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 and 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 imbibed or smoked. You might have started a revolution, or unwittingly destroyed the place. And the locals aren't happy.

So you're not allowed to come back there. Ever. Not you, nor your crew, nor any of your family, nor anyone connected with you in any way, shape, or form. You pissed them off that much.

The trope name is Latin for "unwelcome person".note  In Real Life, it acts as a legal term referring to a person who is not permitted to enter another person's domain, often an entire country. It's most often applied to diplomats — since they enjoy diplomatic immunity, they often cannot be charged with a crime, but they can be kicked out of the country (and get their immunity revoked if they come back). A member of the general public can also be declared persona non grata at a specific establishment; these people may face trespassing charges if they attempt to return.

In fiction, this label is often Played for Laughs and explained as a Noodle Incident — if it was bad enough (and funny enough) to lead to this result, it would be most outrageous in the reader's imagination. The related tropes You Can't Go Home Again and The Exile tend to be played more seriously. See also Hollywood Restraining Order.

Examples:

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  • This 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. It's better than what usually happens, when they can't go back because the place no longer exists.
  • Something like this happened to the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross. A freak accident causes them to be banned from 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 kicks off when the eponymous character is 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 is 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. The whole plan turned out to be to get himself and his Black Knights, hidden among the exiles, out of the country.
  • In Yes! Pretty Cure 5, this is Nozomi Yumehara's clumsiness has caused her to be tossed out of every school club. Rin takes great glee in mentioning a Noodle Incident that got her kicked out of the Drama Club after only two days.

    Comic Books 
  • In Knights of the Dinner Table, Nitro Ferguson gets banned from GaryCon after his D-Day game runs 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!
  • FoxTrot:
    • Implied in the Halloween party arc when Paige stands up to two party crashers who were prepared to kill Peter for not having beer at the party:
      Paige: 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.
    • Peter asks Roger for advice on how to pull an all-nighter, and Roger says that one thing he'd do in college was play really loud music to keep him awake. Cut to Roger and Andy trying to sleep with loud music in the background:
      Andy: Did you also tell him why you were expelled from three fraternities?
      Roger: 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 from whichever afterlife he ends up in.
  • 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 banishes his cousins from his kingdom. He warns them that if they ever cross the border again, they would be shot on sight.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction I Am Going to Save and/or Destroy Equestria!, the protagonist thinks he's come up with a foolproof plan to turn a measly sum into a few hundred thousand dollars — until the casino owner takes him aside and politely tells him that he's now on the blacklist for disrupting the business.
  • A sidestory of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines shows an adventure of Clair in the Decolore Islands. On her trip back home, she's forced to bring out her Gyarados near a cruise full of people to rescue a guy dropped off on top of a Tentacruel in open sea, and as a result she's not allowed back on the archipelago ever again.

    Film 
  • 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 (the other of which 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 — and also not to try it 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.
  • In 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. Captain Morton makes sure to get his revenge on the man who engineered their leave, Lt. Roberts.
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 ends with the eponymous 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 Doctor Who, the Doctor has been travelling through space and time for a long time now, and he's a total magnet for adventure, so it's no surprise that not everyone's happy to see him:
    • His homeworld of Gallifrey is very rarely happy to see him. Rassilon's usual "greeting" is a firing squad and execution papers.
    • He doesn't have a great track record with his adopted home of Britain, either, having had tense diplomatic relationships with many of its monarchs, most of them queens (and one of whom he married). In "Tooth and Claw", the Doctor and Rose are formally banned from Great Britain by Queen Victoria. Not that he cares.
    • 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."
  • In Family Matters, one way to deal with Urkel when he got on the Winslows' nerves was to declare him persona non grata and boot him out of the house. It usually ended with Carl bellowing at Urkel to GO HOME! (and Urkel not to get the message and declare, "I don't have to take this — I'm going home!"). It was usually Played for Laughs and never lasted beyond the end of the episode. The one time it was played seriously was the Season 3 episode "Words Hurt", where Carl kicks out Urkel absolutely totally for real, leaving Urkel crushed and Carl berated for his callousness.
  • 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.
  • Conan had an (admittedly staged) Escalating War along these lines between host Conan O'Brien and Corey Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey. First Conan made a disparaging joke about Newark. Booker responded by putting Conan on the "No Fly List". Conan responded by banning Booker from Burbank Airport. Booker responded by banning Conan from the entire state of New Jersey, as well as Newark's sister cities around the world. Conan then bans Booker from California. (The world was hitherto unaware of Conan's authority to do so, but weirder things have happened in California.)
  • On Top Gear, the Stig's humourous introductions often mention his being banned from some location or event for an unspecified reason.
  • There are a handful of hosts and musical guests on Saturday Night Live who have caused so much trouble, whether backstage or on the show itself, 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.
    • Speaking of which, Chevy Chase is 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, where he consistently upstaged other performers, mugged non-stop to the camera, and gave an unscripted performance of "September Rain". Michaels banned him from the show in response.
    • 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. A later episode had Nicolas Cage lament to Lorne Michaels that his monologue made him look like "the biggest jerk on the show":
    Michaels: No, no. That would be Steven Seagal.
    • Martin Lawrence hosted an episode in Season 19 (1993-94) where he launched into a graphic monologue about the decline in women's hygiene and has been banned ever since. All reruns cut off Lawrence's monologue and replace it with cards explaining why it can never air on TV again. It doesn't help that this was the episode immediately following the infamous Alec Baldwin-hosted show with the "Canteen Boy Goes Camping" sketch (where Canteen Boy (Adam Sandler) is molested by his scoutmaster).
    • 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 itself has been banned outside of specific pieces about SNL's most controversial moments.
    • Musical guest Cypress Hill (on the season 19 episode hosted by Shannen Doherty) was banned after DJ Muggs trashed the dressing room and lit a joint on-camera.
    • Musical Guest Fear (on the season seven episode hosted by Donald Pleasence, which is itself banned for its dark, disgusting humor) was banned after a profanity-laden and set-destroying performance.
    • A couple of people are commonly believed to have been banned but technically aren't:
      • Adrien Brody hosted in Season 28 (2002-03) was supposedly banned for his performance. Some accounts suggest it was for introducing musical guest Sean Paul in a rude-boy Jamaican get-up. Others suggest it was for ad-libbing, as Lorne Michaels utterly hates unscripted performances. It appears that the rumor that he was banned was started by Tina Fey, who apparently hated the idea of his hosting.
      • Elvis Costello was briefly banned after his first appearance in Season 3. He was slated to play "Less than Zero"; instead, he played "Radio Radio", a song critical of the music publishing establishment, which included NBC. But his audacity was celebrated; he returned to the show in 1987, and he later 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 the building forever.
  • The MythBusters have been occasionally banned from places where their "big booms" were a little too big:
    • They're banned from the town of Esparto, California, after the finale of the "Knock Your Socks Off" myth, where they underestimated the size of the explosion they set off. The shockwave knocked people off sofas, broke windows, set off car alarms, and knocked down ceiling tiles in the town. Not to be outdone, the local news made it sound like the MythBusters had levelled the town.
    "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 there) where the MythBusters were banned from the Alameda County Sheriff's Facility and had to conduct their tests at a bomb range in Yolo County.
  • 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.
  • Monk comes very close to being declared persona non grata by the San Francisco Police Department in the two-parter pilot episode, where he lets a suspect escape because of his crippling fear of heights.
  • 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 his exploits 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 has to smuggle a stolen secret weapon out of a hostile country. They do this by pretending to be citizens who had been declared personae non gratae and were trying to get into the country. The customs officers summarily sent them on the first plane out of the country without searching them.
  • 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 shunned so completely as to not be treated as a sentient being and to be referred to as "it". Only two cases were ever shown: one was eventually reversed thanks to his contribution to a change of power in the Empire, and the other (shown on Deep Space Nine) was very justifiably in his position.
  • 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 thanks to his pet project (an expensive winter sports complex) bankrupting the town. 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, the fund turns out to have been a Ponzi Scheme, and Diane has lost almost all her money. She can't return to her own firm, and no one else will hire her either, partly because she convinced so many people to invest with Rindell. Rindell's daughter can't get hired either, almost entirely because she's related to him.
  • 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.

    Literature 
  • 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.
  • 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, 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. He was found there 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.
  • 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 would 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 had been making lately, and banned him from their territories on pain of fanged death.
  • In Mortal Instruments with Magnus Bane. It is referred to several times that Magnus is banned from entering Peru, however we never find out why in the original series. After the side-series The Bane Chronicles was published, fans thought that they would uncover the events after the reveal of the chapter entitled "What Really Happened in Peru", but it's still never revealed. In fact, Magnus himself has no idea why he's been declared persona non grata by the High Council of Peruvian Warlocks.

    Music 
  • The former Trope Namer is the Filk Song "Banned from Argo", which provides the page quote and chronicles the crew of a Starfleet vessel (heavily implied to be the Enterprise) which stops on the eponymous planet for shore leave and causes so much trouble they get kicked out. The song has a sequel where Argo forgives Starfleet and invites the Next Generation crew to visit — only for the same thing to happen and the ban to become permanent. Ironically, the song itself became so overused that it was itself banned from several sci-fi conventions.
  • 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 Exes Live in Texas", the singers ex-girlfriend's all live in Texas, forcing him to live in Tennessee.

    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, the 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.
  • 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. Jessicka Havok said she was going to keep showing up whether DJ Hyde liked it or not, so he hired Portugal's Perfect Athlete Shanna and Alpha Female from Germany to force her to stay out.

    Radio 

    Tabletop RPG 
  • In the Traveller supplement The Traveller Adventure, during the "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.

    Theatre 
  • 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 thus:
    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."
  • Video Game/Fallout:
    • In Fallout 3, your character is banned from Vault 101 following the events at the start of the game. You're only allowed to return 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, all the warring factions now blame you for everything, and Vault 101 bans you again just to keep the fragile peace.
    • 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.
  • 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, he's not welcome.
  • 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; if you do, 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.
  • In Dragon's Dogma, after slaying Grigori and confronting Duke Edmun Dragonbane, you get banned from entering the Upper Gran Soren, and every last guard will try to kill you if you try (except Ser Maximilian if you married him), although if you're tough enough, you can kill everyone who crosses you except 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 up). During a break in the chaos is this exchange:
    Sully: Nate? We can never come here again!
    Nate: Add it to the list!
  • 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.

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • The Nostalgia Critic can never go back to Nevada due to the events of Kickassia, where it was the location of his base of operations during his attempt to invade and conquer the micronation of Molossia. Similarly, The Cinema Snob was banned from returning to Kickassia by the Critic, after he plotted to overthrow him.
  • Homestar Runner:
    • 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.
    • In Sbemail 22, Strong Bad, in response to a fan's query as to what he thinks of the English, says 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, this happens a lot in 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 "Lisa the Iconoclast", where Lisa, her children, and her children's children are banned from the historical society... for three months!
    • In "Brother's Little Helper", Homer mentions a ten-year ban from the water park that recently ended. Fans connected this line to an incident in Season 2's "Brush with Greatness" where Homer gets stuck on a water slide and has to be rescued, although there was never an explicit connection.
    • In "Worst Episode Ever", Bart and Milhouse are banned for life from Comic Book Guy's store. In an attempt to comfort Bart, Homer tearfully reminisces of his first life-long ban: after eating one of Gallagher's melons during one of his shows, he was banned for life from all his future performances and related media. (Bart and Milhouse eventually get back in by saving Comic Book Guy's life.)
    • 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 two states have permanently banned them.
    • In "The Bart-Mangled Banner", Dr. Hibbert is banned from the library for reasons never specified other than it relating to Moe'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 is placed on the no-fly list after he unbuckles his seatbelt before the plane came to a complete stop. Nothing stops him from flying in later episodes.
    • In "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 to get away from the Simpsons.
  • 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.
    • Cosmo is banned from Atlantis after sinking it nine times, all on the same day. Later that episode, Timmy takes his place as the city's 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 threatens to ban Timmy from visiting other months of that year if he interferes with the election of "President McGovern".
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "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!
  • The 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 turn one's 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 tries (and fails) to buy fruits under several disguises, Gazpacho becomes so paranoid he bans everyone, even himself. As the code requires that a ban lasts for as long as the stand exists, his only way out is to destroy the stand and build a new one, from which Mung gets 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. It's strongly implied he had sex with the blowhole, but the closest we get to an admission is Seth MacFarlane's in-character commentary for the episode (in which he, in Peter's voice, explicitly says he did).
  • 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 The Movie, as the populace hates them for wrecking the city; 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.
  • Steven Universe:
    • In "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 is banned from the rides at Funland "forever" after accidentally destroying some of them. By "Too Short to Ride" (well over an in-show year later), 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.
  • In the Gravity Falls episode "Blendin's Game", Grunkle Stan reveals a Noodle Incident where he tried to have Soos' birthday removed from calendars, which 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.

    Real Life 

Artists
Sometimes creators themselves get banned from certain venues, or even entire countries, whether for expressing certain political views, or just causing general mayhem and destruction.
  • 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 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 -- the entire 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.
    • The World/Inferno Friendship Society The World/Inferno Friendship Society is banned from Cha-Cha's of Coney Island, 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 set on fire.
  • Guns N' Roses was commonly believed to have been banned from St. Louis after the 1991 Riverport Riot. It turns out, though, that it's the band who didn't want to come back; the riot started when frontman Axl Rose spotted a bootlegger, which pressed his Berserk Button and caused him to storm off the stage. While many venues in the city were reluctant to have them back and Rose was charged with starting the riot (and later acquitted), there was never a formal ban. The self-imposed exile ended in 2017.
  • 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 when then-drummer Mauro Mercurio drunkenly caused thousands of dollars' worth of damage to a backstage area in the club. The band was nearly arrested, Francesco Pauli voluntarily quit the band, and Mauro was unceremoniously ejected as a result.
  • 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.
  • The Insane Clown Posse has earned its share of blackballs, not because of the band itself or its inflammatory lyrics, but rather the extreme rowdiness of their "Juggalo" fan following, which the FBI once went as far as to declare a gang. The 2014 "Gathering of the Juggalos" needed three tries to find a venue that was willing to deal with the complaints of their outraged neighbors.
  • 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. The cops let it slide — until Webber 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.
  • Michael Savage is banned from entering the United Kingdom for "inciting hatred" against Muslims.
  • Charlie Chaplin was banned from the United States 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 1970s.
  • Comedian Andrew "Dice" Clay is the only person to be banned from MTV. He was, apparently, unbanned at some point before attending the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • Richard Gere is banned from China, probably because he's openly against China's occupation of Tibet.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Thailand is well known for its lèse majesté law, which prohibits anyone from making fun of the royal family. Oliver's 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 1990s, Philippine 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 the film Brokedown Palace.
  • In the world of pinball, Kevin Kulek of Skit-B Pinball attempted to sell 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.

Conventions
Conventions are often hit with such bans, as some conventions tend to go overboard. In general, any convention or expo without a permanent location runs the risk of getting banned from certain venues, and all it takes is one or two idiots associated with them to do something stupid. Sometimes, the convention will go to great lengths to tell their guests to stop; other times, they wear getting banned as a badge of honor (or at least sufficient quirkiness).
  • Rustycon 1995, a science-fiction convention in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, was already notorious for its wild partying when it was put in a very fancy Hyatt hotel. The hotel staff was clueless about what to expect, and they wound up putting business guests on the same floor as the party wing. Among the highlights were: an intoxicating 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 five figures. It took almost twenty years for Bellevue to host another sci-fi convention.
  • Tekkoshocon was banned from several hotels in Pittsburgh 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 bobsled. The convention itself also blacklisted the individuals involved.
  • Anime Weekend Atlanta was banned from one hotel after some guests dressed as Klingons got drunk and disorderly, to the point of taking several doors of 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 costing large amounts of money. The attendees deliberately flooded rooms, which caused damage to nearby offices, and also wore fetish gear around the general public despite being told not to. The convention couldn't find a new venue for 2016 and has effectively been cancelled indefinitely. The "Rainfurrest incident" made significant headway in the Furry Fandom, leading them to be stricter about curbing bad convention behavior.
  • The Sheraton hotel chain will not host a Shriners' convention, owing to the extreme rowdiness and damage that tends to follow them. Ray Stevens' song "Shriner's Convention" is based on such an event Stevens attended, and it involves molestation, extreme intoxication, and a motorcycle going off a high diving board. The real ones aren't nearly that sedate.
  • The Bullingdon Club is a secret society in Britain that's made up mostly of Oxford Upper Class Twits, and it's been banned from nearly every bar and restaurant in Britain. They get around these bans by their habit of booking function rooms through a shell corporation and writing cheques for the cost of repairing the venue as they stagger away from the wreckage. The Club is also notable for including nearly every notable male Tory Oxonian since the late 19th century, including David Cameron and Boris Johnson, as well as kings Edward VII and Edward III.
  • Homestuck conventions tend to have issues with cosplayers who apply body paint to anything and everything they touch; many are banned from hotels for this reason.

Sports
  • The man who started the NBA's Pacers-Pistons brawl (a.k.a. the Malice at the Palace) got a season ticket revocation and a lifetime ban from the arena.
  • 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 in his capacity as a real estate mogul, 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. (That said, they had to force him to sell the team, and he made out like a bandit.)
  • 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", but that's not strictly accurate, since the Commissioner can theoretically reinstate a person at his discretion. Many stints on the list only last a few years, and occasionally they are reinstated posthumously for Hall of Fame consideration.
    • "Shoeless" Joe Jackson is one of the most famous players on the list, for his involvement in the 1919 "Black Sox Scandal" when the Chicago White Sox threw the World Series. Jackson died in 1951, but he still cannot be enshrined in the Hall of Fame because of the ban, despite his talent. Some people believe he was Mis-blamed for his role in the scandal (one of whom is the protagonist of Field of Dreams).
    • Pete Rose is baseball's all-time hits leader, but he has been banned for betting on baseball games while he was a player-manager for the Cincinnati Reds. He even bet on games he was involved in, although he maintains he never bet against the Reds (and the 1989 Dowd Report seems to back him up on that), but the rule makes no distinction on those lines.
  • British newspaper The Sun is, for all intents and purposes, banned from the city of Liverpool after the paper published a blatantly false story accusing Liverpool FC fans of starting the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and attacking victims (when it was really a fatal crush caused by abysmal crowd control). When an inquest in 2017 officially cleared the victims of wrongdoing, the club itself banned Sun journalists from club premises. Liverpool's bitter crosstown rivals Everton FC followed through with their own ban (although the Sun hasn't been kind to that club either).
  • The Northern Ireland-based Ice Hockey team the Belfast Giants managed to do this to their owner. A month after buying a majority share, it was discovered that he was a registered sex offender in Florida charged with lewd and lascivious battery. The entire team cancelled their contracts with the club, and the trust who managed their home arena banned the team until the owner sold his share.
  • Stanford swimmer Brock Turner was banned for life by USA Swimming, which ended his aspirations of swimming for the US Olympic team. This arose out of a considerably controversial case where he raped a drugged woman and got a lenient six-month sentence in prison, which was further reduced because the judge feared damage to his future swimming career. The public called for the judge's sacking for essentially showing favoritism to a white male frat-bro with a rich dad; without the backlash, it's unknown how USA Swimming would have reacted.

Other
  • Fred Phelps, the late leader of Westboro Baptist Church, was banned from several places, most notably the UK. Ironically enough, he changed is ways and was excommunicated from his own church.
  • For several years in the late 1980s, a US 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. Notably, 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. More amusingly, World Memory Champion Dominic O'Brien was banned from every casino in the UK just for his ability to count cards.
  • Terry Jones, American fundamentalist pastor who holds Koran burnings, was banned in the UK for possible incitement of violence.note 
  • 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 and several European countries. Nobody ever found conclusive proof (and at least one author claimed he was framed by Mossad), so Waldheim was never prosecuted.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Charles de Gaulle, French war hero and President of the post-war Republic, was basically made persona non grata in Canada 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.

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

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