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Half-demon Luo Binghe rose from humble beginnings and a tortured past to become unrivaled in strength and beauty. With his dominion over both the Human and Demon Realms and his hundreds-strong harem, he is truly the most powerful protagonist… in a trashy webnovel series!

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The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System: Ren Zha Fanpai Zijiu Xitong (Chinese: 人渣反派自救系统 Ren Zha Fan Pai Zi Jiu Xi Tong), is a Web Novel under the danmei and xianxia genres, written by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu.

The story goes like this: after his death, Shen Yuan finds himself in the world of a stallion novel that he likened to trash shortly before he died. As per the genre, one would expect him to reincarnate as the protagonist, right?

Wrong. Instead, he transmigrated into the body of Shen Qingqiu, the titular "scum villain" who, in the novel's canon, eventually gets killed by the actual protagonist Luo Binghe for being a Sadist Teacher. Determined to avoid the same fate, Shen Yuan uses his knowledge of the novel's plot and tropes to endear himself to the characters (especially to the protagonist), which would ensure that he keeps his life.


Unfortunately for him, he's accompanied by a video game-like "system" that monitors and grades his actions, keeping him from taking too many liberties with how his character acts and how the story progresses. And if he ignores its warnings, the consequences will be deadly. Thus his foray into the world of cultivation begins...

The novel is 81 chapters long, with several chapters that take place either before or after the main story. It's been translated in various languages, with an English translation by Seven Seas Entertainment that began in December 2021 and runs over four volumes.

It received a donghua adaptation called "Scumbag System" (Chinese: 穿书自救指南 Chuan Shu Zi Jiu Zhi Nan, translates to "Using the Self-Saving Guide Book"), with Season 1 airing from September 2020 to November 2020. Season 2 is confirmed for release around early 2022. A manhua adaptation also began in August 2019, but has been taken down after three chapters for undisclosed reasons.


Note: Names, terminology and quotes are based on the official English novel translation by Seven Seas Entertainment whenever possible.

The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System: Ren Zha Fanpai Zijiu Xitong contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Aborted Declaration of Love: Implied. As Luo Binghe holds Shen Yuan's dead body, he seems close to confessing his feelings but is too broken over what had happened to truly say it.
  • Acquitted Too Late: Shen Yuan gets accused of several crimes performed by the original, and is framed for others. It's only after his death via self-detonation of his core that he gets acquitted for said crimes off-page.
  • Act of True Love: Shen Yuan and a berserk Luo Binghe have some very physically painful sex to keep Luo Binghe's mind from being consumed by Xin Mo, finally convincing Luo Binghe that Shen Yuan truly does want him in his life.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • After many of Shen Yuan's demands once he requests they go to a brothel, Zhuzhi-Lang pauses for a beat before he actually smirks at the request.
    • When Su Xiyan runs into Tianlang-Jun and Zhuzhi-Lang again, she tells the former that he still owes her twenty silver from last time they met. Tianlang-Jun flirts and says that he can repay her by offering a service which she declines, stating that he clearly has no idea how to function and do normal tasks. But when he asks if his face alone wasn't worth twenty silver, she actually pauses before seemingly trying to hide a smile as she agrees.
  • Affectionate Parody: The story pokes fun at the transmigration and harem genre, but it's all light-hearted.
  • All There in the Manual: The novel has several extras which tell stories about side characters, missing scenes, and post-novel events. Many of those extras are necessary to understanding the backstories of some of the side characters (Shen Jiu, Yue Qingyuan, etc.), and were originally released only in the printed novels.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking:
    • Cang Qiong Mountain's Sect Leader, Yue Qingyuan, is extremely powerful, to the point where all of the gathered sects freeze in fear when he lets an inch of his sword out of its scabbard.
    • Huan Hua Palace's leader, the Old Palace Master, is mentioned to have powerful spiritual energy. Even after Luo Binghe cuts off all his limbs, he's able to pour his spiritual energy into his voice and attack through roaring.
    • Luo Binghe gains control of the entire Demon Realm as well as the Huan Hua Palace Sect. In the process of doing so, he defeats powerful demons like Mobei-Jun and makes the Old Palace Master, the previous leader of Huan Hua Palace and a powerful cultivator, into a limbless human stick.
  • Bad Samaritan: The Huan Hua Palace Master's intentions in accepting Luo Binghe into his sect post-abyss aren't exactly noble... His interest in Luo Binghe actually stems from his obsession with Luo Binghe's mother, Su Xiyan.
  • Batman Gambit: In Chapter 53, Luo Binghe he declares that he will take his time in razing the entire Cang Qiong Mountain Sect — sans Qing Jing Peak — to the ground, in hopes that during said time, Shen Yuan would be forced to show himself to stop that from happening. It works, since Shen Yuan intervenes just as Luo Binghe and Liu Qingge are about to clash, and Luo Binghe exposes him on the spot.
  • Benched Hero: Luo Binghe is in the Endless Abyss for three years before he returns to the scene.
  • Beta Couple: Shang Qinghua and Mobei Jun are the most prominent couple after the main Official Couple. Their relationship is explored in more detail in the extras.
  • BFS: In the donghua, Liu Qingge can transform his weapon, Cheng Luan, into ten times its normal size.
  • Bile Fascination: In-Universe. Shen Yuan considers the original novel to be trashy yet ends up reading the whole thing that the novel becomes a sort of Guilty Pleasure for him.
  • Bitch Slap: The Little Palace Mistress slaps Ning Yingying during their fight after her whip is tossed away. Shen Yuan more than happily helps Ning Yingying slap her back.
  • Blood from the Mouth:
    • Liu Qingge coughs up blood during his qi deviation, surviving what would have been his death in the original Proud Immortal Demon Way with Shen Qingqiu's help. He coughs up blood afterwards too, having jostled his badly injured internal organs by sitting up too abruptly.
    • Shen Qingqiu spits out blood after self-detonating his golden core, dying moments later.
    • After having extremely violent sex with Luo Binghe at Maigu Ridge and taking his demonic qi into himself to save him from Xin Mo, Shen Qingqiu coughs up blood, frightening them both. He survives through the System's interference.
  • Broken Tears:
    • In the donghua, Qin Wanyue's visibly broken over her sister's death and breaks down crying once the group is far enough away from the lake.
    • After Shen Yuan self-destructs his golden core to stop Luo Binghe from completely blackening, Luo Binghe is brought back to sanity and tearfully cradles Shen Yuan's now lifeless body as he says he never wanted to kill him.
  • But I Read a Book About It: When he starts to fall for Su Xiyan, Tianlang-Jun asked Zhuzhi-Lang why she wasn't acting the same way as the blushing maidens in the books he read or the plays he saw, wondering if he didn't look handsome enough for her to act in that way.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Subverted with Luo Binghe's jade pendant which Shen Yuan finds and keeps after Ming Fan and the other bullies throw it away. The system informs him that it can be used to greatly reduce Luo Binghe's anger points. He tries to use it at Maigu Ridge to calm him down, but it takes too long loading, only appearing after Shen Yuan has already 'appeased' Luo Binghe in a different way.
    • Played straight with the Small Scenario Pusher Luxury Edition Package which Shen Yuan had bought and then refused to use after learning what Small Scenario Pushers do—push him into sexy scenarios with Luo Binghe. The System reminds him of his earlier purchase when the jade pendant key item he wanted to use to calm Luo Binghe down is taking too long to load, and he finally activates it here, leading to him sleeping with Luo Binghe in order to save him.
  • Chickification: One of Shen Yuan's frustrations with the original novel. How do so many women in the original novel who are trained to use flying freaking swords and battle magic constantly need to be saved?
  • Cold-Blooded Torture:
    • After Luo Binghe got his hands on the original Shen Qingqiu (Shen Jiu), the latter's punishments included having all of his limbs ripped off, his tongue and one of his eyes ripped out as well, and having the only person Shen Jiu actually cared about killed by Luo Binghe.
    • Shen Yuan gets to experience a taste of the original Shen Qingqiu's fate through the punishment protocol sequence, though Luo Binghe only gets through tearing an arm and a leg off before it ends.
    • After Shen Yuan self-destructs, the Old Palace Master is the one who gets turned into a human stick by Luo Binghe.
  • Cooldown Hug: Shen Yuan provides plenty of hugs to help calm Luo Binghe down, especially once Xin Mo starts to corrupt him.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Shen Yuan realizes towards the end that he made several mistakes throughout the course of the story, and that he could have found another way around pushing Luo Binghe into the Abyss by simply talking with him about it, which would have saved both of them a lot of emotional pain.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death:
    • In the original Proud Immortal Demon Way, all during Luo Binghe's Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
      • Shen Qingqiu gets all four of his limbs cut off and his tongue torn out, eventually dying of his injuries.
      • Ming Fan gets thrown into a pit of ants and eaten alive.
      • Yue Qingyuan is delivered Shen Qingqiu's legs and a letter written in his blood and walks straight into Luo Binghe's trap in hopes of saving him. He gets pierced with tens of thousands of poisoned arrows until not even his bones remained.
    • In Shen Yuan's timeline:
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • Even when Shen Yuan's fairly new to the world, he's still an incredibly powerful cultivator, managing to beat up one of Sha Hualing's best soldiers with both arms behind his back and not breaking a sweat.
    • Given he is the protagonist's father, it's no surprise that Tianlang-Jun doesn't even exert himself when he beats Liu Qingge or Luo Binghe. It's this reason that Airplane had axed him from the original story line.
  • Destroy the Abusive Home: The original Shen Qingqiu spent years as a child slave for the Qiu household. He razes it to the ground after reaching his mental breaking point under Qiu Jianluo's abuse.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: In the Water Prison, Luo Binghe accidentally tears off Shen Yuan's robe and exposes his chest. He immediately forgets all of his anger as he turns away and quickly tosses his robe onto Shen Yuan out of embarrassment.
  • Does Not Like Men: The original Shen Qingqiu who, after suffering abuse at the hands of the young master of the Qiu household, frequents brothels so that he doesn't have to sleep around men.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: After Liu Qingge finally manages to retrieve Shen Yuan's corpse, Luo Binghe warns the former that it was only for Shen Yuan's sake that he didn't kill him each time he defeated him, and he might change this mind this time around.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: In the donghua, during the Skinner Arc, Luo Binghe is noticeably eyeing Shen Yuan's exposed shoulder.
  • Enemy Mine: Though he doesn't have a positive relationship with any of them, Luo Binghe teams up with the other cultivation sects to defeat Tianlang-Jun.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • When Shen Yuan wonders why Luo Binghe has not yet romanced any of the women who were originally meant to be his wives, he wonders if his tinkering with the plot had made Luo Binghe asexual. A few chapters later, he finds out that his changes to the story had actually made him the object of Luo Binghe's affections.
    • Gongyi Xiao immediately believes Luo Binghe is taking advantage of his former shizun when he sees the state of dress Shen Yuan is in the Water Prison. Shen Yuan gets the feeling that there's been some kind of misunderstanding, but doesn't bother to figure it out.
    • After Shen Yuan comes back to life, Liu Qingge assumes that when he gave himself over to Luo Binghe so he'd leave the other sects alone he was doing it by giving up his virginity. Shen Yuan is touched at Liu Qingge's protectiveness, but also confused at why he thinks that.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: As Shen Qingqiu, Shen Yuan transmigrates into what he considers to be awful harem novel and accidentally snags a harem of his own — namely, Luo Binghe, Yue Qingyuan, Liu Qingge, Gongyi Xiao, and Zhuzhi-lang.
  • Evil Gloating: The Skinner Demon explains their entire plan to Shen Yuan, leaving the other to sigh at their predictability as a villain and gives him enough time to figure out how to defeat them. Justified as Shen Yuan had activated Easy Mode, which lowers the villain's IQ.
  • Evil Weapon: The sword Xin Mo. It's extremely powerful, but it also corrupts the mind of its wielder and constantly fights against them for complete control. Having had hundreds of owners over the years, all of them eventually died to it as they are unable to suppress its evil nature, at least until it falls into Luo Binghe's hands. But even the overpowered protagonist has trouble using it. Shen Qingqiu ends up sacrificing himself twice to keep Luo Binghe from completely losing control, and after the second time, Luo Binghe ends up destroying it for good.
  • Fainting: Shen Yuan tends to faint in the donghua at the beginning when he's overwhelmed from learning that he transmigrated into Shen Qingqiu's body and that Luo Binghe was already abused by Shen Qingqiu for years at the time of his transmigration.
  • Fake Faint: If there's no way Shang Qinghua can avoid a situation or hide behind someone powerful, his next go-to action is to pretend to faint on the spot.
    • When Mobei-Jun shows up at the opening of the Endless Abyss, he immediately flings Shang Qinghua into a tree, appearing to knock him out. Shen Qingqiu knows he's faking it as Shang Qinghua is actually a spy working for Mobei-Jun.
    • As a disciple, he pretended to faint in front of Wei Qingwei to avoid having to come up with an excuse on the spot for what he'd been doing for the past few days and why he hadn't been slaughtered by Mobei-Jun like many of his fellow disciples.
  • Fan Disservice: It’s the romantic climax of the novel and Official Couple Shen Yuan and Luo Binghe are finally having sex in-universe! Except that the magically-crazed Luo Binghe is out of his mind, and the sex is awful and very physically painful for Shen Yuan, which is described in graphic and gory detail.
  • First-Episode Resurrection: The first chapter begins with fervent anti-fan Shen Yuan cursing the poorly written web novel Proud Immortal Demon Way with his last breath. He then wakes up as a character of said novel, tasked by the System to improve the events of the story.
  • First Law of Resurrection: Shen Yuan is the worst offender of this trope, managing to die and get somehow revived no less than three times throughout the course of the novel.
  • Forceful Kiss: Luo Binghe gives plenty of forceful kisses to Shen Yuan after the other accidentally enters his dreams and Luo Binghe makes his romantic feelings more known. Shen Yuan does internally gripe that most of the time, it's more biting than actual kissing.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When the Little Palace Mistress asks Luo Binghe where her father is, Luo Binghe casually replies that he disappeared and no one has found any sign of him. Shen Yuan mentally notes that anyone who gives that answer is usually responsible for the person going missing. Fifteen chapters or so chapters later, Shen Yuan is proven to be correct: the Old Palace Master was mutilated and kept imprisoned in the Holy Mausoleum.
    • At the beginning of the donghua, the system mentions that Shen Yuan's transmigration code is UV002, hinting at another user who transmigrated into the story before him, who turns out to be the author himself.
    • During the Immortal Alliance Conference, the Old Palace Master quietly mutters to himself how "they" look so much alike as he watches Luo Binghe. It's later revealed that he had an obsession with Luo Binghe's mother, Su Xiyan, who was his head disciple. He's responsible for Luo Binghe's father, Tianlang-Jun, being sealed under a mountain and is indirectly responsible for Su Xiyan's death as well, having forced her to drink poison in an attempt to kill her unborn child.
  • For Want of a Nail: Due to Shen Qingqiu's attempts to avert his doom, he tried to support Luo Binghe, unexpectedly leading to the protagonist falling for the original scum villain. The transmigrators realized this when they finally see where Luo Binghe's true affections go to.
  • Fountain of Youth: in the Return to Childhood Extra, Luo Binghe qi deviates and is temporarily turned into a child. Shenangians are had when people mistake the now young Luo Binghe as Luo Binghe and Shen Qingqiu's love child or when Luo Binghe tries to go on his usual activities.
  • Frame-Up: Shen Yuan's framed for causing the spread of the disease in Jinlan where the demons claimed he was the one who told them what to do.
  • Freak Out:
    • In the "Deep Dream" extra, when Shen Yuan tends to his wounds, Luo Binghe gets so flustered at the amount of physical contact required that he ends up dashing out of the bamboo cottage while screaming and even plunges himself neck-deep in a cold lake, despite it being winter at the time.
    • In the "Succubi" extra, Liu Qingge becomes agitated and flustered when Madam Meiyin lists the qualities of Shen Yuan's soulmate, many of which fits Liu Qingge's description, causing him to habror the mistaken belief that he's Shen Yuan's soulmate.
  • From Bad to Worse: Not a single thing goes well for Qiu Haitang after the mess of Jinlan City. She fails at taking her revenge against Shen Yuan, and instead of getting a comfortable life as one of Luo Binghe's brides like in the original canon, she's forgotten about and later captured by Sha Hualing to have her qi drained. She later discovers that Shen Yuan survived and escapes imprisonment and finds the Old Palace Master for a second shot at revenge, only for both to end up trapped in the Holy Mausoleum, their revenge plans foiled. On top of that, Qiu Haitang ends up driven mad from guilt after being forced to see Shen Jiu's past, and likely dies to one of the Mausoleum's traps afterwards.
  • Futile Hand Reach: Happens twice in the Animated Adaptation.
    • When Qin Wanrong is pulled into the water by a demon, Qin Wanyue still has her hand outstretched as she cries her sister's name.
    • Even after Shen Yuan is forced to push Luo Binghe into the Endless Abyss, Luo Binghe still reaches out for his shizun as he falls.
  • Genre Shift: In-Universe: After a while, the transmigrators realized this when they finally saw Luo Binghe's affections for his shizun and his lack of interest for women or a harem. Amusingly, the original novel was supposed to be a Yaoi.
  • A Girl in Every Port: Much of the original Proud Immortal Demon Way revolves around Luo Binghe seducing women wherever he goes, usually adding them to his harem afterwards.
  • The Glomp: Luo Binghe's fond of glomping Shen Yuan as a teen, to which the other believes is due to him tripping.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Shen Qingqiu tries to avoid his canonical fate by being a kind and diligent teacher... which causes Luo Binghe to fall for him instead of any of his wives.
  • Harem Genre: The original novel is a "trashy" harem story. The revised canon is far from one, however.
  • Hell Is That Noise: In the donghua, Sha Hualing is accompanied by the eerie sound of bells whenever she walks.
  • Hope Spot: When Shen Yuan is brought back to life in a new body, he thinks he's finally free of the System for good. But when he encounters Luo Binghe once again, the System starts up.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When Shen Yuan gets his palm read for his a peek at his love life in the future, Liu Qingge crosses his arms and claims he wasn't interested in listening as it was all clearly a waste of time. But when all of the characteristics of Shen Yuan's future soulmate seem to point to Liu Qingge, he suddenly gets invested and asks what other traits Shen Yuan's future partner had to see if they aligned with his.
  • In Spite of a Nail: While Shen Yuan's actions drastically alter the plot, someone still gets turned into a human stick. Except that instead of Shen Yuan, it's the Old Palace Master who suffers this fate instead.
  • Intimate Healing:
    • When Luo Binghe's a teen and experiencing troubles with his qi circulation, Shen Yuan offers to help him — which comprises him holding Luo Binghe close while helping to circulate his qi. This flusters the teen so much he ends up shoving his shizun aside, running away and jumping into the nearest cold spring, during winter. During this time, Shen Yuan has no idea what's wrong with his disciple.
    • In the original canon, Qin Wanyue was inflicted with poisoning and Luo Binghe tried to cure her with a flower, unsuccessfully. However, she found herself cured of the poisoning after having sex with him.
    • Shen Yuan has sex with Luo Binghe at Maigu Ridge to stop Xin Mo from consuming his mind.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Played for laughs. In the "Airplane" extra, when Luo Binghe calls a meeting with his most powerful generals (and Shang Qinghua) to ask how he can seduce his shizun, he immediately tells Mobei-Jun that he shouldn't answer. Despite his rude way of saying it, he's right to avoid taking any advice from Mobei-Jun, given how the latter treats Shang Qinghua.
  • Just Toying with Them: After he drags an unwitting Shen Yuan into the dreamscape, Luo Binghe merely chases his shizun around and makes the other constantly fall into his arms. It doesn't take long for Shen Yuan to realize Luo Binghe is just playing with him.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: As soon as the original Luo Binghe realizes that he has no chance of getting Shen Yuan to come with him to his universe, he stops fighting the main duo and leaves.
  • Laughing Mad: As the Old Palace Master starts getting covered in Qingsi plants, he lays on the ground abandoned by Qiu Haitang and starts laughing as Shen Yuan runs with an unconscious Luo Binghe in his arms.
  • Lighter and Softer: The donghua censors some aspects of the novel. The fate for the original Shen Qingqiu was turned to living in a jar for the rest of his life instead of being turned into a human stick (though it's implied that his limbs were still chopped off for him to even fit into the jar), while Shen Yuan's death was changed from food poisoning to choking.
  • Loophole Abuse: Early on, Shen Yuan has to frequently find loopholes in order to help Luo Binghe without triggering the System's "no OOC" punishment. For example, he waits until Ning Yingying complains about Luo Binghe being forced to travel on foot (while everyone else is on horseback or in a carriage) before inviting the boy into his carriage. It's out-of-character for Shen Qingqiu to be kind to Luo Binghe, but it's in-character for him to indulge Ning Yingying.
  • Lost in Translation: The Proud Immortal Demon Way author's pen name literally translates to "Airplane Shooting Towards the Sky" in English. What most readers who aren't familiar with Mandarin might not notice, however, is that the "Airplane" in the name really translates to "beating an airplane", which is a euphemism for masturbation in China. Hence, the contextual meaning of his pen name would actually be "masturbating towards the sky".
  • Media Transmigration: Shen Yuan, an anti-fan of trashy Wish-Fulfillment Harem Genre web novel Proud Immortal Demon Way ends up transmigrated into said series after he dies. He is trapped in the role of Sadist Teacher Shen Qingqiu for The Hero Luo Binghe's backstory. His very presence begins to drastically alter the course of the story.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: In the original Proud Immortal Demon Way, any male character that could be a possible threat due to their looks or abilities always manages to get killed off.
  • Mirror Match: In one of the extras, the original Luo Binghe crosses over into Shen Yuan's version of Proud Immortal Demon Way and clashes with that version of Luo Binghe.
  • Misery Poker: After Shen Yuan realizes that Shang Qinghua is actually Airplane Shooting Towards the Sky, both of them get into a brief argument about who's having it worse in their transmigration adventures.
  • Next Life as a Fictional Character:
    • Anti-fan Shen Yuan dies from food poisoning after intensely ranting about the terrible end of the web novel he loved to hate-read. He then awakes as a character in said novel... as its Starter Villain Shen Qingqiu, who dies as a human stick at the hands of Wish-Fulfillment Luo Binghe. The plot revolves around Shen Yuan's attempts to avoid this fate by endearing himself to young and innocent Luo Binghe and the resulting consequences.
    • Later it's revealed that after accidentally electrocuting himself, the author reincarnated as minor character Shang Qinghua.
  • Not Me This Time: While Luo Binghe does act oddly after his return from the Endless Abyss, subject Shen Yuan to a game of cat-and-mouse, and allows him to be trapped in the Water Prison, he's neither responsible for the demon sowers or Shen Yuan's defamation via Qiu Haitang, as he actually intended to have Shen Yuan cleared of the accusations.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Whenever Shen Yuan is with someone else, Luo Binghe immediately takes it the wrong way and gets even more jealous. Whether that's Shen Yuan waiting for Liu Qingge in a room alone, or Zhuzhi-Lang sounding like he's making advances onto Shen Yuan.
  • Oblivious to Love: Shen Qingqiu is the only person in the cast who hasn't noticed that Luo Binghe is in love with him.
  • Official Couple:
    • Shen Yuan and Luo Binghe are each other's love interests and eventually get together.
    • The author confirmed that Shang Qinghua and Mobei Jun are an item, with the extras showing how they get there.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Ji Jue does't react well when Shen Yuan politely expresses he doesn't understand a fighting move, since Liu Qingge enjoys picking his disciples and thoroughly trash them as a demonstration.
    • Shen Yuan panics after Luo Binghe comes back from the Endless Abyss and he believes his former disciple is trying to kill him like in the original canon.
    • Sha Hualing looks horrified when she realizes she made a mistake in bringing Luo Binghe someone who looks eerily similar to his shizun. She gets held by the throat for her insolence.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Avoiding triggering the System's "no OOC" punishment is one of the first problems Shen Yuan has to overcome by winning enough points by completing certain plot flags. Luckily, it doesn't take long in the story for the restriction to be removed.
  • Padding: Shen Yuan is of the opinion that the Holy Mausoleum subplot felt like sucky filler in the original novel since it went on for at least a hundred chapters just to explain in vivid detail how Luo Binghe was able to bypass every single death trap in the place. In the revised canon, all the traps are taken care of in two (in-universe) chapters, and Shen Yuan even receives points for "skipping through filler".
  • Perception Filter: It's strongly implied that the other characters can't see or hear whenever Shen Yuan is interacting with the System. Otherwise, someone might have eventually asked him why he's acting strangely, why he's talking to thin air, and what he's talking about. It's similar to how a character would suddenly switch weapons or costumes or even behavior in video games because the player paused the menu to change the configurations.
  • Platonic Prostitution: When he was still alive, it was rumored that the original Shen Qingqiu slept around a lot at brothels. However, due to the abuse he suffered in the past under the Qiu household, he could only get an actual night's rest around women, which is revealed in an extra where he just paid to have a woman sleep next to him. Unfortunately, no on else knew about this, leading rumors to pile up under his already high list of other alleged crimes.
  • Playing Possum: If Shang Qinghua can't outrun a situation, he'll either faint or immediately play dead.
  • Please, Don't Leave Me:
    • Played for laughs with Ji Jue. He asks Shang Qinghua to stay longer because he doesn't want to return back to his shizun and get beat up again, as Shen Yuan was slyly getting pay back at the Bai Zhan Peak disciples for bullying his disciples.
    • The Old Palace Master's last words as Qiu Haitang goes mad and flees. As he starts getting covered in the Qingsi plants, he starts hallucinating that Luo Binghe is Su Xiyan and begs her to stay with him.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Had Shen Qingqiu and Luo Binghe talked it out, many misunderstandings would have been avoided. The latter firmly believes that his shizun hates him due to his Heavenly Demon heritage. The former is still stuck on the idea that the Luo Binghe must be just like his original counterpart post-Abyss. Both end up misinterpreting the other's actions due to these assumptions and never talk about how they actually feel.
  • The Power of Blood:
    • Luo Binghe is one-half Heavenly Demon on his father's side, and as such his blood has special properties.
      After Luo Binghe mastered control over his blood, it was used for a wide range of purposes, including as a poison, blood-based gu insects inside the target's body, a location tracker, a brainwashing tool, sex tool ... et cetera.
    • As a pure Heavenly Demon, Tianlang-Jun has the ability to control and manipulate those who drink his blood. He can also use his blood to conjure several kinds of monsters.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: A lot of Shen Yuan's speech in the novel has plenty of pauses when he's angry or trying to emphasize something.
    Towards the Sky-bro, Airplane-bro, "Great Master": Can we have a discussion? Fill! In! Plot holes! Okay?!
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: Justified and invoked.
    • Thanks to the Dream Demon teaching Luo Binghe his art, Luo Binghe gives every single cultivator above a certain development-level dream warning them of Tianlang-Jun's return.
    • The dream demon does a consensual version for Shen Qingqiu, showing him 'his' lost memories. This allows Shen Yuan to learn of the original Shen Qingqiu's Dark and Troubled Past.
    • On a few occasions, the System punishes Shen Yuan for point loss or rule violations by giving him nightmares or meaningful dreams.
    • Shen Yuan wanders into Luo Binghe's dreamscape on several occasions after the timeskip.
  • Railroading: Despite all his attempts to establish a positive relationship with Luo Binghe, Shen Yuan is notified by the System that the scene where he pushes Luo Binghe into the Endless Abyss is absolutely unavoidable.
  • Resurrection Gambit: Shen Qingqiu decides that rather than faking his death to escape Luo Binghe, he should just actually die, and prepares a backup body for himself grown from the Sun and Moon Dew Flower Seed. He ends up self destructing his golden core in order to keep Luo Binghe from losing control of Xin Mo and wakes up in the plant body... five years later.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After suffering too much under the Qiu household, the original Shen Qingqiu went on a rampage and killed every man there he could find, sparing only the women and children. As Shen Yuan watches this, he notices Shen Jiu almost taking something akin to cruel delight in his rampage.
  • Running Gag:
    • Shen Yuan's right hand continuously causes him misfortune — from being the hand that fed him the bun that killed him, being the hand that gets pierced by Elder Sky Hammer's armor (which is laced with the No Cure Poison), and being the hand that is infected by the Qingsi roots. Shen Yuan even lampshades it multiple times in frustration.
    • Shen Yuan repeatedly tries to politely get a peek under Liu Mingyan's veil, to no avail. When Sha Hualing takes it off and is momentarily stunned, he internally whines and tries to crane his neck for a peek as well. Shen Yuan also fanboys every time Liu Mingyan appears and calls her the "main heroine".
    • In the novel, whenever Shen Yuan mentions a mishap or annoyance he ran into, Mu Qingfang takes that as Shen Yuan not taking his medicine and then immediately asks the peak lord if he did. Shen Yuan huffs in annoyance and assures the doctor he's following his instructions.
  • Sadist Teacher: The original Shen Qingqiu poured hot tea over Luo Binghe's head during their first meeting, subjected Luo Binghe to multiple beatings, and also encouraged his other disciples to bully the young disciple, among other abuses.
  • Satire: The novel pokes fun at itself for using and subverting Yaoi conventions such as Shen Yuan being at the very least five years older than Luo Binghe while in the body of a much older guy. It also deconstructs the Harem Genre by having the female characters that aren't connected to the protagonist in a romantic sense.
  • Scenery Porn: There are times when the donghua gets to show some rather vivid, even if mildly simplistic, backgrounds.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: At the beginning of the donghua, Shen Yuan attempts to leave the new world he's in, in order to escape his role as the villain of the story. However, he is convinced to stay by the System that tells him he can obtain points in order to change the story's ending.
  • Shout-Out: As Shen Yuan is from the modern day world, he occasionally drops a reference to pop culture in his internal monologue.
    • He jokingly asks the System if it had worked on a video game for Harry Potter.
    • One of the many descriptions Shen Yuan uses when he sees Luo Binghe again is the ice-bucket challenge, which went viral in 2016.
    • Once Luo Binghe (instead of Liu Qingge) walks into the room of the inn he's staying at, Shen Qingqiu says it was like The Ring playing out live in front of him.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Despite only five years passing, after the timeskip, there are two wildly inaccurate stories about the events pre-timeskip.
    • One holds that Luo Binghe and Shen Qingqiu were Star-Crossed Lovers. This version is mostly used by the in-universe fanfiction and ballads sung about them... and tends to be quite horny. This is the version Tianlang-Jun is familiar with.
    • The story shared by Lu Liu holds Shen Qingqiu up as an honorable and just Peak Lord and Luo Binghe as his depraved Stalker with a Crush.
  • Spirit Cultivation Genre: Proud Immortal Demon Way is set in a world where there are cultivators who train to ascend to immortality, though Shen Yuan has some complaints about the way the setting is written. For example, he questions why cultivators still eat and sleep despite having achieved inedia or why they need to travel via carriage despite being able to fly on their swords.
  • Spotting the Thread: In the "Face Off" extra, Shen Yuan realizes that the Luo Binghe he's with isn't his Binghe when he notices that this one doesn't have the scar he gave him from stabbing him in the chest.
  • Squish the Cheeks: Shen Yuan often pinches Luo Binghe's cheeks after the latter regresses into his child form in the "Return to Childhood" extra.
  • Start of Darkness: For original Luo Binghe, it began after he became Shen Qingqiu's disciple and was cemented after being thrown into the Endless Abyss. But for the current Luo Binghe, because his shizun began to treat him kindly, the start was after the mandatory push into the Endless Abyss, as Shen Yuan really had no other choice.
  • Status Quo Is God: It doesn't matter that Shen Yuan (as Shen Qingqiu) immediately ceased his abuse of Luo Binghe and made him his beloved disciple. It doesn't matter that he became a Cool Teacher for all of Qing Jing Peak. Shen Yuan must throw Luo Binghe into the Endless Abyss.
  • Suicidal Sadistic Choice: If Shen Yuan doesn’t ensure that Luo Binghe takes the fall into the Endless Abyss and kick off Luo Binghe’s Start of Darkness, the resulting loss of System points will kill Shen Yuan. Years later, Shen Yuan wonders if he could have gotten the same results by asking Luo Binghe to go into the Endless Abyss instead of pushing him in as an act of betrayal.
  • Tamer and Chaster: In the donghua, rather than being completely shirtless after getting captured by the Skinner Demon, Shen Qingqiu is left in an undershirt that's in slight disarray, sliding down to reveal some of his chest and shoulder.
  • Tantrum Throwing: After her imprisonment, the Little Palace Mistress throws a lot of tantrums towards Luo Binghe, who just ignores her complaints.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Shen Yuan transmigrates into Shen Qingqiu, the Sadist Teacher of Luo Binghe. The story focuses on the two's eventual romance.
  • There Was a Door: Liu Qingge has a bad habit of kicking open doors when making an entrance.
  • Together in Death: Discussed. When he thinks his shizun is going to sacrifice himself again, Luo Binghe tearfully lets him know that if he dies again, he would soon follow as he doesn't see a point in living if his shizun isn't there.
    "Dying together" also meant being "together."
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Absolutely nobody is fussed about the Huan Hua disciples and Cang Qiong disciples starting an all-out fight inside a restaurant. Everyone just calmly gets up, pays their bills, and leaves.
  • Wham Line: Chapter 28 reveals that Shen Yuan is actually the second person to transmigrate into the world of Proud Immortal Demon Way. What's even more surprising is who's the first.
    Shen Yuan: (to Shang Qinghua) 《Airplane Shooting Towards the Sky》?
    Shang Qinghua: You... how do you know this ID of mine?
  • What Could Have Been: In-Universe. Tianlang-Jun was going to be part of the original version of Proud Immortal Demon Way but was written out, because 1) the author feared he would overshadow Luo Binghe, and 2) most of the files that contained the plans he wrote for the character got accidentally deleted.
  • Who Writes This Crap?!: Shen Yuan's reaction to Proud Immortal Demon Way in a nutshell, though it's less of "who writes this crap" and more of "why did the author write this crap".
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Luo Binghe's sword, Xin Mo, is known to devour the minds of its users. This greatly contributes to Luo Binghe's already severe insecurities towards his relationship with Shen Yuan.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: To be fair to Shen Qingqiu, the original Proud Immortal Demon Way was a stallion novel, and he has no way of knowing his actions would change it to a Yaoi.
  • You Do Not Want To Know: Meng Mo insists that Shen Yuan's better off not knowing when the latter asks to see Shen Jiu's past memories.
  • You Never Did That for Me: Luo Binghe laments that Shen Yuan always seems so much happier around everyone else besides him, even outright asking Shen Yuan if he really hated him that much. Shen Yuan soon explains that he never disliked Luo Binghe and that the other was just digging into his insecurities about his feelings towards the other.
  • You're Not My Father: Luo Binghe publicly refuses to recognize either Su Xiyan or Tianlang-Jun towards the end of the novel, saying that his only parent is the old washerwoman who raised him in his childhood.

Alternative Title(s): Ren Zha Fan Pai Zi Jiu Xi Tong