BG/BL With Low Self-Esteem ML

BG/BL With Low Self-Esteem ML
Instead of OP CEO or arrogant and domineering ML, these precious MLs need coaxing and feel inferior to the MC (or vice versa in some cases). EVEN THOUGH THEY'RE SO PRECIOUS AND DESERVE THE WORLD!! Most of them are insecure and afraid their partner will leave or no longer like them due to their flaws/illness/background/past/etc. There is a lot of pampering, coaxing, understanding, and healing in these beautiful stories. I've tried to put similar setting/vibe stories together so the list is easier to navigate. BG in the first half and BL in the second half :)

Recently I've seen more recommendation lists on this trope and I'm SOOO HAPPY that these beautiful stories are finally getting some appreciation!! I'll do my best to also find some less popular gems for you all to read >.< Please also comment any stories you would like me to add!

*also, I know I sorta write more for some novels, less for others. It honestly depends on my mood & memory of the novel. So don't feel discouraged about the ones I write less on, they're all well written books :) I also try to only include novels that are 4 stars and above, unless I REALLY think that the story deserves wayyyy more.
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Created: Nov 7th, 2020, Updated: Apr 9th, 2022
Created Nov 7th, 2020
Updated Apr 9th, 2022
CN (4.5)
58 Chapters Every 30.5 Day(s) 1644 Readers 27 Reviews 06-06-2022
I have to say this was one of my FAVOURITE ancient china romance novels. FL transmigrates and the ML is a s*ave that's been abused, almost r*ped MULTIPLE TIMES and basically treated like sh*t since a young age. HE IS SO FRICKIN PRECIOUS OML I WANT TO GIVE THE WORLD TO THIS MAN. She becomes the light in his life but due to the extreme contrasting social statuses, he always feels like he shouldn't be allowed to express his feelings.... more>>
CN (4.3)
239 Chapters Every 32.2 Day(s) 3816 Readers 54 Reviews 03-13-2021
ML is a eunuch so he feels like he doesn't deserve to normally fall in love with anyone as he isn't a "complete man". The MC uses her actions, words and emotions to emphasize her love to the ML and slowly get him to trust in their relationship.... more>>
CN (4.6)
59 Chapters Every 23.8 Day(s) 3428 Readers 37 Reviews 02-02-2022
This novel is something that I think about a lot. Both the MC and ML were reborn and they basically hated each other in their past lives. The ML was of lower status than the MC who was a princess. The princess was actually in love with another man of a more noble status but due to politics and the emperor, she had to choose someone less noble. The ML thought he wasn't enough for MC and the MC always thought he loved another girl.... more>>
CN (4.2)
215 Chapters Every 14.5 Day(s) 7260 Readers 64 Reviews 04-15-2022
FL transmigrates and she is forced to marry the ML in exchange for salt. The ML is a wolf demon that is blind, disfigured, crippled, and many people in his tribe look down on him. The FL helps him and he slowly falls in love with her but thinks that she can do better than him.... more>>
CN (4.5)
67 Chapters Every 8.4 Day(s) 3177 Readers 23 Reviews 06-20-2022
Quite similar concept to Marrying the Soft-hearted Villain, the MC transmigrates into a book where she is forced to marry a disabled "ugly" tyrant and... more>>
CN (4.7)
61 Chapters Every 17.7 Day(s) 4113 Readers 47 Reviews 05-28-2022
This one was very unique because the ML and FL were in different worlds. The MC thought that the ML was just a in-game character that she sort of "raised" and helps out, but that game was actually a real world. ... more>>
CN (4.7)
153 Chapters Every 14.2 Day(s) 8533 Readers 169 Reviews 01-20-2022
The ML has physical and mental illnesses. He is bad at communicating but the MC has known him for a long time and she also fell in love with him. ... more>>
CN (4.8)
49 Chapters Every 23.5 Day(s) 3520 Readers 57 Reviews 04-17-2022
This ML has schizophrenia because he lost his parents at a young age, part of it is also hereditary from his dad. The FL always loved him in her past life but she misunderstood and hurt him before. She was reborn and made sure to properly love him this time. The ML wants to distance himself from FL so she isn't hurt or affected by him, but the FL perseveres.... more>>
CN (4.5)
117 Chapters Every 15.5 Day(s) 3964 Readers 88 Reviews 12-24-2021
ML has a physical disability and is obsessed with the MC. He knows that he will be a burden to her so he always tries to push her away while secretly protecting her. ... more>>
CN (4.3)
39 Chapters Every 4.3 Day(s) 1720 Readers 18 Reviews 06-24-2022
Wow. This book gave me the chills SO MANY TIMES! Hopefully the ratings will go up because this book was very well thought out. The ML is quite gloomy, no parents and apparently has "criminal tendencies." I thought that this story was very interesting because we got to know the story of the MC's parents and the extras made me happy for them. ... more>>
CN (4.6)
143 Chapters Every 18.7 Day(s) 6968 Readers 111 Reviews 11-03-2021
This was a bit similar to Destined to Love You. The ML is rich but often gets into fights. He believes his lifestyle is "dirty"... more>>
CN (4.4)
42 Chapters Every 39.3 Day(s) 1729 Readers 16 Reviews 02-08-2021
ML and MC were in completely different friend groups but he slowly fell in love with her. He always thought she was a ray of... more>>
CN (4.5)
70 Chapters Every 6.5 Day(s) 3139 Readers 41 Reviews 09-29-2020
I haven't had a chance to finish this novel. The social status of the two are drastically different. The FL is pretty wealthy and is a rather positive person. The ML is rather poor/low middle class and he has to care for his mother and sister since his father passed away.... more>>
CN (4.7)
60 Chapters Every 47.3 Day(s) 8196 Readers 156 Reviews 10-22-2020
The ML is secretly in love with the MC but never tells her since he forced her into marriage and is scared she'll hate him. The ML also doesn't think he can match up to her because he grew up in an orphanage picking up garbage while she was born and pampered in a wealthy family.... more>>
CN (4.6)
33 Chapters Every 23.4 Day(s) 2614 Readers 28 Reviews 05-30-2022
This is a bit similar to Please Confess to Me. The MC and ML were married but very distant from each other. The ML dies and the MC realizes his love for her before she goes back in time. I might have to say that this is one of my fav ML because of the emotions he shows. It is sooooo rare to see a ML actually CRY, especially in front of the MC. ... more>>
CN (4.5)
87 Chapters Every 7.8 Day(s) 2623 Readers 27 Reviews 06-07-2022
The MC and ML were both reborn. In the past, the ML was treated so badly in the entertainment circle that he became depressed. The... more>>
CN (4.3)
33 Chapters Every 37.5 Day(s) 1940 Readers 27 Reviews 05-20-2021
The ML in this one puts on a mask in front of the MC but it super obsessed with her. He knows he's "sick" but... more>>
CN (4.2)
0 Chapters Every 381 Day(s) 1072 Readers 5 Reviews N/A
This book is a bit special because the ML and MC both help heal each other. They both had points in time where they felt... more>>
CN (4)
8 Chapters Every 88.3 Day(s) 1381 Readers 19 Reviews 07-21-2021
This ML saved and loved the FL in her last life. He was the only one who showed her genuine care and affection. However, they were not able to be together do to some physical circumstances. The FL took initiative in getting close with the ML in this life and give him a better life. ... more>>
CN (4.5)
124 Chapters Every 143 Day(s) 2900 Readers 49 Reviews 09-12-2016
The ML lost both his arms in an accident that the FL "technically" created when she was young. They are childhood friends that become lovers.... more>>
CN (4.6)
98 Chapters Every 50.7 Day(s) 3233 Readers 58 Reviews 06-29-2021
Hmm how to say, this ML was so bright and cheerful, when he fully laid out his cards and showed his issues and faults out... more>>
CN (4.1)
179 Chapters Every 1.1 Day(s) 3446 Readers 53 Reviews 06-23-2022
A little bit similar to Please Confess To Me. The ML is scared that the MC will leave him or no longer like him. He is a bit gloomy and closed off since his stepmother abused him as a child. He had a bad childhood and the MC showed him warmth and comfort. ... more>>
CN (4.1)
5 Chapters Every 33.8 Day(s) 547 Readers 4 Reviews 06-21-2022
GET THE RATINGS UP! The FL transmigrates into a novel where she slowly pulls the ML out of the dark. The mother of the ML... more>>
CN (4.6)
228 Chapters Every 7.8 Day(s) 4510 Readers 48 Reviews 03-11-2022
The ML is OP but everyone else thinks that he is a monster and disdains/is scared of him. In the beginning he tries to distance himself from the MC to not get too attached. ... more>>
CN (4.7)
169 Chapters Every 27 Day(s) 5313 Readers 110 Reviews 05-27-2021
The FL transmigrates back in time and is determined to reunite with her husband from her previous life. At this time, her husband is still... more>>
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  1. MeganError
    MeganError· Nov 21, 2020 12:58 AM
    Dont get me wrong, but ML with flaw (human flaw, not the jerk one) is more attractive than the perfect one. clear.png I read some from this list and they are enjoyable clear.png so i will read the rest. Thank you for amazing list that i dont know i need. LOL.
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    • A.vera
      A.vera· Author · Feb 9, 2021 01:55 AM
      IKR I'm so obsessed with this trope rn!!
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  2. Luce94
    Luce94· Feb 1, 2021 06:14 PM

    I feel the need to thank you for the list.

    I'm still upset that there is no tag for this kind of novel... it's always "strong love interest" that says anything and nothing all the same. 

    This list really saves me a lot of effort in searching one by one through warped summaries and spoiling reviews.

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    • A.vera
      A.vera· Author · Feb 9, 2021 01:56 AM
      ahhhh i agree!!! these fluffy and traumatized characters need more luvclear.png
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  3. Scarletravrn
    Scarletravrn· Nov 27, 2020 10:17 AM

    Suggestion: Those Years in Quest of Honour Mine

    The ML has a lot of insecurities and everytime thinks MC may leave him but ML keeps pushing MC away to protect him. A few times ML thought that MC left him forever, he just broke... living like the living dead

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    • A.vera
      A.vera· Author · Feb 9, 2021 01:57 AM
      awwww poor mannnnn i need to read this!
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  4. Loni4ever
    Loni4ever· Feb 6, 2021 09:14 AM

    What I nice list~ owo 

    Btw I'm not 100% sure but I'm fairly certain that in the Dandere General novel, the ML actually hasn't experienced r*pe. I think it's mentioned that he somehow made it this far without having to sexually serve someone, and at one point where it seemed like he would have to, he became depressed because of it. Thankfully, the MC noticed and prevented it. Hopefully that wasn't spoilery to others xD 

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    • A.vera
      A.vera· Author · Feb 9, 2021 01:54 AM
      oooh ya i think ur right bc he says something like "I only have this clean body to offer you" AHHHH MY BABY haha but yes lemme change it.
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  5. Sky2829
    Sky2829· Jan 26, 2021 01:37 PM
    Acting spoiled in his indifferent arms, Loving you dearly, I just want to freeload on your luck, Transmigrating to become the boss’s little fairy and You’re my glory all have have MLs with low self esteem. They’re my favorites. I just love sweet and precious MLS.
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    • A.vera
      A.vera· Author · Feb 9, 2021 01:56 AM
      oh yes yes!
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  6. yesiambroke
    yesiambroke· Dec 19, 2020 02:26 PM
    «Slowly Falling For Changkong» is one my favs, the novel has a dominant FL and a ML with low self-esteem 
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    • A.vera
      A.vera· Author · Feb 9, 2021 01:57 AM
      yaaa that is a nice one >.<
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  7. Hazelia
    Hazelia· Nov 19, 2020 04:52 PM
    I recommend Golden Stage be added in this list. ML in that novel have low self esteem in which he think himself as an official with a reputation as emperor dog who attack loyalist like MC, although he did all he can to climb to high position just so he can protect MC. ML has been in love secretly with MC for seven years and before he always think he is unworthy of MC who is a general. They resolved it by the way as their misunderstanding about the past was cleared and feelings blooms..
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    • A.vera
      A.vera· Author · Feb 9, 2021 01:55 AM
      oooh yesclear.png
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