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The Villain's Savior  
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Set on a path to tragedy and misfortune from a young age, Aseph Randell is doomed to die a villain. That is, until the mysterious Elzay Tiathe appears in his life with a promise: "I can save you." After having vivid visions of him for so long, can Elzay untangle the twisted fate tied to Aseph... or will they both be dragged down together? (Source: Tappytoon)

Official Novel: Ridibooks
Official Webtoon: Daum
Official Translation: English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese


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Associated Names
Ag-yeog-ui guwonja
El Salvador del Villano
Penyelamat Antagonis
Vị Cứu Tinh Của Nhân Vật Phản Diện
Спасительница злодея
악역의 구원자

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Latest Release(s)

in Country of Origin
1 Volume (Ongoing)
68 Chapters (Ongoing)

Season 1: 41 Chapters (Complete) 1~41
Season 2: 20 Chapters (Ongoing) 42~

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (76 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.7 / 10.0

Last Updated
November 20th 2020, 4:35pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Daum Webtoon (Daum)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Tappytoon (55 Chapters - Ongoing)

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Idk if this should be romanticized?  
by 626
November 22nd, 2020, 4:47am
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
I've read till the end of Season one and I'm still unsure if the author is trying to make it a romance or have Zay realise the man she's inlove with is a psycho. I kept reading because I had hoped it was the latter lol. But judging from the other's readers reactions I don't think it's going to be that.

My whole issue with it is that the ML(Aseph) is really two-faced; He'll be abusive to his servants but completely switch to "loving" when Zay comes in. I say "loving" becuase it's more obsession than love tbh, he's really manipulative and possessive when it comes to Zay.
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Towards the end he wants and basically forces Zay to stay with him despite knowing she'll be in pain becuase she's denying God's seal (she wants to be with him but if he loved her he'd let her go), then he bites it off her when she's asleep, before that he also forcefully kisses her while she's crying, he poisoned his own poor horse just so they could fall off and he could pretend to be badly hurt so she could stay with him and not leave him. Overall, I just don't think he loves Zay because he just wants to have her as a possession, yeah he's not physically abusive to her but there are so many instances of him manipulating and gaslighting her that I'm sure eventually if she doesn't do what she says he'll prolly just shove her in a cage or beat her into "loving" him. I don't blame Zay for not seeing the signs since he's really two faced, but I'm iffy about this clearly toxic relationship being put out there as romance. It's got the romance tag up there, but no psychological or unhealthy relationship tag lol which is concerning. Also I'm aware he's got a traumatic past- but that doesn't exactly excuse this sorta behaviour.

Other than Aseph, the FL (Zay) is constantly crying and she's got a really weak personality. By that I mean other than crying and blushing she doesn't do much lmfao, honestly I'd rather read the original novel they mention becuase Zay's sister seems like way more thought out than herself and the story would be a lot more interesting if the FL had personality.
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When Zay's with Aseph you'll hear a lot of creppy things from Aseph and it sounds ten times as perverse becuase Zay's portrayed as really innocent and stuff- which makes sense tbh I think she was in high school when she got isekai-ed, which uh idk yeah

Overall, I'd say if you're into creepy manipulative but handsome MLs who are obsessed with the meek and pure FL, then I'd say this is the book for you. But also remember these sorts of relationships irl are unhealthy so don't get into them or romanticize them too much. Also if your partner says "You're mine" and you get uncomfy bc you're not an object so you tell them off for that then they respond with anger and/or posessivness-- Look back at the relationship and get ready to potentially start running..
Also the art is pretty good.
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Definitely recommend for angst lovers  
by apatel190
October 13th, 2020, 4:35pm
Rating: N/A
Really great for angst lovers. ML is yandere in the truest sense. Fl is extremely annoying in the beginning but becomes alot less annoying by the end of season 1. I found the romance aspect very wholesome but more so in season 2. Although its a bit strange because sometimes she seems like she's both lover/mother to the ML
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The idea is fresh, tho the execution is lacking.  
by moonmystery
July 22nd, 2020, 11:15pm
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
I've definitely been guilty of sympathizing with the tragic villains before, so I am pleased to see a story like this one. The female MC is kinda annoying, and I don't get why he fell so quickly for her, but otherwise this is a guilty pleasure read...

Characters: 6/10 Honestly, the primary driving force of this series is the Aseph Randell, the charming villain dude. Everyone else is bland...
Art: 9/10
Plot: 7/10 This story fully fleshes out Aseph, making readers sympathize w/ him despite his psychotic tendencies.
Execution: 5/10 The pacing is kind of not convincing, and plot elements are a bit confusingly introduced.
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The female lead  
by theLettuceGarden04
July 16th, 2020, 9:19am
Rating: N/A
*sigh* There were a lot of instances that I wanna bitch slap her. She is definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed. I get that she went though a lot, but girl, please be a bit more rational. It's so painful to see her makes really stupid mistakes. I'm usually tolerant with weak female leads, but she is definitely one of the most annoying ones that I encountered, and trust me, I read a lot of shoujo. The only reason why I didn't drop this is cuz of the male lead. Yeah he's a murderous ahole (to everyone but the heroine of course, but polite to her father I guess), but at least he's not stupid and has an interesting backstory. Plus I'm a sucker for yanderes XD. The story is pretty great too: the angst, mysterious elements, and the "forbidden" aspect of their relationship, although I did eye roll at some points since it seems a bit too forced in making it tragic. The art is pretty too, can definitely see the improvement over time.
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Guilty Pleasure  
by namjkm
June 29th, 2020, 12:29am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Yeah, the ML is messed up. Yes, the FL is not a 'strong' woman. But I loved it! The angst, the trauma, the drama - everything was such a mess but so satisfying at the same time?? This was not a healthy relationship AT ALL. The story is quite dark and the background of the characters, especially the ML, was so tragic. However, if you want your dose of angst+obsession, this manhwa just might be your cup of tea!

... Last updated on June 29th, 2020, 12:32am
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Surprised by how much I like this.  
by umi_cham
May 22nd, 2020, 10:27am
Rating: N/A
So, this story deviates a bit from your typical manhwa. Fair warning: if you're not looking to read about a disfunctional relationship with a dark, manipulative male lead, this might not be the right story for you. Then again, the story doesn't try to dress this as anything other than what it is: the monstrous result borne from a life of terrible trauma and mental and physical abuse -- and that's what drew me to it in the first place.

If there's something that can be said about this work, is that it's full of passion. Rather than the typical isekai story, where a downtrodden female lead gets a new chance at life, fulfilling every power fantasy its author might have, this manhwa (or webcomic?) does not make things easy for its characters. Each one, even the secondary ones, has great emotional depth, and the facial expressions convey a lot of emotion, as well. It constantly takes stabs at your heart, and does NOT pull any punches.

In the 27 chapters I've read, it's made me laugh -- and it's made me cry. And while it is true to female lead cries often, I, at least, can't help but sympathize with her. She's been dealt a pretty terrible hand, and what makes me like her is that -- yes, she cries a heck of a ton, but she also has a decisive personality, asserting her thoughts and feelings rather than letting herself be carried away by the circumstances.

The male lead is also interesting, and full of twisted personality. That's the thing, though: this manhwa doesn't dress this as "healthy and sweet". No, it's dark, it's raw -- they are obsessed with each other to a pathological point. Not something I would condone in real life, but as a story, it carries its themes wonderfully.
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by Utsukushii Yume
April 24th, 2020, 3:31pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
You know those useless knickknacks you accumulate over the course of your life? You plan to throw it away because you have no idea why you even have it in your house, yet for some reason you never throw the thing out.

Next thing you know 50 years have passed and it is still sitting in the same spot of your home sucking up valuable space, and you still have no idea why you haven't thrown it out! You FINALLY decide to make use of it and all it does now is suck up space in another spot and you still have no idea why you haven't thrown out such a useless item that you don't even want. That is this book in a nutshell.

... Last updated on April 24th, 2020, 3:33pm
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Unfamiliar territory  
by Bebe~
April 8th, 2020, 8:35pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
At first sight, I thought this was another girl who got isekai-ed into a story book, falls in love with prince charming and meets all the characters in the book. Isekai shoujo genres never have much substance; it's almost always very predictable and super cliche, but this one is a black sheep! Although she's the epitome of a weak and weepy female lead, the male lead is the one that keeps the story going. Making him out to be the villain from the get go was an ingenious move. He's a little psycho and definitely traumatized from his past. I love that we hear both of their inner thoughts. You see how he slowly becomes obsessive over her, sort of like a child vying for his mother's attention. A tragedy really...I can't wait to see how it'll develops!
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When you are this good looking, you can get away even with murder.  
by Zurel
March 15th, 2020, 11:38pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
The story is interesting and the art is beautiful which makes this an entertaining read. But the heroine is your typical drooping damsel who turns on her waterworks with more frequency than even then famous Trevi Fountain. She knows the plot of the novel but cannot seem to be doing anything about it. And the hero is a psychopath plain and simple, who you sympathise with because he has a tragic back story and is drop dead gorgeous.
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Loving this so far  
by owlzeyes
July 2nd, 2019, 4:38pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Okay ML's background is probably one of the saddest backgrounds I've read. Wow. I'm really happy with where the story is going. FL do your thing and shower ML with all your love. I'm a sucker for broken ML and savior FLs.
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