"When we pulled into Argo Port in need of R&R, "Banned From Argo" redirects here. For the Filk Song, see Banned from Argo
The crew set out investigating every joint and bar.
We had high expectations of their hospitality,
But found too late it wasn't geared for spacers such as we!
And we're banned from Argo, everyone
Banned from Argo just for having a little fun
We took a jolly shore leave there for just three days or four
But Argo doesn't want us anymore ..."
You, possibly along with your merry band of travelers
, have found a nice place to hang out. Maybe it's a nice bar, a seaside town, or a resort planet. But then...things happened. You may not have meant
for bad stuff to go down, but sometimes events are beyond your control. There might have been nudity
, stuff blowing up
, certain substances
may have been imbibed/smoked, and whoops, you just started a revolution. Possibly, your name is Mike Nelson
, in which case you're probably screwed.
Whatever happened, you're not allowed back there. EVER
. Nor is anyone on your crew, any of your family, or anyone connected with you in any way shape or form.
The trope name itself is Latin for "an unwelcome person." The plural is personae non gratae
. It is the commonly used Real Life
legal term for anyone not permitted to enter another's domain, especially diplomats
(who, because of diplomatic immunity
, often cannot be charged with crimes but can be kicked out of the country — if they ever return, they will have no protected status and thus may be brought up on charges). The average citizen who enters a place that they have been banned from is generally going to be escorted out by security and/or the police and may face trespassing charges depending on the circumstances.
May or may not be a Noodle Incident
. The redheaded stepchild of You Can't Go Home Again
. See also Hollywood Restraining Order
. May or may not be related to Banned in China
. Video games with a Karma Meter
or Alliance Meters
may impose this on a player at certain locations as part of Video Game Cruelty Punishment
or for plot-related reasons.
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- Has happened to the Dirty Pair on at least two occasions. They go off on leave to some distant resort with plans to lounge on the beach, but while they're there they inevitably get drawn into some sort of illicit intrigue and wind up causing massive destruction in their attempts to stop it.
- Other times, this can't happen as the place that would've banned them no longer exists.
- Something like this happened to the original Macross. A freak accident causes them to be banned from
Utah the USA the Earth. This is after they spend several episodes getting back to Earth through the defense of the Zentraedi.
- The plot of Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru is kicked off because the eponymous character has been banned from all functions of his school's gymnastics club, and needs somewhere to live now that he can't stay at their dorms.
- In the second season of Code Geass, Zero becomes declared a Persona Non Grata by the Britannian government and, in exchange for the emancipation of one million Japanese. This, however, turns out to be a ploy to disguise those one million Japanese as Zero, getting them all exiled.
- This is Yes! Pretty Cure 5's Nozomi Yumehara's big problem and biggest distinguishing feature from the other leader Cures: her clumsiness has caused her to be tossed out of every school club. Rin takes great glee in mentioning the fact that her fastest booting was a Noodle Incident in the Drama Club: out the door in two days.
- In Knights of the Dinner Table, Nitro Ferguson got banned from GaryCon after his D-Day game ran amok even more spectacularly than games in KoDT usually do.
- Happens far too often to LARP goth Walden Woods in Dork Tower; something inevitably gets them banned from their latest gathering spot.
Walden: "Great Clans of Mud Bay, I have called this gathering in the Poochy's Last Stand pet cemetery for one reason!"
Goth: "Because Beef-A-Roo won't let us gather there anymore?"
Walden: "APART FROM THAT!"
- Implied in the Halloween party arc in FoxTrot when Paige stands up to two party crashers who were prepared to kill Peter for not having beer at the party:
Paige Fox: My friend over there is on the phone with the cops right now, so I suggest you and your party-crashing pals go back to wherever you came from.
Big Party Crasher: That might be tricky — That place called the cops, too.
- Also, the final panel for this strip:
- One Archie Comics story has the gang try, for the sake of variety, to have lunch some place other than Pops'. In each place they try they end up getting booted out due to their personal flaws and character quirks, until the only eatery left is Pops'.
- The DC Comics hero Damage was banned from his hometown of Atlanta after he blew it up when his powers first activated.
- Lobo has been banned from both heaven and hell, making him functionally immortal because he will always come back.
- In A Trail a Mile Wide, the crewmembers of the SSV Normandy SR2 find themselves banned from a colony after a truly epic shore leave. The story itself heavily homages the Trope Naming song.
- In the Chuck story What Fates Impose, Sarah and Bryce mention that they've been banned from Paraguay for an incident involving a donkey.
- In the Harveste series, the Addamses are banned from Haiti and Indonesia. Gomez has been banned from Africa for an undetermined amount of time, but as of 1995, has at least ten years left on the ban. Grandmama is accepted as a witch doctor in five countries and banned from the rest of the world.
- In the Pony POV Series, Makarov — the Big Bad of Shining Armor's side story — is threatened with this by several countries in order to get him to cease his attempts on Shining's life.
- In Casino, Nicky gets his name in a Black Book and is banned from the casinos because of notorious and unsavory reputation. Sam warns him beforehand but Nicky mocks the issue as the book only has two names and the other is Al Capone and continues to generate waves. Then he laments, as the ban hurts his operations.
- After the massive battle that spanned half of Paris in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the Joes are banned from France. Forever.
- O Brother, Where Art Thou?: Ulysses should have stayed out of the Woolsworth [sic]. It's never clarified if it applies to just the store or the entire franchise.
- In The Party, the protagonist is supposed to be blacklisted from Hollywood after accidentally blowing up a movie set. Instead, his name is unknowingly put on the invitation list for an A-list Hollywood party.
- Rain Man: The casinos don't know exactly how Raymond did it, but he and his brother are told to take their winnings and never return; also not to try this anywhere else because now their reputation shall precede them everywhere they go.
- Obliquely used in Return of the Living Dead: "No, we can't: the cops said they'd shoot us if we go back to the park."
- In Dogma, after they get drunk and tell Him off, God kicked the angels Bartleby and Loki from Heaven, setting in motion the events of the movie.
- In Little Miss Sunshine, after the fiasco at the eponymous beauty pageant, the family is told that the pageant will not press charges under the condition that Olive never enter another "Little Miss" pageant in the state of California, ever again. The family's reaction to the news amounted to "That's fine with us!"
- In Pulp Fiction, Marsellus Wallace revokes Butch's "LA privileges". Given that Wallace initially had a hit out on him for failing to throw a match, Butch is fine with that.
- In Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Jar Jar Binks tells Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan that he was kicked out of Otoh Gunga for his "clumsiness." EU material describes the events in better detail: he inadvertently flooded half the city.
- Mister Roberts. Having been deprived of shore leave for ages thanks to their tyrannical captain, the crew go nuts when they finally have the opportunity. This gets the USS Reluctant thrown out of port, and Captain Morton makes sure to get his revenge on the man who engineered their leave, Lt. Roberts.
- Robert Rankin's Brentford novels frequently involve intrepid protagonists Jim Pooley and John Omally being banned from their favorite pub The Flying Swan by the mercurial part-time barman, Neville. The ban never lasts long, though.
- Skeeve is banned from Perv at the end of Myth-Nomers and Im-Pervections.
- Long before that, in the very first book of the series, Another Fine Myth, it's revealed that Frumple is banned from Deva.
- In the Gor series, Tarl Cabot was banned from returning to the city-state of Ar, but that didn't stop him from doing so.
- In RA Salvatore's novel Road of the Patriarch Jarlaxle and Artemis end up banned for life from the Bloodstone Lands. Jarlaxle points out that Elves live a long time and he'll probably outlive the ban. Artemis is not comforted by this, being a human, with the attendant shorter life span.
- Hrolf the Unruly, the captain of Elfmaid from Starlight And Shadows trilogy by Elaine Cunningham got "a taste for recreational mayhem", which earned him ban from many ports and imprisonment and confiscation in Skullport, which is an achievement in itself. Where he was found under arrest, roaring a song:
Come ashore with the lads of the Elfmaid, my friend.
We're awash on an ocean of ale!
Some taverns to plunder, some guards to sunder,
And then, a short rest in the jail!
- In Soul Music, The Band With Rocks In is banished from every city they visit on their Sto Plains tour, on pain of pain and/or being buried alive.
- In Simon R. Green's For Heaven's Eyes Only, Roger the half-demon claims he's been banned from Limbo.
- This has happened to a variety of CIA officers with diplomatic immunity who got caught spying in Tom Clancy novels. The consequences for officers or agents who don't have diplomatic immunity and get caught spying tend to be far more severe.
- In one of The Dresden Files novels, Harry Dresden is banned from a college bookstore which caters to the supernatural crowd, on account of trouble following him everywhere, and the other patrons and the owner being worried it might follow him there. He gets word of this ban just before exactly that happens. Also, he was talking to his imaginary friend, Lasciel.
- However, Genre Savvy "Gentleman" Johnny Marcone has all of his establishment give Dresden the Red Carpet treatment to ensure that the employees are polite to Dresden without having to let them in on The Masquerade or let them know that the business is actually a front for organized crime (and therefore make Harry less likely to burn the building down). This is perfectly logical, given that Dresden at that point in the series has proven to be basically the Anthropomorphic Personification of Kill It with Fire.
- In the Northland Series, Drake claims to be banned from Walmart, Taco Bell, and Germany.
- The Lemony Narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events mentions off-hand that he is banned from a town not very far from where the reader lives.
- In Mister Roberts, it's understandable why the crew of the "Bucket" would not be allowed ashore on Elysium again, after hearing what they did while on liberty there.
- In The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl, the eponymous character develops a variant of X-Ray Vision that allows him to cheat at casinos. After getting bored with winning for his own benefit, he starts doing so to raise money for orphanages. His phenomenal "luck" gets him banned, so Henry hires a Hollywood makeup artist to create disguises for him, allowing him to continue.
- In the late 80s and early 90s, various members of X Japan (and occasionally the entire band) were banned from various restaurants, hotels, bars, and drinking establishments around Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan, due to the band's tendencies to start fights. Some bars even had "No Yoshiki" or "No Blondes" (since both Yoshiki and other VK rockers that tended to cause trouble often had blonde hair) signs, and the band still holds the record for most damage done to a Japanese hotel. Not just the room, either. The hotel.
- At one time, it was almost a point of pride for many punk rock, heavy metal, and hard rock bands to get themselves banned from venues and hotels; typically after trashing their rooms or starting riots at the venues, but also for violating local obscenity laws. Several have been banned from performing in entire states or countries; usually on obscenity grounds.
- Guns N' Roses can never again perform in St. Louis after the Riverport Riot (in case you don't know, it all started when a bootlegger pressed W. Axl Rose's Berserk Button, and Axl flipped out and left the stage, which indirectly led the fans to riot).
- Hour of Penance is almost assuredly banned from Alicante, Spain after an incident where they were scheduled to play a club in the city near the tail-end of a European tour, only to have their performance cancelled. Why? Well, their drummer at the time, Mauro Mercurio, decided to get drunk and wound up causing thousands of dollars worth of damage to a backstage area in the club, which very nearly resulted in the band's arrest and led to Francesco Paoli voluntarily quitting and Mauro being unceremoniously ejected.
- During a 1985 show in Switzerland, the Post-Punk band Swans were actually arrested onstage and asked to leave the country for being too loud.
- Hanatarash, for reasons that only The Other Wiki could adequately explain with a straight face. And yes, there is video.
- Ozzy Osbourne was banned from the city of San Antonio, Texas for a decade, for urinating on a cenotaph outside The Alamo.
- The Acacia Strain is on more than a few venue blacklists thanks to numerous incidents where the crowd got violent to the point where significant damage was caused to the venues, resulting in quite a few preemptive bans from other venues.
- In the Filk Song Banned From Argo, the former Trope Namer which provides the page quote, the crew of a Starfleet vessel heavily implied to be the Enterprise causes mayhem on the eponymous shore leave planet until they get kicked out.
- Ironically, the song itself became so over-used that it got banned from several SF conventions.
- There's a sequel in which Argo forgives them, and invites the Next Generation crew to visit. They wind up getting banned themselves, and this time Argo learns its lesson and makes the ban permanent.
- Creedence Clearwater Revival's first single (under that name at least), "Porterville", is about a man who is no longer welcome in his hometown for some unspecified reasons.
- In the George Strait song "All My Ex's Live in Texas", the singers ex-girlfriends all live in Texas, forcing him to live in Tennessee.
- Ring of Honor's first individual champion, holder of what would be later be dubbed their World Championship, Low Ki, was banned from the promotion for life after he broke one of commissioner Jim Cornette's teeth during the CZW invasion.
- John Morrison jumped into a pool with his girlfriend Melina because it was her birthday, getting them both banned from the Skybar (a Los Angeles nightclub).
- DJ Hyde from Beyond Wrestling made this declaration towards many women after he took over WSU, some cases more seriously than others. Mercedes Martinez merely mentioned she hadn't been contacted by WSU in an inordinately long amount of time and refused to say anything else. Luscious Latasha just said she apparently doesn't work for the company anymore and whatever. Jessicka Havok said she was going to keep showing up whether Hyde liked it or not, so he hired Portugal's Perfect Athlete Shanna and Alpha Female from Germany to force her to stay out.note
- An old example in Romeo and Juliet: after killing Tybalt, Romeo is banished from Verona.
- In Don't Drink the Water by Woody Allen, the main character, Axel, is banned from Africa. He laments that while many diplomats have been banned from various countries, he's the only one to have ever been banned from a continent.
- Tedd of El Goonish Shive managed to get himself banned from certain areas of the mall. This overlaps with Noodle Incident because not even the author wants to know what happened (read the title of that strip).
- In Homestuck, John and Dad are banned from the Cirque du Soleil. It's implied that it has something to do with John's Gamzee caused phobia of clowns.
- In Questionable Content, Jimbo managed to get himself banned from Canada. Not even he knows how it happened. Apparently he was very drunk at the time.
- In Slightly Damned, Buwaro and Kieri can never go back to the town of Weyville. Not because they've been banned, technically, but because it's home to a Knight Templar angel who'll kill them if he ever sees them again (and already tried to the first time he saw them).
- Triangle and Robert are banned from more of the country (essentially the USA) than actually exists, as they've been banned from some areas twice and one county that banned them no longer exists as a consequence of the event that caused the ban. They're essentially living where they are because the non industrial part of their city is the only place they can legally be in the entire country.
- Punned on in Absurd Notions; after Warren tells his ex-boss Garry that he is sick of Garry's cheesy smile, cheesy banter, and cheesy attitude, and "would appreciate it if (Garry) would remove (his) cheesy self from (Warren's) home and not return ever again", Garry remarks he's apparently "persona au gratin".
- Fooker from General Protection Fault is such a Big Eater that every buffet in town has pictures of him on the wall, because "all you can eat" for him is enough to break a business. Whenever a new one opens up that doesn't know about him yet, they're in for a rough night.
- The Nostalgia Critic can never go back to Nevada due to it being the location of his base of operations during his attempt at invading & conquering the micro-nation of Molossia.
- Similarly, The Cinema Snob was banned from returning to Kickassia by the Critic, after he plotted to overthrow him.
- The Strong Bad email "movies" ends with Strong Bad firing a bazooka in a theater out of frustration at the other patrons. Cut to him typing...
Strong Bad: So that's why I'm not allowed at the movies anymore.
- Sbemail 22 has Strong Bad, in response to a fan's query as to what he thinks of the English, say something so offensive that he is officially banned from the United Kingdom.
- The Outcasts of Tasakeru are stripped of their citizenship and given a lifetime ban on setting foot inside their country's only city. Most of them have found ways of avoiding or ignoring the ban.
- In Friendship is Witchcraft, Twilight Sparkle is banned from all bounce houses in the aftermath of a waffle-making incident. Twilight insists it wasn't her fault—it would have worked if Spike didn't have such a weak grip.
- In his "Best/Worst of 2013" video, Yahtzee jokingly (hopefully) tells the story of his banning from his local ice cream parlor:
Yahtzee: Life is an exercise in duality; one can only appreciate the pleasure if there has been pain to put it into context. The delightful taste of a knickerbocker glory is nothing if you've never stapled your bollocks over a worktop and set about them with a toffee hammer. Anyway, that's why I'm not allowed in the ice cream parlour anymore...
For details, see Banned in China
- This is essentially the idea behind most restraining orders, to keep someone away from someone or someplace after they do something bad to them.
- Michael Savage is banned from entering the UK for "inciting hatred" against Muslims.
- Charlie Chaplin was banned from the USA during the Red Scare and the McCarthy era, a situation that he parodied in A King in New York. He was allowed back in with open arms in the early 1970's.
- Fred Phelps (the late leader of Westboro Baptist Church) was banned from several places, most notably the UK.
- Semi-related, but comedian Andrew "Dice" Clay is the only person to be banned from MTV.
- For several years in the late 1980s, a Coast Guard cutter which shall remain nameless was banned from the port of Juneau, Alaska, until the crew (due to the usual billet changes and rotations) was almost entirely replaced. Upon its eventual return, Leslie Fish's filk song made the rounds of the enlisted decks.
- Snoop Dogg has been banned from entering the UK, Australia and Sweden on various occasions, and is currently banned from entering Norway.
- This is quite frequently the fate of anybody caught counting cards at a casino blackjack table. While card counting mentally is legal, so is banning players for virtually any reason besides discrimination, making Rain Man a case of Truth In Hollywood.
- World Memory Champion Dominic O'Brien was banned from every casino in the UK.
- Likewise, every known member of the famous MIT Blackjack Team is banned for life from most if not all casinos in the US, including every casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
- Arielle Juliette, belly dancer from Madison, Wisconsin. Plans were supposedly afoot to get her banned from performing in Bury, Bolton and some other parts of Greater Manchester, all areas Oop North, but thankfully this never happened.
- Rustycon 1995: A Seattle area science-fiction convention already notorious for its wild partying was put into a very fancy Hyatt hotel. The hotel staff was clueless about what to expect, resulting in business guests being put on the same floor as the party wing. Among the highlights were an intoxicated person crashing through a plate glass window, sabotage to the fire alarm, broken elevators, several chandeliers being ripped down, and damage to the lobby artwork that reached the five-figures mark. It took almost twenty years before downtown Bellevue hosted another sci-fi convention.
- In general, conventions and expos that don't have a permanent location tend to get banned, be it for sci-fi, video games, or furries, some idiots will inevitably do something so stupid/dangerous/damaging that the city will refuse to have them back.
- Tekkoshocon in Pittsburg, PA isn't banned from the city itself, but a few hotels have blacklisted it after one particularly drunk and riotous pair painted their room floor to ceiling, smashed the toilet, and rode a dresser down the stairs like a bob-sled. Obviously, the individuals themselves are no longer allowed at the convention, either.
- Also banned from the UK is Terry Jones... Not the Monty Python one. The one that holds Koran burnings.
- The man who started the NBA Pacers-Pistons brawl (a.k.a. The Malice at the Palace) got a season ticket revocation and a lifetime ban from the arena.
- There was an attempt to ban the German film, The Tin Drum in Oklahoma due to the belief that it was child pornography. The director personally spoke to law makers to get the ruling overturned. He succeeded.
- Kurt Waldheim was Secretary-General of the UN and then President of Austria. He was also maybe a former Nazi intelligence officer. The controversy got so bad that by the time he was President of Austria he was not allowed to enter the United States, or many European countries. Nobody ever found conclusive proof (and at least one author claimed he was framed by Mossad), so Waldheim was never prosecuted.
- Richard Gere is banned from China, probably due to the fact that he's openly against China's occupation of Tibet.
- The Sheraton hotel chain will not host a Shriners' convention, owing to the extreme rowdiness and damages that tend to follow them. Ray Stevens' song "Shriner's Convention" involved molestation, extreme intoxication, and a motorcycle going off a high diving board; the real ones aren't nearly that sedate. (Bear in mind: it's based on a convention he attended.)
- The Bullingdon Club, a near-equivalent to the Shriners (although catering to young Upper Class Twits—with the occasional Gentleman Snarker—at Oxford rather than middle-aged, middle-class Americans), are effectively banned from every bar and restaurant in the country for much the same reason, but get around it by the simple expedient of booking function rooms through some sort of shell corporation and writing cheques for the cost of repairing the venue as they stagger away from the wreckage.
- During World War II the Allies tried to quarter ANZAC troops in Cairo. The Egyptian government refused, saying that while New Zealanders were welcome, the city was still recovering from the victory celebration the Australian troops gave in the last world war.
- Ancient Athens had a procedure known as ostracism, in which people would hold a vote on a whoever was seen as the worst threat to society; the selected citizen would then be banished from Athens for a period of ten years. (Notably, the penalty did not include confiscation of property or any other loss of status.)
- Frequently happens on internet forums, for obvious reasons. Sometimes, the members who were banned make spin-off forums, as sort of a "refugee camp" for banned users so to speak. Other people may try to sign up under a different name to keep trolling the place.
- Many privately owned establishments, whether they be sports stadiums, restaurants, or retail stores, may ban a specific customer/consumer for life if they done something worthy of the ban. (See Not Always Right)
- Chuck Austen was essentially excommunicated from the comic book industry after retailers told Marvel and DC that they wouldn't buy his books.
- Adam Sandler was banned from the campus of a Nebraska state college after he was caught getting high with some students after a comedy performance
- It's not entirely uncommon for spies, working under a cover of being diplomatic staff at an embassy (or actual diplomats, spying in addition to their official duties), being ejected from a country after being caught, or sometimes just in response to one of the host country's spies or diplomats being similarly ejected from the other country. Not worth the trouble or fuss to arrest them for spying and cause a diplomatic incident, and it gets the troublesome individual out of your yard.
- Theodore Roosevelt pissed off the nation of Colombia due to his actions concerning the construction of the Panama Canal; when asked why he had left it off his speaking tour of South America, he mentioned that he was "not a persona grata" in that country.
- In response to the death of Sergei Magnitsky, the US passed The Magnitsky Act PNG'ing 18 people believed to be responsible for his death. In response, Russia banned American adoption of Russian children and PNG'd back 18 individuals involved with either the Guantanamo Bay prison camp or the prosecution of two Russian citizens. John Yoo (from the Gitmo list), for one, is know to be quite proud of his inclusion.
- Another Russia-US example. After the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovich in Ukraine and the subsequent sectarian conflicts in eastern Ukraine, the US and Russia went back-and-forth with economic sanctions. The Russians have actually banned a good number of US politicians in retaliation.
- The government of Azerbaijan has compiled a blacklist of people, mainly foreign politicians, ambassadors, and even famous entertainers, who are no longer allowed entry into the country because they visited Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway, de facto country that seceded from Azerbaijan with the fall of the Soviet Union, but that Azerbaijan still claims as theirs.
- Inverted in China recently - failure to obey Chinese court rulings, including debt payments, doesn't get you banned from the country. You will be barred from leaving!
- The Cannes Film Festival declared director Lars von Trier persona non grata after he made some inflammatory comments about how he "was a Nazi" and "understood Hitler." Trier considered it a compliment to be the first person banned from Cannes.
- Donald Sterling, the former owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, was thrust in the center of a scandal in April of 2014 when audio was leaked of him asking his girlfriend not to "bring black people to Clippers games", amongst other things. Having already been accused of racism by the people he rents his real estate out to, once the NBA authenticated his voice, they decided to ban him from setting foot on NBA property for life, and removed any and all authority he held over the team.
- Home stuck cosplayers are banned from many conventions and hotels due to the problem with cosplayers applying body paint that gets on anything they touch (and the few bad apples who ruin it for everyone else)