Mo Dao Zu Shi

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Name: The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation
The Founder of Diabolism
魔道祖师
Mó Dào Zǔ Shī
Abbreviation(s): GDC, MDZS, FOD
Creator: Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
墨香铜臭 Mòxiāng Tóngxiù
Date(s): July 9, 2018 – present (animated series broadcast)
June 27, 2019 - August 20, 2019 (The Untamed broadcast)
Medium: Webnovel, Books, Manhua, Donghua, Audio Drama
Country of Origin: China
External Links: Novel on JJWXC
Exiled Rebels Translation
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Mó Dào Zǔ Shī, translated as The Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation, is a fandom based on a Chinese danmei novel that was adapted into multiple forms, including a live-action TV series, The Untamed; an audio drama; and a donghua, a Chinese animated series. Both the novel and the animated series are titled Mó Dào Zǔ Shī, but the live-action series is titled The Untamed.

Canon

The story opens with the news that the Yiling Patriarch — Wei Wuxian — is dead, a huge shock and relief to those who hear it. In his teenage years, Wei Wuxian was hailed as a hero, but he had fallen from grace and in the end his own adopted brother was the one to end his life in retribution for the evil he had done.

Thirteen years later, a young man named Mo Xuanyu, at the end of his tether due to abuse by his family, offers his body as a sacrifice to resurrect Wei Wuxian so the Yiling Patriarch can exact revenge on those who hurt him.

Once again alive and in a new body, Wei Wuxian is soon reunited with old friends-turned-enemies and finds that only one person — someone he thought still hated him — Lan Wangji.

Together they try and discover the mysteries around Wei Wuxian’s death and everything that has happened in the intervening years.

The novel contains 113 chapters with 13 extras.

Adaptations

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Donghua

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Manhua

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Audio Drama

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Audio Book

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Live Action

See The Untamed.

Characters

  • Wei Wuxian (魏无羡) / Wei Ying (魏婴) / Yiling Laozu (夷陵老祖): Main character and the Yiling Patriarch. He is brought up in the Yunmeng Jiang Sect after the death of his parents and meets Lan Wangji when he and his adopted brother, Jiang Cheng, are studying in the Cloud Recesses. After the events leading up to his death, thirteen years ago, he awakens in the body of Mo Xuanyu and reunites with Lan Wangji and they investigate a murder that is linked to the events of Wei Wuxian's death. In fandom, he may be referred to by the initials of his courtesy name, WWX.
  • Lan Wangji (蓝忘机) / Lan Zhan (蓝湛) / Hanguang-Jun (含光君): Love interest of Wei Wuxian and a famous cultivator of the Gusu Lan Sect. He is one of the only people left supporting Wei Wuxian during the latter's downfall during the events of thirteen years prior. He is able to recognise Wei Wuxian in Mo Xuanyu's body very quickly and immediately takes him to his home in the Cloud Recesses so they can plan their next move. In fandom, he may be referred to by the initials of his courtesy name, LWJ.

Shipping

Examples of ship names:

  • 3Zun, the nickname for the threesome ship of Nie Mingjue, Lan Xichen and Jin Guangyao (Meng Yao)

English-language Fandom

(More examples needed) The only existing full translation of Mo Dao Zu Shi into English is Exiled Rebels Scanlations' translation. The Exiled Rebels or "EXR" translation has been criticized by some fans for being too literal and removing some of the nuance in the original Chinese, especially during sex scenes - for example, a line translated by @chiaki_himura as "wait a moment" and by froliczxc as "cool down for a minute" is translated by EXR as "stop for a bit". (This example comes from three--rings's meta "MDZS: Sex and Consent".)

Chinese-language Fandom

Wifi

The author has referred to Wei Wuxian as Wifi, which is a homophone of his courtesy name, Wuxian.

Fanworks

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Fic

Fannish Resources

Meta

Art

Animatics

Fannish Resources

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