Picked up by the Protagonist of a Tormented! MC Novel


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A suffering MC novel—the main character must be forced to suffer, be oppressed until they’re hovering between life and death, dying and living here and there. They can have a golden finger, but before getting it they must pay the price. They can also have beautiful women, but all are snake and scorpion beauties, able to look at but not eat.

“Curse” is just that type of suffering MC novel. The main character Xi Wei, after being forced to experience numerous sufferings, had, at last, become the most powerful, at the same time linking together with the world’s qi and fate. After he was oppressed too miserably, he committed su*cide and buried the entire world with him.

Zeno transmigrated, in the end arriving at “Curse of sh*t motherf*cker”.

Zeno was adopted by the MC, finally becoming the number one person/wife.

Zeno: Help, I don’t want to be destined to be raised by this perverse person!

All living things (wipe away tears): You must rescue this world, ah.

Xi Wei: Come over here.

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126 Reviews

New Bleu.Belle35
Sep 18, 2023
Status: Completed
it's been a while since ive read the end of this novel. So I can't say it with a lot more emotion than when I just finished it. But I'll type out what I remember I felt about it

Overall thing I can say about it is that it's a really good read on my end ☺️

would like to thank author and translator for this till the very end

... more>> it was wonderful, you'll be fully immersed in the world and their day to day life (specifically at the start)

there was one review that made me brace for a bad or mediocre ending and I did saw the part where they meant about it. I can say that what the author did at the end or the reason/ intention of the author at the end (or what lead to the end part) was great. I guess maybe due to them stopping on writing it for a long time and then continued it for the sake of her readers did make it feel rushed or the execution of the idea not fully finalized for some. (I liked it by the way cause I cried like hell lol) but it was still great

vague spoiler ahead


so for explanation to some people as to why it ended that way (and this is what stick to me the most, sorry if it's bad bec it's been so long since ive read it)

it's because MC didnt want both of them to put up some mask between them if theyre gonna start being together. Masks being: MC being this good person who'll do anything/follow anything ML asks he just did it to survive or aka never betray him and ML being this good cool aloof figure wholl be there for MC and protect him.

MC wanted to be open and free with no doubts about their relationship. No doubts with one another.

cause we all know, even tho we all ship them there's this weird layer of them pretending or some sort even tho we know they've catched feelings in the long run.

if you can tell, ML has this thinking of everyone will betray him so he doesnt trust anybody, even MC. There are times he trusts MC more than others but it's not exactly fully trust, I cant explain it well.

it's more like: when there's a couple and one of them is always doubtful or has trust issues. So even if they're getting along, this skeptical person will just wait until something bad happens and then the untrustful person will say "see, this is why I didnt want to trust you because I'll know this will happen" like they're expecting something bad to happen from the start when theyre not exactly fully in the moment in their relationship lol I cant explain well but I hope you get the gist

MC wanted a fresh start, no more masks, no more pretending etc. Just freely and fully trust one another.

and I guess the method author thought of was to break their facade of them being this thing lol. And by MC showing ML that he can break his trust or something but not really (based on the video he saw that showed everything he did for him while he was K.O.) lol idk anymore that part felt rushed but it was a great way to fix it in a fast way cause I was already crying at that point hahaha 😂 bravo for author for saving the end part even tho method felt kinda rushed haha


welp anyway it's a great read for me. It might not be for some. But I dont think it's the worst or bad either.

i wont exactly compare it to something like 'the reader and protagonist definitely have to be in true love' but either way I enjoyed it <<less
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Sep 11, 2018
Status: Completed
Is it conceited of me to leave a great review for my own translation?

When I first chose this novel, it was for a few reasons. The first was that it's a slow burn. Second was because I really liked the MC. Thirdly, the ending seemed quite lovely.

I appreciate that, due to the slower pace, there is good plot and character development. There are some very likeable and strong female characters, which is not always as common in BL.

There are some very sweet moments, as well as some very bittersweet moments.... more>> There are cute and funny moments, and some rough ones. Watching it metamorphose from the start, when they are two children against the world, to their end destination is a very worthwhile journey.

As for the quality of the translation, well, you'll have to decide that for yourself. <<less
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Dec 10, 2018
Status: v3c10
Can a paranoid person ever trust someone from the bottom of their heart? Can you ever truly be in love if you lack a foundation of trust? If Pandora's Box is right before you, knowing that the potential for a horrible event exists, is it okay to just ignore it forever?

Picked Up By the Protagonist of a Tormented!MC Novel analyzes what it truly takes to defy one's own nature. We follow our adorable beloved MC, Zeno/Cino, as he transmigrates into a novel as an infant who's picked up by the... more>> protagonist. The only problem is, the novel he transmigrated into just happens to fall under the infamous "Abusing the Protagonist" genre. And this adoptive father protagonist Xiwei just happens to be the very paranoid and cold ML who will inevitably get betrayed and abused at every turn. As Zeno and Xiwei adventure together, they discover long-kept secrets both about Zeno's past and about Xiwei's future.

1. Plot

This story is very much on the episodic side, following Xiwei and Zeno's journey through different locations in this "Chinese version of Western Fantasy" world. This means there isn't really a coherent storyline, just what randomly happens next. Yes, there are churches and demons, elves and unicorns, nobles and peasants, mermaids and monsters... all the slightly modified spins on all your stereotypical fantasy tropes. And yes, some tropes were more interesting to me than others, so I did kind of doze off during quite a few of the arcs lol.

Still, I will say that the pacing and writing style of the beginning was absolutely wonderful at establishing this novel's world of hardships as well as the bond between the MC and ML. I really enjoyed how the MC was fleshed out as a character complete with a backstory.

And IMO, the ending to this novel was insanely good and fitting!! (NOTE: This ending does involve some Dubious Consent, but it makes sense in the context of the story.) This ending honestly brought my rating up from like a 3.5 to a 4.5 (a nice contrast to other novels which sputter out by the end). I'm a huge sucker for "Book Ends, " which this story nailed perfectly.

2. Characters

Our MC Zeno is probably best characterized by his extreme loyalty to Xiwei for picking him up and spending so much to take care of him. Over time, he begins to uncover certain forbidden secrets about his own origins, but he never loses that faithful heart. In contrast, our ML Xiwei is paranoid to the very core, whose only soft spot in his entire heart appears to belong to Zeno.

It was such a delight to watch the immense evolution in the dynamic between the MC and ML over the course of the novel. They start out as platonic father-son, which in itself had very cute interactions. Then after the two are separated for a while, they must carefully retread that old relationship, attempting to preserve their bond while also navigating new doubts and mysteries. And yes, it was very sweet when they did get together. (Not spoiling the ending~)

Unfortunately, most side characters didn't get screentime or development, so they came across as rather flat. The villains were not compelling at all. Any side characters who did appear more often sadly fit into tropes that were not my thing. The ending does involve some dubcon (it's complicated).

3. Overall Thoughts

Does Picked Up By the Protagonist of a Tormented!MC Novel have flaws? Absolutely, ranging from its chaotic plot to its flat-as-paper side characters to its messy worldbuilding.

However, above all, it understands exactly who to focus on to keep to keep its core message--its main character duo, Zeno and Xiwei--and deftly handles their constantly changing relationship with great skill. By the end, when Zeno and Xiwei reached their final answer to those questions of trust and love, I was cheering amidst my tears <3 <<less
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Dec 01, 2017
Status: Completed
Overall is nice story. Its kinda like scum villain system or Villain rehab plan if u read these nove in NU. But, just the main idea like this two story. The story is totally different. Like, in villain rehab plan, there will be many challenge for the MC and ML to achieved their happiness. But in this story, even though many many suffering fall into MC and ML live, but the finale is not tht satisfactory. Many plot hole I can find when I read. And the resolver from problem... more>> is not satisfing. But its have happy ending. Yess it beautifull ending. Nope. Not tht bloody HE, but HE in the true way.

Well but its a beutifull story I must say. Rather than focused on xianxia slash story like villain rehab plan and scum villain system, this is focused on slice of life of miserable days and precious memory of our MC and ml. But this slice of life in xianxia world. I never seeing something like this so its kinda wonderfull for me. ???? <<less
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May 01, 2020
Status: Completed
When I first started reading this novel several years ago, I found it fairly interesting and endearing with the platonic family relationship between the two leads.

However, a lot has changed since then. A lot better novels have popped up and this dynamic of the over possessive ML with a relatively normal MC (granted in this case he's a bit too willing to be imprisoned) has been done to death. While all this is nothing to really complain about considering the genre, I really dislike the ending.

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While I like how the story attempts to treat ML's lack of trust and unwillingness to progress the relationship seriously, I have a serious issue with how this problem is resolved. Tl;dr, MC pretends to betray ML and then pushes him to r*pe him and imprison him before eventually revealing the truth after running away. ML, having realised the truth "forgives MC" and since they've already done it, he just sort of accepted that s*x and being in a relationship with MC is actually fine.


Um.... no? That's really f*cked up??? Ignoring the violent nature of the act, it's kind of f*cked up to play with emotions like that MC? The fact that ML just accepts everything also makes close to zero sense. If anything, it would probably feel even more betraying to be tricked into doing something like that to the person you care about. This has stepped wayyy past just encouraging someone to take the leap.

After this ending, I have a really hard time accepting their relationship as anything even remotely close to healthy. Jesus christ, it's like a bad fanfiction staring a crazy yandere and someone with a really bad case of Stockholm syndrome combined with holy-mother-itus. Just no. <<less
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Nov 19, 2017
Status: v1c2
Sorry for the ratings, it should have been 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ But due to being an amateur in this section, I missed it by a hairs length.

I loved and will continue on loving this plot!!! It’s reallllllllly superbly written and presented;)

I really want to read more!!! And thank you for the updates????
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Nov 25, 2017
Status: v1c17
This is a Slice of Life (?) story of two children who try to survive in the cruel and greedy world.

One is a former orphan from the modern time, and another one is just a little beggar without any special or god like background.

Zeno is lovely, likable and compassionate. Sometimes he tries to act cute to get what he wants and it is really hilarious.

Xi Wei (希维, Seiver or Schwein or something. I don't know please help) is a walking iceberg, who completely ignore the surrounding and human interactions. He... more>> does not trust anyone. He does not believe in luck and rarely bet on anything. However, he is not a bad guy. You just have to leave him alone and do not provoke him.

Although I read this novel via MTL, which miraculously readable, the translator really did a great job in compile and edit it. <<less
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Nov 25, 2017
Status: Completed
Absolutely magnificent.

I may not be able to say the history on a whole is a masterpiece, but the final... the final IS a masterpiece.

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Its a HE, as the last chapters may not signal so.


I personally would have loved some extras, but meh, what can be done...

Sinopsis: A reader, obsesed with certain novel, ends up reading the final in which the protagonist, at the top of power, is betrayed by everyone he trust and commit su*cide. The MC goes to sleep just to find himself as a baby given to the protagonist of said novel by chance, and decides to change the future of the protagonist filled with betrayals and pain. <<less
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May 13, 2019
Status: v2c7
BL novels have always been overrated cuz of fujoshis but this is a particularely bad case. Most of the interactions between ML and MC feel awkward at best and the plot is completly destroyed by the BL sections.

This is one of those novels where MC keeps having irrational/illogical misinderstandings about ML just to progress their relationship. The gender bender theme of MC is also annoyying af as it adds nothing to the story. I just want a BL that naturally progresses the relationship an focuses more on the plot. This... more>> isn't fuccing Literotica, my god stop making up scenarios just for s*xual tension. <<less
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Feb 05, 2018
Status: v1c15
Oh my Kami! I love this so much... the transition of the plot is good and the developing relationships between the characters are simply amazing.

I could see how Zeno becomes a part of Xi Wei's life and the undeniable attachment between them... However, I also hate how 'Curse' ended since Xi Wei didn't get the life (love) he deserves, but I'm sure Zeno will change that. *wink**wink*

tbh the plot is similar to "the reader and the protagonist definitely have to be in true love", but it does have it's own... more>> uniqueness...I hope you guys would give this a try (come on~ just one chapter will do~~ *wink*) <<less
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Jul 24, 2020
Status: Completed
I... have mixed feelings about this.

Firstly, the general idea/beginning made it seem promising. The trope was quite nice: two people who work together for survival and stuff. That is, until the time-skips come in. ... more>>

ML sort of just... lusts on MC, who was literally in the body of a five-year-old three years ago.

In terms of plot... it doesn't exist. ? Side-characters have random cameos after disappearing for most of the novel (featuring five minutes of questioning who someone is), meaning they're underdeveloped. Oh, she died? Sorry, I barely know you and can't wring out any care.

I also dislike the fact that Asil existed. Like, you nice, but he was, like, a desperate attempt to insert a gay side-couple whilst being a huge cheat for MC. Speaking of, we barely understand any of the characters' pasts. What happened to MC wondering why all the characters betrayed ML in the novel?

Let's not mention how messy the ending was. It would've been satisfactory/bittersweet if it was more psychological and involved completed backstory, but ultimately, it didn't.

TL;DR: A meh read. Rather disappointing and heavily relies on the (very) later push and pull of MC-ML, love-trust rope (I know, that makes zero sense whatsoever. but this is a review, not an eloquent essay ?). In terms of romance, it suddenly jumps from "I lub my baba" to "daddy, f*ck me" just because MC's body grew up. Translators were great, though; kudos! <<less
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Apr 17, 2019
Status: v5c1
This novel is quite forgettable.

I read the translated chapters in one go a month ago and came back to it today when I saw a new update. To be honest I forgot what this novel was about completely, it took me a while to remember it. The first 15 chapters are really great. You get to follow two children on a journey as they work day by day to survive as beggars in a harsh environment and they only have each other as support. It was full of fluff and... more>> warmness reading about ML who is like an iceberg trying hard everyday to take care of a baby (MC) and how they struggle to understand and trust each other.

But then? Out of convenience MC suddenly jumps from a 6 year old kid to a teenager due to a "condition" caused by his race. Why I call this convenient? Because it´s like the author just wants them to hurry and hook up with each other. Their relationship dynamic suddenly changed because of this setup and you can feel a slight tension between MC and ML because there is practically no more father-son relationship, which I found a real pity.

Secondly there is nothing special about MC whatsoever regarding ability or intelligence but as a baby he was considered a clever, witty and cheeky little kid that was really adorable but once he morphed into his teenage form, all that disappeared, he became boring, almost like a side character, and you just can´t help but wish he´d turn back to being a child and continue his journey with ML. It´s really not a bad read, but I was disappointed, hence the 2 stars. <<less
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Mar 28, 2019
Status: Completed
This story really struck a chord with me. It's a story steeped in human emotion and raises the question of what it means to love and trust someone. What do you do if the person you love has emotional baggage they can't put down? The author could've chosen to go down the usual route of ML possessively demanding MC's love and compliance, and MC giving in all the time instead of helping ML grow out of his insecurities, but this is so much better!

At first I was a little confused... more>> at what MC was trying to do, but as the last few chapters played out, I started to understand what MC's thought process was. I find myself concurring with how MC decided to handle the situation and get ML to face up to his feelings and deepest fears. I don't think it's "noble", to say the least. His method of dealing with the matter was bold, risky and also selfish. But then again, in love, sometimes we can't help but act selfishly.


Going through the worst thing you thought could happen and then finding out that it's not as bad as you thought after all, and gaining the strength to deal with your fears in the future is a gift that not everyone has the good fortune of receiving. MC knew that by "betraying" ML, the outcome could go either way; he could end up losing ML or he could finally gain ML's unconditional love and trust. By betting so, MC essentially shows his own trust in ML, because he believes strongly in ML's character and their relationship. This is definitely one of the best written endings I've come across for this type of novel.


MC and ML's characters are so wonderfully fleshed out. I wasn't impressed with the villain, and the side characters are more or less only there to push MC and ML along the plot, with little development. I'm not too bothered by that for this story because I feel like the focus of the author from beginning to end was to weave a story about MC and ML's love, and that was accomplished. This novel isn't the most interesting or most unique or most memorable but it's definitely one of the few that resonates deeply with me. I'd really like to thank the translator for introducing this novel! <<less
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Apr 04, 2021
Status: Completed
It's an okay story.. Starting was good.. It was very adorable when MC called the ML "baba".. The plot is not bad either.. The author being a time traveller is a novel idea, and that the MC was actually chosen to save the ML is also quite unique.. But allover the style is dull..

To be honest, the sentences felt as if it was written for children.. The narration is too simple to arouse much interest and simply made it boring many times..

Also, the MC suddenly turned into a sixteen year... more>> old teenager when he should be a eight year old kid ??? Demonic power or not, it was too clichéd.. Convenient much.. Huh !!! He should've been a kid and should've grown up like a real child.. He could've become a mercenary as a genius child..

And what's up with the wish to get r*ped ??? Is r*pe a joke to him ??? I totally can't stand it when authors portray r*pe as lightly as eating a pastry.. It's disappointing.. <<less
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Aug 23, 2020
Status: extra 1 part1
The story starts off promising but sadly falls short at the ending. Xi Wei and Zeno's journey as children was definitely interesting but ever since the time skip, the quality goes downhill. It may be because the author incorporated many mysteries and ideas in the novel and not all of it was given a proper explanation and as to how the author started the novel, I was expecting it to be longer than this. Actually, I think the pacing of the story is fine really, but it just really felt... more>> like the story was rudely cut off. I regarded the time skip as the 'start' of the main theme, it wasn't all that bad but it ended so fast and the last chapter was a clusterf*ck (like literally v5c16). The author could've addressed the loose ends properly with one or two more chapters but it just have to end like that awkwardly. The translation is good btw :3 <<less
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May 07, 2018
Status: v1c23
So far this has been a lovely and touching story of a beggar and a very young child (baby to two years old) trying to survive. Not much has actually happened since this is mostly a slice of life story about growing up. I haven't read ahead but it looks like a very interesting story. Hopefully, it will have a good ending. *Crosses fingers*
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Mar 14, 2022
Status: --
I'm sorry y'all... The MC is eight... Even if not mentally, the ML doesn't know that, has watched him grow up from a baby for eight years... The MC calls him baba and the ML has accepted him as his child...

Let me repeat, he is EIGHT years old in the eyes of the ml...

Yet because of some convoluted plot nonsense, the MC physically ages quicker for three years (when he turns 5), and all of a sudden, ML forgets all morals, decency and composure...

He is eight years of age. I'll... more>> say it again. canonically, in the world the MC has transmigrated to (and the ML doesn't KNOW that the MC has transmigrated), the ML is EIGHT years of age in the eyes of the ML when all the wicked tomfoolery starts. I don't know how to get behind this. Not valid. <<less
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Nov 19, 2017
Status: c2
Not going to rate since there are so few chapters, but so far I'm enjoying this. The premise is similar to The Reader and Protagonist Definitely Have to Be in True Love, The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System, Transmigrating into a Mob Character to Rehabilitate the Villain Plan, and others so if you liked any of that type I think you should be good giving this a go.

Also, usually in these types of stories I'm fairly ambivalent about the original story the MC transmigrates into, but at least in the first... more>> two chapters of this one, the original story looks pretty cool/well fleshed out. Anyway, I will edit this when more chapters are out. <<less
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Mar 09, 2022
Status: Completed
I started it with great expectations...

I ended up disappointed...

the beginning was quite promising and 1v was still quite interesting... later it become so dry that I’ve felt like a thirsty traveler on Gobi desert 🏜 that run out of water and is desperately looking or an oasis... and when I thought I’ve fond one I ended up disappointed as it was just Fata Morgana...

I was struggling to finish this novel... as I felt it was a pity to drop it 5 ch before the end as I... more>> still had hope for a satisfactory ending...

The characters are soooo flat... No development...

so many plot holes and confusing characters that exist just for the sole purpose to push the plot, they all have some agenda but we have no idea what caused them to develop this way...

‘I’m also very confused how magically ML switched his feelings for the protagonist... I saw close to no development of his so called “love”... let’s not even mention confusing attitude that protagonist has toward ML... till the end I don’t know what are his feelings... and does he even posses emotions? I would say he did have more emotions as a child... as an adult he baca me so dull... if it’s love then is he a sad*st ? How can he do what he did? WTF?! And really all this " I never trusted you for 13 years just to suddenly trust you because of your confession about your ‘fake’ betrayal... " really?!?!

the characters are so inconsistent... especially ML... he says how he understand MC because he was a fan of the book and so he knows all this inverse scales, he knows how to avoid them as a child and how to interact with MC just to turn dumb as he physically grown (but his mental intellect is always the same...)... now he suddenly go against all the common sense and knowledge he possesses about the protagonist...

sorry about the rant... but I’m so angry... such a waist of time... that’s why you should never completely believe ratings and comments ! Trust your own guts... sometimes novel has so so ratings but it’s actually really good... while some books are praised by all just to turn mediocre...

I didn’t read extras... as I’m done with this book... I’ll go find some other novel to clean my taste buds! <<less
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Oct 30, 2018
Status: Completed
I love this ?. This is such a great bl story. Where in the ML and MC overcome many hardships. Other commentators were right, this is somewhat like "the reader and protagonist definitely have to be in true love" and "trnasmigrated in to a mob to rehabilitate the villane plan". I love these kind of stories where theres no system cheat ?.

I just wish theres a side story. The ending is just squeezes my heart and made me both happy and extremely sad ?. Sad because this story came to... more>> an end. *Sigh* I wish theres a continuation of MC and ML after the story.

Thankyou for the translator for the translates. Arigatou ? <<less
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Jan 04, 2019
Status: v4c6
It's just... different

It's lovely to see the MC and ML fumble their way through.. the MC initially starts thinking of ML bc he's a fanboy and needs ML to survive but it gradually turned to selfish reason unknowingly.. then ML thinks about MC eventually and also started to do things in the sly XD

Thanks translator!!!
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