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What It Takes to Be a Villainess  
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With a broken heart, Hwayoung falls headfirst into the river by accident but wakes up as infamous villainess Satiana Altisee Kaylon. Coming to terms with her new life as sole daughter of House Kaylon, Satiana is soon chosen as a candidate for the next empress! In the palace full of schemers and liars, she must become a cold-blooded villainess to win her royal seat by the crown prince - or her new family will face grave danger! Will being perfectly evil really be enough? ‘Cause even villains need love!

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Associated Names
Cerminan Jiwa
Definicion de una dama malvada
Definition of a Bad Lady
Definition of a Wicked Girl
La justicia de una dama villana
Méchante malgré moi
The Justice of a Villainous Woman
The Justice of Villainous Woman
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Groups Scanlating
Furry Scans
Isekai Manhwa Clan
JayKay Scans
Miss Mystery

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in Country of Origin
147 Chapters + Prologue + 16 Side Stories (Complete)

S1: 60 Chapters (1~60)
S2: 50 Chapters (61~110)
S3: 36 Chapters (111~147)

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User Rating
Average: 7.2 / 10.0 (166 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.1 / 10.0

Last Updated
November 19th 2021, 1:05pm PST



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D&C Webtoon (D&C Media)
KakaoPage (Kakao)

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English Publisher
Tappytoon (163 Chapters - Complete)

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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, 10:31am
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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Gets Worse As you Read  
by BiggusDickus2
September 30th, 2020, 12:55pm
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
The MC seems to be the all knowing type: she knew about El Niño and El Nina, and apparently how to make ships too. This is almost absurd, considering we barely know what she worked as in the past. We know that her best friend and boyfriend cheated on her (which contributes nothing to the story, other than providing the reason why she was Isekai’ed), her family were unsupportive, and that she was a great student and worker. Ok, but how does this translate into making ships? Was she a engineer of some kind? We don’t know. Also, there are so many inconsistencies to her ship building logic. I’m not an engineer, btw, just someone that applies common sense.
[First inconsistency] using iron for ships. Iron rusts. Ships go in the water. [Second Inconsistency] Mentioning propellers when the Prince asked if iron can float on water. Ugh, propellers don’t make ships float; they help the ship move. It’s literally in the name. What does she think happens when ships dock and the propellers aren’t turned on? They sink lmao? And aren’t propellers hard to make? Don’t you need a energy source to make them move (generator or smth like that)? Who the heck is going to manufacture the new tech?
Also, she clearly wants these iron ships to be used beyond the bet, and to incorporate the tech into the Empire’s commercial (not sure about military) ships. How in the world is that going to work with her knowledge being this inconsistent?? Why would she mention propellers (when asked about how iron ships float) but not mention iron rusting and using iron to make steel when she plans to implement all of this?

The story becomes more nonsensical as it goes; dragging on and on the feud between the regents, her relationships with the princes, power struggle with the empress, etc. Anyone not on the MC’s side are either definitely bad, or are normal aristocrats that only supports the winner. There is no gray scale: corrupt and black hearted to just being self motivated, generally apathetic individuals. Heck, the Crown Prince is criticized for his behavior by the readers, and for his generally flat personality. He’s a dickhead, and even if there is a “tragic backstory/explanation” behind his behavior, I don’t like reading stories that romanticize these tragic bad boys.

Also, the MC is boring af. Just because she’s likeable doesn’t mean she’s interesting and complex. They are not interchangeable. We barely know anything about the MC’s past life/background, values, interests/passions, etc. MC’s passions in life are nonexistent. She seems to be most alive when roasting Irene/her enemies, and blushing around the crown prince. Compare this to Arte in the manga Arte; the manga has very little petty cat fights and scheming. Arte is characterized by her feverish love of painting. She is passionate about it, and this ADDS to her character. The manga focuses on her passion for painting, but it never gets boring. Her passion gave her more humanity, and readers connect to her, even if they don’t paint. Meanwhile, our mc is basically a Mary Sue with a tragic backstory. How relatable.
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A severe case of second lead syndrome  
by Zurel
August 16th, 2020, 7:23am
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I do like this manhwa a lot. In many ways it is cliched but the pacing is good and the plot is interesting, a decent balance between romance and the more political aspects of the story. The ML is a bit problematic but I guess after seeing so many much worse MLs in other manhwa/manhua, I don't mind him that much. Maybe it's my standard going bonkers but the romance works for me.

But the second ML is such a wasted potential and I find that very unfortunate. The author did him dirty by giving him too little screen time. Honestly, he is much better than the ML in every respect, I'm not even exaggerating, and it makes me think the only reason the ML is winning is because the FL doesn't have much contact with the second ML.
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