The Regressed Demon Lord is Kind

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My whole life, all I wanted was power.

I churned the world into rivers of blood and eventually gained the title, “Demon Lord of Strength”. However, all this became useless when I lost to a party of heroes.

But what can a loser say? As I laid dying, I was forced to listen to the hero’s gibberish:

“If you are born again, I hope that you will live a kind life!”

But huh? When I opened my eyes again, I was back in the past.

“What do I have to do to live a kind life?”

This is the beginning of an ex-Demon Lord’s journey to live a kind

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normreader2
New normreader2 rated it
September 21, 2021
Status: c120
it's very fun novel, main character explain everything for bad guy. This is the first time I see this kind.
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Z-Stern
New Z-Stern rated it
September 20, 2021
Status: c122
Right now this is my favourite ongoing series in NU, here is why: this is de Chadest MC in some time: he is not a goody two shoes. In the same vibe as Tate no yuusha, the MC will toy with his opponents with the pure goal of making them suffer. He is also quite good at flirting: a breath of fresh air when compared to all of the Japanese MC’s

The series is a good shonen series: the main character has a rapid power progression but still needs to fight... more>> strong opponents all the time, your typical shonen trope... The romance is... sparse for now and I am curious about how it’s going to develop. <<less
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Volatile
Volatile rated it
June 15, 2021
Status: c30
Ok, the author played us like a damn fiddle. This novel is really good, and judging from the 3 stars AvERaGeNP gave, the author really is one sly fox. Do not stop at chapter 20 thinking that the MC is a dumbass kid, that’s what the author wants you to think, everything are red herrings and the whole story of that arc is one hell of a plot twist roller coaster. And everything makes sense without feeling forced because the author always gives you some hints that would reveal the... more>> whole truth along the way. One of those hints is
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if someone truly loved and cared for a store passed down from their father, and was defending it with all their might, would they had left it to be broken, full of dust and cobweb?

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All in all, great novel full of amazing plot twists and good expectation subversions. A story that will lead you by the nose if you aren’t careful, yet you will gladly accept being treated like that. Interesting characters with layers and is funny as hell, highly recommended. <<less
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uchiru
uchiru rated it
August 26, 2021
Status: c103
It's not that bad. Based from the low rating reviews, I almost avoided reading this but it's not as bad as the reviews makes it out to be.

As a casual reader, the premise is a generic plot but interesting enough. It's a matter of preference if you find it interesting or not, to me this story has the same rating as "civil servant life reborn in the strange world".

If you intentionally tried to find faults then of course you'll find something. Like the other guy who acts like a literature... more>> expert finding faults in the writing. I'm not an expert but based on the many novels I've read, this is one of the good ones. If you read this with casual reading in mind, you won't feel there's something wrong. I thought MC was a saintly goody two shoes MC based from the reviews but I'm glad I've read it myself.

Without reading it, I've thought it's about an originally kind demon lord and after regressing he left his position to live a slice-of-life life befriending others and helping children and such and GOD am I wrong.
I agree with the review that said you should read the title as The Regressed Demon Lord is "Kind", with the symbol (""). It's because MCs kindess is a violent kind of kindness where it involves beating up people. MC interprets "kindness" in his own way while it's technically not wrong, to others it doesn't seem that way.

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And to others who feels MC is s*upid for forgiving the others you don't seem to understand. MC DOESN'T HAVE ATTACHMENT TO HIS FAMILY. And yes, it wrong for them to bully MC due to his mother but it's something normal. Even in today's age a criminal's child would be bullied due to their parents being a criminal and it's not like MC forgave them easily either. You guys makes it seem like MC was a Saint who forgives others easily but MC actually beats them up to a pulp first. First, he beats up the knight. Second, he beats up his brother which makes him fall into shock as well as damage his reputation. Third, The regrets of the knights. Like I said, he's a strong MC who beats those people and then leaving after will make those people regret harassing him which is a form of revenge in a way. And due to that although the brother will eventually grow stronger due to that shock it doesn't mean there weren't aftereffect after being beaten by his supposedly 'incompetent brother' and moreover, people will keep comparing him to MC after that and won't be that much prestigious anymore.

MC wanting to help them once is just for his self satisfaction to lessen his guilt due to his mother's sins. As well as wanting to live in kindness. It's a plus that MC's mother wasn't actually a nice person who gets bullied, in that family, MC's mother is greater evil and the Countess was a lesser evil. It divert from usual bullied mother and here we can see MC inherited the sadistic personality of his mother. It's a hilarious twist you wouldn't expect that diverts from cliche.

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MC Ain't a "Forgive everyone even an enemy" MC, he's a scheming sadistic " let's beat this guy up first" MC who gives hope to his enemies and then giving them despair while he kills them. He found the way to live in kindess by beating up bad guys which is in line with his personality and skills for destruction.

So far there's no romance, although the Saint is a typical healer who relies heavily on MC she isn't the type who fawns over MC like those b*tches in other stories she admires MC but as a person not romantically. MC and Saint interaction are like Cale interaction with either Rosalyn or Cage. She doesn't make me uncomfortable despite her reliance on MC since they are more like friends.

Anyway, it's good but don't expect to find pro-level literatures in webnovels. People today nitpicks about everything and exaggerates that plotholes that aren't even that noticeable. The writing is also okay, by my standard, as long as my immersion doesn't break from reading continuously means the writing is understandable and no major problems.

Don't believe those bad reviews who read less than 10 chapters then suddenly feels like an expert on novels. <<less
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Woah...
Woah... rated it
June 25, 2021
Status: c40
I really enjoy this novel.

While his method of dealing with problems and his attitude is similar to some protagonists especially in marital arts worlds, (which is not to bash on him, if I was also known as the Demon lord of strength, the pinnacle of strength I would be pretty arrogant and confident in myself. And personally it is way better than most isekai protagonists). But he is taking baby steps by taking the advice of the hero moments before he died he finds his own... more>> ways to be kind, in his own special way (?)
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Like not bashing a guys head in for talking sh*t about him even though he was literally moments from curb stomping the guy

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His moments of being the Demon lord of strength that comes through every once in a while and his twisted view on kindness always makes me grin (but who knows I have really low standards to make me happy)
YOU WILL JUST HAVE TO READ THE NOVEL TO FIND OUT!!!! <<less
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melbell
melbell rated it
July 1, 2021
Status: c99
oh my god I love this novel. It's like those "dense MCs who are meant to be morally ambiguous" but actually executed in a way where he really IS morally ambiguous. Usually these novels play them in a way where their actions are perceived as good and them as saints even if it's all unintentional, but this guy is like, , , enough of a bastard that even his allies are like ", , , should we enable this behaviour???" his personality does not do a 180 or have a... more>> moral epiphany, nor was he 'secretly good' since he was the demon lord and had a chance to 'reveal' that in this lifetime. Rather, the author establishes from the very beginning that he has a rather obsessive mindset, and in this lifetime, he fixates it on the hero's last wish out of respect. Personally, I lOVE that. He's still the character that was the demon lord in his first life, it's just that the goal he's now fixed on happened to have moral goodness as a requirement. you also see that he's still not a morally 'good' person in the sense that he doesn't regret his past self as the demon lord, and that he basically finds any excuse to beat people up even underneath the flimsiest excuse of justice. Also, the other characters he meet also aren't like, , , one-minded harem in the sense that they think he's a good person, rather, they're well-aware that he's not a bad guy, but that his moral compass is certainly questionably f*cked up. Like, , , everyone KNOWS that he's basically petty motherf*cker who likes dicking around with people, but they also KNOW that he's not malicious if unprovoked. It's like. They know he's unreasonably brutal, but only as long as doing so can be passed off as 'kind.'

also, I love how the author completely diverts a few tropes. Like his "tragic family life"

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and how after everything, the author reveals the reason why the family treated him poorly was because zich's mom was an absolute b*tch, that even zich felt kinda bad that they put up with her

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like?? Lmao?? I love zich and I love the people he meet. like the saintess and her OP anime grandfather figure. The author writes the saintess as the stereotypical naive and emotionally frail girl of sheltered origins, but actually gives her good and steady character development that feels natural and unrushed. He doesn't change her righteous and good character, and doesn't use her as a plot device to 'prove' zich's moral ambiguity as "right, " or antagonize his character because of it. Rather, he simply gives her a backbone that she's able to create on her own, through her own interpretation of her experiences with zich. Zich isn't a "hero" who saves her or completely changes her perspective on life, and if anything, she helps zich with how to view the world as well. She's not like, , a party member who follows zich around (it's mostly just zich and his servant and it's hilarious) , she has her own background plot that isn't tied to zich's main storyline. also, I like that the author completely avoids romance. There isn't any infatuation/crush or awe-filled looks from any characters, including the girls. Rather, the saintess does respect zich and perceive him as amazing (like any other character), but she views him as a funny friendly character who probably needs a babysitter to keep him from upheaving an entire town out of "justice."

1000+/10, love zich, but I do wonder if it's because he's an actual bastard when it comes to crushing people. I love sadistic characters LMAO. <<less
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Black 8
Black 8 rated it
August 18, 2021
Status: c95
Warning !! You will get addicted to this novel.

Badass MC with a free spirit, not a harem collector, and have a clever and reasonable mindset.

And I love when he admitted that he can't change his awful personality (unlike other protagonists in other novels) and he says "alright the best thing that I'm best at is "destroy things" so in term of doing "kind things" why don't I destroy all bad guys in this and use my petty hobby ... more>>
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he love give his enemy hope and make after feel the real dispear

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AvERaGeNP
AvERaGeNP rated it
June 14, 2021
Status: c32
Its a staple of a shounen novel. Protagonist regressed to his younger self with a ambition to be kind but its not mentioned the extent of it he would go for it. Also, after the initial arc before the journey protagonist is showcased as someone very capable but after that he becomes child who cannot understand the sophistication of how the society works and needs to be tutored on concepts of being good. Furthermore, one thing in this novel we are likely going to see more is forced development since... more>> as of now that's the only method author has used to progress the plot after the journey. In addition, the actions MC commits for the sake of being kind feels forced or a job with a high incentive. His reasoning for being good falls flat. He is kind for the sake of being kind wihtout a strong reasoning behind it. It is only used as plot device to have him meddle into other peoples business to drive the plot.

Edit: I will continue to read the novel and add remaining 2 stars IF the developments doesn't feel forced anymore and I feel MC isn't acting in accord to some plot device. <<less
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Arcadia Blade
Arcadia Blade rated it
June 23, 2021
Status: --
An MC whose a sad*st that loves to give people hope, only to crush it to pieces.

Hello and this is my review for the novel. I'm just a fellow reader who started this out but I'll give my POV on this novel.

The main point of this novel is in the summary as the MC follows what the hero said to him.

... more>> "If you are born again, I hope that you will live a kind life."

This MC isn't s*upid but just lack common sense on this part as the other reviews thought that he is just blindly following some path dumbly. In truth, he actually just listens to what the hero saids to him and restarts his life but a goal of being good.

There is the contradiction in that.

He begans his goal of being a kind person but doesn't know what it is due to his life not able to understand how kindness works at first before finding out what it is in his own way.

The comedy elements in this is how the MC's kindness is played out as he still has his personality in being a demon king but only subverting that act in accordance to 'kindness'.

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It was only shown later when he meets the saintess after she gave him advice on how to be kind as he helps out thugs beat up someone. This was more apparent as when that person they beat was a bad guy and letting him have his evil monologue, only to let the MC crush his hope and ending his life.

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Characters:

MC - A regressed Demon King who still has his memory of his past life and now follows the hero's advice in being good. He doesn't know what kindness is and acts on his own but after learning what it is, he subverts its in his own act while keeping his Demon King ways. Smart, knows how the future would happen and loves to give people hope and crush it in the end as he trives on the look of people's despair. Yet, he mostly relies on strength as his title proceeds him but the only s*upid about him is that his lack of common sense.

Family - At first, it would be just a typical evil family who made the MC the way he is now.
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It is explained that the family hate him is only because of his mother being a classic evil mom and terrorizing the family. Basically, Like mother, like son. XD

He forgives them later on after destroying the family. Lol

But he even then, they should had at least treated the MC better but no matter. He already payed them back and took a servant which he wanted to train as a new meatshield and as a way to free his guilt (mother bullied this servant too).

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Hero - Its not a spoiler but there were some speculation about this guy passed on since the way he says at the begining is suspicious enough in the begining of the novel. A small glimps of him acting like a hero-like guy but we think that this is just an act due to how he says and acts as the story goes on. Basically the antagonist of this novel? Not sure but the conclusion is high enough to be so.

As for the romance part, there was rarely any talks but there were hints with the saintess in the later portions. But just speculations.

Plot:

The novel is basically what the summary says, the MC regress and to follow the winner's advice, he started doing the 'kind' acts he had listen from the hero and uses it as his main goal in his new life.

If you think that he changes to 180

quick, I think you maybe reading a novel somewhere as the MC still acts like his old self but with a new goal in mind. He mostly brings 'kindness' to his enemies and forgives them by letting them get the upperhand, only to relish on their despair once the MC crushes their plans.

He isn't good but just follows the winner's advice in his lew life as he still leans on the chaotic/neutral route rather than being good.

Review:

I just got bored and decided to read this out of curiosity but now I don't regret it after reading this novel.

The humor is good and you expect it to be easy to know the plot but the author sometimes make elements complicated to let you guess what the MC's plans are. He still kinda follows the heroic route a bit but he doesn't change, only gains a new light to what his goals are.

Its still small in chapters so it might not hooked on some who wanted a longer series but this novel has a difference from the others and even subverts your expectations while entertain you with the MC's dynamics and actions.

The main core of this novel is the MC and the author heavily implies the plot around him while slowly building the world through him. However, as others said, the MC is not a good narrator and the POV sometimes not focus on him but all in all, its a good read.

Overall, I rate this at a 5 on my take since I like this novel and this might change since the novel is kinda low on chapters and don't know how the novel would hold on the plot. <<less
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Thecomicgeek
Thecomicgeek rated it
August 6, 2021
Status: c83
Loving it so far, I love how the character is so skewed from his previous traumas and doesnt even realize that he IS kind and caring. But skewed BECAUSE of his past. I love the sherlock holmesy villain confrontation vibes as well. Especially that he has a "healthy" relationship with his fellow males and not the tired fapbrained harem trope. Certainly a good read!
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Benjam35
Benjam35 rated it
July 31, 2021
Status: c74
What a unique book. A man who believes strength is beaten so he follows the advice of the one who beat him.

It really is a story of taking a guess about what is going on and then flipping it. A good mystery is introduced where we can guess what is coming but the author is good at making you miss. It is pretty good writing.

Main character knows who he is and is trying to change by performing 'kind acts'. His kind acts often leave people confused. They are not classic... more>> kind acts and he still has his sadistic side but I would say he has a net positive on kind acts, unless you are a bad guy. Do not be a bad guy because it will not end well.

He uses future acts to navigate one of the most hectic periods of time for the people of the world. The time when he came to power. His knowledge helps people out a lot. Makes me wonder what that 'hero' is doing and what he will do when he finds the MC.

It is a good read and I would suggest it to anybody. <<less
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devince23
devince23 rated it
September 17, 2021
Status: c125
First of all, I really hate it when a reviewer writes review while only reading 1-30 chapters. So excuse me a little while I rant. TomTheWorst are you high? Reading only five chapters and you're already jumping into conclusions? If you just read a little bit further you could get the answers to your questions. At least read the first arc before sprouting bs.

The story is not that innovative but is still a good read and its addictive. Like what the summary tells us, he is an ex-demon lord on... more>> a journey to be kind because of what the hero said to him before dying. He is not a demon lord that is secretly kind or anything, no he is a cunning prick with broken moral compass. He is the kind of person that doesn't know the meaning of being kind. His interpretation of being kind is beating and torturing evildoers and giving them false hope.

One reviewer points out that the comment section annoying or something because of the constant theory crafting but for me it is what makes it more fun. <<less
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TT_Hunter
TT_Hunter rated it
August 20, 2021
Status: c98
Because of Black 8's comment I started to read this novel, because it looked kinda fun.. And this dude didnt lie. This novel is really getting you addicted to it. I started yestersay night and read all aviable 90 chapters so far and I need more of this. Even tho the story isnt completly inovativ I still really enjoyed it so far. So give it a try you wont regret as long as you like a main character who kick bastard's a**** while trying to become a better person
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ErikHarrison
ErikHarrison rated it
June 22, 2021
Status: c38
The pacing, story telling and translations are all top-tier. It's a generic genre done very well. I know the destination but am excited to witness the journey.

Beginners and fans of the genre will deeply enjoy the novel.
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HappyLulu12
HappyLulu12
September 17, 2021
Status: c125
THE TITTLE IS REALLY MISLEADING. The right tittle must be “the regressed demon lord is “kind” “. MC is helping people but most of the times not in a kind way. To him beating up bad guys is a act of doing kind and he is really ruthless when it come to beating those bad guys. In daily life he is kind but not the foolishly kind type like those jp MC who act without a brain and just do whatever pp told them to do.

And he is kinda op... more>> but at a acceptable range, know how to slap/retort to those annoying characters, can be cold blood when it need him to be, can scheme people, can make joke and acting like a normal charming person. That almost a perfect MC for me. <<less
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Xiliqs
Xiliqs rated it
July 27, 2021
Status: c65
The novel starts really good! It is funny and refreshing (even though it is not really hard to tell what is going to happen). However, as of chapter 65, I have the impression that it started to get stale. I mean, I'm skimming through the chapters because they are boring and people in the comments section are predicting everything that is going to happen.

I don't know if I'll stop reading this altogether or if I'll wait for the next arc and see if THE interesting characters reappear or if new... more>> interesting people arrive.

This is really similar to tr*sh of the Count's Family, but I like TCF's side characters better. Quality translation is great as expected of Wuxiaworld. <<less
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dearyabai
dearyabai rated it
August 16, 2021
Status: c93
Really good read. MC has the best personality, funny as fk. The progression is nice too and his party members are likable. 5/5
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oscartorres99
oscartorres99 rated it
July 22, 2021
Status: c68
A pretty interesting read so far not your typical lead which is sorta refreshing.
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pomoli
pomoli rated it
July 3, 2021
Status: --
It is nice as a read, but really simple outside of the time travel thing.
It kinda reads like a manga and not a book, not many layers of complexity, but that's ok once in a while.
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Ichigoeater
Ichigoeater rated it
June 20, 2021
Status: c37
Loving it so far! The MC, who is a scum who trolls friend and foe alike and likes to give his enemies a false sense of hope for the sake of his own entertainment are just my type. He's a very unreliable narrator, and we're often just as shocked as the characters around him when his real strategy is revealed.

Needless to say, I disagree with the mediocre reviews posted, and think maybe they don't quite understand his character. He isn't confused about what is right or wrong. He's confused about... more>> 'good' people's prejudices when deciding who is right and wrong. The author really does like subverting common tropes, which I also love. I am a bit worried it might become stagnant in the future, but the MC is fun and the growth of the side characters around him are interesting. Even if it starts to become a little trope-y later (which remains to be seen), I'm very happy with what I've read so far. <<less
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Seraphic
Seraphic rated it
June 17, 2021
Status: c33
Not a ton out but it's pretty good so far. It's got the standard "regressed protagonist" tropes like OP fighting skills and knowledge of future events and doesn't show any signs of being particularly unique in its application of those tropes, but it does at least give the protagonist willingness to change and grow.

The author seems to like subverting expectations, so a character and their actions shouldn't necessarily be taken at face value; we (and the characters in the story) are often lead to believe one thing and later revelations... more>> completely change our perspective. For example, in the first few chapter with the MC's family
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the MC being ostracized is initially set up to be the machinations of his stepmother/brother but was actually mostly due to his dead mother being an awful person, and the MC's "revenge" for his poor treatment was actually a farewell gift attempting to nudge his family away from certain doom.

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Overall, I'd say the novel shows promise, but naturally, it's still too early to see whether it'll turn out to be great or terrible. <<less
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Blood-Lust
Blood-Lust rated it
August 23, 2021
Status: c99
The first 20 chps are a mix of highs and lows where the training is shit, beginning of the journey is boring but the fight scene are great. MC has memory loss which makes him dumb (Really hope this is why) and no real context on his character early on.... more>>
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turns out everyone hates MC because his mom was literally a b*tch/vilaness

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and by then story kept getting better. <<less
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