Novel about MC who starts off alone or lonely but grows his friend group or companions. It can be a JP/CN/KR/webnovel/RoyalRoad I don't really care. It can be Fantasy, Urban fantasy, school-life, superheroes. Any setting that has the MC collecting friends/Companions/Subordinates along the way. In fact, MC doesn't have to keep collecting but should have a group that continues to be important to the story. No love interests. Or Romance. It doesn't have to be lighthearted. example: Trash of the Count's Family My House of Horrors Omniscient Reader Ex Rank Supporting Role’s Replay in a Prestigious School Chrysalis The Authors POV Chronicles of Primordial Wars This Game Is Too Realistic The Regressed Demon Lord is Kind The S-Classes That I Raised The Founder of the Great Financial Family SSS-Class Suicide Hunter Praise the Orc! Count’s Youngest Son is a Warlock Embers Ad Infinitum Lord of the Mysteries Regressor Instruction Manual(I hated the romance here) Re:Zero Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu (WN) Doomsday Wonderland Doomsday Pillars What Happens When the Second Male Lead Powers Up Holy Emperor’s Grandson is a Necromancer Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka?(takes a while for the group collecting and I'm good with that) My Death Flags Show No Sign of Ending The Record of Unusual Creatures Breakthrough with the Forbidden Master All I can remember right now. Thanks. btw I posted a similar post in the manga recommendations. So, if a manga/Manhwa/manhua fits the description you can also recommend that here or go to that post. Duly appreciated.