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

When we pulled into Argo Port in need of R&R,
The crew set out investigating every joint and bar.
We had high expectations of their hospitality,
But found too late it wasn't geared for spacers such as we!
And we're banned from Argo, everyone
Banned from Argo just for having a little fun
We took a jolly shore leave there for just three days or four
But Argo doesn't want us anymore
Leslie Fish and the Dehorn Crew, "Banned from Argo"

You, possibly along with your merry band of travelers, have found a nice place to hang out. Maybe it's a nice bar, seaside town or resort planet. But then ... things happened. You may not have meant for bad stuff to go down, but sometimes events are beyond your control. There might have been nudity, violence, Stuff Blowing Up, certain substances imbibed or smoked. You might've just been extremely rude or insufferable to be around. You might have started a revolution, or unwittingly destroyed the place. Whatever the case, the locals aren't happy.

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

Essentially, this is the "AND STAY OUT!" follow up to Get Out!.


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

In fiction, this label is often Played for Laughs and the result of a Noodle Incident — if it was bad enough (and funny enough) to lead to this result, it would be most outrageous in the reader's imagination. The related tropes You Can't Go Home Again and The Exile tend to be played more seriously, since the people being banned are originally from the place they are banned from (personae non gratae are for outsiders). See also Hollywood Restraining Order. Not to be confused with Un-person, in which an individual is treated as if they never even existed, with all records of such being wiped clean.



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  • A commercial shows a middle-aged man gloomily searching multiple travel sites one by one, because he's banned from using the one-stop search engine. Cue Flashback of him bullying the site's creator back in (judging from their hair and outfits) The '70s.

    Anime and Manga 
  • In Delicious in Dungeon, Team Touden's plan to return to the surface to resupply after dealing with the Red Dragon is cut short after meeting up with Kabru and Shuro's parties, due to the understanding that their use of the Dark Arts would be reported and that they'd be arrested at best upon arrival.
  • This has happened to the Dirty Pair on at least two occasions. They go off on leave to some distant resort with plans to lounge on the beach, but while they're there, they inevitably get drawn into some sort of illicit intrigue and wind up causing massive destruction in their attempts to stop it. It's better than what usually happens, when they can't go back because the place no longer exists.
  • Something like this happened to the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross. A freak accident causes them to be banned from Earth. This is after they spend several episodes getting back to Earth through the defense of the Zentraedi.
  • The plot of Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru kicks off when the eponymous character is banned from all functions of his school's gymnastics club and needs somewhere to live now that he can't stay at their dorms.
  • In the second season of Code Geass, Zero is declared a persona non grata by the Britannian government, in exchange for the emancipation of one million Japanese. This, however, turns out to be a ploy to disguise those one million Japanese as Zero, getting them all exiled. The whole plan turned out to be to get himself and his Black Knights, hidden among the exiles, out of the country.
  • In Yes! Pretty Cure 5, this is Nozomi Yumehara's clumsiness has caused her to be tossed out of every school club. Rin takes great glee in mentioning a Noodle Incident that got her kicked out of the Drama Club after only two days.

    Comic Books 
  • In Knights of the Dinner Table, Nitro Ferguson gets banned from GaryCon after his D-Day game runs amok even more spectacularly than games in KoDT usually do.
  • Happens far too often to LARP goth Walden Woods in Dork Tower; something inevitably gets them banned from their latest gathering spot.
    Walden: Great Clans of Mud Bay, I have called this gathering in the Poochy's Last Stand pet cemetery for one reason!
    Goth: Because Beef-A-Roo won't let us gather there anymore?
    Walden: Apart from that!
  • FoxTrot:
    • Implied in the Halloween party arc when Paige stands up to two party crashers who were prepared to kill Peter for not having beer at the party:
      Paige: My friend over there is on the phone with the cops right now, so I suggest you and your party-crashing pals go back to wherever you came from.
      Big Party Crasher: That might be tricky — that place called the cops, too.
    • Peter asks Roger for advice on how to pull an all-nighter, and Roger says that one thing he'd do in college was play really loud music to keep him awake. Cut to Roger and Andy trying to sleep with loud music in the background:
      Andy: Did you also tell him why you were expelled from three fraternities?
      Roger: Calm down. We'd be waking up in a few hours anyway.
  • One Archie Comics story has the gang try, for the sake of variety, to have lunch some place other than Pops'. In each place they, try they end up getting booted out due to their personal flaws and character quirks, until the only eatery left is Pops'.
  • The DC Comics hero Damage was banned from his hometown of Atlanta after he blew it up when his powers first activated.
  • Lobo has been banned from both heaven and hell, making him functionally immortal because he will always come back from whichever afterlife he ends up in.
  • The Hellboy story "Makoma" ends with Hellboy being banned for life from the New York City Explorer's Club after being accused of destroying an ancient mummy. In actuality, the mummy simply crumbled after finally being able to tell his story, and Hellboy was the one Makoma spoke to.
  • In the wake of Civil War (during which they helped cause the overthrow of a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. facility), the Runaways were banned from Los Angeles. They spent some time out in New York City, then later got around the ban by relocating to Malibu.

    Fan Works 
  • In A Trail a Mile Wide, the crewmembers of the SSV Normandy SR2 find themselves banned from a colony after a truly epic shore leave. The story itself heavily homages the former Trope Naming song.
  • In the Chuck story What Fates Impose, Sarah and Bryce mention that they've been banned from Paraguay for an incident involving a donkey.
  • In the Harveste series, the Addamses are banned from Haiti and Indonesia. Gomez has been banned from Africa for an undetermined amount of time, but as of 1995, has at least ten years left on the ban. Grandmama is accepted as a witch doctor in five countries and banned from the rest of the world.
  • In the Pony POV Series, Makarov — the Big Bad of Shining Armor's side story — is threatened with this by several countries in order to get him to cease his attempts on Shining's life.
  • In The Silmarillion fanfic A Boy, a Girl and a Dog: The Leithian Script, after Celegorm and Curufin's scheme to kill Finrod succeeds, Finrod's brother Orodreth banishes his cousins from his kingdom. He warns them that if they ever cross the border again, they would be shot on sight.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction I Am Going to Save and/or Destroy Equestria!, the protagonist thinks he's come up with a foolproof plan to turn a measly sum into a few hundred thousand dollars — until the casino owner takes him aside and politely tells him that he's now on the blacklist for disrupting the business.
  • A sidestory of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines shows an adventure of Clair in the Decolore Islands. On her trip back home, she's forced to bring out her Gyarados near a cruise full of people to rescue a guy dropped off on top of a Tentacruel in open sea, and as a result she's not allowed back on the archipelago ever again.
  • This Bites!: Jeremiah Cross has banned the zodiac-themed codenames "Virgo" and "Dragon" from usage in the New World Masons, due to their associations with Vergo (a spy for Doflamingo) and Monkey D. Dragon (head of the Revolutionary Army). (Though the latter is an ally.)
  • In Lords Among The Ashes, Ruby is this to Cody's city as she was the one who proposed that the leaders should attack the horde surrounding Redrock Gorge themselves even though the Grimm threat had been reduced to the point that the army could probably handle it. This led to Cody's death, the first unintentional one in the sim, and his city isolating itself from everyone else.
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Pyrrha becomes this in Vale's food industry after she shoots Junior in the spine and accidentally burns down his club when he tried to cop a feel of her.
  • Empath of Empath: The Luckiest Smurf and later Polaris Psyche were both considered this when the Psyche Master exiled them from Psychelia at least one year apart from each other. However, the Psyche Master has allowed Empath to have visits in his private chamber to discuss things that were necessary to the plot of the current story.
  • Eye of the Storm:
    • In the story A Midsummer Night's Chaos, it's mentioned that Jason Osmond is banned for life from Star City Lanes (a local bowling alley) due to "the coconut incident", from a local jet ski rental place after he used one to jump over a dock at a local lake, and is effectively banned from going up in the local mountains because he's "practically on a first-name basis with every park ranger in the state". Apparently all of these bans are because of a "lust for causing trouble".
    • In the story "Crystal Blizzard", it's explained that due to an incident in which he was sharing stories from his time in prison (including a cellmate who'd murdered his wife and her lover with a vacuum cleaner) with the Pratt family kids, Mike is no longer welcome at their home in Salt Lake City. Cody nearly ends up being on the "do not invite back" list too thanks to his constantly badmouthing Prince Xizor (who's the current boyfriend of Ruth Pratt), but it's ultimately averted when it turns out he was right all along and, after Xizor's arrest, Cody apologizes to Brigham for his behavior.
  • It's a running gag in Red Witch's X-Men: Evolution fics that the X-Men and Brotherhood (and typically all other mutants, in the fics set after the big reveal at the end of season 2) are constantly getting banned from various places due to deliberately or accidentally causing trouble.
  • Aftermath of the Games: Fleur De Lis is Sci-Twi's main bully at Crystal Prep. When she tries bullying Sci-Twi in front of her new friends as they're all hanging out in a local mall, one of the employees sees her picking a fight and bans her from that store for six months, with a threat to get her banned from the entire mall for life if she tries violating that first ban.
  • A Diplomatic Visit:
    • Wolves who break the laws against harming children are permanently exiled from the Packlands.
    • In chapter 2 of the sequel Diplomat at Large, after "invading" Byzantion, where the headquarters of the International Bureaucracy was located, and subsequently throwing everyone out of the building so she could go through everything and solve the griffons' debt problem, Twilight is no longer permitted back there.
    • In chapter 9 of the second sequel, Diplomacy Through Schooling, it's mentioned that Diamond Tiara asked for (and got) a transfer from Ponyville's school to Twilight's new one (with her father's approval), in order to try and get out from under her mother's influence (and Silver Spoon transferred with her). Subsequently, Spoiled Rich barged onto the grounds, interrupted a meeting between Twilight and the parents of some other students, and demanded that Diamond's enrollment in the school be revoked. That got her declared a "disruptive presence", and she was legally banned from coming onto the school's grounds (and a few other places) ever again. She did not take this well and has since attempted (and failed miserably) to have it overturned in the courts.
  • Rocketship Voyager. When the crew of Voyager are allowed to take liberty on the Array, Captain Janeway warns them that anyone getting them thrown off the space station will not only spend the next month in Hazmat Suits cleaning the radioactive waste vents, they will also have to explain to over a hundred shipmates why they've been deprived of their own liberty. Ironically it's Captain Janeway who ends up getting them thrown off, which is Serious Business as the Array is the terminal of a Portal Network that they need to get back to Earth.
  • Truth And Consequences ends with an interesting variation: as a consequence of her Face–Heel Turn, Ladybug is essentially exiled from Paris by her former teammates, but Marinette can come and go as she pleases; even that comes with the unspoken but very clear understand that when she does come back, it better be to visit her parents, and not for any other reason. Marinette, who's still being torn up by guilt, can't bring herself to argue.

    Films — Animation 
  • In Rugrats in Paris, one of Charles Finster's potential dates is said to not be allowed in the state of Kentucky.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Casino, Nicky gets his name in a Black Book and is banned from the casinos because of notorious and unsavory reputation. Sam warns him beforehand, but Nicky mocks the issue, as the book only has two names (the other of which is Al Capone) and continues to generate waves. Then he laments, as the ban hurts his operations.
  • After the massive battle that spanned half of Paris in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, the Joes are banned from France forever.
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?: Ulysses gets kicked out of "Woolsworth" (sic) for fighting the man who wants to marry his wife. It's never clarified if it applies to just the store or the entire franchise. Amusingly, when Delmar is relating to Pete the account of what they've been up to since they were separated, this incident is given equal status to their other adventures.
  • In The Party, the protagonist is supposed to be blacklisted from Hollywood after accidentally blowing up a movie set. Instead, his name is unknowingly put on the invitation list for an A-list Hollywood party.
  • Rain Man: The casinos don't know exactly how Raymond did it, but he and his brother are told to take their winnings and never return — and also not to try it anywhere else, because now their reputation shall precede them everywhere they go.
  • Obliquely used in The Return of the Living Dead:
    "No, we can't — the cops said they'd shoot us if we go back to the park."
  • In Dogma, after they get drunk and tell Him off, God kicked the angels Bartleby and Loki from Heaven, setting in motion the events of the movie.
  • In Little Miss Sunshine, after the fiasco at the eponymous beauty pageant, the family is told that the pageant will not press charges under the condition that Olive never enter another "Little Miss" pageant in the state of California, ever again. The family's reaction to the news amounted to "That's fine with us!"
  • In Pulp Fiction, Marsellus Wallace revokes Butch's "LA privileges". Given that Wallace initially had a hit out on him for failing to throw a match, Butch is fine with that.
  • In Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Jar Jar Binks tells Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan that he was kicked out of Otoh Gunga for his "clumsiness." EU material describes the events in better detail: he inadvertently flooded half the city.
  • In Mister Roberts, having been deprived of shore leave for ages thanks to their tyrannical captain, the crew go nuts when they finally have the opportunity. This gets the USS Reluctant thrown out of port. Captain Morton makes sure to get his revenge on the man who engineered their leave, Lt. Roberts.
  • John Wick: Chapter 2 ends with the eponymous character being declared Excommunicado from the Continental and all the support services they offer for shooting the Big Bad in the Continental's lounge in violation of the hotel's Truce Zone status. Which is very bad news for him, considering the $14 million open contract that had just been placed on his head.
  • In both the movie and comics for Clerks, Randall is shown banning people from RST video. It's played with as they end up angered at his Jerkass behavior and boycott the place anyway, and Randall stating they're banned comes off as him attempting to get the last word in.
  • Played (mostly) for laughs at the end of Thor: Ragnarok, when Thor decides to fly the ship to Earth — with Loki onboard. Considering what happened the last time he was there, Loki points out how unlikely it is that he'll be welcome.
    Loki: Do you really think it's a good idea to go back to Earth?
    Thor: Yes, of course. The people of Earth love me, I'm very popular.
    Loki: Let me rephrase that. Do you really think it's a good idea to bring me back to Earth?
    Thor: Probably not, to be honest. But I wouldn't worry, brother. I feel like everything's gonna work out fine.
    [Thanos's ship appears in front of them]
  • The Revengers: The Revengers are riding towards a border town and one of them comments that they'd been banned from there. Another says that was a year ago and they were bound to have forgotten about it by now. They haven't.
  • The Con is On: Due to her strange reactions to drugs, Jackie has been banned for life from British Airways and isn't allowed into Canada at all.

  • Adrian Mole:
    • In Prostrate Years, Adrian laments that other people get banned from pubs; but he gets banned from a dry cleaner's. Yes, a dry cleaner's: his crime was to leave one of Gracie's sweets in the pocket of a jacket, which jammed their machine, causing it to be replaced at great expense.
    • In Wilderness Years, Adrian bans himself from an Oxfam charity shop, because he had left a condom in the top pocket of a blazer he had donated; or at least, he vows never to enter to shop again until the volunteer helper he gave the blazer to dies or retires.
  • Robert Rankin's Brentford novels frequently involve intrepid protagonists Jim Pooley and John Omally being banned from their favorite pub, the Flying Swan, by the mercurial part-time barman, Neville. The ban never lasts long, though.
  • Myth Adventures:
    • In the opening book Another Fine Myth, it's revealed that the merchant Frumple is banned from Deva, home dimension of the Deveels, master bargainers.
    • In book 8, Myth-Nomers and Im-Pervections, main character Skeeve visits Perv, a high-tech dimension where Magik and technology are equal, but repeatedly runs afoul of the Perv police - they can't hold him, but warn him not to leave the dimension. The last time though, he sardonically says it before the cop does and is told no, he should leave the dimension as soon as possible .
  • In the Gor series, Tarl Cabot was banned from returning to the city-state of Ar, but that didn't stop him from doing so.
  • In R.A. Salvatore's novel Road of the Patriarch, Jarlaxle and Artemis end up banned for life from the Bloodstone Lands. Jarlaxle points out that Elves live a long time and he'll probably outlive the ban. Artemis is not comforted by this, being a human, with the attendant shorter life span.
  • Hrolf the Unruly, the captain of Elfmaid from Starlight And Shadows trilogy, got "a taste for recreational mayhem", which earned him ban from many ports and imprisonment and confiscation in Skullport, which is an achievement in itself. He was found there under arrest, roaring a song:
    Come ashore with the lads of the Elfmaid, my friend
    We're awash on an ocean of ale!
    Some taverns to plunder, some guards to sunder,
    And then, a short rest in the jail!
  • In Soul Music, the Band with Rocks In is banished from every city they visit on their Sto Plains tour, on pain of pain and/or being buried alive.
  • In Simon R. Green's For Heaven's Eyes Only, Roger the half-demon claims he's been banned from Limbo.
  • This has happened to a variety of CIA officers with diplomatic immunity who got caught spying in Tom Clancy novels. The consequences for officers or agents who don't have diplomatic immunity and get caught spying tend to be far more severe.
  • In one of The Dresden Files novels, Harry Dresden is banned from a college bookstore which caters to the supernatural crowd, on account of trouble following him everywhere, and the other patrons and the owner being worried it might follow him there. He gets word of this ban just before exactly that happens. Also, he was talking to his imaginary friend, Lasciel, and it freaked the hell out of the owner.
    • In Small Favor, Dresden and the gang find an island in the middle of Lake Michigan that tries to do this to literally everyone: anyone stepping on the island is overcome with an irrational anxiety and fear that slowly and inevitably drives them mad until they leave. The island was settled once, and the settlers did not last long (though the ruins of their attempt are still all over the island). In Turn Coat, Harry, desperate, claims the island as a sanctum by imposing his will over the entity that embodies the island's will, Demonreach. Afterwards, he feels perfectly fine on the island, as it essentially becomes an extension of his consciousness. Everyone else, including his friends, are still inevitably overcome with the feeling of fear and anxiety, to the point that Knight of the Cross Michael Carpenter eventually states that he's afraid to go back to the island, and he used to fight literally demons. Turns out there's a very good reason for the island not welcoming visitors: It houses the maximum-security prison for magical criminals. By laying claim to Demonreach, Harry essentially became the prison's warden.
  • The Lemony Narrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events mentions off-hand that he is banned from a town not very far from where the reader lives.
  • In Mister Roberts, it's understandable why the crew of the "Bucket" would not be allowed ashore on Elysium again, after hearing what they did while on liberty there.
  • In The Wonderful Story Of Henry Sugar by Roald Dahl, the eponymous character develops a variant of X-Ray Vision that allows him to cheat at casinos. After getting bored with winning for his own benefit, he starts doing so to raise money for orphanages. His phenomenal "luck" gets him banned, so Henry hires a Hollywood makeup artist to create disguises for him, allowing him to continue.
  • In In Fury Born, Captain Watts was declared persona non grata by the Rishathan Sphere. This turns out to have been misdirection on their part; they had actually recruited him as a Double Agent, and declaring him persona non grata would improve his cover and get him reassigned to a post more useful to them than the Embassy.
  • According to Amberley Vail, Ciaphas Cain (HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!) and her savant Caractacus Mott have been jointly banned from several gambling establishments due to Cain's discovery that Mott's augmetic enhancements help him cheat at cards.
  • In Iron Druid Chronicles, after the Kennedy's Grove incident, a couple of formerly friendly werewolf packs finally got fed up with all the splashily vengeful enemies Atticus had been making lately, and banned him from their territories on pain of fanged death.
  • In Mortal Instruments with Magnus Bane. It is referred to several times that Magnus is banned from entering Peru, however we never find out why in the original series. After the side-series The Bane Chronicles was published, fans thought that they would uncover the events after the reveal of the chapter entitled "What Really Happened in Peru", but it's still never revealed. In fact, Magnus himself has no idea why he's been declared persona non grata by the High Council of Peruvian Warlocks.
  • Journey to Chaos: After he was caught performing The Dark Arts, Mr.15's memory was formally condemned by his clan and he was forbidden to enter Bladi households.
  • A major plot point in the Fortunes of War books is that Sarda, thanks to Piper, has been socially ostracized by other Vulcans in Starfleet, who cannot condone the perceived moral deficit in his area of expertise even though it was never his intention for his work to be used in that manner. As a result, he's floundering in many aspects of Vulcan mental discipline. This is extensively dealt with in Dreadnought!, while in Battlestations! a Vulcan on the transwarp development team has taken Sarda under his wing and helped him make progress in this area.
  • The Outcasts of Tasakeru are stripped of their citizenship and given a lifetime ban on setting foot inside their country's only major city. Most of them have found ways of avoiding or ignoring the ban as needed.
  • Ezra Squall of the Nevermoor series is banished from the Free State, especially the titular city, after he enacted the Courage Square Massacre. He's now physically unable to cross the border, and his primary motivation is finding a way around this.

    Live-Action TV 
  • On 2 Broke Girls, Caroline Channing is not welcomed at any society functions due to her father cheating thousands of people out of their money. When she gets an invitation to a gala and decides to go, she is stopped at the entrance and it is made clear that even though she has a valid invitation, she is not going to be let in. It does not help that while she is trying to clear this up, people who lost money in the Ponzi scheme recognize her and start punching her.
  • On 30 Rock, Tracy Jordan can't go back to Abu Dhabi without being executed, for reasons unknown.
  • Arastoo believes he is this in Iran on Bones but it actually was never made public.
  • The Columbo episode "A Case of Immunity" sees the eponymous sleuth declared persona non grata from an embassy by the antagonist, a high-ranking diplomat. It doesn't stick.
  • Conan had an (admittedly staged) Escalating War along these lines between host Conan O'Brien and Corey Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey. First Conan made a disparaging joke about Newark. Booker responded by putting Conan on the "No Fly List". Conan responded by banning Booker from Burbank Airport. Booker responded by banning Conan from the entire state of New Jersey, as well as Newark's sister cities around the world. Conan then bans Booker from California. (The world was hitherto unaware of Conan's authority to do so, but weirder things have happened in California.)
  • There’s a couple CSI eps where characters are barred from the lab. Grissom is suspended for two weeks when he won’t play nice with the F.B.I and he suspends Catherine from the lab once and says she can go anywhere but the lab.
  • Doctor Who: The Doctor has been travelling through space and time for a long time now, and he's a total magnet for adventure, so it's no surprise that not everyone's happy to see him:
    • His homeworld of Gallifrey is very rarely happy to see him. Rassilon's usual "greeting" is a firing squad and execution papers.
    • He doesn't have a great track record with his adopted home of Britain, either, having had tense diplomatic relationships with many of its monarchs, most of them queens (and one of whom he married). In "Tooth and Claw", the Doctor and Rose are formally banned from Great Britain by Queen Victoria. Not that he cares.
    • Lampshaded as a gag in "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe", where the Doctor announces himself to the children and their mother as "The Caretaker". He says that people sometimes refer to him as the Caretaker, the Doctor, and "Get off this planet."
  • In an episode of Entourage, Johnny Drama reveals that he is banned forever from the Playboy Mansion because Hugh Hefner believed he released his monkeys from their cage. Johnny gets readmitted when he and Ralph Macchio figure out it was actually Pauly Shore who did it, and Pauly gets banned from the Playboy Mansion once the truth comes out.
  • In Family Matters, one way to deal with Urkel when he got on the Winslows' nerves was to declare him persona non grata and boot him out of the house. It usually ended with Carl bellowing at Urkel to GO HOME! (and Urkel not to get the message and declare, "I don't have to take this — I'm going home!"). It was usually Played for Laughs and never lasted beyond the end of the episode. The one time it was played seriously was the Season 3 episode "Words Hurt", where Carl kicks out Urkel absolutely totally for real, leaving Urkel crushed and Carl berated for his callousness.
  • In the Farscape episode "Scratch 'N' Sniff", the Moya crew end up being permanently banned from the Pleasure Planet LoMo. Although since the events that led to the outbreak of violence that caused the ban involved a local gangster trying to kill one of the two female crew-members and to sell the other as a Sex Slave, they didn't really want to go back. Of course, it's left rather ambiguous whether all of that actually happened or if they just got drunk and started a riot; Pilot believes the latter after poking a number of holes in the story.
  • On Friends, Ross recounts how he and his first wife Carol got banned from Disneyland for having sex behind the animatronic children on "It's a Small World".
  • Game Shakers: In the climax of "Flavor City", Double G's antics end up getting himself and the Game Shakers banned from seeing the titular musical for life.
  • In The Good Fight, Diane Lockhart is ready to retire and live off her savings from a fund run by friend Harry Rindell. However, the fund turns out to have been a Ponzi Scheme, and Diane has lost almost all her money. She can't return to her own firm, and no one else will hire her either, partly because she convinced so many people to invest with Rindell. Rindell's daughter can't get hired either, almost entirely because she's related to him.
  • In the first season of Heroes, Ando and Hiro are banned from all of Mr. Linderman's casinos after they abuse Hiro's powers to cheat at poker. This becomes a problem later in the series, when they need to get back into one of the casinos in order to steal an ancient samurai sword in Mr. Linderman's collection.
  • How I Met Your Mother: Barney gets banned temporarily from McLaren's until he agrees to stop doing magic tricks. Most of his exploits involved playing with fire.
  • In an episode of iCarly, Carly joins an art class after dropping her lessons with Spencer. When Spencer observes the class and freaks out like a jealous ex, ending up in a paint fight with the teacher, the Shay siblings get banned from the building forever.
  • In one Law & Order episode, Jack McCoy has his new ADA use a friend from Federal Prosecution as a threat to get a criminal to plea out in the lesser State Court. The "friend" was not amused and declared the ADA persona non grata.
  • Lie to Me: As "Fold Equity" tells us, Cal Lightman has been banned from the entire city of Las Vegas after hustling one too many people at poker and something involving casino owner Ellis's wife.
  • The Season 1 finale of Lost reveals Sawyer's reason for being on the plane. He was arrested after headbutting an Australian government minister in a bar and was deported along with being banned from ever setting foot in Australia again.
  • The Middle: Mike is banned from Brick's school after his attempt to help at the Valentine's Day craft project ends up ruining Valentine's Day.
  • In the Mission: Impossible episode "The Amateur", the team has to smuggle a stolen secret weapon out of a hostile country. They do this by pretending to be citizens who had been declared personae non gratae and were trying to get into the country. The customs officers summarily sent them on the first plane out of the country without searching them.
  • Monk comes very close to being declared persona non grata by the San Francisco Police Department in the two-parter pilot episode, where he lets a suspect escape because of his crippling fear of heights.
  • A recurring trope on Murphy Brown, with Murphy being banned from the White House for various reasons.
  • The MythBusters have been occasionally banned from places where their "big booms" were a little too big:
    • They're banned from the town of Esparto, California, after the finale of the "Knock Your Socks Off" myth, where they underestimated the size of the explosion they set off. The shockwave knocked people off sofas, broke windows, set off car alarms, and knocked down ceiling tiles in the town. Not to be outdone, the local news made it sound like the MythBusters had leveled the town.
      "And that's why we can never go to Esparto again."
    • While never stated verbatim in any episode, there was a period of time (after the errant cannonball incident there) where the MythBusters were banned from the Alameda County Sheriff's Facility and had to conduct their tests at a bomb range in Yolo County.
  • Ben Wyatt of Parks and Recreation was run out of his hometown of Partridge after his short run as the town's mayor ended in disaster thanks to his pet project (an expensive winter sports complex) bankrupting the town. The episode "Partridge" reveals that even after almost twenty years have passed, the residents still bear a pretty intense grudge over it. Ben ultimately renounces the town, stating Pawnee is his new home now.
  • Mere hours before her debut on Rupauls Drag Race season 12, it was announced that contestant Sherry Pie had been disqualified from the competition over multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. Because the entire season (except for the finale) was already filmed and ready to air by that point, the most VH1 could do was deemphasize Sherry Pie in the edit as much as possible in real-time, going as far as removing most of her confessionals and having at least one of her runway walks cut entirely from an episode. note  This was especially noticeable and jarring for viewers, however, because she won multiple challenges throughout the season, leading VH1 to match her prize winnings as donations to the Trevor Project. It was also made clear early on that she wouldn't be invited to the pre-taped live finale episode later in the year, leading some to hypothesize that she originally made it to the final four and it was pre-emptive damage control on VH1's part.
  • There are a handful of hosts and musical guests on Saturday Night Live who have caused so much trouble, whether backstage or on the show itself, that they can never appear on the show again:
    • Louise Lasser hosted the penultimate episode of Season 1 (1975-76). Lorne Michaels has gone on record in saying that Lasser was incoherent during her performance and wouldn't appear in any sketches unless she was by herself or with Chevy Chase.
    • Speaking of which, Chevy Chase is banned from hosting (after doing so nine times, the record for a former cast member) due to his jerkass attitude toward the writers and cast members. He has made cameos in a few episodes, but hasn't hosted since Season 22 (1996-97).
    • Milton Berle hosted the April 14, 1979 episode, where he consistently upstaged other performers, mugged non-stop to the camera, and gave an unscripted performance of "September Rain". Michaels banned him from the show in response.
    • Steven Seagal hosted the April 20, 1991 episode, and was banned soon afterwards because he had difficulty working with the cast and crew, often pitching lousy sketch ideas and getting angry that none of them were picked. A later episode had Nicolas Cage lament to Lorne Michaels that his monologue made him look like "the biggest jerk on the show":
      Michaels: No, no. That would be Steven Seagal.
    • Martin Lawrence hosted an episode in Season 19 (1993-94) where he launched into a graphic monologue about the decline in women's hygiene and has been banned ever since. All reruns cut off Lawrence's monologue and replace it with cards explaining why it can never air on TV again. It doesn't help that this was the episode immediately following the infamous Alec Baldwin-hosted show with the "Canteen Boy Goes Camping" sketch (where Canteen Boy (Adam Sandler) is molested by his scoutmaster).
    • Musical guest Sinéad O'Connor was banned after ripping up a picture of Pope John Paul II and calling him "the true enemy" after her second song. The segment itself has been banned outside of specific pieces about SNL's most controversial moments.
    • Musical guest Cypress Hill (on the season 19 episode hosted by Shannen Doherty) was banned after DJ Muggs trashed the dressing room and lit a joint on-camera.
    • Musical Guest Fear (on the season seven episode hosted by Donald Pleasence, which is itself banned for its dark, disgusting humor) was banned after a profanity-laden and set-destroying performance.
    • Andy Kaufman is unique in that his ban was his idea. In 1983, due to his controversial stint wresting women, he suggested that viewers phone-in to ban him or allow him to continue appearing on SNL. The majority picked banning him, and he never appeared on SNL again.
    • A couple of people are commonly believed to have been banned but technically aren't:
      • Adrien Brody hosted in Season 28 (2002-03) was supposedly banned for his performance. Some accounts suggest it was for introducing musical guest Sean Paul in a rude-boy Jamaican get-up. Others suggest it was for ad-libbing, as Lorne Michaels utterly hates unscripted performances. It appears that the rumor that he was banned was started by Tina Fey, who apparently hated the idea of his hosting.
      • Elvis Costello was briefly banned after his first appearance in Season 3. He was slated to play "Less than Zero"; instead, he played "Radio Radio", a song critical of the music publishing establishment, which included NBC. But his audacity was celebrated; he returned to the show in 1987, and he later took part in the show's 25th anniversary celebration by recreating his song switch.
  • Stargate Atlantis: Ronon accidentally goes back to a planet he previously visited as a runner. Because he stayed there too long, the Wraith destroyed the settlement. Needless to say, the survivors were none too happy when he came back.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation, in expanding Klingon lore, introduced the concept of "discommendation", which runs this trope a little more literally than the norm. A discommendated Klingon is shunned so completely as to not be treated as a sentient being and to be referred to as "it". Only two cases were ever shown: one was eventually reversed thanks to his contribution to a change of power in the Empire, and the other (shown on Deep Space Nine) was very justifiably in his position.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • Following Bajor regaining its independence after the Cardassian occupation, a law was put into place forbidding any Bajoran who collaborated with the Cardassians from ever returning to the homeworld.
    • This is an aspect of Ferengi law: Ferengi who make grave violations of the law, such as breaking a contract with another Ferengi, may have their business license rescinded by the Ferengi Commerce Authority. Without a business license, Ferengi cannot conduct business with other Ferengi (and as spelled out by Rule of Acquisition #18, "A Ferengi without profit is no Ferengi at all"), nor are they permitted to return to their homeworld of Ferenginar. Quark ends up having his license taken by the FCA in the Season 4 episode "Body Parts", but manages to have it reinstated a couple seasons later.
    • As revealed in the episode "Rejoined", joined Trills who commit the taboo of rejoining — pursuing a relationship with someone from a symbiont's previous host — are liable to be exiled from the Trill homeworld. This also means that when the exiled host Trill dies, their symbiont will have no more hosts to join with, resulting in the death of the symbiont and the loss of their memories and knowledge, making this one taboo that very few joined Trill dare to commit.
  • On Top Gear, the Stig's humourous introductions often mention his being banned from some location or event for an unspecified reason. Also, it was never stated outright but there's at least one British petrol station where the presenters are very unlikely to be allowed back to thanks to them accidentally setting the automatic car wash on fire.
  • Victorious:
    • In "Freak the Freak Out", when Jade and Cat discover the singing contests at Karaoke Dokie are rigged for the club owner's daughter to always win, she bans the girls from singing there ever again.
    • In "Terror on Cupcake Street", Cat mentions that her brother, who judging from her descriptions is even more of a Cloud Cuckoolander than she is, was in a parade until he was "inappropriate", leading to him being banned from being in parades and around horses.

  • The former Trope Namer is the Filk Song "Banned from Argo", which provides the page quote and chronicles the crew of a Starfleet vessel (heavily implied to be the Enterprise) which stops on the eponymous planet for shore leave and causes so much trouble they get kicked out. The song has a sequel where Argo forgives Starfleet and invites the Next Generation crew to visit — only for the same thing to happen and the ban to become permanent. Ironically, the song itself became so overused that it was itself banned from several sci-fi conventions.
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival's first single (under that name at least), "Porterville", is about a man who is no longer welcome in his hometown for some unspecified reasons.
  • In the George Strait song "All My Exes Live in Texas", the singer's ex-girlfriends all live in Texas, forcing him to live in Tennessee.
  • Bright Eyes has a song of said title, with the singer hoping for reconciliation with the world and for acceptance once again.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Jimmy Jacobs from IWA Mid-South for trashing their heavyweight title belt at an All American Wrestling show, though he would show up again anyway, not caring about his ban.
  • Ring of Honor's first individual champion, the holder of what would be later be dubbed their World Title belt, Low Ki, was banned from the promotion for life after he broke one of commissioner Jim Cornette's teeth during the CZW invasion.
  • Drew Cordeiro from Beyond Wrestling made this declaration towards many women after he took over WSU, some cases more seriously than others. Mercedes Martinez merely mentioned she hadn't been contacted by WSU in an inordinately long amount of time and refused to say anything else. Luscious Latasha just said she apparently doesn't work for the company anymore. Jessicka Havok said she was going to keep showing up whether DJ Hyde liked it or not, so he hired Portugal's Perfect Athlete Shanna and Alpha Female from Germany to force her to stay out.


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

  • An old example in Romeo and Juliet: After killing Tybalt, Romeo is banished from Verona, never to return on pain of death. And that was him getting off light. According to the beginning of the play, it's supposed to be the death penalty for violence between the Capulets and the Montagues in the city, a measure meant to try to curb the feud between the families, but Romeo killed Tybalt in retaliation for him killing Mercutio, earning the reprieve.
  • In Don't Drink the Water by Woody Allen, the main character, Axel, is banned from Africa. He laments that while many diplomats have been banned from various countries, he's the only one to have ever been banned from a continent.

    Video Games 
  • In the first Knights of the Old Republic game, if you end up killing an important fish on Manaan, the planetary authorities ban you from ever coming back. You can blackmail the authorities and force them to let you return, which is perfectly in line with the previous evil action. On the other hand, if you spare the fish the Selkath are more inclined to be grateful, but if you stretch Implausible Deniability too far answering for your actions, they get fed up with your stupidity and give you the boot.
  • In Umineko: When They Cry, Ange mentions briefly that Amakusa will get arrested if he's ever caught back in France.
  • Max has something to brag about in the Sam & Max: Freelance Police game Moai Better Blues:
    Max: ...and I've been banned from 27 local arcades for playing Forbidden Dance Insurrection in ways that the designers never intended.
  • The conclusion of Tony Hawk Underground 2 — subtitled "World Destruction Tour" — is a news report, which concludes thus:
    Hugh Jass: And finally, Tony Hawk and Bam Margera, the founders of the World Destruction Tour, have been officially banned from ever returning to Boston, Barcelona, Berlin, Australia, New Orleans, and even Thailand. Upon hearing the news, Tony and Bam replied, "Hey, good call."
  • Fallout:
    • In Fallout 3, your character is banned from Vault 101 following the events at the start of the game. You're only allowed to return once in a quest, fittingly titled "Trouble on the Homefront", that begs for your help because things have grown out of control since you left. After you resolve that issue, all the warring factions now blame you for everything, and Vault 101 bans you again just to keep the fragile peace. Alternatively, you can sabotage the water chip and force everyone to evacuate. Should you wipe out all of the settlers, the emptied vault will be infested with Radroaches instead. At this point, you can revisit the abandoned vault as many times as you want.
    • A glitch in the game can get you permanently hostile to the settlement of Arefu if you do exactly what they asked you to do - find and kill Vance and his cannibal / vampire family in Meresti station, and rescue Ian West one of their “kidnapped” settlers. This is because one way to resolve that quest was to broker a peace between Arefu and The Family making them the same faction, but a glitch makes them the same faction immediately upon talking to Ian, instead of actually getting the town’s approval of this new deal. So, if you find Ian and then shoot your way out, you become PNG at Arefu for no discernible reason. The only way to avoid this is to slaughter the entire family including the missable gate guard before you talk to Ian.
    • In Fallout: New Vegas, you can get yourself banned from gambling at every casino in the game if you win too much while gambling. You even get an achievement for it. You can still enter the casinos, but you can't gamble anymore. Not that you'll want for money ever again.
    • In Fallout 4, if you refuse to work with Father in the Institute, kill him, work with the Railroad to liberate Institute synths, or work with the Brotherhood to exterminate Institute synths, you will be chased out and forbidden entry back into the Institute. The only way to re-enter at this point is by invading them in the end-game story missions.
  • Georg Prime from the Suikoden series used to be a Queen's Knight in Falena, but is no longer welcome in the country because he supposedly killed the previous Queen. It's true, but she wanted him to do it for reasons involving one of the 27 True Runes. He's actually on good terms with the current leaders of Falena, and (if the good ending of Suikoden V is canon) both a friend and Parental Substitute to the Commander of the Queen's Knights. To the public at large, however, he's not welcome.
  • At the end of Assassin's Creed: Revelations, Ezio is banned from Constantinople by the new Sultan Selim, who notes that it's only because his son Suleiman speaks highly of him that he doesn't just execute him on the spot.
  • In Secret of Mana, the hero gets banned from his hometown after pulling out the Mana Sword because the village elder fears that it will bring monsters to their village. It's possible to get back in using a glitch; if you do, none of the townspeople other than the one guarding the entrance seem particularly upset at you, likely because the programmers didn't give them any new dialogue.
  • In Disgaea 4, Fuka Kazamatsuri manages to get herself banned from Celestia forever for insulting Lady Archangel Flonne.
  • Sora gets exiled from Atlantica in Kingdom Hearts due to being a Keyblade wielder, and King Triton is convinced that those with Keyblades bring nothing but ruin to the worlds thanks to the Keyblade War. After Ursula is defeated, Triton begins to trust Sora, ends the exile, and allows him to seal the keyhole.
  • In Dragon's Dogma, after slaying Grigori and confronting Duke Edmun Dragonbane, you get banned from entering the Upper Gran Soren, and every last guard will try to kill you if you try (except Ser Maximilian if you married him), although if you're tough enough, you can kill everyone who crosses you except the Duke.
  • In Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Nate and Sully expect this to be the outcome of their Madagascar vehicle chase, involving shootouts, stealing a car, driving through roadworks and crashing into market stalls (and that's before things start blowing up). During a break in the chaos is this exchange:
    Sully: Nate? We can never ever come back to this city!
    Nate: Add it to the list!
  • In 80 Days, if their journey takes them through there, Passepartout manages to get both himself and Fogg banned from Calgary for life for reasons which may or may not actually be his fault (depending on the player's choices during the incident). Strangely, this doesn't stop them from being allowed to stay in the city as long as they need to.
  • In Darkest Dungeon, characters have personality quirks that forbid them from benefiting from certain stress-relieving establishments. Some are by personal choice, but in case of Known Cheat and Deviant tastes, they are banned from the gambling hall and the brothel respectively.
  • Destiny: Fenchurch Everis was banned from the Tower some years ago over some kind of prank that apparently seriously pissed off Commander Zavala. He's still considered a Guardian, but now has to operate from places outside the Tower and spends most of his time getting into wacky misadventures throughout the solar system.
  • The Player Character of Fallen London can be permanently banned from entering both the Empress' Court after finishing its main story, and the University if you choose to accuse the Provost of Summerset College of the murder you've been investigating. Getting welcomed back is now possible for both but not easy.
  • West of Loathing: Apparently, your character did something on the way to Boring Springs that caused them to be banned from Topeka, Kansas for life.

    Web Animation 
  • Homestar Runner:
    • The Strong Bad email "movies" ends with Strong Bad firing a bazooka in a theater out of frustration at the other patrons. Cut to him typing:
      Strong Bad: So that's why I'm not allowed at the movies anymore.
    • In Sbemail 22, Strong Bad, in response to a fan's query as to what he thinks of the English, says something so offensive that he is officially banned from the United Kingdom.

    Web Comics 
  • Tedd of El Goonish Shive managed to get himself banned from certain areas of the mall. This is such a Noodle Incident that not even the author wants to know what happened. As with so much early Tedd, this gets RetConned in the Author's Commentary (written much later):
    Banned from…?! *Erhem* Joking. He’s joking. It’s an attempt at humor, as Tedd does. It really has to be, because he is soooooo not canonically banned from "that area of the mall". Yeesh.
  • In Homestuck, John and Dad are banned from the Cirque du Soleil. It's implied that it has something to do with John's phobia of clowns as caused by Gamzee.
  • In Questionable Content, Jimbo managed to get himself banned from Canada. Not even he knows how it happened. Apparently, he was very drunk at the time.
  • In Slightly Damned, Buwaro and Kieri can never go back to the town of Weyville. Not because they've been banned, technically, but because it's home to a Knight Templar angel who'll kill them if he ever sees them again (and already tried to the first time he saw them).
  • Triangle and Robert are banned from more of the country than actually exists; they've been banned from some areas twice, and one county that banned them no longer exists as a consequence of the event that caused the ban. They're essentially living where they are because the non-industrial part of their city is the only place they can legally be in the entire country.
  • Punned on in Absurd Notions: After Warren tells his ex-boss Garry that he is sick of Garry's cheesy smile, cheesy banter, and cheesy attitude, and "would appreciate it if [Garry] would remove [his] cheesy self from [his] home and not return ever again", Garry remarks he's apparently "persona au gratin".
  • Fooker from General Protection Fault is such a Big Eater that every buffet in town has pictures of him on the wall, because "all you can eat" for him is enough to break a business. Whenever a new one opens up that doesn't know about him yet, they're in for a rough night.
  • At one point in Schlock Mercenary, Karl Tagon is in charge of a ship that ends up denied entry into local Earth space; it turns out that ships of that particular type cause a panic attack among government officials, since they think it could be used as a spotter for a particular type of long-range weapons system (or even have it already installed). As Karl complains to his son Kaff: "I guess we dressed wrong."
    "I've been bounced for dress code violations before, but at least I got to get drunk first."

    Web Original 
  • Not Always Right:
    • Many of the stories end with the unruly customer banned from the store. A few stories even deal with customers that are/were banned.
    • Other sections also feature stories about people who got banned from locations for causing trouble, including employees who'd been fired for being abusive to their coworkers or customers.

    Web Videos 
  • In Friendship is Witchcraft, Twilight Sparkle is banned from all bounce houses in the aftermath of a waffle-making incident. Twilight insists it wasn't her fault — it would have worked if Spike didn't have such a weak grip.
  • In his "Best/Worst of 2013" video, Yahtzee jokingly (hopefully) tells the story of his banning from his local ice cream parlor:
    Yahtzee: Life is an exercise in duality; one can only appreciate the pleasure if there has been pain to put it into context. The delightful taste of a knickerbocker glory is nothing if you've never stapled your bollocks over a worktop and set about them with a toffee hammer. Anyway, that's why I'm not allowed in the ice cream parlour anymore...
  • In High Rollers the party are banned from a town and Cam is branded after he accidentally kills a man in an attempt to call his bluff.
  • In Dragon Ball Z Abridged's version of Super Android 13, Master Roshi is banned from Victoria's Secret for obvious reasons.
  • The Nostalgia Critic can never go back to Nevada due to the events of Kickassia, where it was the location of his base of operations during his attempt to invade and conquer the micronation of Molossia. Similarly, The Cinema Snob was banned from returning to Kickassia by the Critic, after he plotted to overthrow him.

    Western Animation 
  • Big City Greens:
  • DuckTales (1987): In "The Status Seekers", Launchpad gets himself and Scrooge thrown out of a French restaurant when he panics upon seeing a flambe dish and grabs a bottle to extinguish the fire.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • Webby's antics in "Daytrip of Doom!" cause herself and the triplets to be banned from Funso's Fun Zone for life. Fortunately, it doesn't stick.
    • Gyro isn't allowed in Tokyolk; the moment he steps foot in the city, he almost gets arrested. This is because of lingering resentment towards both him and his former mentor, Dr. Akita, after one of his first inventions rampaged through the city. Even when it's revealed to be solely Dr. Akita's fault, he's still forced to leave.
  • In The Loud House episode "Schooled!", Lincoln is banned from Canada for three years at the episode's end for simply declining syrup on his pancakes.
  • In every episode of the show, Timon & Pumbaa got thrown out of wherever they were. Timon even asks at one point, "Why did you think it was a good idea to drag us around the world getting into trouble?"
  • Skipper mentions in The Penguins of Madagascar that he can't go back to Denmark due to the "Copenhagen incident" involving Hans the Puffin. Apparently, the Danes hate him so much he's occasionally misidentified in unrelated attacks to them, still holding enough of a grudge to send people after him.
  • Unsurprisingly, this happens a lot in The Simpsons:
    • In "Fear of Flying", Homer is briefly banned from Moe's Tavern for his contribution to a series of pranks the barflies play on Moe. Ironically, his prank (loosening the lid of a sugar container so it would spill and ruin his coffee) was actually safer than some of the other pranks played that day, such as having a king cobra snake repeatedly bite Moe, or setting Moe's clothes on fire — while he was wearing them.
    • Played with in "Lisa the Iconoclast", where Lisa, her children, and her children's children are banned from the historical society...for three months.
    • In "Brother's Little Helper", Homer mentions a ten-year ban from the water park that recently ended. Fans connected this line to an incident in Season 2's "Brush with Greatness" where Homer gets stuck on a water slide and has to be rescued, although there was never an explicit connection.
    • In "Worst Episode Ever", Bart and Milhouse are banned for life from Comic Book Guy's store. In an attempt to comfort Bart, Homer tearfully reminisces of his first life-long ban: after eating one of Gallagher's melons during one of his shows, he was banned for life from all his future performances and related media. (Bart and Milhouse eventually get back in by saving Comic Book Guy's life.)
    • In "The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace", Bart enters the school library, only to find Homer there doing research.
      Homer: They won't let me in the big people library downtown. There was some... unpleasantness, I can never go back.
    • After getting kicked out of Florida in "Kill the Alligator and Run", we see the family with an enormous map of the United States. They cross Florida off in a close shot, and the camera zooms out to show that all but two states (North Dakota and Arizona) have permanently banned them.
    • In "The Bart-Mangled Banner", Dr. Hibbert is banned from the library for reasons never specified other than it relating to Moe's actions while Hibbert hired him to act as a body double to distract Bart regarding a flu vaccination.
    • In "Homer Simpson, This Is Your Wife", they'll never let Homer near Lake Havasu again.
    • In "We're on the Road to D'oh-Where", Bart is placed on the no-fly list after he unbuckles his seatbelt before the plane came to a complete stop. Nothing stops him from flying in later episodes.
    • In "At Long Last Leave", the city of Springfield banishes the Simpson family. They make their new home in an unincorporated settlement called "the Outlands". Homer and Marge sneak back into Springfield and get caught. Finally, everyone in Springfield moves to the Outlands to get away from the Simpsons.
  • On The Fairly OddParents:
    • Mr. Crocker can never go back to Cincinnati for reasons unknown. They even hold a celebration in honor of how long it's been since his last visit
    • Cosmo is banned from Atlantis after sinking it nine times, all on the same day. At the end of that same episode, Timmy takes his place as the city's number-one criminal due to him summoning a Giant Squid during Cosmo's trial.
    • In "The Secret Origin of Denzel Crocker!", Timmy, Cosmo and Wanda travel back to March 15 in the year 1972 of Crocker's childhood to prevent him from losing the latter two as his fairies. Thanks to Present Cosmo's stupidity, they end up creating a Stable Time Loop instead, and Jorgan and his 70s counterpart ban the trio from going back to that date ever again. Jorgen also threatens to ban Timmy from visiting other months of that year if he interferes with the election of "President McGovern".
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "We Call It Maze", Dr. Doofenshmirtz reveals that he's no longer welcome in Albania after he somehow provoked the ambassador's wife.
  • On Frisky Dingo, Killface and Simon CAN'T EVER GO BACK TO ARIZONA!
  • The Chowder episode "Banned from the Stand" featured Mung Daal being banned from Gazpacho's fruit stand simply because Mung disagreed with him on what shade of green Flossberries turn one's teeth. Mung can't simply buy fruits from another stand because the fruit stand owner code allows Gazpacho to extend the ban to the other fruit stands in Marzipan City, and Gazpacho declares Mung would get no more fruit until he admits he's right. After Mung tries (and fails) to buy fruits under several disguises, Gazpacho becomes so paranoid he bans everyone, even himself. As the code requires that a ban lasts for as long as the stand exists, his only way out is to destroy the stand and build a new one, from which Mung gets himself banned after repeating the argument over the flossberries.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends had an episode that ended with every imaginary friend in the titular location being blacklisted from the local beach because of Wilt, of all characters.
  • Generator Rex: Lansky in "Moonlighting" has a Running Gag of "I can't go to (X). Long story."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "The Cutie Pox", after a trip to the bowling alley, as the Cutie Mark Crusaders leave, Scootaloo says that Mr. Kingpin will probably never let her back in the bowling alley again after making a gutter ball... on another lane. She seems oddly cheerful about it.
    • In "Bloom and Gloom", Apple Bloom dreams that her family shuns her for not having an apple cutie mark.
    • In "No Second Prances", Trixie admits that she tends to leave a trail of burnt bridges in her wake, which is why she's always Walking the Earth. She's about to start a Crossing the Burnt Bridge tour when she meets Starlight.
  • In Family Guy, Peter alludes to being banned from Sea World for something when he prepares to explain to Chris what a whale's blowhole is for (or more specifically, what a whale's blowhole is not for), but we never hear it due to the scene shifting. It's strongly implied he had sex with the blowhole, but the closest we get to an admission is Seth MacFarlane's in-character commentary for the episode (in which he, in Peter's voice, explicitly says he did).
  • Archer, Pam, Cheryl, Malory, Lana, Cyril, Ray, and probably the rest of ISIS are banned from Canada after the events of "The Limited".
    Ray: Au revoir, sweet man-whores of Montreal.
  • In Gargoyles, Puck spends most of the series trying to find a way to delay his return to Avalon because he finds mortals so amusing. Oberon eventually gives him exactly what he wants by banishing Puck from Avalon forever. Puck falls to his knees begging Oberon to reconsider, but to no avail.
  • The Powerpuff Girls ban themselves from Townsville in The Movie, as the populace hates them for wrecking the city; after Mojo's army of monkeys take over, even the Professor doubts them. The girls eventually return to show what they're capable of when Mojo threatens the Professor.
    • In the Season 1 episode "Geshundfight", Buttercup kicks the Amoeba Boys out of town for annoying her and her sisters when they were too busy helping sick townsfolk to pay attention to them. However, since they had the cure for the sickness around Townsville, Buttercup has no choice but to revoke their banishment in order to get the cure.
  • Steven Universe:
    • In "Beach Party", the Gems are temporarily banned from Fish Stew Pizza when their adventures wreck the sign. Since apart from Steven the Gems don't actually need to eat, they aren't particularly sad about this.
      Pearl: What were we banned from again?
    • In "Serious Steven", Steven is banned from the rides at Funland "forever" after accidentally destroying some of them. By "Too Short to Ride" (well over an in-show year later), this ban has apparently been lifted.
    • In "Future Boy Zoltron", Steven begs Funland's owner Mr. Smiley not to ban him from any more of his businesses after accidentally breaking the titular fortune-telling machine.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • In "Blendin's Game", Grunkle Stan reveals a Noodle Incident where he tried to have Soos' birthday removed from calendars, which caused him to be deemed a flight hazard and barred from airplanes.
    • "A Tale of Two Stans" shows that Stan's various scams and swindles have gotten him chased out of at least twenty states.
    • "The Last Mabelcorn" reveals Mabel got banned from a petting zoo for taping a traffic cone to a horse's head to make it look like a unicorn.
  • We Bare Bears: In "Bear Squad", it's revealed Ranger Tabes is banned from doing any work in the city after she caused a massive traffic pileup while helping a baby quail.
  • In the King of the Hill episode "Doggone Crazy", Dale makes an offhand comment that suggests he's banned from L.L. Bean.
  • Les Sisters: Marie's antics at the local swimming pool have gotten her and Wendy banned from the pool for life.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: In "The Sorcerer", Gumball goes to Mrs. Jotunheim for magic training. When he says that he brought eye of newt, toe of frog, and wool of bat, Darwin adds that they'll never be allowed at the zoo again, suggesting that they gathered the items from the animals there.
  • The Owl House: At the end of "I Was a Teenage Abomination", Luz's antics during the episode (which include impersonating an abomination and helping a student cheat) get her banned from Hexside School of Magic and Demonics. Eda, Luz's anti-authoritarian mentor and a magic school drop-out, is oddly proud of this fact. The ban is later overturned and she ends up enrolling as a student.
    Eda: Aw, baby's first "Wanted!" Poster!
  • In one episode of The Emperor's New School, Kronk takes a potion that causes him to spontaneously turn into a demon, and his outbursts in this form cause him to get banished from every Mutka's he goes to.

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Sometimes creators themselves get banned from certain venues, or even entire countries, whether for expressing certain political views, or just causing general mayhem and destruction.

  • In the late 80s and early 90s, various members of X Japan (and occasionally the entire band) were banned from various restaurants, hotels, bars, and drinking establishments around Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan, due to the band's tendencies to start fights. Some bars even had "No Yoshiki" or "No Blondes" (since Yoshiki and other VK rockers that tended to cause trouble often had blonde hair) signs, and the band still holds the record for most damage done to a Japanese hotel. Not just the room -- the entire hotel.
  • At one time, it was almost a point of pride for many punk rock, heavy metal, and hard rock bands to get themselves banned from venues and hotels, typically after trashing their rooms or starting riots at the venues, but also for violating local obscenity laws. Several have been banned from performing in entire states or countries, usually on obscenity grounds.
    • GWAR was at one time banned from the state of North Carolina, for certain... elements of their costuming.
    • Bad Brains was at one time banned at nearly every nightclub and performance venue in Washington D.C.
    • The Who at one time held the record for this, thanks to the antics of the late Keith Moon.
    • The World/Inferno Friendship Society is banned from the Cha-Cha's club in Coney Island, New York, after what happened at that one show in 2007.note  Prior to 2003 the band was also banned from a few venues that they'd set on fire.
  • Guns N' Roses was commonly believed to have been banned from St. Louis after the 1991 Riverport Riot. It turns out, though, that it's the band who didn't want to come back; the riot started when frontman Axl Rose spotted a bootlegger, which pressed his Berserk Button and caused him to storm off the stage. While many venues in the city were reluctant to have them back and Rose was charged with starting the riot (and later acquitted), there was never a formal ban. The self-imposed exile ended in 2017.
  • Hour of Penance is almost assuredly banned from Alicante, Spain after an incident where they were scheduled to play a club in the city near the tail-end of a European tour, only to have their performance cancelled when then-drummer Mauro Mercurio drunkenly caused thousands of dollars' worth of damage to a backstage area in the club. The band was nearly arrested, Francesco Pauli voluntarily quit the band, and Mauro was unceremoniously ejected as a result.
  • During a 1985 show in Switzerland, the Post-Punk band Swans were actually arrested onstage and asked to leave the country for being too loud.
  • Japanese noise band Hanatarash was banned from most venues for years because their performances involved over-the-top destruction and risky maneuvers that could have killed its members or audience.
  • Ozzy Osbourne was banned from the city of San Antonio, Texas for a decade, for urinating on a cenotaph outside The Alamo. While wearing a dress.note  When he finally returned to San Antonio years later to film an episode of a TV show, it was revealed that the ban might have been an urban legend. It was never officially announced and it is unclear what might have happened if he chose to return a decade earlier.
  • The Insane Clown Posse has earned its share of blackballs, not because of the band itself or its inflammatory lyrics, but rather the extreme rowdiness of their "Juggalo" fan following, which the FBI once went as far as to declare a gang. The 2014 "Gathering of the Juggalos" needed three tries to find a venue that was willing to deal with the complaints of their outraged neighbors. Shows involving ICP or other acts with similarly large Juggalo followings are notoriously hated by venues in the live music world; while they do draw well, they have a reputation for unruly, unhygienic crowds who are prone to vandalism, fighting, attempting to sneak in banned items, and displays of public lewdness, and the Faygo showers that are a major part of ICP's live shows create unholy messes that are a nightmare to clean up.
  • Skinless was banned from the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2002 after Sherwood Webber stagedived onto some police and paramedics who were tending to an injured fan. The cops let it slide — until Webber began insulting the police onstage. This resulted in the venue cutting their power and the police forcibly removing them from the building. The ban was lifted after Jason Keyser took Webber's place on vocals, but with Webber back post-reunion, it is likely that they are banned once again.
  • Unearth ran into some problems on their early run of tours due to founding bassist Chris Rybicki and his record with the authorities in Canada, which made entry for him and the band as a whole into the country difficult. This culminated in an incident in 2001 where the band set out for what vocalist Trevor Phipps later characterized as a "last shot" to get across the border with Rybicki, only to discover halfway there that he had stowed away a fifth of vodka prior to departure. Upon proving reluctant to simply dispose of the fifth despite pleas from the other members, Rybicki instead decided to hide it by downing the entire fifth on his own and then hide himself in the back of the tour van. Unfortunately, the band was stopped at the border and an inebriated Rybicki was discovered by the guards, at which point Unearth was turned away and Rybicki apparently slapped with a lifetime ban from Canada. This eventually forced Rybicki to leave the band so that they could gain entry to the country (and its numerous metalcore-friendly venues) with a new bassist (John Maggard).
  • Borg Ward in Milwaukee made headlines on various metal sites by banning the entire genre of metalcore from performing there, after their fans continuously caused significant structural damage during mosh pits.
  • Michael Savage is banned from entering the United Kingdom for "inciting hatred" against Muslims.
  • Charlie Chaplin was banned from the United States during the Red Scare and the McCarthy era, a situation that he parodied in A King in New York. He was allowed back in with open arms in the early 1970s.
  • Comedian Andrew "Dice" Clay is the only person to be banned from MTV. He was, apparently, unbanned at some point before attending the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • Richard Gere is banned from China, probably because he's openly against China's occupation of Tibet.
  • Chuck Austen was essentially excommunicated from the comic book industry after retailers told Marvel and DC that they wouldn't buy his books.
  • Adam Sandler was banned from the campus of a Nebraska state college after he was caught getting high with some students after a comedy performance.
  • The Cannes Film Festival declared director Lars von Trier persona non grata after he made some inflammatory comments about how he "was a Nazi" and "understood Hitler." Trier considered it a compliment to be the first person banned from Cannes.
  • After John Oliver made fun of the crown prince of Thailand on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, he got put on their military watchlist. Thailand is well known for its lèse majesté law, which prohibits anyone from making fun of the royal family. Oliver's response to this was to mock the royal families of the Netherlands, Denmark, and Kuwait, which all have similar laws on insulting royalty.
  • In the late 1990s, Philippine government officials declared actress Claire Danes persona non grata for her comment that Manila is a "ghastly" place due to its pollution and high poverty rate, based on her observations while shooting the film Brokedown Palace.
  • In the world of pinball, Kevin Kulek of Skit-B Pinball attempted to sell Predator-themed pinball machines without permission from Fox. When buyers and other pinball fans discovered this and called him out, Kulek was completely unapologetic about it. He played naive about everything. Combined with his reputation as a Bad Boss by employees — all of which who walked out due to disagreements prior to the revelation, leaving Kulek the only person remaining in his company — the result was pinball manufacturers agreeing to never hire Kulek, along with pinball shows and conventions refusing to bring Kulek as a guest. Given that there's a lawsuit pending comprised of those who lost money from the Predator project, his life in pinball is most likely over.
  • Offset of Migos was banished from four rural Georgia counties after a college show, in which the rap trio and their entourage brought illegal drugs and firearms on the campus.
  • Russia did not have an entry in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest because the singer they chose to enter, Yulia Samoylova, is barred from entering the host country, Ukraine, due to traveling to Crimea via Russia, who had annexed that region.
  • During filming of The X-Files, David Duchovny was permanently banned from a strip club in Vancouver... for insulting the city's weather.
  • Snoop Dogg has been banned from entering the UK, Australia, and Sweden on various occasions, often involving marijuana, and is currently banned from entering Norway.

Conventions are often hit with such bans, as some conventions tend to go overboard. In general, any convention or expo without a permanent location runs the risk of getting banned from certain venues, and all it takes is one or two idiots associated with them to do something stupid. Sometimes, the convention will go to great lengths to tell their guests to stop; other times, they wear getting banned as a badge of honor (or at least sufficient quirkiness).

  • Rustycon 1995, a science-fiction convention in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, was already notorious for its wild partying when it was put in a very fancy Hyatt hotel. The hotel staff was clueless about what to expect, and they wound up putting business guests on the same floor as the party wing. Among the highlights were: an intoxicated person crashing through a plate-glass window, sabotage to the fire alarm, broken elevators, several chandeliers being ripped down, and damage to the lobby artwork that reached five figures. It took almost twenty years for Bellevue to host another sci-fi convention.
  • Tekkoshocon was banned from several hotels in Pittsburgh after one particularly drunk and riotous pair painted their room floor to ceiling, smashed the toilet, and rode a dresser down the stairs like a bobsled. The convention itself also blacklisted the individuals involved.
  • Anime Weekend Atlanta was banned from one hotel after some guests dressed as Klingons got drunk and disorderly, to the point of taking several doors of their hinges. This resulted in one of AWA's three iron-clad rules: "No fucking Klingons!"
  • The Seattle furry convention Rainfurrest was banned from its usual Hilton hotel after its 2015 event for large amounts of vandalism to the building, costing large amounts of money (costing more than the hotel's yearly maintenance/repair costs). The attendees deliberately flooded rooms, which caused damage to nearby offices, and also wore fetish gear around the general public despite being told not to. Rampant public intoxication was another serious issue (including multiple overdoses on various drugs), while individual incidents included tampering with a smoke alarm so an attendee could hotbox their room, shoving towels in the pump of a hot tub until the motor broke, and tossing used adult diapers around the parking lot. The convention couldn't find a new venue for 2016, since the staff of the Hilton told every other hotel in the Seattle area about what happened, and has effectively been cancelled indefinitely. The "Rainfurrest incident" made significant headway in the Furry Fandom, leading them to be stricter about curbing bad convention behavior.
  • The Sheraton hotel chain will not host a Shriners' convention, owing to the extreme rowdiness and damage that tends to follow them. Ray Stevens' song "Shriner's Convention" is based on such an event Stevens attended, and it involves molestation, extreme intoxication, and a motorcycle going off a high diving board. The real ones aren't nearly that sedate.
  • The Bullingdon Club is a secret society in Britain that's made up mostly of Oxford Upper Class Twits, and it's been banned from nearly every bar and restaurant in Britain. They get around these bans by their habit of booking function rooms through a shell corporation and writing cheques for the cost of repairing the venue as they stagger away from the wreckage. The Club is also notable for including nearly every notable male Tory Oxonian since the late 19th century, including David Cameron and Boris Johnson, as well as Kings Edward VII and Edward VIII.
  • Cosplayers who apply body paint to anything and everything they touch (often because they did not properly seal their makeup, as many guides on the subject by the cosplay community now typically include), or excessively mess up hotel bathrooms and towels trying to clean it all off (well, without using makeup wipes), often receive flak from venues and hotels, especially Homestuck cosplayers (one of the largest consumers of grey body paint), and often resulted in rumors that some cons or hotels were intending to ban body paint (or particularly Homestuck in general) in cosplay.
    • Some conventions have the "peanut butter and jelly" rule: nothing allowed in the masquerade that will make a mess of the stage or other contestant's costumes. This is traced back to a gentleman who entered a convention masquerade as indy comic book character "The Turd", by covering himself with chunky peanut butter. The body-temperature peanut butter began releasing peanut oil, permanently staining at least two other costumes and the hotel wallpaper ... and then there was the plumbing issues when he tried washing it off. There are unsubstantiated stories that the con found itself banned from that hotel afterwards. note 
  • In general, people who either engage in egregious misbehavior or have a long history of idiotic, destructive, predatory, or generally unacceptable behavior that they have repeatedly been spoken to about to no avail can expect to receive bans from any well-run con (sometimes revocable if they can present a good case to the board and come back on a probationary basis, almost always irrevocable in the event of extreme or heinous misconduct, or after multiple failed attempts to clean up their act). Failing to abate or attempt to abate bad behavior is bad for business on multiple levels - failing to ban patrons who damage or steal property, leave gigantic messes, walk around intoxicated in public, or get into violent altercations with others will piss off hotels (who do talk, and if word gets out that you don't control your patrons, you may find yourself banned from an entire geographical area), while failing to ban known creeps or predators invites bad PR through fandom circles and can scare off vendors and guests. Cons that fail to take a hardline stance on bad behavior usually find themselves experiencing a slippery slope that leads to some sort of major incident, and occurrences like Rainfurrest 2015 (mentioned above) are almost always rooted in overly permissive policies that allow persistent bad actors to continue to attend.


  • John Green, the man who started the NBA's Pacers-Pistons brawl (a.k.a. the Malice at the Palace) got a season ticket revocation and a lifetime ban from the arena.
  • Donald Sterling, the former owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, was thrust in the center of a scandal in April of 2014 when audio was leaked of him asking his girlfriend not to "bring black people to Clippers games", amongst other things. Having already been accused of racism in his capacity as a real estate mogul, once the NBA authenticated his voice, they decided to ban him from setting foot on NBA property for life, and removed any and all authority he held over the team. (That said, they had to force him to sell the team, and he made out like a bandit.)
  • Major League Baseball maintains a list of "permanently ineligible" people who are not allowed to have business associations with MLB or any of its affiliates (teams, minor leagues, Baseball Hall of Fame, current players via acting as their agents, etc.). It's commonly known as a "lifetime ban", but that's not strictly accurate, since the Commissioner can theoretically reinstate a person at his discretion. Many stints on the list only last a few years, and occasionally they are reinstated posthumously for Hall of Fame consideration.
    • "Shoeless" Joe Jackson is one of the most famous players on the list, for his involvement in the 1919 "Black Sox Scandal" when the Chicago White Sox threw the World Series. Jackson died in 1951, but he still cannot be enshrined in the Hall of Fame because of the ban, despite his talent. Some people believe he was Mis-blamed for his role in the scandal (one of whom is the protagonist of Field of Dreams).
    • Pete Rose is baseball's all-time hits leader, but he has been banned for betting on baseball games while he was a player-manager for the Cincinnati Reds. He even bet on games he was involved in, although he maintains he never bet against the Reds (and the 1989 Dowd Report seems to back him up on that), but the rule makes no distinction on those lines.
  • British newspaper The Sun is, for all intents and purposes, banned from the city of Liverpool after the paper published a blatantly false story accusing Liverpool FC fans of starting the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and attacking victims and urinating on responding police officers (when it was really a fatal crush caused by abysmal crowd control). Liverpudlians responded by collecting all copies of The Sun they could find for bonfires. When an inquest in 2017 officially cleared the victims of wrongdoing, the club itself banned Sun journalists from club premises. Liverpool's bitter crosstown rivals Everton FC followed through with their own ban (although the Sun hasn't been kind to that club either). To this day, it is pretty much impossible to buy a copy of The Sun in Merseyside.
  • Four Tottenham Hotspur fans were banned from all football grounds in England and Wales for three years in 2009 for chanting extremely offensive chants towards former Spurs player Sol Campbell, who famously left the North London club to join hated rivals Arsenal in 2001.
  • The Northern Ireland-based Ice Hockey team the Belfast Giants managed to do this to their owner. A month after buying a majority share, it was discovered that he was a registered sex offender in Florida charged with lewd and lascivious battery. The entire team cancelled their contracts with the club, and the trust who managed their home arena banned the team until the owner sold his share.
  • Stanford swimmer Brock Turner was banned for life by USA Swimming, which ended his aspirations of swimming for the US Olympic team. This arose out of a considerably controversial case where he raped a drugged woman and got a lenient six-month sentence in prison, which was further reduced because the judge feared damage to his future swimming career. The public called for the judge's sacking for essentially showing favoritism to a white male frat-bro with a rich dad; without the backlash, it's unknown how USA Swimming would have reacted, and indeed, the judge in question (Aaron Persky) was recalled from the bench in 2018.
  • Following a doping scandal, Marion Jones was literally Banned in China—as in, she was barred from setting foot anywhere in an Olympic facility in 2008. The IOC even declared she wouldn't even be allowed access as a spectator.
  • Four Chicago Blackhawks fans received lifetime bans from the United Center for chanting "basketball" at Washington Capitals player Devante Smith-Pelly (the implication being that Smith-Pelly, one of the few black players in the NHL, was playing the "wrong" sport for someone of his skin color). Smith-Pelly would prove himself a worthy hockey player by scoring seven goals in the 2018 playoffs, including a crucial game-tying goal in the game that would clinch the Caps The Stanley Cup for the first time in their history.
  • As portrayed in I, Tonya, in the wake of the attack on Nancy Kerrigan by people related to her (which she may or may not have known of), Tonya Harding was stripped of her titles and banned from competitive figure skating for life.


  • Fred Phelps, the late leader of Westboro Baptist Church, was banned from several places, most notably the UK. Ironically enough, he changed his ways and was excommunicated from his own church.
  • For several years in the late 1980s, a US Coast Guard cutter which shall remain nameless was banned from the port of Juneau, Alaska, until the crew (due to the usual billet changes and rotations) was almost entirely replaced. Upon its eventual return, Leslie Fish's filk song made the rounds of the enlisted decks.
  • This is quite frequently the fate of anybody caught counting cards at a casino blackjack table. Las Vegas casinos employ private investigators who maintain a list of people who have been caught trying to cheat (or even suspected of doing so) and routinely ban them from their premises, even if methods like card counting aren't illegal — banning people from the premise for any reason other than discrimination based on the protected classes of race, gender, etc. is also legal, making Rain Man a case of Truth in Hollywood. Notably, every known member of the famous MIT Blackjack Team is banned for life from most (if not all) casinos in the US, including every casino on the Las Vegas Strip; Vegas casinos have gone farther and banned everyone who appears in an MIT yearbook.. More amusingly, World Memory Champion Dominic O'Brien was banned from every casino in the UK just for his ability to count cards. (By contrast, casinos in Atlantic City can't ban card counters due to a 1979 state Supreme Court decision, so they have to use other means to thwart the practice such as using multiple decks and employing automatic shufflers.)
  • Terry Jones, American fundamentalist pastor who holds Koran burnings, was banned in the UK for possible incitement of violence.note 
  • Kurt Waldheim was secretary general of the United Nations and then president of Austria. He was also maybe a former Nazi intelligence officer. The controversy got so bad that by the time he was president of Austria, he was not allowed to enter the United States and several European countries. Nobody ever found conclusive proof (and at least one author claimed he was framed by Mossad), so Waldheim was never prosecuted.
  • During World War II, the Allies tried to quarter ANZAC troops in Cairo. The Egyptian government refused, saying that while New Zealanders were welcome, the city was still recovering from the victory celebration the Australian troops gave in the last world war.
  • Ancient Athens had a procedure known as ostracism, in which people would hold a vote on whoever was seen as the worst threat to society. The selected citizen would then be banished from Athens for a period of ten years. Notably, the penalty did not include confiscation of property or any other loss of status; very often, the ostracized citizen was actually very well-respected, but had gotten into some kind of fight with another well-respected major figure, threatening the stability of the city, and thus one or the other had to go to keep the peace.
  • Theodore Roosevelt pissed off the nation of Colombia due to his actions concerning the construction of the Panama Canal. When asked why he had left it off his speaking tour of South America, he mentioned that he was "not a persona grata" in that country.
  • The government of Azerbaijan has compiled a blacklist of people, mainly foreign politicians, ambassadors, and even famous entertainers, who are no longer allowed entry into the country because they visited Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway, de facto country that seceded from Azerbaijan with the fall of the Soviet Union, but that Azerbaijan still claims as theirs.
  • Charles de Gaulle, French war hero and president of the post-war Republic, was basically made persona non grata in Canada after shouting "Vive le Québec libre" ("Long live free Quebec!") in a speech to Canadians at the 1967 World's Fair during the country's 100th anniversary. While he wasn't officially banned, the controversy that resulted made him cut his visit short, and he never returned to Canada. (He only lived three years afterwards and he was already 77 years old.) Also interesting in that not only was his speech vehemently criticized in Canada (for obvious reasons) and America (who naturally backed up their northern neighbour and closest ally), but also in France, where it was seen as a serious breach of protocol.
  • Roosh "The Douche" Vash is banned from the UK for publishing a satirical article advocating the decriminalization of sexual assault, inspired by A Modest Proposal.
  • Though the Italian-American Mafia usually kills troublemakers in gruesome ways, on occasions, an offender may be "given a pass," meaning they were spared, especially if they earned good or were old-timers. But then, the offender is permanently banned from associating or doing business with any made member under pain of death. In other words, they were "chased" and stripped of their "button"/membership within La Cosa Nostra.
  • Len Shaner is banned from pretty much every location in Kutztown, PA, due to constant trespassing on numerous railroads. Even to this day, it isn't entirely clear what earned him the ban.
  • After the announcement of the death of U.S. Senator John McCain in 2018, it was announced that President Donald Trump would be banned from attending his funeral, due to Trump attacking his service during the 2016 election season, specifically mocking his time as a POW by saying "I like people who weren't captured." McCain's former 2008 running mate Sarah Palin was also excluded from the funeral, along with former 2008 campaign advisors Steve Schmidt and Nicholle Wallace.note 
  • When a spy given No Official Cover is caught, he or she can expect very serious consequences including execution or very long prison sentences. However, a spy who has an official diplomatic cover, cannot be prosecuted due to Diplomatic Immunity. They are therefore declared PNG, deported and banned from that country for life.
  • Following numerous defamation cases from families of mass shooting victims and complaints from concerned groups, radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was permanently banished from mainstream social media outlets and websites such as Facebook, Apple, YouTube, Spotify, Periscope, Roku and Twitter, largely for promoting hate speech and inciting violence against people of other faiths and ethnicities. PayPal followed suit, and the official InfoWars mobile apps were removed from the Apple App Store; the Android client remained on the Google Play Store for a time until it was finally taken down by Google on March 2020 due to misinformation circulated by Jones relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Thirteen Canadians, including eight members of Parliament, were barred from Russia in 2014 for their condemnation of that country's invasion of Crimea. Several of them took it as "a badge of honour", including three MPs of Ukrainian descent and one who had been expelled from the Soviet Union in 1979.
  • Alec Baldwin was banned from the Phillipines and given an Implied Death Threat after making a joke on TV about a Filipino mail-order bride. The practice of mail-order brides is banned there, so it makes sense.
  • After the release of Seven Years in Tibet, Brad Pitt, David Thewlis and director Jean-Jacques Annaud were banned from entering China. The film itself was also banned due to its positive depiction of the Dalai Lama, as well as showing China's annexation of Tibet. Annaud was eventually allowed back in to judge the 2012 Shanghai Film Festival. Pitt's ban was also lifted sometime after, as he has since visited the country with his then wife, Angelina Jolie in 2014 and 2016.
  • This was occasionally known to happen on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, as Johnny Carson had a tendency to hold grudges and take perceived slights very personally:
    • Joan Rivers, who was the permanent guest host of Tonight, was banned after accepting her own late-night laugher on the nascent FOX network in 1986 without first consulting Carson. After Carson's death in 2005, Rivers revealed that they never spoke again. Her ban was honored by Carson's successor Jay Leno, who also never featured her as a guest on his iteration of Tonight (she also didn't appear on Conan's Tonight, albeit he only hosted for less than a year - and she had been a guest on his Late Night) before Jimmy Fallon lifted the ban and featured her as a guest on his show in 2014, less than a year before her death.
    • After executive producer Fred De Cordova made a rather inappropriate "wrap it up" gesture at Carson (off-stage) while the host was running long on his remarks about the death of his son in a 1991 monologue, Carson banned De Cordova from the set for the rest of the show's run.
  • On November 5th, 2020, Steve Bannon was permanently banned from Twitter after he used the website to suggest that if Donald Trump is reelected in the 2020 Presidential election, Dr. Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be executed and have their heads displayed on pikes on the White House lawn.
  • Speaking of Donald Trump, following the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, mainstream social media platforms have suspended Trump from posting after he made incendiary and seditious statements condoning the attacks carried out by his supporters and calling the supporters to "fight like hell" for Republicans to "take back our country". Twitter initially locked his account for twelve hours immediately after the incident, and later banned him indefinitely from using their services citing "repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy". Several other platforms whom Trump has a presence on, including Snapchat, Shopify, YouTube and Facebook and its platforms, including Instagram, followed suit, with Mark Zuckerberg stating, "The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor." Some companies, including the PGA and Deutsche Bank, also severed all business ties with him after the riot.

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