The Trashy PD Has To Survive as an Idol


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The bastard PD who everyone criticized has now become an unheard of idol in a parallel world.

The only person who remembers him completely is his brother.

To return to the original world, he must become the number one idol and clear the game!

“…Accept the quest.”
“Are you crazy?”
“Don’t I need to eat well to survive?”

His specialty is blackmailing, his hobby is conciliating.

The idol survival story of the evil PD who sticks to his job no matter what!

Associated Names
One entry per line
Surviving as a Crazy Idol PD
망나니 PD 아이돌로 살아남기
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Lois. rated it
May 17, 2022
Status: --
I really like the premise of someone who knows what happens behind the scenes being an idol. From what I've read it seems that the MC won't play it all clean either. Despite the different character settings the MC has it doesn't seem to deviate from the standard idol plot. I'd suggest to read this if you're in an idol webnovel phase like me LMAO.
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Tobe rated it
November 13, 2022
Status: c320
It’s actually great. This feels like Cale from TCF living as an idol. Eg our MC Hoyun is incredibly strategic to the point people ask him to set up a mat in Gangnam to become a fortune teller hahaha. N like Cale he believes he is 100% tr*sh but everyone at one point will recognise that he’s actually very soft and caring inside. He cares so much about his younger bro n his idol members so much I wanna cry. Hell there’s even blood coughing and self sacrificing scenes. So... more>> how can I not see Cale in him HAHHAA.
ofcoz there are differences. For example MC is not as strong as Cale. He has a trauma and it does affect him in major parts of the story that u can’t help but find him pitiful. His love for his younger bro is so heartbreaking too. Basically he was originally this PD who is crazy competent but hated by everyone that he told his younger bro never let anyone know he is related to him (as a protection from ppl who has a grudge against MC). And even tho in this new world where he is a somewhat loved idol, he doesn’t change his goal to return to the world where he is hated. WHY? Because as MC says “I’m scared. I’m so scared that I left Hojin (younger bro) alone in that world.”. Then u remember that MC’s parents died in a traffic accident and had to raise his younger bro alone. They only had each other so he’s only fear in the world is that younger bro is left alone. Argh I’m crying.

oh but apart from the angst it’s 80% comedy hahaha. The MC has such a shameless personality he messes with everyone. He calls the youngest member Bangbang and the leader Baby (like MC pretends to treat him like his gf). It’s so funny how he is able to tease everyone.

members : (oldest to youngest)


Kim Sunghyun (leader, main dancer) :

has a sch violence scandal (resolved to be false)

the fandom (sunset) calls him light because of his righteousness. Whenever they see him in a video they are like “huh KSH? Where? I only see light” hahahaha

he is very good as household chores coz he is the eldest of 4 siblings and will later be known to the public as the son in law every mothers want. He is also a fan of a top idol that our MC blackmailed who somehow ended up becoming friends with the MC and sometimes help the group out. He is also that physically hot member... ”he will later show abs”

Sung Jiwon (main vocalist) :

he has a pure appearance and has been a traineee for 7 years. He is most of the time gentle but he is also the most domineering n scary when the situation calls for it. MC ranks him as the best looking too. Oh he is also called the practice machine coz he drags everyone into a hellish level of practice hours. He is nicknamed Angel by the fans.
he was in a scandal where he was originally supposed to be the Center of a boy group of a big company but he was taken out of the debut group without any proper explaination. Then that same comoany tried to hook him up with a sponsor (dirty b**tards) which he escaped thanks to our MC in the past (when he was PD). Jiwon can’t remember it tho coz PD MC is erased by the system but the members still rmb what PD MC a did for them, they just can’t rmb who exactly it is. Anw after escaping, he returned to that company, turned off the cctv, took the CEO’s gold cubs and destroyed the practice rooms’ mirrors and then quit the company, so yes, he’s actually a hardcore character.

Seo Hoyun (sub vocalist, our dearest MC) :

cunning, smart, crazy protective of the members. He doesn’t care if his methods are dirty. He blackmailed a paparazzi into exposing celebrities that look down or hurt the members. Oh and one time in idol olympics, the youngest got hurt during the relay race and MC was angry with the youngest for nit caring abt his injury and stubbornly continued running so their group can take first place. He also got pissed off by the medical staff who didn’t treat the youngest so the MC carried the youngest on his back and ran to the hospital. Their group was poised to win 1st place but couldn’t attend the ceremony coz of the injury so the youngest was worried n didn’t wanna go to the hospital but MC said “don’t worry abt anything, Hyung will take care of everything so let’s go”. Omg they r Soo precious I tell u. There’s too much depth to this MC so I’ll stop here, read the book hahah.

kang Yi Chae (rapper, composer) :

this is the most mysterious character in the whole book. Till now we barely know much abt his background but he is also the most talented and clever in the group. He reads the MC so well even tho our MC is quite the sCammer. Basically he is increadibky clever. He is also shameless. He enters the room like “the loveliest Yi Chae is here ~” and when they film their own reality show he tells them to add captions on his scenes like “wow the cute and handsome Kan yiChae has appeared (Kang yichae told us to add this) ”. He makes almost all of they’re groups songs and he is so crazy talented many ppl also sends him lovecalls asking him to compass songs for them which he 100% rejects. He is also very very sensitive to health if the members, mainly the MC. The MC once fell I’ll, coughing blood n sht n KYC witnessed it. It was the first n only time KYC lost all expression on his face coz he was so angry. Anw he is the member that always see the MC moments when he is sick. No one rly knows why but he is very loyal to the group as if that’s the only thing he has. Oh he also has a soft spot for the youngest. According the KSH and SJW, he was unfriendly as a trainee until he met the youngest. He also once told the MC in a srs conversation that among all of them, the youngest might be the most mature.

Dae Jun (lead dancer, our precious maknae) :

scandal-double contract coz his prev company scammed him. (Ofcoz will be resolved by MC)

he is the purest and sweetest thing ever. He is like that emotional support pet of the group. The hyungs like to tease him and the MC always pulls his cheeks and pats his hair. He has a weird sense of cooking (strawberry spaghetti, etc) that he is very passionate about. And his Hyungs all try their best to avoid his cooking n eventually made that the penalty for their games. Haha. He is also sometimes called elephant coz he eats a lot. At like ch 300 ish he enters a growth spurt. He grew up with love and follows his Hyungs well. He’s just very cute but at he got tainted by our MC. So whenever he meets ppl who insult him or their group, he can reply in a pure but sarcastic way, shutting up the haters~


Anw the story isn’t over yet but it’s rly very fun yet compelling. It’s interesting to read an idol novel from the know-how of producers who r often seen by the audience as the bad guys of background characters. Even the side characters of this novel are 3D so what can I say. It’s both plot and character driven. I love it <<less
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January 15, 2023
Status: c382
I love this so much - I like idol stories in general and this one does a good job of showing off the other characters and their stories while keeping the central character and his story central. He can be impulsive and angry when it comes to things he cares about, but he doesn’t lose even if he plays a little dirty, which is fun.

... more>>

I like how I was confused about his motivation for going back to the real world until he casually mentions that he’s worried about his brother - that tracks with everything about him and it makes sense that he’d unthinkingly prioritize his brother without having to articulate it to himself even though they like. Almost never talk because of his emotional avoidance.this is a spoiler for the most recent chapter but - I don’t think this will happen but I kind of hope that the rapper somehow sabotages him from winning the award bc he knows too much but doesn’t expect our MC to completely break down emotionally and possibly physically bc he’s having fun but he’s still on the edge, big picture wise


If there’s anything negative I have to say it’s that I don’t always care for the supernatural actor, he can be kind of annoying in private - which is somewhat balanced out by how much I love our top tier idol friend <<less
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