Unruly Phoenix Xiaoyao


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The fat cat Black Tubby said, “Supreme Commander is a good person, meow!”

The bird Grandfather Sparrow said, “Supreme Commander is a good person, chirp!”

The little mouse Oil Jar also said, “Supreme Commander is a good person, squeak!”

Furthermore, the weasel Great Immortal said, “You and Supreme Commander are a match made in Heaven~”

All of the little animals told Ning Xiaoyao about Supreme Commander, Supreme Commander, Supreme Commander! So, Ning Xiaoyao believed that this Supreme Commander named Lou Zigui had to be a good guy. As to whether or not they were a match made in Heaven…

The fat cat Black Tubby clawed at Ning Xiaoyao. “You wrote the decree sentencing Supreme Commander to death in the execution grounds, ah! You fatuous, self-indulgent ruler!!!”

Ning Xiayao replied, “…”

Ning Xiaoyao is a genetically evolved army doctor from a zombie-infested apocalyptic world. One day, she transmigrates to the past as the next emperor of an ancient country. But wait, isn’t she a girl?!

As it turns out, she’s a disguised stand-in for her baby brother under the “loving” care of the empress dowager, her mother and future murderer. Faced with her impending death, Ning Xiaoyao must thwart the schemes of her family to survive in a palace allied against her. But how does a zombie-killing expert with supernormal strength, healing powers, and the ability to understand animals deal with the intricacies of court politics?

“If nothing else works, I’ll just beat them all up!”

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Diaoman Xiaoyao Huang
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New ResidentialPsycho rated it
September 9, 2018
Status: c255
This novel is hilarious and makes me laugh every future chapters. "Unruly" is an apt description of the main character. As a former apocalypse survivor, she doesn't know manners and speaks so frankly that the officials don't know how to respond to her. Similarly, their flowerly language and metaphors confuse the d*ckens out of her. Since she has impressive healing abilities, she is extremely difficult to kill and infuriates and confounds those who attempt to assassinate her. As a young immortal monstrous woman clothed in the guise of the emperor,... more>> she is extremely valiant and fearless. I adore her character, and she cracks me up.

The can also talk with animals, which is a skill I did not look forward to before trying this series. The animals are all funny and have their own personalities.

They act as her personal spies, making the MC's enemies put forth futile efforts exterminating their own men as they try to figure out who is giving the MC her information. It becomes very hard to keep any gossip or secrets from the MC, lol.


The male lead isn't bad, but he definitely fits the description of "evil vixen." Their relationship is one of the few in a historical Chinese series that doesn't begin with rape and isn't abusive. It would be interesting if the MC decided to destroy him, though.

All of the other human characters, like the animals, have their own defined personalities and goals with plenty of scheming involved. It's well worth checking out. <<less
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Hanawie rated it
June 4, 2017
Status: c167
My current favorite historical transmigration novel and I highly recommend it to everyone. The author writes in a very simple style so it's perfect for people that know Chinese but aren't well-versed in the language. Occasionally, the novel acts like a manzai comedy where the story characters will do/say/think something stupid ("boke") and the author will "tsukkomi" in with a line and emoticon.

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Since the female lead has the ability to talk to animals, there are a lot of animal side characters and her interactions with them are hilarious (especially the fat black cat: Big Black Boss or otherwise lovingly nicknamed as Black Fatty *the translator might translate these names differently). The animals all have their own personalities and they cooperate with the female lead by giving her information on her enemies so the conflicts are usually resolved within a few chapters. It's really light and unstressful, good for people that are sick of intricate scheming that sometimes go nowhere.



The main couple's interactions with each other are utterly adorable due to the differing social values between the male lead and the female lead. The author illustrates this difference super early when the male lead and the female lead have a one-night stand together. (I thought it was funny how the male lead was all "must take responsibility" while the female lead was all "whatever, people do this all the time back in my world".) Since the female lead's common sense is completely different from the historical common sense, it makes for hilarious situations where she completely disregards the rules and just does whatever she wants. My favorite example is when the Empress Dowager tries to keep her out of her courtyard by shutting the doors and the female lead just decides to force-open the doors with brute strength. These scenes would make for a great comedy if this novel ever became a drama.

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bakanishi04 rated it
February 23, 2018
Status: c139
I can't continue reading this. At each step, the male lead usurps the female lead's authority, and she's constantly looking to him for cues. Even her personal guards disregard her commands and listen only when the male lead orders them. It's even observed by the characters at several points. The final straw for me though was when the male lead bargains for a prisoner's freedom in return for some acts to be carried out, pressures the prisoner using the emperor's name, and then after he lets the events unfold, causing... more>> even a death, he lies to the female lead and tries to get her to agree to freeing the prisoner after he's already gone and done it. He fails to disclose the gruesome details that resulted from his actions and yet he tells her that there would be no harsh consequences. This is pure manipulation, and in no way is this a healthy relationship. I realize this makes it possible for character development and growth, so once I calm down, perhaps I'll come back to the series. But I doubt it as much as I doubt that there will be character growth. <<less
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MewMew rated it
August 27, 2017
Status: c20
    • This is a very witty and unpredictable comedy that keeps you wanting more. Aye' I can't stop laughing, my sides have been hurting since chapter one!
    • The MC keeps the excitement, comedy and thrills going on and on! Ning Xiao Xiao is very sly, direct, cunning, thick-skinned, decisive and so shameless to a point of a whole new level.

    • The interactions with the MC and her subjects are very funny and crude as she always compares them to the people in her past zombie world! 'That death glare is adorable, so why don't you try being a flesh eating zombie instead!?' XD
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Seraphic rated it
November 14, 2017
Status: c108
Recommended: Yes

Hmm....I want to classify this as an action novel, despite the fact that there really isn't much in the way of fight scenes. Martial arts (of the wuxia variety) is implied to exist, but completely irrelevant to the plot. Think of UPX as a court drama, where the "court" and the "drama" are dispensed for the MC punching people until give in to her demands. The setting and side characters have the potential to be quite serious, but the presence of the protagonist pretty much completely shatters any darkness... more>> in tone as much as she shatters the common sense of the other characters. The male lead is a brooding, cunning figure, but contrary to other female-lead novels, he's only occasionally mysterious and almost never in control; he gets dragged along by the protagonist about as much if not more than anyone else.

Pretty much a comedy through and through. <<less
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Silverbell rated it
November 4, 2017
Status: c96
I really recommend this novel.

The story is really interesting and entertaining so far. I don't know about others, but I keep laughing while reading this XD

The way the MC solves the problems are really refreshing. Why I said refreshing is because the MC's way is quite bold and straightforward. The MC is also not the type that's weak and just waiting someone to solve the problem, the MC is quite proactive in solving those problems.

What also made me laugh so much are the reactions of the people around MC about... more>> the way the MC solves problem. I also really like how the MC have so many animal friends, and the friendship between them :) <<less
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Maiasia rated it
September 22, 2017
Status: c63
Lmao. Oh, Xiaoyao! You truly are an unruly Phoenix! I am really enjoying this novel. It's as expected in some ways with the the evil mother and grandfather wickedly planning to take over the kingdom through Xioyao, but completely unexpected in other ways such as her lamenting of being a poor emperor who had to resort to sanding off imperial sigils off of royal furniture before pawning it away to feed the poor. Xiaoyao is truly a kickass MC, shameless, righteous, courageous, and humorous. I love her interactions with Black... more>> Tubby first and foremost, it's freaking hilarious, but a close second is between her and the male MC. Omg, I love the part when she rushes into his room while he's completely nude and wiping off and was like (to paraphrase), "we gotta save your men from being torture and yet you're still worried about putting on clothes?" Lmao. Drama and kickass MC aside, the humor is enough to make me keep coming back. <<less
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Wenhui rated it
September 20, 2017
Status: c220
I like the MC because her way of dealing with things reminds me of my favourite MC of all time, only using her brains less. Sometimes I'm not sure if the MC is just acting dumb or is actually dumb though now I think that it's just that her IQ is very unpredictable.

I don't really like the ML because ... more>>

He hides things from the MC. I mean I guess I can understand but after reading a lot of books where the ML can trust the MC absolutely and doesn't hide anything, this one doesn't sit well with me.


It was quite funny when

The MC told the ML she understood what animals were saying and he didn't believe her. I disliked the ML even more when he thought she was still hiding stuff from him. I think he's just projecting his own thoughts on her. This ML is broken. Probably would have liked him more if he'd been potrayed as the bad guy from the beginning.

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Krios rated it
December 31, 2017
Status: c133
Its really good with all the shemes politics and female leads funny actions but plot is still the same as 1st chapter. Author make thing unnecesserily long. From the 1st chapter there is a big boss who wants to kill MC but MC cany do anything to him despite being emperor why? Because he has military power in his hands. Yeah reasonable but MC is ridiculously powerfull in this world so she can sneak in to kill him and his family in one night silently (MC also wants to kill... more>> him) so there will be no one to guide military and take actions agains her but no we are still at the same place as 1st chapter despite everyone in the imperial palace knows that the big boss (villain) repeatedly tried to kill her (emperor) and there is also evidence, I mean please author be a little realistic there is tons of ways to get rid of him but MC didnt kill a single important enemy till 133 and still continues to back off everytime he tries to kill her this is more like a story about 'how to escape from someone who wants to kill or control you by all means in the open (and everyone knows it) then simply back off because you are afraid that people will get hurt' and MC doesnt even tries to take control of military at all or doesnt even think how to kill her enemies

This is more like a comedy novel MC is dumb and spends all day doing anything else beside the things an emperor would do, there is a male lead who does the things she is supposed to (even thinking) and the only thing that doesnt make her a thrash MC is because she can talk to animals and animals continuously provide her with information about villains betrayals or plots so she can always prevent them

If you want to pass time with comedy this novel is good but if you want some novel with cool MC dont bother with this or you will spit blood from anger <<less
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fabrayist rated it
August 27, 2017
Status: c20
This novel is so hilarious and fun to read. It's a light story so it's great as a alternative if you're tired reading historical novel that have a lot of scheming.
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xtruthxliex rated it
December 22, 2017
Status: c131
Reallllyyyy interesting. I like it because the protagonist is strong and sometimes funny.

Realllly slow. I don't like it because the protagonist is oblivious to everything and I understand that politics and war is a seriously, painfully slow ans intricate process to consider when killing someone, but it gets super annoying when it's over 100+ chapter.
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porkbuns rated it
August 28, 2017
Status: c30
If you love historical novels (with a female protag) with tons of scheming, but wished there was more of a comedic atmosphere to those stories, then this is the novel for you.

This is the story of a genetically enhanced combat medic (with magical healing powers as well as the ability to communicate with animals) from a zombie infested post-apocalyptic world, who was unexpected transmigrated into the body of the newly inaugurated (is this even the right term to be used for an emperor?) emperor (whom is also a crossdressing female)... more>> of an ancient country.

A story filled with dastardly machinations of the royal court, with tons of comedic moments mixed in. I don't know whether I should laugh or feel angry. <<less
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BlueRose rated it
September 4, 2017
Status: --
One of the funny novel I read. All the chapter are really good and funny. The character are really good.

So, this novel is one of my favourite novel. For me, 5 star are really deserve for this novel
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hawlol rated it
July 22, 2018
Status: c84
Listen... it's funny... but only if you can shut your brain off.

The premise makes no sense, her powers make no sense, the MC is dumb as a door and if you consider the character's actions, the male lead is a bastard manipulator usurping her little by little and the MC is the most broke, powerless and stupid emperor, ever. Which has no work btw. She just fools arounds all day.

So, as long as you don't take the story seriously, there'll be some laughs. That being said, it does wears off... more>> after some dozen chapters. There's no character progression and the plot is stupid, just like the novel overall.

Recomendation: Read until you get tired of it, while shutting you brain off, for some gags. <<less
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IloveWebNovels rated it
June 1, 2018
Status: c195
This novel is hilarious! I just love that the female lead has animal friends to gather info for her which makes them inconspicuous. Her intels are the best! Although she's pretty dumb, I think it's understandable since she grew up in a zombie-infested dimension. I don't think that you need schemes and calculations to kill a bunch of brainless creatures who are slower than senior citizens.

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On the other hand, as much as I love and adore the female lead, I'm slowly starting to hate the male lead. Okay, I get his situation and his feelings toward Xiaoyao's bloodline but still. Why does his recent actions look like he's taking her for granted? Xiaoyao's innocent and gullible despite her supernatural powers but that doesn't mean he can just use her status as the emperor to scheme behind her back. Although he makes sure that Xiaoyao's safety is prioritized but still... Augh! They still look good and cute together! The hell?!

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shouahang58 rated it
May 4, 2018
Status: c60
The way that MC does things in this this novel is too funny and adorable!! I love how everyone is just swept along with her crazy ways of dealing with the enemy and whatnot!!

This is one of the best novels that you can't afford to miss out on or you're gonna end up regretting that you didn't read this earlier!
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Yan Hua rated it
April 27, 2018
Status: c187
I don't know why it only gave 2 stars. I was tryna give 5. Honestly this story is hilarious. It is nothing like the generic transmigration stories where the girl is beautiful, crafty, a strong cultivator and has heaven defying medical skills. Xioayao is a retard and to make things worse, she didn't inherit any memories from the previous owner of the body. She does whatever she wants and speaks nonesnse. Most people don't understand what she says and she can't read ancient Chinese. I love this novel so much.... more>> I kept laughing aloud. <<less
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March 16, 2018
Status: c157
Even though I like the story, I don't like the main character because her personality is just annoying.

At the beginning, right when she transmigrated, she wanted to kill people, which I found stupid to do without even knowing your situation. Then, suddenly she came a holy saint who doesn't kill anyone even when they try to kill her. Even then, her holiness is useless because the ML kills those people behind her back.

Besides that, she is stupid and can't think for herself, and she is always relaying on the ML,... more>> who is not even trustworthy. She completely trusts him even though she came from the apocalypse, which only serves as filler.

Also, the author tries to force their feelings for each other, which seems fake at some point, and sometimes you can't even tell if the MC really loves the ML. And the author obviously put some stupid reason for jealousy to express their "love", which seems even more fake. And the ML also doesn't really loves her and continues to hide things from her because he thinks he should take responsibility because he slept with her once and she is a girl. Except for the crappy jealousy they show, there is nowhere else that portrays their feelings for each other.

In a way, it is a good story and I recommend it to those who like MC like her. <<less
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acmangalover rated it
November 2, 2017
Status: c94
Hahaha! This is great! I didn't think I would love this so much, but I couldn't stop reading it!

I thought I had seen shameless characters before... but this is really the most shameless MC I've ever seen!

Little bits of romance (hilarious because the Male and Female lead are never on the right wavelength, but still enjoy being together), with plot as the Female lead strongly and naively makes waves and changes the dynasty.

The translation quality is great as always from Volare.
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CandleLight rated it
October 19, 2017
Status: c83
One thing: If you haven't read this yet, well, what are you waiting for?!

This novel is so fun it's unbelievable. I actually can't help but snicker in every paragraph or few, and full blown laughter somewhere in the middle. As a comedy, it's undoubtedly among my top 3 in this website, leaning on 1st actually, it's just so great!

Of course while reading, please bear in mind that it is a novel meant to entertain, not to be a textbook example of what a 'novel' MUST be. There's a huge difference.

... more>> (Though that's applicable to like 90% of novels at NU)

Anywho, I most certaintly would recommend this to anyone looking for a reason to smile. <<less
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brandwyn rated it
September 27, 2017
Status: c22
Well, I kinda started reading this on a whim. Man, am I glad I did. I'm only 22 chapters in right now but I'm thoroughly enjoying it. The MC's strange interactions due to ignorance of the imperial court's customs provide very humorous situations. I'm also enjoying the cast of animal characters. These animals are constantly observing the humans around them and just gossiping nonstop.

This is a fun read if you're looking for something lighthearted and comedic.

The only fault I can find so far is that the chapters seem to be... more>> on the short side. <<less
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