If you’re seeking captivating novels in the genre of time travel, particularly those focusing on going back to the past, I have a carefully curated list just for you. Time travel narratives often fall into two subtypes: Regressors and Second Chance stories. In this compilation, you’ll find a selection that encompasses both of these types.
Prepare to embark on thrilling adventures where characters navigate the intricacies of altering history or reliving their lives with newfound knowledge. Get ready to immerse yourself in these gripping tales that will keep you turning pages in anticipation of what lies beyond the fabric of time.
27. SSS-Class Suicide Hunter
Once an F-Rank Hunter filled with envy towards those possessing S-Class cards, fate granted him his coveted dream: an S-Class card of his own. However, his elation quickly turned to dismay upon reading its contents – in order to acquire others’ skills, he must first meet his demise! Yet, unbeknownst to him, he had stumbled upon an extraordinary opportunity.
With each death, he was granted the gift of time, rewinding a day back. And if another hunter laid hands upon him before his demise, he would inherit their abilities. This tale unfolds gradually, captivating readers with its intricate allure and undeniable brilliance.
26. Angelic Lady
Jaina, the protagonist of Angelic Lady, cherished a deep friendship with Angelic. Jaina yearned for Angelic’s triumph and future success. However, appearances can be deceiving. Angelic’s unthinkable betrayal shattered their bond as she callously auctioned off Jaina’s entire family to attain her own princesshood.
Heartbroken and facing execution, Jaina vowed to avenge this heinous act. Miraculously transported back in time to a period before her family’s sale, she now possesses a chance to alter destiny and seek retribution.
25. The Tyrant Husband Has Changed
Idris, our protagonist, had endured a loveless upbringing, compelled into a marriage with the infamous Grand Duke. He appeared disinterested in life, devoid of laughter, until fate dealt a fatal blow—Idris was brutally stabbed. Astonishingly, she awoke to find herself transported back in time to the very day of her ill-fated union with the Grand Duke.
Curious about the transformation that had occurred? Remember how the Grand Duke rarely laughed? Well, this time around… he inexplicably erupted into fits of laughter! It seems a change had taken hold of him!
24. Shadow Queen
Shadow Queen chronicles the journey of Elina, leading an idyllic and serene existence, until an unforeseen invitation arrives, beckoning her to assume the role of the Duke’s daughter and ascend to the throne. Gripped by curiosity, Elina accepts this life-altering proposition and eventually attains the coveted position.
However, an unimaginable twist unfolds when a long-lost princess resurfaces, forcefully usurping Elina’s rightful place. To exacerbate the heartache, this interloper commits the unforgivable act of snuffing out Elina’s beloved son. Overwhelmed by seething fury, Elina inexplicably finds herself propelled back into her own past, driven by an unquenchable thirst for retribution.
23. Real Man
Real Man chronicles the journey of our protagonist, Han Yoo Hyun, a former global CEO who relinquished it all one fateful day. It appeared that money alone failed to bring him true happiness; after all, wealth cannot guarantee contentment. Consider, for instance, how a destitute individual might find greater joy than an affluent counterpart.
Before long, regret consumed him, compelling him to seek a way to reclaim his former stature. And lo and behold, he received a second chance, thrust back into the past when he was merely 20 years old. Will he seize this opportunity to lead a more fulfilling life? Or will he succumb to the same missteps once more?
22. The Lord’s Coins Aren’t Decreasing?
“The Tale of Erun Steelguard chronicles the journey of our protagonist, Erun Steelguard, a former thriving entrepreneur who outshone all his peers in the trade. However, his existence was marred by feebleness, leading to his untimely demise.
Upon his passing, Erun inexplicably finds himself thrust into an alternate realm where his sole aspiration is to lead a tranquil existence, shielded from exploitation by others.”
21. Your Majesty, Please Don’t Kill Me Again
Maids frequently grace the pages of manhwa and anime alike, seamlessly weaving their presence into the fabric of these fictional worlds. One can hardly conceive of a regal tale bereft of a maid’s indispensable role within the castle walls.
In the captivating narrative of “Your Majesty, Please Don’t Kill Me Again,” our attention is drawn to a young maid who, through an inexplicable twist of fate, finds herself facing the king’s execution. However, this gripping saga is far from reaching its abrupt conclusion, as she inexplicably awakens to discover herself transported back in time, serving a youthful prince.
20. Lady to Queen
The former empress, now divorced and tragically executed by her own kin, was abruptly transported to a period devoid of her imperial stature.
In this unexpected twist, she resolved to empower her remorseful sister, Lizzy, with the crown, desiring a transformative role reversal in their familial saga.
19. Charlotte Has Five Disciples
Once hailed as the world’s savior, our protagonist, Charlotte Eleanor, reached her ultimate conclusion. Instead of succumbing to death’s embrace, however, she found herself thrust back in time, inhabiting the body of another—a mere child.
In this new existence, Charlotte yearned for something more, something beyond her previous triumphs. Her heart ached with a desperate longing—for love.
18. I’ll Be the Matriarch in this Life
MC Florentia led a joyous existence in her opulent household, until the untimely demise of her father and the subsequent abandonment by her cousins. Plunged into solitude, she sought solace in copious amounts of alcohol, consuming it excessively until she succumbed to slumber.
Upon awakening, she discovered herself transported back to her tender age of 7. Can she alter the course of those calamities and avert their recurrence? Will she ascend to the position of familial authority? The answers beckon with anticipation.
Aidin unfolds the tale of our protagonist, Aideen, who was the offspring of the notorious figure known as Duke Glandya. She also served as an assassin for the kingdom’s emperor.
However, her stint as an assassin was short-lived. In a cruel twist of fate, she was betrayed and condemned to face a lethal fate. Consumed by an unwavering desire for vengeance, she vowed to avenge herself. Just as she met her execution, an inexplicable phenomenon transported her back to the time when she was merely seventeen years old.
16. Actually, I Was The Real One
In “Actually, I Was The Real One,” we delve into the life of Keira, our protagonist, as she strives relentlessly to win her father’s affection by being the perfect daughter.
However, fate takes an unexpected turn when a mysterious girl emerges, asserting that Keira is an imposter and she alone is the true daughter. Consequently, Keira finds herself facing execution. Yet, contrary to her grim expectations, death is not the end she envisions; it holds a different outcome altogether.
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15. Return Survival
In Return Survival, our protagonist endured three grueling years amidst a global zombie outbreak, until his unfortunate demise during an overwhelming zombie onslaught. Miraculously, he found himself thrust back in time to a pre-virus era.
Determined to alter the course of events, he embarks on a mission to prevent the virus from spreading, forging alliances with fellow survivors, and striving to ensure his own survival against all odds.
14. A Returners Magic Should Be Special
“A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special chronicles the journey of our protagonist, Desir, who has spent a decade battling within a treacherous dungeon. A decade may seem like an immense span of time, and indeed it is! During this period, humanity has faced impending doom due to the relentless onslaught of Labyrinth monsters.
Amidst the chaos, Desir himself faced a brush with death. But fate had a different plan in store for him. Instead of perishing, he found himself flung back in time. Empowered by this second chance, Desir embarked on a rigorous training regimen alongside his comrades, united in their mission to combat the Labyrinth monsters and secure humanity’s salvation.”
13. The Villainess Turns The Hourglass
“The Villainess Turns The Hourglass chronicles the journey of our protagonist, Aria, who grew up in a lavish household after her mother married a wealthy man. With a step-sister by her side, Aria reveled in a life of luxury while inflicting torment upon her sibling.
However, all good things must come to an end. A fateful day arrived when Aria faced imminent execution due to her step-sister’s treachery. Consumed by an overwhelming surge of wrath and fury, she caught sight of an ordinary hourglass. Little did she know that this seemingly unassuming timepiece held the power to transport her back into the past.
12. FFF-Class Trash Hero
The gripping tale of FFF-Class Trashhero revolves around Kang Han Soo, our valiant protagonist who finds himself mysteriously transported to a fantastical realm. Over the course of the next decade, he devotes himself to relentless training, determined to acquire the strength necessary to vanquish the formidable Demon King. Now, you may wonder, “Where does time travel come into play?”
Allow me to elucidate further. Just as he triumphs over the Demon King, Kang Han Soo assumes that his heroic journey has reached its conclusion, anticipating a return to his own world. Filled with elation, his spirits quickly plummet when a divine entity presents him with a report card—a grim evaluation of his performance, yielding an abysmal F grade. All those years of arduous training seemingly in vain—a profoundly disheartening turn of events.
11. The Return of the 8th Class Magician
“The Return Of The 8th Class Magician revolves around our protagonist, a diligent magician who devoted his days to serving his friend and lord. Tragically, one fateful day, his lord’s treachery led to his untimely demise.
All he yearned for was a tranquil existence. Curious to discover why his lord turned against him? You’re undoubtedly intrigued. Well, the lord perceived the magician as an escalating menace with the potential to pose a significant threat in the future. Consequently, our protagonist found himself thrust back through time, embarking on a journey that… I shall refrain from spoiling further!”
Memorize delves into the journey of our protagonist, Kim Su Hyun, who finds himself ensnared by the Military under mysterious circumstances. Upon securing his freedom, fate transports him to a parallel realm known as Hall Plain.
Hall Plain, unlike Earth, is a fantastical world teeming with perilous entities lurking at every turn. Through years of rigorous training, Su Hyun eventually attains formidable prowess, enabling him to venture into the treacherous depths of Hall Plain. Yet, even after triumphing over these challenges, he is confronted with a disquieting realization that his envisioned life fails to meet expectations.
9. This is the Law
This tale revolves around Noh, our protagonist in “This Is The Law,” a brilliant and accomplished attorney renowned for his remarkable intellect and a staggering 95% success rate in court. His unwavering ambition was to foster harmony within South Korea and enact positive transformation for the nation.
However, it appears that those in positions of authority harbored opposition to his noble vision, ultimately leading to Noh’s untimely demise. Oh, and would you like to hear a clandestine revelation? You do? Very well, I suppose I have no alternative but to oblige!
8. Kill The Hero
The gripping tale of Kill The Hero follows our protagonist, Woojin, who suffered a treacherous betrayal by his guild leader, resulting in his untimely demise. Consumed by an insatiable thirst for vengeance, Woojin is granted a miraculous second chance at life. However, this time, he harbors no aspirations of becoming a hero or salvaging the world.
In his quest for retribution, Woojin adopts a cunning strategy. He endeavors to establish an impeccable reputation within the guild, artfully drawing closer to the guild leader with the ultimate aim of eliminating him—an act best described as a meticulously planned assassination.
7. Tomb Raider King
The legendary God’s Tomb suddenly gained worldwide acclaim, captivating the masses with rumors of awe-inspiring artifacts that could grant godlike powers. Yet, the path to obtaining them proved treacherous, risking even one’s life. Enter Seo Joo Heon, our intrepid protagonist, immersed in tomb raiding when a venomous snake nearly claimed him.
Miraculously, a magical bird materialized, offering a second chance. In a remarkable twist, he found himself transported 15 years into the past, an unexpected turn laden with both hilarious antics and thrilling escapades. After all, who can resist the allure of comedic adventures?
6. Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady With The Lamp
Elise: The Royal Lady delves into the tale of Dr. Song, our protagonist, a esteemed faculty member at the College of Medicine. Interestingly, she possesses vivid recollections of her former existence as a princess.
However, fate takes an unexpected turn when an accident befalls her, leading her to awaken in the hospital to a bewildering realization—she has returned to her past life. Isn’t it intriguingly perplexing?
5. Worn and Torn Newbie
Worn and Town Newbie delves into the captivating tale of Deus Ex Machina, an immersive reality game that once reigned supreme. With its popularity waning over time, the game eventually succumbed to obscurity after 15 years. Amidst the dwindling player base, our protagonist, the seasoned gamer Lee Eo-Jin, remained steadfast in his devotion to the game.
However, fate intervened in a peculiar manner. Lee found himself inexplicably transported back in time, precisely 15 years when the game held unrivaled acclaim. Intrigued by what lies ahead, one must delve into the manhwa to uncover the enthralling exploits that await Lee Eo-Jin. I shall refrain from divulging further, lest I spoil the exhilarating journey that awaits!
4. Return To Player
The tale of Return To Player revolves around a deity who transforms all earthly inhabitants into players. Naturally, the ensuing plot entails their struggle to combat menacing creatures and endure for survival. Our protagonist, Sehan Kim, has foreseen the world’s impending demise.
He has witnessed a cataclysmic fate, where all individuals perish, leaving him as the sole survivor. By some fortuitous circumstance, he has been granted a remarkable opportunity to rescue humanity and avert their tragic fate. Now, he must triumph over the divine entity. How shall he emerge victorious against this godly adversary? Curiosity piques!
3. Medical Return
Medical Return follows the story of Kim Jihyun, an underappreciated surgeon in his previous life, yearning for a change. Fate smiles upon him, granting an opportunity to travel back to his middle school days. Now immersed in his middle school life, his sole ambition is to dedicate himself to studying, breaking free from the shackles of a disrespected surgeon’s existence.
He also aspires to amass wealth, driven by the desire to secure a prosperous future. If you’re a medical student, I highly recommend giving this captivating tale a chance—it is bound to captivate your interest!
2. Again My Life
My Life unfolds the tale of Kim Hi Wu, who met an untimely demise at the hands of an assailant. However, fortune smiled upon Kim as he encountered a benevolent Grim Reaper, who bestowed upon him a remarkable opportunity.
Transported back to his high school days, Kim now has the chance to alter Korea’s fate. Can he rescue his nation? Will vengeance guide his path? Anticipate a riveting journey ahead!
1. The Princess Imprints a Traitor
“The Princess Imprints a Traitor revolves around our protagonist, the 7th princess of the Imperial Family, who witnessed their downfall and met an untimely demise.
Astonishingly, she awakens to discover her survival, prompting bewilderment and a realization that she has been transported back in time. Determined to alter fate, she embarks on a mission to rescue and restore the Imperial Family!”