Shen Qingqiu


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Name 沈清秋 Shěn Qīngqiū

沈垣 Shěn Yuán (Previously)

Name meaning Shěn - Liquid

清秋 Qīngqiū - Clear Autumn
Yuán - Wall

Alias Shizun (师尊 Shīzūn)

Xiu Ya Sword (修雅劍 Xiūyǎ Jiàn)
Peerless Cucumber (絕世黃瓜 Juéshì Huángguā)
Cucumber Bro (By Shang Qinghua)

Status Alive
Occupation Qing Jing Peak Lord
Affiliations Cang Qiong Mountain Sect
Weapon Xiu Ya (修雅劍 Xiūyǎ)
Gender Male
Race Human
Birthday September 21
Height 184cm[1]
Relatives Luo Binghe (husband)

Younger sister (pre-transmigration)
Two older brothers (pre-transmigration)

Novel Debut Chapter 1
Donghua Debut Episode 1
Voice Actor Wu Lei
This page is about Shen Yuan. If you are looking for the original soul of Shen Qingqiu, please go to the Shen Jiu page.

Shen Qingqiu (沈清秋 Shěn Qīngqiū) is the protagonist of The Scum Villain's Self-Saving System.

Originally he was a 21st century web-novel nerd named Shen Yuan who died due to food-related incidents.[2][3] He died while cursing Proud Immortal Demon Way, causing the system to activate and send him to the universe in order to make a better story out of the novel he proclaimed to be trash. He transmigrated into the body of Shen Qingqiu, Lord of Qing Jing Peak and master of Luo Binghe, the protagonist of Proud Immortal Demon Way.

As a modern-day fan of webnovels, Shen Qingqiu's greatest assets were his thorough knowledge of the Proud Immortal Demon Way setting alongside a familiarity with the common tropes in xianxia stories.


In the novel, Shen Qingqiu is described as being a particularly elegant and handsome man with black hair and eyes. As he has successfully cultivated to mid-core formation, Shen Qingqiu retained a youthful visage described to be beautiful by Shen Yuan.[4][2] He is commonly seen wearing green robes befitting of his station and holding a fan that he used to hide his expression. Shen Yuan recognized that using the fan is just a way to be pretentious but continues using one even after he died and ressurected in another body.[5]

Unlike the cold, arrogant air the original Shen Qingqiu exudes, post-transmigration Shen Qingqiu's temperament has been remarked to be extremely gentle and warm with a flawless mannerism.[6]


Shen Qingqiu is an extremely elegant man with scholarly air. He can come across as being somewhat distant and cold, but he would slip out from the distant immortal persona into a warmer, caring man toward his disciples. This kinder treatment was so different from the original that he remade the Qing Jing Peak full of bitter yet uptight disciples into a 'trusteeship for ADHD children'.[6][7]

Shen Qingqiu also posses a thin face, getting easily embarrassed and would withhold affectionate gestures so to not sully his good name. He's very self-conscious about his word choices and mannerism which mostly carried over from the original Shen Qingqiu. He strictly followed the code of decorum and would be angered if forced to deviate.

And yet, contrasting to the refined aura he tried to project, most of Shen Qingqiu's thoughts during the story consist of him freaking out at various plot developments and sarcastically commenting on the situation. He has a colorful internal dialogue consisting of criticism directed at the world and cursing the author. This part of his personality is especially obvious around Shang Qinghua, slipping into his original personality by berating the author for writing the ridiculous plot points they now have to deal with[8].

Shen Yuan began his transmigration while looking through the lenses of a reader where everything that happened was merely plot developments and the people was nothing but characters. As his character developed, he began to realize the people around him was actual people and treated them as such rather than mere caricatures.


Shen Yuan was the third son of a rich Chinese family who spent his days idling about.[2] He has two older brothers who carried over the family's business and a little sister whom he spoiled[4], giving him ample free time and money to squander on the internet. His family was hinted to be rich enough to allow him to live in the family manor with multiple household chefs including a head chef whose culinary skill was comparable to Luo Binghe.[9] The assurance that he could live while being lazy for his whole life if he wants to led him to become someone who possesses no ambition in life.

Shen Yuan mostly spent his time reading webnovels; particularly a famous stallion erotica by the title of Proud Immortal Demon Way by Airplane Shooting Toward the Sky. He was truly passionate about the plot and worldbuilding but hated it for squandering all its potential in favor of cheap plot development and pornographic material.[2] This drove him to faithfully follow the story but criticize it with deep, thorough analyses, becoming an anti-fan so well-known even the author himself recognized his internet handle[10].

As his favorite novel drew to a close, Shen Yuan was so incensed by the ending that he died through food-related incidents while cursing the novel. This activated the mysterious System who transported him to the world of Proud Immortal Demon Way as Shen Qingqiu, Luo Binghe's teacher and the master of the scholarly peak, Qing Jing Peak.


  • Wears socks during sex.[11]
  • Fond of Harry Potter
  • Luo Binghe was neither his first kiss[12] or the one to take his virginity.[11] It's implied he lost both during his time living in the modern world.
  • Shen Yuan's younger sister enjoys reading hardcore BL porn[13]
  • Shen Yuan's original body was described by himself to be thin and his face was that of a 'dispirited pretty boy sitting around waiting to die'.[5]
  • He once imagined what Luo Binghe's name would be if he was raised a demon and was thoroughly entertained by the thought of him being named "Heavenly Pillar Lord"/"Luo Heavenly Pillar"[14]
  • He passed the exam to Beijing University, one the worldwide top research university located in Beijing, China.[15]
  • In the donghua, Shen Yuan's death and passage into the world of PIDW was by choking on a piece of food
  • In the donghua, Shen Qingqiu's system ID code is UV002. It can be assumed that Shang Qinghua is UV001.
  • His internet username was PeerlessCuccumber, which is a dick joke
    • Shang Qinghua's username was Airplane Shooting Towards the Sky, which is also a dick joke



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Sect Master: Yue Qingyuan
Peak Lords: Liu Qingge  •  Mu Qingfang  •  Qi Qingqi  •  Shang Qinghua  •  Shen Qingqiu  •  Wei Qingwei
Disciples: Liu Mingyan  •  Ming Fan  •  Ning Yingying  •  Yang Yixuan  •  Ji Jue
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Sect Master: Lao Gongzhu
Disciples: Gongyi Xiao  •  Xiao Gongzhu  •  Qin Wanyue  •  Qin Wanrong  •  Su Xiyan
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Disciples: ??  •  ??  •  ??
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Sect Master: Wu Chen
Abbots: Wu Wang
Lords: Luo Binghe  •  Tianlang-jun  •  Mobei-jun  •  Jiuzhong-jun  •  Linguang-jun
Generals: Sha Hualing  •  Zhuzhi-lang
Elders: Du Bi  •  Meng Mo  •  Tian Chui
Qiu Family: Qiu Haitang  •  Qiu Jianluo
Rouge Cultivators: Wu Yanzi
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