Supervillainy and Other Poor Career Choices

by SoggyRedToast

Original ONGOING Sci-fi Cyberpunk Harem Male Lead
Warning This fiction contains:
  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content

When a down on his luck machine shop owner ends up coming into possession of a rundown suit of power-armor, he sees an opportunity to make some quick cash.

Unfortunately for him, the world of Capes is not one that you may enter and leave at will.

What should have been a quick sale to pay off his debts quickly grows into an ongoing series of events that serve only to drag him deeper and deeper into the criminal underbelly of the city he calls home...

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Grevandy
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There is much advice on how to be an excellent writer. I personally think that the most important virtue a story can have is beeing entertaining.
Which Supervillainy and Other Poor Career Choices definitely is.

The strengths of the story so far include:
- Fast Paced, both dialogue and narrative time.
- Other charecters are quickly introduced, both friendly and antagonistically (and done so seamlessly with the story).
- The Main Charecter is a real person and not an Isekai stereotype.

I look forward to reading more.

Abnormalindian
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An interesting take on the superhero genre

This story is, from what I've read so far in the first few chapters is a very interesting take on the superhero genre from a supervillains perspective. The author's style, grammar and story is among the top of stories on royalroad. The characters are not one-dimensional and the world-building is going at a natural pace. Altogether this is just a fantastic new story that I hope to see continued. 

Barracudaz
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A great amount of fun!

As the title suggest, that's what happened to me. The chapters all have great grammar, read fluently and have a nice lenght. Things I consider vital to a great story. Which this certainly has the potential to become.

As for the story premise. I've seen a lot of attempts to make a "villain" mc work. But with this story I actually believe it will. The fact that the MC, Erich might not be as willing to be one makes it all the more entertaining.

He might get dragged into the villain lifestyle not by his own decision, but he's gonna make it work anyway. 

drizz
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This is good stuff.

The plot moves along steadily and is rather unique, and while worldbuilding is kept to a couple of sentences now and then, it's enough to lend it some color. I say steadily because the pace is rather consistent, but I certainly wouldn't mind if it slowed down a bit -- ergo if the narrative and narrated times got closer to each other.

Characters are memorable and distinct, and the the protagonist's choices are reasonable and fitting (which is a pleasant change from many others). I must say that many of them feel a tad over the top, but these cartoonish and overdrawn personalities lend this story its own little charm.

The grammar and spelling are both more than decent. While I did spot the occasional typo or, in rarer cases, grammatical error, those were nowhere near frequent enough to become jarring, which is a major step up from 90% of the novels on here.

All in all a good read.

human 000
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It is really a good novel and the world building  reminds me a bit of worm with all the craziness that is going around .The  mc personality is unique like he is objective and not that judgmental also he doesn’t have good moral compass neither he is compaled to do bad things just for the sake of doing bad things. Also the side girls are equally crazy hot .

Kap
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Great Story, needs Proofreader

Amazing story and enjoyable characters. Great job of forcing a guy into the life without making the story feel forced. Only real downside is the very clear lack of proofreading before updates. Nothing unreadable just the last bit of rough draft needing polish.

Void Herald
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Supervillainy and other poor career choices is exactly what the title says: the story of someone starting a low-level supervillain career, almost entirely by accident. It's fun, it's entertaining, it's charming, and has become a new favorite of mine.

The story's main character, Erich the Mechromancer, is a mechanic finding himself bullied into joining a supervillain gang after making a power armor as an alternative to shakedown money; he is snappy, entertaining, and in contrast with the usual superhero protagonist, a total shut-in completely out of his depth. In spite of the harem tag and explicit sexual content, romantic interactions are low-key and mostly treated humorously. 

The writer's style is much the drawing point. The characters have a dry humor, witty narration that make the read delightful and entertaining; doubly so since the writer is fond at turning cliches on their head (such as the local supervillain having no interest in picking on superheroes when suggested, as they are out of his weight league). I had quite a few laughs at the jokes and surprises. 

My one nitpick about the story is that the character isn't very proactive, and basically has no goal but surviving day to day (although he obviously grows more comfortable with criminal acts as the story goes on). While this fits his personality as an introvert guy trying to get by, he seems pushed by the plot rather than the other way around. While the author has hinted at further development on that front,  the rest of the cast often stands out more than the hero by contrast and drive the story forward. 

In conclusion, I eagerly recommand that you give this story a go, as I'm sure it will keep you amused and waiting for more.

crusaderbond
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I'm pretty sure some inspiration was taken from d-list supervillain, but it veered off the tracks right away. Very good so far!

Rhynie
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Full of life and a party of plots within plots

This story is truly something else. From harem stories, this isharem done right or at least to my taste. One of the few things that destorys a harem is in its lifelessness of the harem members. And this story is the opposite to that. The characters, all of them, are overflowing with personality that it sorta is  part of why it is so entertaining and interesting. (I am not a good reviewer of stories in RRL and often times I'm a mere lurker here and there.)

hawlol
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Good Side Characters, Bad MC.

Side characters and world building are great. They women are not cardboards with boobs and have personality, you might like or hate them for it. Same for Hard light who was properly portraited in the first arc as brute and violent villain.

The main problem lies with the MC. He's really unlikeable. A engineering geek that gets intimidated by everyone and everything but building/fixing stuff. All he does during the 20 chapters I've read is to get pushed around by Hard-Light and his daughters, while complaining to himself but shitting himself of fear while doing it. His most rebelious act was planing an escape after something went wrong that I won't say because spoilers.

This passive MC is like a small boat going with the flow, and for some time we can stomach it and wait for his development, which when it comes it's worse than before. His development is becoming a true third rate villain. The type that kills innocents to keep a secret, that betrays the people that just saved him for petty gains and that we simply can't empathise with at all.

By chap 20 I started hating the MC and just wished he died and the story focused on Gravity/Olivia instead. A good villain must have likeable qualities while solving things in a more violent non-moral kind of way, but still having a proper meaning behind his actions. This one, though, is just a murderours ungrateful stupid fool that goes with the flow and has no other agenda than keeping his incompetent ass intact, while complaining like a loser and being overly imcompetent in anything he does. 

Two other small complaints are: The Mecha part of the story is too rushed and not really developed. He just builds the mecha and stomps people. The only thing we got in mecha development was a small explanation about types of shield and how lasers need coolants. Other than that the author also wasted a full chapter on some scrubs getting killed by the first antagonist but just ignored HardLight's battle altogether. Maybe it was for suspense and it'll come later, but having fillers while the cool parts are omited is not nice.

Anyways, this is a really good novel that just went in the wrong direction with it's MC. The author is very talented, with good grammar and good science knowledge. The way he explain the powers and the equipment that boosts them is great and I appreciate it. He doesn't use the hollywood tactic of adding 'quantum' to anything 'sciency' that needs an explanation. 

I just hope he reads a few posts or videos on what makes a villain great and redirect or even rewrite the path this MC has taken. A goaless psycopathic fool that gets bossed/bullied around by everyone while only trying to save his hide is not a likeable one.