel is focused on the main pair, the angst was really good and I love it. All the conflict in this novel are focused on disturbing the relationship of this... more>> main pair so I'm not bored one bit because there are no side stories or other side pairing that gets a whole arc of story. If you are like me, this is a recommended novel for you! <<less
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SwindlerLNoko rated it
June 5, 2020
Status: Completed
That was hilarious... and painful.

Anyway, I'm thankful for the happy ending. If there wasn't, my heart would have been in extreme suffocation. All those ups and downs really tested my will and determination. I never felt I was masochist until I gritted my teeth and finished reading it.

But the satisfaction I got after the ending made all the abuse worth it.
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soie_yoie rated it
August 29, 2019
Status: c56
Thank you translater team including avacado!!!! You guys are fast and awsome!!!! Love you lots!!

I love this novel its so funny. Its a bit unrealistic but still great none the less. The MC is silly. The ML is a plank of wood but a hot smexy plank of wood lol.

All the silly funny misunderstanding are just outrageous and the manhua version of this is beautiful!!

... more>> I highly recommend.

For those who are worried the novel is over 200 chapters. The chapters are very short so dont let the numbers deceive you.

Happy reading

٩ (๑❛ᴗ❛๑) ۶ <<less
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lunaticv rated it
March 4, 2021
Status: c76
Comedy my eff-fricking ass.

Great writing, but just, do NOT get attached to any of the characters. I heard it's a HE, but obviously not for some of the side characters, possibly more, since I just can't go on reading. F-ck.

This needs 'TRAGEDY' tag. Just because the MC and protagonist doesn't die, doesn't mean it's not a tragedy when nearly everyone else does.

I like angst but not character deaths ok, especially for some potential side CP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Fanbinbin rated it
July 2, 2020
Status: c64
Dont drop the book too early coz its getting better and better. I can feel the plot is getting thicker and sh*t about to get down. Prepare for a wild ride ?

edited- this is some scary sh*t im not gonna lie...?its better to wait until it is fully translated or die suffering waiting for the new chapter. The angst and the killing.. doesnt discriminate.
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November 26, 2019
Status: c179
Don't do it unless your the kind of person who likes your angst with sprinkles of humor. My God I finally tapped out, I can't take the pain and tears anymore. I just can't take all of it anymore, at the very least it is a pretty good representation of war and politics but mine God, why does it hurt so much. If you are a total masochist and emotionally strong beyond most zoomers then please ignore my warnings and continue reading. The story is well written and is totally... more>> worth the emotional scarring. I just can't take anymore sadness man and where I am in the story I can feel in my nonexistent balls that something really bad is coming.

The first chapter is a very good representation for the rest of the novel. Trigger warning for the main characters suicide. <<less
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SleepyMintii rated it
December 14, 2020
Status: --
Started out strong! I was really excited to read this one but I couldn't make it very far without feeling annoyed. It's not a bad story so dont let this review deter you from trying it... But I personally found it lousy.

I mean, it's always refreshing to read about a decent (intellectually) MC with a sense of humor. But.... It gets to a point where the entire conflict is just a bunch of misunderstandings. Lots and lots of unnecessary mis- communication. It made the story feel severally lacking.

... more>>

The MC takes the place of the emperor.. The ML is the prince of the country that was destroyed by the MC's host's empire... I understand that it would've been hard to just 'live laugh love ehehe get together' given the circumstances and honestly yes ty for making it a lil realistic author. This was an important part of their relationship that needed to be solved. There was no need for any of the abrupt and unnatural lack of communication between them.

Why are the characters thinking 'oh he hates me now!' Without any proper dialogue leading up to that? They were both dealing with their own thoughts and worries while also wrongly assuming what the other might be going through. It was very vexing to read through lol


If you're going to include angsty misunderstandings.. Make them make sense.

The balance between humor and angst felt like I was reading a story written by two different authors. I love that it includes both and as we all know, the two genres can co-exist but felt super unnatural here. <<less
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June 15, 2020
Status: v1c26
The translation is fine, some mistakes here and there but at least it's readable. The plot had good potential and the setting was also good. However, the MC is a f*cking dumbass. He's supposed to be a former CEO but he literally acts like a 14 year old boy. He isn't smart or mature at all despite the prologue. He's so irritating. Dropped it.
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June 11, 2020
Status: --
The story seems good at the beginning I felt that I was going to like it. But then no even 20 chapters I felt like my heart was hurting. The MC can’t behave like an emperor and his character seems too childish and silly. I feel like I’m going crazy with the MC. I can’t stand his idiot behavior. I really can’t. If you like reading about a MC Does not have common sense then this is for you.
All in all the thought for the story is great I... more>> just can’t stand the MC I feel sorry for the ML. I’m dropping this story. Next <<less
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Great Aunt rated it
February 27, 2021
Status: Completed
I was scrolling through NU and saw this novel again. This novel brought me so much tears and heart-ache. It's so painfully realistic and sad.

My OTP was never MC and ML but rather Chungui and General Yi so you could expect how f*cking devastated I was with this novel. I cried so much and re-read so much hoping the outcome changed for them! If my writing skills were passable I would've gone to ao3 already and made my fanfic.

This novel is HE. Don't worry. The characters are humans who can... more>> make mistakes and aren't omnipotent. Scars may heal but wouldn't necessarily fade. I'm glad that MC and ML are happy now! My Chun Gui and General Yi are definitely living together happily and reincarnated together, ok! <<less
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