The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System

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Name: The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System

人渣反派自救系统 Rén zhā fǎnpài zìjiù xìtǒng

Scumbag System
Abbreviation(s): SVSSS, SV, RZFZX
Creator: Mo Xiang Tong Xiu
Date(s):
Medium: Webnovel, Books, Manhua, Donghua
Country of Origin: China
External Links: Novel on JJWXC (broken link) Archived version
BC Novel Translation
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The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System (人渣反派自救系统, Rén zhā fǎnpài zìjiù xìtǒng) is a danmei webnovel by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu, originally serialised on JJWXC.

After Shen Yuan dies in the real world, he wakes to find that he has transmigrated into the world of Proud Immortal Demon Way, a stallion or harem novel he hated (but nonetheless read all 1000+ chapters of).

As he awakens, he's cheerfully welcomed by The System, who tells him his "account" is now bound to the character Shen Qingqiu, the original villain of the novel. He realises he has to change the story to avoid being tortured to death by the main character, Luo Binghe. But The System has other ideas, not allowing him to act too out-of-character to avoid derailing the plot.

What follows is a delicate balancing act of Shen Qingqiu trying to stay true to his character while trying to ensure Luo Binghe has the happy ending he always felt he deserved.

Adaptations

Donghua

A donghua adaptation began airing in September 2020. Its official title is 穿书自救指南 (roughly, Survivor’s Guide to Novel Transmigration). The official English title is simply Scumbag System.

Manhua

A manhua adaptation was released on August 28th, 2019, but after the first three chapters were released, the manhua was pulled and put on hiatus for unknown reasons.

Characters

Main Characters

  • Shen Yuan (沈垣) / Shen Qingqiu (沈清秋): The main character of the canon and the villain of the in-universe novel, Proud Immortal Demon Way. He is transmigrated to the world of Proud Immortal Demon Way and has to find a way to get the protagonist, Luo Binghe, on his side before Binghe fulfills his destiny and tortures Shen Qinqiu to death. He is mostly referred to as Shizun (teacher/master) by his disciples, including Binghe. He is the Lord of Qing Jing Peak of the Cang Qiong Mountain Sect. In fandom, he is sometimes referred to by his initials, SY for his real-world self and SQQ for the character he transmigrates into.
  • Luo Binghe (洛冰河): The romantic interest of the novel and the main character of the in-universe novel, Proud Immortal Demon Way. He is half-demon and half-human, with his demon side awakening after falling into the Endless Abyss. In fandom, he is sometimes referred to by the his initials, LBH, but is also referred to as Bingpup (see below) or Bing-me as used in one of the extra chapters.

Other Characters: Leaders

  • Yue Qingyuan (岳清源): The leader of Cang Qiong Mountain Sect and friendly to Shen Qingqiu.
  • Liu Qingge (柳清歌): The Lord of Bai Zhan Peak of the Cang Qiong Mountain Sect and rival-turned-friends with Shen Qingqiu.
  • Shang Qinghua (尚清华): Lord of An Ding Peak of the Cang Qiong Mountain Sect.
  • Mu Qigfang (木清芳): Lord of Qian Cao Peak, who specialise in medicine.
  • Qi Qingqi (齊清萋): Lord of Xian Shu Peak of the Cang Qiong Mountain Sect. Xian Shu Peak only allows female disciples.
  • Old Palace Master (老宫主): Leader of the Huan Hua Palace Sect.

Other Characters: Disciples

  • Ming Fan (明帆): Disciple to Shen Qingqiu and bully of Luo Binghe.
  • Ning Yingying (寧嬰嬰): Disciple to Shen Qingqiu and friend of Luo Binghe.
  • Gongyi Xiao (公儀蕭): Handsome disciple to the Huan Hua Palace Sect and friendly to Shen Qingqiu.

Other Characters: Demons

  • Tianlang-jun (天郎君): Former demon lord, he is curious about the world of humans. Luo Binhe's father.
  • Mobei-jun (漠北君): Demon lord and the one who reveals Luo Binghe's true heritage.
  • Zhuzhi-lang (竹枝郎): Snake demon and loyal servant to Tianlang-jun. He has trouble understanding human morality.

Other Characters: Proud Immortal Demon Way

  • Original Shen Qingqiu (Shen Jiu): Lord of Qing Jing Peak and a main antagonist of Proud Immortal Demon Way. Shen Yuan transmigrates into his body. He is referred to both in canon and in fandom as Shen Jiu in order to differentiate him from Shen Yuan.
  • Original Luo Binghe (Bing-ge): Protagonist of Proud Immortal Demon Way, affectionately called Bing-ge by his in-universe fandom and in one of the canon's extra chapters (to differentiate him from his counterpart, Bing-me). He is an overpowered demon lord with a harem of hundreds of wives. In Proud Immortal Demon Way, he killed Original Shen Qingqiu after cutting off all of his limbs.

Pairings

Almost all pairings shipped in fandom are slash.

  • Shen Qingqiu/Luo Binghe: The majority of fanworks depict the two main characters. Frequently called by the smooshname Bingqiu.
  • Mobei-jun/Shang Qinghua: These two were shipped together before an extra chapter made this a canon pairing. They are the second-most popular pairing after the main characters. Frequently called by the smooshname Moshang.
  • Shen Qingqiu/Liu Qingge: There are many fans of this pairing as well, particularly as an extra chapter hints that Liu Qingge has feelings for Shen Qingqiu. Often written as unrequited in Bingqiu fics. Frequently called by the smooshname Liushen.
  • Original Luo Binghe/Original Shen Qingqiu: Usually a fanwork depicting a much darker theme than those that take place in the world Shen Yuan transmigrated to. The original Luo Binghe tortures his master to death as retribution for his miserable childhood. An extra chapter has this original Luo Binghe (referred to as Bing-ge) show up accidentally in the transmigrated-Shen Qinqiu's world and seduces him, giving credence to the idea that Luo Binghe was always somewhat attracted to his Shizun.
  • Original Shen Qingqiu/Yue Qingyuan: A popular pairing, explored as the novel reveals more of the original Shen Qingqiu's background and why Yue Qingyuan is so protective towards him.
  • Qi Qingqi/Liu Mingyan: A femslash pairing of the leader of Xian Shu Peak and her disciple.
  • Tianlang-jun/Su Xiyan: A het ship between Luo Binghe's parents.
  • Zhuzhi-lang/Shen Qingqiu
  • Shen Qingqiu/Luo Binghe/Liu Qingge: Frequently called by the smooshname Liubingqiu.

English-language Fandom

cnoveluv's translation started in June 2017.

SVSSS is relatively popular in exchange fandom where it frequently receives nominations and has fic written for it. In 2019 it was nominated for Yuletide, which requires fandoms to have less than 1,000 fics across Archive of Our Own and fanfiction.net that are complete, in English, and at least 1,000 words. The novel won't be eligible for Yuletide 2020, but the donghua likely will.

Binghe's Appearance

Luo Binghe with curly hair
There was a youth wearing black clothing, carrying an unadorned long sword on his back. His face was like jade, and his eyes like cold stars glittering in two deep pools as he strolled closer. He had grown a lot and his temperament was also substantially different compared to before, but … this face that could grace the cover of a romance novel from any angle … even if he was beaten to death, Shen Qingqiu would never mistake it!Chapter 32, BC Novels Translation

Binghe isn't given a detailed description in the novel and fanartists have put their own twist onto his appearance. One notable feature of the English-language fandom is a prevalence of Luo Binghe with curly hair, possibly originating in this post by zeldacw.

Bingpup

A popular fanart depiction of Binghe is as a puppy, named as Bingpup, as his character is easily compared to a loyal puppy to his master, Shen Qingqiu.

Catzun

To accompany Bingpup, Shen Qingqiu is sometimes portrayed as a cat named Catzun (Cat-Shizun).

Chinese-language Fandom

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fanworks

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Fanfiction

  • I Wish You Were My Husband by Feynite. AU based on The Dreamer in the Spring Boudoir (familiarity with that story's not required). Wherein Shen Yuan transmigrates into a harem intrigues romance novel (gay edition), Yue Qingyuan really fucks up, Liu Qingge is not suitable for his job, and no one even remotely sees Luo Binghe coming. It's the most bookmarked SVSSS fic on AO3 as of October 27, 2019.

Fanvids

  • A Book Without A Name (English subbed version available here) An animated version of the novel's narrative, highlighting the main characters' relationship.

References