villainous/slightly evil protagonist (mostly BL romance)

villainous/slightly evil protagonist (mostly BL romance)
Either actually kind of evil or reborn into the role of a villain/foil, no actual all out bad guys (or if they are the novel itself is comedic and/or able to be taken lightly), IF YOU HAVE SUGGESTIONS PLEASE MESSAGE ME, even you guys think of books or manga not listed on NU .... This is my favorite character type/genre and I can't get enough QAQ ; in the comments I started listing some series I found not on NU, putting everything together for personal reference, maybe it will help you find some good stories too ☺️
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Created: Sep 14th, 2022, Updated: Sep 10th, 2023
Created Sep 14th, 2022
Updated Sep 10th, 2023
KR (4.5)
916 Chapters Every 3.3 Day(s) 35586 Readers 560 Reviews 09-23-2023
NOT ROMANCE, MC is a bit villainous (hungry for money) but his greed almost always benefits those around him positively, he's a good guy but... more>>
CN (4.5)
201 Chapters Every 4 Day(s) 5616 Readers 30 Reviews 09-22-2023
MC is Villainous - BL fantasy romantic comedy about a deadly but cute/dense abyss dragon stuck in a human body stalking a hot dragon hunter... more>>
CN (4.4)
456 Chapters Every 8.3 Day(s) 9537 Readers 107 Reviews 06-14-2023
NOT ROMANCE MC may not himself be directly malicious but he definitely plays a role of a villainous power with a smile, mc runs a... more>>
CN (4.5)
186 Chapters Every 60.3 Day(s) 9695 Readers 155 Reviews 04-15-2021
MC isn't actually a villain but keeps up appearance as one - Qt where mc takes on the role of betraying (or at least making... more>>
CN (4.3)
0 Chapters Every 69 Day(s) 1422 Readers 9 Reviews N/A
MC is a bit villainous - mc is strong but vulnerable, cruel but kind; one of my fav mc - mc hides the fact that... more>>
CN (4.7)
158 Chapters Every 2.1 Day(s) 4077 Readers 29 Reviews 09-21-2023
Mc is a bit villainous/ morally grey, character is a clever conman who tricks his way to survive through various infinite flow horror worlds, romance... more>>
JP (3.8)
98 Chapters Every 35.5 Day(s) 10016 Readers 63 Reviews 08-31-2023
CN (4.5)
87 Chapters Every 7.3 Day(s) 3872 Readers 35 Reviews 08-19-2023
NOT BL mc transmigrates into role of minor villain and falls in love with the villain while trying to matchmake the protagonists of the original... more>>
CN (4.5)
165 Chapters Every 41.1 Day(s) 3400 Readers 26 Reviews 04-17-2022
NOT BL mc isn't very villainous but she is the spirit of a demonic sect leader possessing a body while trying to get revenge for... more>>
CN (4.4)
158 Chapters Every 39.5 Day(s) 7988 Readers 128 Reviews 08-11-2022
Mc transmigrates into role of villain and tries to keep up appearances, Bl, cultivation setting - reborn into devil sect prince, mc used to be... more>>
CN (4.3)
79 Chapters Every 67.5 Day(s) 8550 Readers 131 Reviews 01-22-2021
Transmigrates into a villains role, mc is not villainous, slower paced school drama, personally rate 3*
CN (4.4)
44 Chapters Every 52.3 Day(s) 5161 Readers 25 Reviews 08-28-2023
NOT BL, transmigrates into the role of a demon villainess, mc isn't actually villainous, ml is the novels original villain
CN (4.1)
18 Chapters Every 58.5 Day(s) 1968 Readers 6 Reviews 11-05-2021
Mc transmigrates into role of a villain, doesn't stay villainous very long, very sweet cultivation themed bl
CN (4.6)
199 Chapters Every 4.1 Day(s) 9394 Readers 83 Reviews 09-22-2023
Mc isn't villainous but works to keep up appearances as one - Mc transmigrates into ancient setting as the emperor's brother, he has to pretend... more>>
CN (4.3)
132 Chapters Every 3.5 Day(s) 3481 Readers 27 Reviews 09-21-2023
Mc transmigrates into villain role, okay cutsie story 
CN (4.5)
134 Chapters Every 22.2 Day(s) 4175 Readers 49 Reviews 11-02-2022
Bit villainous mc, in that he's not human and doesn't have our emotions (his actions are basically neutral), more like things are seen and felt... more>>
CN (4.4)
13 Chapters Every 76.9 Day(s) 3459 Readers 56 Reviews 01-04-2021
Villain mc and ml, not a serious story, short, weird, funny, sweet, disturbing and a bit gross, both leads are psychotic murders/stalkers who fall in... more>>
JP (4)
38 Chapters Every 63.7 Day(s) 3134 Readers 21 Reviews 01-27-2023
Mc transmigrates or reincarnates into role of insane murderous noble, mc continues to try to keep up his villainous persona to a certain extent, i... more>>
KR (4.2)
362 Chapters Every 21.3 Day(s) 9341 Readers 176 Reviews 11-08-2022
CN (4.4)
37 Chapters Every 1 Day(s) 9696 Readers 157 Reviews 09-22-2023
MC Not actively villainous (more just emotionally detached and manipulative)- confident, clever, seductive mc takes on the roles of villainous characters while world hopping, funny,... more>>
JP (4.2)
165 Chapters Every 40.7 Day(s) 11743 Readers 82 Reviews 02-14-2023
Not actually villainous mc - mc transmigrates into the role of a minor antagonist in the original protagonist's childhood, mc world to do good things... more>>
KR (4.5)
120 Chapters Every 8.1 Day(s) 5035 Readers 26 Reviews 09-22-2023
Not actively villainous mc - tr*shy/spoiled personality protagonist and ML gets reformed - Western aristocrat setting with some fantasy elements - this is a story... more>>
KR (3.7)
82 Chapters Every 13.7 Day(s) 3594 Readers 3 Reviews 09-12-2023
NOT BL - mc transmigrates into demoness, not actually villain but keeps up appearances
JP (4.3)
65 Chapters Every 43.2 Day(s) 2558 Readers 9 Reviews 03-23-2022
MC is a bit villainous (only in his revenge and that he's okay with having people killed to make a point) Mc personality is a... more>>
CN (4.4)
171 Chapters Every 12.6 Day(s) 4898 Readers 43 Reviews 09-17-2023
MC is more scummy than a straight villain so this might not stay on the list, - BL romance world hopping novel where mc wants... more>>
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  1. KeyonDrenson
    KeyonDrenson· Author · Jul 5, 2023 07:03 AM


    1) Adventures of an Undead Who Became Paladin 4*

    Tags: Action Comedy Fantasy Manhua Webtoons Full Color

    "Humility! Integrity! Compassion! Valor! Justice! Sacrifice! Honor! Faith! He's a lich, however, he's knightly! He is a lich, but he keeps his faith in the light! Fearless in the face of the enemy! Loyal and upright, he fights to the death! Why you may ask? Because protecting the weak is not against the law of the world!"


    2) The Grand Duchess of the North Was Secretly a Villainess 5*

    Tags: Drama Fantasy Manhwa Romance Webtoons Full Color Nobility Person in a Strange World Royalty Transported Into a Novel Villainess Based on a Web Novel

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  2. KeyonDrenson
    KeyonDrenson· Author · Dec 27, 2022 01:09 AM
    2) f*ck-Up’s Guide to Falling In Love = AMAZING 5*

    Author: Nate Nox

    Scummy (bit villainous) mc tries to reform himself after being reborn into his past; modern comedy business BL setting, story is about healing; mc is basically a genius (mostly sex) addict who threw his life away, this time he learns to value himself and the ml; the side characters and little off tangent stories are AMAZING 5*

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  3. KeyonDrenson
    KeyonDrenson· Author · Dec 27, 2022 12:53 AM

    Web novels found on other sites with same criteria (no particular order).....

    1) Quick Transmigration: Is it Better to be a Beta? - rating 2.5-3*

    Author: Little Blue Lake

    MC is Villainous, fun, psychotic, self serving, flirty and thirsty; BL QT romantic dark comedy, lots of fun banter with his poor system; downside is the characters feel a a little flat WARNING THIS ONE GETS GRAPHIC WITH ABUSE and the MC gets real dark; reading this really feels like a spiral into insanity, it wasn't for me but if you can get past that kind of stuff i still recommend giving it a try because there is something cool and unique here

    arc 1 is fun cooking theme, arc 2 is twisted ghost revenge theme, WARNING second arc goes a little overboard dark in my opinion, graphic and gross depictions of torture by mc has to drop around ch 41

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  4. Enchant
    Enchant· Feb 8, 2023 02:29 PM
    Is there a novel which this genre that is not Bl, yaoi, or Yuri?clear.pngclear.pngclear.png
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    • KeyonDrenson
      KeyonDrenson· Author · Mar 12, 2023 01:02 AM

      Sorry those happen to be some of my favorite genres and accidentally took over the list clear.png

      some really good ones I recommend that aren't romance are tr*sh of the Count’s Family and I’m Really Not The Demon God’s Lackey

      BG ones that i really liked are The Villainess Won’t Let the Main Leads Break Up! And Ostentatious Zhao Yao (I'm not very far into this one yet but so far seems good)

      If you have any suggestions that fit the list description please message me and I'll check them out, 

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