10 Isekai Protagonists Reincarnated as Background Characters

10 Isekai Protagonists Reincarnated as Background Characters

Transported into the World of Stories: A Niche Sub-Genre with Endless Possibilities

Welcome, fellow gamers and anime enthusiasts, to a world where protagonists step into the shoes of characters within storybooks, video games, and even novels! It might sound like a tired concept, but trust me, there are twists and turns that’ll have you on the edge of your seat. Today, we’re diving into the best stories where the main character takes on the role of some background character, whether they be a villain, a forgotten side character, or an inconsequential mob. Buckle up, because we’re about to embark on a journey unlike any other!

But before we delve into these extraordinary tales, let me introduce myself. I’m Jacob Buchalter, your guide into the realm of these fascinating narratives. And let me tell you, this sub-genre might seem niche, but it’s growing faster than an impatient gamer waiting for a game to load. So come with me as we unearth some hidden gems that deserve to be celebrated and cherished.

10 Never Die Extra: A Game of Life and Death

Let’s kick things off with a twist on the classic sub-genre of being reincarnated as a villain or a side character in a game or story. In “Never Die Extra,” our protagonist, Evan D. Sherden, must dodge not one, not two, but hundreds of different “bad ends.” Talk about a high-stakes game!

Yeo Ban-min, who was obsessed with the “Yo-Ma Great War” game series in his past life, is now Evan, desperately trying to rewrite his tragic fate. Armed with an encyclopedic memory of the game’s mechanics, he must navigate a labyrinth of death flags. While the stakes might not always be as intense as they seem, this cute and quirky story will keep you hooked.

9 The Greatest Estate Developer: Where Absurdity Reigns Supreme

Hold onto your seats, folks, because “The Greatest Estate Developer” will take you on a rollercoaster of laughter and absurdity. Picture this: a down-on-his-luck protagonist falls asleep and wakes up as one of the characters in his favorite media. But here’s the kicker – he’s an awful and lazy noble on the brink of meeting a grisly end.

Meet Suho Kim, a man with a penchant for trickery and an unapologetic drive to turn his life around. From beating up the guard captain with a shovel (ouch!) to summoning a gargantuan mouse-like creature, this series takes “over-the-top” to a whole new level. Plus, the expressions on the characters’ faces, especially the hilarious Lloyd Frontera, will have you rolling on the floor with laughter.

8 The S-Classes That I Raised: Rewriting Fate, One Mistake at a Time

In “The S-Classes That I Raised,” we’re in for a treat as our protagonist takes a different path altogether. Han Yoojin, a self-proclaimed leech and an F-Class Hunter, finds himself with a chance to rectify past mistakes. By turning back time with the help of a Wish Stone, he now possesses the ability to nurture those around him and forge a different destiny for himself.

Join Han Yoojin on his quest for redemption, as he repairs fractured bonds, improves his relationship with his brother, and uplifts the lives of everyone he encounters. It’s a heartwarming tale of growth and second chances that will leave you rooting for our lovable protagonist.

7 My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

Prepare yourselves for the ultimate isekai experience with a twist. In “My Next Life as a Villainess,” our protagonist, Katarina Claes, finds herself transported into a fantasy world – not as the main character, but as the main villain. Talk about flipping the script!

Katarina must navigate the treacherous waters of her own game, “Fortune Lover,” where death awaits her at every turn. Armed with a lack of magical prowess and a bundle of death flags, she must cleverly avoid her impending doom. Get ready for a blend of comedy, romance, and a whole lot of fun as Katarina tackles her fate head-on.

6 I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss: Two Stories, One Epic Adventure

Get ready for a tale that seems deceptively similar to its predecessor, “My Next Life as a Villainess.” In “I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss,” we have another isekai story where our female antagonist regains her memories and fights tooth and nail to survive the game’s ending.

But hold your horses, folks. This story takes a different turn by focusing on the turbulent relationship between Demonkind and Humanity. Aileen, our competent protagonist, navigates a single doomed route as she strives to tame the final boss. With a simplified goal and a unique dynamic, this anime promises a fresh take on a beloved sub-genre.

5 Trapped in a Dating Sim: The Otome Game Reversed

Time to flip the script once more! In “Trapped in a Dating Sim,” we venture into uncharted territory as our male lead finds himself trapped in a world ruled by women. In this otome game, where women hold all the power, our protagonist must navigate a landscape where men are treated as objects. Prepare for a role reversal that will keep you entertained.

What sets this story apart is the protagonist’s ingenious use of his game knowledge and overall intelligence. While it might not be an isekai masterpiece, this series offers a refreshing perspective within the sub-genre, proving that even the most familiar tropes can be revitalized.

4 The Crow’s Prince: A Flight of Fantasy

Imagine being a young zookeeper, cleaning a panther’s cage, only to meet an untimely demise. In “The Crow’s Prince,” our protagonist gets a second chance at life, albeit as a crow in a fantastical tale. Reinelle, our avian-turned-human, must navigate a captivating world and make tough choices as she befriends an injured prince.

Here’s the twist: Reinelle realizes that the prince is a romantic option for the game’s main heroine. As she balances her double life, she must carve a path for herself beside the prince, all while wondering what fate awaits her when the main heroine makes her grand entrance. Get ready for a story with twists aplenty and a generous dose of romance.

3 My Death Flags Show No SGameTopic of Ending: The Ultimate Filtered Journey

Our next tale plunges us into the world of RPGs with “My Death Flags Show No SGameTopic of Ending.” Harold Stokes, our unfortunate protagonist, wakes up just as he’s about to order the execution of one of his maids. Talk about a rough start!

With a linguistic quirk that filters every word he says through his villainous persona, Harold must navigate a carefully crafted plan to save the maid’s life without raising suspicion. This story takes the concept to new heights by adding an innovative twist to the sub-genre. Strap in and prepare for a unique linguistic adventure!

2 The Novel’s Extra: Crafting a Tale from the Margins

“The Novel’s Extra” takes our protagonist on a mind-bending journey, not as a side character, but as someone even less significant. Kim Hajin, the author of “The Returned Hero,” finds himself in his own novel, as a character who didn’t exist before. Now, he must progress through his own story, which is constantly morphing due to an external force.

To survive this challenging ordeal, our author must interact with the main cast, gaining essential resources along the way. Witness a tale that combines the power of storytelling with an author’s determination as Kim Hajin battles to find his way back home. Watch as he shapes his own destiny, one page at a time.

1 The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat: A Deadly Game

Last but certainly not least, we have “The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat.” Buckle up for a dark and exhilarating journey where the protagonist, the world’s most skilled assassin, “chooses” to become a background character in a twisted game of life and death.

Betrayed by his own organization, our assassin finds himself in a new world, under the guidance of the Goddess. His mission? To assassinate the Hero destined to destroy this world. Dive into a world teeming with action, intrigue, and some seriously intense fanservice. With its gripping storyline and fantastic anime adaptation, this series should not be missed.

And there you have it, fellow gamers and anime enthusiasts – a curated list of stories that transport us into fantastical worlds and immerse us in the lives of unforgettable characters. So grab your controller or your popcorn and lose yourself in these enthralling narratives. Until next time, keep gaming and keep dreaming!