Created By: Robotech_Master on June 20, 2010 Last Edited By: JohnDiFool on March 4, 2012

Banished

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Should I propose renaming Banned from Argo to "Banished"? As I point out in the comments, a trope named "Banned from Argo" doesn't seem to suggest banishment in general, at least to me.

For whatever reason, this character (or group of characters) has been kicked out of his home. It might be for something he did, or a case of mistaken identity, or he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whatever the case, he now has to make his way all alone in a cruel, cruel world.

Banishment has long been a favorite way of starting a hero on his Hero's Journey. Having no place to return to means that the hero has no choice but to go forward, after all. Conversely, it can also be a fitting punishment for a villain (especially in stories for kids where nobody can be permitted to die).

Anime

Film

Literature
  • Piers Anthony's Xanth series book A Spell For Chameleon. Any human in Xanth who doesn't have an innate magical ability is banished to Mundania (the real world).
  • At the end of the Gor novel Assassin of Gor, Tarl Cabot is banished from the city of Ar because he stole its Home Stone in an earlier novel.
  • In the Cthulhu Mythos, some of the Great Old Ones were banished from the Earth or even from the universe by the Elder Gods.
  • Priscilla Mendoza and Ren Zel dea'Judan in the Liaden Universe. And Ran Eld at the end of Scout's Progress.
  • Jame in P.C. Hodgell's Chronicles of the Kencyrath series--her father drives her away when she turns out to be a shanir (an avatar of one of the Kencyr deities).
    • Also, Jame's household was banished after her father led their people into a crushing battlefield defeat.
    • And in a way, Jame's entire people, the Kencyr, who had to flee their original homeworld after an evil god started eating it.
  • At the end of the Dune series book Sandworms of Dune, the artificial intelligence Omnius is banished to another dimension.
  • Zeroth Law: In Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is banished from Verona after killing Tybalt

Live-Action TV
  • In the Dr Who episode "The War Games", the Doctor was banished from his home planet (and exiled to Earth) for interfering in the affairs of other planets.
  • At the end of the Dr Who episode "Tooth and Claw", Queen Victoria banishes the Doctor and Rose from the United Kingdom.

Video Games
  • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. After defeating Sir Leopold, the player's party is blamed by Captain Marcello for an attempted assassination of the Lord High Priest, causing High Priest Rolo and the player's party to be banished to Purgatory Island.
  • Lloyd Irving and Genis in Tales of Symphonia after provoking a Desian attack. They managed to get back in Iselia's good graces though.

Western Animation
  • Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • Invader Zim at the beginning of Invader Zim
    Tallest: Weren't you banished to Foodcourtia? Shouldn't you be...frying something?"
  • In Vidia and the Fairy Crown, Vidia is accused of stealing the queen's missing crown, and threatened with banishment from Pixie Hollow if she can't produce it by the following day.

Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • December 10, 2009
    fzzr_miller
  • December 10, 2009
    Dcoetzee
    From Never Accepted In His Hometown:

    • In Secret Of Mana, the Boy is banished from his hometown after the residents learn he has disturbed the Sword In The Stone. Though possibly recognized as the Chosen One, the elder correctly deduces that trouble will inevitably follow him around.
      • More importantly he REMAINS banished even after being involved in momentous events throughout the game.
  • December 10, 2009
    iwintheinternets?
    Many poor bastards in Judge Dredd get banished in the desert world.
  • December 10, 2009
    Robotech_Master
    fzzr_miller, I can see Zeroth Law, but I don't see how Romeo applies. I don't recall him ever being banished for anything, though it's been a while since I read the play.
  • December 10, 2009
    ThisWickedDay
    Robotech_Master: Romeo gets banished from Verona after killing Tybalt - it would have been the death sentence but he was provoked (by Tybalt's killing of Mercutio). This is a somewhat subversive example though, as Romeo resists 'going forward' and rather returns at his first opportunity.

    Another, straighter example from Shakespeare: Coriolanus is banished from Rome and responds by joining the enemy (the Volscians) and attacking the city.

    The Fall from Eden as described in Genesis is the ur-example of this in both ways - both as a punishment and as a means of starting humanity on its Heroic Journey - which makes this one Older Than Dirt.

    Also, Do We Have This Already?

  • December 10, 2009
    Robotech_Master
    I don't know, do we have it? I site-searched on every variation of "banish" and "exile" I could think of and found nothing.
  • December 10, 2009
    Evalana
    In Vidia and the Fairy Crown, Vidia is accused of stealing the queen's missing crown, and threatened with banishment from Pixie Hollow if she can't produce it by the following day.
  • December 10, 2009
    DoomTay
    Jar Jar from Star Wars is an example I can't believe no one else brought up.
  • December 10, 2009
    Golden Darkness
    Lloyd Irving and Genis in Tales Of Symphonia after provoking a Desian attack. They managed to get back in Iselia's good graces though.
  • December 10, 2009
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Piers Anthony's Xanth series book A Spell For Chameleon. Any human in Xanth who doesn't have an innate magical ability is banished to Mundania (the real world).
    • At the end of the Gor novel Assassin of Gor, Tarl Cabot is banished from the city of Ar because he stole its Home Stone in an earlier novel.
    • In the Cthulhu Mythos, some of the Great Old Ones were banished from the Earth or even from the universe by the Elder Gods.

    According to The Other Wiki this is also called "exile". From the article:

    Literature
    • At the end of the Dune series book Sandworms of Dune, the artificial intelligence Omnius is banished to another dimension.

    Live Action TV
    • In the Dr Who episode "The War Games", the Doctor was banished from his home planet (and exiled to Earth) for interfering in the affairs of other planets.

    Video Games
    • Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. After defeating Sir Leopold, the player's party is blamed by Captain Marcello for an attempted assassination of the Lord High Priest, causing High Priest Rolo and the player's party to be banished to Purgatory Island.
  • June 18, 2010
    dotchan
  • June 18, 2010
    randomsurfer
    In Clan Of The Cave Bear Ayla is banished from the tribe and declared "dead" twice, once for a month and once forever.
  • June 20, 2010
    Robotech_Master
    Hmm. Maybe I should suggest renaming Banned From Argo to Banished then. It wouldn't occur to me that a trope named Banned From Argo would apply to being banished from anywhere.
  • June 20, 2010
    shimaspawn
    Banned From Argo is actually about people being banned from going places. It's got nothing to do with them being Banished. They aren't quite the same thing.

    ban to prohibit, forbid, or bar; interdic

    banish to expel from or relegate to a country or place by authoritative decree and condemn to exile

    Basically, you can get banned from Walmart, you are banished from the United States. That said, there are some examples on Banned From Argo that belong on this trope.
  • May 3, 2011
    Ekuran
    See The Exile.
  • March 4, 2012
    CrystalBlue
    Bump. Also, don't think we have this - we have the similar trope mentioned above The Exile, but not a trope dealing with banishment/banished that causes that.
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