The Tragedy of The Villainess


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Seria, a social outcast, has changed.
Seria Stern, the wicked woman who made everyone tremble with fear, was now calm.

In fact, she wasn’t just changed, she was a completely different person.

The moment she realized that she had possessed the body of the villain Seria, in a romance novel, she had a hunch about the future and decided to live low.

She would avoid kidnapping and harassing the original heroine, hence preventing her death by decapitation at the hands of Kalis, the second male lead.

In order to avoid that, she had to fix her bad relationship with Kalis and even healed his injured arm.

Thanks to that she got engaged with him, so it’s all worked out.
Finally, the original heroine returned, and her husband, Lesche, should be on good terms with her now.

“I’ve been waiting to escort her, so…”

Lesche asked, resolutely cutting off Kalis’ words.

“Miss Seria, it would be better for you to choose. With whom would you want to go with?”

Something was strange.
The original, wasn’t it perfectly fine?

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Seria Stern
합법적 악역의 사정
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Death Is The Only Ending For The Villain (2)
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New LadyLuma rated it
September 19, 2021
Status: c86
This is probably the best novel I have ever read. The character development is amazing, the plot twists leave you on edge, and some of the characters are so shameless you can’t help but hate them. Whenever this novel updates I get so excited I stop what I am doing to read it.
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New kurojotei rated it
September 3, 2021
Status: --
The story’s really great and interesting. Translation’s top-notch, too. Only problem is, it’s a little draggy. Some side issues or minor plot lines could be resolved in a few chapters, but it seems to go on forever.
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Slowday rated it
February 23, 2021
Status: c65
It's frustratingly good. I'm already at ch 65, or chapter 5 (or 6????) of the book, and so far still enjoying it. There's still a little to no romance, yet I have no regrets. It's slowburn since the marriage's somehow like a contract marriage, but I really wish the MCs would kiss already lol. Each chapter makes you wanna read more. I love it that it's not always drama, but there's mystery and a lil bit thriller in it.

I love the FL so much!!!! Originally Seria thought that if she... more>> acted differently from how the villainess behaved, she'd be safe and sound, but nah. She at last engaged to Kalis, but when she saw him with og FL, she tried to understand and accept everything bc she thought that it's a force majeure where the MLs would always be attracted to the of FL, but slowly she realized that her feelings were important too. She tried so hard to live but when something happened on her wedding and it almost took her life, she understood that she needed to take actions. She doesnt want to easily forgive and forget again.

The ML... Lesche is a typical korean novel's ML I guess? At first he wasn't interested in Seria, but slowly found himself always taking care of her. They got married because

THIS MF KALIS DIDN'T COME TO THE WEDDING BECAUSE HE WAS TRAPPED IN A BLIZZARD IN A HUT TOGETHER WITH THE FREAKING ANNOYING OG FL. A Stern wedding is time limited, and both of the couple shouldn't be late and actually would die from blood loss if one doesn't come. So Lesche came to the rescue and took the groom's place.

He's lowkey a tsundere lmao. I love that he doesn't even interested with og FL, even annoyed, due to her antics.

About the og FL, you know that blue haired FL who's always protected from When the Villainess Loves? Lina, the og FL, is exactly like that. Easily shed tears, not understanding common sense, truly naive, thinks about everything in her own way, and behave like a spoiled child who doesn't know how the world works. I understand that she's from another world, but after few months and lessons, shouldn't she adapted already? When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

She wanted to be Seria's friend, adored Seria who's a Stern to the point she even wanted to be like her, and well, later it was found out she's actually a Stern too.


I have no opinions about Kalis. He can go to hell 🙂🙂🙂 even if he repented I won't want him to be with Seria!!!!

Also it's from the same author of Princess Shu. <<less
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Skite rated it
June 18, 2021
Status: --
What I like:

The translation is superb. Really enjoyable and smooth to read.

The MC, Seria, has very real, palpable emotions and feels like a full person. She feels fear and worry as a constant undercurrent, and we feel it, too. Other stories with heroine's trying to avoid "death flags" don't really touch on how unstable, uncertain, and simply how scary, that situation would be. After reading this, the protagonists in other stories feel a bit fake in comparison: they know they'll die in a year if they fail, why aren't they... more>> more stressed out, like this MC? She also falls in love, despite knowing it's probably a bad idea, and her love and her feelings about it when the object of her affection turns out to be a "Nice Guy" (you know the type), are messy and human.

The transmigration aspect is handled in an interesting way: MC not only has her original body's memories, but is also influenced by her emotions, motivations, and aesthetic taste from those memories, to a certain degree. For example: the original body's mother was much maligned, so when anyone insults her mother, MC will become absolutely enraged, from the influence of experiencing those memories. This will also make you wonder why other story's MCs aren't the same way; they are literally viewing a person's memory, why aren't they more affected?

The MC and the OG male lead's relationship progresses at a natural pace. There is no instant switch. She is still recovering from her previous relationship, which he allows her to do on her own time, with minimal male posturing or possessiveness. He respects her, which is wonderful, and they are friendly, soon becoming friends.

What I dislike:

Sweet jeebus, can NONE of the door guards or servants do their actual jobs?? They're like automatic doors, opening whenever someone approaches! You'll get very tired and irritated when the MC is in her private room, maybe changing, maybe injured, and the the OG female lead just busts in AGAIN, despite there literally being guards on the door to prevent MC from being bothered.

Despite the wonderfully nuanced job done with the MC's character, the OG female lead, Lina, is the epitome of every bad stereotype associated with young, teen girls magically transported to new worlds and assigned a special, super powered fate. I guess you would have to be a certain, (extremely high,) level of oblivious, bold, and self confident in order to pull off a "Saintess" fate, but holy crap, is she annoying as she simply does not understand why Seria, or anyone else, doesn't want to be besties and doesn't think she's the cutest thing ever. She is block-of-wood s*upid, which is good, since you'll want something dense to beat your head against in frustration at her newest antic. Were she back in her original world, I could see her as the "social media influencer"/ "if you can't handle me at my worst, you don't deserve me at my best" type: convinced everyone likes her, if they don't, it's because they're mean haters, nothing she does is wrong, and all her little character flaws are darling 'quirks' people have to accept, rather than changing and improving. She's got a bit of entitled, jealous dark side under the naivety, but this is no white lotus or green tea b*tch. Still, it makes her very, very fun to hate, which I guess is the point, but wow, do I hate her a lot and look forward to Seria utterly destroying her. The entire "Stern" thing is not explained very well (seems to be a special class of magic wielders afforded significant rank and privilege), and it feels like the author is doing that on purpose so they can add things as they go, in case it's needed.


Definitely among the better/ best of the translated light novels, with detailed writing and an engaging plot which focuses on complex, interpersonal relationships, while not neglecting the occasional spot of action and drama. It does not shy away from mess, or take the easy shortcuts to a happy ending. Not pure cotton candy fluff, but not fully adult and depressing bitter chocolate: something in between, like maybe a wine gum candy. <<less
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May 22, 2021
Status: c19
Imma write a short review since there aren't many, hope it helps.

Well, I've just read 19 chapters but the plot is roughly like this:

A college graduate transmigrates into Seria's body, who is a villainess in sum classic romance novel. You know, a Mary Sue protag titled "Saintess", beyond devoted love interests, Grand Duke ML blah blah...

We start the story 1 year after our MC is transmigrated, so she's already quite used to her new world so we can avoid the cringe. I gotta mention, she's smart in her own right,... more>> she didn't directly transform from the " most treacherous woman in 10000 miles" to "white lotus that could melt glaciers with her global warming-like smile, " no. She aims to rebuild her reputation little by little, as to not appear suspicious (which most transmigration protags don't really care about, protag halo is the only thing that protects them) and cares most about avoiding death flags, not making herself to be sum angel on earth. She just fixed the most pressing issues in the one year time she was there, and didn't go out of her way to dunno, fix OG!Seria's shitty family relations? Avoid the ML only to become even closer to him? Choose your pick of these most basic mistakes lol.

Anyways, she's fallen for the 2nd male lead and was gonna marry him. She's a poor villainess, he's a tragic 2nd male lead that committed suicide after has given his all to the Saintess only to see her marry ML, they deserve this much happiness right? Alas, Saintess appeared 1 week before the wedding was held...

Stainless, as the title suggests, is a pure woman with holy powers at her disposal. She supposedly falls from the sky, well, another transmigrator but she's not aware that we're in the book. If I were to describe her, "tactless 5 years old child" would be the politest words I could use lol. I don't expect her to know noble etiquette, she comes from modern times, but complete lack of common sense on her part... You just get the urge to crack open her skull to see if there is anything in it other than water. I mean, she's not tr*sh like most "transmigrating into the villainess" type of novel's original heroines are, those that make you think og villainesses are much better. She doesn't go around digging pits for others to fall or black-bellied, no, it's just as I said; she acts like a 5 years old.

Ugh, I don't wanna spoil much, what I have written above is a matter of few chapters. I think it's pretty good, I can't wait to see drama queen Saintess's tears form a river- wait that's not it.

Saintess gives me minor headaches so I would give this novel 4 5/5, considering we're just 19 chapters in I'm quite optimistic. <<less
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Demonqueen26 rated it
August 11, 2021
Status: c56
I naturally assumed that this was going to be similar to many other transmigration stories where the girl becomes a villainess. But I LOVE this one. The Female Villainess is likeable. She's not completely naïve or arrogant like some Transmigration characters. Bravo to the writer and translator. I can't wait for more.
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keikomushi rated it
May 26, 2021
Status: c56
This story is an exciting, engaging read so far. The world-building (including magic, religion, demon cult war, etc...) is dished off in small doses when it is relevant to the storyline. Seria and Lesce are neat leads that I found myself easily rooting for because they are worthy of love. There are a handful of side characters, such as Abigail and Alliot, whose part in the story was meaningful rather than feeling like filler. Whilst I did not hate Kalis, he was an infuriating second male lead that made me... more>> feel like slapping repeatedly due to idiotic actions towards a woman that he supposedly loved.

As for Lina? Hoo-boy! We see Lina going from a character that could be shrugged off as an entitled, idiotic teenaged girl to somebody willing to get people killed and also consort with demons. It was a gradual build-up that also included plenty of clues as to what is going on. And then - BAMM!! - sh*t went down. Characters that we'd come to briefly know were killed because of Lina's malice and folly. It was confronting and foreshadowed more horror before the end of the story. Whilst there are plenty of clues for what is motivating her, she is still a character that takes deliberate actions, showing agency in her sh*tty, villainous behaviour.

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HentMas rated it
May 7, 2021
Status: c16
Now now, comparing this to "Remarried Empress" is a bit much, the focus of both stories is quite different, in "RE" the story focuses on giving the reader the full experience of being in a relationship without love, the portrayals focus on a more mature emotional portrayals.

On here, well, it's a completely different beast, with a completely different premise and intent from the author, and quite frankly it's more immature (seriously the amount of comments that mention "immature" and "childish" is a testament of this).

But setting the differences aside.

I am... more>> enjoying this novel very much, the progression and the plot points are competent and well crafted, although a bit short sighted, it's focused on "shock value" that sometimes pushes the common sense a bit to portray a tragedy, it's a bit too on the nose for me, but it works within the story.

The characterizations are well portrayed and understandable, although some of them feel a bit too forced, they work "within" the story, you have your "oblivious cliché Isekai" heroine and our MC who is the reincarnator in the body of someone that was a Villainess... but the story starts after she's already shed some of that image because of her knowledge of the future.

The story haves a few chapters of clunky exposition dump that help proceed with the world building, but it's sometimes a bit bothersome because it repeats a few of those in different POVs, at least in the characterizations it's all well understandable and follows a very clear line of what "is" and "isn't" right, you can clearly see that the road to hell is paved by good intentions.

It's a nice novel, some of the set ups feel a bit rushed, and some of the characterizations are purely for shock value because they shatter common sense, so just be aware that it's gonna be a bit annoying from time to time to read them, but once you keep on reading it makes sense... if you squint a bit...

BTW: the romance... is... secondary, you're here to see her be punched and healed a bit each time by the ML, but back to punching, because this IS a tragedy and that's the focus... so reader beware, it's "not" a slow burn romance, it's a punching bag taking all the tragedy she can till the author is satisfied so that the ML looks magnificent (when he really doesn't do much outside of making sarcastic remarks). <<less
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Elladrienna rated it
April 30, 2021
Status: c14
This novel is one of my favorite. It's 'Remarried Empress' which you didn't have to wait until chapter 140 for our MC to break up with some tr*sh lover. I like the slowburn of this story and it really made me love MC and the real ML in which I hope they would find happiness together soon.
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ConsiderableWave rated it
May 13, 2021
Status: --
Very much drama and the main action has yet to come up, but the protagonist is responsible and dignified and very calm- I love when the og heroine gets jealous of the would be villainess
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norestsimp rated it
July 29, 2021
Status: c49
i wont be going in too much about the plot since i've seen reviews that perfectly encapsulate what I want to say.

i do agree that it is quite similar to Remarried Empress, but this is quite a lighter read compared to RE which goes hard on the "adult issues" department.

first up, I love Seria (FL) because of her blatant refusal of the cheating scum. Aside from that, I love how the author did not settle for just one personality. The "i will stop being cruel and start living quietly" and... more>> the "i wont be trampled on" virtues were mixed into a satisfying blend that gives an interesting FL.

it is also worth mentioning that the author did not drag the "clueless" phases for so long. Because there is a tendency for most FLs to just sit for 10-20 chapters waiting for a solution that is literally in front of their eyes.

On the other hand, Lesche might seem like the ordinary male lead but he easily climbs up my list of favorite manhwa husbands. Probably in third place (after Erden from My Husband Hides His Beauty and Ditrian from A Way to Protect The Lovable You). It is evident right from the get-go that he doesnt want a divorce! And he wont look at the sh*tty saintess ever!

the dialogue that the leads share and the subtle romantic gestures in between the adventure/action scenes give me life. Instead of forgetting the minor scenes, I ended up remembering them all because of these little scenes sprinkled like confetti.

tr*shta = lina. I do understand that there's an adjustment period needed because she is from earth. But ghurl, at least have common sense. Imagine dressing up and having someone walk into your room? Shes just plain dumb and frustrating on a level comparable to Rashta from Remarried Empress.

Kallis, surprisingly, is better than his brother in the cheater club, Soveshit, at least for me. I could tell that he did love Seria but developed feelings for Lina at the same time. There is the "guardian" excuse he had, unlike sovesh*t who just picked up tr*sh on the street at random. He is still a scumbag, but I did feel pity for him at some point because Leech (Lina) played him too well.

Overall, this easily tops my favorite korean novel as it is fast-paced and well-written, paying attention not just to world-building but also to character development. I hope that the following chapters do not disappoint. <<less
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In most transmigration/isekai novels, the person possessing the villainess' body got in before the main plot of the novel, so she will try to befriend her destined enemies or victims so she can change her story. The Tragedy of The Villainess begins after that exact part of the story, where the now-ex villain Seria has successfully helped her victim and was engaged to him prior to meeting the Saintess MC. But the unique element of this novel was that unlike most isekais we've read, things still didn't go as planned... more>> for Seria despite her efforts and that's where the real plot begins. <<less
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Danyanegash rated it
June 11, 2021
Status: c23
This story is phenomenal!!! And the translations are good as well. I recommend, but be wary this is the type of story that will aggravate you as a reader, the two side characters are incredibly annoying but I think that’s the charm of the story. Only criticism is that the male lead and the female lead don’t have much chemistry as of yet but we are only 23 chapters in so I’ll stay patient, hoping for more convos between them. I love <3!!!
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