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->''"Menelaus, there are some strangers come here, two men, who look like sons of Zeus. What are we to do? Shall we take their horses out, or tell them to find friends elsewhere as they best can?"''\\
''Menelaus was very angry and said, "Eteoneus, son of Boethous, you never used to be a fool, but now you talk like a simpleton. Take their horses out, of course, and show the strangers in that they may have supper; you and I have stayed often enough at other people's houses before we got back here, where heaven grant that we may rest in peace henceforward."''
-->-- ''Literature/TheOdyssey''

Hospitality is sacred. The host must not harm the guest, the guest must not harm the host, and not offering in the first place is a serious affront. In Ancient Greek, hospitality was called ''xenia'' and was sacred; Zeus was called Zeus Xenios in his function as god and guarantor of hospitality and protectors of guests. This comes from the word for "stranger"; so, for that matter, does "hospitality". Another word from that root is "hostile", which helps explain why the rules are so severe.

[[ValuesDissonance Less popular in modern times]] with the rise in hotels and forms of transport that mean twenty miles is not a day's journey, and decreasing odds that you will have to fight someone who's a stranger, but OlderThanFeudalism and of vast historical importance. Because it's less important nowadays, the extreme punishments dealt out to people who abuse or refuse hospitality in classic tales [[DisproportionateRetribution appear disproportionate]].

May be the GoodOldWays, practiced in {{Arcadia}} and by the NobleSavage.

TastesLikeFriendship is closely related. The host/guest bond may in fact be triggered by their eating salt (or bread and salt) together.[[note]]These signs are characteristic of Eastern Mediterranean cultures and those heavily influenced by them, e.g. Slavic cultures (which adapted it from Eastern Roman/Byzantine/Greek culture).[[/note]]

Often explicitly invoked in NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine. MustBeInvited is closely related, though a being bound by ''both'' rules is going to find it very difficult to hurt anyone (at least while they're at home!). The traditional solution to this problem is greeting your guests with: "All those with good will toward this house may enter it." As a result of this many VillainOverForDinner situations usually at least ''try'' to stay civil and both parties will save any hostilities for once they're outside.

Common in SweetHomeAlabama. Frequently results in AngelUnaware. Often a result of BedouinRescueService. If played up in an inappropriate setting or to a ridiculous extent, it's StrangerSafety. When a guest abuses this by extending their stay overly long, it becomes TheThingThatWouldNotLeave (and expect a CowboyCop to violate this through NoWarrantNoProblem). Contrast with FoodChains where it ''isn't'' safe to eat anything. For the ultimate violation, see NastyParty.


* Planters mascot [[AnthropomorphicFood Mr. Peanut]] is always a gracious host at his parties, even towards [[{{Foil}} Richard]], a Christmas nutcracker who seems to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBE3mby0p6M have "problems" behaving at them.]]

* This trope appears to be in strong effect in ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'', where nearly every country welcomes any travellers from the outside world as guests of honour and gives them free food, lodgings and guided tours at the drop of a hat. Apparently travellers in this world are so rare that this doesn't unduly tax their resources, but it's still amazing how many countries maintain luxurious hotels ready just in case a traveller comes along every few years and needs a place to stay.
* Results in a somewhat tense moment in ''Manga/NuraRiseOfTheYokaiClan'' when some [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil old enemies]] show up...[[RivalsTeamUp as guests, this time]].
* Used in ''Manga/ABridesStory'', befitting the setting. A messenger with letters for Smith came all the way from Macedonia and the villagers bicker over each other as to who he will stay with until Akunbek declares him his guest.

* In one of the very oldest Myth/RobinHood ballads, "Robin Hood and the Potter", Robin lures the sheriff to the forest, but then lets him go on the grounds that the sheriff's wife had been hospitable to him.

* In ''ComicBook/PS238'', Hestia, a pre-teen avatar of the same-named Greek god of the home, has the ability to totally incapacitate or worse anyone who breaks the laws of hospitality.
* One Franchise/WonderWoman story, The Hiketeia, deals with Diana offering protection to a runaway girl from Gotham City. This is before the runaway is revealed as a murderer (the people she killed [[KickTheSonOfABitch needed to go, though.]]) Eventually Franchise/{{Batman}} shows up to arrest her, but not only did Wonder Woman promise her guest protection and hospitality, the guest also invoked the titular Hiketeia, a ritual that requires that Wonder Woman does not discharge her guest without the guest's consent, on pain of death from the Erinyes, who will kill her if she does so. Since Wonder Woman's life is forfeit if she surrenders the girl and Batman (unaware of this deal) is not just going to let the girl get away with murder, [[LetsYouAndHimFight Wonder Woman and Batman end up fighting to the death over the situation and their conflicting morals.]] The girl [[TakeAThirdOption Takes A Third Option]] and leaps [[DrivenToSuicide off a bridge.]] Notably, Batman himself tries to invoke the Hiketeia so that Wondy wouldn't be able to stop him without breaking her oath, but she informs him that she has the right to refuse it if she chooses. It only applies once she accepts it in the first place, as she did with the girl.
* [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] in [[Comicbook/{{Lucifer}} his own comic]] visits the pantheon of the Japanese Underworld. Its gods plot extensively to make him break the code of Sacred Hospitality, giving them an excuse to kill him. He [[PolitenessJudo smoothly dodges every attempt]].
* Sacred Hospitality is important between mythological creatures in ''Comicbook/TheSandman'' universe: When Morpheus offers hospitality to his guests in ''Season of Mists'' he is physically incapable of breaking it or allowing harm to any of his guests (whether he was aware they were his guests when he offered it or not), unless they reject or violate it first. Notably, hospitality has to be offered first: Lucifer nearly kills Morpheus in the first volume after having not offered any hospitality or safety to him, but when the two later meet in ''Season of Mists'' Morpheus is willing to trust Lucifer when he does give his word that no harm will befall Morpheus within the boundaries of Hell.[[note]] It goes so far as to use "I reject your hospitality" as a PreAsskickingOneLiner.[[/note]]
* During ''ComicBook/TheCloneSaga'', Ben Reilly (who was Spider-Man at the time) helped the injured mobster Jimmy 6 get medical attention after it was clear there was a contract on his head, and later said he'd help later if he needed it. Unfortunately for Ben, Jimmy (who was the son of the up and coming crime lord Fortunado, and trying to lay low from his father for a while) took him up on that offer when he needed a place to stay; despite the fact that Jimmy was ''not'' the most pleasant roommate, Ben kept his word. (And Ben was able to prevent a crisis later when Fortunado did make his move because of it; plus, Jimmy remembered it, and was an occasional ally of Peter, who took over again as Spidey after Ben's death at the hands of the ComicBook/GreenGoblin.)
* ''ComicBook/AgeOfBronze'': Taking Helen, with or without her consent, Menelaus' son by her, and the valuables of the palace is a massive breach of the hospitality that the Achaeans believe in. It's not just a breach of manners and trust, it's a breach of the gods' laws.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}''
** One Sunday strip where it's snowing, Charlie Brown calls to Snoopy to tell him to come to the house for supper, given the weather. Seeing as he's been invited, Snoopy dresses up in a nice hat and cloak. ("Why does he always make a big deal out of everything," sighed Charlie Brown.)
** A much later strip, Charlie Brown does it again, and Snoopy decides to bring a bottle of root beer. (Seeing as most adult guests bring wine.)

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/TheCatOnTheDovrefell'', the people beg off this, on the grounds they are being driven out of their own home, and can't offer him it. He still takes a bed there. The trolls, however, are terrible guests, and bring their own fate on themselves.
* In Russian fairy tales, the hero sometimes complains, when he finds a person at home, that the person there does not offer him food and drink before questioning him -- not only when he meets captive maidens, but sometimes even when he meets Literature/BabaYaga.
* In ''Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast'', taking the rose is not only theft, it is compounded by the hospitality shown to the merchant first.
* In ''[[http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/lfb/or/orfb27.htm The Adventures of Covan the Brown-Haired]]'' (included by Creator/AndrewLang in ''The Orange Fairy Book''), Covan gets the gratitude and help of a dog, an otter, and a falcon by accepting their hospitality for a night -- neither mistrusting them nor scorning it as simple.
* In the Indian fairy tale ''[[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/38488/38488-h/38488-h.htm#ch4 The Story of the Rakshasas]]'', the brothers' offer to deal with some rakshasas is strongly objected to on the grounds they are guests and should not have their lives thus endangered.
-->''They declared that guests were like gods, and that it was the duty of the host to endure all sorts of privation for the comfort of the guest, and not the duty of the guest to suffer for the host.''

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/PastContinuous'': This trope is part of Cardassian culture, as noted in Tayben Berat's narration. He avoids using a particular pronoun so that he doesn't give offense to Kanril Eleya as host, and accepts her offer of a drink, though he does reprimand her for mouthing off slightly to him as her superior officer; she apologizes.
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'':
** While a guest in the Crystal Empire, Xenilla gets into a fight with King Sombra, who had infiltrated the Empire planning to assassinate Princess Cadance, and the fight causes a lot of property damage and injures a few citizens. Sombra slips away without anyone seeing him and Xenilla is arrested. Not believing his story, Cadance calls him out on violating hospitality and throws him in the dungeon. She later has him officially pardoned after he breaks out of the dungeon to rescue her from Sombra's next attempt.
** In the spin-off ''The Bridge: Sound of Thunder'', the villains from the MirrorUniverse spit on this rule. On at least two occasions, they turned on those who generously offered them food, shelter, and friendship and massacred them. When Mirror Starlight Glimmer calls them out on their violations and asks how they could be so ungrateful, they mock her and say they can kill whoever they want.
* ''Fanfic/FateLongNight'': After Shirou and Rin agree to an alliance, Shirou invites her and her summon, Brandon Stark, into his home. Arturia protests, believing Rin and Brandon will simply attack them when they drop their guard. Brandon becomes incredibly offended and says he'll never violate Guest Right.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In Disney's ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', the Beast's offense was not giving a poor old woman shelter in his castle. As a result, this poor old woman reveals herself as an enchantress who turns him into the Beast. Lumiere welcomes Maurice into the castle as a guest when Maurice seeks shelter from the wolves. When Maurice's daughter, Belle, takes his place, Lumiere declares that Belle should also be treated as a guest, rather than a prisoner. Of course, this is a throwback to the original version of the story, where the Beast demands restitution from Beauty's father after the man violates this tradition by ''stealing'' from him after the Beast gives him food and shelter (which also happens [[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017 in the 2017 version]]).

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Troll 2}}'', the father stresses the wonders of "typical country hospitality". It turns out that the [[CorruptHick country folk]] are actually evil goblins who want to eat our heroes.
* Played for laughs in Creator/BusterKeaton's silent comedy ''Film/OurHospitality''. His character accepts an invitation to dine with the family of a young woman he's met on a train, and discovers that they're involved in an ongoing [[FeudingFamilies blood feud]] with his own family (and thus him). Her father and brothers are unable to kill him while he's in their home so, as a title card wryly notes, Keaton attempts to become a "permanent guest" of theirs.
* In ''Film/TheHobbit'', Bilbo Baggins extends this to the dwarves, both when they first raid his pantry in ''[[Film/TheHobbitAnUnexpectedJourney An Unexpected Journey]]'' and then again after ''[[Film/TheHobbitTheBattleOfTheFiveArmies The Battle of the Five Armies]]'', by which point he is a beloved friend and comrade to all of them.
-->'''Bilbo:''' If you're ever passing through Bag End, tea's at four, there's plenty of it, you're always welcome... Don't bother to knock.
* ''Maryada Ramanna'', the 2010 Telugu remake of ''Our Hospitality'', a houseguest discovers that his hosts are part of a rival faction.
* In ''Film/StrawDogs'', David finally takes a stand against a group of local toughs when they try to invade his home to abduct a man he's taken in. David fights off the invaders to protect the man, even though he knows that the man is probably a murderer.
* ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' dramatizes a real-life example. After Raynald slaughters a passive Muslim caravan (including Saladin's sister), Saladin swears revenge. When he eventually captures Raynald and Guy, King of Jerusalem, he offers the latter water to quench his thirst. He refuses it and passes the cup to Raynald, who eagerly drinks it. Guy was being treated as a guest of Saladin, but Raynald was not, so Raynald was not allowed to drink any of the water under Saladin's rules. Raynald knew this, and was intentionally throwing the tradition in his face.
--> '''Raynald:''' I drink water for what it is. (drinks).\\
'''Saladin:''' I did not give the cup to you.\\
'''Raynald:''' No. My lord.\\
'''Saladin:''' ''[Brings out his sword and slashes Raynald's throat]''
* Referenced in ''Film/NinthCompany''. During their training, the Soviet soldiers are taught about the Pashtun concept on hospitality and how the locals will see nothing contradictory about hosting you in their villages and fighting you in the mountains. Later on, one of the soldiers comes across an Afghan man while looking for supplies and the man takes him to a nearby village. Despite being on his own, no harm comes to him.
* ''Film/TheBeastOfWar'' is another movie about the UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan that invokes the trope. The Pashtun rebels spare the life of the protagonist (a Soviet tank driver) when he appeals to their traditional code of Pashtunwali, which requires even an enemy to be given sanctuary if he asks. Though some of the rebels argue that the rules shouldn't apply to DirtyCommunists who've learnt a single word of their language (''nanawatai'' = sanctuary), the fact that he'd been left for dead by his comrades (and is willing to repair an RPG in order to blow them up in payback) is a significant factor in his defence.
* In ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', Chekhov calls Khan out on his violation.
-->'''Chekhov''': Captain Kirk was your host. You repaid his hospitality by trying to steal his ship and ''murder him!''
* In ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'', when Cinderella is at her lowest, she's still ready to find a bowl of milk for the poor beggar-woman who turns up at her garden gate. That beggar turns out to be her fairy godmother.
* In ''{{Film/Zombieland}}'', Creator/BillMurray's idea of "west coast hospitality" involves smoking from the same hookah.
* In the ''Film/JohnWick'' films, one of the rules of the Continental is "no business on Continental grounds." This provides a safe environment for criminals and assassins to rest, eat, drink, meet, and get their weapons and equipment without having to worry about getting attacked. Of course, this rule gets violated as a plot point. In the first film, [[spoiler: Perkins]] tries to kill John in his hotel room, and in response, [[spoiler: Winston has her executed at the end of the film]]. In ''Film/JohnWickChapter2'', it's [[spoiler: John himself]] who breaks the rule, [[spoiler: killing Santino in the Continental when he goes there to hide.]] As a result, Winston declares [[spoiler: John]] "excommunicado" and that any assassin now has the okay to kill him for his actions.
* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'', Indy and his friends are invited to an Indian village and given more food than the rest of the village sees for a week. Willie, the newcomer and TheChick, refuses to eat at first and tries to return it. Indy points out that her actions are merely insulting them and embarrassing him in the process.
* ''Film/ItCouldHappenToYou'': after Muriel wins her suit against Charlie and Yvonne, forcing them to return their share of the lottery winnings, Charlie and Yvonne meet in her diner, where they see a homeless man outside. Despite their losing the case and facing poverty as a result, they invite the homeless man in and feed him. The homeless man turns out to be [[MeaningfulName Angel Dupree]], a New York Post reporter (and {{narrator}} of the movie), who writes about his experience with Charlie and Yvonne in the Post, which inspires hundreds of New Yorkers to raise funds to help the couple.

* Appears among the Taghreb & Soninke cultures of the Dread Empire in ''Literature/APracticalGuideToEvil''. It's probably only due to Sacred Hospitality that their nation can function at all, with everyone in it being Evil
* Referenced in ''Literature/DragonBones'': Ward says something like "Welcome, traveler, to the hearth of Hurog" to an escaped slave, which he knows is an ancient phrase with which he acknowledges her guest-status, which binds him to treat her like a guest, and, implicitly, also protect her from those who wish to re-enslave her. She reacts kind of rudely, apparently ignorant of the implications of his words.
* In ''Literature/TheLodger'' , even as Mr. Sleuth starts to look more and more suspiciously likely as a suspect, his landlady is a gracious host.
* A variation of this occurs in the climax of ''Literature/AliBabaAndTheFortyThieves''; the Bandit Chieftain plans to kill Ali Baba by posing as a merchant and asking for shelter at his house. However, when Ali Baba offers him dinner, the chieftain says he cannot eat it because he cannot eat salt, due to health concerns. The real reason is an unwritten law in the Arabian world, that says you are not allowed to eat a man's food (salt has a special symbolic meaning, too) and then kill him. (Unfortunately for the villain, this makes the slave girl Morgiana suspicious, and she recognizes him; she is later able to slay him in the middle of a dance with daggers after the meal.)
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' it is a plot point that the protagonist's family has to provide shelter for a wounded soldier because that is the law. They later give rooms to the relatives of the wounded soldier, reasoning that their mothers (who are absent for most of the plot) would be angry at them if they let the guests sleep in the barn. [[spoiler: This is partly because it turns out the wounded soldier is actually a princess of the realm.]] The guests, on the other hand, abuse their hospitality by one of them planning to steal a kiss from the son of the house, [[spoiler:and one successfully seducing him, which is a big deal in a world where word of this getting out would make him considered DefiledForever. Luckily his family is openminded]].
* The D'regs in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books have very strong laws to show hospitality to a guest for three days. In ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', "[[CowboyCop 71-Hour Ahmed]]" [[RedBaron got his name]] when he broke this law by killing his (murderously evil) host an hour before the three days were up; another character comments that it wouldn't have mattered so much if he had just waited the extra hour. Thing was, Ahmed knew the killer would pounce the instant Sacred Hospitality ran out (he was bound to it as well); Ahmed didn't want to give him the opportunity.
* [[WordOfDante According to]] ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', betrayal of one's guest or host is such a dire sin that it not only gets you sent to the Ninth Circle (lowest level) of Hell (a [[EvilIsDeathlyCold frozen lake]] with Satan himself frozen in the middle), but especially egregious offenders actually go there before they die -- while a demon takes over the living body. In fact, not only is it in the lowest level, but those who betray their guests or hosts are said to be the second-worst kind of traitor, second only to traitors to their benefactors, worse than those who betray their country or family. This is explained because while one does not choose your family or country, those under the bonds of hospitality enter it of their own free will, making its breaking especially egregious. Violators of hospitality are completely frozen in the lake, except for their faces (traitors to family and to country are frozen to their chins; traitors to benefactors are completely encased in the ice and contorted into various positions--except for the three worst traitors, Judas, Cassius, and Brutus, who are being chewed constantly by Satan's three mouths).
* UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar described in ''Literature/TheIliad'' of Creator/{{Homer}}:
** The war results from a violation of xenia. Paris was a guest of Menelaus but seriously transgressed the bounds of xenia by abducting his host's wife, Helen. Therefore the Achaeans were required by duty to Zeus to avenge this transgression, which as a violation of xenia was an insult to Zeus's authority.
** Two heroes meet during the battle and realize that their grandfathers had once been host and guest. So they trade armor. That way they can ensure that they do not kill each other and so infringe on the obligations of ''xenia''.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', hospitality is such a central part of Westerosi morality that people will trust even their most deadly enemies to hold by it. It is mentioned in "The World of Ice and Fire" that men in the North hold this as the most sacred law.
** Jaime Lannister breaks it early on when he pushes Bran, a son of his host Eddard Stark, out of the window [[spoiler:when Bran catches him having sex with [[BrotherSisterIncest his sister]] Cersei]].
** When Robb Stark returns to Walder Frey after violating his marriage pact to one of the Frey daughters, Catelyn urges the importance of requesting bread and salt, since that would make Robb a guest and free from fear of reprisal during his stay. [[spoiler:It doesn't work. In a shocking violation of Sacred Hospitality, the Freys and their secret allies, [[TheStarscream the Boltons]], slaughter their guests in what is later called "The Red Wedding". Even their newfound allies are sickened by their actions and the Freys become TheFriendNobodyLikes.]] This even has further implications, as it basically lowers the ([[CrapsackWorld already low]]) morality of the entire realm, as it was considered the one rule that even the warring lords would stick to. When it becomes clear that they won't, [[KarmaHoudini and won't be held accountable for it]], the amount of people violating sacred hospitality, or terrified that their guests might do so, skyrockets following the Red Wedding, [[spoiler:and the Freys are gradually picked off in retribution for this]].
** Lord Wyman Manderly, kicking off his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, gets retaliation for the above breach of hospitality [[spoiler:against his family's former beloved liege lords, the Starks, which also resulted in the death of one of his sons Wendel Manderly]] when he cooks three [[spoiler:Freys that are his guests]] into [[TheSecretOfLongPorkPies "pork" pies]] to serve to [[spoiler:their kinsmen]] without their knowledge at a feast to celebrate [[spoiler:the marriage of Ramsay Bolton and a fake Arya Stark]]. He waits, however, until [[ExactWords they leave his home, with gifts that formally symbolize their parting]]. Fearing that the pies are poison, his enemies wait until Manderly eats them first, which he does [[EvilTastesGood with gusto]]. It's theorised that the reason Lord Manderly brought a lot of food (including the pies) to the feast was so he wouldn't be bound by hospitality laws to the Boltons.
*** Manderly also uses LoopholeAbuse earlier, as there AintNoRule that says you can't kill your guests ''after'' they've left your presence, especially as you've given them parting gifts to mark their leaving -- a pair of fast horses that encourage the Freys to ride ahead of Manderly's slow-moving caravan so they can be ambushed away from witnesses.
** Illyrio shows an unusual, perhaps idiosyncratic version when a depressed [[spoiler:Tyrion]] is a guest in the Free Cities: when his guest plans suicide by eating a poisonous mushroom, Illyrio openly offers him a mushroom dish that night at dinner. When the guest wryly notes that serving poison to your guests is hardly hospitable, Illyrio replies that if a guest desires to die then it's his responsibility as a gracious host to put them out of their misery. [[spoiler:Once Tyrion considers that and decides not to eat the mushroom dish, Illyrio eats some of it, demonstrating that he wasn't actually serving poison at his dinner table ''and'' that Tyrion doesn't want to die quite as badly as he thought he did.]]
** Sacred Hospitality looms large when the Night's Watch stay at the wildling Craster's hold, due to mutual dislike. The Night's Watch presents a gift during their first stay, and Mormont grudgingly defers to [[JerkAss Craster's]] demands to keep Craster as one of their allies beyond the Wall, of which they have only a few. When the Watch returns, however, [[spoiler:a few members violate the rules by demanding better food and eventually attacking Craster. Shocked members of the Watch attack the violators, resulting in a deadly melee]].
*** In a slight twist, the first time he's at Craster's, [[HeroicBastard Jon]] specifically chooses to avoid accepting food from [[JerkAss Craster]] or sleeping by his fire because he doesn't want to be bound by rules of hospitality to Craster as he is morally opposed to Craster's terrible treatment of people.
** [[spoiler: The Tyrells break guest rights when they murder Joffrey [[KarmicDeath at his wedding]] to Margaery Tyrell. However, with a little FridgeBrilliance, you can spot a similar, Manderly-like evasion: they basically produced, bought and otherwise provided the raw materials for the catering. Ergo, it was a Tyrell picnic in King's Landing.]]
** The legend of the Rat Cook is related to the reader just to demonstrate how seriously the Westerosi take Guest Right (as they call it). The Rat Cook was a cook in the Night's Watch. One day, a king who had previously insulted the cook comes to the Wall and, as retribution, the cook [[DisproportionateRetribution killed the prince (also at the Wall), put him in a pie, and served it to the king]]. The storyteller notes that the Rat Cook was punished by the gods not for the murder, regicide, or cannibalism -- "for a man has a right to vengeance" -- but for violating Guest Right.
*** Lord Manderly pays homage to this by following up the [[spoiler:Frey Pies]] with a song request about the Rat Cook. For his violation of the Guest Right, the Rat Cook was not only turned into a rat but [[HorrorHunger compelled to eat his kin]]. [[spoiler:Much like Manderly's second round of Frey guests.]]
** Sacred Hospitality is also taken seriously by the wildlings. Jon Snow is a member the Night's Watch and when he is captured by wildlings and taken to their King Mance Rayder, Mance assures Jon that he has Guest Right and therefore, he won't be harmed that night as they have shared shelter and food that day.
** Though it's unclear whether or not there really are gods who enforce the Guest Right, all of the above who have violated Guest Right end up suffering a great deal later in the story, whether or not other people ''know'' they violated the Guest Right.
* In Creator/StephenHunt's ''The Court of the Air'', the commodore welcomes Molly to the hospitality of their house.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/TheHobbit'', when the dwarves first show up, Bilbo is afraid that he doesn't have enough food, because he knows his duty: if there's not enough to go around, it's the host who must go short. (Despite the fact that he didn't even invite them.) To their credit they thought they ''were'' invited thanks to Gandalf's manipulations, and did the dishes after the meal. At the end, after he has left the dwarves -- both sides having assured each other that hospitality will be extended in the future -- he gives the elf king a gift, because he had eaten his food while skulking about his halls.
-->''Then the dwarves bowed low before their Gate, but words stuck in their throats. "Good-bye and good luck, wherever you fare!" said Balin at last. "If ever you visit us again, when our halls are made fair once more, then the feast shall indeed be splendid!"\\
"If ever you are passing my way," said Bilbo, "don't wait to knock! Tea is at four; but any of you are welcome at any time!"''
* Referenced in ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'', where the Count is noticeably unwilling to dine at Albert's home. While he gives other excuses, the explanation is to the effect that he's familiar with the importance of hospitality in Arab tradition, and knows that it wouldn't be right to revenge himself on them if he shared their food. It's how Mercedes gets her first hint that the Count doesn't have her husband's best interests at heart, since he refuses food she herself gives him.
** This is also one of the reasons why he gives extravagant gifts (as well as being part of his persona and to ingratiate himself with people) -- he wants to be in nobody's debt. Whenever someone tries to give him a gift, he gives them a more valuable one to even things out.
** Caderousse's MoralEventHorizon is taking advantage of this trope to murder and rob a wealthy stranger staying (at Caderousse's own insistence) the night in his house. Compounding the crime's seriousness is the fact that said stranger had actually travelled there to trade with him -- Caderousse is simply driven by {{Greed}}.
* Creator/MarcoPolo wrote that during his travels he came across the district of Kamul. When strangers arrived, the male head of a household would leave his own house and allow the stranger to live there as if it were his own, and as if all the females of the household were his own wives. The people of Kamul felt so strongly about this custom that when the Khan banned it, they sent a delegation to ask him to reverse his decision, which he did. Pretty lousy for the wives, though...
* In Creator/CSLewis's ''Literature/PrinceCaspian'', Trufflehunter, Trumpkin and Nikabrik take in Caspian when they find him unconscious outside their home. When he wakes up and they find out he's King Miraz's nephew, Nikabrik wants to kill him, but the others say that if they were going to do that they should have done it first thing; now, it would be murdering a guest.
* In one novel by Creator/AlanFurst, an UsefulNotes/{{OSS}} agent in the Balkans is sheltered by a fishing village. Sometime later the villagers discover that left on the shore for them is a feast (smuggled in by the OSS of course) with a note left to them thanking them. The villagers thereupon wonder what [[NobleFugitive fabulously rich refugee]] they had obtained the gratitude of.
* In Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'', when one witch [[IGaveMyWord pledges]] to treat another as if she were her guest, the other takes it as a perfect promise.
* In ''Beauty'', the Beast's offense was breaking sacred hospitality by not offering shelter. However, he has learned his lesson and treats the eponymous beauty's father as a good host should. What takes him into the prisoner bit is when the father steals a rose. He had promised to try and get one for Beauty, y'see...
* This is why Talon Karrde wouldn't turn in Han Solo and Lando Calrissian when the Empire came by in ''Literature/HeirToTheEmpire''.
* In Creator/JimButcher's ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', even vampires can be taken seriously with hospitality. Of course, they tend to aim for PlausibleDeniability instead of just not harming their guests.[[note]]If ''everyone's'' drinks are poisoned, then it isn't their fault if you happen to be not immune to it[[/note]] It's all down to the most powerful members of the supernatural community being a few hundred years behind the times and having an Old World mentality. The various supernatural groups also have a treaty detailing diplomacy and hospitality and various other aspects of supernaturals dealing with each other. Also, hospitality ''means'' something. Any being's home has a magical barrier at the door referred to as the threshold. Crossing the threshold without [[MustBeInvited being invited in]] means leaving a chunk of your power at the door, if they can enter at all. How much power they lose is determined by how much the dwelling is a home. Dresden's basement bachelor apartment, inhabited for not much more than ten years, doesn't have much stopping power, but a friend's home, inhabited by the same family for about a hundred years, has a hell of a kick.
** Upon fleeing from two [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Red Court Vampire assassins]] and their pet GiantMook; Harry runs through an unexplored region of the [[EldritchLocation NeverNever]] and they all drop into the freaking throne room of the [[TheFairFolk Lord]] of TheWildHunt. Right as said near-godly being is about to execute them all, the Erl-King ironically refers to them as guests. Harry immediately grabs at that, and [[PolitenessJudo thanks the Fey-Lord for granting them his hospitality]]. The Erl-King is amused [[WorthyOpponent and impressed]] by his quick thinking, despite the LoopholeAbuse. He accepts Harry as a "guest", saying that he can hunt him another day.
*** Of course, being a guest of TheFairFolk has its own dangers. The Erl-King points out that, as a host, it would be within his right as a host to keep Harry as a guest for a few centuries. And since the Red Court contingent claim Harry brought them there on purpose for the Erl-king to kill them for Harry while Harry said it was an accident, the Erl-king decides the best way to deal with these conflicting claims is let the sword decide and make them battle a duel. Winner will receive the hospitality, the loser will be treated as an invader to his land. Erl-king notes that if Harry wins and the Red Court tried to save their people, it would be an insult that would draw ''all the Fae'' (Winter, Summer, and Wylde) into attacking the Red Court.
** And in the event a Fae enters a home ''uninvited'' they are still bound by the laws of hospitality. They cannot leave the home in a worse place than when they arrived, hence the [[spoiler:brownies]] being able to enter and clean Harry's home, provided he never speak of them. Even if the host attacks the Fae, the Fae cannot respond with hostile action. Most would simply leave the home and when the person is not inside the home any longer, respond for the previous action.
** Also, certain entities, like the inhabitants of Faerie are essentially bound by their language and betrayal of the Laws of Hospitality border on conceptually impossible for them. Getting them to promise their hospitality however...
*** The Laws strictly bind the Faerie and all members of their Courts. We see a key instance of what happens if someone tries to break the Laws in ''Literature/ColdDays''. Also, even when the hospitality is granted, ExactWords very heavily come into play.
** In ''Literature/TurnCoat'', Harry is hiding [[spoiler: Morgan]] at his house. Pretty much every time he leaves the man there alone, Harry comes back to find [[spoiler: Morgan]] about to kill someone because of some misunderstanding. Harry manages to shame him by pointing out that he would not only expect more courteous behavior from a Demon, he would get it as well.
** Things get tricky for Harry in ''Literature/SkinGame'' when he finds himself in the hospitality of [[spoiler:Hades, Lord of the Underworld. This happens as Harry is there, with others, to steal from one of Hades' vaults]]. However, things aren't as they appear as [[spoiler:Hades knew Harry and crew were coming and believes any who can bypass his three gates defending the vault have earned some treasure. That said, he won't stop the security system if a fight breaks out. It isn't his place to intervene]]. So, in the end, Harry [[spoiler:has a nice chat and glass of wine with the Lord of the Underworld, discussing a range of topics, and Harry nearly violating hospitality anyway by commenting on the dickish behavior of Hades' kin. Hades warns him against making further comments, no matter how justified they are]].
* In the Literature/{{Dragaera}} series, the Dragonlord traditions of hospitality are like this. It's a significant plot point in ''Literature/{{Jhereg}}'', where an absconding crime lord gets himself invited to stay at the home of a powerful Dragonlord, knowing that his host is honor-bound to protect him for enough time for his ploy to come to fruition. [[spoiler:Fortunately, the protagonists are able to maneuver him into violating his own honor as a guest, which makes him fair game.]]
* At the beginning of ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'', Cedric the Saxon orders an old Jew admitted to his hall over the protests of his (only slightly more welcome Norman) guests, using very nearly the exact words from the Abraham example. On the other hand, none of his retainers make room for the old man to sit down.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/ShadowsInZamboula," Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian is warned about the InnOfNoReturn by someone with whom he had stayed for many months.
* In Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/AWizardOfEarthsea'', Ged wonders about the hospitality that he had heard of in certain islands when he actually reaches them. He finds the friend, Vetch, whose initial reaction is surprise and fear, because he does not recognize him. Vetch immediately apologizes for that and has him stay in his own home.
** Sacred hospitality actually appears pretty deeply ingrained in Earthsea, in both the Hardic and Kargad lands. Despite Ged's private gripe, his boat was provisioned for free on the island where people thought he might be some kind of demon, and the innkeeper who told him their island already had a wizard (who turned out to be his friend) gave him free lodging, food, and ale. Staff-carrying wizards almost never pay for such things, or for ship's passage. There is only one story where a character uses a fake staff to take advantage of this. But while hospitality to wizards is mere common sense, there are many examples in the stories of non-wizards (or wizards in disguise) getting the benefit of sacred hospitality.
* In L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[Literature/ProsperosDaughter Prospero Lost]]'', Father Christmas insists on the elf queen not evicting Mephisto from the table because he is his guest. Indeed, such is his hospitality that Miranda accepts [[ItWasAGift a gift]] from one of TheFairFolk, knowing that Father Christmas would not allow it to be baneful under his roof.
* In the first SPQR series novel "The King's Gambit", the murderer's violation of sacred hospitality provides Decius with the clue he needs to understand the entire underlying conspiracy.
* In Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'', General Tilney invites the protagonist in his house because he wants her to marry his son. One day, he suddenly throws her out with a lame excuse and sends her away in a public coach with no attending servant. (This doesn't sound so horrible today, but back then it meant deliberate insult.) The reason for all that was, he found out she wasn't as rich as he thought. His violation of Sacred Hospitality is how the reader fully sees his true colors.
* ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'':
** How do we know that Cao Cao is a villainous individual? He violates Sacred Hospitality quite badly. His paranoia has him murder his hosts after he overhears them planning to kill something despite having been put up as an honoured guest. The thing in question? Their pig to provide meat for the table. His justification upon discovering his error speaks volumes about his character. "Better I betray the world than it betray me!"
** Later, Cao Cao's father was murdered by underlings of Tao Qian, the governor of Xuzhou while they were supposed to be keeping said father safe from brigands.
** Lu Bu takes over Xuzhou from Liu Bei while being his guest.
** Liu Bei once sought sanctuary with a man named Liu An, who took Sacred Hospitality so seriously that he murdered his own wife and used her flesh to make a meal when there was otherwise nothing to eat.
* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Thuvia, Maid of Mars]]'', Thuvia refuses to let Cathoris defend her honor after Asok's behavior on the grounds he is her father's guest.
* Referenced in ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'': Bast threatens the scribe, saying "You have eaten at my table," implying that this created a magical obligation between them. Since Bast is [[spoiler:a fairy]], he probably means this literally.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/TimePatrol'', two agents claim to be Woden and Thundor and to watch over the family henceforth as they leave -- in an obvious nod to the many myths.
* In Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/LoveAndFreindship'', Laura, Sophia, and their husbands abuse hospitality freely.
** A rude return to Edward's aunt's invitation.
-->''We returned a suitable answer to this affectionate Note, and after thanking her for her kind invitation, assured her that we would certainly avail ourselves of it, whenever we might have no other place to go to. Tho' certainly nothing could, to any reasonable Being, have appeared more satisfactory than so grateful a reply to her invitation, yet I know not how it was, but she was certainly capricious enough to be displeased with our behavior''
** At [=MacDonald's=], they persuade his daughter to run off with a fortune-hunter, and then rob him.
* In Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/GloryRoad'', Oscar is shocked to find his host's wife and daughter waiting in his bed. He politely turns them down and sends them away, not wanting to betray his host. The next morning, his party is rudely ejected from the home. When he tells Star about what happened, she is horrified. Custom in the land they are traveling is that it is ''insulting'' to refuse the sexual favors of the women of the household. Their host had been insulted that Oscar would refuse his women when they offered themselves to him.
* In the ChivalricRomance ''Guy of Warwick'', Guy is an earl's guest when it is revealed that the earl's son died in a quarrel with a stranger -- Guy. The earl, breaching hospitality, attacks him, but in his escape, Guy gives the dismounted earl his horse in return for his dinner.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' story "The Ordeal of Young Tuppy", Tuppy maintains that he wishes to give a Irish water spaniel to his host's daughter merely out of gratitude for their hospitality.
* In Creator/SandyMitchell's Literature/CiaphasCain novel ''The Greater Good'', Cain notes the poor hospitality of the Adeptus Mechanicus. Subverted in that to their cybernetic hosts their treatment is quite respectful.
* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''[[Literature/FirebirdLackey Firebird]]'' features the Bannik, spirit of the steam bath house, who react favorably to humble and respectful guests, so long as the "third bath turn is given to him".
* ''Literature/SpocksWorld'', a Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse novel, holds that this is one of the tenets of Vulcan society, with such rules as allowing a guest to be refreshed with water before any conversation takes place. However, such rules do not extend to neighbors (as they are seen to be competition for the scarce resources).
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheRiddleMasterOfHed'', Morgan recalls the tale of Ingris, who refused Har hospitality and was {{curse}}d for it.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "Eutopia", Iason tells the Voivode that Ottar's anger led him to attack Iason, in violation of sacred hospitality. To be sure, he doesn't tell what he had done to provoke anger.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye|1961}}'', Troy is welcomed to a shelter in the Wild with a set formula clearly designed to formally convey hospitality.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/OrdealInOtherwhere'', the Wyverns make Charis welcome and offer her a place to sleep.
** Later in ''Literature/ForerunnerForay'', Turan tells his household to provide for the guards who brought them back safely.
* In Creator/JulieKagawa's ''Literature/TheIronDaughter'', the LeananSidhe invokes this to assure Meghan and her friends that the food is not enchanted. Not that the rest of the fairies seem to care.
* In Creator/BernardCornwell's ''Literature/{{Sharpe}}'s Triumph'', [=McCandless=] and Sharpe are put up by Pohlmann after they escort Simone there. When [=McCandless=] is shot and his horses stolen, he reminds Pohlmann they were his guests. Pohlmann is apologetic and has the man killed.
* Literature/NeroWolfe:
** He may be an unrepentant misanthropic recluse, but his code of honor means that he will be in every way the impeccable host if someone calls upon his hospitality. Over the course of the series, he's hosted murder suspects, witnesses and clients for dinner, invited them to view his orchids and even given them a room to sleep in overnight should they need it. As well as a matter of honour, however, it also serves a double purpose in that it enables him to keep someone who has every reason to want to run as far as they can get (such as someone suspected of or guilty of murder) right where a close eye can be kept on them.
** He also upholds the duty of the ''guest'' on the few times that he's obliged to leave his own home. In one novel, when he discovers that one of the other guests of the family he's staying with is the murderer he's looking for, he arranges spurious reasons for all of the family members to leave the house and then tells the murderer that he's onto them. The murderer flees, right into a police roadblock Wolfe set up ahead of time. This is all so that his hosts are neither discomfited by having the murderer arrested in their home, nor are put in the position of having to violate Sacred Hospitality by turning him over to the police themselves.
** In keeping with all this, it's generally not a good idea to try murdering someone who is enjoying Wolfe's hospitality or has come to him seeking help while they're in Wolfe's house, as he will take this as a personal insult and stop at nothing to expose and ruin you in response.
* Given that the universe of Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'' runs off the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality in the form of the Tradition, it should come as no surprise that Sacred Hospitality and the loopholes associated with it are more or less natural laws.
* The Uplands have an idiosyncratic version in ''[[Literature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShore Gifts]]''. Guests are to be given useful work to do so that they don't feel like bums. But when you get an invite, you have to accept it at some point or give ''major'' offense, and if you're dealing with a family that has a particularly nasty gift, giving offense is a very bad idea.
* In the UrbanFantasy setting of ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', ancient laws of hospitality are enforced upon practitioners by the animist nature of the setting--if a spirit (and there are always spirits) sees a practitioner violate hospitality (attacking a guest, or attacking someone that is your host, usually), they'll exact a toll and spread word to other spirits, which influence the world subtly against that practitioner and generally gives them bad Karma.
* In the ''Literature/SpiralArm'' series, the Terran Brotherhood follows the custom of granting sacred hospitality with bread and salt; once it has been given, they will offer a guest no violence. The Fudir notes, however, that it's still not a good idea to anger them even after they've granted hospitality. They might allow you to leave unharmed, but they aren't above sending assassins in pursuit immediately afterwards.
* In ''Literature/ZeroSight'' the principles os Xenia are taken seriously enough that a magus gives up on killing a vampire when she realizes she accidentally offered the vampire her hospitality.
* In Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Legend'', the Nadir tradition prohibits killing a guest at your own campfire. This is used twice during the siege as a form of parley: Ulric sets up a campfire to have a chat with Druss early on, and after [[spoiler:Druss's]] death most of the remaining protagonist figures visit the Nadir during their celebrations and are, after a few false starts, treated as friends, even though the next morning they'll be trying to kill each other again.
* In ''Literature/TheLegendOfTheWanderingKing'', which is written in the style of an Arabian folktale, the homeless protagonist is given food and shelter by a merchant. Only after about ''five months'' have passed in this fashion does the merchant even begin to suggest he stop mooching. (Luckily, in keeping with narrative tradition, the merchant is eventually rewarded for his generosity.)
* In the ''Literature/DreambloodDuology'', Guest right in shunha households (and one can assume sonha households) ensures that a guest be treated as an honorary member of the family for the duration of their stay.
* The poem ''The Christmas Guest'' follows a cobbler named Conrad who is told by an angel that the Lord (or Jesus, depending on which version you're reading) will be his guest for Christmas. Conrad makes his home ready, but is interrupted three times: the first by a man with tattered shoes, who Conrad gives a new pair of shoes. The second is a beggar woman, who Conrad invites in to have a hot meal. The third is a lost child, who Conrad invites in, feeds, and then helps find their home. When the sun sets and Jesus has yet to appear, he despairs, only for the Lord to appear and say that he was the shoeless man, the beggar and the lost child.
* ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'':The Faeries, who basically live for annoying, and tricking people, stop their mischievousness all together, when being bound by rules of hospitality.
* This is present in ''Literature/{{Victoria}}''. While the Nazi emissary Halsing visits Rumford, he is treated as his personal guest, and reciprocates appropriately. It is only after he is formally turned over to the authorities that he becomes a prisoner in the usual sense--and consequently, also only then that he begins to work on effecting his escape.

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* ''[[Series/BlakesSeven Blake's 7]]'': In the episode [[http://www.hermit.org/Blakes7/Episodes/Reviews/DeathWatch1.html Death Watch]] it is stated that the [[http://www.hermit.org/Blakes7/SevenCyc/T.html Teal-Vandor Convention]] will protect guests from external enemies as long as the guest obeys the local laws.
* ''Series/ComeDineWithMe'' is a RealityShow entirely designed around guests breaking the laws of hospitality: people are invited to each other's houses, waited on hand and foot, and then encouraged to bitch and moan about the slightest flaws in the food or entertainment. While most people have some heated arguments and forgive and forget when the competition is ended (kinda - contestants state they'd try not to keep in contact if they ''really'' hated each other) one guest was heavily criticized both on the show and across the country after [[SoreLoser he kicked everyone out of his house after losing the competition]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fPmVv5is6Q Have a look here!]]
%%* Invoked in the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Gypsy Eyes".
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Westeros treats hospitality religiously. When formally welcoming a guest, they are given protection in the Light of the Seven. To break the guest right is considered to be unthinkable.
*** The law is flagrantly broken by Walder Frey at the Red Wedding massacre. During it, King Robb, his wife, Queen Talisa, his mother, Lady Catelyn, most of his bannermen and men-at-arms are murdered following the marriage feast and bedding of Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey.
*** Lady Olenna also breaks this law by poisoning King Joffrey while a guest at his wedding.
** When Jon Snow plans to murder Mance Rayder to disperse the wildlings, Mance is cunning enough to offer him food and drink, which makes the decision much harder for Jon.
--> '''Mance:''' "Are you capable of that, Jon Snow? Killing a man in his own tent when he's just offered you peace? Is that what the Night's Watch is now? Is that what you are?"
** In the first episode of season 7 "Dragonstone", Arya encounters a group of recently conscripted and friendly Lannister soldiers. She attempts to demurr their offer of food and wine since she doesn't want to be bound by Guest Right in case she has to kill them, but the unknowing soldiers insist on sharing their meal with her.
* In ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', Sam once was saved while operating in Afghanistan as a SEAL by villagers who offered him hospitality. Years later, when Taliban extremists seek revenge against said villagers (who had immigrated to the US), Sam points out to them that the tradition of hospitality predated the region becoming Muslim, so the Taliban agents were in the wrong in this matter (they ignore him).
* A {{flashback}} in ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' reveals that Duncan once ended up shipwrecked in Japan during the country's isolationist period, when any Westerner is supposed to be killed on sight. Instead, the man who finds him, a local samurai lord, takes him in as an honored guest and even has his daughter perform a tea ceremony for him. He also explains that, should Duncan leave his home, he would be captured and executed. Naturally, Duncan chuckles at the thought, until the samurai explains that he would be executed by beheading (which kills immortals too). The samurai later reveals that the Emperor has found out about Duncan and what the lord has done and has voiced his displeasure. Basically, the samurai is now honor-bound to commit {{Seppuku}} to erase that displeasure. He asks Duncan, as a close friend, to perform the final blow that would sever his neck. After an initial shock, Duncan solemnly agrees to perform the rite. He ends up keeping the katana, which is his signature sword in the series, and has watched over the samurai's family since then.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}''. After Julius Caesar's assassination, Marc Antony turns up at Brutus' house to arrange a truce. No-one seriously believes that Antony will stick to any agreement, so after Antony steps outside so they can discuss the matter, the other conspiractors urge Brutus to kill Antony while they have the chance. [[HonorBeforeReason Brutus refuses to kill a guest in his home]], whereupon his mother points out that Antony isn't in their home, [[LoopholeAbuse he's waiting outside on the street]] for their decision. Brutus is then shown stepping out onto the street...to embrace Antony, signifying he's accepted their truce. Which doesn't stop Antony from cutting the throat of a man who tried to murder him earlier. Then again, they were on the street.
* ''Series/{{Ozark}}'': Darlene Snell executes a high-ranking member of a Mexican cartel in her living room, causing her hillbilly husband to object... because he was their guest.

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* [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]] is full of examples. Zeus himself was patron of hospitality (as well as most other social laws), so breaking Sacred Hospitality, either by host or guest, would incur his fury.
** The poor, elderly couple Baucis and Philemon received with glad hospitality two weary travelers whom their wealthier neighbors had driven off. Since these travelers were [[AngelUnaware Zeus and Hermes]], they quickly realized that their supplies refused to run out no matter how much they and their guests took. Recognizing that they must be playing host to gods, the couple prostrated themselves before their guests. The gods then turned their neighbors' village into a lake, and transformed the stingy neighbors into fish, and then told Baucis and Philemon that they would be granted a wish. The old couple replied that their wish was that they should die at the same moment so neither of them had to live widowed. When they did die, they were outside their home looking at that lake, and because Zeus [[PetTheDog can be a softie sometimes]], [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments he turned the old couple into two trees, their branches forever intertwined in love, forever looking out on one of the most beautiful vistas in Greece]].
*** On the flipside, take the example of Lycaon. He and his sons ''knew'' Zeus made a habit of randomly dropping by to check on xenia, host and guest alike, so when they happened to get a visitor one night, they suspected his real identity. What do they do to make sure? Why, ''cook a child into a stew'', following Tantalus' example (seen further along on the page). Zeus literally flips the table, turns Lycaon and his brood into the first werewolves remarking that only their appearance changed, nothing within, and had the kid brought back to life. Made even worse by some versions which specify that Lycaon used to have a daughter, Kallisto, who... Zeus fancied... to put it in polite terms. Kallisto was turned into a bear (for being raped or for keeping her pregnancy secret from Artemis, whose hunter she was), but gave birth to a son, and this son was the child Lycaon cooked.
** In Creator/{{Euripides}}'s ''Theatre/{{Alcestis}}'', when Admetus' wife sacrificed herself for him and then Heracles appeared at his home, Admetus tried to hide that he was in mourning for his wife because they considered hospitality sacred. As a result, he allowed Heracles to carouse and carry on. When Heracles finally learned of the death, he was [[DueToTheDead deeply embarrassed at having behaved so festively in a house of mourning -- even unawares --]] and went to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu wrestle]] with [[TheGrimReaper Death]] to reclaim her.
*** Admetus is pretty famous for this trope, actually. He once sheltered Apollo when the latter was sentenced to spend a year as a mortal for killing (variously) Delphyne or the Cyclops. As a reward Apollo not only served as Admetus' cowherd during that time, insuring that all the cows bore twins, but later helped Admetus win the eponymous Alcestis' hand in marriage. He also convinced the Fates to allow Admetus to forgo the expected day of his death if Admetus could find someone to die in his stead. Alcestis eventually volunteered to do so, leading to the above encounter with Heracles.
** Another Myth/GreekMythology one: Procrustes the blacksmith, and innkeeper of the first InnOfNoReturn, who offered xenia then broke it. You see, he would let guests stay at his house and stay in this special iron bed. However, if they proved shorter than the bed, he would stretch them out to get them to full size; if they were too tall, he would cut them to size. What if they were exactly the right size? Funny, that: [[MortonsFork he secretly had two beds]]. Eventually, Theseus captured him and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard "fitted" him to the bed he had used to murder passersby]]. [[TheUnreveal No one knows whether Theseus had to stretch or chop Procrustes]].
** King Midas, despite being greedy, was very hospitable, and this was what eventually got him in trouble. When his servants caught the old satyr Silenus drunk and passed out after trespassing on his royal grounds, Midas ordered him bathed and fed, and politely entertained him for ten days before taking him back to Dionysus in Lydia. Dionysus offered Midas his choice of whatever reward he wished for. Midas asked that whatever he might touch should be changed into gold. The god warned Midas that he had made a foolish wish, but he granted it, and as everyone familiar with the story knows, Dionysus was right. In some versions of the myth, when Midas begs to recant his wish, Dionysus specifically refers to Midas' hospitality, saying basically "you should not suffer for that."
** Ixion broke hospitality rules in the most amazingly stupid ways. He invited his family over for a feast, including Deioneus, the father of his recently-wed wife, Dia. To get back at Deioneus for taking his livestock as "payment" for Dia, Ixion pushed him into a flaming bed and was exiled for the kinslaying/hospitality breach. Then Zeus, feeling sorry for the guy (after all, as far as reasons for hospitality breaches go, being forced to pay an excessive bride-price is at least comprehensible), invited him up to hang out with the rest of the gods; they figured he was a terrible host, but this time he's a guest and his hosts are gods, he'll have some sense, right? ''WRONG.'' They didn't count on Ixion being stone cold crazy. Let's see what happened next, folks:
*** During the feast, ''he felt up Hera in front of everyone''. He wasn't even slick about it. He was trying, because he didn't have the balls to do it openly, but he was kind of a screwup and kept being way too obvious about it. And he was still staring at her and breathing way too hard.
*** So Zeus decided to test his guest; he formed up some clouds into a Hera-shaped sexdoll and floated it by Ixion's room at night. Ixion ''raped'' it. Let that sink in for a moment. Ixion was willing to rape Zeus's wife, in Zeus's house, when Zeus put up his exiled ass out of the kindness of his godly heart. [[RedemptionRejection Ixion would have done that to the King of the Gods]]; clearly, this was a man who had passed the MoralEventHorizon some time ago. Needless to say, the next few moments of Ixion's life were electrifying. You could say it was a rather shocking affair. [[DontExplainTheJoke You could almost say]] [[BoltOfDivineRetribution Zeus smote him with a thunderbolt]], even.
*** And so, Ixion was thrown into Tartarus, chained to a wheel, set on fire and left to burn for all eternity. The Hera sexdoll gave birth to the Centaurs. And, ladies and gentlemen, this is why ''you [[TooDumbToLive do not abuse the hospitality of the Greek gods]]''.
** Tantalus. For some reason, the Olympians liked him enough to attend one of his banquets. When he noticed that his larder wasn't fully stocked with enough meat to prepare the feast, he decided to supplement it with his ''own son'' Pelops. This revolted the Olympians[[note]]Except, in some stories, Demeter, who was so worked up about missing Persephone that she ate a bit of Pelops' shoulder; it was replaced with a magical bit of ivory[[/note]] who revived the boy but decided to give Tantalus a chance to redeem himself as their guest. What did Tantalus do? He ''stole their ambrosia'', shared it with his mortal friends, and blabbed the secrets of the gods. Tantalus stole the food of the gods and ''[[TooDumbToLive bragged about it]]''. His punishment was just as nasty as Ixion's. Since Tantalus' crimes were food related he was condemned to eternal starvation and thirst in Tartarus. He was chained to a tree laden with ripe fruit while waist deep in fresh water, with the nasty catch that the tree branches would lift the fruit out of his reach and the water would recede whenever he tried to take a sip. Thus the origin of the word "tantalize".
*** Tantalus' bit with Pelops leads to a whole chain of curses--many of them involving parents killing children or the other way around--that end up defining a good chunk of Greek Myth, including the breach of hospitality that started UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar. On one hand, Pelops, as King of Pisa (the one in the Peloponnese), curses Laios, the King of Thebes, after a particularly severe breach of hospitality: Laios raped and abducted Chrysippus--Pelops' son--while a guest in Pisa, leading Pelops to cry, "May your own son kill you, Theban!" This curse is what leads to [[Theatre/OedipusRex that famous bit with Laios getting killed and his son marrying his wife]], which in turn leads to the Seven Against Thebes, regarded as a warm-up to the Trojan War. In the meantime, Pelops' other son Atreus became King of Mycenae--a very good gig--but his other brother Thyestes makes the mistake of seducing Mrs. Atreus while a guest in the Mycenae royal palace (a major breach of hospitality). Atreus finds out and in revenge slaughters Thyestes' sons and serves them up to their father, tricking him into eating them (which, revenge or no, is [[DisproportionateRetribution still a breach of hospitality]]). Thystes then curses Atreus, whose sons are Menelaus and Agamemnon, whose tale is partly recorded above. Of course, then you get into the interesting story of how Agamemnon gets killed by his wife (who was seeing Thyestes' son Aegisthus after the Iphigenia story), who then gets killed by her son Orestes and daughter Electra, the former of whom goes mad until absolved by an Athenian court (and [[JustSoStory creating the presumption of innocence in the Athenian justice system]], if Creator/{{Aeschylus}}' ''Theatre/TheOresteia'' is to be believed).
** The reason the Trojan War started was not only because Paris stole Menelaus' wife (and because all of Helen's other suitors had made an oath to help her husband defend her, if it came to it -- the oath was how [[TheSmartGuy Odysseus]] had prevented a huge war among all the kings of Greece when she first came of age) -- but because Paris was Menelaus' ''guest'' when he did so. The fact that he was visiting Menelaus' kingdom was, in fact, the only reason he ever met Helen. The other kings showed up because of their oath -- but it's likely that the war would never have continued for so long if Paris hadn't broken the laws of hospitality at the same time he made off with Helen.
** Bellerophon was an unwitting beneficiary of hospitality's protection. The wife[[note]]Her name is disputed[[/note]] of his first host (Proetus of Tiryns) attempted to seduce him, and then [[WoundedGazelleGambit claimed Bellerophon had ravished her when he refused]]. Suitably enraged, Proetus wanted to kill Bellerophon, but as Bellerophon was his guest he could not honourably take revenge. So he instead gave him a missive to be delivered to his father-in-law, Iobates of Lycia. On arriving in Lycia, Bellerophon and his new host feasted for several days before the missive was opened, [[PleaseShootTheMessenger containing a request that the recipient kill the bearer of said message]]. Now Bellerophon was protected doubly by hospitality. So Iobates [[UriahGambit devised suicidal tasks for Bellerophon to accomplish]]...which he accomplished repeatedly.
** When Leto wandered into Lycia, she tried to drink from a pool. The peasants there stirred it up until it was too muddy to drink. She turned them into frogs.
** Other examples of hosts trying to kill guests by requesting potentially lethal favors of them in Greek Mythology were Polydectes to Perseus and Aeetes to Jason.
* In ''Literature/TheOdyssey'':
** Odysseus's conflict with Polyphemus. After eating some of the cyclops's cheese, Odysseus insists that they wait for him to return and offer him wine as a gift. However, Polyphemus violates hospitality by eating some of Odysseus' men (believing himself not to be subject to Zeus because he is a son of Poseidon). Figuring the rules of hospitality don't apply anymore, Odysseus gets Polyphemus drunk and blinds him.
** The reason why Odysseus slaughters the suitors in his home rather than just kick them out is because they had violated the rules of hospitality by [[TheThingThatWouldNotLeave refusing to leave]] when his wife had asked. In fact, the gods demand that he kill them.
** There's an incredible irony here, intentional or not. The whole reason Odysseus had been put through hell and took so long to get home to his wife was because Poseidon, Polyphemus' father, sought revenge for his son being blinded after Polyphemus asked him to make Odysseus' life as miserable as possible, despite the fact that Polyphemus had violated a divine law himself. Yet, Odysseus himself honored this law in one important turning point of the story and inflicted punishment on those who violated it in another. So does this prove that Odysseus is more honorable than a god who does not respect a law that he and his fellows put in place? Like many stories involving the Greek gods' interactions with mortals, yes.
* There are many cases in Myth/NorseMythology of people offering hospitality. Apparently in their culture it was a great insult to imply that someone was a bad host. Also, going incognito by calling oneself just "Gestr" ("Guest") was acceptable. Odin did it occasionally.
** Often the gods find themselves forced to put up with a troublemaker because they had already offered him (or her) their hospitality. The most well-known example is found in the ''Literature/PoeticEdda'' poem "Lokasenna" ("Loki's Quarrel"), where the gods attend a feast in Aegir's hall and Loki exploits the rule of hospitality by insulting every single one of them repeatedly, because he knows they can't resort to violence against him without breaking the law of hospitality. At the end, however, the trope is {{subverted|Trope}} when Thor arrives late to the feast and threatens to hit Loki with his hammer -- and Loki leaves, because he knows that Thor is the only one there who actually ''will'' hit him.
** Indeed, the first and oldest half of Hávamál, one of the few gnomic Norse texts, is almost entirely dedicated to explaining why and how one should be a good host.
* Pele (the Hawaiian goddess of fire and volcanoes), [[http://www.learningtogive.org/materials/folktales/Calabash.asp put off by the rich and welcomed by the poor]], curses the former and blesses the latter, and so children are warned to be kind to strangers, who might be Pele.
* There is an Arab story of a burglar who entered the Sultan's palace and stole a bag, which he thought contained sugar (back then a valuable commodity and very much worth stealing). On opening the bag, he found it actually contained salt. As salt is a symbol of hospitality, there was no honorable thing to do but bring it back and leave it. When the guards guessed what had happened, the Sultan ordered that the city be searched. When the thief was found, the Sultan showered him with riches because he had risked his life for Sacred Hospitality.
* A similar story has it that a burglar is about finished when he finds a small box with what he thinks is sugar. When he tastes it and realizes it is salt, he puts everything back.
* Shows fairly often in ''The Literature/ArabianNights''. For example, in "Literature/AliBabaAndTheFortyThieves", a dinner guest at Ali Baba's house says that he is unable to eat anything with salt in; his excuse is a dietary restriction, but actually he's the bandit chief, come in disguise to kill Ali Baba, and if he eats salt while he's a guest, he has "shared salt" with his host and is bound by the laws of hospitality. Ali Baba, suspecting nothing, orders food to be prepared without salt, but this makes his wise slave girl curious and leads to her unmasking the bandit.
* Sacred Hospitality killed the great hero [[Myth/CelticMythology Cuchulainn]]. One of his geases prevented him from ever turning down hospitality; another forbade him from eating dog's flesh. When he stayed with an enemy (for reasons that made sense at the time), dinner that night was dog. The next day, stripped of his strength, Cuchulainn was killed in battle.
* In Literature/TheBible:
** Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for, [[WretchedHive among other things]], violating this rule. Some [[AngelUnaware angels go in disguise]] to test if anyone is willing to extend hospitality to them, but only Lot does so (to the point of protecting said angels from a mob of would-be rapists, and [[ValuesDissonance offering up his own daughters instead]]), and thus Lot and his family are spared while the rest of Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed.
** More happily, Abraham also has occasion to entertain the very same angels, who show up to tell him that, after some decades of trying, he and Sarai are finally going to have a kid.
** Jael, Heber's wife, subverted this. The Philistine general Sisera was fleeing after having been defeated by Deborah and her general Baraq, and Jael offered to shelter and hide him in her tent. After he was asleep, she drove a tent peg through his skull. She wasn't punished for breaking this "law" because Sisera was '''that''' dangerous.
** The Incident at Gibeah: a Levite, his concubine, and his servant stop for the night in Gibeah. One man welcomes them into his home, then the rest of the townsmen form a mob and demand to rape the Levite, who throws them his concubine instead. The men of Gibeah rape her to death, and this pits the rest of the tribes against the tribe of Benjamin. The author of Judges deliberately mirrors the story of Sodom and Gamorrah to say that the violation of sacred hospitality wasn't just a Canaanite problem.
** Found several times in the New Testament, as well. The most well-known example would be the GoodSamaritan. There's also a passage in Matthew 10 where Jesus is sending his disciples out for their first hands-on missionary training. He tells them to take nothing with them but the clothes on their backs. Any house that welcomes them is to be blessed, but for anyone who doesn't receive them "it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city." (The hospitality laws of the Jews were spelled out in Exodus, and were ''really'' important.)
*** Before the above (at least, found before the Luke telling of it), when He was on His way to Jerusalem, He sent messengers ahead to Samaria to prepare a place for Him, but they wouldn't receive Him because of His destination. James and John asked if He wanted them to command fire to come down and burn them up. (Jesus thought they were overreacting, and they just went to another village.)
* In Myth/HinduMythology, Yama arrived home to find that a man had been awaiting his arrival for three days. In atonement for this lack of hospitality, he granted the man three boons.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Both Aslan and Vilani in TabletopGame/{{Traveller}} have their own hospitality codes.
** Some variations of the Aslan code come even before kin ties. One Aslan was praised for killing his brother in battle rather then turn against his host.
* One of the three main customs (the others being Covenant and the Law of the Duel) holding the society of demons together in ''TabletopGame/{{Infernum}}''. Being a race almost entirely composed of NeutralEvil individuals, there's naturally a lot of wrangling over the fine details, such as whether hospitality extends solely to a demon's fortress or to anywhere on a demon's estates. In general, though, so long as a demon remembers to request hospitality (refusal of such a request reflects badly on the host-demon and its whole House), and makes no effort to attack its host, it is perfectly safe while in that fortress. Should either individual attack the other, though, the wronged party is free to do whatever they like to the assailant, and the host is only forbidden from enchanting or injuring their guest- they can otherwise make them as uncomfortable and/or unwelcome as they desire.
* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' one of the most important of the Great Rights of mage society is the Right of Hospitality where a mage who requests sanctuary and protection is required to be given it, usually in the wake of an attack or [[MagicMisfire paradox]], or because the mage is far from home. Most protocols regarding this Right require the mage to (at the very least) keep them for at least a week, protect them from any possible threat, provide them with shelter and enough food to survive off of, and having any serious wounds tended to; most mages are likely to go beyond these limited requirements. Failure to properly honor Hospitality is often regarded as extreme enough to act as a preface to declaring war.
** In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', granting hospitality and sanctuary to any Changeling who enters your dwelling for twenty-four hours is mandatory. Unlike most mandatory things in Changeling, however, this one can be denied- it's not magically enforced, but it's plain bad form not to. After all, you're all on the same side. Most of the time.
** One of the basic tenets of Kithain society in ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming'' holds that faerie locales should be kept free of Banality and worldly violence, and anyone seeking refuge in such a place should be admitted. Unfortunately, it's often disregarded thanks to competition for the few Earthly locales that still exist.
** In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'':
*** This is one of the core traditions of the Camarilla, who expect all visiting vampires to announce their presence in the domain and behave themselves properly while they are there. It's subverted in that the obligations of the guest are observed far more closely than those of the host.
*** The Tzimisce are monsters even among the [[TranshumanTreachery Sabbat]], but nonetheless are ''extremely'' strict about guests and hosts both following the rules of hospitality. As the clan has its roots in the unforgiving [[{{Uberwald}} mountains and forests of eastern Europe]], these rules used to be necessary for travel, and are now enforced by elders who remember those days.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}: Literature/ArabianNights'' has the disadvantage "Code of Honor: Arabian," which has as its main departure from other Codes of Honor the emphasis on Sacred Hospitality; a character with the disadvantage must conduct himself properly as a guest and shelter others the best he can when they need it.
* One ''geas'' you can take on yourself as a TabletopGame/{{Scion}} of the Irish gods requires you to obey the laws of hospitality as a host. A separate one demands that you always accept such offers from others. If you break the latter, the only way to restore it is to live ''entirely'' on the kindness of others for a period of time depending on how seriously you swore it.
** In ''Scion: Ragnarok'' we're told the Aesir hold this to be true as well. Even the Titans Jord and Ran threw a feast for the Aesir where the only trouble came from (surprise surprise) [[JerkAss Loki]]. A scion of the Aesir is expected to provide hospitality for his family and can in turn expect the same in their parent's home. Of course, their divine hosts might imply that a good guest wouldn't mind helping his host out with a ''little'' problem (read: very dangerous quest)
* In a short story written for ''TabletopGame/WarcraftTheRoleplayingGame'', a group of soldiers find refuge in a peasant's home in post-fall Lordaeron. Having been fighting the Scourge for days, they are grateful for the hot food and beverage the peasant offers. Unfortunately, the peasant is actually a Scourge agent who was using hospitality to fish out information about troop movements. Once the soldiers let slip some details the peasant [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness kills them]].
* The Al-Qadim setting for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', which is based on the Literature/ArabianNights, mentions the Arabic examples from under Mythology and Literature while discussing the salt code, and encourages Zakhayan characters to be equally diligent in following it.
* In the solo adventure module "A Bad Batch of Brownies" (from ''Magazine/{{Dungeon}} #58''), the reason the brownies are acting "bad" (tattooing themselves, wearing leather jackets, trying to sound and act "tough", and making the forest a complete and utter mess) is because they're trying to emulate an unusual guest. "Wild Jack" is a street tough from a biker gang who came through a Well of Many Worlds from an Alternate Prime Material Plane [[FromBeyondTheFourthWall (as in, ours)]], and while he's not the most cordial or polite of guests, the brownies insist he not be killed or abused, as he's a guest. Not to mention it was ''their'' fault he's here, as they were misusing the Well of Many Worlds and now have no idea how to help him get home. The player's goal is finding a way to do that.
* In ''{{TabletopGame/Exalted}}'', the Autocthonian city of Kamak takes this very seriously. Kamak is located in a very cold region, where exposure to the elements may mean death. Therefore, a Kamaki is expected to share her home and food with whoever asks. (This law does have limits, though. A person who abuses the hospitality rule to invade the home of an enemy is [[FateWorseThanDeath severely punished.]])
* In ''TabletopGame/HousesOfTheBlooded'', hospitality has a special meaning. Normally in ven society, politics and backstabbing are just part of the fun - but if you request hospitality, and it's granted, what you're agreeing to is "no games." Your host won't plot against you, poison you, or look for ways to screw you over, you won't go prying into parts of the house where you shouldn't be in or otherwise screwing your host, and both sides are supposed to ''mean it''. Ordinary social occasions are not hospitality.
* ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRolePlayingGame'': As in the source material, the Klatchian and D’reg’s Codes of Honour are serious about hospitality: “If you take in a guest or ''are'' a guest, treat the hospitality as sacred for exactly 72 hours.” Conversely, the Dark Lord’s Code puts a twisted spin on the idea: “Provide visiting heroes who aren't yet scheduled for the death-trap with comfortable lodgings, submissive servants, and a change of clothes.”

* In ''Theatre/DieWalkuere'', Hunding finds his wife Sieglinde sheltering a man he's been pursuing, and, presumably having learned from the mistakes in Mythology above, lets him stay freely before trying to kill him in the morning, stating "''Heilig ist mein Herd, heilig sei mir mein Gast''" ("My hearth is holy, let my guest be holy to me too"). The man, Siegmund, then betrays Hunding's hospitality by running off with Sieglinde (who also was Siegmund's long-lost sister). Wotan is cool with the incest, not to mention that Siegmund and Sieglinde are his illegitimate children, but his wife Fricka (who is ''not'' the twins' mom) is the protector of marriage and so she demands that Wotan punish Siegmund with death. [[spoiler: He does allow Hunding to kill Siegmund in combat, and even punishes the titular Walkuere (Brünnhilde) when she tries to stop the duel, but then he kills Hunding himself.]]
* In Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'', Macbeth worries about killing Duncan while he was a guest in Macbeth's castle.
-->He's here in double trust:\\
First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,\\
Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,\\
Who should against his murderer shut the door,\\
Not bear the knife myself.
* Similarly in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', when Romeo and his friends sneak into the Capulet feast in disguise but are still found out, Lord Capulet says that they should be left alone for the time being. He even reprehends his nephew Tybalt when he disagrees.
* Raina believes in the idea of a guest being sacred in ''Theatre/ArmsAndTheMan'', leading her to protect an enemy soldier who climbs in her window to escape from her countrymen.
* In Creator/DorothyLSayers' ''Theatre/TheEmperorConstantine'', Maximian praises Helena's hospitality.
* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Theatre/{{Comus}}'', the sister praises this among the poor.
* Invoked in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'': the Bishop offers Valjean a place to sleep when no one else would due to the latter's status as an ex-con. To repay him, Valjean steals the Bishop's silver. The guards who catch him and return him to the Bishop make a point that the Bishop was an honest man, and that Valjean was in fact his ''guest''.
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] and PlayedForLaughs in ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'' by the townsfolk of River City. They positively revel in how shoddily they treat outsiders.
--> But what the heck, you're welcome, join us at the picnic
--> You can eat your fill of all the food you bring yourself

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Regarding [[{{Muggles}} normal humans]] in ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Gensokyo]]'', according to Akyuu, the number one rule in regards to meeting someone you don't know is ''be polite.'' Because they just might be one of the incredibly powerful {{Youkai}} that live there. (Even [[AxCrazy Yuuka]] is stated to go easy on people who are polite.)
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' Adventure Mode, villagers never lock their door or refuse to let adventurers stay the night unless said adventurer has committed some crime against their civilization (though food isn't provided). This is because anyone who stays out at night alone [[ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight is murdered by swarms of bogeymen.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', New Canaan, a Mormon settlement, was wiped out after their guests, Salt-Upon-Wounds and his White Legs tribe, violated Sacred Hospitality.
* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'' Damian Tenma is very sorry he cannot offer his guests proper refreshments...because he is in jail on suspicion of murder which said "guests" are trying to defend him from.
* In keeping with her honorable nature, Undyne of ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' takes Sacred Hospitality ''very'' seriously. She's been taught her whole life that humans are the enemy, and she's hunting you specifically because your SOUL could free the monsters, but if you're a guest at her house, she'll treat you with the full (if grudging) respect that merits. She won't even let you get up to get a drink, violently insisting that it's the ''host's'' duty to provide such to a guest. She goes as far as cleaving her own dining table in two with a spear if you try to get up to pick a drink. That said, it can also be {{defied|Trope}} if you're on good terms with her--a [[EpicFail sufficiently catastrophic cooking lesson]] will lead her to challenge you in her own home to maintain her dignity.
* One of the Oaths of the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Bahmi]] in ''VideoGame/{{Rift}}''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''Webcomic/RumorsOfWar'': in Chapter 6, Elysia is taken to meet the father of a young woman she's been helping and when the scene gets tense, the two trade insults. Meteon, the father, balks at Elysia's rudeness and she points out that they're not in his house. It goes downhill from there. In a later chapter, we find out that Elysia is a priest of Hestia, so for her, Sacred Hospitality is [[SeriousBusiness Serious]] [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Business]].
* ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'': [[http://www.thedreamlandchronicles.com/the-dreamland-chronicles/chapter-06/page-389/ from the mermaids]]
* ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'' has Norse gods Thor, Loki, and Hermod asking to stay at Yuuki's house for an indefinite period. Valkyries Otsana and Shebi use this as justification for barging into some random Japanese guy's apartment. All five resort to terror when the hosts try to turn them down.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-04.html November asks why Red looks on edge, since it's more than the obvious lack of hospitality would inspire]]. Turns out that's the first of the village's flaws.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/snow-white-and-rose-red-07/#.URbH_fJeCPQ the mother obviously believes in this -- even for bears.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}'', the Hyena People take sacred hospitality very seriously. Even Ed, who has been TheExile for seventeen years, tries to offer Digger his hospitality with [[http://diggercomic.com/blog/2007/02/25/digger-23/ the accompanying ritual]]. Digger later ''almost'' manages to talk herself out of a conflict with a Hyena hunting band [[http://diggercomic.com/blog/2007/03/15/digger-48/ by invoking her status as guest to one of them]], until [[http://diggercomic.com/blog/2007/03/17/digger-29/ she learns that exiles don't count]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''[[http://metraylor.com/gutsandsass Guts and Sass: An Anti-Epic]]'', the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sergilé]] invoke Sacred Hospitality through sharing meat.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{DuckTales|1987}}'' episode "[[Recap/DuckTalesS1E3LuckOTheDucks Luck 'O' the Ducks]]", a ConArtist leprechaun steals Scrooge's money, and to save face, he invites Scrooge and his nephews to "his" castle in Ireland. Only problem is, the castle isn't his, and the other leprechauns don't like ''him'' or trespassers. However, after the Leprechaun King finds out that the guy ''did'' invite Scrooge and his family, he decides they can't throw them in the snake pit, as they first intend to do. Instead he decides to throw a big party for them (seeing as leprechauns will apparently use ''any'' excuse to throw a party, no-one else objects).
* Invoked by [[ManipulativeBastard Tarrlok]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' when he walks in on Tenzin and his family (and Korra) eating dinner. When questioned by Tenzin, he reminds him that Airbenders would never turn down a guest in need of food or shelter. So Tenzin gives in, earning him a [[DeathGlare disapproving glare]] from his wife.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The main charge against the Clan Campbell-led British army over the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_Glencoe Glencoe Massacre]] was the betrayal of the [=MacDonald=]s' hospitality by the billeted soldiers; a much- later inquiry found the Commander guilty of "Murder Under Trust". The two clans have been at each other's throats ever since, to the point where there are still pubs in traditional [=MacDonald=] country that forbid Campbells from drinking there. [[note]]This old Scottish feud was brought to the attention of (some segments of) the American public by "Time & Life", Episode 11 of Season 7 of ''Series/MadMen'', in which an administrator of an exclusive Connecticut preschool who happens to be a [=MacDonald=] invokes the massacre as a reason for denying Pete Campbell's four-year-old admission, and ''fights'' Pete.[[/note]]
* One of the traditions of the Passover seder is to leave an extra place setting (sometimes complete with food) on the table in case you're called upon to provide Sacred Hospitality to returning prophet Elijah.
* Hospitality is an important part of Slavic tradition when receiving guests. During a traditional Polish Christmas, a seat at the table is left open, in case there is anyone who needs a place to stay [[note]]it's also believed that nobody should be alone on Christmas.[[/note]] Bread and salt also remains associated with hospitality in Slavic countries. While the actual practice of offering literal bread and salt is now reserved for formal and ceremonial occasions, the expression, "With bread and salt," is still used to mean, "With open arms."
* This is a common attitude among Western and Southern Asian peoples, especially in the Islamic world. There's a saying that goes something like "every guest is a gift from God", and this treatment is extended to everyone welcomed into the home, even enemies.
* In UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}ic cultures:
** In many Arab societies that someone asking for a favor from a friend will say "we've eaten bread and salt together" as a way of indicating that he/she really needs it.
** Hospitality has long been recognized as a key part of Arab identity. This is likely on account of Arab culture's desert heritage: as nomadic herders, they needed to know that they could count on hospitality if they were in dire straits, and as settled merchants, hospitality was good for business (and also useful when traversing the trackless wastes with large amounts of valuable cargo).
** A soldier from [[UsefulNotes/IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles the Haganah]] told a story of escaping captivity, and running smack into an Arab commander. He handed her a piece of bread and told her to eat it; when she did so, he said "Now you are under my protection," and he fulfilled his word.
** A reporter during the Kosovo conflict once stayed at an Islamic home. One of the people living there was treated as well as he was, and at first he considered him a relative of the owners. However, he also overheard this stranger being given ominous warnings that if he'd leave the house, he'd be killed...by the father. When the reporter asked for more details, he learned that this man was a guest in their house fifteen years before, and during a dispute killed the eldest son of the family. Under the peculiar local interpretation of custom and Sharia, this is punishable by death, but since he was a guest, he was still to be treated with respect. As such, he'd been living with this family quite happily since, and the family had gotten used to his presence to the point where many of them begged that he never leave, for his own sake.
** Similarly, out of ''besa'' (a very strong code of honor including hospitality rules), Muslim Albanians saved over 2,000 fleeing Jews during the Holocaust, passing them off (and treating them) as members of their own families, sometimes at the risk of their own lives.
** In ''Literature/TheSumOfAllFears'', Jack Ryan quotes the Koran stating "If a man shall enter your tent and eat your salt, even though he be an infidel, you will protect him."
* It used to be known for the poorer Bedouin to stay off the travel routes. If a guest arrived they would of course be obliged to give him a good greeting to make sure to keep Sacred Hospitality. So the only thing to do was to make sure very few guests arrived. Sort of a compromise between [[HonorBeforeReason Honor and Reason]].
* Related to this, there is in Arab culture the legend of the pre-Islamic Bedouin Christian poet Hatim al-Ta'iy, who killed his only possession--a she-goat--to feed some travelers who happened to stumble upon his tent. To this day, ''karam Hatim'' (the generosity of Hatim) is a fairly common (if somewhat high-class) expression for being ''very'' generous to one's guests.
* "Southern Hospitality" is SeriousBusiness in SweetHomeAlabama, especially among the upper class. There are magazines about it and formal courses to take on it.
* Characteristic of the Benedictine monastic order, in fact one of their founding rules states that they should "always treat every visitor as if he was Jesus himself", because he might well be. They do have some liberty to decide how pleasant the visitors' stay will end up being, though. As just one example, should a guest be unpleasant, they may find themselves awakened at four in the morning, because Jesus would want to be awake for the first prayers of the day; friendly guests, however, may be exempt, because if Jesus wants to talk to His dad He'll wake Himself up.
* Flora Macdonald, the Scottish Noblewoman who rescued Bonnie Prince Charlie.
* In the Church of Satan, the concept of Domain is mentioned as extremely important - if you are in someone else's Domain, you will show them proper respect or leave, and expect that they will return the favor in your Domain. On the other hand, it specifically says in the Satanic Bible that if your guests disrespect you, then you should destroy them. The sacred hospitality is two-sided: the guest has a code of behavior as well as the host, and if one breaks it, the other isn't obligated to go along, either.
* During the war in Afghanistan:
** US Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell was injured in a firefight with the Taliban and limped his way to a nearby Afghan village. Luckily for him, this particular village was bound by tribal custom to defend visitors to the death, and they protected Luttrell from Taliban reprisals until he could be rescued.
** Less fortunately, the Pushtun tribal code prevented Mullah Omar from allowing the Saudis to extradite UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden in TheNineties. When a US official called him to help, Omar said that he had offered the man his protection and so could do nothing. The US official replied that Bin Laden was like a guest who was shooting at the neighbors from the host's windows. Ultimately, of course, he hit something important, and [[TheWarOnTerror NATO blew the house to smithereens]], to continue the metaphor.
** In a more inspirational example, some aid workers came to an Afghan village to provide services. When Taliban troops came to kidnap said aid workers, the villagers fought tooth and nail to protect them, eventually driving the Taliban off. When asked why they had fought so hard against a superior foe, they replied that since the workers were there to help the village, the villagers were obligated to help them.
* During UsefulNotes/TheCrusades, it was not unusual for the Crusaders and the Arabs to sit down to meals together, in observance of Sacred Hospitality. The legend goes that Saladin was ''very'' demanding that his people observe these rules, such much that when one of his most trusted men attacked Saladin's guests, Saladin himself killed him and apologized profusely for the offense.
* Anthropologists can trace this tradition back to gift economies, where people with a surplus had to give to their neighbors, otherwise resentment and jealousy would rip apart the pre-cash society. So it worked out like this:
--> Somebody with too much bronze: "Oh man, everyone's giving me the stink eye. I gotta get rid of this excess."
--> Somebody with not enough bronze: "Hey, your pile of bronze is looking great."
--> Somebody with too much bronze: "Oh this? It's nothing, please take some." (forces bronze into neighbor's hands)
--> ''Later that day'': "Hey, that pile of baskets is looking great." And so on...
* Just about every society takes the rules of Sacred Hospitality [[SeriousBusiness seriously]], even in the Modern Age. While societies with more modern infrastructure may be asked to observe it less often than in the past, violating these often unspoken rules is a major social offense. Some have the rule that you are not required to let them in your home, but if you do, then you better observe these rules, as should the invitee.
* In the medieval era there was a huge list of strict rules around this. They were actually vitally necessary as any kind of travel (especially if it was a huge entourage) took a lot of time and the only options were to board up with someone or bed down on the side of the road. If you broke the rules of hospitality on either end you could face barred doors the next time you knocked. Some of the rules even persist today, like "Taking It Outside". Way back when, it was entirely possible for two people who were feuding to wind up staying at the same man's house. It would be rude to start fighting within his walls, possibly damaging his property, so if they started butting heads they had to walk outside of the walls before swords were drawn.
* A couple of curious examples were the relation between a noble and a high-class prisoner of war or hostage. While the latter was there by force, the laws of war and diplomacy dictated that they treat each other as host and guest. Often this would extend to the guest fighting in the host's army and several famous warlords won their spurs as a hostage in a foreign court. The system of honorable hostage exchange was an obvious tool of family-dominated politics and became obsolete with it. However some traces of Sacred Hospitality toward prisoners of war remained as late as UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, an example of which was General Montgomery's controversial act of inviting a captured German general to dinner (albeit UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill said, "my sympathies are entirely with the German" for having to dine with Montgomery).
* In pre-Revolution America, some smaller Colonial settlements had a custom of leaving one or more candles burning in the window as a sign that one's home was open to wandering travelers. There was no rule that said you had to give room and board to a traveler, though you would face social stigma if you had the extra room and refused to offer it. Supposedly the number of candles in the window symbolized what kind of welcome the house was willing to offer. One candle meant "you can spend the night in the barn", two candles meant "we have an extra bed", and three candles meant "we have an extra bed and hot food". (A popular joke has it that a fourth candle, especially one shining from an upstairs window, signified that the farmer's daughter would sleep with you.) This practice started to peter out during the lead-up to the American Revolution, when the political loyalties of travelers became a cause for concern. Harboring a Loyalist in a Patriot-friendly village (or vice-versa) could cause your neighbors to turn on you.
** A symbolic version of this still continues year-round (not just around Christmas, like people often assume) in many northern states, specifically the old Colonial states of the Northeast. If you drive through the countryside or even some urban and suburban neighborhoods in this region, there's a pretty good chance that you'll see several homes with candles burning in their windows. All of them will be decorative and electric, of course, but it's still considered a traditional gesture of welcome and guidance to friends and travelers in many northeastern communities.
* The old Celtic celebration that would later go on to be commercialized into Halloween was an extension of Sacred Hospitality, where people would go from home to home and receive food from their neighbors, failure to satisfy at least one group would be allowance for some pretty harsh (some myths say deadly) pranks and tricks. Since the purpose of the holiday was to scare or appease TheFairFolk, the tricks were something annoyed Fae would be prone to do if they got snubbed, so it served as a warning to the inhospitable family that they were endangering the entire township by being so stingy.
* Very much a case of SeriousBusiness in the Indian Subcontinent. Unlike much of the developed world, travel is still somewhat difficult in the nations of the subcontinent - and a long tradition of Sacred Hospitality persists.
** Sikhism has a variant of this as a religious requirement. At a Sikh temple, there is (usually) an attached Community Kitchen (called ''Langar'') where anyone may show up and get a free meal, regardless of background. No questions asked. In almost all areas, these meals are strictly vegetarian (save for certain days each year which vary per temple) so that everyone may eat as equals. Rural Sikhs in Punjab and the surrounding areas may also offer more traditional sacred hospitality, but this is more likely to be culturally inspired than religiously inspired.
** Hindus believe that a stranger could very well be one of the Gods themselves, and are expected to treat them well. Breaking the tradition is [[MoralEventHorizon one of the worst sins someone could ever commit.]] Much like the Sikhs, most Hindu temples also have a Community Kitchen (called ''Choultry'' or ''Dharamshaala'') where people will be given meals (strictly vegetarian, naturally) and boarding, no questions asked.
* Inalchuq, governor of the Central Asian city of Otrar for the Khwarezmian Empire, once decided to break Sacred Hospitality and arrest a group of mongol trading nomads that had rested in his city under the baseless assumption that there might be spies among them and later executed them while reselling their goods. When UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan heard of what had happened, he was [[{{Understatement}} not happy]]. Otrar was later overtaken by the Mongols and Inalchuq got publicly executed by [[CruelAndUnusualDeath getting molten silver poured on his eyes, ears and down his throat]].
** Genghis Khan was a particular sticker for this concept, and violating it like the Khwarezmians did was one of the best ways to piss him off. And when Genghis is pissed off, [[NoKillLikeOverkill he kills so many of your people that the difference affects the carbon levels of the atmosphere]].
* Nowadays, this has even been commercialized in the form of Airbnb. Although there is a financial transaction involved, many Airbnb listings are in essence a high-tech version of the old "candle in the window". And without hosts and guests treating each other respectfully, the business would quickly fall apart.
* Studies into travel have shown that "visiting friends & family" has gotten increasing market share as a reason to travel over "business" and "pleasure". With the increasingly open borders in Europe and the high mobility of people in the Anglosphere, it's more than likely that a weary traveler will arrive after a day or more on the rails or road or in the air when they finally see their old Erasmus buddy or distant cousin, so a set of (unwritten) rules to go by is not the worst idea.