Dungeons full of dangerous monsters have suddenly begun to pop up around the world, and people find themselves Awakening to video game-like abilities. In this world of Hunters, guilds, stat screens, and ranks, Han Yoojin is a lowly F-Rank Hunter with only support skills and a severe inferiority complex. His younger brother, a much-beloved S-Rank who is one of the strongest people in the world, dies saving him from a powerful dragon. Han Yoojin uses his ability to temporarily take his brother's powers and defeat the dragon, which drops a Wish Stone that can grant a wish. Hated by a lot of people, regretting many of his past decisions, and unable to use the stone to bring his brother back to life, Yoojin decides to rewind time to five years ago.
Armed with knowledge from the future and a few new skills from defeating the dragon before he regressed, Yoojin decides to help raise up future S-Rank Hunters and S-Rank monsters for his own benefit, but finds that they become very attached to him.
The S-Classes That I Raised, also known as The S-Ranks That I Raised, (내가 키운 S급들) is a Korean Action and Fantasy series by Geunseo.
This series provides examples of:
- The Alcoholic: It's mentioned rather nonchalantly in Yoojin's narration that he was treated for alcoholism at some point before he regressed. He doesn't seem to have any issues with alcohol now, so it's ultimately averted.
- Blatant Lies: Yoojin often spouts these as a result of hiding his regression and his true abilities.Yoohyun: Theres nothing youre hiding other than that, right?Yoojin: There isnt.Yoojin's Narration: Actually, there was a lot.
- Blood Magic: Han Yoohyun's has a skill seen in the first chapter that can create weapons made of his own blood.
- The Caretaker: Parents, older siblings, and other people who help raise others often Awaken with a Caregiver title and associated skills. Yoojin's Perfect Caregiver is a higher-level version of the ability he had before he regressed and was brought about by his caring nature towards his brother.
- Child Soldiers: Because there were so few Awakened people when dungeons started to show up and spill out monsters, teenagers as young as 14 were allowed to be Hunters. They have a few more restrictions on what dungeons they're allowed to enter and the minimum age had been raised by the time of Yoojin's regression, however.
- Cuteness Proximity: Yoojin melts around Peace, and later Chirpie.
- Die or Fly: This or Traumatic Superpower Awakening were believed to be the requirement to Awaken, but by the time Yoojin regressed it was learned that this wasn't the case. It still applies to the Awakening of some individuals, however. For instance, Yoo Myeongwoo was attempting suicide when he Awakened.
- Differently Powered Individual: People who are "Awakened" gain powerful abilities and video game-like interfaces (like status screens and leveling up). How high one's skill levels are determines one's class rating, the lowest being "F-class" and the highest being "S-class". F-class is about the strength of a normal person.
- Dragon Slayer: Han Yoojin gains this title after defeating Lauchtas in the first chapter. He keeps it even after traveling back to the past.
- Driven to Suicide: Yoo Myeongwoo Awakened when he tried to kill himself. Deciding to register as a Hunter, he stayed alive long enough to meet Yoojin. Yoojin suspects that, before he regressed, Myeongwoo may not have held out much longer after that.
- Embarrassing Superpower: In order to activate his skills on other people, Yoojin has to tell them a specific keyword, "I love you". And it can only be after he's talked to the person and gotten to know them a bit, adding to the potential embarrassment. It causes him no end of exasperation. He takes great effort and makes elaborate plans to not be creepy about it, like slipping it into an encouraging speech or using drunkenness as an excuse to say ridiculous things. He never has to say it to the person again after saying it once, which helps.
- Familiar: Tamed monsters are like this. Peace and later Chirpie are this for Yoojin.
- First-Person Perspective: The story s told mostly through Yoojin's perspective in first person, though it does occasionally switch POV and perspective.
- Fluffy Tamer: Yoojin's Perfect Caretaker skills work on monsters as well as people and can cause the targeted monsters to become boned to him. He hides his the true nature of his abilities by claiming that he has a monster taming skill.
- Head Pet: Chirpie isn't afraid to take a ride onu inferiority complex. Especially when comparing himself to the likes of his brother who's a genius, one of the strongest people in the world, and is loved by many.
- Knight Templar Big Brother: Inverted, it's the younger brother Yoohyun who's overprotective of older brother Yoojin.
- Magitek: Possible using the resources found in dungeons.
- Mental Time Travel: Like in other similar novels, it's referred to as "regression".
- More Than Mind Control: When Yoojin's "Perfect Caregiver" skill "My Brat is the Best" gives the target a buff. Yoojin needs some kind of personal connection to the target to activate it, and it also warps the target's perception of Yoojin and forces the target to consider him as their father figure, older brother figure, or other caregiver. Yoojin wanted to help strengthen others for their own sake and his own, but they ended up much more loyal to him than he originally planned.
- Multiple Narrative Modes: Chapter 27 is the first instance, temporarily switching the narrative from Yoojin's First-Person Perspective to Kim Sunghan's point of view in limited third person perspective. Chapter 48 has a third person perspective that follows Yerim and Yoohyun.
- Mysterious Past: A lot of the details of Yoojin's life before he regressed are left vague. He seems to have been up to some shady business between the time he Awakened and the time he regressed.
- Newspaper Dating: Yoojin checks his cell phone after regressing to check the date.
- Not Quite Flight: Han Yoohyun's Green Willow Leaves skill seen in the first chapter is used like this; it creates leaves in the air that you can step on, allowing someone to jump or walk up to great heights.
- Our Dragons Are Different: The dragon called Lauchtas seen in the first chapter doesn't have intelligence like a human but is incredibly powerful. It has three heads, claws that could slice through buildings, and its body is completely poisonous.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Peace, the baby Horned Flame Lion, and later Chirpie.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Yoojin's wish was motivated by the desire to undo Yoohyun's death and to be able to live a better life.
- Supreme Chef: Yoo Myeongwoo turns into this after he starts cooking for Yoojin.
- Switching P.O.V.: Chapter 27 temporarily switches the narrative from Yoojin's First-Person Perspective to Kim Sunghan's point of view in third person perspective.
- Time Travel: Yoojin uses a wish stone Drop from the Lauchtas to Set Right What Once Went Wrong (or at least, stay out of the way so he doesn't make things worse).
- Traumatic Superpower Awakening: This or Die or Fly were believed to be the requirement to Awaken, but by the time Yoojin regressed it was learned that this wasn't the case. It still applies to some people, however. For instance, Yoo Myeongwoo was attempting suicide when he awakened.
- Ultimate Blacksmith: Yoo Myeongwoo's has the potential for an SS-Rank weapon production skill, which is why Yoojin helps him out.