What Happens When the Second Male Lead Powers Up


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I was transported into the romantic fantasy novel my younger sister was reading, not as the male lead but as the second male lead. If I remember correctly, this punk is fated to go into war in the future and die in the male lead’s place.

Okay, I’ve made up my mind. Let’s not go anywhere near the main characters and stay healthy until I can go home.

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When the Third Wheel Strikes Back (Official from author)
서브 남주가 파업하면 생기는 일
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New mw_mw_chan
October 7, 2021
Status: c41
Maybe I was expecting too much after fan-girling over TCF, but I’m so bored of the MC!

A lot of text to get through just to emphasize how saintly the MC is.

The monologue-like descriptions are so long-winded and if you’re into emotional intensity, there is nothing satisfying for the first 40 chapters.

... more>> Overall it was a very monochrome emotional experience despite most of the writing being super personal. Most of it just made me feel awkward and cringy.

It might be that the author is trying and failing at creating a realistic male character. It feels like they just stuffed a typical saintly female MC’s monologues into a male character’s inner dialogue.

Would love to see more plot development soon and less monologues. <<less
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anonmily rated it
March 25, 2021
Status: c227
Oooh this is really great this far. Love the MC and there's this sense of mystery as we figure things out along with him. The MC is righteous and definitely healthy mentally (unlike the characters in so many other isekai novels who seem to be psychopathic or morally lax), and it is just so heartwarming to see his kindness change the people around him. Great translation too! Definitely looking forward to more.

I see a reviewer complain that he is mary sue/virgin mary, but he is far from mary sue in... more>> my opinion. He just has a healthy, compassionate mentality with a soft spot for kids. Rather than going to the extremes and seeing the world in black and white, he sees the world in gray—everyone has a bit of white in them. That's not to say he is a pushover though; when he sees injustice he isn't afraid to stand out to protect what he believes in or to right a wrong. He's willing to give people a second chance when he sees that their troubles, but only if they can be redeemed and the damage is not too great. Also, it's actually easier on yourself to forgive than hold hatred and resentment. Why hold onto negative feelings when you can choose to be happy?

Apart from the great MC, the surrounding characters are also very lively and deep, and the author does a great job with plot and character development. There's definitely plot twists and suspense too! It's also just so funny whenever the two protagonists fight for his attention like fire and water (literally) and he's just like "Ah, they make such a good couple". XD <<less
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Fanya rated it
March 25, 2021
Status: c12
Maybe I'm too jaded/realistic to read such novels. The plot is flowing fine so far, the translation is also nice, but I just can't stand the virgin mary type of MC anymore after reading so many LN. The "oh they tried to kill me? um...I'm sure they regret it, I forgive them!" or "ah, I just encountered kid assassins and now there's another kid throwing knife at me.... but he looks like he's not feeling well so I'm gonna go over to feel his forehead". I'm done with MCs with... more>> I'm-just-gonna-work-hard-I'm-sure-everyone-is-nice-everything-will-be-fine mentality. If you like mary sue/virgin mary type of MC, then this is a nice read. <<less
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FanGirlNoha rated it
June 14, 2021
Status: c23
This is quite good. It's not an action packed novel, but a slice of life one. So, if you like relaxing things to read, you can read it. I like the story so far and many readers who have gone at least 2/3rd of the novel have praised its quality. Our MC is a nice person and he has similar aspirations as Cale from TCF - leading a slacker life. And just like Cale, he fails magnificently! 😅🤣 Though we can't get a concrete idea about the MC, it's easy... more>> to say that he'll be similar to Cale (though he seems like a Gary Stu in the beginning, he's not completely saint-like) The other ML is probably a tsundere


(although some readers say that he's a yandere.)


The FL hasn't been seen too many times till now. So we're still in the mystery when it comes to her. The worldbuilding itself seems quite interesting. The only thing I hate about this is that this is not BL. (Don't get me wrong, I like my share of action packed straight romances, but the sheer potential that this novel has for crossing over into the BL genre is too much! 🙈🙈🙈 It's a josei. So, there's this teasing manner that creates a compulsion of shipping the two male leads together 😂)

Anyway, jokes apart, there's no real romance till now.

I do have this faint suspicion that the FL is the MC's sister who has also reincarnated/transmigrated - the OG FL was supposed to be a transmigrated person anyway. She was in a coma and woke up after the MC came into the novel and her actions have been slightly different from the original novel. Although this is just a suspicion, if it becomes true, we'll probably have zero romance : (


Overall, it's a good novel. Don't get discouraged about my BL joke. Just take a look at the tags. It ain't BL.

P.S. I don't know why, but this reminds me of 07 Ghost for some reason. 🤷‍♀️ <<less
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NovelSchemer rated it
August 30, 2021
Status: c324
Warning: *SPOILER ALERT!!*

Hi. I'm not good at giving reviews but since I wanted to advise for those who wanted to read this novel, so I'll try my best.


... more>> At first, I thought this was similar to TOTCF. But no. The character developement is awesome, especially for the MC and people around him. There were some parts that made me emotional, and also relatable.

Also, I've read some mc's that were transmigrated into bodies that were supposed to die, and they try to survive. But the MC here is different. He tries and strives to go home. And that thought, makes me realize that his way of thinking is what relatively makes him human.

The characters all around him also have human like personalities which is why I said earlier that the character developement is so good.

As the Mc's personality:


I kind of get why the mc's personality is like that. At the novel world, his personality is akin to a saint but in the real world, I guess it's normal because modern society is very peaceful unlike in the novel, where wars can be easilly be triggered and lives can easily be lost. The comment I've read here earlier said that he's like mary sue, I kind of agree. Almost everybody likes him because of his compassionate heart



The MC is also a bit of a pushover


*Spoiler Alert*


The original main characters, are also interested in him. (Not in that way) At first they were just attracted to the pure and warm ether that he emits (his powers) but later on liked him as an individual.


At the later part of the story, where the mysteries are slowly unveiled the more thrilling this story is.



Especially when 'Prince Jesse' died. I was crying loads of buckets even though I knew he didn't really die.


I loved the trio, which consists of Jesse, Christel and Cedric. The original main characters and the MC. I also loved all the three's interactions and their adventures, where they uphold justice. (Lol)


the original "prince jesse's" step-father is a real scumbag!


All in all, this story is absolutely golden!



The MC and his food lol

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peterkxm rated it
August 1, 2021
Status: c30
So this is the first time I have probably ever read a Korean novel with a male protagonist who is this weak-willed and weak-minded (I've read the raws of this novel as well).

To make it short and quick, protagonists who refuse to take action against antagonistic people by "giving second chances" or "hoping that they will become better people" are what we call "foolish white knights". They don't want to hurt people because they think it'll hurt them, they refuse to kill despite the situation calling for it, and they... more>> are complete pushovers that aren't proactive, rather they want to let someone else do the work for them. Essentially, we have some beta-JP-like shounen MC who mediocrely accomplishes every task and manages to live on due to really cliche plot armor.

If you're into beta-JP/shounen/pushover MC's who do about anything to accomplish this fantasy-like "quiet life" that they are pursuing, go ahead and read this novel. If you're looking for a proactive protagonist who is willing to take action and change the actual narrative of the story, then this novel is definitely not it for you. <<less
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Gladddddd rated it
September 20, 2021
Status: c33
The MC is way too foolish. He constantly mentions that he knows he is a political hostage in the empire yet he trust the people of said empire easily, and his own kingdom wants him dead, yet knowing that he is in danger does nothing to prevent that. Despite knowing that he will be killed in a war, or being a political hostage means they could kill him yet he doesn't train or anything but spends his time walking around a garden, having tea and enjoying his life. His s*upidity... more>> is severe as he constantly goes for confessions only to go "Eeek" when someone strong is approaching. MC was almost assassinated in the earlier chapters yet he feels bad for his assailants, on one occasion in his confession booth, the crown prince who disguised as a kid came in and attacked with a knife. What does our MC do? He simply walks up to the kid after realizing he was sick and wanted to help him. Even if the MC is from modern times, such s*upidity could kill him. The author had set the MC as a 28 years old guy but he acts like he was 8. Too naive and innocent. Will probably revisit this novel and revise my rating when it gets better but for now, it's gonna be shelved. <<less
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RottenPineapple rated it
June 12, 2021
Status: c200
@Empress is an example of someone who didn't read past chapter 1 and had the audacity the judge the book :/

Anyway, I love the novel. I love the characters, the world-building and the plot. And no, MC isn't a s*upid Mary Sue type. He's an angel, yes, but he knew when someone's wrong and doesn't justify their sins. He frowned upon the mention of "torture" however because it is against his morals as someone who came from 21st century. He gives people second chances and he'd always try to see... more>> the bright side of things, but he punishes those who deserves punishment. He can sometimes be a dense c (Oh our poor aether pig who suffers from jesse' obliviousness) but he's also very sharp and observant.

PS. Just beware because the OG!ML shows yandere tendencies 👀 Like, seriously. He's just too obsessive of our MC, Jesse. Kukukuku. <<less
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Lorielth rated it
February 3, 2021
Status: c1
I kind of want to know what happen next it get my curious up.

Hopefully it will continue get translated and will not get dropped.

Thank you for translating this novel, keep up 😁. Fighting !
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Spaciry rated it
March 30, 2021
Status: c12
I just loved it!

The protagonist is super identifiable just wanting to go unnoticed and live well to the fullest! But of course the problems have to come to him.....

He is kind and hardworking, I feel a little sorry for him being away from his family, but he is trying his best. He makes me laugh in many moments and sometimes I share his thought of wanting everything to remain calm and simple, I don't want to see such a nice person at risk.

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Ichigoeater rated it
February 27, 2021
Status: c7
Loving it, so far! It's refreshing for multiple reasons, but I'm especially enjoying the lack of a romance tag. It's rare enough to find a story like this without a harem, but this guy ain't about them bishies at all! Really, it's the romance tag that turns an average guy in an unexpected situation, just trying to survive, into a gary stu loved by one and all, so I'm really happy that romance isn't a part of this.

Maybe that's part of the reason I feel like this is similar to... more>> my all-time favorite novel, tr*sh of the Count's Family. Jesse and Cale have very different personalities on the surface, but they also somehow have the same vibe. One thing is for sure: EatApplePies and me, we have similar tastes. <<less
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August 24, 2021
Status: c25
I really get the vibe of BL here. Like im already shipping him with the first male lead 🤣 so translator nim please let me know if its BL 🎉

The pacing of the story is slow but its nice to read.
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Kthp rated it
August 9, 2021
Status: c31
If you are like me and reading TCF (or S Classes/ORV) wishing there was more cute family bonding, this story is for you. MC is such a sweetheart and constantly doting on/feeding the people around him; and there is NO manipulative undertone. Compared to TCF, I feel like there is more "emotional" substance. MC has a high EQ, lots of compassion, and strong morals that he puts to use as a [job you can guess by the cover photo]. He reminds me of Cale with his desperate desire to ignore... more>> all dangers/annoyances. Unlike Cale, he's already achieved his slacker life, but the protagonists/plot keep trying to drag him in.

To my fellow BL fans, you'll love this. This is obvs NOT a BL. But as a BL fan, I feel very satisfied, like I'm reading a platonic romcom between a MC and ML. Please pay attention to their palace names, bc I totally missed it

Romero and Juliette omg


It's hilarious and not ridiculous queer bait bc we are given the info early on that

choosing a "religious partner, " essentially a platonic, lifelong, soulmate - is a thing for royals.


The translation is also wonderfully done! Thank you Eats Apple Pies. <<less
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WanderingReader rated it
March 9, 2021
Status: c9
I know it's too early to rate this novel at this point but I can't hold it!

So far the translations are excellent and honestly the author is a good writer, the plot and storytelling just flows while still making me immersed in the novel.

MC is a great character, he's relatable and most of all he doesn't eat more than he can chew. As the tags show us, this MC is absolutely a nice guy.

He hasn't meet any of the main characters face to face, but the side characters are surprisingly... more>> great, they didn't feel just like a filler characters at all.

It seems like there's mystery and questions behind MC and the ori!MC background, I hope this novel will not disappoint me.

Oh and if you like to read tr*sh Count then you will like this novel too, the MC is less ambitious than Cale Henituse but he has his own charms! <<less
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nosoom rated it
August 22, 2021
Status: c33
Its so cute and it tackles those plot holes that authors usually just skim over. I like how the MC doesn't just accept his new reality and that he's not OP. Also, the EAP translations are just amazing! Thank you to them for translating this cute novel 😭❤

On another note, I really get a BL aura when reading this but it's not BL, so I'm kinda confused lmao. If you like ORV, TCF, and The S-Class That I Raised, this is a cute wholesome novel as well :)
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June 10, 2021
Status: --
Romance novel with no romance, it's weird like that. Not to mention MC always ended his sentence with "please" and "thank you." Ah, he's a prince btw, but act like a corporate s*ave toward his boss to every single person he face, including servants. Huft... It's weird no witch hunter come knocking and burn him alive lmao.
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Slytea rated it
February 22, 2021
Status: c5
I loooooove this story very much! It isn't like any other novel that I've read before! like the MC is a diplomatic hostage, he is a priest, and he also a prince! He also a scoundrel from the holy kingdom but at the same time a priest! just...... wow! Jesse is also cute by how he jokes about food ahahahaha

waiting for moar chappie!
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M3R rated it
July 19, 2021
Status: c28
Quite interesting although I'm getting bored with the MC's personality as it the common personality of isekaied MC into romance story. A dense as rock MC who can't relate to obvious thing and believe he can live well as long as he avoided the main characters. He should have noticed it already that is unavoidable able to interact with them.

Still, this is only 28 chapters so there will be more to explore and he probably have character development or something.
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LiuWhite rated it
February 17, 2021
Status: c4
I'm on ch4 and it's already exciting! The author cut it at the right part (oh, it's thanks to the translator too), ugh, I want to read moreeee

It's not cringe. Right now it's free from romance and the MC only care about going back to his original world safely, not thinking about fixing the plot, it was just about him and safety. So I like the story this far. Ah, of course it's not boring. With that world's information still vague for our MC, we can try guessing the future... more>> plot too. Good good, the translator too, thank you so much! <<less
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erynalu rated it
June 13, 2021
Status: c23
Really fun read with solid world building, looking forward to more interactions between Jesse and the OG main characters! Jesse is definitely my favorite character with how compassionate and caring he is. We all definitely need a Jesse in our lives.

Translation is smooth, notes are so helpful too
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