The Novel’s Villain


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Lee Jin Woo once lived a dismal life.
He lived pitifully on a day to day basis in his five-pyeon studio filled with mold.

Then, one day, he died in a sudden fire.

When he wakes up, he finds himself inside a novel.
But there’s just one issue…
He had become the novel’s villain!

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Magjang Ag-Yeog-I Doeda
막장 악역이 되다
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New ErikHarrison rated it
June 10, 2021
Status: c56
Its ok...

I mean, is there a conflict in this novel, or characters? We don't get any trails since he either passes with ease or has it pre-emptively solved. The chapters are too short to see any developments and characters don't have conversations above surface-level. How can I care about anyone but the MC when their only descriptions are brief info dumps.

Also the author didn't want to create a world so he pasted typical Korean modern dungeon world, it isn't even relevant to the plot

It's competent and entertaining. The lack... more>> of plot, trials and character development just make it so plain. Would recommend something with more oomph. <<less
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New Lolistalker rated it
May 27, 2021
Status: c56
To be honest, this isn't that well written nor any different from most KR novel with OP MC. I was expecting it to get better but it get even more cliche. The MC ability is too strong and OP that I'm afraid there won't be any challenge. The characters are rather basic, the world lore is also basic and unoriginal. It start of interesting but get more bland and flat later on as there is a lack of drama or any conflict. If you expect anything original or different then... more>> you will be disappointed.

However on the flip side if you want more of the same stuff that we are familiar with and expect from this kind of genre then it is an entertaining read. If you are looking for some powertrip time waster that is not insultingly bad then this is a nice read. The MC is decent, unlike the s*upidly overbearing Chinese MC or the overly beta JP MC, this one has a good balance of both so you can leave while feeling neutral.

Yknow that feeling of emptiness, anxiety and longing after finishing reading/catching up with a really good novel and now have to wait for days or weeks or if it is an LN, months before the next release? Yea this novel doesn't give any of that but it sure does help in making me recover from that feeling lol. Kinda like hangover treatment and that's why I'm giving it 4 star, GG <<less
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CaptainBunny rated it
July 3, 2019
Status: c21
From what I've read so far in the raws, this is a story with wonderful potential and depth. It is similar to tr*sh Count in the sense that the MC is suddenly thrust into this world that they've only read about in a story. However, Cale Henituse and Lee Jin Woo have very different personalities and starts really, because the original Cale was "tr*sh" sure but Jin Woo was a complete menace to society. So being able to get that take on how they make their own stories in a... more>> new world is really fascinating, at least to me as a reader. I am someone who very much dislikes harems, so I'm hoping that one doesn't develop but from what I've gathered romance is in no way an integral focus of this story which I'm all for. But to be honest if I had to currently choose based on what little I've read I'd want him to end up with his servant, Yoona.

Edit: It's a harem! ? <<less
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TheBookWorm rated it
August 4, 2019
Status: c25
This novel is quite similar to TCF, MC being reincarnated to a young master's body that'll eventually be beaten up by the Protagonist of the original novel, but this has a more modern-like setting. Unlike Cale, Jinwoo is reincarnated to not only a rich household but a very powerful one at that (A 3rd-generation Chaebol).

The first 25 chapters is full of contents of how powerful and rich his family is (I can't count how many times I thought of how unfair the world is, lol)

It's not a bad thing... more>> though, he's taking advantage about it like buying expensive materials for his accelerated growth. Quite refreshing from the usual trend (Poor to rich) where the protagonist relies on their will power and luck.

I'm not really sure if this will turn into a harem (I hope not). I'm 25 chaps in and there is 3 potential love interests. <<less
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Centrophy rated it
July 13, 2020
Status: c16
Up to Chapter 12 (Act 1) this novel offers nothing but short chapters and a main character with the personality and intelligence of a slug. I would honestly find it hard to believe how highly rated it is but people here tend to rate everything fives based on nothing but potential even if that potential is never delivered. So far in the story there has been no hook and no driving force. We've had a very basic introduction to the world which is a generic modern fusion novel with people... more>> that develop super powers and go into gates to gain resources and money in Seoul like Seoul Station Necromancer or The Novel's Extra (there's towers and dungeons but essentially the same). In those novels at this point we would have had the world introduction and something resembling a plot. The closest thing to a plot is thinking that he wants to lay low and get stronger for reasons. Those reasons are unreasonable.

The thing is that the protagonist is constantly shivering and meek at everything. The fact is that he's a mess. He keeps whinging that he's taken the body of a villain but so far almost everything villainous that the character that he transmigrated into are all future developments. There's no reason to think that everyone is out to kill him. The author also spends way too much time going on about how rich this character is which says more about the author than the character.

Translation is fine but apparently super slow and uses present tense which is awkward as hell to read. Can't really recommend this to anyone as other novels have done the reincarnated into a villain role far better. <<less
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CommanderCookie rated it
December 11, 2020
Status: --
So the story starts with the MC going being the villain and this is exactly my type cause I had enough of heroes... the chapters are good but after finding out I had to pay to read this I might try to translate the raws or not it depends on my mood tbh and I dont want to have a war with another translation group so if the current group drops this then I will immediately post up to 200 chapters but I hope you guys dont get disappointed im... more>> the next 100 chapter. <<less
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Renaxan rated it
February 27, 2020
Status: c207
Wtf man this novel is so good, now im quite confused why this isnt popular yet.

This is like mixed genre between TCF and TNE, MC awakened as villain of novel who are typical over rich character villlain in the beginning, like cale of TCF. Now you would think the MC gonna following his roles to save the world as how TCF and TNE works but NO. I will explain why later.

Character is superb, atleast they are memorable. Everyone has their own unique trait and really felt alive. I have no... more>> word to say about this.

Now into the plot. This is where this novel shining. MC doesnt follow his rules instead do whatever he want with his character power. People misundertanding MC character. MC does not sit and sneak to do thing hide himself, he does anything mostly alone. Demon see him as most villlainous character ever and his collegue see him as suffered talented person, etc.

Most thing I really like about this novel are its world building. If you have read The Novel Extra, you will familiar with this concept. MC travel to other dimention to do something, and this novel go beyond even further. This novel covered a lot GENRE later on.


MC conquered a lot world, he really work himself as villain. There's demon world, elf world, middle earth (fantasy setting), labyrinth world (framed as VR game lol), paralel world where he meet the paralel novel writers, Sci-fi world with space battleship and mecha planet, setting world dimension (MC set as generic anime chara), and last world would be world of dead (setting in apocalypse earth) and god. Man, thats quite ride.


For comedy and romance, theres some comedy aspect exist, as people misunderstand about MC. Romance, well its pretty late as myself only see it bit progressing after MC enter setting monarch dimension (arround chapter 160+) so you wont look this novel for it. Most liked arc for me is VR games arc which happen arround 100+ chapter. Once again, This novel manage to combine VR, fantasy, Sci-fi genre into one.

For cons, if you think overpowered plot armor is cons, then it is. Also, its harem with shallow relationship too. The MC of the original novel itself almost never mentioned too. Honestly, I find all of them fine as this is truly enjoyable.

Overall, its truly great novel. Its soooooo goooood. I'm never using cringe word in any of my review before but here am i. Highly recommended if you like TNE and TCF kind stuff. Worthly 10/5 <<less
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AsTheNameDictates rated it
May 12, 2019
Status: c2
I'm giving it a 5 star for now as the story is in my "Fav. Genre/Plot"

Kinda like TCF (My current No. 1) and hopefully this novel will not disappoint me...

Score/Review may change depending on the plot progress and hopefully i'll be able to find a site that I will be able to read the mtl (TCF have one) so that I can calm myself while waiting for the Eng. Trans.

Thank you for translating...
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Incompetence Hunter rated it
June 29, 2020
Status: c30
The MC's action and the story are inconsistent and nonsensical. For some reason, despite having done nothing wrong, the protagonist is terrified of everybody. He gives up on a girl that is very devoted to him, and willingly is kicked out of the family.
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LoneDK rated it
July 31, 2020
Status: c7
First time I read this I dropped it at chapter 5. Fast forwards a couple of weeks, bored me had nothing to do so decided to give this novel another shot. Dropped at chapter 7 and writing this review to remind myself why I hate novels like this. It's because of the MC. The premise is interest (albeit not original) so I had high hopes both time. However the MC is the most cowardly person I have ever read. He was given basically a free pass in life and yet... more>> he's scared of his own shadow. It's the s*upidest thing ever and I hate, hate MC like that. The reason for his cowardice is also s*upid. He's afraid of everyone because of what the character that he transmigrated into will do to them. I mean........ He knows he can just not be a piece of sh*t like that character and he'll be fine right. How dumb is the MC? Anyhow, not my cup of tea. <<less
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hawlol rated it
September 11, 2020
Status: c57
Lukewarm, is the best way to describe this.

The Villain/Transmigrated Guy is too rich and powerfull, having the power of a president. Things come to him too easily and he quickly becomes a legendary talent, sss power whatever without any hassle or challenge.

The writing is tell don't show, with lots of repeated information, instrospections and info dumps. You'll be reading that he is rich and can get anything and everyone fears him, a lot. Also what happened in the previous story, all the time, even though it didn't have importance to... more>> the current scene.

The greatests fault, though, is pacing. Nothing happens. I read 57 chapters of the villain/MC training and flexing his money/power around. The story is supposed to be about dungeons, monsters, battles, but there are none in said chapters. He interacted with original characters but the 'conflict' was solved with a shake of his hand. It's just... boring.

Add that to a bad release schedule, short chapters and that's what you can expect. I had my problems with TCF but you'd better be reading it instead. <<less
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Zeyro2Zeyumi rated it
April 26, 2020
Status: c15
Nothing about this character is villain besides being born in the Villains body. Seems like its just s*upid and wasteful for it to even matter besides to give the main character starting money to "live and grow". Caught up to what's translated but so nothing of value happens in 15 chapters. I don't actually expect him to become anywhere villainous more like a rich good guy protag.
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June 6, 2019
Status: c5
The setting is dungeon gates spawning monsters, similar to a number of other Korean novels (e.g. I Alone Level-Up, Evolution Theory of the Hunter, I Never Run Out of Mana). Novels like these usually touch on the collapse of social order among those who hunt monsters. Lee Jin Woo transmigrates as a cannon fodder villain in such a world. The way he suddenly wakes up as a rich but tr*shy young master is very similar to Cale Henituse in tr*sh of the Count's Family. However, the butler is replaced by... more>> an attractive female secretary. <<less
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March 6, 2020
Status: c73
This story is full of misunderstanding but still entertaining to read...

reasons why I like this novel:

1. Its a transmigration story and im into it. Story where characters trying to adapt in there surroundings with their own abilities.

2. The MC is Villain. And looking in villain P.O.V. is really fun.

*19. First impressions and first greetings (1)
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January 24, 2021
Status: c240
well let's start with my assessment of the novel, and why the note, the premise of the novel itself is quite interesting, not that it is innovative, of course, but the way the first chapters were made was somewhat original since normally in the reincarnation novels in a novel, the protagonists are reborn in difficult situations whether for money or some conflict or other things, the writing I would say is average, the whole story is just the protagonist going in one dimension and dominating it from in a different... more>> way, almost all dimensions were like this, the dimension of God was the one that was most explored in terms of domination, but the novel is just that, the MC gets stronger conquers one dimension and goes to another conquest one dimension and gets stronger, this cycle is repeated several times, I've read the entire novel, I'm from 4 stars not because the novel was good, it was interesting, but nothing at the level of saying it scored, for anyone who wants to spend time with a law light weight, it's simple, there's a good choice, my advice is to read with an open mind, just have fun.

Now let's mention the good and bad points of the novel

Good points.

Comedy +

Comedy is really funny, even if the characters are not so charismatic, the author knows very well how to make laughs out of interesting situations.

Repetitive but not boring cycles +

The novel is practically a cycle of the protagonist gaining power by going one dimension, dominating it and gaining more power there to conquer another dimension, but the author knows how to create different situations that in most cases is pure comedy, the novel should not be taken to seriously just read with an open mind and laugh.

World building +

As I said before, the protagonist jumps from dimension to dimension dominating each one of them, even with the repetitive cycle the author knew how to create a very unique and different world, the world of god for example is practically unique, the way the author He used several mythologies and divided them into a single world. It was just perfect.

Reinterpretation of mythologies +

Well, as I said above, the author knew how to create worlds and explain them very well, but the way he put together different mythologies in a world making them synergistic, not only that changing different facts, and quoting the history of these mythologies differently, but very well explained, the author did a good job at that.

Negative points.

Rapid development-

Even having a good creation of the world, the author did not know how to explore, each world not more than a few dozen chapters, leaving a bitter taste in the mouth. The author was also unable to develop the characters because of the speed that the novel was progressing, reaching the point that even some very important ones were forgotten there by the final stretch. Because of the rapid development is the author's somewhat average writing, the characters have practically no charisma, hardly marking the readers.

Poor character development-

As I said above, the author did not know how to develop the characters, both because of the speed of the novel and because of his writing, which practically only revolved around the protagonist, giving no space for other characters to develop or mark the audience.

No really important challenges-

Well the novel itself doesn’t really have any weight, it doesn’t even cause a feeling of tension, or that something can go very wrong, the protagonist gets absurdly strong at an alarming speed, almost leaving no way to have challenges, and like the novel practically revolves around the protagonist, we do not see him go through any difficulties, the secondary characters are almost irrelevant, almost having no prominence in the work on most occasions, of course there are some chapters that were focused on secondary characters, but the number of times that this happened and extremely small compared to all the chapters centered on the protagonist.

Well that was it, I will reinforce it again, do not try to judge the novel, just read and have fun, if you have nothing else to read it is a good choice to spend time. <<less
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DannyOC rated it
August 20, 2020
Status: c47
As of chp 20, enjoying it a lot.

His cautiousness and fright at the start is understandable as he does not know which point of the novel he is at

... more>>

its 2 yrs prior to the start


And because he is surrounded by the people who end up castrating and killing him


understandable as the villain was a big as*hole who r*ped and abused with everything he had, got worse as he got the hypnotism skill, but it appears the MC will get better powers


He obviously uses knowledge, money and talent to get strong quickly, and I look forward to seeing how strong he will get in 2 years

Give it a try if you enjoy novels like this (modern setting with levelling, monsters and powers), move on if you don't

(edit c47) Completely hooked now, the MC gains cheats, powers up quickly (even if it's just talent-wise), and I can see the "misunderstandings" tag becoming included, as it appears the villain wasn't as villainous as the MC thought, which I enjoy. The wealth cheat isn't one I see used frequently and correctly, I really like how it is abused here, this novel has gone straight to the top of the hourly refreshes list, and I'm seriously considering becoming a patreon.

It can be slightly confusing as to how some mechanics work, but read with enough attention, and you will get the picture.

This novel is one of the best wish fulfilment ones out there, not as serious as your typical korean webnovel, which is great. <<less
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September 25, 2019
Status: c7
With these few chapters I can't say much about the content yet (no rating either), the MC is reborn as the title says, the villain of this dramatic Korean Novel he has read.

But he isn't just an average villain but a real pos and obviously doesn't want to continue the "original body owners" evil ways, since he'd die miserably in the future. The setting is a typical dungeon crawler with humans having special powers and dungeons with monsters showing up all over the world.

Hopefully, there will be more chapters in... more>> the future since this has the potential to be a hit like "tr*sh of the Count's Family" or "The Novels Extra". <<less
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Ichigoeater rated it
August 30, 2020
Status: c47
Kind of a letdown. One commentor compared this protagonist and story with Cale Henituse from tr*sh of the Count's Family, which is my all-time favorite. So, even though it had the harem tag and a much lower rating, I gave it a shot, but there's absolutely no similarities between the characters and stories at all, beyond that they both transmigrated into rich cannon fodder villains.

This story doesn't have much action at all yet, and it's not really world building in the meantime, as it keeps reminding us that it's a... more>> tr*sh world created by a tr*sh author. The protagonist isn't cunning at all. In fact, he seems to be the dense type. I'm only on chapter 47, and we've already met the third cardboard cutout who's going to join his harem he's assuredly going to continue being 'cutely' ignorant of for many more chapters.

I will say that it is, so far, palatable for a harem novel. But, for the love of all things good, can we please not compare Snickers to molten lava cake? Snickers are good on their own, a lot of people like them. I don't, since I hate nuts (a stand in for harem). But if you say they taste like a fresh molten lava cake, and people who like cake eat them expecting to taste moist chocolate cake with a warm, creamy fudge filling, they're probably going to be disappointed enough by the false claim to forever dislike Snickers. Even if they like nuts. <<less
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raptorcsy rated it
July 28, 2020
Status: c38
I think your preference for this novel to be good or bad will depend after you read it, because for me it clicked real good, I liked the premise the way its qritten and the characters, so maybe just READ IT first then decide if you will continue or discard. READ AT LEAST 20 to 30 chapters then see if you rate it good or bad.

I ADMIT. The first few chapters might sound a little frustrating, I almost dropped it, BUT, it gets better, so try it first, ,
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sleed rated it
June 29, 2020
Status: c50
Un balanced but entertaining;

It's worth to watch. It doesn't feel mature enough so just read it as second option. Second option I do recommend. Specially if you are just looking for something to read.

Also translation splits chapters in half and basically if you want to read the raws maybe divide by two.

... more>>

Some parts really feel naive but I tolerate it because the author has good sense tho.

for me it doesn't look developed enough. What im really hoping is for the novel to get better..I mean it's good.. but I really like great you know.

Well honestly lots of parts are naive in the story but I do want to discover at what really is happening in the background.

Why are the things happening.

Honestly it could be disappointing in the future and I haven't finished it. but the author has a kind of good taste.

sadly so far I feel lots of golden drama opportunities have been missed..: (that's what I call unbalanced some seemingly easy thing's should be unexpectedly hard and vice versa.

I mean you can be naive but please be at least somewhat tricky dealing with it you know.

However it feels like author could very well develop his writing further in this work.

In fact I'll search for more novels from this author; he's worth it. I even believe this novel can get better further down.

But it's a good novel. For what it is it's good enough. Im reading it while I'm at my job breaks and I'm secretly looking forward to what is going to happen further down in the story. really it could improve to something spectacular.... Well maybe hehe.

Just advising if you are looking for serious gold don't be disappointed. This is good silver tho, I'd say.


Good novel. Promising.

2nd edit; wow it's actually very cool. It became a solid 5. Wow. Ty for showing this awesome novel man. It's very cool hehe.

NVM what I said before it's actually golden. It won my heart and I was easy. Thank fully I sticked to this novel and it's actually my taste. I'm lucky hehe.

But still the novel is no serious novel tho. More like comedy really but cool. <<less
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fellow_daosist_brother rated it
June 28, 2020
Status: c120
So far it's a good novel, I read it in mtl translation, and some things I did'nt understand, but it's quality is good, MC is very lucky person, and there is a a lot of misunderstanding like in Overlord novel
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MonkeDanana rated it
May 8, 2020
Status: c150
I forgot the chapter number but I read about half of the total chapters, maybe about 150ish chapters. You will like it if you like fast-growing overpowered main character. The con is the side characters are bland. They have no personalities, all of them can be described as just "mc's loyal followers". Although I dropped it when spaceship started to appear, overall it's a really enjoyable novel if you like overpowered main character. It's interesting to read about a MC who has both power and wealth.
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