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What It Takes to Be a Villainess   
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Associated Names
Cerminan Jiwa
Definicion de una dama malvada
Definition of a Bad Lady
Definition of a Wicked Girl
Kötü Kadının Adaleti
La justicia de una dama villana
Méchante malgré moi
The Justice of a Villainous Woman
Định nghĩa mới về ác nữ
Определение злодейки
ขอโทษที พอดีไม่ใช่นางเอก
악녀의 정의

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in Country of Origin
163 Chapters + Prologue (Complete)

S1: 60 Chapters (1~60)
S2: 50 Chapters (61~110)
S3: 36 Chapters (111~147)
Side Stories: 16 Chapters (148~163)

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Average: 7.1 / 10.0 (212 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.02 / 10.0

Last Updated
March 15th 2023, 8:41pm



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Tappytoon (163 Chapters - Complete)

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Cute at time but overall generic and boring  
by StellaStar1
September 22nd, 2022, 12:31am
Rating: 4.0  / 10.0
I can't say this was a complete waste of time, there are some good points, but overall this is an uninspired, boring, genetic shojo. When I digged into it, I was hoping, hence the villainess title, there would be a bit more... Ahem, as we say, hard edges stuff. NO! Not one last bit. While the art is cute, and the story actually starts of in a promising tone (a Korean woman transmigrates into the body of a spoiled aristocratic girl who will soon become a candidate for the Empress, but who was woefully unprepared for such a role, and now she has a chance to set things right), pretty quickly everything goes south. The plot makes no sense, the FL's actions, while well meaning, are completely illogical, the antagonist is pretty predictable (pretends to be a goodie two shoes but is a ruthless schemer underneath), the ML is bland as porridge, other character act in very weird ways... Nothing to keep me interested. In the very beginning, the way FL tries to make something out of the situation was even okay, but she absolutely lost me the moments she starts to act like she was a Victorian virgin who never even heard the word sex. She's engaged to the ML, yet still when he wants to share a bedroom, she freaks out and starts acting like she never saw a man before! I noticed this in several other manhwa, and this irks me so much! These are modern day girls who have easy access to stuff like porn and adult movies and books, and even if you don't have a boyfriend (and she did, in Korea, which makes this stuff all the more idiotic), and then they get offended by THIS! ARGH!!!! Grow up people! No really the manhwa lost me there (chapter 45), and I am just giving up. On to more interesting stuff!
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Flat characters, unrealistic solutions, and BORING  
by MorganaReads
March 30th, 2022, 10:46am
Rating: 3.0  / 10.0
I want to give this the benefit of the doubt and assume this was written for a audience younger than me. Maybe if I was 16 or younger, this would have been entertaining and seen it as clever. However, I'm not, so the high ratings confuse me.
Underdeveloped characters that do not grow. FL isn't particularly smart, and her solutions to problems end too serendipitously. Her arguments and proof leave much to be desired, but somehow everyone thinks it's iron clad. Her actions are immature (see spoiler regarding 2nd ML below), despite the title being "What it takes to be a Villainess" she acts nothing of the sort besides acting like a brat occasionally, and her irritation with the other Regina thinking she's spoilt is not justified.
The other Regina doesn't know it isn't the OG Satiana. The OG Satiana WAS awful and privileged. The girl grew up adored by both her parents, was treated respectfully by the servants, and she was still a selfish brat. She was HORRIBLE to the other girl for so long, so yeah, her hate for and rudeness towards Satiana is justified, as well as thinking Satiana is not fit to be Empress.
Also, found the ML very annoying. His infatuation with the FL seems abrupt with little reasoning, and his jealousy is not cute (like getting mad at her own BROTHER for spending time with her😕 Ick)

Overall, I actually read up until 80 chapters and skimmed through the remainder of the story (especially the epilogue, I have never not needed an epilogue to exist so badly) because I was so bored and fed up with the characters

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I preferred the 2nd ML because he's not overly jealous and clingy like ML, and he stuck his neck out for FL when ML was being a jerk. And initially FL returned his feelings (she got butterflies when meeting him, thought about him when he wasn't there) but then suddenly she doesn't see him as a man😕 And she BARELY hints that she prefers the ML over him (honestly, I didn't even get that it was hint until FL said it was), and then feels uncomfortable and is annoyed around him because he doesn't get it? Her actions were immature for someone her age, and 2nd ML deserves better 😤.

... Last updated on August 17th, 2022, 8:48pm
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October 27th, 2021, 7:30am
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
Ending was really good.. loved it
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Flat Characters  
by Pandoreye
August 31st, 2021, 11:01pm
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
The male lead is a dish rag. He is so boring he makes me want to slam my head against a wall. In fact, there isn't a single memorable character in this. I made it through 75 chapters, but I don't think I can take any more.
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Villainess to ruin  
by HyperCaster
August 10th, 2021, 7:15am
Rating: 1.0  / 10.0
Utter garbage.
The fl is boring as hell the plot tries to portray her as smart and witty but just ruins with the simplistic and boring techniques.
Th ml is a as*
The fl is a donkey
That's the best way to describe it
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Started somewhat decent, but gets boring  
by ConstellationSeer
July 18th, 2021, 4:15pm
Rating: 3.0  / 10.0
I would not recommend. Despite having the word villainess in the title and description, by no means can the main character can be described remotely villainous or cold blooded. I would better recommend "The Villainess Lives Twice" as it fits better the description of a villianess.

The story follows our main character, Hwayoung, as she learns that her boyfriend and her best friend get together. Betrayed by the closest to her, she got drunk by a river and drowned accidentally. She gets transmigrated to the body of Satiana, the Duke of House Kaylon's daughter. She is forced to partake in the selection process for the next Empress candidate due to her family's status would lower if she would withdraw. Satiana tried to amend the past bullying of Lady Irene, another Empress candidate
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who is the alleged lover of the crown prince
. Despite her attempt, Irene attempts to undermine Satiana at any chance she gets. As the story progresses, the only villain-like thing Satiana would do is some bullying and throwing a tantrum
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at her ladies-in-waitng in order to figure out who is the spy for Irene. However, quickly, she becomes friends with her ladies-in-waiting
. The crown prince finds Satiana interesting and different from what she was before. This sparks the crown prince's affection. However, Satiana attempts to avoid the crown prince since she does not want to be a lover stealer.
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It turned out that the crown prince and Irene only had a contract to appear as lovers and that her family would support the prince. Once Satiana learns this, the love between crown prince and her develops.

At a certain point in the story, Satiana's "super" knowledge becomes so unrealistic that it ruins the story. As well, the main antagonist lacks enough intrigue and competence to keep the story interesting.
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When Irene's plot to poison herself to gain sympathy is revealed, Irene is removed as an Empress candidate. From that point on, the story is almost unbearable. It is total unrealistic nonsense, when Irene actually is able to kidnap Satiana near the end.
Overall, it is better to treat this as a simple love story than a villain story. Even as a love story, there are many better ones.
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the one with the boat  
by onionguy
June 2nd, 2021, 7:05pm
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
Like other reviewers said, this one starts out promising. But the author totally loses the plot by the 60 chapter mark, and it becomes a chore to read.

There's a random boat plot point in the story that just KEEPS COMING BACK. At first it was cute, or whatever, maybe. She uses the existence of boats to portray her smarts and gain some respect, a little boat-talk for the sake of character development is fine, right?

BUT THEN IT DOESN'T STOP. Seriously, you would think the FL was Rose from the Titanic in a past life with the way that she obsesses over the fking boat. I can't stress enough how dreadfully boring the dialogue about the boat is. I'm convinced that the author is pulling a prank on all of us, or that that they were hired to write thinly-veiled boat propaganda to manipulate the masses. It's almost like this isn't an otoisekai at all, it's just a boat manufacturer trying to subliminally recruit people into the boating industry

I am not writing about this to be cheeky or funny, the boat stuff is just really that annoying.
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Mediocre at best  
by tiamath
April 30th, 2021, 6:35am
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
Started to read this out of curiosity since it has the term''villainess'' in the title, but, major disappointment.
FL thows a few tantrums and calls herself a She also had had a boyfriend yet acts like he never talked to a man before. It makes no sense. And the whole misundarstanding troupe ''i tought he hates me but actually likes me'' is so dull and boring that i wished i had hhair that i could pull out.
I bet if the story had no romance plot would have been alot better, since it was nice in the beginning where the FL tried to use some knowledge of her world, but when it goes full on lovey dovey it gets dull and boring. 50 chapters in and you feel like you are forcing yourself to read more. It feels like the support characters are more developed than the main characters, or more like, they feel alot more real that the main characters.
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They don't feel like souless dolls compared to the FL for example, who goes ''doki doki'' at the sight of the prince who she supposedly hated.

It is a fantasy story, but even in fantasy stories, characters must be believable in the context of that story. He they just feel like they were put together by mashing a few characteristics and that's it.
As of right now, read only if you have nothing better to do with your time, just like me. Totally not recommended otherwise, since there is no ''villainess'' in this, instead you get a goody-twoshoes. Blergh. (altho there are antagonists.)

... Last updated on April 30th, 2021, 7:13am
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Not a villainess  
by nausicaa70
April 20th, 2021, 4:26am
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
The fl is supposed to be a villainess (it’s in the title) but instead of a wicked and cunning mc, we get a discount bully (and it doesn’t even last 20 chapters). She clearly is not a villainess, and even if it was just pretending let me tell you throwing half assed tantrums is just being spoiled. It was very boring.
When the author just accepts that her mc is not an actual villainess the story gets a little bit better, even if it was not what I wanted to read when I started this. I still enjoyed how she uses modern world knowledge to help those around her (even if it didn’t always make sense. Plus where did she even learn all that?) but I didn’t want a saint mc, I wanted a mischievous one.

Concerning the romance, it was unoriginal and boring as well. Their chemistry is not really good and they are both generic characters, especially the crown prince (such a petty, predictable and useless main lead). I still enjoyed their trip and how they progressively got closer, but there are no sparkles between them... And the further the story progressed the more annoying the crown prince became. He was ridiculous and unlikable from the start but then him getting jealous for no reason, not acting mature... yeah it was uninteresting.

Anyway I didn’t continue reading it for the romance, but for the plot. I liked the antagonist, i wish the story was about her. Irene is not a great villainess mind you, she’s predictable, incompetent and kind of stupid, but I wanted to see what she’ll do to get her way. Her motivations were not commendable and I liked it, it was fun to watch her try her hardest to achieve her goal. She was more interesting than the other characters. I dropped this when she left (chapter 121).

... Last updated on April 20th, 2021, 5:09pm
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Started off great, then just kept getting boring and boring until I couldn't tolerate this time waster.  
by X2XO
January 9th, 2021, 9:31am
Rating: 4.0  / 10.0
Loved FL and ML interaction and the story behind ML's hatred toward FL and how it blossomed into something else gradually, but...oh, boy did it get so boooooring after. I think around chapter 50 when things started going downhill.

Also, for some reason the our FL's look changed. In a negate way that is. Not that the art itself became bad, no, it's just the FL. She now look like she's in her mid thirties while our ML looks like he's 14 or 15. It's just strange. I liked her a lot more before. And the fact that her character became bland as the change happened didn't help.

That being said I continued reading it, or more accurately, skimming through it, and today I read the final chapter. And my final verdict is, BAD. I hoped for it to get better but it didn't.

There are a lot of cases, in which some webtoons exceeded my expectation and kept getting better until you felt really sad that it's about to end, like "Empress of Another World".

Oh, well, If you want to read an EXCELLENT webtoon, I would recommend "Miss Not-So Sidekick". It's a master piece that will keep you entertaining until the very end. Best of the genre.
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