Persona Non Grata

"Banned From Argo" redirects here. For the Filk Song, see Banned from Argo.

"When we pulled into Argo Port in need of R&R,
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 ..."
— Leslie Fish & the Dehorn Crew, "Banned from Argo"

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, violence, 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 never allowed back there. EVER. Nor is anyone on your crew, any of your family, nor 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 and The Exile. 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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    Anime and Manga 
  • 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 Super Dimension Fortress 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, 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.note 
  • 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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:
    Peter Fox: Dad, did you ever have to pull an all-nighter studying for a test?
    Roger Fox: A few times, sure.
    Peter Fox: What was your secret? How did you stay awake?
    Roger Fox: (hand on mouth, thinking) Well, I'd drink coffee... Splash cold water on my face... (outstreches his palms) And if that didn't work, I'd play really loud music.
    (cut to Roger and Andy's bedroom, with large music notes on the top, Andy groggily irritated, and Roger looking at a watch)
    Andy Fox: Did you also tell him why you were expelled from three fraternities?
    Roger Fox: Calm down. We'd be waking up in a few hours anyway.
  • 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.
  • The Hellboy story "Makoma" ends with Hellboy being banned for life from the New York City Explorer's Club after being accused of destroying an ancient mummy.
  • In the wake of Civil War (during which they helped cause the overthrow of a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facility), the Runaways were banned from Los Angeles. They spent some time out in New York City, then later got around the ban by relocating to Malibu.

    Fan Fic 
  • 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 former 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 The Silmarillion fanfic A Boy, a Girl and a Dog: The Leithian Script: After Celegorm and Curufin's scheme to kill Finrod succeeds, Finrod's brother Orodreth banished his cousins from his kingdom, and he warned them that if they ever crossed the border again, they would be shot at sight.
    Your bags are being packed — and checked for valuables — as we speak. Whoever wishes to go with you may do so. I don't care where you go, so long as you're out of the realm by sunset. —Don't ever cross the border again, or you will be treated as enemies and shot on sight. At which point it will be on your own heads, being forewarned and far from helpless. There is neither shelter nor friendship for you or your brothers, anywhere in Narog, henceforth. Please try to remember that.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction I Am Going To Save And/Or Destroy Equestria!, the protagonist managed to somehow come up with a means by which to, in a nearly foolproof way, turn a measly sum into a few hundred thousand dollars. The casino owner took him aside and explained, quite politely, that he was simply to be put on a blacklist for disrupting the business; Ambrose readily agreed to stop there.

  • 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 gets kicked out of "Woolsworth" [sic] for fighting the man who wants to marry his wife. It's never clarified if it applies to just the store or the entire franchise. Amusingly, when Delmar is relating to Pete the account of what they've been up to since they were separated, this incident is given equal status to their other adventures.
  • 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 The 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.
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 ends with the titular character being declared Excommunicado from the Continental and all the support services they offer for shooting the Big Bad in the Continental's lounge in violation of the hotel's Truce Zone status. Which is very bad news for him, considering the $14 million open contract that had just been placed on his head.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In an episode of Entourage, Johnny Drama reveals that he is banned forever from the Playboy Mansion because Hugh Hefner believed he released his monkeys from their cage. Johnny gets readmitted when he and Ralph Macchio figure out it was actually Pauly Shore who did it and Pauly gets banned from the Playboy Mansion once the truth comes out.
  • In the Doctor Who episode "Tooth and Claw", the Doctor and Rose are banned from Great Britain by Queen Victoria. Not that he cares.
    • Further episodes cemented his dismal diplomatic track record with multiple British queens.
    • His homeworld of Gallifrey is rarely happy to see him. Rassilon's usual "greeting" for The Doctor is showing up with a firing squad and execution papers.
    • Lampshaded as a gag in "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe", where the Doctor announces himself to the children and their mother as "The Caretaker". He says that people sometimes refer to him as The Caretaker, the Doctor, and "Get off this planet."
  • Family Matters: A recurring gag throughout the series' run, at least during Seasons 2-6, when the Winslows wanted Urkel to leave. It was always temporary, of course, but it followed the same formula: Urkel would get on the Winslow's nerves (usually Carl's), Carl would tell the nerd to go home, Urkel would persist, the formula would repeat two or three more times before Carl finally says: "Steve, go home! Go home, go home, GO HOME!" Urkel then obliges: "I don't have to take this. I'm going home!"
    • One time, the formula wasn't so funny. It was the Season 3 episode "Words Hurt," where Urkel accidentally breaks Carl's meticulously crafted model ship (sitting prone on the kitchen table) and turns in into a useless piece of junk. Carl — who had worked for four months to put it together, is not happy to say the least, and this time, he's serious when he tells Urkel to leave and never return. Urkel stands outside the door silently for a few minutes while Carl vents to Laura about how he is an irksome pest that he doesn't want to know or see ever again. Reversed when Harriette and Rachel make Carl see that what he did was totally uncalled for.
  • A recurring trope on Murphy Brown, with Murphy being banned from the White House for various reasons.
  • On Friends, Ross recounts how he and his first wife Carol got banned from Disneyland for having sex behind the animatronic children on "It's a Small World".
  • Lie to Me: As "Fold Equity" tells us, Cal Lightman has been banned from the entire city of Las Vegas after hustling one too many people at poker and something involving casino owner Ellis's wife.
  • Newark, NJ mayor Cory Booker put Conan O'Brien on the "No Fly List" after Conan made a disparaging joke about his city. Conan soon after banned Cory from Burbank Airport, to which Cory retaliated by banning Conan from the entire state of New Jersey, as well as Newark's sister cities around the world. Conan subsequently banned Cory from California. As later revealed, this was all staged.
  • The humorous introductions given for The Stig often mention him being banned from some location or event.
  • There are a handful of hosts and musical guests on Saturday Night Live who have caused so much trouble backstage (or on the show) that they can never appear on the show again:
    • Louise Lasser: Hosted the penultimate episode of Season 1 (1975-76). Lorne Michaels has gone on record in saying that Lasser was incoherent during her performance and wouldn't appear in any sketches unless she was by herself or with Chevy Chase.
    • Chevy Chase: Speaking of which, he's banned from hosting (after doing so nine times, the record for a former cast member) due to his jerkass attitude toward the writers and cast members. He has made cameos in a few episodes, but hasn't hosted since Season 22 (1996-97).
    • Milton Berle: Hosted the April 14, 1979 episode, and after consistently upstaging other performers, non-stop mugging to the camera, and unscripted performance of "September Rain", Michaels banned him from the show. Berle's episode (along with Lasser's) would not be seen in syndication for twenty years after (and are included in the season DVD sets).
    • Steven Seagal: Hosted the April 20, 1991 episode, and was banned soon afterwards because he had difficulty working with the cast and crew, often pitching lousy sketch ideas and getting angry that none of them were picked. This was referenced in a later episode (September 26, 1992) featuring Nicolas Cage, where Lorne Michaels responds to Cage's insistence that his monologue made him look like "the biggest jerk on the show" with the response "No, no. That would be Steven Seagal."
    • Martin Lawrence: Hosted the episode that came right after the infamous Alec Baldwin-hosted show with the "Canteen Boy Goes Camping" sketch (where Canteen Boy (Adam Sandler) is molested by his scoutmaster) in 1994 (Season 19), and got himself banned when he launched into a monologue about the decline in women's hygiene. All reruns have cut off Martin's monologue and replaced it with cards that explain why this can never air on TV again.
    • Adrien Brody: Hosted in Season 28 (2002-03) and got himself banned after introducing musical guest Sean Paul in a rude boy Jamaican get-up and ad-libbing. There wasn't any profanity uttered; it was just that Lorne utterly hates unscripted performances. Considering the rest of Season 28 note , this was actually considered a highlight.
      • It was later revealed that Brody was never banned from the show and this was only a rumor (with Brody even talking about a return appearance in April 2012). Apparently, the rumor was started by none other than Tina Fey (who supposedly hated the idea of having Brody host).
    • Musical guest Sinéad O'Connor was banned after ripping up a picture of Pope John Paul II and calling him 'the true enemy' after her second song (the segment was banned as well, save for an appearance on an SNL DVD special about the show's popular music performances in 25 years. The segment does appear, albeit with Lorne Michaels introducing the piece and telling viewers about the controversy behind it).
    • Musical Guest Cypress Hill (on the season 19 episode hosted by Shannen Doherty) was banned after DJ Muggs lit a joint on-camera (and trashed their dressing room).
    • Musical Guest Fear (on the season seven episode hosted by Donald Pleasence, which is also banned for its dark, disgusting humor note ), after a profanity-laden and set-destroying performance.
    • Subverted with Elvis Costello, who was initially banned for playing "Radio Radio" (a song critical of the music publishing establishment, of which NBC certainly was), instead of the planned "Less than Zero" on the season three episode hosted by Miskell Spillman (an elderly woman who won SNL's "Anyone Can Host" contest). He eventually returned to the show in 1987 (appearing on the episode hosted by Mary Tyler Moore), and eventually took part in the show's 25th anniversary celebration by recreating his song switch.
  • In the first season of "Heroes", Ando and Hiro are banned from all of Mr. Linderman's casinos after they abuse Hiro's powers to cheat at poker. This becomes a problem later in the series, when they need to get back into one of the casinos in order to steal an ancient samurai sword in Mr. Linderman's collection.
  • In an episode of iCarly, Carly joins an art class after dropping her lessons with Spencer. When Spencer observes the class and freaks out like a jealous ex, ending up in a paint fight with the teacher, the Shay siblings get banned from that building forever. And it's not like they'll forget, because security took their pictures and thumb-prints.
    • Sam was banned from participating in beauty pageants for a number of years.
  • As recounted in a retrospective episode, the MythBusters are banned from Esparto, California after the finale of the "Knock Your Socks Off" myth, which involved setting off a huge explosion. The problem was that they underestimated just how big the shockwave would be, so it knocked people off sofas, broke windows, set off car alarms, and knocked down ceiling tiles in the town, and a news report erroneously made it sound like the Mythbusters had ''leveled the town''. As they put it:
    "And that's why we can never go to Esparto again."
    • While never stated verbatim in any episode, there was a period of time (after the errant cannonball incident) where the MythBusters tested at a bomb range in Yolo County instead of the usual bomb range at the Alameda County Sheriff's Facility. Given that the cannonball accident happened at the Alameda County bomb range, it's not surprising. The MythBusters have since been allowed back to the Alameda County bomb range.
  • The Middle: Mike is banned from Brick's school after his attempt to help at the Valentine's Day craft project ends up ruining Valentine's Day.
  • Happens to Buffy, believe it or not. She heads to Los Angeles for the sole purpose of assassinating Faith, who had sought out Angel to kill her after realizing if she wasn't a monster then she was very close to being one. Instead he's intent on helping her reform. Buffy attacks Angel, defies him and goes after Faith. Afterwards Angel of all people tells Buffy she is not welcome, she reacts by being upset that Faith wins and escapes justice, despite the fact Faith had turned herself in to face the consequences of her actions.
  • Monk almost ends up this to the San Francisco Police Department in the two-parter pilot episode of Monk due to Monk being forced to let Ian Sykes escape from the police due to a crippling fear of heights (ironically when attempting to stop him himself). Only reason he didn't is because Sharona got Burger to get the SFPD to listen to him again as part of a favor in exchange for getting her to resume working with Monk after he inadvertently ruined her date.
  • On 2 Broke Girls Caroline Channing is not welcomed at any society functions due to her father cheating thousands of people out of their money. When she gets an invitation to a gala and decides to go, she is stopped at the entrance and it is made clear that even though she has a valid invitation she is not going to be let in. It does not help that while she is trying to clear this up, people who lost money in the Ponzi scheme recognize her and start punching her.
  • In one Law and Order episode, Jack McCoy has his new ADA use a friend from Federal Prosecution as a threat to get a criminal to plea out in the lesser State Court. The "friend" was not amused and declared the ADA Persona Non Grata.
  • How I Met Your Mother: Barney gets banned temporarily from MacClarens until he agrees to stop doing magic tricks. Most of the time it involved playing with fire.
  • Stargate Atlantis: Ronon accidentally goes back to a planet he previously visited as a runner. Because he stayed there too long, the Wraith destroyed the settlement. Needless to say, the survivors were none too happy when he came back.
  • In the Mission: Impossible episode "The Amateur", the team gets out of a hostile country with the disassembled parts of a stolen secret weapon without getting their belongings searched by disguising themselves as a group of people who had been PNG'd and were trying to get in. They were promptly stopped at Customs and ordered to immediately board the next plane departing the country.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation, in expanding Klingon lore, introduced the concept of "discommendation," which runs this trope a little more literally than the norm. A discommendated Klingon is not treated like a person: more like a thing that is shunned with crossed arms and turned backs. Basically, they are wordlessly saying, "It is not welcome here." Only two have been shown; one (Worf) was eventually reversed due to his contribution to a changeover of power in the Empire. The other was shown in Deep Space Nine and very much justified.
  • In the Farscape episode "Scratch 'N' Sniff", the Moya crew end up being permanently banned from the Pleasure Planet LoMo. Although since the events that led to the outbreak of violence that caused the ban involved a local gangster trying to kill one of the two female crew-members and to sell the other as a Sex Slave, they didn't really want to go back. Of course, it's left rather ambiguous whether all of that actually happened or if they just got drunk and started a riot; Pilot believes the latter after poking a number of holes in the story.
  • Ben Wyatt of Parks and Recreation was run out of his hometown of Partridge after his short run as the town's mayor ended in disaster due to bankrupting the city trying to build an expensive winter sports complex called Ice Town, and the project was turned into a disparaging nickname for him by the other residents. The episode "Partridge" reveals that even after almost twenty years have passed, the residents still bear a pretty intense grudge over it. Ben ultimately renounces the town, stating Pawnee is his new home now.
  • The Columbo episode "A Case of Immunity" sees the eponymous sleuth declared persona non grata from an embassy by the antagonist, a high-ranking diplomat. It doesn't stick.
  • In The Good Fight, Diane Lockhart is ready to retire and live off her savings from a fund run by friend Harry Rindell. However, Diane discovers that Harry has been running a Ponzi scheme and Diane has lost almost all her money. Unable to return to her own firm, Diane figures anyone else will take her due to her standing. A friend has to inform Diane that no one wants her because she got so many other people (from fellow lawyers to society folk to some advocate groups) to invest in Rindell as well so they blame Diane for the loss of their money and thus no firm in Chicago is going to touch her.
  • The Season 1 finale of Lost reveals Sawyer's reason for being on the plane. He was arrested after headbutting an Australian government minister in a bar and was deported along with being banned from ever setting foot in Australia again.

  • 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, "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 In Fury Born Captain Watts was declared Persona Non Grata by the Rishathan Sphere. This turns out to have been misdirection on their part, they had actually recruited him as a Double Agent and declaring him Persona Non Grata was presumably done to either improve his cover or get him reassigned to a post more useful to them than the Embassy.
  • According to Amberley Vail, Ciaphas Cain and her savant Caractacus Mott have been jointly banned from several gambling establishments due to Cain's discovery that Mott's augmetic enhancements help him cheat at cards.
  • In Iron Druid Chronicles, after the Kennedy's Grove incident a couple of formerly friendly werewolf packs finally got fed up with all the splashily vengeful enemies Atticus has been making lately, and banned him from their territories on pain of fanged death.

  • 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.
    • GWAR was at one time banned from the state of North Carolina, for certain... elements of their costuming.
    • Bad Brains was at one time banned at nearly every nightclub and performance venue in Washington D.C.
    • The Who at one time held the record for this, thanks to the antics of the late Keith Moon.
    • Taken to the extreme by Power Electronics group Whitehouse, who would routinely bill themselves as a "synth-pop" band in order to get gigs, often provoking the baffled audience to riot or simply leave.
    • The World/Inferno Friendship Society won't have a chance to play at Cha-Cha's of Coney Island again, after what happened at that one show in 2007.note  Prior to 2003 the band was also banned from a few venues that they'd actually set on fire.
  • After the Riverport Riot in 1991, Guns N' Roses would not perform in St. Louis again until 2017 (in case you don't know, it all started when a bootlegger pressed W. Axl Rose's Berserk Button after the frontman spotted him, and Axl flipped out and left the stage, which indirectly led the fans to riot). There was never really a city-wide ban, though. Their absence seems an uncertain combination of reluctant venues and the band just not wanting to come back after Rose was charged with (and acquitted of) starting the 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 were banned from most venues for years, 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. While wearing a dress. note 
  • 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.
  • The Insane Clown Posse has earned its share of blackballs: not because of them or their inflammatory lyrics per se; it has more to do with the extreme rowdiness of their "Juggalo" fan following (said following had once been declared a gang by the FBI). More recently, the 2014 "Gathering of the Juggalos" had to go to a third choice of venue after getting denied access to their first two on account of outraged residents.
  • Skinless was banned from the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2002 after Sherwood Webber stagedived onto some police and paramedics who were tending to an injured fan, who let it slide until he began insulting the police onstage. This resulted in the venue cutting their power and the police forcibly removing them from the building; the ban was lifted after Jason Keyser took Webber's place on vocals, but with Webber back post-reunion, it is likely that they are banned once again.
  • Unearth ran into some problems on their early run of tours due to founding bassist Chris Rybicki and his record with the authorities in Canada, which made entry for him and the band as a whole into the country difficult. This culminated in an incident in 2001 where the band set out for what vocalist Trevor Phipps later characterized as a "last shot" to get across the border with Rybicki, only to discover halfway there that he had stowed away a fifth of vodka prior to departure. Upon proving reluctant to simply dispose of the fifth despite pleas from the other members, Rybicki instead decided to hide it by downing the entire fifth on his own and then hide himself in the back of the tour van. Unfortunately, the band was stopped at the border and an inebriated Rybicki was discovered by the guards, at which point Unearth was turned away and Rybicki apparently slapped with a lifetime ban from Canada. This eventually forced Rybicki to leave the band so that they could gain entry to the country (and its numerous metalcore-friendly venues) with a new bassist (John Maggard).
  • Borg Ward in Milwaukee made headlines on various metal sites by banning the entire genre of metalcore from performing there, after their fans continuously caused significant structural damage during mosh pits. A subsequent post in response to the coverage indicate that most other such venues in Milwaukee have likewise rejected bands from the genre in recent years as a result of similar problems with the fans.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Jimmy Jacobs from IWA Mid-South for trashing their heavyweight title belt at an All American Wrestling show, though he would show up again anyway, not caring about his ban.
  • Ring of Honor's first individual champion, holder of what would be later be dubbed their World Title belt, 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).
  • Drew Cordeiro 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 DJ Hyde(when CZWtook over from Beyond) liked it or not, so he hired Portugal's Perfect Athlete Shanna and Alpha Female from Germany to force her to stay out.


    Tabletop RPG 
  • Classic Traveller supplement The Traveller Adventure. During the adventure "Pysadian Escapade" the PCs are railroaded into inadvertently breaking a Pysadian law and end up being banned from the planet.
  • In Magic: The Gathering, the vampire Planeswalker Sorin Markov is still banned from entering the Markov manor. Sorin and his grandfather Edgar really don't get along.
  • In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, historical Get of Fenris attacks on caerns have soured relationships with the septs that oversee those caerns. Get of Fenris are banned outright from the Black Furies' Miria caern, frequently unable to open moon bridges to the Silent Strider's Wheel of Ptah caern, and on unfriendly terms with the Fianna sept that controls the Tri-Spiral caern. For this reason, Get can encounter problems when trying to travel around the world via moon bridges.

  • An old example in Romeo and Juliet: after killing Tybalt, Romeo is banished from Verona, never to return on pain of death. And that was him getting off light. According to the beginning of the play, it's supposed to be the death penalty for violence between the Capulets and the Montagues in the city (a measure meant to try to curb the feud between the families), but Romeo killed Tybalt in retaliation for him killing Mercutio, earning the reprieve.
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • In the first Knights of the Old Republic game, if you end up killing an important fish on Mannan, the planetary authorities ban you from ever coming back. You can blackmail the authorities and force them to let you return, which is perfectly in line with the previous evil action. On the other hand, if you spare the fish the Selkath are more inclined to be grateful, but if you stretch Implausible Deniability too far answering for your actions, they get fed up with your stupidity and give you the boot.
  • In Umineko: When They Cry, Ange mentions briefly that Amakusa will get arrested if he's ever caught back in France.
  • Max has something to brag about in the Sam & Max: Freelance Police game Moai Better Blues:
    Max: ...and I've been banned from 27 local arcades for playing Forbidden Dance Insurrection in ways that the designers never intended.
  • The conclusion of Tony Hawk Underground 2- subtitled "World Destruction Tour" - is a news report, which concludes with:
    Hugh Jass: And finally, Tony Hawk and Bam Margera, the founders of the World Destruction Tour, have been officially banned from ever returning to Boston, Barcelona, Berlin, Australia, New Orleans, and even Thailand. Upon hearing the news, Tony and Bam replied, "Hey, good call."
  • A variation in Fallout: New Vegas: You can get yourself banned from gambling at every casino in the game if you win too much while gambling. You even get an achievement for it! You can still enter the casinos, but you can't gamble anymore. Not that you'll want for money ever again...
  • Likewise in it's predecessor, Fallout 3, you're character is banned from Vault 101 following the events at the start of the game. You're allowed to return only once in a quest, fittingly titled "Trouble On The Homefront", that begs for your help because things have grown out of control since you left. After you resolve that issue, you're then banned again from ever returning (the reason is that everyone blames you by proxy and you staying would collapse the fragile peace afterwords). It's only during that quest, you're given the option of sabotaging the Vault's water chip, and forcing the entire vault to evacuate for their own safety.
  • Georg Prime from the Suikoden series used to be a Queen's Knight in Falena, but is no longer welcome in the country because he supposedly killed the previous Queen. It's true, but she WANTED him to do it for reasons involving one of the 27 True Runes. He's actually on good terms with the current leaders of Falena, and (if the good ending of Suikoden V is Canon) both a friend and Parental Substitute to the Commander of the Queen's Knights. To the public at large, however...
  • At the end of Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Ezio is banned from Constantinople by the new Sultan Selim, who notes that it's only because his son Suleiman speaks highly of him that he doesn't just execute him on the spot.
  • In Secret of Mana, the hero gets banned from his hometown after pulling out the Mana Sword because the village elder fears that it will bring monsters to their village. It's possible to get back in using a glitch; none of the townspeople other than the one guarding the entrance seem particularly upset at you, likely because the programmers didn't give them any new dialogue.
  • In Disgaea 4, Fuka Kazamatsuri manages to get herself banned from Celestia forever for insulting Lady Archangel Flonne.
  • Sora gets exiled from Atlantica in Kingdom Hearts due to being a Keyblade wielder, and King Triton is convinced that those with Keyblades bring nothing but ruin to the worlds (thanks to the Keyblade War). After Ursula is defeated, Triton begins to trust Sora, ends the exile, and allows him to seal the keyhole.
  • Taken Up to Eleven in Dragon's Dogma once you confronted the frailed old Duke Edmun Dragonbane after slaying Grigori, he brands you as a traitor for bargaining with dragon while he was the one who took that option, not only you're banned from entering the Upper Gran Soren since, every guard along with the captain, Ser Maximilian, will try to kill you (unless you married him, although everyone else but Maximilian would still be there). Of course, you can always murder whoever crossed you until you leap into Everfall, be it the guard captain, the people in the church, everyone but the Duke.
  • In Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Nate and Sully expect this to be the outcome of their Madagascar vehicle chase, involving shootouts, stealing a car, driving through roadworks and crashing into market stalls (and that's before things start blowing things up!). During a break in the chaos is this exchange:
    Sully: Nate? We can never come here again!
  • In 80 Days, if their journey takes them through there, Passepartout manages to get both himself and Fogg banned from Calgary for life for reasons which may or may not actually be his fault (depending on the player's choices during the incident). Strangely, this doesn't stop them from being allowed to stay in the city as long as they need to.


    Web Original 
  • 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 major city. Most of them have found ways of avoiding or ignoring the ban as needed.
  • 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...
  • In High Rollers (2016) the party are banned from a town and Cam is branded after he accidentally kills a man in an attempt to call his bluff.
  • In Dragon Ball Z Abridged's version of Super Android 13, Master Roshi is banned from Victoria's Secret for obvious reasons.

    Western Animation 
  • In every episode of the show, Timon & Pumbaa got thrown out of wherever they were. Timon even asks at one point "Why did you think it was a good idea to drag us around the world getting into trouble?"
  • Skipper mentions in The Penguins of Madagascar that he can't go back to Denmark due to the Copenhagen Incident involving Hans the Puffin.
  • Unsurprisingly, The Simpsons:
    • In "Fear Of Flying", Homer is briefly banned from Moe's Tavern for his contribution to a series of pranks the barflies play on Moe. Ironically, his prank (loosening the lid of a sugar container so it would spill and ruin his coffee) was actually safer than some of the pranks played that day, such as having a king cobra repeatedly bite Moe, or setting Moe's clothes on fire...while he was wearing them.
    • Played with in the episode "Lisa the Iconoclast'' where Lisa, her children, and her children's children are banned from the historical society... for three months!
    • On "Brother's Little Helper", Homer mentions a ten-year ban from the water park that recently ended. Whether this is connected to the incident in Season 2's "Brush with Greatness" where Homer got stuck on a water slide due to his weight and the water slide had to be shut down so officials could release him isn't known as it wasn't mentioned outright, making the scene the punchline to a Brick Joke or yet another throwaway line that the writers don't want to flesh out that now stands as a Noodle Incident.
    • In "Worst Episode Ever", Bart and Milhouse were banned for life from Comic Book Guy's store (although the "for life" part eventually ended up revoked due to them saving Comic Book Guy's life when he underwent a severe heart attack in the middle of an angry rant). In an attempt to comfort him, Homer tearfully reminisces of his first life-long ban: after eating one of Gallagher's melons during one of his shows, the latter banned him for life from all his future performances and related media.
    • In "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace", Bart enters the school library only to find Homer there doing research.
    Homer: "They won't let me in the big people library downtown. There was some... unpleasantness, I can never go back."
    • After getting kicked out of Florida in "Kill The Alligator And Run", we see the family with an enormous map of the United States. They cross Florida off in a close shot, and the camera zooms out to show that all but 2 states have either permanently banned them, or they find a reason for not liking to live there. Marge then crosses off the last two states due to the latter reason.
    • In "The Bart-Mangled Banner", Dr. Hibbert was also banned from the library for reasons never specified other than it relating to Moe Syszlak's actions while Hibbert hired him to act as a body double to distract Bart regarding a flu vaccination.
    • In "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife", they'll never let Homer near Lake Havasu again.
    • In "We're On The Road To D'oh-Where", Bart was placed on the no-fly list after he unbuckled his seatbelt before the plane came to a complete stop. However, this is inconsistent with later episodes.
    • In the episode "At Long Last Leave", the city of Springfield banishes the Simpson family. They make their new home in an unincorporated settlement called "The Outlands". Homer and Marge sneak back into Springfield and get caught. Finally, everyone in Springfield moves to The Outlands.
  • In the Rugrats in Paris movie, one of Charles Finster's potential dates is said to not be allowed in the state of Kentucky.
  • On The Fairly Oddparents, Crocker can never go back to Cincinnati. For reasons unknown.
    • Also, Cosmo is banned from Atlantis since he sunk it nine times (all on the same day.) Therefore, he becomes the number one criminal there. But in the end of the episode, Timmy is the new number one criminal.
    • After establishing that it was he who made Crocker's life miserable, Timmy is banned by Jorgen von Strangle from going back in time to March 15th to fix that. Jorgen also threatened to ban Timmy from visiting other months of that year if he interferes with the election of "President McGovern".
  • In the Phineas and Ferb "We Call It Maze", Dr. Doofenshmirtz reveals that he's no longer welcome in Albania after he somehow provoked the ambassador's wife.
  • On Frisky Dingo, Killface and Simon CAN'T EVER GO BACK TO ARIZONA!
  • Chowder episode "Banned From the Stand" featured Mung Daal being banned from Gazpacho's fruit stand simply because Mung disagreed with him on what shade of green Flossberries turns your teeth. Mung can't simply buy fruits from another stand because the fruit stand owner code allows Gazpacho to extend the ban to the other fruit stands in Marzipan City, and Gazpacho declares Mung would get no more fruit until he admits he's right. After Mung tried (and failed) to buy fruits under several disguises, Gazpacho became so paranoid he banned everyone... even himself. Because being banned from a stand last for as long as the stand remains, his only way out was destroying the stand and building a new one, from which Mung got himself banned after repeating the argument over the flossberries.
  • Generator Rex: Lansky in "Moonlighting" has a Running Gag of "I can't go to (X). Long story."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "The Cutie Pox", after a trip to the bowling alley, as the Cutie Mark Crusaders leave, Scootaloo says that Mr. Kingpin will probably never let her back in the bowling alley again after making a gutter ball... on another lane. She seems oddly cheerful about it.
    • In "Bloom and Gloom", Apple Bloom dreams that her family shuns her for not having an apple cutie mark.
    • In "No Second Prances", Trixie admits that she tends to leave a trail of burnt bridges in her wake, which is why she's always Walking the Earth. She's about to start a Crossing the Burnt Bridge tour when she meets Starlight.
  • In Family Guy, Peter alludes to being banned from Sea World for something when he prepares to explain to Chris what a whale's blowhole is for (or more specifically, what a whale's blowhole is not for), but we never hear it due to the scene shifting. The closest to an explanation given is from Seth MacFarland's in-character commentary for the episode, where he, in Peter's voice, claimed that he had sex with a whale's blowhole.
  • Archer, Pam, Cheryl, Malory, Lana, Cyril, Ray, and probably the rest of ISIS are banned from Canada after the events of The Limited.
    Ray: Au revoir, sweet man-whores of Montreal.
  • In Gargoyles, Puck spends most of the series trying to find a way to delay his return to Avalon because he finds mortals so amusing. Oberon eventually gives him exactly what he wants by banishing Puck from Avalon forever. Puck falls to his knees begging Oberon to reconsider but to no avail.
  • The Powerpuff Girls ban themselves from Townsville in their movie since the populace hates them for wrecking the city and after Mojo's army of monkeys take over even the Professor doubts them. The girls eventually return to show what they're capable of when Mojo threatens the Professor.
  • In the Steven Universe episode "Beach Party", the Gems are temporarily banned from Fish Stew Pizza when their adventures wreck the sign. Since apart from Steven the Gems don't actually need to eat, they aren't particularly sad about this.
    Pearl: What were we banned from again?
    • In "Serious Steven", Steven was banned from the rides at Funland "forever" after accidentally destroying some of them, although as of "Too Short to Ride", this ban has apparently been lifted. In "Future Boy Zoltron", Steven begs Funland's owner Mr. Smiley not to ban him from any more of his businesses after accidentally breaking the titular fortune-telling machine.
  • This happened to Grunkle Stan of Gravity Falls. In "Blendin's Game", he reveals that a Noodle Incident where he tried to have Soos' Birthday removed from calendars caused him to be deemed a flight hazard and barred from airplanes. "A Tale of Two Stans" shows that his various scams and swindles have gotten him chased out of at least twenty states. To make matters worse, since he was using his brother's name at the time, it's actually Ford on the no-fly list. Then again, Stanley is legally dead.

    Real Life 
  • This is essentially the idea behind most restraining orders, to keep someone away from someone or someplace after they do something bad to them.
    • To the location end of things, while a restraining order (i.e., as in the legal document) may not necessarily be in place, small businesses — often, service-oriented, such as restaurants and bars — may verbally (and back in writing on a company letterhead) ban someone from a business for a specified (often indefinite) period of time. Common offenses include passing bad checks and repeatedly harassing employees and/or customers, although more serious offenses, such as theft, assault and otherwise causing trouble are also reason enough to ban someone.
  • When an employee is fired for such reasons as poor performance, insubordination, neglect of duty/"no show," etc., but more often a layoff (which is usually financial and non-performance related), they will often be banned from re-applying only for a certain number of years. However, the fired employee will often be permitted to reapply after the "ban" expires or is otherwise lifted. This is called "termination without prejudice," meaning a fired employee can be considered for a future opening. note  However, the more severe form is lifetime banishment from a company, usually for the most serious offenses: fraud (such as resume fraud), gross misconduct, severe insubordination, committing a crime (often, assault or theft, not even necessarily while on duty) or being completely and grossly incompetent or ill-suited for the job. This latter instance is called "termination with prejudice," meaning the company will not consider the fired employee for employment in the future. (This usage spilled over into government work, including clandestine government work, where it in turn led to the somewhat morbid joke "termination with extreme prejudice," i.e. killing the person.)
  • 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. Ironically after changing his ways, he was excommunicated from his church.
  • Semi-related, but comedian Andrew "Dice" Clay is the only person to be banned from MTV.
  • Ozzy Osbourne got himself banned from San Antonio, Texas, after he drunkenly urinated on the Alamo.
  • 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, Washington 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 grant them permits.
    • Tekkoshocon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 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.
    • Anime Weekend Atlanta got blacklisted from one hotel after some guests dressed as Klingons got drunk and disorderly, up to and including taking several of the hotel's doors off their hinges. This resulted in one of AWA's three iron-clad rules: "No Fucking Klingons!"
    • The Seattle furry convention Rainfurrest was banned from its hotel after its 2015 event for large amounts of vandalism to the building and the resultant costs owed to the hotel. The two most commonly cited problems are deliberate flooding of rooms, which caused damage to offices, and wearing of fetish gear around the general public despite being told not to. This is known as the "Rainfurrest Incident" amongst the Furry Fandom and the inability to get a hotel for the 2016 effectively led to the convention being cancelled forever. Many members of the fandom have become more resilient against stupid behavior at conventions as a result, but at the time, the staff were unable to deal with it.
  • Also banned from the UK is Terry Jones. No, not the Monty Python one (it would be legally impossible to ban him, as he is a British citizen). No, we're talking about the American 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 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; very often, the ostracized citizen was actually very well-respected, but had gotten into some kind of fight with another well-respected major figure, threatening the stability of the city, and thus one or the other had to go to keep the peace.
  • 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 have 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)
  • Excommunication in the Catholic Church does NOT apply here, no mater how the word has been abused in other contexts, and contrary to popular belief. An excommunication merely says that a Catholic under the penalty cannot receive any of the Sacraments (usually Holy Communion, Annointing of the Sick and Confession, which are the three that a Catholic can receive repeatedly under normal circumstances) until the excommunication is lifted. An excommunicate Catholic is still obligated to go to Mass on Sundays and Holy Days and is not physically banned from Church property.
    • Until 1983, a more severe grade of excommunication, excommunicatio vitandus, not only forbade the excommunicated person from attending church but also forbade practicing Catholics from associating with him.
  • Because of the highly contentious nature of Middle East politics when it comes to Israel, at present sixteen different countriesnote  will generally not allow anyone to enter with an Israeli passport (Israel also has a similar policy for a list of countries it terms "enemy states" - they are not strictly lined up one-to-one, though, and Israel will let those citizens in with explicit permission from the Israeli government). Eight of thesenote  go farther and won't accept any country's passport that shows evidence of being handled by Israeli authorities like a stamp or a visa. Multiple passports can be used to get around the problem, either by holding dual citizenship (by using the non-Israeli passport since the Israeli one is required for Israeli border control) or getting multiple passports from the same country if national law forbids multiple citizenship (e.g., Austria, Germany). Israeli border control has also implemented stamping separate pieces of paper rather than the pages of the passport itself so that the evidence may be disposed of once you leave.
  • Major League Baseball maintains a list of "permanently ineligible" people who are not allowed to have business associations with MLB or any of its affiliates (teams, minor leagues, Baseball Hall of Fame, current players via acting as their agents, etc.) - it's commonly known as a "lifetime ban", though that's not strictly accurate since the ban can last less than a lifetime (the Commissioner can reinstate them at his discretion - most stints on the list last only for a few years) or beyond death (in the case of Hall of Fame eligibility). The two most notable players who are currently on this list are "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (for his involvement in the 1919 Black Sox Scandal - he died in 1951 but still cannot be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame because of the ban) and all-time hits leader Pete Rose (for betting on baseball games while he was a player or player-manager for the Cincinnati Reds; Rose maintains he always bet on the Reds to win and the 1989 Dowd Report that brought about the ban found no evidence that Rose ever bet against the Reds, but Rule 21 makes no distinction about on whom the bet is placed - the act of betting at all on a game the bettor is involved in is grounds for a ban).
  • The Sun is, for all extent and purposes, banned from Liverpool after the paper published malicious and disgusting lies about how Liverpool FC fans attacked victims of the 1989 Hillsborough football stadium disaster... on a day of mourning dedicated to the victims. In February 2017, ten months after an inquest cleared the victims of wrongdoing and blamed the police for their deathsnote , Liverpool FC themselves banned ''Sun'' journalists from club premises. (Incidentally, said inquest did not get front page coverage on The Sun - one of two national papers not to do so.)
    • Crosstown rivals Everton FC followed with their own ban two months later, although it wasn't directly because of Hillsborough. Sun columnist Kelvin MacKenzie wrote an article comparing Everton midfielder Ross Barkley - whose grandfather was born in Nigeria - to a "gorilla", and said that people getting paid as much money in Liverpool were dealing drugs and in prison. Compounding the outrage from that article was the fact that MacKenzie was the editor of The Sun at the time of the Hillsborough disaster, and personally created the infamous The Truth front page. note  (Ironically, his Barkley article was the last straw for The Sun themselves - they suspended MacKenzie the day after, and he wound up leaving the paper.) Not that Everton fans have been any kinder to The Sun, though.
    • Several petitions have called for The Sun to also be banned from Manchester following their coverage of the Manchester Arena bombing.
  • Charles de Gaulle, former French World War 2 war hero and then President of the post-war Republic, was basically made this after shouting "Long live free Quebec!" in a speech to Canadians during the country's 100th anniversary. While he wasn't officially banned, the controversy that resulted made him cut his visit short and he never returned to Canada. Also interesting in that not only was his speech vehemently criticized in Canada and America, but also in France, where it was seen as a serious breach of protocol.
  • The Northern Ireland-based Ice Hockey team the Belfast Giants managed to do this to their owner. He bought a major share in the team in the beginning of the year from Jim Gillispie, who previously owned majority shares from 2003. About a month later, it was discovered he was a registered sex offender from Florida after being charged with Lewd or Lascivious Batterynote  as well as having lied about his age. Not only did the entire team cancel their contracts with the club, but the trust who managed the Odyssey Arena which the Giants played at invoked an out clause to ban the team from their arena until Knight sold his ownership of the team.
  • Many countries will refuse to issue visas if they don't believe letting a person into the country who applied beforehand at a consulate/embassy would be wise, either because they feel they could be an illegal immigrant looking to work or they have a criminal conviction. That's not this trope. It's if they try to enter the country anyway which leads to them being declared persona non grata via an exclusion order, which means that even if they applied legally they'll still be denied a visa instantly and turned around at the border.
  • The controversy in the Stanford sexual assault case.note . The perpetrator was banned for life by USA Swimming, which ended his aspirations of swimming for the USA Olympic team.
  • After John Oliver made fun of the crown prince of Thailand on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, he got put on their military watchlist. His response to this was to mock the royal families of the Netherlands, Denmark, and Kuwait, which all have similar laws on insulting royalty.
  • In the late-'90s, government officials declared actress Claire Danes persona non grata for her comment that Manila is a "ghastly" place due to its pollution and high poverty rate, based on her observations while shooting for the film Brokedown Palace.
  • In the world of pinball, Kevin Kulek of Skit-B Pinball attempted selling Predator-themed pinball machines without permission from Fox. When buyers and other pinball fans discovered this and called him out, Kulek was completely unapologetic about it. He played naive about everything from not understanding how rights work (thinking that permission consists simply of sending a letter and waiting for a "yes" back) to the definition of a "non-profit company" (thinking that it means any company that is not profiting). Combined with his reputation as a Bad Boss by employees — all of which who walked out due to disagreements prior to the revelation, leaving Kulek the only person remaining in his company — the result was pinball manufacturers agreeing to never hire Kulek, along with pinball shows and conventions refusing to bring Kulek as a guest. Given that there's a lawsuit pending comprised of those who lost money from the Predator project, his life in pinball is most likely over.
  • Russia will not have an entry in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest because the singer they chose to enter, Yulia Samoylova, is barred from entering the host country, Ukraine, due to traveling to Crimea via Russia, who had annexed that region. And that is all we will say about that.

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Alternative Title(s): And Never Come Back, Banned From Argo