How to Survive As a Villain


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Xiao YuAn trasmigrated 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 badly treat the Male Lead, 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 glory of the Protagonist!

Xiao YuAn: “Don’t abuse the Male Lead ever again!!! You guys aren’t afraid of death, but I wanna 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 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.

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New k.airei rated it
August 12, 2020
Status: c79
I've never written a review before, but I feel like I had to. First off, I personally LOVE the MC. Some say he was clueless or dumb, but I never once thought of that. The more you read the novel, you really see the MC's true potential. On the other hand, the ML is just adorable, and I just want to protect him. I have yet to finish this novel, but so far, I LOVE this novel so much. *Except the fact that it will make you cry your eyes... more>> out* <<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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Yorokobiaaii rated it
May 22, 2020
Status: Completed
I love this novel as much as I love the Manhua. 🤭 I can't stop reading it to the point that I read it even tho it's MTL trans (which is very unusual for me cause most of the time I couldn't handle the eng trans) , well, I don't have regrets for doing that but I'm still hoping that I'll be able to read it properly next time, so please guys! Finish it. 😅 We're waiting for your updates. 😁 Thanks! 😘
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choerrybomb rated it
August 5, 2020
Status: c76
This novel is one of my top faves, as it rightfully should be. It has everything you need. Fluff? Yes. Action? Yes. Plot? Yes. Angst? Yes. The beginning might seem dandy and all, but prepare for some heart-wrenching scenes. The translator is also very good and consistently updates. All in all, it's worth a whole 5 stars.
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SilentM rated it
July 19, 2020
Status: c68
It's been a while since MDZS, I have been this invested in a novel. The character development & storyline is very good till now. The writing style is refreshing & it made me laugh suddenly in unexpected moments.
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Q3APo rated it
July 19, 2020
Status: c74
This one is promising. The romance and flag are gradually thicken. You could see the growth of the characters too. The MC from deattachment to accept his role and think for his country future. The ML from cold to realize whats important for him, what will he lost because of his origin and people hope. I hope it wont end in tears.
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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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dday0425 rated it
January 4, 2020
Status: c225
I cried a lot.

The sweet part is so sweet, while the sad part is so sad that I cried my eyes out.

Great experience.
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Sahloknir rated it
July 6, 2020
Status: c60
This story is excellently written and absolutely hilarious. The characters are just so loveable and plenty of pairings to cheer for without detracting from our main couple. If you enjoy funny quips interspersed with some great plot twists, this is the story for you. The MC is hilarious (while being a bit clueless as to how he's becoming very attractive to the ML). In amidst the sweetness is a a gathering storm that highlights how much you have come to love these characters. I'm looking forward to the rest of... more>> this story.

Smollstarks Translations has done a brilliant job, updating at an amazing pace - they have moved over to Foxaholic in an effort to protect their work from theft. It's very upsetting to see the hard work of translators not being respected. I'm really glad this hasn't demoralised Smollstarks and they're going to continue with this lovely story.

Note: If you like plot-heavy, angst-ridden work this probably isn't the one for you. It's not without angst or plot, and the humour both highlights and offsets it, but it's lighter in 'tone'. A very well written and well translated work that keeps you reading. <<less
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mangaotaku rated it
June 20, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel was really nice to read, I loved it! The characters, the plot, the pacing, I liked all these aspects.

For the readers, who are on the fence about reading this/think the characters lack depth or maturity, trust me, they all show character growth and character depth as the story goes. Tbh this novel gives me Founder of Diabolism and Heaven Official's Blessing vibes in terms of character portrayal. MC is seemingly very happy-go-lucky but hides a world of pain behind his nonchalance, and the ML is a tortured dude... more>> destined for greatness, and both of them are ADORABLE together.

As you might have picked up from the comparison to the works of Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, this novel deals with a lot of dark stuff, and in a pretty realistic manner, so if you're looking for a light read that's purely fluff, I don't think this one will fit the profile. I loved the fanwai sm, they offset the heartache from the main novel and it was mostly fluff and sweetness \ (^_^) /. So yeah, give this novel a try when you're in the mood for a funny yet sad (it's HE, dw) novel.

Also, the translator did a pretty good job with the translations, and I especially appreciate their detailed footnotes. Thanks a lot for your hard work, TL san! I finished the rest of the novel by MTLing it and it wasn't bad at all. Apart from a few cultural references and names that got translated literally, the rest of the novel was pretty easy to follow. <<less
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hy-d-ra rated it
June 5, 2020
Status: Completed
The story is nicely built and the conflict is beautifully woven. The further you read, the more you appreciate it.

You follow the MC, who gets transmigrated into a novel, with basic knowledge that he has, he wants to change the fate of his own along with others. But because he's not cruel-hearted, he decides to do it the soft way, like sitting on two boats, which further lays the foundation of upcoming changes. He entertains you with his inner monologue and fanboying the characters, with occasional drama occuring that foreshadows... more>> that not everything will be as good as it is now. And it turns out to be true. Some parts really broke my heart tbh.

Several points I especially liked from the get-go:

  • Transition of MC, his realization. Although while reading it is pretty obvious that he treats everything as a story, that he is not truly a part of it, his reactions are quite comical. But things change with the following events that pull him to realization that he's not the president anymore, he can't treat it as a passer-by;
  • The conflict is beautifully put together, in a way that it fits really well and puts both characters in a difficult position, inevitably and not depending on their own wishes and desires;
  • They actually have a female pair. There's a part which I loved is for one of them to say - I hope she will be free to choose. Which in one phrase embraces many aspects.
The main hint to enjoy this novel - is to not to drop it early and wait for changes that will surprise you. The later parts are quite dramatic and emotional. The only thing that lowers the rate to 4, 5 for me is that sometimes MC's comic relief inner monologues were out of place and ruined some of the mood. But in general it was an interesting read. I MTL'd it, it was understandable, I also appreciate that you can read it quite fast. <<less
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Fujoshi0Maniac rated it
June 4, 2020
Status: Completed
I actually came upon this novel because of the Manhua, and damn I don't regret reading this... If y'all are like me that read the manhua first, you're in for a surprise! the novel is gonna take you into a whole new ride. if you thought the manhua was good well I can say that this is a masterpiece well I think I'm exaggerating but feel free to read this I swear you won't be disappointed.
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