Villains (real or symbolic) (male MC, romance/harem)

Villains (real or symbolic) (male MC, romance/harem)
The MC is male and happens to be the villain himself (usually by setting, sometimes choice) or allied to a villainess (by marriage, fiance, childhood friend). I'll provide a short description what i precisely like about that novel or its execution, or the points of criticism. No Yaoi.

All novels in this list have romance/ harem to quench your thirst (unless I say otherwise). Just having harem doesn't make it bad, only how it's written. 

MC refers to the Male MC, the one you are reading as, 'protagonist' refers to the classic 'hero' of the 'original' story. I'll also include till what chapter i've read the novel, sometimes the novels improve as you progress but 99% of the times tr*sh stays tr*sh.

Do feel free to recommend novels in the comments, i'll add them after reading.

Note: if i run out of space i'll consider removing some novels to try and spotlight the newer/ up-and-coming novels instead. If i do so i'll state it here.

Update: i have made that supplementary list. It's here-
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Novel Casanova
Created: Mar 30th, 2023, Updated: Nov 10th, 2023
Created Mar 30th, 2023
Updated Nov 10th, 2023
KR (4.2)
812 Chapters Every 16.1 Day(s) 7501 Readers 171 Reviews 06-25-2023
Extremely good, action, growth, drama, relationships, practically a 10 out of 10. It has it all, a slow ramp up of the action and emotional... more>>
KR (4.1)
25 Chapters Every 266.4 Day(s) 9886 Readers 212 Reviews 09-07-2020
Absolutely great, psychological, mystery/ world-building, yanderes (all of the girls), basically 10 out of 10. Read the webtoon/manhwa then read the novel. This is one... more>>
CN (4.3)
1 Chapters Every 4378 Day(s) 11228 Readers 93 Reviews 10-10-2015
One of the old time greats, has everything, 10 out of 10. If you were to tell me that this was a chinese novel, i... more>>
CN (4.1)
1923 Chapters Every 1.3 Day(s) 4856 Readers 71 Reviews 12-09-2023
Overpowered but strategizing protagonist, Planning, ruthless, 9 out of 10. Absolute classic. Read the manhua then read the novel to fill in the gaps. MC... more>>
KR (3.9)
299 Chapters Every 1.3 Day(s) 5250 Readers 59 Reviews 12-08-2023
Lots of great feels with a sprinkle of psycho, 9 out of 10. The very title of this novel is self explanatory, and the execution... more>>
KR (4.4)
128 Chapters Every 3.1 Day(s) 5397 Readers 48 Reviews 12-07-2023
Well written characters, nice power growth/ system, intriguing story, good setting too, an extremely good 9 out of 10. This is one of the novels... more>>
KR (4.3)
209 Chapters Every 2.2 Day(s) 6915 Readers 105 Reviews 12-10-2023
Drama + tragedy. 9 out of 10. The author messes up big time by using one braindead trope i really hate, but other than that... more>>
KR (4.1)
179 Chapters Every 2.3 Day(s) 5137 Readers 71 Reviews 12-05-2023
Great characterization, Psychological, Adult (smut r-18 scenes), Represents mental illness, well written 9 out of 10. Its a smut novel set in a dark world... more>>
KR (4.4)
148 Chapters Every 2.2 Day(s) 3878 Readers 45 Reviews 12-10-2023
Catharsis, great read, 9 out of 10. Deep/ mysterious backstory and context behind the MC's actions? yep. While i do dislike how much he hates... more>>
CN (3.7)
589 Chapters Every 2.7 Day(s) 4286 Readers 70 Reviews 12-09-2023
Vanilla, 8 out of 10. Urban setting, has characterization, has a bit of depth like the MC criticizing the reliance on 'character stats' but doesnt... more>>
CN (3.9)
374 Chapters Every 2.3 Day(s) 2362 Readers 28 Reviews 12-09-2023
Quite classic (traditional power growth), very cute, 7 out of 10. Its not some groundbreaking execution. Frankly reads like a nice romcom, the MC isn't... more>>
CN (3.9)
970 Chapters Every 2.5 Day(s) 3497 Readers 43 Reviews 11-05-2023
Really good, 8 out of 10. Somehow this novel doesnt get brought up in the 'villain mc' genre despite being a perfect fit. as other... more>>
CN (3.4)
20 Chapters Every 182.9 Day(s) 5414 Readers 79 Reviews 06-17-2016
Mystery, tragedy, xianxia, 8 out of 10. I had almost forgotten about this old timey gem. Also the fact it is highly relevant to this... more>>
CN (3.6)
0 Chapters Every 1774 Day(s) 2136 Readers 18 Reviews N/A
Actually really great, a misunderstood gem, 9 out of 10. As long as you ignore the very ending cause it is absolute tr*sh. This is... more>>
CN (3.7)
2 Chapters Every 57.5 Day(s) 1363 Readers 9 Reviews 08-18-2023
Actually great, 9 out of 10. (note: the TL has since dropped the novel, only mtl is available). This novel is about character growth and... more>>
CN (4.3)
292 Chapters Every 1.4 Day(s) 2311 Readers 12 Reviews 12-08-2023
(update) Charming MC, strategic, any means necessary, 7 out of 10. (note: it stops being all those things later on) The protag strategizing and acting... more>>
KR (4.2)
49 Chapters Every 9 Day(s) 4423 Readers 44 Reviews 08-06-2023
Chad MC runs away to live in the woods, Great character building, interesting enough world, good use of setting/ plot knowledge, 9 out of 10.... more>>
KR (4)
199 Chapters Every 1.2 Day(s) 3366 Readers 19 Reviews 12-09-2023
Decent overarching plot, Smart MC but quite dense, good characterization but too many characters. Solid 8 out of 10. This has the typical Korean game... more>>
KR (4)
335 Chapters Every 2.7 Day(s) 6570 Readers 34 Reviews 12-03-2023
-TBD- I've read till chapter 25. It's quite good but a fair amount of descriptions are lacking. Tho i've heard the ending is extremely good.... more>>
KR (4.4)
161 Chapters Every 2.3 Day(s) 2682 Readers 11 Reviews 12-09-2023
Cute, good characterization, a little braindead, 8 out of 10. The MC's interactions with the villainess are pretty damn good (its not like just show... more>>
CN (4.2)
231 Chapters Every 3.9 Day(s) 3885 Readers 35 Reviews 12-03-2023
Tragic backstory, great read, 7 out of 10. Frankly i dont get the reason to even have a transmigrator be there if not to just... more>>
CN (4)
205 Chapters Every 4.6 Day(s) 2439 Readers 42 Reviews 10-23-2023
A 5 out of 10. Starts off classic and great but drops off very, very quickly and turns into a repetitive mess where the MC... more>>
CN (3.9)
335 Chapters Every 8.7 Day(s) 2782 Readers 26 Reviews 08-20-2023
Started good, fell off real fast, 5 out of 10. I can tell you what went wrong with it. The author turned it into a... more>>
CN (4.2)
42 Chapters Every 18.2 Day(s) 1370 Readers 9 Reviews 10-24-2023
Simple fun, 8 out of 10. Unfortunately there simply isnt many chapters to base this off of but if it keeps going the way it... more>>
CN (3.8)
188 Chapters Every 9.7 Day(s) 4093 Readers 34 Reviews 12-07-2023
NOTE: this novel is on hiatus (since june 2022) by author. It's alright, a bit lighthearted, pretty comedic, well thought out, 9 out of 10.... more>>
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  1. Novel Casanova
    Novel Casanova· Author · Mar 30, 2023 05:24 PM
    Genesis TLs has a lot of good stuff, if you are urgently seeking new stuff to read, i'd recommend you look there-
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  2. Xuper9
    Xuper9· Apr 5, 2023 12:54 AM

    This is one of the first lists I’ve seen that looks good with some nice descriptions on your part

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  3. Novel Casanova
    Novel Casanova· Author · Apr 11, 2023 03:44 AM

    (Apologies the list order seems random, theyre just sorted by my whims, since i already give them a rating)

    Currently contemplating making a supplementary list with the already super popular novels like Dungeon defense/ Otome game tough for mobs so they don't crowd this list. 

    I guess it can also work as an exile for the novels that dont deserve to be promoted...

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  4. Learner88106
    Learner88106· Apr 20, 2023 12:32 PM
    Well, your list is pretty good other than giving "I became the villian of a romance fantasy" 4/10 rating, for me it's 10/10 or 9/10
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  5. Novel Casanova
    Novel Casanova· Author · May 22, 2023 09:10 PM

    UPDATE: I have finally made that supplementary list i was talking about. It's here-

    I've moved some of the novels from this list onto there and updated some of their descriptions. 

    I have also reordered the first page of this list to sort of better represent the way i'd introduce people to this genre but there's no exact method to it. Along with expanding a bit more on some of the novels i didn't tell much about.

    I am still reading and reviewing novels but they don't always fit the requirements for this list, if you want you can look at my account and go to the 'reviews' tab to get an idea what i'm up to. I feel like ive added most of the obvious picks to this list already and thats why new additions are slow.

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  6. mizuday
    mizuday· Nov 18, 2023 02:47 PM
    Thank you for the list clear.png
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  7. VillageMoron
    VillageMoron· May 26, 2023 11:42 PM
    Good list. I have sent a prostitute to your house for you to enjoy.
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  8. Scyferine8878
    Scyferine8878· May 21, 2023 03:24 PM
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  9. Empty21
    Empty21· May 5, 2023 04:47 AM
    clear.pngThank you for this list, I will keep coming back here 
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  10. bongoloyama
    bongoloyama· Apr 26, 2023 07:51 PM

    Thank you for all the descriptions. 

    The Villain Wants to Live was a great read but the ending killed it. clear.png

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