I Have Become The Hero’s Rival


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“I’m gonna live with Irene for the rest of my life.”

“….. What?”

“I said, I won’t get married and I’ll spend the rest of my life with Irene!”

I wish I heard it wrong. Regrettably, I couldn’t stop Claudia.

“As long as I have Irene, I don’t need anything else.”

The three men looked at each other, then glared at me with angry eyes.

The insane obsession of The Crown Prince’s possessiveness, the smiling Duke yet something malice hid underneath him, and the cold eyes of The Knight that sent chill to my bones. It’s as if they regarded me as their rival.

“Shit. What kind of situation is this?”

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Sololvl0 rated it
February 25, 2021
Status: c23
Well the FL is a gold-digger and she doesn't hide it at all. But when someone else says it to her face she feels embarrassed. She is not smart, nor brave.

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Once a drunkard tries to talk with Claudia saying she is the prettiest person he has ever seen. And Claudia shields the FL from the drunkard, when she is the one being targeted. And this bit*h the FL (Irene) hiding behind Claudia says sh*t like "Aren't you embarrassed to say things like that to people of your daughter's age" and riles him up if someone didn't help them it would have been an assault.


Till now there is nothing good about the FL (Irene) , literally nothing good. She needs protection from Claudia and Felix (Claudia's brother) while using their money to do what she wants. Wow and she read the whole novel story and knows a lot about the world but is still pathetic and a leech.

I'm dropping it. <<less
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blahblah123 rated it
December 21, 2021
Status: c32
I put off reading this for a long time because of the reviews about the MC, but this turned out to be a funny and satisfying read. This story takes pretty much all of the normal tropes and turns them on their head, with the OG FL reacting like a reasonable person would when she gets stalked or gets confessed to by a psychopathic ML. The MC in this is pretty dense but funny and fairly capable. Although she's definitely a financial leach on the OG FL, you can tell... more>> they love each other and she's not only hanging around for the benefits. <<less
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aly1499 rated it
May 10, 2021
Status: c42
Honestly would be pretty good if there wasn't so much time spent on talking about how much Claudia and Felix spoil the FL. I don't want half a chapter talking about the random playground they made for her. I'm tired of all the chapters spent on how they go to a store and say "I'll buy everything!".

Otherwise I like the story, I like how the romance between FL and Felix is because Felix is one of my favorite types of MLs. Just wish there was less useless filler (like, I... more>> GET IT, they love her. Can we move on please?) <<less
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Sinag_Araw rated it
April 8, 2022
Status: c94
Lol found about this while searching for manhwa's to read. In the beginning even until now, it's still interesting. I've read many negative comments about the FL but honestly I don't really understand those. She may seem like a gold digger but she is a true friend. For me she is like living the Y/N life (○゚ε゚○). This is so underrated just because some see the FL as gold digger or useless as she always need OG FL and her brother's protection. They are the one who wants to pamper... more>> her, she just openly takes it and that is badass to me. Fudge being humble, who doesn't want to be pampered, huh?

P. S. This is my opinion only ≥3≤ <<less
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jenny rated it
August 29, 2020
Status: c6
So far, I really like the characters and story! There are very very few mistakes, so you'll be able to read with ease! I can't wait for more chapters!! :)
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Simpforvillains rated it
December 1, 2021
Status: c94
It's very cute but gets angst later on.

I actually don't agree with the reviews above since the OGFl's brother is actually very respectful and a gentleman so he just wants to keep everything inside instead of others being hurt. He just treats the FL with respect because she is the OGFl's hope and sunshine so getting past that line might be a little bit hard, whether in real life or in fantasy. He is like those second ML who is an angel (plus the glasses) so definitely gives this novel... more>> a try and I'm sure you'll love this! <<less
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Isabelle rated it
September 29, 2021
Status: c85
I have really enjoyed reading until here, probably mostly because of all the internal reflection that our MC does about how to see the original MLs personality being them real people, just like we all think at some point reading Chinese/korean romance novels lol

I would recommend that as a nice read, also because the translator had done a really good job, being incredible cute into explaining all the minimum language expressions, I found that really nice to people that are starting now to read novels and may not be familiar... more>> with all we many times consider a matter of fact :3 <<less
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September 20, 2020
Status: c12
It's a light, cute read. The heroine and her brother have adorable interactions with Irene. Not much has happened yet, but I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes from here. It's a nice after-the-happy-ending kind of novel that's just a little outside the box so I'm not bored while satisfying my transmigration cravings :) thank you for the translation!
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chromaQ rated it
July 1, 2021
Status: c55
I really like this story - I find it engrossing even though it does have some flaws. As others have mentioned, I do agree that there's a lot of time spent talking about how the heroine and her brother spend money on Irene, our main character. But I've honestly enjoyed the story since the beginning, and around chapter 40 it gets more interesting, though I wish more of the action events were narrated.

The translations are done very well, and I look forward to continuing to read this story.
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June 20, 2021
Status: c52
Welp.I will say this now.


the three useless brothers/a**holes/scumbags can go to hell


I find this story quite cute because


I love the fact the original FL is not as introverted and no will in the original story. She is quite feisty☺. ML and FL are so cute together.I hope the devil does not do further damage to their relationship. Im hyping for their relationship to go to the next level right now

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shugu8rena rated it
January 22, 2022
Status: c94
I also really liked the story of this one. A good read.

The FL is not frustrating to me though she could have been better. Felix is one of the best ML out there and it's his part/pov/romance I keep reading this for esp the later part after the devil came.
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Onibi rated it
February 18, 2022
Status: c20
Some things other commenters have mentioned that I want to correct after having gotten to not even chapter 20 in this novel and noticed they are completely incorrect. I'll give a more comprehensive review once I've caught up but for now

-The issue of when Claudia is being harassed

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Due to the way the text works, I think there's confusion on who is speaking. Claudia is the one escalating not Irene. You can tell because Claudia has a definite 'rough' way of speaking when she's angry, like her father, that Irene doesn't. Also the fact that the guy reaches for Claudia and not for Irene, which is who he would have gone for if Irene was the one insulting him

Also it's literally spelled out by Irene as being an attempt to make the 'heroes' know how unnecessary they are to Claudia and hopefully give up on her

Aside from the fact that this kind of event is situational in real life and is dependent on area and the people around. Also not everyone reacts to these bad situations perfectly, and nor will the harasser act how you want them to

Even if Irene was escalating, they are in a busy district with many people around, and regardless of that they have literal guards protecting them, it wouldnt be a s*upid decision to make honestly even if there wasn't an obvious reason for them doing so


-MC is a gold digger

And what's wrong with it? Honestly the worst of her desire is that she wants to live an easy life without work, Claudia and Felix are happy to keep her with them in this way as well. She also is often the straight man to the aggressive shows of wealth in the first place, and doesnt make any form of demands for money in exchange for her company

Irene even explicitely says that if Claudia one day gets bored of her and decides to get a new friend, Irene wouldn't hang on like an ex-boyfriend and would send her off in tears. Honestly I can't even consider her a gold digger since she isn't actively attempting to get things from these people, they just enjoy spoiling her. She's a sugar baby at worst

Irene is genuine in her desire to both repay Claudia and also have her be happy, when she realises what she's doing would just hurt Claudia, she immediately drops it without hesitation and changes gears conpletely


-Irene mentions being attractive to the same s*x and it's shrugged off


I don't really know how this is a issue tbh? It's a major part of her character, also it's brought up multiple times, her ability to charm is the main reason the plot goes places

It's explicitly brought up that her ability does work with men as well, but she is bad at talking with them so she can't do it effectively. This is most obviously shown with the second prince, being that she can't figure out a way to approach him until she thinks of him as a woman


Now the review

Tldr; The characters are overall likeable and the plot is interesting. The villains have a unique sense of dimension to them and arent simple tools to move the plot along. The characters relationships are a bit shallow when its no related to Irene, but it's a small issue. It gets a bit shaky at times, and is at its best when it focuses on being serious with occasional dips into the lighthearted, instead of being the comedic slice of life the beginning seems to aim for. The serious tone that seems to set in from the devil arc fits a LOT better with everything, and is definitely where the story hits its stride

I don't recommend starting it right now honestly since the translation has been stopped for months now without any sign of revival

Long review


The plot keeps a good pace, but it definitely hits its stride around chapter 40 when the demon event happens. The part before that is also good, but it is quite a bit weaker, far less time should have been spent on Irene being spoiled, and more on the characters themselves and their relationships with each other. I would say have the financial spoiling be done with the parents present, as it gives the parents more presence in the plot and some characterisation as well

I don't consider the start section to be irrelevent and wouldn't suggest skipping it. While it is weaker, its not bad to read and you would be confused later on if you did so. I wont argue it gets a lot better once the devil section hits, but you wont have the same emotional investment if you just start there imo

One thing I particularly enjoy is that the villains aren't continually present, they do show up on occasion, but they don't stay long enough where your dislike of them begins to wear on the story itself. They are present when necessary and don't stay past when they are welcome

While, on that subject, its not a case of things actually being different from what the MC read, it's actually entirely the same but reading is different from living. The villains were villains in the original work as well, they just aren't fictional anymore and thats what makes the difference

The primary focus is Irene's relationship with others, but the interactions with others are still interesting, even if they don't last. Felix is protective of Claudia, but they still prod at each other like actual siblings and it's not a weird blind siscon/brocon situation



As described by others, she is very sincere. A bit dense in a way, but feels like its an intentional block more than anything, and usually the words used are ambiguous enough that I can let it slide since she is pretty cute. Has a calculating side to her, and is a lot smarter than either herself or the readers give credit for. Is physically weak but mentally very strong

Genuinely just wants the best for everyone, aside from those three, while prioritising Claudia (valid considering everything) and utilises all she has in order to do it. Is pretty capable and smart, utilised her information of the novel in order to pull the right people to her side

That isn't even considering the effort she puts in for Claudia who she is determined to give a happy ending even if it kills her. Irene literally rebuilt the poor girls self esteem from scratch, which is why she doesnt buckle to those menaces whims even a little bit



One of the best male leads I've seen, only fault being that he doesnt consider himself more so you do want to smack him. Very much the epitome of a second male lead who is the absolute best but is never chosen >->

He has a calculating side to him, but its couched but a lot of self control and an unwillingness to harm the people around him. A definite wolf in sheeps skin, if the wolf was actually earnestly attempting to become the sheep through sheer will alone

He gets a lot more prevalent after the demon event, and his relationship with Irene does show a lot of natural development




Thoroughly likeable, a bit overbearing but cute. Has a brutish aspect to her where she doesn't think before she acts or speaks on occasion. Whenever she verbally decimates someone I'm watching with delight and popcorn

Is also a very relatable character, she is very anxious and reliant, suffers from depression. Reading about what the original had to go through is heartbreaking


Overall this has a lot of faults, but the plot is interesting, the villains are dimensional and hateable, and the main characters are relatable and human. Does have some shallow areas especially in regards to side characters, but it's fun to read <<less
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Anexanamoon rated it
October 21, 2021
Status: c2
Dropping. FL admits to being attract[ive] to the same gender.... and she just shruggs it off. Terribly shallow too.

Great work on translation, but the story is in very shallow waters.
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October 29, 2020
Status: c8
So far its been pure gold comedy. Love it. The siblings' interaction is quite dynamic and ml

who is Felix, the heroine's brother


has been subtly competing over the mc's attention.

There ain't any romance yet.
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Astranachan rated it
March 15, 2022
Status: c94
Writing a Review since I think the rating is low and the series really doesnt deserve it.

The main complaint here seems a bit weird to me. The "gold-digging" aspect most people are complaining is maybe present in the first 20 chapters, afterwards the story takes a pretty different turn. I was never really bothered by it either, she is just enjoying getting spoiled by two people who enjoy spoiling her. Lets be honest, the MC in any story is often being pampered with others peoples cash, this one is just... more>> not refusing with this "oooh nooo thats tooo much" that gives the reader the feeling the MC is still humble. I think that type can be fun to read about as well, but I also like a MC that just enjoys the gifts they get. She likes sweets, cakes, pretty dresses, gifts, beauty and people that are nice to her. She is kinda basic, but lets be honest, most basic things are fun.

Apart fron this, even if you do dislike a MC that enjoys getting gifts and getting pampered, I would still give this story a shot. It starts slow and seems like it would be slice of life, but suprisingly switches to more of a dark fantasy romance and gets better and better. So even though I was sceptical at first as well and was expecting a mediocre read to kill some time, this has become really entertaining and I am incredibly curious to see how everything turns out in the end. I am really really looking forward to read the next chapter after getting into it. I was thinking it would be boring, but I genuinely got hooked!

Thanks a lot the translator for their hard work as well :) <<less
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csrtyy rated it
February 19, 2022
Status: c32
I'm sorry, but I'm dropping this. I just can't handle how the FL is so s*upid and just relies on other people. The comments were right about her being a gold digger, she just ask and they just give it to her. It was pretty nice at first, a really light read, but as the chapters go on her personality just gets more disappointing.

I'm not saying that this is a really bad read, I guess this was just not my cup of tea. You can read it if you want... more>> to, no one's stopping you.

I might not try reading the Manhwa, although I'm pretty tempted by the art.

In advance, Thank you for the author and the team that manages this Novel, and also Thank you to the translators too, please get enough rest and be healthy throughout the pandemic. <<less
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Witch BRIONNE rated it
February 14, 2022
Status: c70
The story is soo good! The translation is awesome. I rarely rate novels from here but I feel like it's a sin not to make a comment after seeing the injustice the other comments made.

It's not like the FL is a gold digger, she's really decent with a really good heart (but not a pushover) and the other characters need her especially Chloe. You will see in the later chapters how Chloe was greatly positively influenced to the point of changing her life to be better. The FL is atrong... more>> in her own way and is just trying to survive in a place where you know how noble ladies are treated. SHE'S NOT A GOLD DIGGER! She is simply being provided for. If ahe was then she would've asked for a lot pf things even those unreasonable requests.

I loooove the ML periodt. He genuinely loves FL to the point of trying to restrain himself to keep his sanity.

P.S. Binge read this right now. <<less
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August 9, 2021
Status: --
I just started but I really like it so far. But I tend to lose interest if things drag on to long so we'll see how it goes farther in. But so far I really like it
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daedaedae rated it
July 29, 2022
Status: --
boring. The novel spent too much time talking about how much the og FL and her brother dotes on the current FL which causes the plot to move in such a snail's pace. 32 chapters in and there had been barely anything happening. Doesn't help that the FL isn't really intriguing. Her characterization is just so bland that when paired with the boring plot just made reading a chore.

and the thing is, I wanted to love this. I really did! I love novels that have the og FL friends with... more>> the current fl. I get tired with women fighting against each other over superficial reason, so any novel that do the opposite just makes me happy. Not this one though. <<less
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ellie357 rated it
May 30, 2021
Status: c52
it was really fun at first but for me the ML got really really annoying after a while so I dropped it :///
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