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"But Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.'"

When Germans Love David Hasselhoff is applied to the protagonist in his world.

So you've saved the universe many times, taken down many multi-dimensional threats, and have generally done lots of good stuff. You're a celebrated hero! Everyone knows your name, the kids want to grow up to be like you, and people may even be selling merchandise based off of you!

At least, in places other than the town or world you came from.

There, you're just that annoying kid at best, or another one of the faceless masses at worst.

There are many reasons for this. Maybe you have to keep up a Masquerade, maybe the heroics you did are in Another Dimension, or maybe your current cred isn't enough to change how the locals have always seen you. Or perhaps some kind of displaced Cultural Cringe is at play. Whatever the reason, while you're popular everywhere else, back home you're still just a part of everybody else. And that's if you're lucky...

Note that this does not apply to heroes with a Secret Identity. Their normal persona may be unknown, but their alter-ego is clearly famous to the locals. However, a Super Hero who is looked down upon in their hometown, but is widely regarded as a hero everywhere else, does count.

The temporal version of this trope is Dead Artists Are Better or Vindicated by History.

Compare with All of the Other Reindeer, Ungrateful Bastards, What Have You Done for Me Lately?, Mexicans Love Speedy Gonzales; contrast with A Hero to His Hometown and Americans Hate Tingle.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • A Certain Magical Index: In his unnamed hometown, Touma Kamijou was shunned because he is The Jinx. When an angry man tried to murder him, he moved to Academy City, which became his new hometown. The people of Academy City never treat him with respect because they never notice how he is always saving the day. Elsewhere, especially in England, he is either treated as a hero or The Dreaded because of his feats and powers.
  • The Suzaku no Miko of Fushigi Yuugi is a well-known figure in the Universe of The Four Gods, much heralded in the country of Konan, perceived as a threat by the country of Kuto, and generally respected everywhere else. On her home dimension, however, she's simply known as Miaka Yuuki, a perfectly Ordinary High-School Student.
  • Kagome of Inuyasha. In the Feudal Era, she hangs out with demons and regularly makes the finishing move with her magical arrows, but in her own era she's just an ordinary schoolgirl of little regard, and is occasionally regarded as strange for the bizarre excuses her grandfather invents for her absence from school.
  • Issei Hyoudou of High School DD is often considered to be a dim-witted pervert, who wants to create a harem and the Butt-Monkey amongst girls who detest perverted boys. But that's in his hometown. In the Underworld, he's a legendary hero.
  • Yuuri in Kyo Kara Maoh! is the king of the demons, is widely famous and has saved countless lives and averted several wars. But at home, he's just a loser teenager who can't even get a girl to look at him sideways. And who bitches at his whole family constantly. Yuuri-in-Japan is worse than Wolfram.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth:
    • The titular Knights are Cephiro's greatest heroes. But back home in Tokyo, they're just a trio of middle school students. In fact, since they go to different schools, anyone who's heard of one of them will probably not know of the other two. This isn't a problem until they get back home, severely traumatized but unable to talk about it with anyone but each other.
    • This trope is averted when the series got included into Super Robot Wars T, since right after becoming Magic Knights, the trio got transported back to Earth-verse and decided to use their Magic Knight power to help mankind on Earth, joining the T3 so at least they got recognized as heroes; and they recovered quicker from the trauma since their fellow T3 friends witnessed what caused their trauma, be supportive on them and offered their sympathies and condolences.
  • The heroine of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha had saved the entire Space-Time continuum multiple times and is shown to be the idol of everyone. Everyone who isn't from the Insignificant Little Blue Planet she came from that is, who don't even know that other worlds exist. Also applies to her friend Hayate, who, despite some parts of the Bureau denouncing her as a criminal commands a great deal of respect in general. On Earth, not only is she similarly obscure, but she had no friends until she first met Suzuka in the second season.
  • Eventually averted in Naruto with regards to the titular character, Gaara, and Bee. Despite their fellow villagers' initial resentment due to the fact that each of them was the human host of a Tailed Beast, the three prove their worthiness and become beloved heroes, through hard work and unwavering determination.

    Comic Books 
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe:
    • The reason Scrooge McDuck's financial empire is based in America and not his native Scotland is this: when he returned to the Highlands with the explicit goal to base his financial empire in his family's ancestral village of MacDuich he found out that not only he had outgrown the rural and conservative Scotland, but also the local inhabitants treated him with contempt and outright hate out of envy, prompting him to pack and go to a small American village named Duckburg and transform it into a metropolis.
    • Paperinik, Donald's superhero alter ego, is often taken for granted or treated as a criminal in spite of being the main reason crime in Duckburg is low. This is actually Justified, as the early stories depicted him as a sadistic avenger of himself who had no qualms about committing crimes and had built quite a terrifying reputation, and the people of Duckburg remember it.
    • The Disney comics are traditionally more popular in Europe than their native United States. However, according to Don Rosa, the confrontation between Scrooge and Soapy Slick in Part Eight of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, in which Soapy's riverboat casino was destroyed, was frowned upon by European readers for supposedly making Scrooge look like a Batman-esque vigilante (although Rosa never wrote what exactly happened and constantly maintained that the tale was meant to be exaggerated through legend).
  • Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, John Stewart, and Charlie Vickers are all legendary members of the Green Lantern Corps. They are clever, they are capable, they are fearless, and they have all saved countless millions of lives across the Galaxy, including many of their fellow Lanterns. Kyle has even been the host to Ion, the cosmic embodiment of all Green Lanterns' power. Despite this, the general opinion of humans among the alien members of the Corps begins at "uncouth, primitive barbarians" and descends from there. Hal Jordan, on the other hand, isn't appreciated by the other Lanterns for entirely different reasons.
  • In the Mark Waid version of Legion Of Superheroes, Triplicate Girl is an outcast on her homeworld because she is the only one to have spent significant periods of time off-world, and thus has developed different perspectives from the rest of her people.
  • Nova: Richard Rider, if he's recognized on Earth at all, is usually remembered as one of the New Warriors. Out in space, he's one of the most venerated heroes there is, thanks to that time he ripped Annihilus inside out and saved the entire universe.
  • In X-Statix, Phat is a huge superhero in Los Angeles, but despised back home, particularly after coming out as gay.

    Comic Strips 
  • In the longest and most bizarre Peanuts storyline, Charlie Brown goes to summer camp wearing a paper sack over his head. He immediately is the most popular person there and gets elected camp president, leading him to quote the Biblical passage in the page quote when describing the situation.

    Fan Works 
  • A Dovahkiin Spreads His Wings: This is without a doubt the main reason Jon Snow refuses to permanently return to the North. In the North, he'll forever be known as Ned Stark's bastard son, while in Skyrim, he has become a legendary and beloved hero.
  • Plus Five to Charisma:
    • Mirabel's uncle Ernesto is a Paladin who's traveled far and wide, devoting his life to protecting mortals from the machinations of gods and higher beings. So far as the residents of Encanto are concerned, however, he's nothing more than a highly eccentric traveler, whose tales must be greatly exaggerated — after all, there's no way that life outside the valley could possibly compare to what lies within it!
    • Mirabel herself is known as the Madrigal who never got a Gift, while Bruno is a "bad omen". Outside the valley, both have become powerful heroes; Mirabel's an Artificer while Bruno has become a Monk.
  • Son of the Sannin: Might Dai's final act of taking on all seven of the Seven Swordsmen of the Mist by himself is apparently very well known among the world at large, yet he appears to be all but forgotten in his home village. Sasuke, a Konoha native, has never even heard of the guy and doubts the validity of the story when Karui tells him.
  • In the Total Drama Comeback Series, everyone at Cody's school mocked him both for losing Gwen to Trent and getting mauled by a bear in TDI. So naturally, he never bothered to look up the show online and see how much the millions of fans were making fun of him...and thus didn't realize that he was actually the show's Ensemble Dark Horse and had legions of fangirls.

    Films — Animation 
  • One of the stories in Heavy Metal was about a nerdy kid from Earth (or at least, a planet that seems to be more Earth-like than most of the planets in that film) is transported to a different planet and given a completely different physical appearance and basically becomes a huge hero. He has absolutely no interest in returning home.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Russian animated film Alyosha Popovich and Tugarin the Serpent has its heroes defeat the titular Tugarin the Serpent, be commended by the Prince of Kiev, and return the stolen gold to their home town of Rostov... only to have a lukewarm welcome because Alyosha is remembered as a rowdy who once accidentally destroyed half of the town, and it's believed that the gold was returned by divine intervention.
  • In the TV movie Ben 10: Race Against Time, Ben spends the movie coming to terms with this, as his status as a Henshin Hero means that no one knows that any of the various aliens that have been stopping villains all over the country during the summer was him.
  • Coach Carter: The film makes it clear that while the local community may be complaining about Carter benching the team because their violation of their player contract such as having adequate marks in class, the Bob Costas interview shows that the national media is on Carter's side on his focus on good values.
  • The Hebrew Hammer saved Hannukah from an evil replacement Santa. His mother complains because "it's not even one of the High Holidays!"
  • Connor MacLeod of Highlander was never really celebrated as a hero, but he claimed "the prize" in New York City after living in many different places, having been banished from his hometown when he got better after being run through by The Kurgan.
  • In The Lord of the Rings movies, Bilbo Baggins is considered to be a little odd in the Shire (it is mentioned that most people showed up for his birthday for the booze) but had previously gone on a fantastic adventure and had even earned the respect of the Wizards and Elves. When his nephew and friends make it back to the Shire at the end of the series, they are greeted with an angry scowl by Mr. Proudfoot while the rest of the community don't seem to care where they went. See the Literature section below for the book versions.
  • In Million Dollar Baby, despite becoming a rising star in boxing, Maggie is told by her selfish and money grubbing white trash family that back home "everyone is laughing at her". After Maggie had just offered her mom a house (which she rejected, since it endangered her welfare and Medicaid benefits).
  • This isn't a saving-the-world example, but in Miss Potter (about Beatrix Potter, who wrote and illustrated children's books) her family never took her painting very seriously, her mother especially (she persisted in scoffing at it even after Beatrix's work was published); so much so that at one point rather late in the movie, when Beatrix is buying a house, her mother disapproves and frets about how she'll pay for it. Her father dryly points out: "Our daughter is famous, Helen. You're the only one who doesn't know it." And she continues to not know it for the rest of the movie.
  • Mystery, Alaska Hank Azaria's character was more of a corporate type than someone who fit into the hockey-heavy culture
  • In The Rose, Rose wants the satisfaction of returning to her hometown as a successful rock star. She receives poor treatment when she arrives, however, which sends her into a tailspin. Unfortunately, the film was loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin, who was similarly bullied and made an outcast in her hometown, which fuelled her drive for success.
  • Semi-real life example: In Madonna's Truth or Dare documentary, her father doesn't seem to understand that she's a megastar; he worries that she won't be able to get him tickets to her show when the tour comes to Detroit, and complains about the burlesque style that made her famous.
  • Wind River: Although technically, the Indian reservation is the protagonist's adopted town.
  • Humorous example in Zoolander: Though he's a successful fashion model, the title character gets no respect in the mining town he grew up in. Especially after claiming he has black lung... after maybe a few hours of mine work.

  • In the Russian book series Alice, Girl from the Future, the heroine is a young girl (around 3 years old at the beginning, 13 in the end) who, on her adventures, rescues countless people (and planets) and is thus revered and respected on many worlds, and by some high-ranked officers on Earth. But in her hometown, she is regarded as lightheaded, irresponsible misfit, is often grounded, distrusted and belittled. Later books attempted to somewhat avert it by making her a capable genetics researcher who is at least respected for that.
  • Happens to almost every named character in The Black Company who is a part of the titular Black Company.
  • Anne McCaffrey's Dragonsong: Mellony is a girl who dares to perform and even compose music in a fishing village of a practical and pragmatic (and repressive) sort. In the course of the novel, Menolly injures herself cleaning fish, and her own mother deliberately stitches her palm up wrong, crippling her hand so she can barely perform routine household tasks (making her even more despised), let alone play any instrument. Meanwhile, the Master Harper Robinton and his faithful have been searching for the "anonymous" author of the fine music mailed to him by a rural harper, and take her away from all that to make her as much a star as a Medieval setting permits.
  • The Dresden Files: Harry Dresden has saved Chicago in almost every book and short story, and it's implied that there are more off-screen. The CPD don't trust him on account of The Masquerade, the White Council have it in for him because they consider justifiable homicide in self-defence to be getting Off on a Technicality, and even the local media goes out of its way to slander him. It's so much that a number of his enemies use it to try and undermine his confidence. After all, who would keep defending the ungrateful, disbelieving, unwashed masses? Ironically the only person of power in Chicago who seems to respect (to a point) Harry? The local underworld kingpin. Of course, Harry's relaxed attitude towards causing property damage for the greater good doesn't exactly help.
  • Nick Perumov's Fess series has Fess, a powerful magician and skilled warrior, who saved more than just one world... and yet treated as a wayward child in his homeland, the Valley of Magic. And not without reason, since Valley is inhabited with powerful magicians and skilled warriors, to whom Fess is no match.
  • The Hands of the Emperor: In his home province Vangaye-Ve, Cliopher always is seen as the strange one who left and has no achievements (such as a family) to his name. People only know that he became a bureaucrat in Solaara and not that he is the second-most powerful person on the world who has changed all of their life in various ways. This in part due to the region's general lack of interest in the wider going-ons of the world, but mostly due to Cliopher's hesitance to tell his family anything if they don't ask, lest it be seen as boasting, and the few things he tells being rather oblique for people without any idea of the capital's power-structure.
  • Harry Potter certainly counts, as he grew up in the Muggles' world where he's practically unknown. A sharp contrast to his celebrity status in the world of wizards (On those occasions where he isn't vilified).
  • Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar series:
    • A straight example and inversion in one. Herald-Mage Vanyel is as much feared as admired in Valdemar for his nigh-awesome magical power - except in the lands held by his father, where he's regarded with "proprietary pride." However, it takes a very long time, most of his life, in fact, for his own family, especially his very traditional father, to accept him, mostly because he's gay.
    • Talia of Sensholding gets it even worse some centuries later. The Holderfolk along the border mistrust and dislike the Heralds to begin with, and do not appreciate people fleeing their marital duties as she did; so given that she was The Un-Favourite to begin with...
    • By The Sword features another example: the story of "Kerowyn's Ride" achieves remarkably widespread popularity across a number of countries, but the events of the eponymous ride - in which tomboy Kerowyn set out to rescue her younger brother's fiancee after her home was attacked, her father killed, her brother gravely injured and his fiancee kidnapped - are a source of some embarrassment to the rest of that end of her family. It's not good when your older sister has to rescue your bride for you, after all.
  • Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit participates in events of legend, then comes home to learn they've declared him legally dead, sold his house and don't believe a thing he's got to say. Similarly, in The Lord of the Rings, Bilbo's nephew Frodo carries the One Ring across half of Middle-Earth at great cost to his body, mind, and soul, destroys the Evil Overlord and ends the endless battle between good and evil, but when he returns to the Shire, his cousins Merry and Pippin are the ones who get the respect, due to becoming warriors and leading battles against the brigands who had taken over the Shire. Though in Frodo's case, he wasn't really bothered, being too busy dealing with his trauma from carrying the Ring.
  • In Run, Bo, Colt, and all the Dickinsons are hated by everyone else in the town of Mursey for being no-good white trash drug-dealing scum. Bo and Colt also seem to be the only good ones in the family.
  • The famous Sherlock Holmes pastiche The Seven-Percent Solution has Holmes and Watson in Germany with Sigmund Freud pursuing a villain. During the chase, the German police meets them and immediately announces that the constables are to be put at Holmes' disposal to catch the criminal and the Detective quietly mutters "No prophet is accepted in his own country."
  • In the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel Shatterpoint, Mace Windu reflects on this after "foreseeing" a Dirty Cop on the ground bleeding and making it come to pass by breaking his nose.
    Mace stood over him. "Told you."
    The big man didn't seem impressed. Mace shrugged. A prophet, it was said, received no honor on his world.
  • Notably averted in The Wheel of Time, when the three heroes are all treated as on a higher level even by their own families. It's painfully awkward and none of them want anything to do with that, so they take solace in each others' company when they have it.
  • In the Xanth novels, everywhere else, Bink is known as "Magician Bink". Most people don't know why (since Bink's talent stays hidden by design), but they know he's a Magician and treat him with due respect. In his home village, even years later, he's still "Bink The Talentless Wonder". Even a stint as King of Xanth didn't change that.
  • In the Young Wizards books, wizardry has to be kept a secret. So after saving the earth and relighting the sun while rewriting who the Lone Power is so he is can be redeemed, Kit and Nita go back to school to get bullied. Granted, they can stop the bullying now but... Later, in the fifth book, Nita at least is still without friends at school 2-3 years later for no apparent reason other than being smart and quiet.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel: The Demon Host Lorne was never accepted not just in his hometown, but his home dimension as well. Originally from a demon populated dimension called Pylea, Lorne is a Nice Guy while everyone else was barbaric and cruel. Lorne has a great love of music, which doesn't exist in Pylea; so while his psychic powers attuned him to music in his head, everyone else (including his family) treated him like a pariah. When a portal opened up and sent him to Earth, he was more then grateful and never wanted to go back.
  • Ash vs. Evil Dead: As revealed in Season 2, Ash is shunned by virtually everyone in his hometown of Elk Grove, including his own father, due to the events of the first two movies; no one believed Ash's story about the Deadites and the Necronomicon, thinking he just went crazy and slaughtered his friends and sister during the weekend at the cabin. Ultimately averted by the end of Season 2, where he's managed to convince the town of the truth and is now a hero.
  • The Chosen: Jesus and His ministry have been very well received in every town where He heals and preaches, but in Episode 3 of Season 3 when He visits His hometown of Nazareth and asserts Himself as the foretold Messiah, the congregation takes offense to His words and attempts to execute Him for blasphemy.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor. Saves the multiverse more times than he can count, but is still looked upon as a wanted criminal for much of his life (except for those few times he's been elected President of Gallifrey, but even then it ends up with him being charged with treason or some such). Things got so bad that at one point the Time Lords wiped the Doctor's mind, forced him to regenerate, and exiled him to Earth with a TARDIS that was sabotaged and rendered useless. Even after he saved Gallifrey from a Fate Worse than Death, the ungrateful so-and-sos still merely gave him his memory back and allowed him use of the TARDIS when he went back to Gallifrey, he was still made prime suspect number one in the assassination of the President of the Time Lords... And that's not even counting the later time when he was put on trial for his life...
    • Suffers it elsewhere in the new series: sometimes it doesn't pay to be the guy who is always seen when disaster is occurring, and sometimes it's the fact that a guy who is badass enough to repeatedly defeat the Daleks, the Cybermen, renegade Time Lords, and many more with nothing but a sonic screwdriver and a quip is kinda scary. He is The Dreaded to some people who should really be dreading the actual bad guys instead.
  • Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In Bel-Air among his cousins, especially Ashley, and in high school, Will is the hip, cool, street wise, black teen from the hood, and not another boring square. This reputation makes him popular among the guys and a Chick Magnet with the girls. However, in his home in Philadelphia, he is the coward who ran away from his bully and is mocked and ridiculed by everyone when he returns home. This makes him want to confront his past bully, only to discovered that the guy is now a teacher and mentor to inner city youth and tells Will to grow up and get over it.
  • Similar to Connor, Duncan McLeod in Highlander is also banished by his clan for coming back to life. When confronting his father, he finds out that he's adopted.
  • Parks and Recreation: Ben Wyatt was elected mayor of his hometown, Partridge, MN, when was only 18 years old, but within months he was forced to resign in disgrace after he ran the economy into the ground by spending all the local government's money on trying to build a massive winter sports complex called "Ice Town". He spent the next 20 years becoming an accounting and auditing expert, saving other small towns from bankruptcy, before eventually settling down in the series' setting of Pawnee, IN, where he not only helped usher in a booming economy as the City Manager, but also convinced a multibillion tech company to give everybody in town free wifi and build their new corporate HQ there. But, of course, whenever he goes back to Partridge, he's addressed only as "Ice Town" and treated like a total pariah. It's so bad that the current mayor (in some political hot water) tries to lure him back for an elaborate prank just to gain some popularity, and (at least in public) even his own sister has to pretend not to know him in order to avoid being ostracized too.
  • Scorpion: Despite being widely recognized as the genius leader of Scorpion, Walter remained a subject of mockery in his home village in Ireland, at least before he saved the villagers from yet another disaster.
  • Stargate SG-1:
    • Cameron Mitchell returns to his hometown for one episode. While no-one thinks he's evil or a criminal or anything, no-one really knows what's going on at the SGC, and they basically remember him as the football player who came back with a weird girlfriend and is the reason they all have to sign confidentiality agreements.
    • This happens a bunch in the Stargate verse, since they can't tell anyone about their planet/galaxy-saving adventures. Before Jacob Carter becomes a Tok'ra host, he disparages Sam's work with "deep-space radar telemetry" and tries to get her into NASA. Similarly, when Rodney McKay returns to Earth for a scientific presentation by an old colleague, he is repeatedly criticized for not publishing in a couple of decades since no one knows about all his top-secret work with the Stargate program.
    • While it is never made a central plot point, Daniel Jackson is still viewed as a nutcase by the archeological community. His theories have been proven correct and he has spent years studying astounding artifacts and alien cultures, but he will not be able to tell anyone about it until the Stargate Program is finally made public.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess: When Xena shows up at her hometown of Amphipolis for the first time in the series, she is rejected by her people due to the reputation she built as a warlord. Even after she defends them from another warlord they are slow to warm up, eventually offering her "loot" in a very "Great, thanks, now get out" fashion. In later episodes her reception is warmer.

  • 1st Man In Space by the All Seeing I featuring Phil Oakey. The lyrics paint a picture of British smalltown mentality via the story of an astronaut and the less-than-warm reception he receives on his return to Earth:
    Where was the ticker tape civic reception?
    How come no-one wants to know what I saw?
  • Canadian band Bachman Turner Overdrive were very popular in the U.S. and Canada in the 1970s, but didn't get much recognition from critics in Canada, mostly because of their loud rocking style as opposed to musicians like Joni Mitchell and Neil Young. They complained in the song "Welcome Home":"It doesn't really matter, If we're nothing at home"
  • Daniel Johnston has many songs about this theme, including "Sorry Entertainer", "Casper the Friendly Ghost" (from Yip/Jump Music) and "The Story Of An Artist".
  • Played out in !HERO: The Rock Opera in the song "The Fire Of Love".
  • Jimmy Buffett offers a milder version in "Saxophones", lamenting that "they won't play (his) records in (his) own hometown" and suggesting that if saxophones were more heavily featured in his music, he'd "get some recognition from that Mobile, Alabama DJ".
  • In 1963, 15-year old Little Peggy March became a One-Hit Wonder in the U.S., when her recording of "I Will Follow Him" topped the Billboard Hot 100. However, after that, she never had another Top 25 hit in the U.S. again. However, she would become popular in Germany during the 1960s, and to some extent also in 1970s.
  • Marillion in Especially True.
    You with the heart of the USA
    And me with the spite of a small English town
  • Simone Jay, another American-born House Music vocalist, was big in Italy, where she was signed to the Dance World Attack label, of Alexia, Corona, and Double You fame, and reasonably well known in the rest of Europe, but completely unknown in her home country apart from the dance hit "Wanna B Like a Man", which was the only single of hers released in North America.
  • While U2 has had relatively decent success overseas, very few Irish citizens have admitted to liking their music, mainly due to how divisive of a figure Bono proved to be.
  • Maryland-born R&B-dance diva Ultra Naté has been highly popular in the UK and Europe, but is considered a One-Hit Wonder in her native USA with the 1997 single "Free", her only song to enter the Billboard Hot 100.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Older Than Feudalism examples from The Bible:
    • In Matthew, Jesus goes back to Nazareth, where he grew up. His frigid reception causes him to lampshade this trope. But Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown and in his own house is a prophet without honor." This is despite him performing miracles right in front of them. To them, He was just "the carpenter's son." note 
    • In the long run, averted: Christianity eventually became the dominant religion in Nazareth—and all of the Middle East, for that matter—for a period at least about 300 years (exact dates are hard to come by, but Christianization had largely happened in the region by the end of the 5th century), at which point Islam swept in. Even then, it took at least a century and a half for the Christian lands under Muslim rule to convert (Christians were allowed to live as they pleased as long as they paid a higher tax rate; eventually taxes got too high, and people started converting, mostly to get the lower rate Muslims paid, although some did it for various other economic reasons like the opportunity for advancement through the Muslim-only military and bureaucracynote ).
    • Also, to this day, Nazareth itself is an Arab-Israeli town, with just under 32% of the population being Christian, making it one of the largest if not the largest Christian population in all of Israel.
    • The Apostle Paul, who's the main protagonist of the second half of the Book of Acts in The Bible and wrote most of the Epistles (the letters to the Romans, Colossians, Hebrews, etc., which are all incorporated as books in the Bible), also tended to get a warmer reception among the Gentiles (anyone and everyone who is not a Jew-Greeks, Romans, etc.) than among his fellow Jews. This is especially apt, as, when he returns to his hometown of Tarsus post-conversion to Christianity, he is whipped repeatedly.
  • Just like Jesus, Muhammad's message was not well received in his hometown, and for basically the same reasons. He eventually had to conquer it (bloodlessly, by playing its leader, Abu Sufyan, like a violin).
  • Buddhism zig-zags this. Siddhartha Gautama Buddha was born in what is now a border region between India and Nepal, both of which are today mostly Hindu. At first, his dharma did not find favor much of anywhere. However, it took off in the Subcontinent after the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka the Great converted in the 3rd century BCE, and began promoting the faith relentlessly. After Ashoka, Buddhism was arguably the preeminent religion in the region until about the 11th century, when various factors led to a resurgence of Hinduism everywhere except southern India (and the Buddhists there eventually left for Sri Lanka). In the meantime, however, Buddhism had become the dominant faith of Southeast Asia and the eastern half of Central Asia,note  and had been incorporated into the complex religious structure of Sinospheric East Asia.

    Video Games 
  • Dragon Age: Origins:
    • The Dwarf Commoner is in the underclass. After you join the Grey Wardens and are treated with respect by most of Ferelden, you eventually return to the dwarf kingdom and are still treated like a no good "duster" by most of the townsfolk. The Shaperate of the Memories even states that despite living there for most of their life and having the brand on their face to prove it, any belief they have previously visited Orzammar is delusion on their part since Casteless do not exist.
    • To a lesser extent, the Dwarf Noble receives this and derision for kinslaying upon their returning to Orzammar from exile. Justified if they actually did murder their brother Trian during the origin story, but not so much if they were merely framed as part of Bhelen's machinations to seize the throne.
    • Later subverted after the defeat of the Archdemon, when the Assembly unanimously declares the dwarven Hero of Ferelden (both casteless and noble) to be Paragons, Living Ancestors and blessed by the Stone itself.
  • In Dragon Age II, Hawke is forced to flee their adopted hometown of Kirkwall due to the role they played in the events at the Gallows, following Anders destruction of the Chantry.
  • The Apple Kid from EarthBound (1994) is rejected by the inhabitants of Twoson in favor of his much neater (but much less talented) Orange Kid.
  • A recurring element in the Fallout series:
    • In the first game, you'll visit several settlements throughout your quest to save your home Vault 13. Depending on your actions, you may make quite a few friends and even become regarded as a local saviour. But no matter what you do, in the end you are still banished from the home you fought so hard to save because you have become too different.
    • In Fallout 3, most of the other residents of your home Vault 101 shun you. Eventually, The Overseer of the vault will even try to have you killed, forcing you to flee from your home. At one point, you can briefly return to Vault 101 which is now facing major hardships and they blame it all on you (which, depending on what you did during your escape, may be somewhat justified). You are given the opportunity to set things right again and redeem yourself in their eyes, but even if you do, you are still banished forever once again (with a Call-Back to the speech in the original Fallout to boot).
  • Initially played straight in Horizon Zero Dawn with protagonist Aloy; she is shunned by her fellow Nora due to being an Outcast (something she is sentenced to at birth by the High Matriarchs purely because they don't know who her biological parents are), but (depending on the player's choices) she is more readily accepted in lands beyond Nora territory and is more easily able to make friends, on top of majorly helping the Sun Kingdom, past enemies of the Nora, multiple times. Aloy even jokes that she should be called "Aloy despite the Nora". This gets inverted when Aloy enters and speaks to All Mother, upon which the Nora immediately begin to worship and revere her. This annoys Aloy and she quickly calls them out on their hypocrisy.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Link suffers from this in at least one installment of the series. In The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, he has to avoid being noticed while traveling through his native village of Kakariko because the townspeople are convinced that he's the villain who has abducted their beloved Princess Zelda. This is somewhat of a variant on the trope, since the hero's bad rep stems from some nasty public relations from the Big Bad's minions.
    • This gets worse in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time because, even after you save most of the world and return to your adopted home village post timeskip, no one recognizes you except as a scary intruder, and you're remembered from before then as a strange loner who likely died once he left the forest. Justified: since Kokiri never grow up, the now-adult Link wouldn't be recognized by the still childish Kokiri (except for Saria, but she's a Sage, so...)
  • In Mass Effect 2, it's revealed that during the two years that Shepard was dead, they've been widely discredited by the Citadel Council and many within the Alliance, who dismissed their warnings about the imminent "Reaper" invasion as delusional ravings and swept all evidence under the rug. Subverted in Mass Effect 3, where Jondum Bau reveals that while the Council may have buried their heads in the sand for the past three years, their fellow Spectres saw the writing on the wall and Shepard's warnings about the Reapers were merely the final confirmation of some very long-standing suspicions they'd been having.
  • In Secret of Mana, the Boy is banished from his hometown after the residents learn he has disturbed the Sword in the Stone. Though possibly recognized as The Chosen One, the elder correctly deduces that trouble will inevitably follow him around. He remains exiled even after becoming a hero, but at least he's allowed back in during the ending. It's possible to abuse a glitch to regain entry, where everyone is still spouting the same dialogue from the prologue.

    Web Comics 
  • The Dugs: In its photocomic days, Hamish McHaggis, a player for the fictional Las Vegas Tsunami, becomes a skilled baseball player only after being shunned by his homeland, Scotland, for struggling at all things Scottish in a story line that begins here
  • Erfworld's Sizemore the Dirtamancer is something like "rockstar" in the Magic Kingdom, where all the other magic users appreciate his abilities and willingness to lend a hand to anyone. Back home in Gobwin Knob, his boss refers to him "as the shit guy" and his job is basically taking everyone's waste and making terrible smelling golems out of it. He starts getting more respect at home once Parson takes over as Chief Warlord, but that comes at the cost of his popularity in the Magic Kingdom (as more and more people become unwilling to associate with him due to his side's actions and expansion)
  • In Serpamia Flare, Cain reveals in Chapter Three that he bears the mark of banishment from his hometown, the Holy Capital.
  • Tales of the Questor: Despite impressing the notables in the big city and in the swamp territories, Quentyn's hometown of Freedom Downs considers his chosen calling as a Questor a joke and can only see the bad side of his successful adventures. However, when the town is threatened to be repossessed because of an old debt concerning an old Questor's abandoned quest, Quentyn volunteers to resume it to cancel the town's debt even though he may never be able to see home again. The town, stunned at this sacrifice, finally realize that their current Questor is a hero and hail him as such.

    Web Games 
  • Takua the protagonist from the Mata Nui Online Game. An adventure-seeking traveler who helps out and makes friends in other villages, for which his own village Ta-Koro brands him an outcast, fearing he might attract bad luck. By the end, as he leads a squad of similar oddballs to save the island and strengthens the bond between the villages, Ta-Koro's guardsmen come to his aid and he becomes a hero celebrated island-wide.

    Western Animation 
  • Atomic Betty is a famous and respected hero outside Earth. On Earth, she's just another kid. This is shown to be on purpose, as Betty uses a Secret Identity to keep a peaceful life between missions as well as to keep the planet safe from Maximus I.Q. who would just love to blow Betty's home planet a year of Sundays away purely out of spite.
  • Ben 10: Alien Force, has the titular character deliberately choose to be this. Which isn't very hard, considering that he's basically a Henshin Hero with over a dozen different forms. It isn't until the following series that he's publicly unmasked, at which point he's praised for his deeds.
  • Futurama:
    • In the episode "The Duh Vinci Code", it turns out Leonard Da Vinci is an alien from a planet on which, by their hyper-intelligent standards, he's considered an idiot.
    • In "The Cryonic Woman", it's noted that Fry seems to fit in more in the 31st century than in his own time period.
  • Justice League: Wonder Woman saved Themyscera from Faust and Hades. The Amazons repay her by exiling her as punishment for bringing men (the male Leaguers) to the island. Though this could be a subversion, as they do love and care for Diana, and do this more out of their law rather than not accepting her. Flash tries to bring this up, but is told by Batman not to make things harder than they already are. This is further shown in later episodes where Wonder Woman's mother goes to her when she needs comfort, since the law prevents her from returning. Eventually, she lifted her daughter's exile, stating "if the gods have a problem with it, they have to go through me."
  • On My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Spike's a Butt-Monkey in Ponyville, but as shown in the episode "Equestria Games", in the Crystal Empire, he's the most admired and respected hero. The rest of the cast don't fare much better in that town either; even after saving all of Equestria multiple times they're basically treated no differently than anyone else and, if "Putting Your Hoof Down" is a clue, treated quite shabbily for no real reason at times. It's enough to make you wonder if Ponyville just happens to be full of colossal jerks.
  • The is how The Powerpuff Girls started out in their movie after their game of "tag" rent Townsville asunder.
  • In Transformers: Animated, Optimus Prime and his crew, although they became heroes to the people of Earth for defending them against criminals and the Decepticons, are in fact deemed outcasts on Cybertron due their initial position as a Space Bridge repair crew. This changes, however, once they return to Cybertron as heroes after defeating Megatron, returning the Allspark, and saving the stolen protoforms.
  • In the War Planets series, Graveheart is the leader of the Alliance, brave, honorable, and has largely saved the day on more than one occasion. However, he was declared an exile by the leader of planet Rock (his home planet) and remained banished despite being a decorated (if retired) soldier and having destroyed two Beast armadas that had managed to invade the planet after his exile. He only is allowed to officially return at the end of the series after the new leader of Rock, his girlfriend, pardons him.