Turned out I am a Scheming Little Cannon Fodder


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At the age of eighteen, Shen Rou was sent to the flourishing Emperor Star from the Colossal Star by his family.

When he looked up and saw the young man who had been engaged to him since he was a child, he was stunned for a moment.

When Shen Ruo plucked up the courage to confess to Chu Xiao, he accidentally fell and knocked his head on the stairs.

Shen Ruo, who was s*upid in the eyes of others, was extremely sad because it turned out that he was just a character in a book.

The old Duke of Chu’s verbal marriage contract was nothing important in the eyes of the Chu family. It was written in the book that he was finally broken off from the engagement, but he was not reconciled to return to the impoverished Colossal Star. After racking his brains hard, he fooled around with other aristocrats and was finally kept by them to remain on the Emperor Star.

In the end, because of offending Chu Xiao’s nephew, the protagonist in that book, he was sent to a more remote galaxy by Chu Xiao. In the end, there was no news of him, and there was a high probability that he was dead.

Shen Ruo didn’t dare to have any other thoughts. He wanted to go back home. Colossal Star was a little poorer, but as long as he worked hard, he would at least not go hungry.

But Shen Ruo, who had packed up his luggage, was taken back by that violent man.

After that, Chu Xiao stopped pretending in front of Shen Ruo.

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faeriexine rated it
December 5, 2021
Status: c60
Tsk, it's like the same plot over and over again these days. Scum ML uses naive MC, MC leaves tearfully, ML chases and 'woos' the MC after realising he is different from the rest, MC forgives him, they live happily ever after and have heaps of kids blah blah blah.

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Honestly, what made me so angry was the fact that the author was trying to convince everyone that the ML was a good person. It's irritating reading the ML be so hot and cold towards the MC only to be shoved notions such as, 'he doesn't know what love is', and, 'he never hit back when the MC attacked him because he is gentle'. Umm excuse me? The MC retaliated because he was being f*cking sexually assaulted by the ML. Also it seems like a bit of a stretch for the ML to have always 'liked' the other when he never cleared up the crucial misunderstandings in the first place. I'm truly confused because I expected a nice dominant top and submissive bottom relationship, only to be given a controlling and pushover one instead. Really, I'm baffled.

Also, is it just me or was anyone else shocked at the sudden confession? For about over half of the novel, the MC is seen to be very scared of the ML and is genuinely uncomfortable. He is desperate to escape his grasps and is determined to never marry the ML, so when the MC suddenly accepted that mans proposal, it was like a slap in my face. I read about his fear for the future, his disappointment in the ML, his hopelessness in realising he was from a book and his firmness in leaving........ yet he chose to go against everything he originally claimed. For the MC to say 'I like you' back to the ML, it just felt like their love was not real. The progress did not match up with the results, and I felt as if what I previously read was only just a filler episode.

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Neryn rated it
November 16, 2021
Status: c58
I wanted to like it since I enjoy these kinds of stories but the ML is a bully and the MC is always either appeasing his bad temper or crying as he begs him to stop. So far the ML hasn't done the unforgivable but I'm giving up. On the positive side I really liked the realistic portrayal of how a normal person would react to being part of a novel.
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September 21, 2023
Status: c65
A word of advice to the author and any future author (s)... if you don't mind.

Us readers read the story from MCs perspective, so we feel what they feel, see what they see, hear what they hear and know what they know.

Most of us that are looking for Romance read expecting lots of dog food. When MC is constantly afraid of the Love interest, we readers also are naturally not rooting for the CP. When MC is terrified of the love interest, there's only 2 options for readers like me.

  • Start feeling uncomfortable about the love interest - defeats the purpose of looking for romance story.
  • Start getting annoyed by MC and love interest - because there's not enough dog food this way.
When there is a lack of fluff and romance, the story can only go 2 ways.

  • Reader no longer wants the CP, but it is forced down their throats.
  • MC and Love interest split - bad ending : (
So Authors, if you want to create chemistry, please avoid the "scared of love interest" path. It is extremely off putting and not romantic at all.


MC's fear of ML feels misplaced right from the start. All he needed to do was avoid offending the whoever guy or make ML fall in love with him so badly that the whoever guy can't trump ML's love for MC :)


If anyone wants to avoid all that un-needed angst and Main leads going in circles - relationship seem to regain its momentum around chapters



I am only halfway there, but so far it seems kinda ok, but wish there was more fluff and romance that can make my mind go numb :)
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XiaoMelly28 rated it
November 20, 2021
Status: Completed
Hi I first finish the story by mtl before writing a review. I specially wrote this review because of the first review by Neryn what he/she wrote happens quite often in the first half of the story starting when our MC knew that their world is just a book. It's just a huge misunderstanding in our MCs part and in mls past but trust me after the storm is always the rainbow so why not try this one but if angst (that isnt that heavy just mild I think) isn't... more>> your type or a dominant top and submissive bottom then just skip this story for a while and comeback when you don't have a story to read and give this a shot :) <<less
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Marikli rated it
April 8, 2024
Status: c1
We all have our own standards about forgiveness and acceptable behavior. And honestly I can't bear the thought that r*pe and physical ab*se became a baseline. Like it's an excuse that "at least ML hadn't done it so it's okay". And now I wish for the tag of emotional ab*se, so I could skip it. It's no surprise that after 50-60 chapters of toxic and abusive relationship MC accepted ML, because everyday fear becomes his reality and one of the ways to cope with it psychologicaly is to accept it... more>> as a norm. In every prolonged stressful condition brain learns to save itself. So no, I couldn't take it anymore and dropped it. Because as itself it's a novel about a victim who couldn't escape his ab*ser no matter how you whitewash it. And we call it HE.

It's my personal trigger and for those who can't accept it as me it's a warning. I sincerely hope no one will run into this situation in RL, because it's heartbreaking. <<less
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February 20, 2023
Status: Complrte
original review: Read the translation up to ch 5 and the translation is good. The story is moving extremely slowly and nothing has really happened yet.

update 1: Please read the tags. Honestly, ML becomes controlling and a bit crazy after MC "realizes" he's in a book. It doesn't fit him perfectly but I'd describe the ML as a yandere character who takes a long time to realize he's in love. The story is really a focus on the relationship between the MC and ML.

update 2: The story makes more... more>> sense with the info about the System. That was actually quite surprising because I didn't realize system was in the tags. The characteristics of both MC and ML make more sense now.

A lot of it can be explained as their subconscious reactions to basically living thru multiple cycles of the storyline.


update 3: This type of ML and romance isn't my preferred reading choice. Like can you say toxic??? Good thing it's fiction. It's was interesting cause I don't often read this type of story. Decently written. I will not reread tho. <<less
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AkaneApples rated it
February 19, 2024
Status: c60
It takes almost 60 chapters for these darned kids to finally talk it out, and I just have to keep reminding myself that they are literal children so I don't get too mad, especially at scumbag child ML.

ML is truly like an immature child that has too much money & power for his own good. He's 17 & his hormones are just raging all over the place I guess, and no one is holding him accountable, so he feels like he can get away with anything, like lying to his... more>> crush & forcing the relationship until *surprised Pikachu face* they hate you & want to run away to another planet.

At least, at the very bare minimum bones least, he doesn't resort to r*pe & physical ab*se when MC rejects him. He yells & screams & gets mad when MC tries to leave, but he's the only one getting slapped. He makes threats about marrying & baby trapping the MC but he's just doing some stomach groping. That's why his misdeeds feel so childish - they aren't at the level of crimes yet, and thank God for that. The bar is on the floor but he's lying on top of it, throwing a fit that his little fiance doesn't like him.

Someone at least raised him well enough to not hurt the weaker sexes with his amazing physical strength & it shows. Again, thank God. I would rate this much lower if he was more r*pey & pray the MC can get away from him, but as it is, I just hope these two can work it out. They both liked each other at first sight, with some lust mixed in, but that's normal, especially for teenage boys. Things just got so complicated because one was lying & the other couldn't speak the truth about the plot, then the weaker MC stopped talking & just waited for the plot to happen & it never did. Honestly I kinda want to read the story where little MC successfully confesses & see how these two bumbling idiots in love go from there. <<less
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August 13, 2022
Status: --
It would have been good if they didnt squeeze the ger and subhuman consept into it I feel very uncomfortable with this, it would have been a good old revenge novel (I couldnt read after the part where they announced the MC ger identity) do a man really need another to treat him like a gentleman and act like he couldnt do things himself and I didnt like the MC timid shy personality that just begs people to take advantage of him, how can a man be raised... more>> like a porcelin doll I felt too uncomfortable reading this part, and how MC didnt have a say in his marriage and because his family is from the rural stars and some rich emperor star family handed a contract for marriage they dumped their child there with no concern doesnt he have a say why are you acting helpess when you can change your destiny, I dont feel sympathy for dumb idiots who made their choices by themselvee, and the part when grandpa chu said to the child MC to always give in to the ML and do what he says bevause he eats soft and not hard a boiling point for me who are you to piosin the child mine like this and not teach him to defend himself but wait for grand pa chu to defend him like he has no personality and no ability to do so himeslf like a housewive in some abusive enviroment in15 th cenury , and what will he do when you are dead grandpa let him step allover him ?! You got it <<less
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AriaSoul16 rated it
July 12, 2022
Status: Completed
It is a good novel but I don't think it is my cup of tea. It didn't excite me but I recommend it for those who like a romance-focused novel with a bit of drama and angst.

I like it for its wonderful premise. It has reasonable explanations for the ... more>>

system/book world


What I don't like is that it feels rush at the end. I would have like more description or narrative of what happened after they got together and really understand each other. <<less
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Monicas rated it
December 19, 2021
Status: Completed
A little bit different from another plot with rebirth / system and that was plus point.

In the middle to end delivery of story is weak and kinda boring.
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