Drew is a Fantasy-LitRPG author and a blogger. He enjoys binge reading manwha, manhua, manga, and webtoons to fight boredom.
Gorgeous manhwa and webtoons have charmed fans from all over the world, and many of the most popular examples fall in the romance genre. But as the community says, romance manhwas aren’t all equal! You'll find goodies, gems, bad books, worse books, and even trash in the expanding manhwa market. Most of the time, to find good manhwa, you'll need to scavenge through a horde of titles.
To save you some time, I've compiled a list of the top romantic manhwa I have ever read. So without further ado, here’s your binge list.
My Top 20 Korean Romantic Manhwa (Webtoons) for Fans
- Who Made Me a Princess?
- Beware of the Villainess
- Charlotte Has Five Disciples
- Villains Are Destined to Die
- Miss Not-so Sidekick
- The Villainess Lives Again
- The Villainess Wants Divorce
- The Fantasie of a Stepmother
- The Villainess Is a Marionette
- Karina’s Last Days
- The Villainess Reverses the Hourglass
- I Shall Master This Family
- When the Villainess Is in Love
- Flirting With the Villain’s Dad
- The Remarried Empress
- This Girl Is a Little Wild
- The Lady and the Beast
- Father, I Don’t Want This Marriage
- Lady Evony
1. Who Made Me a Princess?
In the novel The Lovely Princess, Princess Athanasia lived a lonely life. In the end, she was falsely accused of poisoning her sister. Thus, her father, Emperor Claude, ordered her execution,
But in one twist of fate, a girl who read the novel transmigrated into the story as Princess Athanasia. Scared out of her wits, knowing the future, she quickly set her goals. First, build a healthy relationship with her estranged father. Two, survive.
My Rating: Who Made Me a Princess? is a high-tier romance manhwa with a deeper-than-expected plot. The plot keeps you invested in the characters. With conflicting motives, human flaws, and a mixed bag of character development, this manhwa has it all. Add its stunning art style, and I just have to rate it 9/10.
2. Beware of the Villainess
After waking up as an expendable villainess, a young college girl immediately takes a stand for herself. Determined to scrap the lousy script for her mental health’s sake, she becomes Melissa Foddebrat 2.0, the GOAT among villainesses. She kicks ass without bothering to think twice about it, especially when those asses belong to the male protagonists.
If you’re dead tired of those sick and wimpy Mary Sues, then Melissa Foddebrat and her gang are the cure.
My Rating: Beware of the Villainess has given me one of the best laugh-induced stomach cramps ever. This rom-com is titanium gold. The dialogue, the titan faces, the eye-candy art, and the plot—it has a maxed-out entertainment value. So here, take my 9/10.
3. Charlotte Has Five Disciples
After deciding to return to the great flow (dying), the great magus Charlotte knew her end was nigh. But fate has other plans. She soon wakes up, still herself, but magicless and a hell lot younger.
Thus, she retires. Then bad news followed suit. Her five disciples were all on a rampage because of her disappearance. Sigh.
My Rating: Charlotte Has Five Disciples is another funny as heck romantic comedy. The webtoon looks great despite not being a super top-tier level. It has a good plot flow and will keep you invested. I’ll give it a solid 7/10 for making me grin like a fool.
4. Villains Are Destined to Die
In her previous life, Penelope Eckhart was but an unwelcomed illegitimate daughter. She had a dark childhood, tormented by her half-brothers. So when her friends recommended an otome game with a character living a life like hers, she strived to give the character a good ending.
Still, she never thought she’ll transmigrate into the game. Not as the fluffy heroine, but as Penelope Eckhart. The villainess whose fate seemed destined for death.
My Rating: Villains Are Destined to Die is not your run-of-the-mill romantic manhwa. The plot dives deeper into the human psyche, traumas, and mistrusts. This is one of the best romance manhwas I can ever recommend. Amazing art, gripping plotline, and multi-dimensional characters. I won’t lie, this webtoon is the gold standard in its genre. A must-read 10/10.
5. Miss Not-so Sidekick
Hyejung, twenty-five years old, loves binging novels to relax from her work. But on one fateful day, she suddenly passed out while waiting for the next chapter of the novel she loves.
She transmigrates into the body of Latte Eclair. The petty villain of the story she loves. And guess what? There isn’t a fixed way to live once transmigrated into an otome novel. But for a fan like Latte, it was to join the peanut gallery. Watching the drama unfold between her beloved characters, live on air.
My Rating: Miss Not-so Sidekick is a dark horse. A hidden gem in its genre. Latte isn’t a dead weight, nor a Mary Sue. She is but a hilarious, meme-able mob; her antics and reactions are comedy gold. Aside from that, the romance isn’t cringed but innocent, funny, and cute. This romantic webtoon deserves an 8/10.
6. The Villainess Lives Again
Her entire life, Artezia Rozan strove to make her brother the emperor. Despite looking like an innocent lady, she is a great schemer and a master manipulator. For the same reason, her scared brother betrayed her.
Using an untested forbidden spell, she returns to the past. But this time, she’ll live for herself, not for her heartless brother.
My Rating: The Villainess Lives Again isn’t about a classic dumb damsel in distress, but rather a scheming villainess who gets a second chance. The manhwa has good art and gripping political maneuvering that’d keep you reading. A 7/10. Its flaws are simple. The plot drags too much in some arcs.
7. The Villainess Wants Divorce
Carnelia Easter is a cliched villainess dead-set on sabotaging the life of the protagonist. Of course, everyone hated her guts. And as expected, she met the cold gallows. Then comes the troupe. A novel reader transmigrates as Carnelia. The twist. Just wow.
But hey, unlike those trash, this is a bittersweet goodie.
My Rating: Despite the sarcasm (mostly against the overused troupe), this manhwa has a lot of good points. If you’re into bittersweet romantic drama, then this shoujo goodie is for you. Its execution is well done, but some plot points deserve improvement. A likable read rated 7/10.
8. The Fantasie of a Stepmother
The Iron Widow is a title exclusive to Shuri. After the death of her husband, she struggled with managing his vast holdings. Worse, she has to take care of his rebellious offspring and deal with disgusting nobles. Despite her inexperience and difficulties, she raised the kids healthy and well.
But tragedy strikes and she died a cruel death. Murdered in cold blood just before her retirement. Then she receives a second chance and returns to the past. But not as the gullible young widow, but as the Iron Widow.
My Rating: Damn, this gem wins my 10/10. The Fantasie of a Stepmother is slow-paced, focusing on details rather than short-lived pleasures. And it paid off big-time. I have read hundreds of manhwa by now and I can say this is a top romance manhwa I can recommend. Stunning art, heart-breaking plot, and deep characters that will keep you on your toes, what more can we ask for?
9. The Villainess Is a Marionette
Kayenna Hill is the greatest beauty of the empire. But behind the veil, she is but a normal girl, transmigrated as a princess. In the end, she died, realizing she was nothing but a beautiful doll, a trapped pawn in a game of power.
But what if she gets two chances to relive her life?
My Rating: The Villainess Is a Marionette features some of the most phenomenal manhwa art I have seen in this genre. The intricately woven panels just stun the artist out of me. Though the delivery of its cliché plotline isn't bad, it is also not the best. I’ll give this romance manhwa a 7/10.
10. Karina's Last Days
Though not appreciated, Karina has lived as a good, forgiving, and responsible daughter. Living in silence as the Leopold's stringed puppet. Her only escape is her rare gift to draw and breathe life into it.
But tragedy strikes hard. The same ability she loved has shortened her lifespan, and she has nothing but a year left to live. Thus, she runs off from her toxic family, toward the borders.
Her wish is simple. To enjoy her last days in serenity, not as the Leopold's obedient daughter, but as Karina. Nothing more, nothing less.
My Rating: If this isn’t 10/10, then what is? Each chapter of Karina's Last Days is full of addicting, bittersweet agony. It's one of the best romance manhwa I have ever read. The art is stunning. The deep plot and storytelling will stir your emotions until they sting soul-deep.
11. The Villainess Reverses the Hourglass
Ever since her low-birth mother lucked out and married a widowed count, Aria has lived a life of grandeur. She even thought she was smart and the apple of everyone’s eyes.
Then she was out-schemed by her two-faced stepsister. Lined up for execution, nothing but a dumb stepping stone to make her stepsister look good. But through a mysterious hourglass, she returns to the past. The end.
My Rating: The Villainess Reverses the Hourglass is about another undying Mary Sue, Aria. Ugh. The delivery and art are of high quality, but it doesn’t offer something new. In the manhwa world of never-ending clichés and repeated tropes, I’ll rate it a 7/10.
12. I Shall Master This Family
Though treated as a lowborn and an orphan, Florentia has always been a bright child. Her sharp business instinct proved her worthy of the Lulac's name. Unfortunately, she was kicked out of the family by her incompetent uncle. And later, died in an accident.
Armed with her memories and skills, she lucks out and returns to the past. Her goals? Protect the family. Get acknowledged by her grandfather. Last but not the least, prevent her father’s death.
My Rating: I Shall Master This Family plays out the classic second chance trope, but spiced up with business management. With its great art and gripping page-turners, I'll give it an 8/10.
13. When the Villainess Is in Love
When a fan girl transmigrates into the body of her favorite ice-cold villainess, she starts stanning. However, her sudden change has strange consequences—but nothing serious. Her ability? Turning cold male protagonists into warm, cuddly puddles.
My Rating: This is a reverse harem, which is not my type of genre. Still, this romantic manhwa stuck with me because of its unintended emotional plot, intricate art, and funny characters. Though full of misunderstandings and a bit Mary Sue-ish, the story just drives you to read more. It deserves a solid 8/10 for its strange charm.
Roxana isn’t your typical dumb villainess. She is the eldest daughter of the Agrece criminal family, which is a family of crazy bastards—and that includes her.
But can love blossom in her crazy world of obsessions, betrayals, crimes, and deceits? And what if your love interest is your family’s arch-enemy?
My Rating: This manhwa spoils us with the well-delivered Romeo and Juliet trope, but with a great twist. It also boasts incredible art and enthralling characters. The plot is so thrilling that I binge-read everything in one sitting. The novelty brought by the characters deserves a chef’s kiss. A 9/10 for Roxana.
15. Flirting With the Villain’s Dad
As a transmigrator, Princess Yerenika knew her kingdom would end in a few years. Thus, she made a crazy decision to protect it: flirt with the villain’s dad and prevent the villain from being born. It was a dumb but effective method.
Another classic isekai female lead? Yeah. So what makes Yerenika stand out among other isekai damsels? She’s damn cute and funny.
My Rating: This story is another hidden gem, and it kept me scrolling through its pages. The plot and the pacing are superb. The main characters are so adorable; their chemistry is perfect and isn’t forced. I’ll rate this 8/10.
16. The Remarried Empress
Navier Ellie Trovi is an exemplary Empress. She is virtuous, hardworking, socially perfect, intelligent, and courageous. What more? Her life was devoted to the Emperor and the Empire.
But despite all this, the bastard Emperor still brought out a mistress and asked her for a divorce. Knowing her worth, she plans her future after the divorce, only to marry another emperor.
My Rating: The Remarried Empress isn’t a cringe teenage fairy tale about a princess and a prince. It has a mature tone and is not for everyone’s taste. Still, I’ll give it a solid 8/10. If you’re into josei, then this might be the right manhwa for you.
17. This Girl Is a Little Wild
On the verge of defeat, the Demon Lord unleashes the last of his strength to curse his archenemy Roel, the captain of the Holy Knights. The curse? To push the soul of his accursed enemy into the body of a weak lady named Sila.
If you’re into a funny and sweet plot loaded with intrigues, then this manhwa might be the one for you.
My Rating: I’ll rate it 9/10. This Girl Is a Little Wild tells the interesting tale of Roel, now Sila. Oops, this isn’t a gender-bender. After all, Roel is a lady too. This story made me giggle a lot. It is very catchy and has lots of remarkable characters to get invested in.
18. The Lady and the Beast
After living a life full of conquest, betrayals, and bloodshed, Empress Martina dies and reincarnates. But this time, she’ll live in peace as Astina.
But that peace is short-lived. To save her debt-ridden family and spare her cherished sister from a forced marriage, Astina volunteers to marry the cursed Archduke Atalenta.
But can the former empress tame the beast of Atalenta?
My Rating: The Lady and the Beast isn’t about the love story of a cliché teenage girl. Rather, it is the story of an empress subduing a werewolf in style. The plot keeps you hooked up with intrigues and short bursts of comedy. The art might not be super stunning but isn’t cheap goods. Add a good flow and pacing to the story and you’d get an 8/10 goodie.
19. Father, I Don’t Want This Marriage
Jubelian has lived like a dumb villainess her entire life. Still, she never thought she’ll die a worthless death after getting framed by her beloved fiancée. And later, shunned by her father.
But wait, hope is not lost. She returns to the past, repentant and wary. What does fate have in store for a reformed villainess?
My Rating: Tired of this excessively used manhwa trope, I was ready to cross this out of my list. But boredom got the best of me, so I read it. And I didn’t regret it. This romance manhwa is a quick emotional roller coaster with its well-executed twist. I’ll rate this romantic webtoon 8/10.
20. Lady Evony
Falsely accused of murdering her fiancé and father, Evony languished in prison. Perhaps, only waiting for death.
But one day, she was freed and put under the protection of the mysterious Grand Duke. Her life takes a great turn. And through courage and wit, she joins the intricate chessboard of the powerful nobles. But can Lady Evony change the course of an empire?
My Rating: Lady Evony isn’t just a wonderful romantic manhwa; it's a fulfilling story of redemption and hope. The theme is a bit dark, but it's a top-tier romance manhwa. A solid 9/10 for this promising gem.
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