"Run. Run away, and never return!"Bob's been caught committing a crime, caused too much property damage, or pissed the wrong people off. As punishment, he's forced to leave his city, state, or country, and never come back, often receiving a Mark of Shame in the process. In some situations, this can effectively be a death sentence, if the location from which Bob's exiled is the one safe haven in an otherwise inhospitable zone. Escaping the punishment for a crime may lead to a voluntary exile. While being exiled can sometimes lead to Walking the Earth, it's usually more temporary than a Wandering Jew type of curse, either by Bob finding a new place to call Home Sweet Home, or by Bob doing one specific thing to absolve himself. Subtropes include Remittance Man, Noble Fugitive, and Locked Away in a Monastery. Related to Put on a Bus, which is a narrative tool rather than a situation. Also comparable to Kicked Upstairs, which is placing a person in a position that, at first glance seems to be prestigious, but is actually a job that barely requires any work done and lacks any real power. Can overlap with Reassigned to Antarctica if he is ordered to leave for a specific place and stay there for tasks. When a whole group has to become collective exiles they might decide to begin The Migration. If the group in question was the original legitimate government they may become a Government in Exile. If this is Recycled In Space exiles can become Space Cossacks. Can be the fate of The Stateless. Compare with Persona Non Grata. Truth in Television, of course.
—Scar, to Simba, The Lion King
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Anime and Manga
- Caro of Lyrical Nanoha, who was exiled from her tribe for being a too powerful dragon summoner at such a young age.
- In 7 Seeds, the Autumn/Summer/Spring village discovers that two members have committed serious crimes: Ango's attempted rape of Hana and complicity in her possible death as well as Ryo's attempted murder of Haru and Hana, the latter of which might have been successful. They are given a choice between exile and lifelong penal servitude, and choose the former.
- One hundred years before Chapter 1, the Vaizards were the victims of an illegal Hollowfication experiment. In the process of trying to save them, Tessai performed illegal kidou and Urahara was framed for the experiments. The Vaizards were sentenced to execution, and Tessai and Urahara were sentenced to imprisonment and the removal of their powers. They were rescued from their fates by Yoruichi who helped them get to the World of the Living where they could live as fugitives in exile. Yoruichi was forced to join them in exile for her own participation in the events. Their names weren't cleared for over a hundred years.
- Isshin became an exile from Soul Society twenty years before Chapter 1 as a result of a series of events that lead to him losing his shinigami power. In his case, his exile is self-imposed as he voluntarily depowered and went AWOL from Soul Society in order to save Masaki Kurosaki, another Hollowfication victim of Aizen's experiments.
- It's very heavily implied that Ryuuken Ishida is some form of exile from the rest of the Quincies, although it's ambiguous as to whether his exile is enforced, self-imposed, or a mixture of both. Either way, he plays an Heroic Neutral in the story. It's also implied that Souken was an exile of some kind as well, due to a philosphical falling out between himself and the Vandenreich. When Uryuu joins the Vandenreich, not only have the Quincies never heard the name Ishida before but Yhwach lies to ensure the Quincies don't find out Ryuuken exists. He is such a persona non grata that the one Quincy confirmed to have known about the Ishida family is willing to discuss Souken and Uryuu but even he will not talk about Ryuuken.
- Kanna from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid was banished by her parents for breaking a "dragon ball" and absorbing its energy, and up until the Chaos faction felt that they possibly need to use the ball's energy in a battle against the Harmony faction, she wasn't suppose to return until she's reflected on her actions. Given that this led to her meeting Kobayashi, it's probably the best thing her parents ever did for her.
- Shokugeki no Soma: Ten years before the start of the series, Erina's father, Azami (now Nakiri, formally Nakamura), was banished from both the family and Tootsuki Academy for the horrific abuse he subjected the child Erina to. Considering how powerful and influential Tootsuki is, it forced Azami to leave Japan and build his power base in America.
- The Illuminati (named after, but no relation) in Marvel Comics took it upon themselves to banish The Hulk from planet Earth, leading to World War Hulk.
- Cerebus becomes one at the end of the Form and Void arc, when he is shunned by his hometown for failing to make it home in time for his father's funeral because he was running around with Jaka.
- Exoristos from Demon Knights is an Amazon in permanent exile from Themyscira.
- Superman once exiled himself from Earth after a nervous breakdown from the guilt of killing three alternate universe Kryptonian criminals caused him to sleepwalk as the vigilante Gangbuster.
- Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: After Overlord's rampage, Drift takes the fall for all the other guilty parties, and as such he's stripped of his badge and exiled from the Autobots. He's wandering the galaxy protecting the innocent. We meet him again in Drift: Empire of Stone where Ratchet hunts him down and tells him he can come back as the real culprits have since confessed, and his banishment has been reversed. Drift doesn't know whether or not he should go back as he finds neutrality more suited to himself.
- Spider-Verse: Karn of the Inheritors was exiled from the Inheritor home dimension after accidentally causing the death of their matriarch. Since then he's been killing totem after totem across the multiverse in order to atone for it.
- Copperhead has Floyd Sewell, who ran up enough gambling debt to be effectively kicked out of town. After that his actions indirectly led to the massacre of his family and his mother disowned him, forcing him to take shelter in the town ruled by anarchy. Even there he's trying to keep his nose clean to earn his way back to Copperhead.
- Green Arrow was kicked out of Star City as a result of the end of Justice League: Cry for Justice. However, this is a case of Artistic License – Law: Ollie was found not guilty for killing Prometheus, but the judge overruled the verdict and kicked him out.
- Lyndess in With Strings Attached. A god exiled her to Ketafa for not paying her debts.
- In Make a Wish, Harry found Merlin's diary, which claimed that he was kicked out of Atlantis for being too "underpowered."
- The Powers of Harmony: This was the ultimate fate of Libra after the War of the Sun and Moon, due to his breaking of the Lifeforce taboo. He was banished from Equestria and traveled to the Zhevra Flatlands, where he disappears from history.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Nightmares Are Tragic, the first chapter briefly portrays a thousand years of Nightmare Moon's Lunar exile.
- Another MLP fic, The Changeling of the Guard, follows the adventures of Idol Hooves, a changeling exiled from the hive by Queen Chrysalis for questioning the established order of things.
- In Empath: The Luckiest Smurf, Empath Smurf and Polaris Psyche are considered this after they have separately left Psychelia. However, in Empath's case, he can return only on the grounds that he would willingly become the Psyche Master's successor, which isn't what Empath wants at all. In "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette," Papa Smurf, Smurfette, their child, and Polaris Psyche are exiled from the Smurf Village by Empath, who takes over as the new village leader. The Smurflings and Baby Smurf, realizing how cruel the adult Smurfs have become, chose to leave the village to join the exiles.
- In Discworld fic The Black Sheep, Balthazar Smith-Rhodes serves a prison sentence in his native Howondaland for actively breaking quite a few of his country's laws. Unrepentant, he is then exiled to the faraway Central Continent, where he becomes adventurer "Howondaland Smith". (His family employ an Assassin-trained ninja attack lawyer to get him to drop the "Rhodes" bit from the name; he is permitted to remain a Smith as this is considered acceptably generic). The story covers part of his life as a con-man and eventual return home to Howondaland.
- The Wanderer of the North: Nikóleva made a self-imposed exile after her botched raid to the nearest Diamond Dog base (which she was forbidden to do, too), so that her sister and guardian will never be harmed indirectly by her again.
- Echoing Silence is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic set in an Alternate Universe wherein Celestia banished Twilight from Equestria for her actions during the Royal Wedding (Chrysalis here not revealing herself until later). Twilight ends up in the Dusklands; years later, after a severe Trauma Conga Line, she's been thoroughly broken, and has built a new life for herself, now going by Diadem. And she will beat the living shit out of you if you call her "Twilight". Which makes things quite difficult for the former friends who have come looking for her help...
Films — Animated
- In The Return of Hanuman, Maruti and his mother were not allowed to live in Bajrangpur anymore because the villagers thought that Maruti is a big threat (especially after his mega-Midnight Snack). That doesn't stop him from going to school in Bajrangpur though, as he has Super Speed.
- In Aladdin, Jasmine threatens to get rid of Jafar when she's Queen, and he mentions at first that she'll exile him. Depending on where Agrabah is, and whether other cities would be willing to let an exile in (a traitorous vizier being the kind of exile most cities would not want to let in), being banished would likely lead to death.
- The villains from My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and its sequel live in exile in the human world; Sunset Shimmer's is self-imposed after abandoning her studies under Princess Celestia, while the Dazzlings are explicitly stated to have been banished there.
- In The Book of Life, whatever in the last wager he made with La Muerte, Xibalba was exiled into ruling the Land of the Forgotten.
- In Kung Fu Panda 2, Lord Shen is exiled from Gongmen City by his parents for committing genocide on the panda species. He resents them for this, despite the fact that exile was a pretty lenient punishment for his crime.
- In The Lion King, as seen in the page quote, Simba forces himself into exile after Scar convinces him that he killed Mufasa. Scar, of course, sent the Hyenas to kill Simba immediately after, but they failed as Simba was able to escape through a thorn-infested area too narrow for the Hyenas to pursue him in. When Simba returns years later and is absolved of his guilt, he tells Scar the same words, intending on putting him in exile.
- In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Simba exiled all Scar's partisans including his widow Zira and their children. Later in the movie, he also exiles Kovu when he realized he was spying on him (even though he had a Heel Realization and helped prevent the assassination plot his clan was setting) during the song "Not One of Us".
- In the "Little Toot" segment from Melody Time, the titular tugboat is exiled away from the harbor and over the 12-mile limit.
- In The Prince of Egypt, Moses goes into self-exile after he accidentally killed an slave overseer. He ran away into the desert and remains there for years until God from the Burning Bush tells him to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews.
- Quest for Camelot:
- Ruber was banished from Camelot after his rebellious and murderous attack in an attempt to usurp Arthur's throne literally backfired when the King used Excalibur to defend himself. Ruber did not return back to Camelot until a decade later, he gathered his henchmen and a griffin to force Juliana to let them entry into the kingdom as part of his plan of revenge.
- Garrett also went into self-exile into the Forbidden Forest after hearing about Sir Lionel's death. He then refuses to return to Camelot with his love interest Kayley, because he feels that no one will see him as a knight. But this doesn't stop him from coming back when he hears about Kayley being captured by Ruber.
- In A Bug's Life, after Flik's lies were exposed to the colony that the warrior bugs were actually circus bugs, Princess Atta banishes him from Ant Island. But this doesn't stop him from coming back when Hopper and his gang had took over the island.
Films — Live-Action
- In Watch on the Rhine, anti-Nazi Kurt Muller had to flee Germany with his family in 1933.
- In Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, when the Jedi run into Jar Jar Binks, he's been exiled from Gungan society. That's right, Jar-Jar was kicked out because of him being clumsy. From what little was stated in the film, the specific reasons for his exile involved crashing Boss Nass's "heyblibber" and blowing up what was implied to be a reactor.
- Expanded Universe material elaborates that Jar Jar's crime was stealing a miniature sub from Boss Nass (the "heyblibber") and crashing it into one of the reactors powering the containment dome over the Gungan city, causing part of the dome to collapse and flood a portion of the city. Also, exile for varying lengths of time is a common punishment for Gungan criminals, backed by the death penalty should they return before their sentence is complete.
- Empires End later reveals that Jar Jar was exiled again for his role of allowing Palpatine's rise to power.
- In Revenge of the Sith, Both Obi-Wan and Yoda, two of the remaining Jedi Knights following The Purge, put themselves in exile — Yoda due to failing to stop Palpatine and Obi-Wan to watch over Luke on Tatooine. Yoda's, though, seems a little forced, as if they needed a reason to put him on Dagobah.
- Thor: Thor gets banished from Asgard by his father for his disobedient actions that sparked a war between Asgardians and the Frost Giants. His banishment will serve as a truce between both worlds.
- The Godfather: Michael Corleone must spend several years in hiding following a mob war kicked off by his assassination of Solazzo and McCluskey.
- In Robert A. Heinlein's short story "Coventry", the United States has used Applied Phlebotinum to put a force field wall around an area of the country. Because of the respect for human rights, it is the law that anyone may choose to go to Coventry rather than have to agree to psychological therapy for criminal or antisocial behavior. The protagonist, David MacKinnon, is a romantic idealist who imagines a paradise without the noisy interfering big government getting in the way of rugged freedom lovers.
- The title comes from "to send someone to Coventry", a British idiom meaning to ostracize someone, usually by not talking to them. To be sent to Coventry is to be regarded as absent.
- Coventry also featured prominently in his first book (last published) For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs.
- Ayla is punished in this way at the end of Clan of the Cave Bear (and for a shorter time in the middle of the book).
- Marina from the Silverwing books is banished from her colony after she receives a band from humans, which acts as a Mark of Shame until she befriends Shade, who has no prejudice against humans and even envies her band.
- At the end of the last Doctrine of Labyrinths book, Corambis, Felix comments that he must be the only person ever to be exiled from exile. (At the end of the previous book, he was exiled from Melusine for destroying the mind of his lover's murderer; in Corambis, he hasn't really done anything wrong, but the people in charge want him out of the way where he can't cause any trouble.)
- In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Rogues in the House," Murillo thinks that the ear given to him in a box might be a warning to leave for voluntary exile, but does not want to risk it. Later, Nabonidus asks him why he didn't take the warning, and Murillo retorts that he did not know he would be allowed to.
- In Robert E. Howard's "The Shadow Kingdom", Kull himself.
the name of Kull was now a word accursed among the mountains and valleys of his people, and... Kull had put them from his mind,
- In Josepha Sherman's The Shining Falcon, Malicious Slander makes Maria and her family have to flee.
- Common in The Icelandic Sagas.
- These Icelandic outlaws were called "skógarmenn" or "skóggangsmenn" (roughly translated: "woodsmen" or "forest-walking men"). German conservative revolutionary author Ernst Jünger's (a)political archetype "der Waldgänger" ("the Forest Fleer") is loosely based on the skóggangsmaður, and on the philosophy of egoist anarchist Max Stirner.
- In Fate of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker is exiled for his role in training Jacen Solo, aka Darth Caedus. He's to keep away from Jedi temples and train no one for ten years, or until he can discover why Jacen became what he did. His teenaged son Ben decides to come with him.
- Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Charles Martin returns to the Vigilantes from his trip to England in the book Vanishing Act. He explains to them that he has been banished from England, the country he was born at, and he can never return.
- In Devon Monk's Dead Iron, LeFel's backstory. Which has the side effect of making him mortal.
- In Warriors, Teller of the Pointed Stones exiles six of his own cats (they're meant to kill Sharptooth or never return), Bluestar exiles Tigerclaw because he tried to kill her, and RiverClan exiles Graystripe because he saves Firestar's life.
- In Michael Flynn's January Dancer, Fa Li's assignment at the Rift is considered this.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, Ser Jorah Mormont flees into exile to avoid punishment from Eddard Stark for selling some poachers into slavery.
- In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Firenze was banished from his herd for accepting a job working for wizards after Hagrid helped him escape from an attempted execution when they tried to beat him to death for betraying them by "becoming a servant" to a human.
- In It Can't Happen Here, Canada becomes a destination for American refugees fleeing the Windrip regime, including Doremus for a time.
- Windrip himself is ousted from power by Lee Saranson and forced to live in exile in Europe. Similarly, Macgoblin flees after a coup and lives in exile in the Haitian countryside.
- In Andre Norton's Forerunner Foray, "Turan" is told that Puvult, whom he had exiled, had returned after Turan's death.
- In Julie Kagawa's The Iron Daughter, they meet with Leanansidhe, their (self-appointed) queen, and many other exiles from Nevernever. By the end of the book, Meghan and Ash chose exile over giving each other up. In The Iron Queen, Mab and Oberon offer pardons for exiles as a bribe.
- An Encounter and an Offer has a fae boy being exiled from the fae realms. Why is not revealed: the fae refuses to explain, and would rather die than tell.
- At the end of the fifth Age of Fire book, Dragon Rule, RuGaard is ousted from his position as Tyr by NiVom uniting the most influential dragons of the Dragon Empire against him, and is exiled from all territories of the Empire and its Grand Alliance under pain of death to himself and his mate Nilrasha (who is kept hostage). He's joined by his siblings — Wistala out of familial loyalty and AuRon out of distrust of NiVom — and his undyingly loyal bodyguard Shadowcatch, eventually finding refuge in the distant and isolated Sadda-Vale mountains.
- Tobimar in The Balanced Sword. Under certain circumstances, people in Tobimar's family have to leave their country of birth to quest for their ancestral lands and legacy. They must leave at once, and never return until they succeed.
- In Mikhail Akhmanov's Fighters of Danwait, Zantu is a Lo'ona Aeo, whose extended family exiled her for disobeying their wishes to become a half-female instead of a full female (half-females are barren, while full females are fertile). The exile is temporary, until she passes her life-bearing period, at which point there will be no risk of her getting pregnant, which should only take half a century or so (the Lo'ona Aeo live for centuries). Due to the events of the novel, Zantu ends up getting accidentally "mentally contaminated" (the Lo'ona Aeo equivalent of conception is psychic in nature) by a descendant of a Half-Human Hybrid. Since there is no longer a need for her exile, she can return to her family. Her son appears in later novels, attempting to reconnect with his father's human family.
- Averted with the Metamorph named the Exile, as he, technically, exiled himself by choosing to live out his life on the backward Earth back in the 13th century. Due to a genetic abnormality, he is only able to fully change shape once, at which point he will only be able to make small, mostly cosmetic changes to his appearance. He opts to live among humans, predicting them to eventually becoming a key player in galactic politics. He ends up playing a key role during the Alien Invasion in the first novel.
- In the The Blood War Trilogy, Arrin is exiled from the Kingdom for his crime of being in a consensual relationship with the Princess. The only reason he was spared execution is because of the Princess' pleading.
- Malazan Book of the Fallen:
- Trull Sengar is exiled for speaking out against his people's new ruler and eventually refusing to kill their incapacitated Emperor so he can be resurrected to full health. The exile is called Shorning, and means everyone has to forget he ever existed, even his family. He is chained to a wall in another realm and has spells laid on him to ensure he will not starve but slowly drown in the rising sea levels of that realm. He is freed on a whim by Onrack the Broken, but never really makes it back to his people.
- Redmask is said to have been exiled for speaking out against his tribe's Elders, after they refused to allow him to unite the clans against their envading neighbours. In Reaper's Gale, he returns and forces his way on the clans, after most of the Elders who exiled him have died.
- In The Shattered Kingdoms, Norlanders have a religious commandment/prophecy saying that anyone who is physically impure (which they take to encompass any kind of disfigurement, permanent injury, or disability) is cursed and must be abandoned in the wilderness, where any not judged worthy of a good god's cure will join an evil god's army. In fact, there's a hidden community of surviving exiles, and those who know about it conclude that the "cursed" stuff is therefore nonsense. In fact, there's a grain of truth to the commandment, but the Norlanders have been completely misinterpreting it — it's supposed to be instructions for the temporary quarantine and treatment of disease victims, not the permanent banishment of "deformed" people.
- Mitth'raw'nuruodo, the future Grand Admiral Thrawn, is dumped on a deserted planet with no means of escape by his own people, the Chiss, for his disregard for their military tradition of never practicing preemptive warfare or being the ones to Shoot the Dog. By accident or design, he's found by an Imperial ship and eventually returns to the Unknown Regions, but while he has the firepower to do so, he never seems to challenge his exile and return or exact any kind of revenge, instead protecting his people by using the Empire's resources to build his own empire around them.
- In Dragonridersof Pern exile is the preferred punishment for capital crimes. Dragonriders teleport the condemned to deserted islands, where they're left with a small amount of supplies and no means of escape.
- In the Night Runner series, Seregil has been exiled from his homeland, Aurënen, because of a crime he committed when he was younger. When he gets to go back temporarily as a diplomatic envoy in the third book he is referred to as "The Exile" instead of his real name.
- Journey to Chaos: Mr.15 was banished from the Bladi Clan and chased out of his home country because he practiced the Dark Arts. By the time Eric meets him, he's plotting his triumphant return via coup.
Live Action TV
- The Fugitive is the Trope Codifier.
- Game of Thrones:
- Twice with House Targaryen! Once from Valyria (they were the original lords of Dragonstone, Stannis' seat), and then again from Westeros after Robert's Rebellion. Daenerys and Viserys have spent the time since Robert's Rebellion (when Viserys was a very young child and Daenerys was just born - even from her birth, her family had already been effectively ousted from power and were residing on Dragonstone) seeking supporters and running from enemies in the Free Cities. After her birth, they were smuggled across the narrow sea to Braavos; where they spent a few years in relative safety before their guardian died of old age. Thus, Viserys had to drag her to nearly all nine of the Free Cities as a pair of orphaned runaways trying to gather some modicum of support. In Winter is Coming, the first episode of the series, Dany is still baffled that Illyrio has let them stay in his manse as guests for almost a year; inferring just how much the pair had to move.
- Ser Jorah Mormont fled Westeros to avoid punishment for selling slaves. Later, he is also banished from Meereen and Daenerys' side when Daenerys discovers from Barristan that he was initially spying on her for Robert Baratheon.
- Season 4 ends with several prominent characters departing Westeros to become this. After escaping through the help of his brother Jaime and Varys, both Tyrion and Varys escape to an unknown destination after Tyrion kills Shae and Tywin.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine had four: Garak was tacitly banned from returning to his homeworld under threat of death. Like Rick Blaine from Casablanca (on which the show drew some inspiration), his exact crime is never revealed but his reputation is so infamous that when he's exiled, he chooses to live on DS9 because, as Sisko once observes, for a man in trouble with the highest levels of the Cardassian government, a Bajoran-owned, Federation-controlled region is very probably the safest place in the entire Alpha Quadrant for him to live. Worf landed in hot water for siding with the Federation over the Klingon government in a military matter. Odo got the boot for killing a fellow Changeling, something unheard of in their civilization. Quark was blacklisted from Ferengi society for reneging on a contract. Each of these characters' exiles were lifted by the end.
- Garak's crime is revealed in the Star Trek Expanded Universe novel A Stitch in Time (which takes place after the end of the Dominion War but is full of flashbacks to Garak's early years). He falls for a woman of a higher political stature, who ends up marrying a social equal. They start meeting in secret, only for Enabran Tain (Garak's father and boss) to reveal that her husband knows about the meetings and needs to be quietly "removed". The husband ends up kidnapping Garak, so Garak is forced to make a quick and dirty kill instead. Had he done it quietly, without leaving evidence of the Obsidian Order's involvement, he probably would've remained on Cardassia Prime. As it is, Tain feels that Garak is a failure and exiles him. Besides, leaving him on the homeworld, would leave Garak open to retribution by the dead man's powerful family.
- MythQuest: In one myth, Cleo is exiled because the family she is with becomes convinced she's a witch.
- Carl Cassimon in Salamander is a former policeman who left the force out of guilt for killing a criminal suspect, and because he had an affair with his best friend's wife. He escapes the world by becoming a monk - albeit in a jolly Belgian monastery where the religious brothers have beer, a bar, Internet access and a pool table.
- In The 100, prince Roan of the Ice Nation was banished as a result of a war between his clan and Lexa's coalition. Roan's mother, queen Nia, had Lexa's lover tortured and beheaded, so when Lexa won the war one of her diktats was Roan's banishment. In the third season, he tries to capture Clarke and deliver her to Lexa, hoping that she would lift his banishment in exchange.
- The Handmaid's Tale: Luke and other American emigres who fled to Canada. They had to flee persecution and cannot go home. A "Little America" has been set up in Toronto by the refugees.
- The very first episode of Doctor Who had the Doctor claim that he and his granddaughter were exiles from their home planet, though later episodes retconned it as more of a self-imposed exile. He was more properly this as the Third Doctor who spent most of his tenure stranded on Earth with his TARDIS disabled and his knowledge of time travel erased as punishment for violating the Time Lords' non-interference policy.
- Father Brown: Edward and Jia-Li become exiles at the end of "The Prize of General Gerard". After Jia-Li murders Gerard rather than submit to being his mistress, she and Edward, who had fallen in love with each other, flee Britain with forged passports. Father Brown, having satisfied himself that Jia-Li was truly repentant for killing Gerard, turns a blind eye to their escape.
- BIONICLE: Takua (but he's later allowed back), Malum, and Strakk.
Mythology and Religion
- A possible punishment in the Dungeons & Dragons Al-Qadim campaign setting.
- Games Workshop games:
- The mighty Bloodthirster Skarbrand the Exiled One, in Warhammer, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000 was exiled from Khorne’s realm for being manipulated into attacking the Blood God himself. Since his exile Skarbrand has shed more blood and reaped more skulls than he did before his fall from grace, serving his god more faithfully than ever before.
- In Warhammer: Age of Sigmar some Ogors are forced to take up the life of a wandering mercenary, known as a Maneater, after falling out with their fellows and being banished from their tribe. Such Ogors don’t mind their situation however as they are now able to be paid for doing what they enjoy most, fighting.
- Eldrad Ulthran from Warhammer 40,000 was exiled from his Craftworld of Ulthwé after his unsanctioned attempt to awaken the Eldar God of the Dead led to the theft of dozens of the petrified Crystal Seers from Craftworlds across the galaxy, and a ritual that, when it failed, put every Infinity Circuit in grave danger.
- Space Marines can be exiled for some great failure or transgression. Some few fight to earn their way back to their Chapter, perhaps with a stint in the Deathwatch or serving the Imperium in some other way; others, with no hope for return, join the Deathwatch's elite Black Shields, who sever all ties with their Chapter and their past; still others succumb to resentment or the flaws that got them cast out in the first place and become Chaos Marines, often taking the red cross of the Red Corsairs and swearing themselves to the service of Huron Blackheart.
- Romeo from Romeo and Juliet was banished from Verona for killing Tybalt.
- Exile shows up as a common theme - especially in the historical plays - in Shakespeare's works, mostly because it was a common political tool throughout British history well into the 18th Century.
- Elphaba in Wicked becomes one after faking her death, as she can never return to Oz.
- The main character of Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is called 'The Exile' no matter what name you pick for her. Getting to the bottom of the circumstances around the main character's exile from the Jedi Order makes up most of the game's story. Canonically, the Exile is female and is named Meetra Surik.
- General Azimuth in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time. Ratchet looks for him upon hearing that he's a Lombax.
- Tali's sidequest in Mass Effect 2 has her accused of treason against the Migrant Fleet, and can end with her being convicted and exiled.
- One of the quarians in the book, Mass Effect: Ascension was an exile. Though in his case, unlike Tali, there were very good reasons.
- The Vault Dweller from Fallout is exiled from Vault 13 at the end of the game, since the Overseer believes he/she has been changed too much by the outside world.
- In Fallout 3, the Lone Wanderer gets kicked out permanently because s/he's a bad influence. The reason Amata (Overseer Alphonse Almodovar's daughter and your only friend there) tells you that you can't stay is that your presence would tear apart the fragile peace made after you talk down (or kill) the current overseer (either Alphonse or fellow vault dweller Allen Mack). Seeing how the rest of the surviving populace see you as the reason for all the deaths that occurred despite the radroaches already swarming years before your father arrived and Alphonse rescinding the ok to let the doors open. Fellow vault kid Susie Mack is somewhat suprised to see you in the Capital Wasteland if you negotiate peace but states that you still can't come back because everyone still hates you.
- Lloyd and Genis in Tales of Symphonia get exiled from their hometown, Iselia, after it gets burned down by the Desians because they went to the nearby Human Ranch, a forbidden act according to the non-agression pact made between Iselia and the Desians.
- Dragon Age:
- Dwarves who step onto the surface for any reason are declared "lost to the Stone," stripped of their caste and any ability to hold a legal job back in Orzammar. They still come back, and in fact the trade the surface dwarves bring is the only thing keeping the ancient city alive, but they're treated as criminals and complete non-citizens. It's perfectly legal to kill a casteless dwarf in public with no repercussions.
- Most of the main characters in Dragon Age II fall into this category in one form of another. The Hawke family had to leave Ferelden after the destruction of Lothering, Aveline is the daughter of a exiled-in-disgrace Orlesian Chevalier, Varric's family was stripped of their Noble status and exiled from Orzammar for fixing Provings, Fenris is an escaped slave on the run from Tevinter Magisters, Anders is on the run after deserting the Grey Wardens, Merrill is a pariah amongst the Dalish and may end up exiled from her clan, while Prince Sebastian Vael was sent to the Chantry.
- In Dragon Age: Inquisition, one of Bull's Chargers is surfacer dwarf called Rocky. He says he got exiled from Orzammar for "stupid noble crap"...before sheepishly admitting to blowing up a good chunk of the Shaperate.
- Every inhabitant of Path of Exile's Wraeclast that isn't a native or one of the Empire's Black Guard is one of these, including your player character.
- Prominent in the largely-irrelevant backstory to survival/city-building game Banished. You start with a certain number of families who've been thrown out of their home village, in circumstances which are left to the player's imagination, plus whatever useful supplies they could grab on their way out and must guide them in their quest to build a new home for themselves.
- In Crusader Kings you can banish imprisoned vassals. Which is seen as less tyrannical than executing them and has the fringe benefit of confiscating their titles.
- Hot Coldman, the villain of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, was removed from his position as head of the CIA and sent to the CIA's South American branch because of his role in the Virtuous Mission. It's less to do with it being a failure, and more to do with his sending America's greatest war heroes into the Soviet Union to steal a large amount of money and sending her needlessly to her death out of spite.
- In the Exile trilogy and its remake series Avernum, The Empire, which controls the entire surface, discovered a series of massive underground caverns, and they decided it would be a perfect spot for exiling all undesirables to for crimes both real and imagined. Enough people were sent down below to form a nation of their own. In the most of the games you play as the Exiles/Avernites and their allies except for the fifth game, where you play as the Imperials.
- In Gems of War, Luther, the quest-giver for Broken Spire, is an exiled knight out to redeem himself by completing his original job. With your help, of course. He doesn't go home when it's done, instead joining you permanently.
- In The Elder Scrolls backstory, most of the races of Mer (Elves) have split apart over religious differences. For most of Altmeri (High Elf) history, those who dissented with traditional Altmer beliefs simply left to resettle elsewhere and practice their unorthodox beliefs. The Dwemer, Chimer, and Ayleids are several prominent examples of this. This has left the Altmer, as a culture, rather unaccustomed to dealing with dissidents in their homeland. With most of Tamriel now claimed and populated, the number of dissidents in the Summerset Isles swelled in the 3rd and 4th Eras, leading to a rise in extremism and domestic terrorism.
- Zig-zagged in Final Fantasy XIV — after the player and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn are accused of apparently murdering Nanamo ul Namo, they end up on the run, with only the player, Alphinaud and Tataru escaping and arriving in Ishgardian territory. It's zig-zagged because, in all honesty, the exile was never really enforced — the leaders of Gridania and Limsa Lominsa refused to say anything and forced those in Ul'dah not to, the citizens who did know of what you did aren't convinced of your guilt or are terrified to say anything and talking to some of the soldiers who are trying to get your head reveal that they're still loyal to you and your friends.
- In the MS Paint Adventures story Homestuck, a major storyline revolves around four Exile characters who live After the End: Wayward Vagabond, Peregrine Mendicant, Aimless Renegade and Windswept Questant. The reasons for their exiles have been vaguely hinted towards in their storyline, but they've been revealed in the present day as "Warweary Villein", "Parcel Mistress", "Authority Regulator" and "White Queen".
- Another Exile, the Writ Keeper, has been mentioned. Yeah, he's the "White King".
- There's also Expatriate Darkleer, who was banished for taking pity on the Disciple and letting her escape, and Grandma English (also known as Alpha Jade), who ran an unsuccessful revolution against Betty Crocker.
- In Vattu, Seri is expelled from the tribe because one of her lies caused Hunter's death.
- In Our Little Adventure, Stratus's Planeshift brought him to a place he is not leaving.
- In The Order of the Stick, Durkon Thundershield was ordered by his church to go to the human lands and not return until they send for him. They have no intention of ever doing so, due to a prophecy stating that Durkon will bring death and destruction with him when he returns. However, a separate prophecy states that he will eventually return home... posthumously. He's recently been killed and raised as a vampire. And he's traveling with the rest of the Order to the last Gate... which is in Dwarven lands.
- Obviously, all of the Outcasts in Tasakeru.
- Parodied in Kickassia, when The Nostalgia Critic dramatically exiles The Cinema Snob from Kickassia for treason, intending for him to walk in shame and solitude across the desert. Since the nation is question is not too far from a nearby town (complete with comfy hotel), the Snob has his phone to call for a cab and things in Kickassia are beginning to get a bit crazy thanks to the Nostalgia Critic going mad with power, the Snob isn't as bothered by this as the Critic would probably like. Not to mention the fact that the intended gravitas is lost when everyone's waving goodbye behind his back.
- After the event is over, in his next video, the Critic sheepishly alludes to being forbidden from returning to Nevada.
- Several characters in The Gungan Council have been exiled for several reasons:
- Abigail Taylor was tried and exiled from the Chiss Ascendancy for no real reason other than no one could defend her against a hostile judge.
- Ti'Cira, Je'gan, and Caleb were exiled by the Jedi Council for beginning a massive crusade that ended up killing everyone on Taris.
- All Nightsisters from Dathomir.
- One episode of South Park involved Stan refusing to vote on the new school mascot (the choices were a giant douche and a turd sandwich) and being banished from the town in a ritual involving being tied to a donkey and spat upon. PETA finds him and complains about the mistreatment of the donkey.
- Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, banished from the fire nation by his father the Fire Lord until he finds and defeats the Avatar. Also his mother, Ursa, was banished for killing the previous Fire Lord to save Zuko's life.
- Wonder Woman from the Justice League was exiled from Themyscira, because she had broken the law that forbade anyone from bringing men onto the island (which she did to save her mother and her fellow Amazons). It's implied that Queen Hippolyta lifted the banishment after Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl returned to Themyscira to save them all.
- In the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toon, part of Krang's backstory was that he had been exiled from Dimension X.
- In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, the Everfree Forest is mentioned and imagined several times as a place of banishment.
- In Gargoyles, Puck wanted to delay his return to Avalon because he found the mortal world too amusing especially while working for Xanatos as Owen. After yet another act of defiance from Puck, Lord Oberon decided to grant Puck's wish by banishing him from Avalon forever. Puck's horrified reaction and pleas for reconsideration make it clear that he still saw Avalon as his home and did want to see it again someday.
- Sofia the First:
- In "The Tale of the Noble Knight", Sir Oliver ends up being exiled from Brazendell for provoking dragons into attacking the kingdom.
- In "Day of the Sorcerers", as a condition for Cedric to keep his position as the Royal Sorcerer, King Roland demands him to remember it's because of Sofia he's not being exiled.
- In Ancient Athens politicians (and other prominent citizens, but usually politicians) could be "ostracized"note by vote, or ordered to leave town for ten years. In this case it was not a punishment and did not necessarily imply social infamy. Nor did the victim have his property officially seized by the state (although if he didn't have friends or guards to keep an eye on it, it might be unofficially seized by his neighbors). It was usually simply a declaration that "Athens can't afford to have you in town right now and is frankly afraid that you will cause a bloody civil war. Leave for a few years and then come back and we'll see. Nothing Personal old chap."
- That said, people could be ostracized for any reason; the procedure for ostracism was to ask the ekklesia (assembly of free male citizens) whether they wanted to ostracize someone, and if so, then vote on who. Famously, Aristides the Just once found a man with an ostrakon who asked him for help in writing Aristides' name (he was illiterate and also didn't know what Aristides looked like); Aristides (being just) wrote the name for him and asked him why he wanted to ostracize Aristides, and the man replied, "I'm just so tired of hearing people call him 'the Just'!"
- In ancient Greece it was also quite common when one faction of the local oligarchy (aristocracy) overcame the other that the winners would drive the losers out of the country (polis). Sometimes exiled politicians would stir up trouble abroad, as happened during the Persian Wars with former Athenian tyrant Hippias and deposed Spartan king Demaratos and with the Athenian Alcibiades during the Peloponnesian War.
- Several British Royal and Noble families who on the losing end of a power struggle, most famously the Stuarts and their "Jacobite" supporters.
- Henry Bolingbroke, first cousin to Richard II, was exiled before participating in a duel (the other duellist was exiled as well) in 1398. When Henry's father died, Richard seized all of Henry's inherited properties. This drove Henry to return from exile with an army and overthrew the unpopular Richard, becoming Henry IV in the process.
- The Jewish People as a whole after the Jewish Revolts.
- And before that in the Babylonian Exile (see several books of the Bible).
- Napoleon Bonaparte had this happen to him twice. The first time, in 1814, he was given the isle of Elba to rule after being overthrown, which he was not allowed to leave. His response was to escape and take control of France again, thereby nullifying the peace treaty of 1814. After the Battle of Waterloo, his enemies sent him further away to St. Helena as a prisoner. This time, it stuck.
- The company name of inXile Entertainment not-entirely-seriously-but-not-entirely-humorously refers to most of its core employees, including the CEO Brian Fargo, being exiled from Interplay Entertainment (which Fargo founded and headed until his resignation) by its new management.
- United Empire Loyalists were those who had supported the crown during The American Revolution but had to leave following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. At least 45,000 from the hitherto Thirteen Colonies relocated, mostly to New Brunswick (which was carved out of Nova Scotia to accommodate them) and Upper Canada (now Ontario) - many freed slaves and native tribes such as the Iroquois also followed. The mass influx of non-French into Canada, as well as the general suspicion towards the rather violenty-established "mob rule" that took hold in the United States guided the organization of Canada in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
- Since The '60s Cubans that opposed Fidel Castro and the communist government following Castro's overthrow of the Batista regime in 1959 have fled and now live overseas: there are now over a million Cuban-Americans (Cuba's population in 2012 was 11.1 million) living in the United States alone, the vast majority in and around Miami and Tampa. The exile community's hostility to the Cuban government and their importance in elections (Florida is considered a swing state and has many electoral votes) is a major reason for the United States' continued embargo against Cuba (though that doesn't stop the US from being Cuba's 5th largest exporter).
- Castro himself was an exile before that, released from prison in 1955 and spending about 18 months in Mexico.
- Similar to Cuba, most of the Vietnamese-American population come from refugees fleeing their homeland following the Fall of Saigon in 1975, fearing reprisals from the victorious communist government. Many still hold strong opposition to the communist Vietnamese government, frequently still flying the South Vietnamese flag during Tet parades and such.
- Lots of Hmong (a specific people originating from mountainous areas of Vietnam, Laos, and South China) fled the Indochinese peninsula after the Vietnam Wars, because they sided with the French then the Americans. The most important Hmong diasporas are in French Guyana and in Minnesota.
- An unofficial version exists in 21st Century America. In some locales, after a convicted sex offender has served their sentence, they're still forbidden from living within a certain distance of schools, playgrounds, and other areas frequented by children. Depending on how large that distance is, and how many areas are designated as off-limits, a sex offender may find that there is literally no place in a given city where they're legally allowed to reside.
- The above can lead to very...shall we say unusual effects. A town in Iowa was shocked to find out how many sex offenders were living in and around their town and quickly passed laws that made it impossible for them to live there, so they packed up and went to the next town. The second town was then shocked to find out how many sex offenders were living in and around their town and quickly passed laws that made it impossible for them to live there, so they packed up and went to the next town. Then the third town down the road, and the fourth, and so forth and so on. The cumulative effect was a statewide east-to-west migration of those on the registry.
- For years the underside of the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami was where an impromptu shantytown of those on the sex offender registry existed, as strict limits meant the nearest place where a sex offender could live wasn't even in Miami-Dade County (they would have to move to Broward County). The camp had at its height about 140 people, plumbing, and electricity from generators; it also became an unofficial part of the Miami prison system, as a parole officer was sent there every night to make sure everyone was accounted for at curfew. The camp was dismantled shortly after newspapers publicized its existence, though trying to find a residence for those on the registry remains a major problem because every community is opposed to taking them in, many of them vehemently.
- This happened to the House of Savoy as a consequence of Vittorio Emanuele III's support for Mussolini and dragging Italy in World War II on the losing side. Interestingly enough, this happened in two phases:
- The first phase was when Vittorio Emanuele III had to abdicate and leave the country with his wife, as even monarchists considered him a hindrance and an actual danger to the monarchy in the impending referendum to choose between monarchy and republic.
- After the referendum choose for the republic, king Umberto II pointed out various irregularities, [[My Country, Right or Wrong ordered his supporters to support the republic for the good of Italy, and then left with wife and heir, preceding the constitutional exile for the "former kings, their consorts and male descendants". As the exile was always meant to end once the danger of civil war had expired, the constitution was amended in 2002 to allow the return of the exiles... At which point they proceeded to prove it may not have been such a good idea (and why Umberto II, even in exile, made sure to take down as many chances of the monarchy being restored as he could) when they sued the government for the exile (the lawsuit was since dropped).