The Villainess is a Marionette

Ch: 23+
2020 - ?
4.522 out of 5 from 270 votes
Rank #167
The Villainess is a Marionette

Cayena, the Imperial Princess, was known as the most beautiful woman in the Empire. She was a woman who knew nothing but evil and luxury. However, she was destined for ruin: she would be used as a chess piece by her younger brother to secure his throne and killed by her crazy husband. She had to change things before she became that Cayena.

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Currently untagged for: Domestic Abuse(1)  A regular girl in our world who read a novel and found herself mysteriously drawn to a villainess in it- only to realize, after dying and being transmigrated, that- oh, right!  She lived this life before.  As the villainess.  (Really, that makes our world the isekai and the fantasy world the one she's returning to back in time, I guess, kind of complicated) but bad things happened, the last time she lived this life.  Is there still time to change things?  Her struggles to try her best ensue.  Between severe family issues and past drama as well as time-period issues that make it hard to act as a woman, our female lead doesn't quite have to work her way up from nothing- after all, she is already the princess.  However, it isn't a walk in the park to guarantee her future, either.  When even her own blood-related brother is scheming against her and treating her like a worthless puppet.  Her own father views her as useless because she wasn't a demure woman willing to do whatever her betters (males) said.  It's going to be an uphill battle.  Even if she has to play along as submissive to get what she wants.  Patiently.  Slowly.  Manipulating things behind the scenes *cackle cackle* she is a marionette no longer~ My biggest issue with the manhwa is how they treat the male lead who has issues with intimacy and no desire to deal with such relationships as having a 'disability' and like it's just curable with a pretty face and the right approach.  Even if you're concerned about heirs/honor and such in an old fashioned setting, saying things like "his heart was literally sick" and calling it "his condition" in descriptions is pretty awful.  I think it's more of a personal issue, because I believe people who don't want to be in relationships shouldn't have to be.  Be free and aro/ace, my friends~ but I digress.  (I just don't really ship him with the main character.  Or anyone.)  The art is extremely detailed and great in about every single panel, the only reason I don't give it a straight up 10 is due to some of the stiff, awkward poses and camera angles.  Everything is shaded and detailed to a crazy extent, frills and lace and textures and highlights- but the basics could use work.  The characters are so, so pretty though.  Definitely good art.   1) Domestic Abuse, including pretty heavy handed childhood neglect and mistreatment, enough so that I would categorize it as domestic abuse and consider it worth a warning as well as referenced marital abuse and spousal murder.    Lots of characters have mental health issues in this one.  Sidenote: If you're planning on commenting something along the lines of 'what were you reading, a completely different manhwa??' please be aware there are about 5 different English translations floating around and some of them are very poorly done and the 'translators' just made up things for different panels, so.  It's quite possible we DID read different manhwas, in that sense. :)

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