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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?

Original Webtoon

Official Translation:
English, Japanese, S.Chinese, T.Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese


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Associated Names
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
87 Chapters (Complete)
1 Volume (Complete)

S1: 41 Chapters (1~41)
S2: 46 Chapters (42~87)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (147 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.58 / 10.0

Last Updated
October 10th 2021, 10:17pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Daum Webtoon (Daum)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Tappytoon (87 Chapters - Complete)

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Kind of bland  
by IndomitableFish
August 27th, 2021, 11:53pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
I dropped it early on. Now sure if the plot picks up but, I find it kind of bland, along with the characters. Nice to look at though.
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p good but a bit lacking  
by chitralala
August 22nd, 2021, 10:07am
Rating: N/A
i actually really like the story, i just wish that it could be executed better. started with FL who sympathize with ML and they fell in love etc. ML is obsessive and i love that, tho it can be a bit cringy at times. what annoys me the most is how the story progressed. FL literally fainted and cried every one or two episodes. her actions were mostly happened in her dream or just for the decisive moment. tho they explained later in the story, i still hoped FL to be more active. the ending was a bit anti climax for me. sadly there was no extra/side story after it ended, i would love to see more how their relationship went after that
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Please don't judge it from the first season only  
by alex17563
June 7th, 2021, 1:00pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
This series makes sense eventually and it's pretty touching actually.

I understand how people don't like the beginning, but I really hope they didn't try to "warn" others to stay away.

Around mid 2nd season, and even more so in the end, you understand the FL's reasons for being kinda pathetic in the start.
And even the ML gets better by the end..

I can't say it's worth it necessarily, but the story is designed to be read whole to make sense, so please hang on and keep reading!!
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Too angsty  
by Y_Sasuke
May 19th, 2021, 3:27am
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
The FL is horrible. She faints several times in a chapter, is compeletely clueless and is the epitome of frustrating.

The ML is a cruel psychopath. Granted, he was tortured into it , but that doesn't make him likable.

Not a fan of the art, I can't say it is bad, but I dislike it. Everyone looks depressed all the time, even when they smile.

Maybe as a previous reviewer mentioned, the second season is much better, but I had to give up before.
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This is a lot better if you start at chapter 41.5  
by jingrl89
April 7th, 2021, 3:19pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
If you like angst that could easily be cleared up with communication, then by all means read 1st season (41 chapters). Oh and also if you like reading about crazy psychopaths the few chapters sprinkled in from the ML’s, Aseph’s, POV might be interesting to you too.

Season 1: 4/10
Plot = 2/10 (nothing much happens besides ML’s background)
Characters = 5/10 (literally only the ML carries this season, but he is craaazzzy toxic)

Pacing is super slow and neither character gets any development. It is not clearly explained why the FL loves the ML and the time they spend together always gets interrupted for angst’s sake.

While it’s true the ML has reasons for being a crazy psycho, he doesn’t change much throughout season 1. A lot of the dark torture in the ML’s background feels like it’s only shown to us to make the plot more angsty.

The FL spends the entire 41 chapters pretty much either throwing crying tantrums or doing nothing. I know some people like her because she is ~different~ from stereotypical spunky heroines. She is very weak, emotional, and slow on the uptake. Her background and her knowledge of the ML’s life from the book are essentially useless until the 2nd season. Nothing important happens until the ML and FL finally actually communicate properly in chapters 40-41.

This is why (unless you like the things I mentioned above) you should start with the recap chapter 41.5. The recap shows what the plot of the 1st season should’ve been if it had been written clearly and a lot of the angst fluff was trimmed down.

Season 2: 8/10
Plot: 7/10 (a lot more happens with the intro of side characters and political intrigue)
Characters: 9/10 (we get to see more of Almoore, the true ML. I kid, I kid. Lol)

Season 2 finally explains why the FL is so in love with the ML because of how her background ties into his. Literally overnight, the ML and FL have both become entirely different characters from season 1.

The FL is much more level-headed and decisive. She’s no longer crying all the time, but she is still rather dense. Some would say she became blander, but she is a lot more tolerable than the her in the 1st season. A lot of the mysteries from season 1 are solved thanks to the FL’s dreams.

The ML still has some manipulativeness and jealousy issues, but he has instantly stopped a lot of the murdery things he used to do in season 1. He’s mellowed out significantly, showing only slight annoyance to the antics of the FL’s sister and the side characters. He’s also magically got a power boost that gets explained at the end.

Finally the ML and FL get to enjoy each others’ company and develop their relationship. The side characters all have a lot more personality and are focused on more compared to in the 1st season. Some villains emerge but are quickly dispatched by the MCs. Stakes aren’t very high, but the plot moves quickly and it’s entertaining. There are ups and downs and the romance is much more satisfying and heartwarming.

... Last updated on April 7th, 2021, 3:31pm
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Really Enjoyed This  
by Pandoreye
April 6th, 2021, 7:25pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I could not put this down. I really love stories where the main characters are imperfect and that was definitely the case here. This was very entertaining and I really liked Aseph's character. It wasn't without its faults (the main fault, in my opinion, was that Aseph carried the story), but I got more than I expected so I was pleasantly surprised. I would love to devour more stories like this.
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One of my favourite manhwas  
by Princess8
March 28th, 2021, 6:43am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I love the characters in this manhwa, especially Aseph. I love the romance in this and the ending was beautiful as well. 10/10
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by ciawoo
March 15th, 2021, 8:00am
Rating: N/A
I've read this manhwa since the translators released the first chap and now I finally reached the ending, im bawling my eyes out 😭

istg this manhwa never failed to make me squeal whenever there's a heart fluttering moments between aseph and elzay although at the beginning it started off as a kind of obsession however aseph slowly changing was definitely pleasing, his tragic past made him that way, he never knew what love was not until elzay came into his life. elzay on the other hand in fact is not that weak bc she's truly strong on the inside.

they faced a lot of hardships that only defined how THEY WERE MADE FOR EACH OTHER!

yall should read this and in addition the art is really pretty!!

... Last updated on March 28th, 2021, 11:15am
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by RayTheBest
December 7th, 2020, 8:53pm
Rating: N/A
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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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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