The Path of the Cannon Fodder’s Counterattack


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Ling Xiao was secretly in love with a girl named Mo Qi; because of an accident, they both crossed into the ancient times.

Mo Qi who was preinstalled with the Mary Sue halo, in these ancient times, walked to the summit with a golden finger.

However, Ling Xiao continued to be exploited by Mo Qi.

After he no longer had any values to exploit, he soon became a pitiful cannon fodder.

The heavens decided to take pity on Ling Xiao.

And gave Ling Xiao an opportunity for rebirth.

After rebirth, he vowed that all his enemies would repay him with a debt of blood!

However, why have all these enemies of his, fallen into the mode of cutting their heads open?

“Hey, are you really that unremarkable person who used to follow behind Mo Qi?”

“So this dance was originally danced by you, sigh……”

“You are obviously a man, yet you move me so much.”

“Enough! Since you have taken the initiative to provoke me, then you must concentrate on me!”

Ling Xiao expressed: If you want to counterattack, then counterattack. As long as your golden finger is bigger than Mo Qi’s.

But how did Mo Qi’s Mary Sue halo end up in his body! He is still a straight man who likes beauties! He definitely, definitely doesn’t want to turn bent!

SnowTime(TLer): Chapters with raws aka unedited are not uploaded to NU. Only Edited are. Thank you. (And yes, though I am done translating it.)

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New pookaloo rated it
February 17, 2018
Status: c71
I binge read this for 2 days and everything is still fresh so I wanna strike while the iron is hot.

It's different from other transmigration stories I've read so far because here we have 2 people -- a boy (MC) and a girl -- who traveled into the past. Said boy was foolishly, blindly in love with the girl in the 21st century when they got sent into the ancient world where he loved her for another 10 years until, after getting everything she wanted, the girl poisoned him to... more>> his death. Then comes the reincarnation when they just entered the imperial harem. Now the MC wants his revenge on the girl for killing him and of course what better way to do it than hugging the golden thigh of the most powerful man -- the emperor himself.

PROS (things I liked) :

  • had a good laugh of the MC's clever antics; he is extremely smart and level headed but his fear of the emperor was sometimes too extreme (though I think anyone from the present who get sent back in the past will feel the same)
  • the romance was developed nicely and we slowly see each character's love-interest become more "beautiful" in their eyes; beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and as readers we experience such in the author's descriptions
  • good character development especially the general's
  • everything was wrapped up pretty nicely at the end (the general's was really poignant T_T)
  • a light read but do note there will be deaths and hidden intrigue/schemes
CONS (rather things I wish the author had written more about or disliked) :

  • the MC and the girl's background in the 21st century could have been explained better
  • their first time was a bit forced for me, not exactly very romantic
  • more interactions between the MC and ML before the reincarnation
**This is completely translated in the TL's website. Not sure why it's not labelled such in NU. <<less
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New maiha-sama rated it
February 6, 2018
Status: c71
This was great fun and I had the best time reading it. The story is not too complex or deep.. That's what makes it a breezy read. The story is well paced and keeps you engaged for the most part. I love Lan Wei's character development *big kiss* I have to admit I have a soft spot for him.. More so than Yujun.

I agree that at times the MC comes across as a scared little sh*t and the antagonist is simply silly. But I feel these things can be pushed... more>> to the back of your head in the greater scheme of things. Though, I wish the author had gone into why exactly the Emperor fell for our MC and vice versa.. If there was something meatier than conjecture it would have been perfect.

Also double props for snowys translation. She is just bae :) <<less
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MissQ rated it
January 16, 2017
Status: c71
I finished the raws because I liked the novel so much.

We don't see much 'good' BL novels, and this was one that really caught my eyes.

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I love how there are a lot of 'spicy' parts in the novel and they did do it multiple times. The MC and the main male lead is what the novel focuses on with 2 other male leads. Though I kinda did like the general the most, it's fine.....

Oh and for the spicy parts, in case anyone wanted to know.... it's mid-c54, mid-c65, end-c67, and near end-c70, and c71.



The ending was alright, I guess the author wrapped it up nicely considering how she fixed any of the 'problems' that had occur in the novel. The last chapter had a time skip/fast forward, so it gave the readers a nice scene.

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ludagad rated it
March 17, 2017
Status: c71
I'm so grateful to translators who pick up some good BL titles to introduce to us.

The story is entertaining and keeps your interest. The MC is not exactly the type I like (ruthless, cold-blooded, and expressionless), but he's also not the type I dislike (stupid, victim-complex). He's cute and quick to fold to power (a certain emperor), but he's also smart and has his priorities straight. I think most readers will like him.

The plot is mostly easy-going, without excessive drama. It will put you in a good mood.
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dysry rated it
June 3, 2017
Status: c12
With a doormat personality, the MC originally died after the girl he loved ran out of use for him. Reborn and just as eager to serve, he redirects his doormat skills towards the ML instead. Watching her struggle without him, MC then realises that the biggest cheat his crush had was him and manages to take all her love interests now that she can't claim credit for his actions. While the ML was the one person who was interested in him in both lives, having seen his true worth (and... more>> not at all bothered by all the shady deeds the MC did in the background for his crush). What the ML seems to like is the MC's single-minded dedication and honesty, though when push comes to shove, the MC stills values his life more.

It's a cute story and easy to read, but it lacks depth. The MC reads like a passive and submissive servant who just needs the right master to follow, which is good because the ML is a strict but upright guy, while the female villain really isn't all that without the MC's support and is just there to be sneered at and manipulated. 7/10 <<less
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LIght Novel San rated it
January 6, 2018
Status: c71
Sometimes its good and sometimes its not that good but the MC's personality or rather his intelligence and how he handles everything and how he reacts toward some events and leads him to thinking that he will die, makes the story lovely and laughable. One one the rare good BL novels with a storyline and the characters nevel lose their character and personality making ang novel not misleading to the readers.

And there's one thing that I really want to ask:

If you loved beauties, then why the heck are you being... more>> aroused by just being touched by the emperor.... aren't you already bent? 😂😂😂😂😂 <<less
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KKristen rated it
September 21, 2017
Status: c31
To read or not to read?

At first, I hesitated to start this novel because, after reading the reviews, I thought that the novel focused too much on revenge on the evil female lead, Mo Qi. However, now that I've started it, I only regret that I didn't try this series sooner.

It's good. The plot is solid, the pacing is good, the translation is excellent, the cast of characters is well-developed, and the amount of BL is just right. It's got a bit of everything fun -- transmigration, reincarnation, (almost)... more>> gender-bending, court intrigue, revenge, reverse-harem, and a little bit of good ole yaoi.

If you're debating about which LN to start reading next, give this one a try. I don't think you'll regret it.


This novel has a unique double-reincarnator as the main character. Ling Xiao and Mo Qi, the girl he was in love with, died in modern times and were both transmigrated into a Chinese historical fantasy world. Ling Xiao sacrificed everything to follow Mo Qi and help her achieve happiness over the course of 10 years. In the end, Mo Qi used her Mary Sue halo to gain power, riches, and a harem of men, and Ling Xiao was betrayed by her and poisoned to death. Now reincarnated into his younger self in the past, he is determined to get revenge, free himself from her shadow, and live a full, unfettered life.

After his unfortunate demise, he first awakens during the time shortly after they first entered the imperial palace -- when Mo Qi and one of her male followers knocked him unconscious and sent him to become a eunuch. (Males are not allowed to be near the imperial harem.) In the original timeline, he forgave her, but now he escapes and pretends to be a eunuch servant while "hanging onto the leg" of the emperor for protection. This introduces another unique part of the plot: besides merely surviving, Ling Xiao also has to hide the fact that he is still "intact" despite the emperor's growing interest in him.


One of the best things about this novel is the main character. Ling Xiao has a very realistic personality -- skilled and level-headed after 10 years of service and betrayal, but still bitter, hot-tempered, and nervous in new situations. He brings his years of experience and some knowledge of future events, but he has no over-powered skills or abilities. He is rational and ruthless without being unrealistically cold and perfect like many other transmigrated/reincarnated main characters. I particularly like how he is self-confident without being too arrogant or too humble.

The other characters are also good -- the emperor is a great example of being highly perceptive and unfathomable, but not too omniscient or overbearing. The much-hated Mo Qi is loathsome as expected, but she's not any worse than the usual spoiled female villain and she doesn't take center stage in the story (I was worried about that).

The translation is particularly well-done, not just in the usual grammar/English, but also in the way the sentences are written to really capture the feeling and excitement in the story. It is very easy and enjoyable to read.

I will update this review after more chapters are released. <<less
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Pixil rated it
June 5, 2017
Status: c12
It's hard to find bl novels that have interesting stories. This one so far is interesting enough with the historical tag, future just desserts and accidental seduction lol.

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The MC is smart and knows how to maneuver enough in the ancient political scene that he can move up. I have to admit that it is kind of off-putting that he is so far submissive but well what can one really do in front of the emperor? At least he knows how not to die. He's an admirable somewhat Machiavellian character. I am looking forward to seeing how he'll carry out his actions in the future and endear himself further in the eyes of the emperor hahaha.

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ResidentialPsycho rated it
September 23, 2017
Status: c56
The hatred is real. Xiao Ling and Mo Qi hate each other with a passion and go to great lengths to kill or screw each other over. This is not some half-hearted hatred where they stop last-minute, so it's really nice to see such ruthless characters in action. That said, Xiao Ling is a total softy to anyone who isn't Mo Qi, which is one of his charm points. He is cunning and full of expression.

Unfortunately, now that he is no longer overshadowed by Mo Qi, Xiao Ling has accidentally... more>> seduced a couple of emperors. Seeing as his objectives are to 1) kill Mo Qi and 2) escape with his life and testicles intact, this is a huge problem.

This is a very funny series, so I recommend it to anyone who likes comedy.

However, I wish Xiao Ling and Mo Qi had more time together, and we got to see more depth from Mo Qi's character. I'm not cheering for any romantic couples either. I like seeing Xiao Ling free and causing trouble on his own.


We also hardly know anything about how these two were in an "accident" that sent them to the past. Are they from a sci-fi future, where things like time travel and magic-like things are possible? Are they actually fantastical creatures that only recently developed the ability to fall through time? Are the two of them destined to be reborn together again and again? I hope the series answers these questions in the remaining chapters. We know hardly anything about their lives before falling back in time.

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Senethari rated it
January 29, 2017
Status: c5
A new take on the rebirth and revenge stories, and I like where it's going so far. Ever wondered about what happens to the Also Rans in a harem novel? Here you go! Except in this case the heroine isn't a pure hearted angel and the childhood friend that came with her from the modern era isn't going to forgive and forget.

I got impatient and started reading the MTL, and it's developing nicely, both along the revenge and romance plots. I'm looking forward to reading the fully translated... more>> good stuff! <<less
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Reitian rated it
July 7, 2017
Status: Completed
I couldn't wait for the English, so I read this in Vietnamese and I really liked the way it was written. It was a very addicting read with a good story flow that always made me want more. I admire that the author gave hints where hints were needed and tied up all the loose ends. However, it seemed like the MC had a different personality for every arc and was a bit of a doormat. The female antagonist also had weak character development. ... more>>

I wanted the MC to end up with the love rival instead of there being a stupid excuse like "the MC's body responds only to the ML." At a certain point in the story, the ML's character development took a back seat to the LR's very smooth and well paced development at the time, making me feel disjointed and root for the LR instead. And the MC's background of coming from the future seemed to only be there so that he could have knowledge of gunpowder but... really? Wasn't he an art student?

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alexfilia rated it
August 13, 2017
Status: c23
The MC in his previous did everything for her in order to be Empress but she poisoned him one night for no reason and killed him.... So now that he has re birthed he vows to take revenge and not help her but in the process he rises the intrest of the ML along with the original girl's harem members XD
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Sephiroth_Naruto_Shinra rated it
November 21, 2017
Status: c37
Great translations and I really like the story. It's just that, is it wrong to say that I prefer Ling Xiao to be with Fu YuJun?

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I mean, c'mon! Between the two people who are after Ling Xiao, Fu YuJun has a lot more of interesting character and attitude compared to the Emperor. Besides, as much as dominance and aggression seem great in a relationship, it's better for our MC to fall with someone who cares about his feelings and is compassionate enough to know when to stop when his partner says "No."


As much as the story goes, I really think that I ship the MC with Fu YuJun. <<less
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November 21, 2017
Status: c63
I just loved everything about this. The other comments already made perfectly describe this whole novel. The only problem I have it the fact that not all of the chapters are linked on novelupdates. If any new readers are looking at this comment, just continue clicking on the next page. There are more chapters translated than just chapter 37.
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January 29, 2018
Status: c71
Overall, it’s a good read. There were some ups and downs and I dont particularly like the ending but it was entertaining. Other than the ending, I think the story progressed at a good pace. Kudos to the english translator, really appreciated you and the author!
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