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The Villainess Is a Marionette   
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Associated Names
A vilã é uma marionete
Aku Bukan Boneka
Boneka Marionette
Kẻ Phản diện chỉ là Một Con Rối
L'antagoniste est une marionnette
La Méchante est une marionnette
La villana es una marioneta
Penjahat Wanita Adalah Boneka
Ác Nữ Là Con Rối
Лиходійка Маріонетка
Хорон санаат утсан хүүхэлдэй
شرور عروسک خیمهشب بازی است
악녀는 마리오네트

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Gourmet Scans
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Latest Release(s)
c.59-69 by FLAME-SCANS 9 months ago
c.80 by Gourmet Scans 9 months ago
c.79 by Gourmet Scans 9 months ago
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in Country of Origin
80 Chapters + Prologue (Hiatus from 2023-02)

S1: 45 Chapters (1~45)
S2: 35 Chapters (46~80)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (199 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.78 / 10.0

Last Updated
November 29th 2023, 11:03pm



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KakaoPage (Kakao)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
IZE Press (TBA - Print)
Radish (Novel)

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3 Month Pos #306 decreased(-51)
6 Month Pos #279 increased(+11)
Year Pos #277 decreased(-122)

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Fell off  
by twin12spica
March 18th, 2023, 3:25pm
Rating: N/A
The art is absolutely gorgeous. There's a noticeable change in style after season 1; although it didn't get worse, it just changed. All throughout the art is gorg despite this, so on that front, it's all good.

However, the pacing got terrible after season 1. At first it was intriguing, she has plans but even us readers aren't made aware until the incident will come to pass. But then things got more more unsensible. I'm not sure if it's just because there are nuances from the novel that got cut in the adaptation, but suddenly what seemed smart and cunning started to feel more like a cliche. "I one-upped you" - "I one-upped your one-upping" - "I knew you'd do this, so I actually have the upper hand still all along!" Like this. It felt... distasteful.

And then the
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black garden magic arc
happened, if I can even call it an arc. It's just so out of the blue like whaaat.? Yeah, it was mentioned that
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Olivia got ressurected from the dead via magic
so we know that's a thing, but all the things in there are just 😕? And then characterization fell off the window, or maybe it did even before this part. Either way, it became hard to both follow and swallow.

I'm disappointed because I had high hopes for this manhwa. I hummed and hawed about reading it, then came across several tumblr posts that made it seem like the kind of manhwa that's right up my alley (morally grey, strategy that's more about moving pieces than simple word battles, and very very good art). So I read this. I wish I stopped reading after season 1.

Idk how to rate this. I don't want to be too harsh, but I don't even remember the parts I liked about this anymore besides the art. Maybe the novel will be better but this manhwa adaptation in particular I feel is a failure.
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Hard to keep reading  
by Delicheese
March 31st, 2022, 10:59am
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
The art is AMAZING but I don't feel a connection to any of the characters. All the characters feelings (admiration, love, etc) for the FL come so fast that it doesn't feel real or human? Like this person was supposed to have been a complete fool that everyone used to their advantage before and she only needs to do one impressive thing, or just look at someone a certain way to completely change their opinion about her? Also there is SO MUCH NARRATION. It feels like more than half this story is told through narration that explains background info and potential consequences. There's not much story told by the characters, it's like the writer can't trust the readers to put any context clues together and think for ourselves, so shoves all the information down our throats. I have picked up and put down this webtoon at least 5 times. This time I made it to chapter 38 (while skimming the narration cause it's very predictable) and I don't know if I want to continue.

Tldr. If the art wasn't beautiful I wouldn't have read this webtoon at all, so props to the artist.

... Last updated on March 31st, 2022, 11:01am
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It depends...  
by Manhuaislife
January 1st, 2022, 12:32am
Rating: 6.0  / 10.0
Only read season 1.

The art is amazing and very intricate. You would not be disappointed if you are looking for an easy on eyes read, but the plot is not as great in compared to what you look at. It is a typical manhwa where the mc goes back in time, have knowledge of future, tries to protect herself and has the ultimate goal for freedom but eventually falls and gets knee deep in the schemes(and looks like everyone is obsessed with her). The ml who first ignored her has now fallen in a puppy love. It is tolerable in the aspect that the romance is not toxic and the mc kinda thinks things through.

Her plot does have some base to it, it is understandable and does not seem like it sprung out of nowhere. But then the problem arise that the readers themselves don't know whether It is gonna work or not, this concept is actually great It gives a unique aura to the story and makes us anticipate the plot, but it has not been executed well and thus It becomes a headache, a nuisances.

But then again I would tell you the art is more than enough reason to read it, give it a try, who knows maybe you will like it, after all there are many more like this out there, with lesser arts and they are being enjoyed.

... Last updated on April 21st, 2023, 11:25pm
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Read the novel!  
by glowtoads
September 1st, 2021, 6:33am
Rating: N/A
Totally agree with RAGApeace. Having read the novel, I don't think the manhwa compares favourably. It's very beautiful, but it's slower and less substantial which really damages Kayena's position and character. We just don't see as much depth to her in the manhwa, which is a real shame, because she is an incredible character to follow and support. Compare this to the adaptation of The Villainess Lives Twice, for example, which is much stronger because Tia and the characters around her are fleshed out deliberately using the manhwa format, and because the artists take full advantage of panels and other visual cues to add to a sense of pace, and even to foreshadow. It's very unfortunate that the manhwa for Marionette doesn't match what made the novel so excellent.
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Future of Korean stories is bleak.  
by HyperCaster
August 14th, 2021, 1:07am
Rating: 1.0  / 10.0
Don't judge book by it's cover.
No matter how good the art is of this comic it can't be anything but trash.
With seemingly no character depth, growth or any sensible plot it is total sh*t stain in the name of Manhwa.
Even in fantasy when you get rewinded you just absurdly don't become supersmart and it's like trashiest rewind comic ever . After I got migraines at why people like this?!

... Last updated on August 28th, 2022, 1:51pm
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Top tier art, but...  
by AM_Woody
July 28th, 2021, 1:16pm
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
Dropped ch.38
The art is beautiful, but pretty much nothing of note has happened in nearly 40 chapters.. It's ended up style over substance. Following week by week certainly doesn't help the pacing. Characters are also way to simpy to the FL compared to what they should be given the first timeline.

... Last updated on August 5th, 2021, 11:03am
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Overpowered FL doesn't make it bad  
by Utsukushii Yume
May 15th, 2021, 12:08am
Rating: 7.0  / 10.0
This story falls victim to FL knows the future because she read the book, but the author never gives her any actual skills or personality outside of knowing the future even after 23 chapters. She is technically an overpowered protagonist and as long as you understand that or don't mind that, the story is enjoyable.

You get to watch her exploit her knowledge of the future and turn everyone into puppets. Sort of a if I knew what I knew now back then, then I would have done this instead sort of scenario. The pacing is nice, the art is pretty and overall I plan to see where this story goes.

... Last updated on May 15th, 2021, 12:09am
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So addicting  
by nausicaa70
April 28th, 2021, 3:58pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
The art is GOD TIER, and the story is just as enticing.
The female lead is amazing, she’s everything I love : intelligent, manipulative, level headed, always one step ahead... She’s not Medea from I want to be you, just for a day mind you (nobody is on her level haha) but still Cayena is very charismatic. Their goals are completely different though, while Medea wants the throne, Cayena only wants peace and freedom. Cayena is sweet and gentle deep inside, she’s a villainess because of her circonstances, and I love how she’s doing everything she can to escape her fate. I also love how Cayena supports other women in this, I long for great female friendships/partnerships. Speaking of which, the other characters are very interesting as well, even the male leads. The plot seems very intricate, I can’t wait to read more 🙏🏻🙏🏻

... Last updated on April 28th, 2021, 4:28pm
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Art and substance coexists in this one.  
by noobzilla
April 21st, 2021, 2:19pm
Rating: N/A
This webtoon has equal amounts of eyecandy (beautiful dresses, people and background) AND Court intrigue. The best this is the pacing and how the author delivers the court intrigue. It's suspenseful instead of 12-year-old girl's idea of what court intrigue should be.
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by Miachann
March 15th, 2021, 11:01pm
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
this is amazing
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