Never Accepted in His Hometown

"But Jesus said to them, 'Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor.'"
Matthew 13:57, the official Trope Namer.

When Germans Love David Hasselhoff is applied to the protagonist in his world.

So you've saved the universe many times, taken down many multi-dimensional threats, and have generally done lots of good stuff. You're a celebrated hero! Everyone knows your name, the kids want to grow up to be like you, and people may even be selling merchandise based off of you!

At least, in places other than the town or world you came from.

There, you're just that annoying kid at best, or another one of the faceless masses at worst.

There are many reasons for this. Maybe you have to keep up a Masquerade, maybe the heroics you did are in Another Dimension, or maybe your current cred isn't enough to change how the locals have always seen you. Whatever the reason, while you're popular everywhere else, at home, you're still just a part of everybody else. And that's if you're lucky...

Note that this does not apply to heroes with a Secret Identity. Their normal persona may be unknown, but their alter-ego is clearly famous to the locals. However, a Super Hero who is looked down upon in their hometown, but is widely regarded as a hero everywhere else, does count.

The temporal version of this trope is Dead Artists Are Better or Vindicated by History.

Compare All of the Other Reindeer, Ungrateful Bastards, What Have You Done for Me Lately?, and Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales. The opposite of A Hero to His Hometown and Americans Hate Tingle.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Issei Hyoudou of High School D×D is often considered to be a dim-witted pervert, who wants to create a harem and the Butt-Monkey amongst girls who detest perverted boys. But that's in his hometown. In the Underworld, he's a legendary hero.
  • The heroine of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha had saved the entire Space-Time continuum multiple times and is shown to be the idol of everyone. Everyone who isn't from the Insignificant Little Blue Planet she came from that is, who don't even know that other worlds exist. Also applies to her friend Hayate, who, despite some parts of the Bureau denouncing her as a criminal commands a great deal of respect in general. On Earth, not only is she similarly obscure, but she had no friends until she first met Suzuka in the second season.
  • The Suzaku no Miko of Fushigi Yuugi is a well-known figure in the Universe of The Four Gods, much heralded in the country of Konan, perceived as a threat by the country of Kuto, and generally respected everywhere else. On her home dimension, however, she's simply known as Miaka Yuuki, a perfectly Ordinary High-School Student.
  • Kagome of InuYasha. In the Feudal Era, she hangs out with demons and regularly makes the finishing move with her magical arrows, but in her own era she's just an ordinary schoolgirl of little regard, and is occasionally regarded as strange for the bizarre excuses her grandfather invents for her absence from school.
  • Eventually averted in Naruto with regards to the titular character, Gaara, and Bee. Despite their fellow villagers' initial resentment, the three prove their worthiness and become beloved heroes, through hard work and unwavering determination.
  • Yuuri in Kyo Kara Maoh! is the king of the demons, is widely famous and has saved countless lives and averted several wars. But at home, he's just a loser teenager who can't even get a girl to look at him sideways. And who bitches at his whole family constantly. Yuuri-in-Japan is worse than Wolfram.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth: The titular Knights are Cephiro's greatest heroes. But back home in Tokyo, they're just a trio of middle school students. In fact, since they go to different schools, anyone who's heard of one of them will probably not not know of the other two. This isn't a problem until they get back home, severely traumatized but unable to talk about it with anyone but each other.

    Comic Books 
  • The Disney comics are traditionally more popular in Europe than their native United States. However, according to Don Rosa, the confrontation between Scrooge and Soapy Slick in Part Eight of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, in which Soapy's riverboat casino was destroyed, was frowned upon by European readers for supposedly making Scrooge look like a Batman-esque vigilante (although Rosa never wrote what exactly happened and constantly maintained that the tale was meant to be exaggerated through legend).
  • Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, and Charlie Vickers are all legendary members of the Green Lantern Corps. They are clever, they are capable, they are fearless, and they have all saved countless millions of lives across the Galaxy, including many of their fellow Lanterns. Kyle has even been the host to Ion, the cosmic embodiment of all Green Lanterns' power. Despite this, the general opinion of humans among the alien members of the Corps begins at "uncouth, primitive barbarians" and descends from there. Hal Jordan, on the other hand, isn't appreciated by the other Lanterns for entirely different reasons.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe:
    • The reason Scrooge McDuck's financial empire is based in America and not his native Scotland is this: when he returned to the Highlands with the explicit goal to base his financial empire in his family's ancestral village of MacDuich he found out that not only he had outgrown the rural and conservative Scotland, but also the local inhabitants treated him with contempt and outright hate out of envy, prompting him to pack and go to a small American village named Duckburg and transform it into a metropolis.
    • Paperinik, Donald's superhero alter ego, is often taken for granted or treated as a criminal in spite of being the main reason crime in Duckburg is low. This is actually Justified, as the early stories depicted him as a sadistic avenger of himself who had no qualms about committing crimes and had built quite a terrifying reputation, and the people of Duckburg remember it.
  • In the Mark Waid version of Legion Of Superheroes, Triplicate Girl is an outcast on her homeworld because she is the only one to have spent significant periods of time off-world, and thus has developed different perspectives from the rest of her people.
  • In X-Statix, Phat is a huge superhero in Los Angeles, but despised back home, particularly after coming out as gay.

    Comic Strips 
  • In the longest and most bizarre Peanuts storyline, Charlie Brown goes to summer camp wearing a paper sack over his head. He immediately is the most popular person there and gets elected camp president, leading him to quote the Biblical passage in the page quote when describing the situation.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 
  • One of the stories in Heavy Metal was about a nerdy kid from Earth (or at least, a planet that seems to be more Earth-like than most of the planets in that film) is transported to a different planet and given a completely different physical appearance and basically becomes a huge hero. He has absolutely no interest in returning home.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Russian animated film Alyosha Popovich and Tugarin the Serpent has its heroes defeat the titular Tugarin the Serpent, be commended by the Prince of Kiev, and return the stolen gold to their home town of Rostov... only to have a lukewarm welcome because Alyosha is remembered as a rowdy who once accidentally destroyed half of the town, and it's believed that the gold was returned by divine intervention.
  • Semi-real life example: In Madonna's Truth or Dare documentary, her father doesn't seem to understand that she's a megastar; he worries that she won't be able to get him tickets to her show when the tour comes to Detroit, and complains about the burlesque style that made her famous.
  • Humorous example in Zoolander: Though he's a successful fashion model, the title character gets no respect in the mining town he grew up in. Especially after claiming he has black lung... after maybe a few hours of mine work.
  • The Hebrew Hammer saved Hannukah from an evil replacement Santa. His mother complains because "it's not even one of the High Holidays!"
  • This isn't a saving-the-world example, but in Miss Potter (about Beatrix Potter, who wrote and illustrated children's books) her family never took her painting very seriously, her mother especially (she persisted in scoffing at it even after Beatrix's work was published); so much so that at one point rather late in the movie, when Beatrix is buying a house, her mother disapproves and frets about how she'll pay for it. Her father dryly points out: "Our daughter is famous, Helen. You're the only one who doesn't know it." And she continues to not know it for the rest of the movie.
  • In Million Dollar Baby, despite becoming a rising star in boxing, Maggie is told by her selfish and money grubbing white trash family that back home "everyone is laughing at her". After Maggie had just offered her mom a house (which she rejected, since it endangered her welfare and Medicare benefits).
  • Connor McLeod of Highlander was never really celebrated as a hero, but he claimed "the prize" in San Francisco after living in many different places, having been banished from his hometown when he got better after being run through by The Kurgan.
  • In The Lord of the Rings movies, Bilbo Baggins is considered to be a little odd in the Shire (it is mentioned that most people showed up for his birthday for the booze) but had previously gone on a fantastic adventure and had even earned the respect of the Wizards and Elves. When his nephew and friends make it back to the Shire at the end of the series, they are greeted with an angry scowl by Mr. Proudfoot while the rest of the community don't seem to care where they went. See the Literature section below for the book versions.
  • In The Rose, Rose wants the satisfaction of returning to her hometown as a successful rock star. She receives poor treatment when she arrives, however, which sends her into a tailspin. Unfortunately, the film was loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin, who was similarly bullied and made an outcast in her hometown, which fuelled her drive for success.
  • In the TV movie, Ben 10: Race Against Time, Ben spends the movie coming to terms with this, as his status as a Henshin Hero means that no one knows that any of the various aliens that have been stopping villains all over the country during the summer was him.

  • The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden has saved Chicago in almost every book and short story, and it's implied that there are more off-screen. The CPD don't trust him, the White Council never believes and rarely helps him, even the local media goes out of its way to slander him. It's so much that a number of his enemies use it to try and undermine his confidence. After all, who would keep defending the ungrateful, disbelieving, unwashed masses? Ironically the only person of power in Chicago who seems to respect (to a point) Harry? The local underworld kingpin.
  • Harry Potter certainly counts, as he grew up in the Muggles' world where he's practically unknown. A sharp contrast to his celebrity status in the world of wizards (On those occasions where he isn't vilified).
  • Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit participates in events of legend, then comes home to learn they've declared him legally dead, sold his house and don't believe a thing he's got to say. Similarly, in The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo's nephew Frodo carries the One Ring across half of Middle-Earth at great cost to his body, mind, and soul, destroys the Evil Overlord and ends the endless battle between good and evil, but when he returns to the Shire, his cousins Merry and Pippin are the ones who get the respect, due to becoming warriors and leading battles against the brigands who had taken over the Shire.
  • In the Xanth novels, everywhere else, Bink is known as "Magician Bink". Most people don't know why (since Bink's talent stays hidden by design), but they know he's a Magician and treat him with due respect. In his home village, even years later, he's still "Bink The Talentless Wonder". Even a stint as King of Xanth didn't change that.
  • The famous Sherlock Holmes pastiche The Seven-Percent Solution has Holmes and Watson in Germany with Sigmund Freud pursuing a villain. During the chase, the German police meets them and immediately announces that the constables are to be put at Holmes' disposal to catch the criminal and the Detective quietly mutters "No prophet is accepted in his own country."
  • Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series:
    • A straight example and inversion in one. Herald-Mage Vanyel is as much feared as admired in Valdemar for his nigh-awesome magical power - except in the lands held by his father, where he's regarded with "proprietary pride." However, it takes a very long time, most of his life, in fact, for his own family, especially his very traditional father, to accept him, mostly because he's gay.
    • Talia of Sensholding gets it even worse some centuries later. The Holderfolk along the border mistrust and dislike the Heralds to begin with, and do not appreciate people fleeing their marital duties as she did; so given that she was The Unfavourite to begin with...
    • By The Sword features another example: the story of "Kerowyn's Ride" achieves remarkably widespread popularity across a number of countries, but the events of the eponymous ride - in which tomboy Kerowyn set out to rescue her younger brother's fiancee after her home was attacked, her father killed, her brother gravely injured and his fiancee kidnapped - are a source of some embarrassment to the rest of that end of her family. It's not good when your older sister has to rescue your bride for you, after all.
  • The above Talia's story resembles Menolly's story in Anne McCaffrey's Dragonsong, wherein the protagonist is a girl who dares to perform and even compose music in a fishing village of a practical and pragmatic (and repressive) sort. In the course of the novel, Menolly injures herself cleaning fish, and her own mother deliberately stitches her palm up wrong, crippling her hand so she can barely perform routine household tasks (making her even more despised), let alone play any instrument. Meanwhile, the Master Harper Robinton and his faithful have been searching for the "anonymous" author of the fine music mailed to him by a rural harper, and take her away from all that to make her as much a star as a Medieval setting permits.
  • In the Young Wizards books, wizardry has to be kept a secret. So after saving the earth and relighting the sun while rewriting who the Lone Power is so he is can be redeemed, Kit and Nita go back to school to get bullied. Granted, they can stop the bullying now but... Later, in the fifth book, Nita at least is still without friends at school 2-3 years later for no apparent reason other than being smart and quiet.
  • A Dog of Flanders by British author Ouida takes place in Flanders, Belgium. But both in Great Britain as in Belgium this children's novel is totally forgotten and not popular at all. In Japan, however, it's a massively successful children's classic.
  • In the Russian book series Alice, Girl from the Future, the heroine is a young girl (around 3 years old at the beginning, 13 in the end) who, on her adventures, rescues countless people (and planets) and is thus revered and respected on many worlds, and by some high-ranked officers on Earth. But in her hometown, she is regarded as lightheaded, irresponsible misfit, is often grounded, distrusted and belittled. Later books attempted to somewhat avert it by making her a capable genetics researcher who is at least respected for that.
  • Notably averted in The Wheel of Time, when the Power Trio are all treated as on a higher level even by their own families. It's painfully awkward and none of them want anything to do with that, so they take solace in each others' company when they have it.
  • Nick Perumov's Fess series has Fess, a powerful magician and skilled warrior, who saved more than just one world... and yet treated as a wayward child in his homeland, the Valley of Magic. And not without reason, since Valley is inhabited with powerful magicians and skilled warriors, to whom Fess is no match.
  • Happens to almost every named character in The Black Company who is a part of the titular Black Company.
  • In Run, Bo, Colt, and all the Dickinsons are hated by everyone else in the twon of Mursey for being no-good white trash drug-dealing scum. Bo and Colt also seem to be the only good ones in the family.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor. Saves the multiverse more times than he can count, but is still looked upon as a wanted criminal for much of his life (except for those few times he's been elected President of Gallifrey, but even then it ends up with him being charged with treason or some such). Things got so bad that at one point the Time Lords wiped the Doctor's mind, forced him to regenerate, and exiled him to Earth with a TARDIS that was sabotaged and rendered useless. Even after he saved Gallifrey from a Fate Worse Than Death, the ungrateful so-and-sos still merely gave him his memory back and allowed him use of the TARDIS — when he went back to Gallifrey, he was still made prime suspect number one in the assassination of the President of the Time Lords... And that's not even counting the later time when he was put on trial for his life...
    • Suffers it elsewhere in the new series: sometimes it doesn't pay to be the guy who is always seen when disaster is occurring, and sometimes it's the fact that a guy who is badass enough to repeatedly defeat the Daleks, the Cybermen, renegade Time Lords, and many more with nothing but a sonic screwdriver and a quip is kinda scary. He is The Dreaded to some people who should really be dreading the actual bad guys instead.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Cameron Mitchell returns to his hometown for one episode. While no-one thinks he's evil or a criminal or anything, no-one really knows what's going on at the SGC, and they basically remember him as the football player who came back with a weird girlfriend and is the reason they all have to sign confidentiality agreements.
    • This happens a bunch in the Stargate-verse, since they can't tell anyone about their planet/galaxy-saving adventures. Before Jacob Carter becomes a Tok'ra host, he disparages Sam's work with "deep-space radar telemetry" and tries to get her into NASA. Similarly, when Rodney McKay returns to Earth for a scientific presentation by an old colleague, he is repeatedly criticized for not publishing in a couple of decades since no one knows about all his top-secret work with the Stargate program.
    • While it is never made a central plot point, Daniel Jackson is still viewed as a nutcase by the archeological community. His theories have been proven correct and he has spent years studying astounding artifacts and alien cultures, but he will not be able to tell anyone about it until the Stargate Program is finally made public.
  • Similar to Connor, Duncan McLeod in Highlander is also banished by his clan for coming back to life. When confronting his father, he finds out that he's adopted.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: When Xena shows up at her home town for the first time in the series, she is rejected by her people due to the reputation she built as a warlord. Even after she defends them from another warlord they are slow to warm up, eventually offering her "loot" in a very "great, thanks, now get out" fashion. In later episodes her reception is warmer.
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead: As revealed in Season 2, Ash is shunned by virtually everyone in his hometown of Elk Grove, including his own father, due to the events of the first two movies; no one believed Ash's story about the Deadites and the Necronomicon, thinking he just went crazy and slaughtered his friends and sister during the weekend at the cabin. Ultimately averted by the end of Season 2, where he's managed to convince the town of the truth and is now a hero.
  • Scorpion: Despite being widely recognized as the genius leader of Scorpion, Walter remained a subject of mockery in his home village in Ireland, at least before he saved the villagers from yet another disaster.

  • Played out in !HERO: The Rock Opera in the song "The Fire Of Love".
  • Marillion in Especially True.
    You with the heart of the USA
    And me with the spite of a small English town
  • Jimmy Buffett offers a milder version in "Saxophones", lamenting that "they won't play (his) records in (his) own hometown" and suggesting that if saxophones were more heavily featured in his music, he'd "get some recognition from that Mobile, Alabama DJ".
  • Daniel Johnston has many songs about this theme, including "Sorry Entertainer", "Casper the Friendly Ghost" (from Yip/Jump Music) and "The Story Of An Artist".

    Myths & Religion 
  • Older Than Feudalism examples from The Bible:
    • In Matthew, Jesus goes back to Nazareth, where he grew up. His frigid reception causes him to lampshade this trope. But Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor." Things don't go so well because, honestly, how seriously would you take your old neighbor if he suddenly showed up after years of living out of town, going on about how he's the Son of God and the new age is at hand? To them, He was just "the carpenter's son."
    • In the long run, averted: Christianity eventually became the dominant religion in Nazareth—and all of the Middle East, for that matter—for a period at least about 300 years (exact dates are hard to come by, but Christianization had largely happened in the region by the end of the 5th century), at which point Islam swept in. Even then, it took at least a century and a half for the Christian lands under Muslim rule to convert (Christians were allowed to live as they pleased as long as they paid a higher tax rate; eventually taxes got too high, and people started converting, mostly to get the lower rate Muslims paid, although some did it for various other economic reasons like the opportunity for advancement through the Muslim-only military and bureaucracynote ).
    • Also, to this day, Nazareth itself is an Arab-Israeli town, with just under 32% of the population being Christian, making it one of the largest if not the largest Christian population in all of Israel.
    • The Apostle Paul, who's the main protagonist of the second half of the Book of Acts in The Bible and wrote most of the Epistles (the letters to the Romans, Colossians, Hebrews, etc., which are all incorporated as books in the Bible), also tended to get a warmer reception among the Gentiles (anyone and everyone who is not a Jew-Greeks, Romans, etc.) than among his fellow Jews. This is especially apt, as, when he returns to his hometown of Tarsus post-conversion to Christianity, he is whipped repeatedly.
  • Just like Jesus, Muhammad's message was not well received in his hometown, and for basically the same reasons. He eventually had to conquer it (bloodlessly, by playing its leader, Abu Sufyan, like a violin).
  • The majority of India did not take after Siddhartha's message, either, but he was very popular in most other areas of Asia.

    Video Games 
  • 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. He remains exiled even after becoming a hero, but at least he's allowed back in during the ending. It's possible to abuse a glitch to regain entry, where everyone is still spouting the same dialogue from the prologue.
  • A recurring element in the Fallout series:
    • In the first game, you'll visit several settlements throughout your quest to save your home Vault 13. Depending on your actions, you may make quite a few friends and even become regarded as a local saviour. But no matter what you do, in the end you are still banished from the home you fought so hard to save because you have become too different.
    • In Fallout 3, most of the other residents of your home Vault 101 shun you. Eventually, The Overseer of the vault will even try to have you killed, forcing you to flee from your home. At one point, you can briefly to return to Vault 101 which is now facing major hardships and they blame it all on you (which, depending on what you did during your escape, may be somewhat justified). You are given the opportunity to set things right again and redeem yourself in their eyes, but even if you do, you are still banished forever once again (with a Call-Back to the speech in the original Fallout to boot).
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Link suffers from this in at least one installment of the series. In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, he has to avoid being noticed while traveling through his native village of Kakariko because the townspeople are convinced that he's the villain who has abducted their beloved Princess Zelda. This is somewhat of a variant on the trope, since the hero's bad rep stems from some nasty public relations from the Big Bad's minions.
    • This gets worse in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time because even after you save most of the world and return to your adopted home village post timeskip no one recognizes you except as a scary intruder, and you're remembered from before then as a strange loner who likely died once he left the forest. Justified: since Kokiri never grow up, the now-adult Link wouldn't be recognized by the still childish Kokiri (except for Saria, but she's a Sage, so...)
  • Dragon Age: Origins:
    • The Dwarf Commoner is in the underclass. After you join the Grey Wardens and are treated with respect by most of Ferelden, you eventually return to the dwarf kingdom and are still treated like a no good "duster" by most of the townsfolk. The Shaperate of the Memories even states that despite living there for most of their life and having the brand on their face to prove it, any belief they have previously visited Orzammar is delusion on their part since Casteless do not exist.
    • To a lesser extent, the Dwarf Noble receives this and derision for kinslaying upon their returning to Orzammar from exile. Justified if they actually did murder their brother Trian during the origin story, but not so much if they were merely framed as part of Bhelen's machinations to seize the throne.
    • Later subverted after the defeat of the Archdemon, when the Assembly unanimously declares Dwarf Wardens to be Paragons, Living Ancestors and blessed by the Stone itself.
  • In Dragon Age II, Hawke is forced to flee their adopted hometown of Kirkwall due to the role they played in the events at the Gallows, following Anders destruction of the Chantry.
  • The Apple Kid from EarthBound is rejected by the inhabitants of Twoson in favor of his much neater (but much less talented) Orange Kid.
  • In Mass Effect 2, it's revealed that during the two years that Shepard was dead, they've been widely discredited by the Citadel Council and many within the Alliance, who dismissed their warnings about the imminent "Reaper" invasion as delusional ravings and swept all evidence under the rug. Subverted in Mass Effect 3, where Jondum Bau reveals that while the Council may have buried their heads in the sand for the past three years, their fellow Spectres saw the writing on the wall and Shepard's warnings about the Reapers were merely the final confirmation of some very long-standing suspicions they'd been having.
  • Initially played straight in Horizon Zero Dawn with protagonist Aloy; she is shunned by her fellow Nora due to being an Outcast, but (depending on the player's choices) she is more readily accepted in lands beyond Nora territory and is more easily able to make friends, on top of majorly helping the Sun Kingdom, past enemies of the Nora, multiple times. Aloy even jokes that she should be called "Aloy despite the Nora". This gets inverted when Aloy enters and speaks to All Mother, upon which the Nora immediately begin to worship and revere her. This annoys Aloy and she quickly calls them out on their hypocrisy.

    Web Comics 
  • The Dugs: In its photocomic days, Hamish McHaggis, a player for the fictional Las Vegas Tsunami, becomes a skilled baseball player only after being shunned by his homeland, Scotland, for struggling at all things Scottish in a story line that begins here
  • Erfworld's Sizemore the Dirtamancer is something like "rockstar" in the Magic Kingdom, where all the other magic users appreciate his abilities and willingness to lend a hand to anyone. Back home in Gobwin Knob, his boss refers to him "as the shit guy" and his job is basically taking everyone's waste and making terrible smelling golems out of it. He starts getting more respect at home once Parson takes over as Chief Warlord, but that comes at the cost of his popularity in the Magic Kingdom (as more and more people become unwilling to associate with him due to his side's actions and expansion)
  • In Serpamia Flare, Cain reveals in Chapter Three that he bears the mark of banishment from his hometown, the Holy Capital.
  • Tales of the Questor: Despite impressing the notables in the big city and in the swamp territories, Quentyn's hometown of Freedom Downs considers his chosen calling as a Questor a joke and can only see the bad side of his successful adventures. However, when the town is threatened to be repossessed because of an old debt concerning an old Questor's abandoned quest, Quentyn volunteers to resume it to cancel the town's debt even though he may never be able to see home again. The town, stunned at this sacrifice, finally realize that their current Questor is a hero and hail him as such.

    Western Animation 
  • Ben 10: Alien Force, has the titular character deliberately choose to be this. Which isn't very hard, considering that he's basically a Henshin Hero with over a dozen different forms. It isn't until the following series that he's publicly unmasked, at which point he's praised for his deeds.
  • In the War Planets series, Graveheart is the leader of the Alliance, brave, honorable, and has largely saved the day on more than one occasion. However, he was declared an exile by the leader of planet Rock (his home planet) and remained banished despite being a decorated (if retired) soldier and having destroyed two Beast armadas that had managed to invade the planet after his exile. He only is allowed to officially return at the end of the series after the new leader of Rock, his girlfriend, pardons him.
  • In Transformers Animated, Optimus Prime and his crew, although they became heroes to the people of Earth for defending them against criminals and the Decepticons, are in fact deemed outcasts on Cybertron due their initial position as a Space Bridge repair crew. This changes, however, once they return to Cybertron as heroes after defeating Megatron, returning the Allspark, and saving the stolen protoforms.
  • Justice League: Wonder Woman saved Themyscera from Faust and Hades. The Amazons repay her by exiling her as punishment for bringing men (the male Leaguers) to the island. Though this could be a subversion, as they do love and care for Diana, and do this more out of their law rather than not accepting her. Flash tries to bring this up, but is told by Batman not to make things harder than they already are. This is further shown in later episodes where Wonder Woman's mother goes to her when she needs comfort, since the the law prevents her from returning. Eventually, she lifted her daughter's exile, stating "if the gods have a problem with it, they have to go through me."
  • Atomic Betty is a famous and respected hero outside Earth. At Earth, she's just another kid. This is shown to be on purpose, as Betty uses a Secret Identity to keep a peaceful life between missions as well as to keep the planet safe from Maximus I.Q. who would just love to blow Betty's home planet a year of Sundays away purely out of spite.
  • Futurama:
    • In the episode "The Duh Vinci Code", it turns out Leonard Da Vinci is an alien from a planet on which, by their hyper-intelligent standards, he's considered an idiot.
    • In "The Cryonic Woman", it's noted that Fry seems to fit in more in the 31st century than in his own time period.
  • The is how The Powerpuff Girls started out in their movie after their game of "tag" rent Townsville asunder.
  • On My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Spike's a Butt-Monkey in Ponyville, but as shown in the episode "Equestria Games", in the Crystal Empire, he's the most admired and respected hero. The rest of the cast don't fair much better in that town either; even after saving all of Equestria multiple times they're basically treated no differently than anyone else and, if "Putting Your Hoof Down" is a clue, treated quite shabbily for no real reason at times. It's enough to make you wonder if Ponyville just happens to be full of colossal jerks.

    Real Life 
  • Dutch people are always baffled about how non-Dutch people cite the "boy putting his finger into the hole of the dike to save the town / day" story at them as if this is part of Dutch culture. Non-Dutch people seem to think this is an established fairy tale / fable in the Netherlands (or worse, actual Real Life events that happened) while it's not. The origins of this fable / fairy tale are unclear, but the author who first formally put it into literature, is American, and the story is much more well-known outside of the Netherlands (in particular, in the U.S.A.) than within it.
  • Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, was born somewhere in the Indian subcontinent (probably Nepal, possibly modern-day India) sometime around 563 BC, and Buddhism was born as a major religion in India before spreading to much of Central, Eastern, and Southeast Asia. By the 13th century, however, Buddhism had died out in the Buddha's homeland, being subsumed by Hinduism (who co-opted the Buddha as another incarnation of Vishnu) and due to the conquest of northern India by the Muslim Moghuls.
  • The Swedish eurodance artist Basshunter is hated beyond belief in his home country, yet fairly popular everywhere else.
  • English stand-up comic Al Pitcher, immensely popular in his adoptive Sweden but barely lukewarm in England (to the point that he has a Swedish, but not an English Wikipedia page).
  • Karl Marx was a German by birth and spent much of his life in England. So naturally, the country that adopted Marx's ideas was... Russia. (Amusingly, Marx's own theory predicted Russia was not economically advanced enough to have a communist revolution... though given how said revolution turned out, he was probably right on that count)
  • The entire Genre of Techno was founded in Detroit, MI; this is not widely known because techno was largely ignored at the time of its creation in America. It barely took root until producers went to Europe, where it exploded. While Techno has gained some recognition in Detroit, it pales in comparison to the attention R&B, Hip-Hop and Motown receive. To this day Techno still remains more popular abroad than at home.
  • This trope can also apply to the Metal genre. The pioneering bands were mostly either American or English but since the mid 90s many of the best bands are either Nordic (Nightwish, Amon Amarth, Dimmu Borgir) or Continental European (Rammstein, Behemoth).
  • Add to this list every single Vietnam War veteran who returned home to be sneered at, because the war they fought in was unpopular. By contrast, many, many people who do not support The War on Terror make it clear that they do care about the health and well being of the men and women who fight it. They respect the soldiers, but not the war itself.
  • Nicolas Sarkozy. By the end of his presidency, he had built up a solid reputation on the international stage, but he was a hugely controversial figure at home. Of course, after he lost, the Socialist Party of his successor François Hollande began to lose support and Sarkozy's UMP began to split into factions, to the point where some called for "Sarko" to run again in 2017. He did, not that it ended up mattering—he lost in his party's primary, and the election ended up going to Emmanuel Macron (an independent who had been a minister under Hollande but was far right enough to eat at the center-right's support).
  • Irish people tend to be like this with their own culture, particularly from the mid-nineties onwards and especially with Irish cinema. It's only after something has started to be popular abroad that they're willing to admit they like it. The films Once, The Secret of Kells and Zonad were each seen by about ten people and a stray dog on their original releases, and only started to receive any attention after they earned raves abroad. This may have something to do with the way British media dominates there.
  • The Argentinean soldiers who returned from the Falklands' war suffered from this, in one of the most degrading demonstrations of hypocrisy and ungratefulness from the same society they came. Said society was brainwashed and manipulated by the Corrupt Government of that era, anyways, but the ungratefulness and hypocrisy are still there.
  • The Grapes of Wrath was burned in John Steinbeck's hometown, and when he moved back there he wasn't treated well because everyone thought he was a communist. It's gotten better though as he is now a celebrated hero there; the town is home to The Steinbeck Center, the Steinbeck festival is held every year, and he even has a library named after him.
  • Josephine Baker was ignored and briefly hated in America because she was black and tried to take on William Randolph Hearst, but was revered as a goddess in France because of her pioneering dance style. Her working as a spy for the French Resistance during World War II (which earned her a Croix de Guerre, making her the first American-born woman to receive the honor) didn't hurt her reputation either.
  • Variation with Rammstein: One of the (if not the) world's most famous Industrial Metal bands, with sold-out concerts in many parts of the world... yet they can't catch a break in their native Germany. As Paul Landers, their rhythm guitarist, said:
    "We have such a bad reputation in Germany it can’t get any worse elsewhere."
  • Former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau is both widely loved and widely hated by Canadians for a variety of reasons, although his vision of a bilingual country based on individual rights above all else has become widely accepted by Canadians living outside Quebec. Inside Quebec, Trudeau is almost universally hated by francophone Quebecers, who have always seen themselves as being distinct within Canada and now loathe Trudeau due to his opposition to distinct status for his home province and his native people.
  • Singer Anastasia is much more popular in Europe and Asia than her native America, so much so that you'd probably be hard-pressed to find someone in America who's heard of her.
  • The British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is internationally seen as an important stateswoman. Time Magazine even listed her among the most influential people of the 20th century. In the United Kingdom however she is a highly divisive if not unpopular figure. In a list of the 100 Worst Britons she was number 3 (compare this to her position in the list with 100 Greatest Britons: #16). The point was driven across after her death, when some people in England hailed her as a hero, while an equal amount of others actually celebrated her death in the streets. Just how unpopular is she in Britain, you ask? On the week of her death, "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" was the number one song for UK iTunes.
  • The same goes for Mikhail Gorbachev, who is internationally respected for his reforms in the former USSR, which brought the Cold War to an end. Yet in Russia itself he is not held in high esteem because the poverty rate of his country grew quite a lot after the USSR fell. And some older Russians feel that they lost their global greatness after the mighty Soviet Union collapsed.
  • Similar to the above mentioned politicians, Germany's Helmut Kohl, reunifier of Germany, co-creator of a close Europe is hailed everywhere as one of the great Statesmen. Yet in Germany he is more importantly considered the guy who publicly declared that the economic well being of his already well-to-do friends is more important than the law and who has been bribed repeatedly, using "Jewish inheritances" of all things as an excuse where the money came from. However, this is hindsight - he won 4 elections (eventually being voted out in 1998, although frankly the last two of those elections were based heavily on support for Kohl in the former East Germany, where the voters liked Kohl for pushing for rapid unification and remained distrustful of the opposition Social Democrats for being socialists; Kohl would have lost without the East, which led many at the time to accuse him of pressing for rapid reunification to save his own political hide rather than any principle) and remains the longest serving head of government there.
  • During the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Benny Hill's comedy shows were an international hit due to the risqué bathroom humor and absence of any dialogue. In his home country England his comedic talent was never met with much respect and most Englishmen were even embarrassed by his popularity. His shows haven't been shown on British television since his death in 1992.
  • Irish comedian Dave Allen became successful in the UK and gained some attention in other English-speaking countries. By contrast, his comedy was controversial in Ireland because of his satire of the Catholic church.
  • Famed Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, up until his death, was far more popular and acclaimed in the West than in his native country and was even accused by Japanese film critics of being "too Western". When Dodes'ka-den bombed in 1970, most of his small amount of Japanese popularity and acclaim vanished completely and he was considered to be a hack that was beloved in the West for what Japanese critics believed was mere exotica and over-rating by their American counterparts. After his death, his Japanese reputation increased dramatically.
  • Dante Alighieri was Florence’s Butt-Monkey (when his natal city declared an amnesty for all the exiled politicians, he was the only one not included). He begged all his life to return, but he never could. He died in Ravenna in 1321. When they realized Dante was the greatest modern Italian poet, Florence came to regret Dante's exile, and made repeated requests for the return of his remains. The custodians of the body at Ravenna refused to comply, at one point going so far as to conceal the bones in a false wall of the monastery. Nevertheless, in 1829, a tomb was built for him in Florence in the basilica of Santa Croce. That tomb has been empty ever since, with Dante's body remaining in Ravenna, far from the land he loved so dearly. By June 2008, Florence passed a motion rescinding Dante's exile.
  • Likewise, James Joyce is celebrated in Ireland today as a national hero. For most of his life, however, Ireland regarded him as persona non grata.
  • As an Anglo-Irish singer-songwriter (albeit born in Buenos Aires), Chris de Burgh was generally never popular in the UK (or in the US), other than a few hits such as "Don't Pay the Ferryman" and "The Lady in Red", which both gained exposure on MTV. He has, however, long been popular in mainland European countries, especially in Norway, as well as in Brazil and in Iran.
  • Paul Watson is not liked in many parts of Canada. Especially the seal-hunting areas.
  • While Hercules was hated in Greece and well-liked everywhere else, Pocahontas was panned in its home market of America and decently-liked in other countries. Perhaps justified in these cases because the natives realize just how wrong the filmmakers got their iconic stories.
  • Current Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Enda Kenney enjoys a very good reputation outside Ireland as a man willing to make tough choices to restore Ireland's shattered economy. In 2012 he was lauded by Time and named 'European of the Year' by the German magazine industry. In Ireland on the other hand he is seen as meekly kowtowing to unreasonable EU budgetary constraints and satisfaction with his government usually hovers below 20%. (On the other hand, this is still better than the polling for Fianna Fáil, the party that formed the previous government...)
  • Following his departure for the Miami Heat in 2010, LeBron James' popularity took a huge hit in his home state of Ohio, where he previously played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He tended to get booed whenever the Heat played the Cavs in Cleveland...but then he returned to the Cavaliers and his hometown. Fans were somewhat split on that (OK, he came back, but does that excuse his initial treason?)...until the 2016 Finals, in which he led the Cavs to the first title for any major Cleveland sports team in over 50 years.note 
  • Microsoft's Windows Phone OS has made a considerable dent in the iOS/Android duopoly in nearly every country...except the United States. This can be attributed significantly to the amount of control American mobile operators have over the market driving most consumers to whoever will spend the most advertising, specifically Apple and Samsung (a practice that even puts non-Samsung Android phones in a difficult position). That also makes it a case of Americans Hate Nokia.
  • Video game publisher Infogrames is hated in France for making bad video games on licensed properties. This was probably one of the reasons why Infogrames nowadays uses the Atari brand, even if they were loved everywhere else for making great games such as the Rollercoaster Tycoon series and Alone in the Dark.
  • Business management theories of American statistician W. Edwards Demming revolutionized how Japanese corporations were run in the post World War II era, but remained virtually unknown in United States until Japanese cars and electronics began making significant inroads in 1980s. Even then, his ideas were not implemented enthusiastically by American corporations because its tenets ran contrary to the way they were traditionally run and undermined the power of both the unions and the management by requiring them to cooperate and yield to each other in a manner that they were not accustomed to.
  • Drag Queen Bebe Zahara Benet, winner of the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race, is originally from Camerooooooooon before emigrating to the United States. Cameroon is considered the most homophobic nation on Earth as it prosecutes more GLBT people than any other. Not only would Bebe risk arrest should she ever visit home, she has even received hate mail threatening to burn her alive should she ever do so.
  • Björk. She's legendary everywhere in the Euro-American sphere … except for Iceland, where many people know her from childhood and know her family well. Many Icelanders would prefer that she went away to one of these places where people love her, and that foreigners would stop asking about her. (Iceland is a nation, sure, but its small population makes it more of a hometown.)
  • In the '90, Eurodance duo 2 Unlimited received a good amount of success around the world, except in their native Netherlands where the typical reaction was "Meh."
  • Scooter is widely successful both inside Germany (where they are from - no it's not just one guy, the bleached blonde with the megaphone is called H. P. Baxxter) and outside of it, but they enjoy such a large hatedom in Germany that you have to wonder how they get any copies of their music sold like, at all.
  • Charles Dawson was hailed everywhere as a great scientist after he discovered the Piltdown Man. In Sussex, his home, hardly anyone paid any respect to him. Of course, once the Piltdown Man (along with a lot of his less famous "discoveries") was exposed as a forgery, everyone realized the guys simply knew him too well.
  • Limp Bizkit was once one of the most popular bands in the United States and helped make Nu Metal a mainstream genre. Unfortunately for them, it didn't last and they've plummeted to near-obscurity apart from a few jokes. However, they still remain popular overseas, particularly in continental Europe and South America. It's to the point where they no longer tour the U.S. due to poor show attendances, but still regularly tour everywhere but North America.
  • While South Park was a massive hit worldwide, the cartoon was not well-received back in the setting (and duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone's home state) of Colorado. until 2008, where it took eleven years for the state to proudly embrace their setting.
  • During the 80s, the Boston Celtics won several championships and were by far the city's most popular sports team except with the city's black population due to the fact their biggest stars (Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Danny Ainge, etc) were all white. Magic Johnson, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers, the team's most hated rival, recalled running into a group of black teenagers when the Lakers arrived in Boston for a game and being shocked when they told him they hated the Celtics and were rooting for him and his teammates.
  • In an unusual example of this happening over time, the British luxury brand Burberry had its reputation destroyed in their native UK since the mid 2000s due to the proliferation of knockoffs causing the brand to be embraced by the "chav" and soccer hooligan culture. Elsewhere, they are still a strong luxury brand.