The idea of being reincarnated in a fantasy world is incredibly captivating for most individuals considering the popularity of the isekai genre. It promises the allure of magic, diverse cultures, and the opportunity for a fresh start in life. To many, this prospect holds immense significance, granting them the freedom to live life on their own terms. However, alongside the excitement, reincarnation can also bring forth perils such as mortal danger, relentless pursuers, and a multitude of other formidable challenges.
In recent years, the “reincarnated as a villainess” theme has gained immense popularity, and its appeal shows no signs of waning. For enthusiasts of this distinctive genre, there exists a wealth of captivating titles to choose from, making it difficult to discern which ones are worth exploring. This list showcases 15 of the best villainess manhwa/webtoons currently available, and we have even included a bonus title at the end of the list for readers to indulge in.
15. When the Villainess is in Love
I’ve transmigrated into the body of a princess, living on borrowed time. It’s okay, though, we can cure this illness! My goal is to lead a life where I can do whatever I want! First, I decided to rave over all of my favorite characters in the novel! But, because I am a villainess, people around me tend to be wary… “You will die soon, and yet… how can you laugh like that?” Well, it’s ‘cus I’m super hot.
14. I’ll Just Live on as a Villainess
Having reincarnated as a villainous character from a book infamous for attempted murder, I found myself facing a predicament.
“I didn’t commit the crime, so why am I burdened with fixing it?” I pondered momentarily before deciding to tackle the issue head-on.
“It’s chilly, isn’t it?” I muttered, shivering in the freezing cold surroundings. I had been banished to a place of extreme cold, with my life hanging by a thread. To make matters worse, all I had were stacks of wood that refused to catch fire properly. Desperate for warmth and survival, I called upon Theoharis, the demon of flames, to lend me his power.
“You summoned me just to light a fire?” Theoharis questioned, annoyed.
“Just hurry up and ignite it,” I retorted, growing increasingly impatient.
This demon proved to be an incessant annoyance.
“You summoned me, so you should take responsibility for me,” Theoharis declared.
“Take responsibility? Why should I?” I objected, bewildered.
“The contract binds us for life,” the demon reminded me, determined to hold me accountable.
All I wanted was to ignite a simple fire! This is the tale of a villain longing for a peaceful existence and the relentless demon, Theoharis, who yearns for the fulfillment of our contract.
13. The Way to Protect the Female Lead’s Older Brother
In a bizarre turn of events, I found myself accidentally inhabiting the body of a character in a mature-rated reverse harem novel. To make matters worse, I ended up becoming Roxana Agriche, the older sister of a minor antagonist. It turns out that my despicable father had kidnapped the brother of the novel’s heroine. Now, I fear that my fate is sealed, and I will face a gruesome demise as the vengeful protagonist seeks her revenge. But what if I could alter this dreadful course of events?
“I’m also intrigued by this intriguing ‘toy,'” I mused, considering the situation at hand. “I’ll ensure your safety until you can escape from here unharmed.”
The heroine’s brother, Cassis Pedalian, will undoubtedly have the means to repay me in the future. Perhaps, by taking a proactive role, I can avoid the wrath of the vengeful heroine and forge a path towards a different destiny altogether.
12. Kill the Villainess
As a reincarnated villainess named Elise, I found myself trapped in a novel where I had poisoned myself upon witnessing my fiancé, the prince, marrying my childhood friend and maid, Helena. From the moment I became aware of my situation, I held a singular goal in my heart – to escape this fictional world that bound me.
Even in death, I relentlessly sought a way out, but the confines of this ‘world’ refused to release their grip on me. However, as I diverged from the path laid out for “Elise” in the original narrative, a peculiar transformation occurred. The very men who had once persecuted and dismissed Eris, my former self, now clamored for her attention and affection.
“Who are you?” the priest who revived Helena questioned, puzzled by my altered demeanor.
“Are you truly Elise?” even the warrior who had pledged eternal loyalty to Helena asked, astounded by the change in me.
“You have transformed,” remarked the prince, who had previously discarded Elise to wed Helena.
It was an odd phenomenon.
No one had shown the slightest interest in Elise before.
“I refuse to entertain affection, even as time elapses,” I declared firmly.
I lacked confidence in loving this world and those within it, for my experiences as Elise had ingrained deep skepticism within me.
11. Please Don’t Come To The Villainess’ Stationery Store!
“Someone as worthless as you hold no value in our family. Here, take this money and leave immediately!” The words stung, but she accepted the offered money with a forced smile. Thus, she became the bumbling villainess, committing misdeeds in a desperate bid to win the affection of her fiancé, the male lead. With her reputation already in ruins and the main characters entangled in an affair they can’t resist, she thought being kicked out and receiving the money would be enough. Setting up a humble stationery store in front of a school, she dreamt of nostalgic treats like snacks, beer candy, and bubbles. Little did she know that her young customers would turn out to be quite peculiar.
“I’ll find you a handsome and humble man, not someone who cheats like my brother!” one child declared with determination.
“Hmph, what about my brother, the crown prince?” another chimed in.
“…the tower master is the best,” a third proclaimed.
From the great magic swordsman to the future crown prince, the villainous tower master, and even a hidden antagonist, her seemingly peaceful stationery store became a hub of chaos. Overwhelmed, she cried out for help. All she ever wanted was a chance at a normal life.
10. The Invincible Princess Is Bored Again Today
In this new life, I found myself as the servant of The Duke’s Bored Daughter, my master Dante Renatous, who was once the Emperor in my past existence. How absurd that after five hundred years, I had been reborn as the youngest daughter of a duchy. Having already achieved all my desires and experienced everything I wanted in my previous life, this unwanted second chance felt nothing but tiresome and dull. Despite considering the idea of teaching young students since my rebirth, I encountered an unexpected dilemma. My disciples adored me to an excessive degree. Was I truly this skilled at teaching?
“If it’s for you, Teacher, I am willing to plunge this world into ruin!” one of my students declared passionately. But all I had done was acknowledge Prince Caesar’s exceptional talent. Why are they reacting like this?
Thus, unfolds the tale of the Max Level Princess, who harbors no regrets or attachment to life, imparting her wisdom upon young students. Little did I know that this path, chosen out of boredom, would lead to unforeseen adventures and challenges.
9. I’m a Martial Art Villainess, but I’m the Strongest
Our protagonist, an aspiring but unsuccessful romance fantasy novelist, experiences a life-altering event when she becomes the victim of a hit-and-run accident. To her astonishment, she awakens in the body of the villainess in a highly popular martial arts novel. Armed with the knowledge she had analyzed about this world in her previous life, she is determined to evade the fatal fate that awaits her and uncover the truth of what truly transpired.
With her newfound understanding of the novel’s plot, she strategically navigates through the challenges that lay ahead, utilizing her insight to alter the course of events. Determined to escape her death-ending, she seeks to unravel the mysteries surrounding her circumstances and uncover the secrets that led to her unexpected reincarnation.
As she delves deeper into the intricate web of this martial arts world, our protagonist strives to rewrite her own destiny and carve a different path from the one outlined in the novel. Armed with her knowledge and determination, she embarks on a thrilling journey of self-discovery and seeks to unveil the truth that lies beneath her extraordinary transformation.
8. The Villainess Needs A Tyrant
In a daring move, I just stole a kiss from a man notorious for his tyrannical nature. All this unfolded before my younger cousin, Arinel, who had taken everything away from me in my previous life.
“Why did you kiss me?” he questioned, clearly surprised by my audacity.
“Because my younger cousin is in love with you, Your Majesty,” I replied with a mischievous smile.
“Is that so?” His strong arms encircled my waist, closing the distance between us in an instant. The imposing man, known for his cold-blooded demeanor, now wore a smile that filled my entire field of vision.
“Part your lips. If you’re going to do it, then do it properly,” he commanded, his voice laced with a mix of authority and a hint of anticipation.
7. The Tyrant’s Only Perfumer
A young woman, terminally ill, takes her final breath only to awaken in the body of Ariel Winston, an antagonist from her beloved novel. Aware of the grim fate awaiting the original Ariel, she swiftly ends her relationship with Duke Cedric Evans, the cursed protagonist who becomes bloodthirsty without a specific scent. Unexpectedly, Cedric, compelled to date Ariel as his personal perfumer, hesitates to distance himself. Perplexed by his behavior, the young woman wonders what is amiss with this man and how it will alter the novel’s course. Can Ariel forge the life she desires amidst these unforeseen changes?
6. Isn’t Being A Wicked Woman Much Better?
Dohee lived as a pushover, died tragically, and possessed a despised villainess from an unpopular novel, though her own nature made it challenging to embrace the role. But it soon becomes clear that her new life has its advantages, as Deborah Seymour is also the richest villain alive. All that’s left for her to do is hide and enjoy her carefree lifestyle… if Deborah wasn’t fated to be sent to a monastery! Will this ex-doormat find a way to avoid another tragic ending, or will the challenges of being a villainess be too much for her?
5. I Fell into a Reverse Harem Game!
As my eyes fluttered open, I found myself in an entirely unfamiliar world. I had transformed into the villainess princess of a video game, feared by all who encountered her. To make matters worse, numerous unknown men were surrounding me, while completely naked.
“Feeling chilly? Shall I embrace you for warmth?” “Oh? Have you not had your fill yet?”
Seriously, what on earth is going on here? And more importantly, how in the world am I supposed to escape from this absurd game?!
4. The Villainess Reverses the Hourglass
People cheer as Aria Roscente walks to the gallows, relieved to see the death of a true villainess. Aria’s story is one of the rags-to-riches; after her prostitute mother married a count, Aria began flaunting her newfound wealth and abusing her position. People could only feel sorry for her saintly sister, Mielle, who had to put up with such a sibling for so long. But, just before she dies, Aria discovers the truth: her demise was all part of Mielle’s plan.
When Aria reawakens, she finds herself in the past, next to a mysterious hourglass. The former villain now has only one goal in mind: vengeance. Aria will have everything Mielle once loved, from the count’s respect to her fiance’s affection. Aria will do whatever it takes to see her vengeance through, even if it means using others or faking a smile, using her knowledge of the future and the hourglass’ power to turn back time.
3. Villains Are Destined to Die (Death Is The Only Ending For The Villainess)
Penelope Eckart finds herself reincarnated as the adopted daughter of Duke Eckart, cast into the role of the villainess within a challenging reverse harem dating simulation game. Regardless of her actions, every ending in the game leads her to a tragic demise. Before the real daughter of Duke Eckart emerges, Penelope must select one of the male protagonists and achieve a happy ending to ensure her survival.
However, both brothers continuously engage in conflicts with her over trivial matters, while a deranged crown prince’s routes inevitably lead to her death. There’s also an infatuated magician devoted to the female lead and a loyal slave knight. Strangely, the more Penelope crosses boundaries with the male leads, the higher their favorability meters rise. This is the story of Penelope’s struggle for survival in a chaotic and absurd reverse harem dating sim.
2. Miss Not-So Sidekick
Immersed in the world of her beloved novel, Hyejung found solace in reading to escape the strains of her daily life. However, her reality takes an unexpected turn when she awakens within the bizarre realm of her favorite story. Rather than embodying the main heroine who captivates three desirable suitors, she is now Latte Ectrie—a despised minor villain loathed by all. Nevertheless, she embraces this unforeseen opportunity to live out her cherished storyline, armed with a bowl of popcorn to witness all the captivating drama unfold. Seizing control of the narrative now holds an entirely new significance for her.
1. Beware of the Villainess
Take a seat and enjoy this romantic story about an angelic heroine and her devoted suitors as they compete for the depths of her love… or not. This story is about to undergo some revisions! Melissa Foddebrat, the story’s villain, awakens after an accident as a modern-day college student. She is not everyone’s favorite, but she is the duke’s daughter. This new Melissa, determined to live it up, is doing things her way—antiquated society be damned! Prepare to step aside, idiots, or perish!
BONUS: I Didn’t Mean to Seduce the Male Lead
She possessed the body of Baroness ‘Eleanor Marice’, a woman who had lost her husband at a young age. However, her part in the original story was limited to just four lines. After the immense effort she had put in, she had now transformed into a respected celebrity within high society.
And now, an ambitious duke has summoned the renowned novelist and relationship expert Baroness Eleanor Mariche to persuade his son, Count Ryan Calabria, to marry the princess. The problem is that the count not only has no interest in the princess, but he appears to have fallen for Eleanor instead! Now she must deal with his enraged father’s wrath while also defending herself against a two-faced princess! Will she triumph in her struggle for love and power?
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