Not exactly sure whether it was a manga, manhua, or manhwa, but I remember it being colored, maybe, I could be wrong.

I remember it being a story about a demon king, or lord, or emperor, any of those, who the line of demon kings are always destined to lose to the hero, and he does not want to die. So he goes and finds heroes or adventurers to train them high enough level so he could kill them to get experience and level up. Though he doesn't end up actually killing them from the point I remember leaving off at, and he may never will.

Though he thinks he's weak and will automatically lose to the hero, he is incredibly strong. I vividly remember the start of it being him panicking about that and decides to do this hero training plan, and he ends up saving a couple of people who he is deciding to train, the monster he kills barely gives him any exp. Somehow at some point I remember them being in a desert, but at this point it might just be my mind making stuff up.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. Where and when did you read this? Do you recall the names of any of the characters or locations?
    – DavidW
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 17:04
  • Does it involve a clumsy elf archer and a male barbarian as per this guy's question (no answer there, but maybe more information)?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 19:00
  • Perhaps The Hero Life of a Self-Proclaimed Mediocre Demon. It has the Demon King training heroes as best I can tell.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 19:04
  • novelupdates.com/series/… seems more a partial match.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Oct 24, 2022 at 19:06
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    I actually found it after hours of searching through different aggregator sites, anime-planet.com/manga/ni-xi-ba-mo-wang Maybe you can try helping that person from reddit if he has not found it still after 2 years, if he cares.
    – Dave
    Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 2:03

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The answer is Ni Xi Ba Mo Wong, also known as Demon King's Counterattack.

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Leaving behind his throne, his wealth, and his women. The Demon King now disguises himself and start raising heroes in his pen?! He even formed a party to level up "newbies"! Aren't this suppose to be the war between Good and Evil?! Caesar mockingly answers: "Rules? I create the rules!"

  • You will be able to accept your self-answer tomorrow. Congrats!
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Oct 25, 2022 at 19:05

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