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Beware of Chicken is an English language Web Serial Novel written in the style of Xianxia novels. However, the protagonist Jin Rou, or rather the person that transmigrated into his body, has no interest in ascending to the heavens, becoming the most powerful cultivator known to mankind, or even defeating the hordes of demons ravaging the land.

He just wants to make his own little slice of heaven in the peaceful, backwater regions of the Azure Hills with his rooster Big D.

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  • Achievement In Ignorance: Jin sees his farming as a way to get away from the cultivation world. His Qi-powered farming techniques are driving his cultivation to untold heights.
  • Action Girl: Jin Rou meets one in the form of Xiulan, a more typical Xianxia heroine.
  • A God I Am Not: Jin Rou is insanely powerful, at least in comparison to the rest of the cultivators in the Azure Hills, but is perfectly happy with working on his farm.
  • And Then What?: Miantiao and Yin get hit hard with this, after receiving news of Sun Ken's death. Thankfully, Bi De is there to help.
  • Arcadia: The Azure Hills and Jin's farm in particular.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Jin Rou, natch.
  • Beleaguered Bureaucrat: The magistrate of the local town is not happy about having someone living nearby who could probably destroy his town by accident if he went all out.
  • Call to Agriculture: After leaving the Cloudy Sword sect, Jin Rou decides he's absolutely sick of this cultivation nonsense and goes out to build himself a new life as a farmer.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Jin Rou runs into a cultivator who attempts to have his way with Meiling's best friend, but he breaks his hand when he attacks Jin Rou.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Jin Rou has a lot to say about cultivators and their obsession with medicines to increase their power.
    Jin Rou: I was extremely suspect about all the pills these people choked back. I’m half convinced the reason every cultivator is so damn nuts is because of all drugs they did.

  • Eastern Zodiac: Jin Rou seems to be gathering at least one of every animal from the zodiac: Rizzo is the Rat, Tigger is the Tiger, Washy (a carp) is the Dragon, Big D is the Rooster, and Peppa and Chunky share the role of the Pig.
    • He's also recently acquired a horse, an ox, and several sheep, although they have yet to achieve sapience. Nonetheless, the only ones he has left to get are the Rabbit, Snake, Monkey, and Dog.
    • As of Book 2, Chapter 38, we now have Miantiao the Snake and Yin the Rabbit. Though technically, they haven't joined the Fa Ram just yet, instead joining Bi De on his journey.
  • Elemental Powers: Qi can be aligned to different elements. There is wood qi, fire qi, water qi, and many others.
  • Genius Loci: Near the end of the first volume, it's revealed that the farm/Fa Ram is developing a consciousness of its own.
  • Healing Factor: Qi can be used to accelerate healing.

  • I Ate WHAT?!: Jin Rou starts worrying about this after he realizes Big D isn't a normal animal; he's much more careful about the animals he kills for food after this.
  • Insatiable Newlyweds: After their marriage, Jin and Meiling have sex loudly and frequently.
  • Ki: Qi is the life energy that flows through all plants, animals, people, and the land. Cultivators and Spirit Beasts can use this to perform Supernatural Martial Arts. Qi can also be aligned to an element.
  • Lunacy: Big D can project Laser Blades formed out of moonlight, which are the basis of most of his combat techniques. He later develops Twin Faces of the Half Moon, a Doppelgänger Attack. It's implied he'll eventually create a full set of techniques for the entire lunar cycle.

  • Magitek: There are magic equivalents to modern technology.
    • Recording crystals are basically magic cameras.
    • There are also transmission stones, which work like a radio, although the transmission quality is generally too poor to actually speak through them.
    • The world has knowledge of modern germ theory due to a cultivator discovering that a technique for seeing long distances could also be used as a microscope.
  • Mundane Utility: Jin uses the superhuman strength and endurance of a cultivator to make the hard work on the farm easier. His disciples learn to do similar things, such as Tigger using her claw arts to carve ice sculptures.
  • Opt Out: Jin's response to the cultivation world. He's willing to admit that it may be partially Screw This, I'm Outta Here!.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Posthumous version. Before giving Sun Ken's sword to Xiulan to serve as proof of the man's death, Jin Rou had considered turning the weapon into a plow. Her Sect's elders are inspired by the suggestion, however, declaring such a thing to be "no better insult" to the memory of the murderous bandit; they even gift the newly-made plow to Jin as a wedding gift.

  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Jin thinks that Zang Li couldn't have been really a Young Master of a respected sect because he seemed too weak. He isn't because he's a demonic cultivator who's killed and replaced him.
  • The Simple Life Is Simple: When you have experience from two worlds, superhuman strength and endurance and can apply your chi powers to it, it is.
  • Snowlem: The General That Commands the Winter started out as a large snowman that Jin built for fun, but its heavily implied that it became a Snow Golem.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: All cultivators and spirit beasts can do this.
    • Bi De has a martial art style inspired by the moon.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Played With. Jin Rou gives all his animals English names, but all of these names are changed when pronounced by others (Big D becomes Bi De, Tigger becomes Ti Gu, etc). Deliberately invoked by Jin Rou in one case by switching his name around on official documents (Jin Rou -> Rou Jin) to keep the Cloudy Sword Sect off his trail.
  • Sword & Sorcery: Set in a world like this, but focuses more on what it's like to live in a world like this when you're not a cultivator.
  • Training Montage: Big D has one of these, much to Jin Rou's bemusement.

  • Uplifted Animal: Big D gains sapience after eating enough "Heavenly Herbs" (the qi-infused plants Jin Rou grows around his farm).
  • Villainous Vow: Sun Ken is a bandit, and the leader of the Whirling Demon Gang. He is an unrepentant murderer, and his gang pillages, kills, and rapes throughout the countryside. After Big D insults him, Sun Ken makes this declaration.
    Sun Ken: I take what I please from your Great Master! I shall slay his brothers, and rape his wife! I will burn down his home, eat his flesh, drink his blood, and sleep in his skin for daring to mock me so!
    • Needless to say, he doesn't live to fulfill it.

  • Walking the Earth: Bi De engages in this in Book 2.
  • Wax On, Wax Off: Played with. People think that this is what Jin is doing with his farming and the games he plays. He isn't deliberately, but they double as effective training anyway.
  • A World Half Full
  • World of Badass: Even the animals are getting on the cultivating action.
  • You Dirty Rat!: In the first volume, a group of pill-making rats take up residence on Fa Ram, who intend to corrupt Big D into being their stooge. Rizzo averts this, thankfully.

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