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Mistakenly Saving the Villain (论救错反派的下场, Lún Jiù Cuò Fǎn Pài De Xià Chǎngliterally , also translated as "The Conclusion to When I Mistakenly Saved the Villain") is a danmei Web Novel by Feng Yu Nie, first published on the Chinese web novel site JJWXC.

Song Qingshi transmigrates into a web novel as a powerful cultivator. The problem is, he's never read any web novels, doesn't know which one he's ended up in, and has no idea how the story's supposed to go. Shortly after transmigrating he rescues Yue Wuhuan, unaware that Wuhuan is a minor character and supposed to be killed off quickly.

The novel is completed with 120 chapters. An English translation is available here.

Contains examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Rong Ye's mother sold him to Xie Que, and her last words to him are telling him he's not allowed to come back to her.
  • And I Must Scream:
    • She Yun's death, although richly deserved, is horrifying. Yue Wuhuan gives him a pill that leaves him unable to move, then cuts him up while he's still alive and can feel everything.
    • Yue Wuhuan punishes Rong Ye by making him hallucinate being raped and tortured over and over.
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Yu Qing was one of Yue Wuhuan's rapists, and he had a slow, painful death as insects ate his brain.
    • She Yun raped Wuhuan, so Wuhuan tortures him to death.
    • Xie Que sold Wuhuan to Jin Feiren, so when Qingshi tracks him down he burns off Xie Que's face, hands and feet.
    • Wu Jing enjoyed tricking people into thinking he loved them then abandoning them. He tried to do that to Wuhuan, and as punishment he got torn apart and eaten by Blood King Vines.
    • Someone tried to betray the Medicine King's Valley. When Yue Wuhuan got his hands on the traitor he used the Dream Weaving Incense to drive him insane. Under its influence the traitor tore off his own skin and hit his head against a wall until he died.
    • Jin Feiren was a rapist and abuser, so Wuhuan has him imprisoned, castrated, and tortured for years.
  • Attempted Suicide: Yue Wuhuan attempts suicide twice.
  • Blatant Lies: Song Qingshi's first spoken lines. Almost everything he says is blatantly contradicted by the narration.
  • Body Horror: The effects of Poisonous Fog Formation, especially the Bone Intoxication poison. At first the victim only feels numbness. Then the poison reaches the bones and the victim is left in agony until all of their bones crack and their whole body dissolves into mud.
  • Brainless Beauty: Qu Yurong. The narration snarks that "he got his beauty in exchange for his IQ".
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: Muhua and Zihao get together then have dramatic break-ups every other decade.
  • Bungled Suicide: Yue Wuhuan attempted suicide by animal attack. Song Qingshi intervened and rescued him just in time.
  • Crossdresser: Kong Muhua dresses as a woman because he thinks men's clothing and jewellery isn't resplendent enough.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Wuhuan enjoys killing his abusers in horrible, agonising ways.
  • Determinator: It takes Qingshi over 1300 tries to rescue Wuhuan.
  • Doorstopper: The full novel is 120 chapters long. This is actually quite short by Chinese web novel standards.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • Qingshi can't remember who gave him his money, so Song Jincheng comes to the conclusion that he got it from his parents. Actually he got it from Wuhuan.
    • Jincheng sees Wuhuan take care of Qingshi every day, deduces they're much closer than ordinary friends, and jumps to the conclusion that Qingshi is Wuhuan's illegitimate son.
  • Facial Horror: Qingshi burns off Xie Que's face.
  • Footnote Fever: The translation has footnotes to explain terms non-Chinese readers aren't familiar with.
  • Genre Blindness: Justified. Song Qingshi never read any novels when he was alive, so he has no idea what sort of story he's transmigrated into.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: Qingshi repeats the Sword Master Mo Yuan mission more than a hundred times in an effort to save both Yurong and Wuhuan.
  • Lethal Chef: Song Qingshi attempts to cook dumplings. "Attempts" is the key word. The result: "a dish of scorched round dumplings, each of which was exactly the same size and degree of char". And when Qingshi tries one of them, he decides it's absolutely nauseating.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Almost every male character, but especially Yue Wuhuan.
  • Love Informant: An Long tells Qingshi that Wuhuan is lusting after him. Played with, since An Long doesn't believe Wuhuan is really in love with Qingshi and is trying to warn him.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: An Long is in extreme pain after being poisoned but refuses to say a word. Lampshaded by Qingshi.
    Qingshi: You always do this. If you cut your finger you come find me and make such a fuss, but when you're seriously injured you won't breathe a word about it.
  • Media Transmigration: The story starts when Song Qingshi transmigrates into a novel.
  • Ms. Red Ink: Qingshi is a male example. He never learnt how to manage money in the real world, and when he transmigrates he leaves the account books to Wuhuan and doesn't pay any attention to his finances. He gets a shock when Wuhuan tells him his expensive purchases have left him in debt.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Wuhuan doesn't like how Yurong gets so much of Qingshi's attention, so he murders Yurong.
  • No Longer with Us: Qingshi says his teacher is "in another world" — meaning the real world, the one Qingshi transmigrated out of. Wuhuan misunderstands and assumes the teacher is dead.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Jincheng overhears Qingshi crying out and assumes he and Wuhuan are having sex. Actually Wuhuan is rebuilding Qingshi's golden core.
  • Oblivious to Love: Song Qingshi completely fails to notice Yue Wuhuan has fallen in love with him. And when he starts to fall in love in return, he initially thinks his blush and rapid heartbeat are symptoms of a disease. He also remains oblivious to An Long's and Rong Ye's interest in him.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil / Rape and Revenge: Yue Wuhuan gets Song Qingshi to teach him how to dissect corpses so he can use his new skills to torture his rapists to death.
  • Rip Van Winkle: Qingshi sleeps for ten years after being injured protecting Wuhuan.
  • Roman à Clef: In-Universe, people write pornographic novels featuring thinly-disguised fictionalised versions of Qingshi and Wuhuan. Qingshi is horrified when he discovers the novels.
  • Self-Harm: Wuhuan gouges out the beauty mark on his face.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Poor, poor Yue Wuhuan. He's kidnapped and raped and his rapists tell him it's his own fault because he's beautiful. After Song Qingshi rescues him Yue Wuhuan starts wearing masks and veils to hide his face.
  • Son of a Whore: Rong Ye's mother was a prostitute who sold him to Xie Que.
  • Tempting Fate: When he first arrives in the novel Song Qingshi thinks his task is easy and he'll rescue the protagonist without any trouble. He quickly learns how wrong he is.
  • Training from Hell: Wuhuan puts Bai Zihao through it. He throws him into dangerous situations and forces him to fight for his life, only gives him medical treatment when he's seriously injured, and throws him back into danger as soon as he recovers.
  • Two-Person Love Triangle: Qingshi loses his memories after waking up in the future. He knows he's in love with someone even though he can't remember anything about Wuhuan, and Jincheng convinces him he's in love with a girl. Then Wuhuan hears about Qingshi's supposed girlfriend, becomes jealous, and disguises himself as a woman to try to win Qingshi back.
  • Unishment: Lady Nian gives Qingshi a long list of complicated questions as punishment for the equally complicated questions he made her answer. Unfortunately for her Qingshi loves answering questions, so he's delighted by her "gift".