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Omniscient Reader (전지적 독자 시점) is a Korean Web Novel about an office worker, Kim Dokja, who enters the world of his favorite novel.

Also known as Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint, the original translated title before it got picked up by Webnovel.

The official English translation can be found here.

Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint Contains the Following Tropes:

  • All According to Plan: Kim Dokja likes to say this is the case when it is, and also when it isn't and he's actually on Plan D and is being forced to use more and more desperate ploys.
  • Alternate Timeline: Where the story takes place. In addition, there are all sorts of alternative timelines within the story itself due to Yoo Jonghyuk's stigma.
  • Badass Longcoat: Kim Dokja and Yoo Jonghyuk sport coats in opposite colors. Kim Dokja later gets an upgraded version from the Han Sooyoung of Yoo Jonghyuk's 1863rd regression.
  • Back from the Dead: Hand in hand with Resurrective Immortality.
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  • Be All My Sins Remembered: Yoo Jonghyuk in his 1863rd regression
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Disaster of Floods fight.
  • Black-and-White Morality: Subverted. While some abilities specifically depend on the alignment of the target being declared evil by the system, the system itself can be manipulated, corrupted, and abused.
  • Brown Note Being: The Fourth Wall who will bear it’s fangs at anyone not Kim Dokja. On the flip side, it’s very protective of him.
  • Buy Them Off: Kim Dokja's ended up on both ends of this.
  • Came Back Strong: Resurrective Immortality gained from the Eight Lives attribute comes with a stat boost every resurrection.
  • Comically Small Bribe: Min Jiwon's attempt to buy Kim Dokja's loyalty with 2000 coins backfires on her when he makes a counteroffer of 20,000.
  • Covers Always Lie: It's impossible to tell from the cover, but Kim Dokja is a 28 year old salaryman who's a firm 5/10 when it comes to looks, though some of his and Yoo Jonghyuk's associates might say he's closer to a 1.
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  • Crapsack World: Earth becomes a lawless wasteland with the introduction of the scenarios, thanks to scenarios encouraging violence and random hooligans gaining incredibly destructive power.
  • Crossover Cosmology: A major part of the setting is that all mythological characters exist as beings known as constellations, with more well-known constellations being stronger. Cliques exist (technically, they're called nebulas) of constellations from the same mythologies, though unaffiliated constellations can join any nebula if an invitation is extended.
  • Death-Activated Superpower: Yoo Jonghyuk's Reset ability and Kim Dokja's Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint both only show their potential once the person has died.
  • Determinator: Yoo Jonghyuk's specialty, to the point that in the original canon, he relived his life in the scenarios 1863 times.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Outer Gods are set up to be horrific and immensely powerful existences outside of the scenarios.
    • However, they are actually beings rejected by the star stream that exist only outside of the scenarios. Not so scary after all?
  • Everyone Can See It: Kim Dokja & Yoo Jonghyuk. Unfortunate that Kim Dokja is self admittedly terrible at understanding his own emotions, or how he impacts others.
  • The Faceless: Kim Dokja, apparently. It seems that very few people can actually see or remember what his face looks like.
  • Groundhog Peggy Sue: Yoo Jonghyuk's special ability is to rewind time to the start of the scenarios every time he dies. Yes, it's just as traumatic as it sounds.
  • Genre Savvy: Explicitly admits it to the point where he specifically refuses to give information to his audience in order to increase narrative tension.
  • Immortal Immaturity: The constellation Black Abyss Dragon, despite his actual age, considers himself and acts like a 15 year old boy.
  • Impersonation Gambit: Kim Dokja pretends to be Yoo Jonghyuk to the "prophets" who read parts of the novel and in the 73rd Demon Realm.
  • Landfill Beyond the Stars: A fantasy example. Beyond the Star Stream, there is a junkyard for exiled and broken story scraps.
  • Laser Blade: Kim Dokja's sword, Unbroken Faith, is an example of this.
  • Lonely at the Top: The ending of the original novel had this as Yoo Jonghyuk's fate.
  • My Death Is Just the Beginning: Though this is is normally a villainous trope, in Omniscient Reader, this is both of the protagonists' specialty. One can imagine the wonders this does for their mental health.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Mentioned and subverted. Kim Dokja doesn't just want to reach An ending, he wants a Happy ending.
  • Our Angels Are Different: They're members of the "Eden" nebula of constellations, and one is a hardcore shipper.
    • Michael is definitely the biggest departure from common angel lore—in this novel, he and Lucifer are the same person.
  • Parental Substitute: By his own admission, Kim Dokja is this for Shin Yoosung, especially considering their sponsor-incarnation contract. He's this for Lee Gilyoung too, at this point. And Biyoo, quite literally, according to the story title he gets for her birth.
  • Personality Powers: The scenarios grants its players special abilities based on aspects of their personality from when the game started. For example, Dokja gets Fourth Wall for having been a reader of the scenarios as a novel, and Sangah gets Interpretation for having studied Spanish just as the game started.
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: Possibly subverted in the case of Han Sooyoung; she wrote a novel with the same premise and protagonist as the novel Kim Dokja reads, but when he accuses her of plagiarism, she denies it and says she wrote what came to her in a dream, and her ability Lie Detection confirms that she was telling the truth. However, the 1863rd round's Han Sooyoung calls herself a plagiarist and is capable of sending back her memories to her counterpart in the main timeline of the novel, so it's hard to say what's true.
  • Plot-Based Voice Cancellation: In-universe. Information about the future or about Yoo Jonghyuk's previous regressions is censored from the constellations' point of view.
  • Prison Dimension: The Welcome Prison subscenario's titular prison, created by swallowing the Specter's Stone.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Kim Dokja's special ability, the Fourth Wall works as this.
  • Resurrective Immortality: The basis of many of Kim Dokja's plans is an ability that lets him come back from the dead, though they often come with drawbacks, like the title King of No Killing.
  • Rise from Your Grave: Five times and counting.
  • Samus Is a Girl: No one could tell that Yoo Jonghyuk's senior martial 'brother' was female, until Jang Hayoung specifically confirmed it.
  • Self-Sacrifice Scheme: Kim Dokja's default scheme, due to his suicidal tendencies and his refusal to stay dead. It's to the point where his enemies have to specifically plan around this tendency.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: While Kim Dokja knows the end of this world, he sure doesn't like it.
  • Shipper on Deck: The constellation Uriel is very supportive of Kim Dokja and Yoo Jonghyuk's relationship.
  • Sneaky Departure: Some people prefer dying in privacy.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": After the original translator, Rainbow Turtle, was replaced by A_Passing_Wanderer, he changed the spelling of nearly every character's name, or at the very least inserted a hyphen.
    • Less applicable to the changing of Yoo Jonghyuk to Yu Jung-hyeok, where the original was just flat-out wrong.
  • Stable Time Loop: Kim Dokja and Han Sooyoung cause changes in the 1863rd worldline which lead to the creation of their own altered 3rd worldline. Also, the creation of the Ways of Survival novel itself.
  • Sudden Game Interface: The basis of every LitRPG novel, and it is present and accounted for.
  • Supernaturally Validated Trans Person: Despite Kim Dokja not recognizing it, Jang Hayoung excels at the Breaking the Sky sword style, which is traditionally female-biased, because she's female.
  • Take That, Audience!: ORV is an inherently meta story, with the main character acting as a streamer for 'Constellations' who watch from a distance. This results in many jabs at the constellations landing with both them and the true audience of the novel.
  • The Heart: Kim Dokja. His death later on causes the party to splinter and do their own thing until he comes back.
  • The Promise
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: The Fourth Wall is all that stands between Kim Dokja and having his brain leak out his ears for hearing a single word from some of the more powerful constellations. In addition, he already knows a lot of stuff even they aren't meant to know....
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: The King of No Killing attribute enforces this on Kim Dokja in return for Resurrective Immortality. He finds ways around it.
  • True Companions: The party. Especially Yoo Jonghyuk, who shares the story Life and Death Companions with Kim Dokja.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Very much applies to Kim Dokja.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Kim Dokja specializes in extremely long term plans that, due to the nature of being a public streamer, he generally refuses to explain to even his closest allies in order to prevent spoilers or interference.
  • Uplifted Animal: The Breaking the Sky Master, who is a bipedal dog proficient in martial arts. It's just as weird as it sounds.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: After initially considering her an enemy, Kim Dokja becomes this with Han Sooyoung.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Kim Dokja is a Combat Pragmatist with a ruthless attitude towards his enemies
  • You Never Did That for Me: Yoo Jonghyuk's lover in previous time loops, Lee Seolhwa, notes that his typically cold attitude changes around Kim Dokja.

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