Poor heroes. Sure, the idea is that you want to go out and save everybody, but what's the sense in doing it all alone? You're only one guy, and how much change can a single person affect in this crazy world of ours?

What the hero needs if he really wants to get ambitious is a group of like-minded heroes that can help avenge the downtrodden, smite evil, solve puzzles together, all that good stuff. So if he is firmly resolved in his belief as to ThePowerOfFriendship, he makes a blatant effort to go out and find these other heroes, thus assembling the best team of warriors ever.

The result of his search usually depends on where the work as a whole falls on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. If it's the former, he finds friends and saves the day. In the latter, everyone is either too much of a jerk or too evil themselves to be of much use.

Usually how TheMagnificentSevenSamurai get started off. If it's very easy then it's YouAllMeetInAnInn. If the hero has already worked with the others, it's PuttingTheBandBackTogether



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The lead samurai in ''Anime/SamuraiSeven'' was hired to get a group of samurai together to defend villagers who hired him. He even specifies "seven" samurai as the number needed, but settles for three in the interest of time constraints. [[spoiler: he lets two that have been with them from the beginning call themselves "samurai" as time goes on, and they meet another two on the way to the village.]]
* Luffy from ''Manga/OnePiece'' wants to become a pirate, so he travels the world to assemble a crew.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Captain Metropolis from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' kept trying to form a league of superheroes, but never ended up getting anywhere. The more positive-thinking costumed heroes who would likely have joined were inevitably turned off by the DarkerAndEdgier heroes being obnoxious pricks about the whole enterprise. This didn't stop them working loosely together to cover areas during the police strike however.

* In Stephen King's ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'' series Roland spends an entire book doing this, via magical doors into our modern time. It's called The Drawing of the Three.
* In the second novel of ''Literature/TheExecutioner'', Mack Bolan forms a 'Death Squad' of Vietnam veterans to help him in his war against the Mafia, but most of them get killed by the end of the book, after which he decides IWorkAlone. The two survivors, '[[MrFixit Gadgets]]' Schwartz and '[[TheSocialExpert The Politician]]' Blancanales, do help him out from time to time, and later when Bolan joins the government-run HeroesRUs unit Stony Man they form the basis of Able Team. He also recruits Phoenix Force, a FiveManBand of the world's best anti-terrorist operatives.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Karol from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' (he keeps joining a bunch of guilds, hoping to fit in)
* Celes pretty much starts off like this in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' in the second half of the game, though most groupmembers are already known.
* Commander Shepard during ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', where s/he spends the majority of the game recruiting and earning the loyalty of various mercs, criminals and similar outcasts in order to form a BadassCrew.

* The Light Warriors of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' certainly fall into the more cynical side of this trope. They even had an early arc about deciding which of the applicants would be allowed to take the job.
* ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'' opens up with Misho and Marena trying to get other heroes to join them on their quest.
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', while not a strong example, definitely deserves mention for title-appropriateness. Cale would be that hero.
* ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'' has this as the early joke, as Hero was looking for new party members for...no apparent reason, it seems.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Fia really needed some friends to get her storyline going in ''Roleplay/DeptHeavenApocrypha'', especially after Cierra--one of the more involved characters--was PutOnABus by her player. Advertisements were made. There was much rejoicing when Meria decided to fill the open slot.