Ever wondered what it would feel like to go to sleep and wake up in another person’s body? Transmigration novels explore this concept to the fullest, sometimes with the most extraordinary plot twists.
Identity swaps, a la The Prince and the Pauper, are always fascinating, but in Transmigration novels, the change usually occurs by supernatural means, through either magic or rebirth, and is often abrupt and unexpected.
A typical Transmigration novel arc is comprised of the MC becoming accustomed to, and exceedingly successful in, their new role.
Check out the following popular webnovels, the protagonists of which had found themselves possessing a completely new identity:
“Derek McCoy was a man who spent his entire life facing adversity and injustice. After being forced to settle with surviving rather than living, he had finally found his place in the world, until everything was taken from him one last time. After losing his life to avenge his murdered brother, he reincarnates and finds a world worth living in, a world filled with magic and monsters. Follow him along his journey, from grieving brother to alien soldier. From infant to Supreme Magus.”
Derek McCoy is a refreshingly selfish, cynical MC, jaded due to the events of his past life. He is not the typical heroic character dashing around and saving people and the world. He is focused on himself and his interests, which actually draws me into the novel because it is something different. At 576 chapters and with regular updates, this epic is very promising.
Lord of the Mysteries
“With the rising tide of steam power and machinery, who can come close to being a Beyonder? Shrouded in the fog of history and darkness, who or what is the lurking evil that murmurs into our ears?
Waking up to be faced with a string of mysteries, Zhou Mingrui finds himself reincarnated as Klein Moretti in an alternate Victorian era where he sees a world filled with machinery, cannons, dreadnoughts, airships, difference machines, as well as Potions, Divination, Hexes, Tarot Cards, Sealed Artifacts…
The Light continues to shine, but mystery has never gone far. Follow Klein as he finds himself entangled with the Churches of the world—both orthodox and unorthodox—while he slowly develops newfound powers thanks to the Beyonder potions.”
This novel is a classic example of an originally Chinese MC reincarnating into the body of a Western person, but retaining all the knowledge, experience, and cultural identity from his past life. It reminds me of Godfather of Champions, but in the steampunk fantasy subgenre.
Throne of Magical Arcana
“A falling star has brought chaos. The throne of fate has lost its master. The nonbeliever who walks in light and darkness will make his debut.”
In this transmigration novel, the main character, Xiafeng, a.k.a Lucien Evans, finds himself transported into a medieval-like world, but with real, tangible magic. Xiafeng supposedly dies in a library fire and, as he wakes, lands right in the middle of a dramatic witch-burning scene.
Like many Transmigration novels, this one has the fault of no plausible explanation as to why the identity swap has occurred in the first place, but this does not detract from the engaging nature of the book. With 720+ chapters and counting, you are in for an exciting ride once you follow Lucien on his adventures.
Ultimate Scheming System
“I am the best when it comes to taking divergent paths. With just a flip of my hand, I shall take the path less commonly traveled. I search far and wide, only to find myself unbeatable and unrivaled. So now I ask, who else can match my awesomeness?”
Xu Que, a man from modern earth, dies in a car accident and finds himself in a realm of immortal cultivators. He reincarnates in the body of a peculiarly unlucky Prince Consort, duped by his beautiful princess wife who stole away all of his cultivation essences in the first week of their marriage. The newly wedded Prince Consort was thus turned into a cripple. As such, he was no longer of any value to the palace and was secretly dragged out in the dead of the night, brought to a deserted place, killed and abandoned.
Luckily for him, Xu Que is a tough character who is rather a show-off and does not let his untoward circumstances deter him.
With over 1,500 chapters and counting, this epic novel combines the subgenres of Eastern Fantasy and transmigration and features some outstanding world-building.
God of Slaughter
“Growing up parentless, Shi Yan, who was left with a large amount of inheritance money, bore a general disinterest in life.
The only times he felt alive were when adrenaline coursed through his veins. He quickly found that extreme sports, bungee-jumping, cave diving, skydiving, gave him the biggest kicks. The bigger the adrenaline kick, the closer he was to death, the more alive he felt.
Waking up in a pile of dead bodies in an unknown land, after a diving adventure had ended disastrously, he quickly realizes the body he now possesses is not his own.
Follow Shi Yan as he explores this new world where danger lurks around every corner, and death is only a breath away; a world in which Shi Yan could not feel any more alive.”
After Shi Yan dies, he finds himself reincarnated as a young boy in Grace Mainland. He finds a blood pool and a magic ring, which begins his epic journey.
With over 1,600 chapters, this popular transmigration fantasy novel has over 50 million views on webnovel.com and is sure worth diving into.
Otherworldly Evil Monarch
“Jun Xie was the number one assassin on modern Earth. His skills and knowledge were unparalleled, his accomplishments unprecedented, and his reputation terrified the entire underworld. However, during a mission to retrieve a mystical treasure, a mishap occurred…
He is now Jun Moxie, a sixteen-year-old debauchee, sole heir to the declining Jun family. Accepting the world’s criticism and cold stares with a smile, his new journey begins. His destiny will be determined by his own will. Rise to the top, Evil Monarch Jun Xie!”
Join Jun Moxie on his adventures in this epic read sprinkled with magic and alchemy. Completed at 1,277 chapters, this novel is sure to entertain you for a long time.