Main Character Hides His Strength


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Enemy of the world, cursed by all, Kim Sungchul goes on a quest to prevent the ‘prophecy of the end’ from coming to pass.

But no matter how much he raised his strength, there were still some things he could not achieve with physical strength alone.

Resolving to obtain the power of magic, he goes into hiding to learn magic from his most hated of enemies, The Mages.

Main Character Hides His Strength average rating 4.3/5 - 394 user ratings
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nixxara rated it
December 24, 2016
Status: prologue
There's nothing much to say after just reading the prologue but here goes...

The MC seems to dislike the both his own kind and the devils (?). I'm guessing the human kind treated him very badly so he holds a grudge. Due to unknown reasons, the MC proceeds to destroy the devils but when he reaches the last boss, he realizes he can't kill it with just brute strength. The last boss taunts him and he decides that he needs to learn magic, something he never bothered to learn, in order... more>> to kill that boss. Otherwise, it's going to destroy the world (I presume).

** rating subject to change ** <<less
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NoobaLoob rated it
February 5, 2017
Status: c35

I haven't seen any spoilers, but the reason this novel does not deserve a 5/5 is as follows.

This novel would have us believe that the strongest human -- by far -- has no allies because he isn't corrupt. It would also have us believe that in a world of complete corruption the MC (again, who is BY FAR the strongest human) could not capture a high mage in order for the mage to kill the demon king. He also could not capture a mage to teach him magic because magicians are fanatic and they would literally suicide themselves against him in order to stop the MC from learning magic.

I like the novel, but damn that doesn't make sense.

The reason why the MC is so hated is because he isn't corrupt, that isn't to say he is a nice guy, but he isn't the kind of person to lord over others (even though it's completely within his power to do so). While 99% of ALL OTHER HUMANS are either pitiful/petty/betrayers who will kill at a drop of a hat for benefits, OR are weak/pathetic/spineless cowards who are to be herded like cattle.

And that is just a completely idiotic thing to say (because history and modern society shows that men/woman ARE willing to put their life at risk for a greater purpose). It is even more idiotic thing to say that in a order world that people would rather SUICIDE themselves against the MC to stop him from learning magic (like they would suddenly only be brave/steadfast when it came to the MC wanting to learn magic).

So, whatever, now that we believe the MC can't just kidnap a bunch of mages to be taught magic, or get them to follow him in killing the demon king, the MC must hide his strength to impersonate a newly summoned person in order to get the mage 'class' and stats he needs.

This novel just does not deserve the 5/5 rating it has - 3/5 is fair I guess.


Because that guy/gal said I was misleading in my post, I wanted to clarify.

1 - As of chapter 40 we don't know the full story as to why the MC is the 'enemy of the world' - we only know that he became so because he killed a bunch of corrupt leaders, and robbed the merchants guilds infinity vault. The guy replying even admits that the MC had a legitimate reason for doing it.. So how does it make sense that the by-far strongest human has no allies or friends? Idk, could be because all the leaders are butts who toy with others, and after toying with the MC they got killed.

2 - It is possible to steal stats from Demons, this is confirmed. It is possible to raise stats without quests, this is confirmed (no quest would give him 999+ strength). He does not need a mage to get/give him stats nor a Class unless you believe the MC was gifted his Mythic Class - and regardless of his kill count, how is it believable that mages would just KILL THEMSELVES before helping him disperse the Demon Kings soul? He already killed the demon armies.

This world allows a person to have 5 classes. The MC at the start of the novel only has 2 classes, he literally picks up a so-called trash class (Alchemist) and doesn't even sweat it. He does not need a 'specific' mage class (it NEVER said that the "Magician" class wouldn't work, the MC just wanted the best class) - he only needs a class to allow him to disperse the Demon Kings soul - which leads us into point numba 3.

3 - The Demon King may have been unstoppable, that was, until the MC single handily wiped out his ENTIRE ARMY and forced the Demon King to abandon his physical body. The MC could not disperse the soul with punches but a high level mage could do so with magic. The MC never made the claim that only a 'Legendary Class' could do it, only that magic schools like necromancy couldn't because they didn't have single high-power attacks.

4 - Corruption does not mean that he wont kill/bribe, it means that he wont use his power to arbitrarily play with the lives of others. Although it hasn't been said for sure yet, ALL the major leaders of this world, especially mages, are represented as being corrupt because they don't care about anything other than themselves (I mean, look how they treated the summoned people).

The man's 2nd class was "High Grade Chef" - a guy strong enough to solo the Demon Kings army should not be cooking for himself.. Why does he then? Because he's not corrupt.. He wont kidnap a innocent person to cook for him.

Every person shown in power thus far, save for 1 old recluse, has been corrupt. They do not care about anyone or anything but benefits. The people without power have all been shown to be lap dogs and cowards. Even a fallen magician, quickly became the MC's lap dog after seeing his strength.

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Alexander Valdimir rated it
May 29, 2017
Status: c73
If you look it at a glance, obviously you won't see much. You may see that it's another Anti-Hero MC story where in actuality, is the real hero. But once you read more, you realizes that there's a lot of backstory and background information in play here. The author doesn't just bombard you in the first chapter like a info dump, he meticulously slowly unrevealed it. Not slow enough where it makes you go crazy like "SAY IT ALREADY!", but steady enough to keep you interested. I'll say that most... more>> people won't get hook in the first few chapters as its not the most spectacular but for those who love interesting stories, i'll advise you to keep reading. Note The book is more towards people who are willing to invest time into learning the world rather than a quick generic novel. <<less
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R0 rated it
January 3, 2017
Status: c11
As of chapter 11.

The title of this novel makes people think that it is a satire but it's not. This novel has a dark story, so please read this novel before you rate it.

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At first, when he was unable to defeat the Demon King, my impression is that he will lose but instead they were unable to touch each other therefore fighting was pointless. The Demon King promised MC that he will destroy the world before he ran away.

Short summary

After he that, he returned to a summoning place where humans will be mass summoned, around 2000++ people. He blended with the crowd and pretended to be new. He hid his strength most of the time. But he wasn't hesitate to use it when he needed it but he made sure no one saw him.


MC's attitude

The world so far has been interesting, there are various factions from what I can see. Even though MC is very strong, there are people who have higher records than him. The author uses "Erectile Dysfunction" skill as a way for MC to reject a woman, which is a hilarious way to do.

The story is rather fast because at first, it is said that there were seven heroes and next few chapters, MC receives a quest from the eighth hero. This novel seems to eliminate everything that is not relevant to the plot, making it enjoyable. You have to complete quest to increase your stats, and MC has been farming rather easily.

For some reason, MC is not well-known even though it has been mentioned how those who were summoned along with him have become influential people due to their strength. It's probably because of not being a mage has something to do with it. Mage is highly regarded in this world but MC isn't a mage despite being very strong. His weapon is a hammer, but he's good with many weapons.

He had the choice of being reincarnated to his original world, many had done so, but MC decided to not do so which I'd like to know why.


The translation team has done a good job in translating this.

Ps: Will be updated when more chapters are available. <<less
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keklel rated it
January 2, 2017
Status: c11
So far so good. No unnecessary exposition, just jumps straight into the action. Pretty much non-stop action so far which keeps it exciting. Main character's motivations are not yet revealed but will probably be revealed later. No interesting characters so far but hints that there will be later on.

Settings wise: It's similar to Reincarnator, except with more corruption - which makes sense, as the Summoning Hall in this world is not a separate dimension as in Reincarnator, so guilds do have influence there. This makes the politics at the... more>> start more interesting as the MC can obtain benefits by dealing with the guilds directly in the newbie stage instead of just ignoring everyone around him.

Character wise: Fairly decent, motivations are somewhat shallow so far (magicians and newbies are just concerned with their own survival) but okay, there are hints that more interesting characters will appear later on. Homunculi and demons add variety though their dialogue is admittedly pretty cheesy - if there were only homunculi and demons in this story it would be pretty bad.

There is some humor, which makes it different from Reincarnator and KOTB. The humor isn't completely random either, it makes some sense in context (though you might reasonably ask "how bored of a magician do you have to be to place a erectile dysfunction curse on the MC").

Also see the following passage:

[An amazing test of the Eighth Hero, Eckheart, the Wonder of the Generation
* 1 Free Intuition JUST BY TRYING (15 Max!!!)
* Ancient Artifacts to be discovered
* A Familiar Reward with special objectives
* Opportunity for a mission
/// Try it now, all of this is FREE!]

“... what... is this?”

He had completed several thousands of quests and missions, but this was the first test of its kind. He could feel the quest maker’s desperation, how few challengers must there have been for it to have reached this point? <<less
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OfficePony rated it
January 4, 2017
Status: c13
Grammar: 4/5
Story: 3.5/5
Writing: 3.5/5

Great stuff.

The grammar is pretty decent, the translation group puts in quite a bit of effort. I've personally only stumbled upon a couple of mistakes per chapter which is more than forgivable. Rare occasions of awkward wording/phrasing do appear, but not enough to really make you stumble until the early portion of chapter 12. The story isn't very original, but the writing style of the author is enough to make up for the gap, though it could be better.

I am enjoying this series from... more>> the get-go, and plan on continuing until it ends, the translation group gives up, or it takes a steep dive in quality. <<less
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rincewind rated it
January 30, 2017
Status: c26
The best Korean web novel I've read till now.

This web novel suffers from a nonsensical plot, a common flaw in web novels mostly Korean and Japanese that deal with Demon kings and absolutes of good and evil.

Main Character Hides His Strength makes up for this with excellent fight scenes and good interactions between the two dimensional (a compliment for a web novel) characters.
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Trent rated it
May 2, 2017
Status: --
Sort of a strange novel, in how it's quite bad at some basic things yet great at more difficult ones.

Plot-wise, the story has some gaping holes which make you think "wut?" when they appear. The whole business with the MC needing magic, but being unable to get a single magician to help him through any means (alliances, favors, threats, bribery, whatever) is pretty ridiculous. I'm starting to think he's undertaken his mission to give himself an excuse to learn magic, seeing how much he seems to enjoy learning new things. I'll laugh if it turns out that his epic weapon had the ability to damage ghosts all along.

The MC's point of view is what keeps me interested in the story. His personality seems unexceptional: he's a cool, calm, strong loner. And I don't need to tell you how many bad writers try to use such an MC. But here's the thing: this story does it well.

The MC's personality seems simple, but its details are uncovered gradually along with the world's setting. The tidbits of information he reveals make you think, "Oh, I can see him being like that, " even as they slowly flesh him out, and he always stays in character.

The other experienced characters are also interesting and credible; everyone's had a story and struggles in their life, and everyone's schemed and fought to survive and progress. However, unlike plenty of other apocalypse-themed novels, the novel doesn't use that as an excuse to make everyone's personality similar.

Also, the translator does an awesome job at conveying the story's moods.
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Yemallis rated it
August 13, 2017
Status: c95
MC Hides His Strength takes so many tropes that have been done to death and mixes them all together into something completely original. First time seeing a Children of Men explanation for summoning which is such a good setting I'm surprised I haven't seen something similar before. The only bad thing so far is the name.
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randomusername rated it
June 16, 2017
Status: c80
Despite the weird name, which made me think the person who submitted this accidentally put a tag as title, the novel is pretty good. The best part about it imo would have to be the characters. The MC personality isn't annoying af like 90% of novels I've read and Os actually really interesting. I would have preferred maybe MC having a bit deeper interaction with a character or two. The writing is decent but two problems which sometimes bother me is the world-building is lacking (imo) which makes it harder... more>> to really visualize the setting and the plot is not really detailed I guess. It's not bad tho, overall I really enjoyed it and if the world building was improved itd be one of my favorite novels. The translations are also done well. I think I've only spotted two mistakes throughout the 80 chapters I read and they were quite simple mistakes. <<less
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MondoX rated it
April 24, 2017
Status: c57
I wanted to like this LN, especially how it began. The MC was OP from the beginning, with the exception of magic. Therefore, he is hiding his strength, until he reaches a certain level of magic power. However, the story began to slow down, and there has not been much world building or side character development. The MC is more of a true loner compared to the MC from EER. I figured since he was hiding his strength while he levels-up his magic, he might try to gain reliable allies,... more>> but his interactions with others is like those of NPC's. It seems the MC only interacts with others whenever he needs something. He knows what will happen in the future, why not gain reliable allies and make them strong? <<less
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Daniel14541 rated it
February 13, 2017
Status: c32
So far while the Main Character has retained his strength that has cowed the world he now lives in. He hasn't acted foolishly. He has goals and his previous actions in gathering strength have backfired on him forcing him to act in the shadows, not drawing too much attention to himself but enough to still gain access to strong magic. So far he has managed to acquire his class of magician, not saying which one or any other specifics but he still needs to get taught magic.
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BrotherofHavok rated it
January 18, 2017
Status: c117
EDIT: Liked the story, characters, world, and plot so much that I purchased the translated book off of Amazon. Would highly recommend supporting author/translator.

So far its highly enjoyable and I would strongly recommend this story to anyone.

Maybe Spoilers:
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Premise is that the MC was previously summoned along with others to a very dangerous world. He grew to become extremely OP, but gained a lot of enemies. As he's trying to destroy the Demon Lords one of them becomes a ghost or etheral and his max strength stat is useless so he must go through the summoning process again in order to gain skills that would allow him to kill the demon lords when they turn into ghosts. But he can't just blast through the beginning area otherwise he'd call the wrath of all his enemies down on him and even he wouldn't be able to survive.

So OP, but only when no one's looking. Cool.


Quickly becoming one of my favorites. <<less
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delorz rated it
January 24, 2017
Status: c24
This is honestly one of the best ones yet. It has the twist to the "summoned-to-another-word" and u gatta fight to survive and stuff. But its no time-travel or some BS and the MC is still OP af. He also hides his strength because he has a real reason, unlike some stupid made up stuff. And it just got more interesting at ch. 24. Gatta read it man.


why the hell does it only have 4.4 rating? I needs 4.7 atleast ffs

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Nvelist rated it
November 16, 2017
Status: c114

This is a story that unlike anything seen before. As in the beginning it already pointed out that the main character is already very very very strong.

A world a reality that doesn't give a silver line over the sky as below fiddled and cramped with many sorts of blood, cruel and evil.

Characters that sometimes gives you a headache and the feel to punch the wall and screamed dealing the monologue of their evil, sinister, arrogant, prideful lines. Orchestrated a crumbling world full of despair and tragedy. And believe... more>> me that unlike JP novels full of shining gold and blue sea, reality in this story is very harsh and cruel.

Such the main character himself with a strong goal and harden emotion that cannot be wavered by his opponents insult or arrogance words.

Gladly speaking the main character is already a superior existence in that world but there are still idiots and prideful mouthful scheming people that can't believe the "Enemy of the World" that they think they know his power is already a Transcendence being that already in the realm of the gods in his still mortal flesh.

Heart breaking past of the main character. Friends he have or perhaps a girl he loved all dead. Former comrades turn his identity as an "Enemy of the World" as he didn't accept their discussion about what they want to halted.

This novel have some characteristics example of weapons and creatures taken from greatest fantasy novels and games. From J.R.R. Tolkien to Warhammer to Harry Potter even though minors. Taken also a devastated Biblical plague that haunted the world.


Rejoiced as MC not alone as we readers already saw that nightmarish cover. He has a companion alongside with him as also make the story not solely focus of blood and death. A companion of a talking floating/flying book. Its soul is a female with a childish attitude and tsundere type. An Alchemist book that given knowledge to MC as raising his goal to overcome the Demon King once he completed his promised.


This is one MC the enemy wouldn't want to mess with! <<less
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KKristen rated it
May 26, 2017
Status: c71
The title of this novel may lead you to think that the story will be cliche and the quality may be low -- that would be wrong. This is a dark and violent twist on the "summoned to another world" genre... And it's done so well.


Kim Sangchul, former summoned hero, the strongest man alive, now the Enemy of the World, uses his inhuman physical strength to slaughter his way through the Other World to the fortress of the demon lord. He easily destroys its body, but lacks the magical ability... more>> to obliterate its soul.

In order to gain the stats and training needed to master magic, he sneaks into the bloody Summoning Palace and pretends to be one of the thousands of new humans summoned from Earth. Hiding his strength, the Enemy of the World learns magic from scratch.


The Other World in this novel is very unique compared to other stories -- this is a dark, bloody world facing multiple calamities. Thousands of people are summoned and forced to fight monsters and death matches in order to weed out the weak.

The main character is also unique in that he's much older than most main characters, and battle-hardened. He has already survived the massacre in the Summoning Palace and lived in the Other World for decades. He's a loner with few words and single-minded determination. He doesn't trust people and doesn't make friends. However, despite his coldness and inhuman strength, I found him to be a realistic and intriguing lead.

While the genre of this novel falls firmly in Fantasy rather than Horror, this novel is still pretty brutal and gory in a horrifying and realistic way. People don't die "pretty" deaths here, and the Other World is on its way to ruin. Strength rules, betrayals abound, and nice people don't survive.


The translation quality for this novel is some of the best I've ever seen. You can really tell that the translators care a lot about making sure the terminology, language, names, etc are consistent and thoughtful. Such a high-quality translation makes this novel one of the easiest to read, despite the complex content.


In order to enjoy this novel, you have to enjoy (or at least be ok with) :

    • Solitary, serious main characters
    • Grim and realistic fantasy
    • Brutality
    • Game mechanics and leveling
    • No romance
Also, be warned that you sort of need to be in a "bloodthirsty" sort of mood to really get into this. Personally, I found it to be a welcome change from the usual whimsical "reborn/summoned to another world" cliches. <<less
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scribbledoutname rated it
May 14, 2017
Status: --
I thought I'd reviewed this already but I guess not. Just a great story all-round. The world is quite deep, with many different factions and some secrets/mysteries that are slowly being unveiled as the story progresses.

Now, for those who want more detail:

The MC is an OP guy who's snuck back into a sort of newbie summoning area in order to fulfill a plan he has. He's got godlike physical strength, but he needs to learn magic in order to be able to prevent an impending calamity by himself. He tries... more>> to stay low key to avoid alerting his enemies, because he's a big shot with A LOT of enemies, but he's not afraid of revealing who he is if someone or something really needs their ass kicked.

I'd originally expected the story to pan out like Reincarnator or Master Hunter K, where the MC is stuck in one of those death tournaments and must work through stage after stage after stage (blech), but thankfully it's not like that. The MC leaves the "game" (which is more of a deadly crash course for the newly summoned) quite early on and the world quickly becomes an open sandbox.

I'm currently caught up and eager for the next chapter. This is a very nice break from all of the edgelord MCs and tiring mofu mofu harem hunting stuff that's been slowly drowning the RPG LN genre. The MC here is quite cool and laid back with a good personality.

If you're sitting on the fence then you should absolutely start reading. <<less
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Magicwafflez rated it
April 21, 2017
Status: c58
You would think that because the MC is completely overpowered that it would be boring to read (since the MC would be fine no matter what) but it's actually a pretty enjoyable.

It's fun to watch him do quests, fail at them, then give up and punch the quest or quest giver. "That-That's not... ug fine whatever, here is the reward" XD. Also, he usually comes up with pretty interesting counters to issues... not always punching.

Contrary to expected, this series isn't really an "all humans are evil" story; MC meets lots... more>> of good people, and bad guys usually have motives for what they're doing, not just being bad. <<less
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Araren13 rated it
April 3, 2017
Status: c82
Well written, good plotline with just enough variables that you won't get lost. Great MC and realistic supporting characters. Don't miss out if you like unorthodox protagonists. Though if you're here for OP-ness, you're still in the right place.

There are some elements of well developed chuunibyou popping up here and there but trying to understand our MC based on what we do know of his past helps.

Lots of ominous hints everywhere, and I especially love how the author kinda just gave up on listing MC's full status almost every time.

Translators... more>> are doing a good job except for a few patches of text. Though translation speed is very slow, we aren't even up to 1/4th of the story despite being a relatively shorter light novel.

One last nag, the hammer in the picture does not do justice to MC's main weapon.


10th champion is betrayed by the other 12, and they use their influence to turn the rest of the world against him. He became more badass as he survives and tries to solo all the ''Calamities" the world is trying to overcome. But since he is super OP with physical type of combat his magical type is non existent which those calamities take advantage of.

So what this genius does is, he goes back to the summoning grounds and mixes in with noon to get magic.

Now read the story.

The author doesn't seem to have mentioned such as why the MC did things which might have pissed factions/people off but I'm hoping the explanations​ comes later.

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Nuinui rated it
March 30, 2017
Status: c48
The first chapter was kind of "meh" because we're pretty much thrown into the story without any prior knowledge. The MC reaches the final boss, who he needs to take down to prevent the end of the world, but soon realizes he is unable to kill him with purely brute strength. He needs magic, something he neglected in exchange for power.

The MC pretty much leaves in search of a way to gain magic and become a magician. I found his nonchalance kind of odd (why did he come all this... more>> way to kill the last boss, only to go, "Oh okay, I need magic then I guess"?) Personally, I'd be beyond pissed and annoyed. And while it's understandable (I guess) that the MC merely focused on strength, he would have at least accounted for the chance that the boss was immune to brute force.

Despite the somewhat bland beginning, things start to really build up after that. It turns out that the MC is actually quite notorious, and something really terrible had happened to him for him to become this jaded and cold. We aren't told what, but we are given hints as the story continues to develop. So readers who prefer to have things explained at the beginning might find themselves disappointed.

The story is quite dark and grim, as its world pretty much emphasizes the rule of "survival of the fittest." Betrayal is everywhere and self-gain/profit is the goal. No one is safe from death (except the MC, haha) and the fighting scenes are quite gruesome. The MC himself is ruthless in destroying anyone that gets in his way or poses as an obstacle. It's implied that his jadedness comes from what occurred in the past with his previous "companions."

I do like the MC's personality, and as the story continues, we learn a lot about him. He isn't just some overpowered brute. He works hard, is quite the overachiever, and still takes joy in learning. Plus, he likes cooking!

One of the few niggles I have about this story is the MC's lack of caution. Yes, he doesn't blatantly reveal his strength, yet he does a really terrible job of also hiding it sometimes. For someone who is notoriously known, you'd think he'd change his name or something.

It turns out that the MC has a lot of money because he stole it from the Merchants Guild. He spends the money like water but doesn't consider/realize the consequences of that. (Imagine robbing a bank and then using the money... The serial numbers are recorded, you know?)


The story still is quite interesting, and the translation is very good, so I'll be keeping an eye on this story. <<less
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