Novels With No Love Interest(s) / No Romance

Novels With No Love Interest(s) / No Romance
Novels that have no lasting romance or love interests (people who MC is romantically interested in). There will be no smut, harem of love interests (some novels have the harem genre only due to the prominence of potential ones), or ecchi, and BL/GL also count as romance. The list includes a personal rating and (often wordy) review/description.

Of course, it's also about my tastes, so this list will be mostly fantasy and action novels (op mc will be a common feature)... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The list is in no particular order, but novels with <100 chapters and on hiatus/slow updating (less/around as often as 1 chap/month) will go in the back, starting at #32.

DISCLAIMER: The list is subject to change and revision - my impression changes as I think about them/read more. I cannot guarantee a novel has no romance later. I'll try to update this rec list as I read. No promises though, so my descriptions may be outdated.

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Created: Sep 5th, 2020, Updated: Oct 26th, 2022
Created Sep 5th, 2020
Updated Oct 26th, 2022
CN (4.7)
113 Chapters Every 509.2 Day(s) 11261 Readers 351 Reviews 02-06-2019
5/5: Really well thought out and has its own complex power system and world history. The MC is calm and smart (and soft at heart), and focuses on finding the secrets of the aforementioned power system and history as he gathers power and tries to find how he got here in the first place.... more>>
CN (4.5)
847 Chapters Every 44.3 Day(s) 11023 Readers 152 Reviews 08-14-2021
4.2/5: A lighter, simple novel very focused on the main character and slowish paced (all of Lazy Cliche's novels are like that, don't let that terrifying cover fool you). Some might even say it's a bit bland. The setting is a fantasy-ish world reminiscent of prehistoric or ancient times where technology is not developed and metal is cool.... more>>
CN (4.5)
78 Chapters Every 212.2 Day(s) 5762 Readers 124 Reviews 01-19-2018
4.2/5: Another relatively light novel by Lazy Cliche, this time about a reincarnated composer-turned-war-hero in a sci-fi setting as he rises in various entertainment circles. Slightly Mary Sue-ish....ok, I admit it, it's very much a Mary Sue story.... more>>
CN (4.4)
183 Chapters Every 126.5 Day(s) 3620 Readers 19 Reviews 06-20-2022
4.5/5: The life of dude reincarnated as a cat in 2000's China. It's slice-of-life and focuses mainly on his escapades and daily life as the intelligent pet cat of a university professor and his family.... more>>
CN (4.3)
90 Chapters Every 189.5 Day(s) 15366 Readers 159 Reviews 08-17-2015
4.5/5: The MC is an aging, reclusive, and ridiculously skilled eSports star playing a fantasy MMORPG, Glory. The story starts with him being forced into retirement.... more>>
KR (4.5)
882 Chapters Every 3.3 Day(s) 34702 Readers 551 Reviews 05-26-2023
4.7/5: MC, an aspiring slacker who is willing to work for his goal, is transmigrated into a fantasy novel as the cannon fodder Cale Henituse, who was beaten up by the novel's original protagonist early in the story.... more>>
KR (4.6)
0 Chapters Every 117.3 Day(s) 19251 Readers 411 Reviews 09-09-2018
5/5: Plot twists galore. Happens in a sort of apocalypse where the world is changed and supernatural things happen. It's also really meta, in a plot-involved sort of's complicated.... more>>
CN (4.1)
107 Chapters Every 165.6 Day(s) 8627 Readers 84 Reviews 12-21-2016
4.2/5: The first part of the novel has the most comedy, it eventually gets a more serious tone later. MC is transmigrated into a xianxia/xuanhuan world, with a system that'll kill him if he doesn't get his task done - to found the #1 sect. So he begins his journey scam-, *cough* I mean, recruiting disciples that are the main characters of xianxia novels. ... more>>
KR (4.3)
229 Chapters Every 1.3 Day(s) 2465 Readers 17 Reviews 05-26-2023
4.5/5: The MC is amazingly talented at black magic and memorization. He's able to see emotions, but not understand them, being the naive emotionally stunted thing he is. He's a journey to learn more magic and see more emotions, and he's apathetic to most other things, like romance. ... more>>
KR (4.7)
194 Chapters Every 1.5 Day(s) 5259 Readers 54 Reviews 05-23-2023
5/5: The characters are convincingly human and interesting in their own ways, especially once you get to know them and see how they develop. I know essentially nothing about real-life showbiz, especially K-pop, but this novel presents an interesting (and despicable) side to it.... more>>
CN (3.7)
738 Chapters Every 34.7 Day(s) 2828 Readers 44 Reviews 01-08-2022
4/5: A more laid-back novel. The beginning is survival, but it kind of evolves into a sci-fi kaiju movie plot, and then into an interstellar empire-building one (that seems to be where it's going at 380 chapters). Most beloved characters include MC (who stays a snake for the entire novel), a turtle, and a squirrel.... more>>
CN (4.1)
38 Chapters Every 78.5 Day(s) 972 Readers 24 Reviews 03-08-2020
3.5/5: A relatively low-stakes comedy power fantasy novel. The MC transmigrates into a newly-born minor god, the God of Games. The novel is about him growing his powers and playerbase-*cough*, I mean, church. The MC sets up a game system for his believers, making them basically players of a real-life MMORPG. ... more>>
CN (3.6)
20 Chapters Every 150.9 Day(s) 1083 Readers 14 Reviews 08-16-2020
4/5: Set in modern parallel world with supernatural elements and kingdom building later on (it really picks up about 100 chapters in). Worldbuilding is quite good despite the presence of small plot holes and is very well-researched in history and mythology.... more>>
CN (4.3)
415 Chapters Every 85.1 Day(s) 1347 Readers 28 Reviews 04-08-2023
4.2/5: Novel set in a multi-plane world, with the setting most often being a western fantasy fused with steampunk magitech. SLOW. VERY SLOW. With LOTS of infodumps. Definitely not for everyone. (I probably only like it because I like infodumps and stretched plotlines, and it's still a little too slow, even for me xP)... more>>
CN (3.9)
39 Chapters Every 147.8 Day(s) 6718 Readers 85 Reviews 05-21-2017
3.5/5: Somewhat similar to Black Tech Internet Cafe, especially at the beginning, but they differ quite a lot later on. Effects of the shop's products are more explained here, too.... more>>
KR (4)
20 Chapters Every 15.6 Day(s) 4220 Readers 19 Reviews 11-03-2022
4.3/5: It's kind of like if you mashed tr*sh Count, ORV, and the Korean modern dungeoning LitRPG genre together. Also included is the friendship between MC and the original novel's MC. Bromance aside, it's a good novel.... more>>
KR (3.8)
0 Chapters Every 1158 Day(s) 5485 Readers 46 Reviews 03-26-2020
4.5/5: MC transmigrates into the novel he was the editor of (cheats included). His task is to see the novel's plot through, to the very end. NOTES: This novel gets better after you pass the MC's behavior in the first 20 chapters or so after transmigrating. The main antagonists are especially interesting.... more>>
KR (4)
125 Chapters Every 15.7 Day(s) 13140 Readers 98 Reviews 05-06-2023
3.8/5: A dungeon + hunter game-apocalypse novel; the MC has a burst of character development in the first few chapters after and causing his little brother's death, and regresses to five years ago with the help of his sacrifice. ... more>>
CN (4.1)
34 Chapters Every 93.5 Day(s) 1915 Readers 28 Reviews 10-16-2020
3.5/5: If you've ever wanted to read about an evil spirit of plague and death trying to take over the world(s), this is it. Gets a little old the more you read, though.... more>>
CN (4)
39 Chapters Every 102 Day(s) 2685 Readers 52 Reviews 03-29-2019
3.2/5: A lighter novel with an interesting premise: bringing video games, movies, and TV shows to a cultivation world. Plot is somewhat predictable, with not very much worldbuilding and explanation for the power system. ... more>>
KR (4.1)
260 Chapters Every 21.1 Day(s) 13109 Readers 59 Reviews 05-28-2023
3.8/5: Lots of dark themes. A very OP fallen hero totally focused on his mission--end the apocalypse that's threatening the world he's been transported into and has been living in for years. ... more>>
CN (3.9)
57 Chapters Every 70.6 Day(s) 1552 Readers 40 Reviews 07-16-2020
4.2/5: MC transmigrates into an old, dead, evil xianxia/xuanhuan patriarch with a system and a bunch of villain disciples, most of which have already defected from his evil organization to make their own. He then rerecruits them into his organization, along with a few others. ... more>>
KR (4.6)
79 Chapters Every 13.5 Day(s) 1949 Readers 25 Reviews 05-17-2023
3.8/5: A little difficult to get into, but not a bad read later on. There’s a little secondhand embarrassment, though. More meta than it seems, since we can even see the responses of the fictional readers and the author of MC’s world. ... more>>
CN (3.3)
144 Chapters Every 164.9 Day(s) 3419 Readers 53 Reviews 10-17-2017
3.5/5: In which the MC, in typical power fantasy fashion, has cheats and levels up a lot. However, he also runs around being a refugee and government rebel a lot as well. It's a decent read but gets sort of old after a few arcs. ... more>>
KR (4.1)
580 Chapters Every 0.7 Day(s) 6497 Readers 43 Reviews 05-28-2023
4/5: Somewhat generic light KR reincarnation into game stuff in many ways. The MC is quite good at figuring things out (except for that one thing that pretty much all transmigrators have), gets a cheat, and he proceeds to go around helping people with it, mostly anonymously but also a bit openly.... more>>
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  1. aShinyVaporeon
    aShinyVaporeon· Author · Mar 5, 2022 09:50 PM

    Off-site recs dump in case anyone needs more reading material (Have not yet read all of these, more TBA hopefully):

    - Mother of Learning by Nobody123 | [RRL] {Complete} | male mc, fantasy, time loop

    - Queen in the Mud by Maari | [Kindle; RRL] {2nd Book on Hiatus} | fmc, fantasy

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  2. Blitz
    Blitz· Jul 2, 2021 09:47 AM

    Nice listclear.png

    Although I ended up reading worlds tree without realising it was droppedclear.png

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    • aShinyVaporeon
      aShinyVaporeon· Author · Jan 27, 2022 02:55 AM
      Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you that worlds tree has been picked up by someone now, although I'm not sure whether they'll continue, since it's been a while with no updates from them :P
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    • Blitz
      Blitz· Feb 5, 2022 08:40 PM

      @aShinyVaporeon ahh that's good to know. If they do update again, I'll be sure to give it a read :D

      Sorry for the late reply, I didn't notice this before. Luckily it was saved

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    • aShinyVaporeon
      aShinyVaporeon· Author · Feb 5, 2022 10:09 PM
      @Blitz No problem! My reply was kinda late too, anyway.
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  3. Emalf
    Emalf· Sep 6, 2020 11:29 AM

    Lovely list! They all look interesting (i only read TCF and King's avatar haha)

    Also, I would like to suggest "Omniscient Reader's viewpoint" it's action, survival novel/manhwa and it doesn't have romance in it :3 

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    • aShinyVaporeon
      aShinyVaporeon· Author · Sep 6, 2020 07:37 PM

      Oh, yeah, I did read up to like chapter 300 a while ago. It's one of those novels I'm not up to date with so I'm hesitant to add it to the list, thank you for the recommend!

      I'll try to catch up on it and add it in. :D

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    • animefan217
      animefan217· Dec 11, 2020 01:32 PM
      @aShinyVaporeon hard find little to no romance novels canbe added
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    • aShinyVaporeon
      aShinyVaporeon· Author · Dec 12, 2020 12:45 AM
      @animefan217 Note taken, I'll add that to my to-read list then. Thank you!clear.png
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  4. skyllz
    skyllz· Dec 10, 2022 06:09 AM
    In Since the red moon appeared, in the NU forum and some comments on the novel it is said that mc is dating someone who is as powerful as him, almost at the end, as far as I know, surely they are referring to Doll. So apparently if he has a romantic interest.
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    • aShinyVaporeon
      aShinyVaporeon· Author · Dec 10, 2022 08:15 PM
      Oh, thanks for telling me!
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  5. Tsukkin
    Tsukkin· May 23, 2021 07:32 AM
    There is romance plot in Plague Doctor
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    • aShinyVaporeon
      aShinyVaporeon· Author · Jun 1, 2021 05:03 PM
      Alright, noted. Thank you :)
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  6.· Apr 6, 2021 11:17 PM
    Hey, we've got similar tastes! Your reviews are super in-depth, which is very helpful.
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  7. Jewellia97
    Jewellia97· Mar 15, 2021 03:01 PM
    Cool list. You should add history's number 1 founder, end of the magic era, another world's versatile crafting master, building the ultimate fantasy (I think this translation has been dropped tho) 
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  8. HafidzM
    HafidzM· Jan 22, 2021 01:34 PM
    You should add Carefree Path of Dreams, Monster Paradise, Paradise of Demonic Gods, and Way of The Devil (actually mc has a wife, but she very rarely appears in the story).
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    • void 213
      void 213· Dec 21, 2021 02:28 PM

      (early spoiler for ppl who didn’t read word) 

      i actually drop the story when he went to the new city and was trying to save her so do you know what happens after that

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  9. kandii
    kandii· Oct 7, 2020 01:42 PM
    thank you for your hard work!
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  10. Ruriva
    Ruriva· Sep 14, 2020 09:09 PM
    you should check out Mother of Learning, its an english web novel and its really good
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