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Webcomic / They Say I Was Born a King's Daughter

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"And everything was perfect, until… I was brutally stabbed! And woke up as a baby!! In a world full of magic, misogyny, and morons…"
—Plot recap from the season 2 trailer

34-year-old Suhee Kim is murdered, and awakens as Sanghee Kim, a newborn princess in a different, misogynistic world.

They Say I Was Born a King's Daughter is a fantasy/comedy webcomic by Legna Kim, adapted from the novel of the same name by Bi Chu and started in October 2016. It also has a Spanish localization.

This webcomic provides examples of:

  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Sanghee is sexually harassed by Prince William in this manner which causes a major international incident between Koryo and Fanrèl.
  • Amnesiac Lover: Sanghee finds her old lover, Jinsu Han, in the second world, but he has no memory of her.
  • Arranged Marriage: Established as commonplace, including Sanghee with Jinsu for some awkward moments.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Hunsang Kim, the king of Koryo, has unrivaled magical power, with Hwanseok and Hwanseong in second place.
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  • Censor Steam: Used in a scene with Jinsu in the shower being pensive.
  • Child Prodigy: Sanghee is treated like one for her ability at mathnote  and translating ancient manuscriptsnote . She really was quite bright in Korea, but with the knowledge she has a grown adult from an advanced society the difference in education is simply laughable.
  • Coordinated Clothes: Hwanhyeok and Sangah generally wear similar clothes, with the only difference being gendered bottoms.
  • Crapsack World: Outside of the Koryo palace, women are marginalized, raped with no way to report it, and enslaved on cotton plantations, to name a few.
  • Deliberately Cute Child: Sanghee deliberately acts like a cute, friendly little girl that no one could possibly hate in order to make people cherish her. It keeps her safe and gives her more power to hopefully improve her status in a meaningful way.
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  • Dying Declaration of Love: As Suhee is dying, she realizes her love for Jinsu and tries to do this. She eventually gets cut off though.
  • Exotic Extended Marriage: Polygamy is extremely common in the setting, perhaps due to the huge 10:1 gender imbalance.
  • Half-Identical Twins: Prince Hwanhyeok and Princess Sangah, who are alike in hair and eye color, height, and even magical powers, which are normally reserved for male characters.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Nearly the entire setting of the comic, with a few exceptions. Somewhat Justified because the women don't generally have magic powers except for Lady Freesia and Princess Sangah.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Hunsang, Hwanseok, and Hwanseong Kim, who all generally treat women with disdain, but eventually surprise even Sanghee with what they do for her.
  • Rebellious Princess: Sanghee earns so much more privilege than the other princesses that they attempt to "put her in her place" when she turns 8.
  • Tsundere: Hwanseok acts like he thinks of his little sister as a stupid mutt, but really cherishes her and even drinks poison for her at one point while pretending he was just punishing her. He also gets upset when she seemingly doesn't give him a present, only to go to her room and have difficult maintaining his poker face at the cute letter she gives him.
  • Unto Us a Son and Daughter Are Born: Hwanhyeok and Sangah Kim, Sanghee's younger siblings who are born shortly after she turns 9.
  • Warrior Prince: Hwanseong Kim, who becomes Koryo's youngest knight and, later, a battalion commander.
  • Yandere: Suhee's killer is motivated by his rejection.

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