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"So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." - Genesis 3:24 (KJV)

"Run. Run away, and never return!"
Scar to Simba, The Lion King (1994)

Bob's been caught committing a crime, caused too much property damage, or pissed the wrong people off. As punishment, he's forced to leave his city, state, or country, and never come back, often receiving a Mark of Shame in the process. In some situations, this can effectively be a death sentence, if the location from which Bob's exiled is the one safe haven in an otherwise inhospitable zone. Escaping the punishment for a crime may lead to a voluntary exile.

While being exiled can sometimes lead to Walking the Earth, it's usually more temporary than a Wandering Jew type of curse, either by Bob finding a new place to call Home Sweet Home, or by Bob doing one specific thing to absolve himself.

Subtropes include Remittance Man, Noble Fugitive, Locked Away in a Monastery and Sealed Evil in Another World. Related to Put on a Bus, which is a narrative tool rather than a situation. Also comparable to Kicked Upstairs, which is placing a person in a position that, at first glance seems to be prestigious, but is actually a job that barely requires any work done and lacks any real power.

Can overlap with Reassigned to Antarctica if he is ordered to leave for a specific place and stay there for tasks.

When a whole group has to become collective exiles they might decide to begin The Migration. If the group in question was the original legitimate government they may become a Government in Exile. If this is Recycled IN SPACE! exiles can become Space Cossacks. If the exiled leaves on their own due to guilt, it would be Self-Imposed Exile.

Can be the fate of The Stateless.

Compare with Persona Non Grata, where someone who is not originally from a location is barred from returning. Compare and Contrast Forced from Their Home, where a character is only kicked out of their house rather than their entire society.

Truth in Television, of course.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In 7 Seeds, the Autumn/Summer/Spring village discovers that two members have committed serious crimes: Ango's attempted rape of Hana and complicity in her possible death as well as Ryo's attempted murder of Haru and Hana, the latter of which might have been successful. They are given a choice between exile and lifelong penal servitude, and choose the former.
  • Bleach:
    • One hundred years before Chapter 1, the Visoreds (Hachigen Ushouda, Hiyori Sarugaki, Kensei Muguruma, Lisa Yadoumaru, Love Aikawa, Mashiro Kuna, Rose Ootoribashi, and Shinji Hirako) were the victims of Sousuke Aizen's illegal Hollowfication experiment. In the process of trying to save them, Tessai Tsukabishi performed illegal Kido and Kisuke Urahara was framed by Aizen for the experiments. The Visoreds were sentenced to execution, and Tessai and Urahara were sentenced to imprisonment and the removal of their powers. They were rescued from their fates by Yoruichi Shihouin, who helped them get to the World of the Living where they could live as fugitives in exile. Yoruichi was forced to join them in exile for her own participation in the events. Their names weren't cleared for over a hundred years.
    • Isshin Kurosaki became an exile from Soul Society twenty years before Chapter 1 as a result of a series of events that led to him losing his Shinigami powers. In his case, his exile is self-imposed, as he agreed to be voluntarily depowered and went AWOL from Soul Society in order to save Masaki Kurosaki, another Hollowfication victim of Aizen's experiments.
    • It's very heavily implied that Ryuuken Ishida is some form of exile from the rest of the Quincies, although it's ambiguous as to whether his exile is enforced, self-imposed, or a mixture of both. Either way, he plays an Heroic Neutral in the story. It's also implied that Souken was an exile of some kind as well, due to a philosphical falling out between himself and the Wandenreich. When Uryuu joins the Wandenreich, not only have the Quincies never heard the name Ishida before but Yhwach lies to ensure the Quincies don't find out Ryuuken exists. He is such a Persona Non Grata that the one Quincy confirmed to have known about the Ishida family is willing to discuss Souken and Uryuu but even he will not talk about Ryuuken.
  • Crimson Spell has Halvir, a renowned curse-breaker who lives in a cabin in the woods instead of in the setting's magocracy. As a child, he became arrogant because of his natural talent for magic and a group of his classmates at the local Wizarding School tried to show him up with a prank. When it went badly and endangered not just the kids involved but also one of the teachers, he was blamed and forbidden to return to the area, effectively becoming homeless at twelve. He refuses to talk about why he hates his birthplace, and when the events of the manga force him to return and repair the damage done, he's still too angry to accept the gratitude of the other wizards.
  • Food Wars!: Ten years before the start of the series, Erina's father, Azami (now Nakiri, formally Nakamura), was banished from both the family and Tootsuki Academy for the horrific abuse he subjected the child Erina to. Considering how powerful and influential Tootsuki is, it forced Azami to leave Japan and build his power base in America.
  • Caro of Lyrical Nanoha, who was exiled from her tribe for being a too powerful dragon summoner at such a young age.
  • Kanna from Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid was banished by her parents for breaking a "dragon ball" and absorbing its energy, and up until the Chaos faction felt that they possibly need to use the ball's energy in a battle against the Harmony faction, she wasn't suppose to return until she's reflected on her actions. Given that this led to her meeting Kobayashi, it's probably the best thing her parents ever did for her.
  • Naruto: At the end of the series, Sasuke Uchiha is pardoned for his crimes by the new Hokage, Kakashi Hatake, under the condition that he will stay out of Konoha. Not only he agrees to this, but he effectively becomes Konoha's spy afterwards, to the point that when Naruto Uzumaki succeeds Kakashi as Hokage years later, he describes Sasuke as a "Shadow Hokage", due to how his actions still end up serving the interests of the village.
  • Tweeny Witches: The witches exile undesirables to the Human Realm through the Interdimensional Sea. Undesirables include troublemakers like all the members of the special task force, who escape punishment only because Atelia employs them, and the magically disabled like Qoo and the witches on the Ludens.

    Comic Books 
  • Cerebus becomes one at the end of the Form and Void arc, when he is shunned by his hometown for failing to make it home in time for his father's funeral because he was running around with Jaka.
  • Copperhead has Floyd Sewell, who ran up enough gambling debt to be effectively kicked out of town. After that his actions indirectly led to the massacre of his family and his mother disowned him, forcing him to take shelter in the town ruled by anarchy. Even there he's trying to keep his nose clean to earn his way back to Copperhead.
  • Exoristos from Demon Knights is an Amazon in permanent exile from Themyscira.
  • Green Arrow was kicked out of Star City as a result of the end of Justice League: Cry for Justice. However, this is a case of Artistic License – Law: Ollie was found not guilty for killing Prometheus, but the judge overruled the verdict and kicked him out.
  • The Illuminati, named after, but no relation to The Illuminati, in Marvel Comics took it upon themselves to banish the Hulk from planet Earth, leading to Planet Hulk and World War Hulk.
  • Spider-Verse: Karn of the Inheritors was exiled from the Inheritor home dimension after accidentally causing the death of their matriarch. Since then he's been killing totem after totem across the multiverse in order to atone for it.
  • The Superman storyline Superman: Exile had Supes exile himself from Earth after the stresses of heroism stemming from the events of The Supergirl Saga lead him to "sleep-vigilante" as Gangbuster. He feared for everyone's safety around him and left until he could deal with everything.
  • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: After Overlord's rampage, Drift takes the fall for all the other guilty parties, and as such he's stripped of his badge and exiled from the Autobots. He's wandering the galaxy protecting the innocent. We meet him again in Drift: Empire of Stone where Ratchet hunts him down and tells him he can come back as the real culprits have since confessed, and his banishment has been reversed. Drift doesn't know whether or not he should go back as he finds neutrality more suited to himself.
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1 and Vol 2 villain Queen Clea was exiled from the Atlantean kingdom following her invasion of Aurania.

    Fairy Tales 
  • In "The One-Handed Girl", the king and his wife reject the notion of killing their daughter-in-law, even though they believe her a Wicked Witch and a Black Widow; they exile her instead, because that was what her village did, and their son would never forgive them.

    Fan Works 
  • The Black Sheep: Balthazar Smith-Rhodes serves a prison sentence in his native Howondaland for actively breaking quite a few of his country's laws. Unrepentant, he is then exiled to the faraway Central Continent, where he becomes adventurer "Howondaland Smith". (His family employ an Assassin-trained ninja attack lawyer to get him to drop the "Rhodes" bit from the name; he is permitted to remain a Smith as this is considered acceptably generic). The story covers part of his life as a con-man and eventual return home to Howondaland.
  • Blind Courage:
    • For getting pregnant out of wedlock, Princess Zelda's death was faked and she was secretly exiled.
    • King Harkinian is exiled to the Shadow Temple for his crimes against Zelda.
  • Call of the Mountain: At the end, following their disastrous and publicly outed attempt to steal the Idol of Boreas, Rainbow Dash and Pinkie are forced to flee Griffonstone and head to Equestria. Gilda, the city's new ruler, doesn't really want to send them away, but for the time being it is no longer safe for them to be in or near the city.
  • The Changeling of the Guard follows the adventures of Idol Hooves, a changeling exiled from the hive by Queen Chrysalis for questioning the established order of things.
  • Chasing Dragons:
    • For breaking his oaths by killing Aerys, Jaime is made to join the Sunset Company in its campaign against Rhaegar in Essos, unable to return for seven years. By the time this has elapsed, he's decided he prefers serving in Robert's new court in Myr over returning to being his father's pawn, so returns to Westeros just long enough to renounce his inheritance.
    • At the end of the story, Renly and the key members of his coup against Cersei voluntarily go into exile outside Westeros at Lyonel's command, until such time as Tywin can no longer enact revenge.
  • Echoing Silence is a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic set in an Alternate Universe wherein Celestia banished Twilight from Equestria for her actions during the Royal Wedding (Chrysalis here not revealing herself until later). Twilight ends up in the Dusklands; years later, after a severe Trauma Conga Line, she's been thoroughly broken, and has built a new life for herself, now going by Diadem. And she will beat the living shit out of you if you call her "Twilight". Which makes things quite difficult for the former friends who have come looking for her help...
  • Empath: The Luckiest Smurf: Empath Smurf and Polaris Psyche are considered this after they have separately left Psychelia. However, in Empath's case, he can return only on the grounds that he would willingly become the Psyche Master's successor, which isn't what Empath wants at all. In "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette," Papa Smurf, Smurfette, their child, and Polaris Psyche are exiled from the Smurf Village by Empath, who takes over as the new village leader. The Smurflings and Baby Smurf, realizing how cruel the adult Smurfs have become, chose to leave the village to join the exiles.
  • A Growing Fire In My Heart: In the last chapter most of the nobles of Canterlot and citizens of Ponyville decide that Spike must go into temporary exile for a few years, due to going on a rampage through Ponyville, even though it wasn't his fault due to him being drugged against his will at the time. Luckily, Ember agrees to let him stay with her in the Dragon Lands during this time.
  • Hero: The Guardian Smurf: Hero is exiled from the Smurf Village when as a young Smurfling he loses control of his Ki powers and beats Jokey to an inch of his life because he called Hero a "power-mad freak". Hero spent 100 years in the Other World learning how to use his powers wisely, returning only to rescue his fellow Smurfs from their first encounter with Gargamel, at which point he was allowed back in the village.
  • Loved and Lost: Prince Jewelius takes Equestria's throne for himself after Twilight has stopped the Changeling invasion with his help. Manipulating everypony into blaming the princesses as well as Twilight's brother and friends for the invasion, he sentences Celestia, Luna, Cadance and Spike to be driven outside of Equestria. Shining Armor and the Mane Five are also driven away, albeit by being sentenced to slavery.
  • Make a Wish: Harry finds Merlin's diary, which claims that he was kicked out of Atlantis for being too "underpowered".
  • Nightmares Are Tragic: The first chapter briefly portrays a thousand years of Nightmare Moon's Lunar exile.
  • The Powers of Harmony: This was the ultimate fate of Libra after the War of the Sun and Moon, due to his breaking of the Lifeforce taboo. He was banished from Equestria and traveled to the Zhevra Flatlands, where he disappears from history.
  • Robb Returns: After her crimes are exposed, with executing her not being an option for a number of reasons, Cersei Lannister is ultimately punished by being shipped off to a small island far off the coast of the Vale, with nothing there but a small holdfast. It doesn't even have its own ships, being reliant on outside shipping for supplies, which further cuts it off from the rest of the world.
  • Ruby Pair: As part of the backstory, Tenn was not only stripped of her Invader rank as punishment for failing in her mission on Meekrob, but was then banished from the Irken Empire altogether.
  • The Wanderer of the North: Nikóleva made a self-imposed exile after her botched raid to the nearest Diamond Dog base (which she was forbidden to do, too), so that her sister and guardian will never be harmed indirectly by her again.
  • Warriors Redux: Exile is the worst punishment a cat can get besides being executed. They're banned from the Clans with punishment of death, they lose the suffix of their name (or outright become "nameless"), and no cat talks about them again.
  • With Strings Attached: Lyndess. A god exiled her to Ketafa for not paying her debts.

    Films — Animated 
  • In Aladdin, Jasmine threatens to get rid of Jafar when she's Queen, and he mentions at first that she'll exile him. Depending on where Agrabah is, and whether other cities would be willing to let an exile in (a traitorous vizier being the kind of exile most cities would not want to let in), being banished would likely lead to death.
  • In The Book of Life, whatever in the last wager he made with La Muerte, Xibalba was exiled into ruling the Land of the Forgotten.
  • In A Bug's Life, after Flik's lies were exposed to the colony that the warrior bugs were actually circus bugs, Princess Atta banishes him from Ant Island. But this doesn't stop him from coming back when Hopper and his gang had took over the island.
  • In Kung Fu Panda 2, Lord Shen is exiled from Gongmen City by his parents for committing genocide on the panda species. He resents them for this, despite the fact that exile was a pretty lenient punishment for his crime.
  • The Lion King:
    • In The Lion King (1994), as seen in the page quote, Simba forces himself into exile after Scar convinces him that he killed Mufasa. Scar, of course, sent the Hyenas to kill Simba immediately after, but they failed as Simba was able to escape through a thorn-infested area too narrow for the Hyenas to pursue him in. When Simba returns years later and is absolved of his guilt, he tells Scar the same words, intending on putting him in exile. Scar refuses.
    • In The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Simba exiled all Scar's partisans including his widow Zira and their children. Later in the movie, he also exiles Kovu when he realized he was spying on him (even though he had a Heel Realization and helped prevent the assassination plot his clan was setting) during the song "Not One of Us".
  • In the "Little Toot" segment from Melody Time, the titular tugboat is exiled away from the harbor and over the 12-mile limit.
  • The villains from My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and its sequel live in exile in the human world; Sunset Shimmer's is self-imposed after abandoning her studies under Princess Celestia, while the Dazzlings are explicitly stated to have been banished there.
  • In The Prince of Egypt, Moses goes into self-exile after he accidentally killed an slave overseer. He ran away into the desert and remains there for years until God from the Burning Bush tells him to return to Egypt to free the Hebrews.
  • Quest for Camelot:
    • Ruber was banished from Camelot after his rebellious and murderous attack in an attempt to usurp Arthur's throne literally backfired when the King used Excalibur to defend himself. Ruber did not return back to Camelot until a decade later, he gathered his henchmen and a griffin to force Juliana to let them entry into the kingdom as part of his plan of revenge.
    • Garrett also went into self-exile into the Forbidden Forest after hearing about Sir Lionel's death. He then refuses to return to Camelot with his love interest Kayley, because he feels that no one will see him as a knight. But this doesn't stop him from coming back when he hears about Kayley being captured by Ruber.
  • In The Return of Hanuman, Maruti and his mother were not allowed to live in Bajrangpur anymore because the villagers thought that Maruti is a big threat (especially after his mega-Midnight Snack). That doesn't stop him from going to school in Bajrangpur though, as he has Super Speed.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Blood of the Tribades: Most of the female vampires have been banished by the priests of Bathor for disobeying their rules.
  • In C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, after the United States surrenders to the Confederacy, Abraham Lincoln is imprisoned for a few years before being exiled to Canada. He dies in Montreal at 96, bitterly regretting his actions (or lack thereof) that caused the South to win the war.
  • The Godfather: Michael Corleone must spend several years in hiding following a mob war kicked off by his assassination of Solazzo and McCluskey.
  • Both Duncan and Connor in Highlander were banished from their clan after their immortality was triggered and they were viewed as demons.
  • In Inception, the main character Cobb has been on the run all over the world because he cannot return to his native United States due to being framed for his wife Mal's murder and would be arrested as soon as he tried to enter. Even being in an extradition-treaty country like France is a risk (though Cobb notes the French government's bureaucracy would slow things down). Saito is able to lure Cobb into doing a job for him by promising to get the charges dropped so that Cobb can return to the US and see his children in person again.
  • Sappho: The Orlovs are expatriate Russians living in Greece who fled due to the Bolshevik Revolution and can't return to their homeland.
  • Late in Six Reasons Why, it is revealed that The Sherpa was exiled from the Utopian community for committing only the second act of violence in the community's history, and has been engineering events so he can find his way back.
  • In Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, when the Jedi run into Jar Jar Binks, he's been exiled from Gungan society. That's right, Jar-Jar was kicked out because of him being clumsy. From what little was stated in the film, the specific reasons for his exile involved crashing Boss Nass's "heyblibber" and blowing up what was implied to be a reactor.
    • Expanded Universe material elaborates that Jar Jar's crime was stealing a miniature sub from Boss Nass (the "heyblibber") and crashing it into one of the reactors powering the containment dome over the Gungan city, causing part of the dome to collapse and flood a portion of the city. Also, exile for varying lengths of time is a common punishment for Gungan criminals, backed by the death penalty should they return before their sentence is complete.
    • Aftermath: Empire's End later reveals that Jar Jar was exiled again for his role of allowing Palpatine's rise to power.
    • In Revenge of the Sith, Both Obi-Wan and Yoda, two of the remaining Jedi Knights following The Purge, put themselves in exile — Yoda due to failing to stop Palpatine and Obi-Wan to watch over Luke on Tatooine. Yoda's, though, seems a little forced, as if they needed a reason to put him on Dagobah.
  • Moses' punishment in The Ten Commandments (1956), for supposedly planning to free the Hebrew slaves and overthrow Egypt. He's exiled into an inhospitable desert, and it's apparent that Ramses- who's orchestrated the exile- intends for him to die there. He survives through divine protection, returns to Egypt, and frees the Hebrew slaves.
  • Thor: Thor gets banished from Asgard by his father for his disobedient actions that sparked a war between Asgardians and the Frost Giants. His banishment will serve as a truce between both worlds.
  • In Watch on the Rhine, anti-Nazi Kurt Muller had to flee Germany with his family in 1933.

  • At the end of the fifth Age of Fire book, Dragon Rule, RuGaard is ousted from his position as Tyr by NiVom uniting the most influential dragons of the Dragon Empire against him, and is exiled from all territories of the Empire and its Grand Alliance under pain of death to himself and his mate Nilrasha (who is kept hostage). He's joined by his siblings — Wistala out of familial loyalty and AuRon out of distrust of NiVom — and his undyingly loyal bodyguard Shadowcatch, eventually finding refuge in the distant and isolated Sadda-Vale mountains.
  • Mikhail Akhmanov's Fighters of Danwait:
    • Zantu is a Lo'ona Aeo, whose extended family exiled her for disobeying their wishes to become a half-female instead of a full female (half-females are barren, while full females are fertile). The exile is temporary, until she passes her life-bearing period, at which point there will be no risk of her getting pregnant, which should only take half a century or so (the Lo'ona Aeo live for centuries). Due to the events of the novel, Zantu ends up getting accidentally "mentally contaminated" (the Lo'ona Aeo equivalent of conception is psychic in nature) by a descendant of a Half-Human Hybrid. Since there is no longer a need for her exile, she can return to her family. Her son appears in later novels, attempting to reconnect with his father's human family.
    • Averted with the Metamorph named the Exile, as he, technically, exiled himself by choosing to live out his life on the backward Earth back in the 13th century. Due to a genetic abnormality, he is only able to fully change shape once, at which point he will only be able to make small, mostly cosmetic changes to his appearance. He opts to live among humans, predicting them to eventually becoming a key player in galactic politics. He ends up playing a key role during the Alien Invasion in the first novel.
  • Tobimar in The Balanced Sword. Under certain circumstances, people in Tobimar's family have to leave their country of birth to quest for their ancestral lands and legacy. They must leave at once, and never return until they succeed.
  • In the The Blood War Trilogy, Arrin is exiled from the Kingdom for his crime of being in a consensual relationship with the Princess. The only reason he was spared execution is because of the Princess' pleading.
  • In the first chapter of Book of Brownies by Enid Blyton, the three titular brownies, Hop, Skip and Jump, ends up being exiled by the Fairy King after they're tricked into helping an evil witch kidnap the princess. They Must Make Amends to be accepted by fairy society again, with the rest of the book revolving around their misadventures to find and rescue the princess.
  • The Jasmine Throne: Malini was exiled to Ahiranya after refusing her brother's order that she kill herself in a sacrifice.
  • Chocoholic Mysteries: Bridal Bash reveals that Sally TenHuis (now McKinney) had to flee her hometown for her safety, and the town sheriff essentially forbade her from ever returning. She eventually does return in that book, and it nearly gets her killed. Thankfully, she's rescued, and the ones responsible are all arrested.
  • In Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian story "Rogues in the House," Murillo thinks that the ear given to him in a box might be a warning to leave for voluntary exile, but does not want to risk it. Later, Nabonidus asks him why he didn't take the warning, and Murillo retorts that he did not know he would be allowed to.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein's short story "Coventry", the United States has used Applied Phlebotinum to put a force field wall around an area of the country. Because of the respect for human rights, it is the law that anyone may choose to go to Coventry rather than have to agree to psychological therapy for criminal or antisocial behavior. The protagonist, David MacKinnon, is a romantic idealist who imagines a paradise without the noisy interfering big government getting in the way of rugged freedom lovers.
    • The title comes from "to send someone to Coventry", a British idiom meaning to ostracize someone, usually by not talking to them. To be sent to Coventry is to be regarded as absent.
    • Coventry also featured prominently in his first book (last published) For Us, The Living: A Comedy of Customs .
  • In Devon Monk's Dead Iron, LeFel's backstory. Which has the side effect of making him mortal.
  • Discworld:In the short story "Troll Bridge" it's mentioned that Cohen the Barbarian's father banished him from the tribe when he was a child. Cohen doesn't hold a grudge over this.
    Cohen: Best day's work he ever did. Taught me to stand on other people's feet.
  • At the end of the last Doctrine of Labyrinths book, Corambis, Felix comments that he must be the only person ever to be exiled from exile. (At the end of the previous book, he was exiled from Melusine for destroying the mind of his lover's murderer; in Corambis, he hasn't really done anything wrong, but the people in charge want him out of the way where he can't cause any trouble.)
  • In Dragonriders of Pern exile is the preferred punishment for capital crimes. Dragonriders teleport the condemned to deserted islands, where they're left with a small amount of supplies and no means of escape. In some eras, other variants are used. During the Landing era, "shunning" is the preferred method, which simply means that the shunned is not to be spoken to, acknowledged or helped in any way (though in Dragonsdawn, shunning is not honored very strictly). And during the second Long Interval, dragonriders aren't a part of the justice system, so exiles are simply cast out of their Holds and forced onto the open road.
  • Earth's Children: Ayla is forced into exile by Broud shortly after he becomes the new leader at the end of the first book. Broud, who has disliked Ayla almost from the moment she was adopted into the Clan, is using his new status to get even with her and, when he orders that Creb (who needs a protected space because of his arthritis) should have his hearth moved to the draughty rear of the cave, she leaps to Creb's defence. Incensed by her defiance, Broud orders Goov (who has just taken over Creb's position as the Clan's holy man) to "curse her with death". Goov does so, meaning Ayla is now dead in the eyes of the Clan and has to leave. (A few years earlier, she was placed under a temporary death curse by Broud's father, Brun, after she was caught breaking the Clan's taboo against females hunting, but was allowed to rejoin the Clan afterwards and was even granted limited hunting privileges.)
  • An Encounter and an Offer has a fae boy being exiled from the fae realms. Why is not revealed: the fae refuses to explain, and would rather die than tell.
  • In Andre Norton's Forerunner Foray, "Turan" is told that Puvult, whom he had exiled, had returned after Turan's death.
  • Forest Kingdom: In book 2 (Blood and Honor), Prince Viktor was ordered away from his father's castle for attempting to murder his younger brother; both had been courting the same woman, and when she chose Dominic, Viktor was enraged. His exile ends with his father's death though, giving him the chance to attempt to win the crown for himself.
  • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Firenze was banished from his herd for accepting a job working for wizards after Hagrid helped him escape from an attempted execution when they tried to beat him to death for betraying them by "becoming a servant" to a human.
  • Common in The Icelandic Sagas.
    • These Icelandic outlaws were called "skógarmenn" or "skóggangsmenn" (roughly translated: "woodsmen" or "forest-walking men"). German conservative revolutionary author Ernst Jünger's (a)political archetype "der Waldgänger" ("the Forest Fleer") is loosely based on the skóggangsmaður, and on the philosophy of egoist anarchist Max Stirner.
  • In Julie Kagawa's The Iron Daughter, they meet with Leanansidhe, their (self-appointed) queen, and many other exiles from Nevernever. By the end of the book, Meghan and Ash chose exile over giving each other up. In The Iron Queen, Mab and Oberon offer pardons for exiles as a bribe.
  • In It Can't Happen Here, Canada becomes a destination for American refugees fleeing the Windrip regime, including Doremus for a time. Windrip himself is ousted from power by Lee Saranson and forced to live in exile in Europe. Similarly, Macgoblin flees after a coup and lives in exile in the Haitian countryside.
  • Journey to Chaos: Mr.15 was banished from the Bladi Clan and chased out of his home country because he practiced The Dark Arts. By the time Eric meets him, he's plotting his triumphant return via coup.
  • The Last Days of Krypton: Tyr-Us and Gal-Eth are both shown in malnourished, disheveled states after being forced out of their homes by Zod's loyalists.
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen:
    • Trull Sengar is exiled for speaking out against his people's new ruler and eventually refusing to kill their incapacitated Emperor so he can be resurrected to full health. The exile is called Shorning, and means everyone has to forget he ever existed, even his family. He is chained to a wall in another realm and has spells laid on him to ensure he will not starve but slowly drown in the rising sea levels of that realm. He is freed on a whim by Onrack the Broken, but never really makes it back to his people.
    • Redmask is said to have been exiled for speaking out against his tribe's Elders, after they refused to allow him to unite the clans against their invading neighbours. In Reaper's Gale, he returns and forces his way on the clans, after most of the Elders who exiled him have died.
  • In the Night Runner series, Seregil has been exiled from his homeland, Aurënen, because of a crime he committed when he was younger. When he gets to go back temporarily as a diplomatic envoy in the third book he is referred to as "The Exile" instead of his real name.
  • In The Saxon Stories, the wily Uhtred of Bebbanburg is seen to lose it all. His cousin has the family fortress; the King of Scotland has laid claim to his lands and brought overwhelming force to back his claim; and king Edward of Wessex, backed by a powerful Church, is threatening to invade Northumbria, the last pagan kingdom in Britain. Uhtred has only one option left: he puts out the story that he is finished in Britain and is retiring, going into voluntary exile in Frisia to found a place which he hopes he will be left to rule in peace. His enemies bask in triumph and leave him be, considering exile to Frisia is a more lingering and exquisite punishment than anything they could ever hope to inflict. This allows Uhtred breathing space to plot his next moves....
  • In Robert E. Howard's "The Shadow Kingdom", Kull himself.
    the name of Kull was now a word accursed among the mountains and valleys of his people, and... Kull had put them from his mind.
  • In The Shattered Kingdoms, Norlanders have a religious commandment/prophecy saying that anyone who is physically impure (which they take to encompass any kind of disfigurement, permanent injury, or disability) is cursed and must be abandoned in the wilderness, where any not judged worthy of a good god's cure will join an evil god's army. In fact, there's a hidden community of surviving exiles, and those who know about it conclude that the "cursed" stuff is therefore nonsense. In fact, there's a grain of truth to the commandment, but the Norlanders have been completely misinterpreting it — it's supposed to be instructions for the temporary quarantine and treatment of disease victims, not the permanent banishment of "deformed" people.
  • The Silmarillion: After the First Kinslaying, the Valar cursed the Noldor with the Doom of Mandos, which basically warned them that they were no longer welcome in Aman should they decide to leave for Middle-earth. Finarfin repented and was welcomed back by the Valar, but his brothers, Fëanor and Fingolfin, and all of his children disregarded the warning and left. It's not until the end of the First Age, some 600 years later, after Eärendil (Fingolfin's great-grandson) begged the Valar to help them fight Morgoth, that the Noldor were granted pardon and allowed to return to Aman. Most took this option, but a few (notably, Celebrimbor and Galadriel) decided to remain in Middle-earth for personal reasons.
  • In Josepha Sherman's The Shining Falcon, Malicious Slander makes Maria and her family have to flee.
  • Marina from the Silverwing books is banished from her colony after she receives a band from humans, which acts as a Mark of Shame until she befriends Shade, who has no prejudice against humans and even envies her band.
  • Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Charles Martin returns to the Vigilantes from his trip to England in the book Vanishing Act. He explains to them that he has been banished from England, the country he was born at, and he can never return.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • After they were deposed, the Targaryens were forced to leave King's Landing for Dragonstone, and then to Essos, the land where their ancestors departed four centuries earlier. By the beginning of the series, the remaining members, Viserys and Daenerys, live from place to place, relying on hospitality and mercy from various people. However, Viserys, who grew up in King's Landing and knew what it was like to live as a royal, always dreams of returning back to Westeros and reclaiming his "rightful place" as king, putting him into conflict with Daenerys, who has no memories of Westeros (she left Dragonstone when she was a baby) and is in no hurry to return even after she collects a power base.
    • Ser Jorah Mormont fled into exile to avoid punishment from Eddard Stark for selling some poachers into slavery.
    • Some people who join the Night's Watch do so in lieu of capital punishment in their homeland, hence its reputation as a den of criminals. Ned is nearly sent there after he is convicted of attempting to depose Joffrey Baratheon, until the latter decides at the last minute to chop his head.
    • The surviving Starks cannot go back to Winterfell after it is taken over by the Ironborn, and then their treacherous vassal the Boltons. They have been scattered into the four winds, anyway.
    • After killing his father, Tyrion Lannister departs for Essos, knowing that he will certainly be executed for kinslaying on top of his earlier conviction for kingslaying.
    • The Golden Company, a sellsword company in Essos that was formed by exiles from the first Blackfyre Rebellion.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • The Courtship of Princess Leia: The Witches are descendants of a rogue Jedi named Allya whom the Order exiled to Dathomir, hopeful that she would turn from the Dark Side. Dathomir had been a dumping ground for exiled criminals, as many war machine makers had been sent there as punishment too.
    • Fate of the Jedi: Luke Skywalker is exiled for his role in training Jacen Solo, aka Darth Caedus. He's to keep away from Jedi temples and train no one for ten years, or until he can discover why Jacen became what he did. His teenaged son Ben decides to come with him.
    • Mitth'raw'nuruodo, the future Grand Admiral Thrawn, is dumped on a deserted planet with no means of escape by his own people, the Chiss, for his disregard for their military tradition of never practicing preemptive warfare or being the ones to Shoot the Dog. By accident or design, he's found by an Imperial ship and eventually returns to the Unknown Regions, but while he has the firepower to do so, he never seems to challenge his exile and return or exact any kind of revenge, instead protecting his people by using the Empire's resources to build his own empire around them.
    • Tales of the Bounty Hunters: Boba Fett was sentenced to exile from Concord Dawn (while known as Jaster Mereel) as his legal punishment for murder. He doesn't care at all.
  • Survivor Dogs: Lucky is exiled in the third book for betraying both his packs by spying for the Leashed Dogs. He was forced into the role by his sister Bella, but not even Bella comes to his side when he's exiled. Lucky had wanted to be a Lone Dog again, but he hates that it had to be because of an exile.
  • Tasakeru: Sentients found guilty of violating their species' most sacred laws are branded as Outcasts, forbidden from legally owning property or using currency, banned from the island's only major city, and are sent to live in the forest.
  • Warrior Cats: Teller of the Pointed Stones exiles six of his own cats (they're meant to kill Sharptooth or never return), Bluestar exiles Tigerclaw because he tried to kill her, and RiverClan exiles Graystripe because he saves Firestar's life.
  • the secret lives of Princesses: Princess Miss Hap was exiled for breaking everything she touches. She's devising plans for escape.

    Live Action TV 
  • In The 100, prince Roan of the Ice Nation was banished as a result of a war between his clan and Lexa's coalition. Roan's mother, queen Nia, had Lexa's lover tortured and beheaded, so when Lexa won the war one of her diktats was Roan's banishment. In the third season, he tries to capture Clarke and deliver her to Lexa, hoping that she would lift his banishment in exchange.
  • Babylon Berlin: Many Russian émigrés have settled in Berlin. Some are White Russians, and others dissident Communists. There is a lot of infighting among them, including murders. Additionally, the Soviet OGPU runs operations against them from their embassy.
  • Bones:
    • Arastoo was exiled from Iran for his Farsi love poetry, which the officials saw as against the conservative Islamic society. He later learned though that the edict for his death was never actually released when someone threatens to make it happen if he doesn’t help solve a murder.
    • Rudolfo borderlines it, having fled communist Cuba fearing for his life.
  • The very first episode of Doctor Who had the Doctor claim that he and his granddaughter were exiles from their home planet, though later episodes revealed that it was more of a self-imposed exile. He was more properly this as the Third Doctor who spent most of his tenure stranded on Earth with his TARDIS disabled and his knowledge of time travel erased as punishment for violating the Time Lords' non-interference policy.
  • Father Brown: Edward and Jia-Li become exiles at the end of "The Prize of General Gerard". After Jia-Li murders Gerard rather than submit to being his mistress, she and Edward, who had fallen in love with each other, flee Britain with forged passports. Father Brown, having satisfied himself that Jia-Li was truly repentant for killing Gerard, turns a blind eye to their escape.
  • The Fugitive is the Trope Codifier.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Twice with House Targaryen! Once from Valyria (they were the original lords of Dragonstone, Stannis' seat), and then again from Westeros after Robert's Rebellion. Daenerys and Viserys have spent the time since Robert's Rebellion (when Viserys was a very young child and Daenerys was just born — even from her birth, her family had already been effectively ousted from power and were residing on Dragonstone) seeking supporters and running from enemies in the Free Cities. After her birth, they were smuggled across the narrow sea to Braavos; where they spent a few years in relative safety before their guardian died of old age. Thus, Viserys had to drag her to nearly all nine of the Free Cities as a pair of orphaned runaways trying to gather some modicum of support. In Winter is Coming, the first episode of the series, Dany is still baffled that Illyrio has let them stay in his manse as guests for almost a year; inferring just how much the pair had to move.
    • Ser Jorah Mormont fled Westeros to avoid punishment for selling slaves. Later, he is also banished from Meereen and Daenerys' side when Daenerys discovers from Barristan that he was initially spying on her for Robert Baratheon.
    • Season 4 ends with several prominent characters departing Westeros to become this. After escaping through the help of his brother Jaime and Varys, both Tyrion and Varys escape to an unknown destination after Tyrion kills Shae and Tywin.
    • In the final episode, Jon Snow is exiled to Castle Black for assassinating Daenerys Targaryen. Despite Dany having turned mad and burned half of King's Landing, and Jon being a legitimate Targaryen who is considered the rightful heir as King of the Seven Kingdoms, it doesn't change the fact that he has become a queenslayer, and must atone for that. Then again, Jon explicitly declined to become king even before the King's Landing incident, and the events that ensued probably turned him off from the position forever.
  • Mako Mermaids: An H₂O Adventure:
    • Rita was banished from the Mako Pod before the series began, thanks to having been discovered leaving the ocean to be with her human boyfriend. In the present day, she lives as a school principal, with a Big Fancy House that hides a private grotto where she can swim near the coast.
    • In the second episode, Sirena, Nixie, and Lyla are banished for allowing a human boy to fall into the Moon Pool on their watch (he actually fell through a magical portal, and they had no way of knowing one even existed). The pod leaves Mako Island altogether, heading to the South Pacific islands to merge with another pod, leaving the mermaid trio behind with a soon-to-be aggressive merman on the loose.
    • Halfway through the second season, Sirena is banished again, along with Mimmi and Ondina, for preventing Veridia from killing Zac.
  • MythQuest: In one myth, Cleo is exiled because the family she is with becomes convinced she's a witch.
  • Season 5 of Riverdale ends with Hiram Lodge exiled from the eponymous town for all the crimes he committed throughout the series, the final straw being blowing up Pop's. Since Hiram has already gotten his way out of prison many times before, exile goes beyond his jurisdiction.
  • Carl Cassimon in Salamander is a former policeman who left the force out of guilt for killing a criminal suspect, and because he had an affair with his best friend's wife. He escapes the world by becoming a monk — albeit in a jolly Belgian monastery where the religious brothers have beer, a bar, Internet access and a pool table.
  • Serengeti: Kali is exiled in the first episode for having cubs with a male from outside of the pride.
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Worf became "discommendated" as a result of political machinations involving the massacre on the colony of Khitomer, of which Worf was a survivor, yet his father had been declared guilty of instigating. As a result, not only was he banished from the Klingon empire, but other Klingons considered him to be less than a sentient being. It was later revealed that the discommendation was a means to save face because the real instigator was the patriarch of a powerful house and revealing the truth would throw the Klingon Empire into civil war. When the civil war happened anyway thanks to other members in said house, the discommendation was removed.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • Garak was tacitly banned from returning to his homeworld under threat of death. Like Rick Blaine from Casablanca (on which the show drew some inspiration), his exact crime is never revealed but his reputation is so infamous that, when he's exiled, he chooses to live on DS9 because, as Sisko once observes, for a man in trouble with the highest levels of the Cardassian government, a Bajoran-owned, Federation-controlled region is very probably the safest place in the entire Alpha Quadrant for him to live. The Star Trek Expanded Universe novel "A Stitch in Time" explores the reasons for his exile in more detail.
    • Worf landed in hot water for siding with the Federation over the Klingon government in a military matter. Odo got the boot for killing a fellow Changeling, something unheard of in their civilization.
    • Quark was blacklisted from Ferengi society for reneging on a contract.
  • Trotsky:
    • Trotsky is forced into exile multiple times for opposing the Tsarist government.
    • Dissident intellectuals in 1922 are made to leave the Soviet Union for good, on pain of death if they ever return. Their only other choice is also death.

  • BIONICLE: Takua (but he's later allowed back), Malum, and Strakk.

  • Ereth the Archer in The Sword's Planetary Romance Concept Album, Warp Riders, is banished from his tribe and ends up Walking the Earth:
    No woman will have him, no man calls him friend
    No woman will have him, no man calls him friend
    Exiled and outlawed
    By his only kin
    — from "Lawless Lands"

    Mythology and Religion 
  • The Bible:
    • In Genesis 3:23, 24 Adam and Eve are banished from the Garden of Eden as the final part of their punishment for defying God and eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and also to prevent them from eating of the Tree of Life and becoming like God and the angels. Later, their son Cain is exiled from human society for the murder of his brother Abel.
    • Abraham's firstborn, Ishmael, was forced to leave the household with his mother, Hagar, because Sarah could not stand them.
    • The Assyrian invasion destroyed the Kingdom of Israel and scattered the Israelite tribes in it. The later Babylonian invasion destroyed the Kingdom of Judah and deported most of its population to Babylonia.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Battletech: A standard punishment of the Clans, known as 'Abjuration'. As with most everything else in Clanner society, Abjuration is decided by a popular vote and open to reversal through a Trial of Refusal.
  • A possible punishment in the Dungeons & Dragons Al-Qadim campaign setting.
  • Games Workshop games:
    • The mighty Bloodthirster Skarbrand the Exiled One, in Warhammer, Warhammer: Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40,000 was exiled from Khorne’s realm for being manipulated into attacking the Blood God himself. Since his exile Skarbrand has shed more blood and reaped more skulls than he did before his fall from grace, serving his god more faithfully than ever before.
    • Warhammer:
      • This is the fate of Dwarfs who have dishonored themselves and not had the decency to die in the process. They swear the Slayer Oath, abandon all their property save a pair of pants and a weapon or two, and go out into the world and find something badass enough to kill them in a straight fight. Dwarf society considers Slayers to be legally dead, and speak to them as little as possible.
      • A rather lighter version is found with among young Dwarf engineers. An engineer who puts forward a design deemed too experimental and in-your-face can be cast out of the Engineer's Guild, and from the hold entirely. However, among a certain subset of young radicals this has become something of a badge of honour, and being thrown out and going to Nuln or Altdorf to study while working out the kinks in the design for a decade or two, before coming back and forcing the Guild to admit they were wrong by presenting a perfected design is more of a Rite of Passage than anything else.
      • Grand Hierophant Khatep promised Settra that he would be resurrected with a perfect body of gold. When Nagash's spell resulted in the tomb kings who had been subject to the work of Khatep his Mortuary Cult waking instead in their own mummified bodies, Settra banished him until he could fulfil the Impossible Task of delivering on his promise.
    • In Warhammer: Age of Sigmar some Ogors are forced to take up the life of a wandering mercenary, known as a Maneater, after falling out with their fellows and being banished from their tribe. Such Ogors don’t mind their situation however as they are now able to be paid for doing what they enjoy most, fighting.
    • Warhammer 40,000:
      • Eldrad Ulthran was exiled from his Craftworld of Ulthwé after his unsanctioned attempt to awaken the Aeldari God of the Dead led to the theft of dozens of the petrified Crystal Seers from Craftworlds across the galaxy, and a ritual that, when it failed, put every Infinity Circuit in grave danger.
      • Space Marines can be exiled for some great failure or transgression. Some few fight to earn their way back to their Chapter, perhaps with a stint in the Deathwatch or serving the Imperium in some other way; others, with no hope for return, join the Deathwatch's elite Black Shields, who sever all ties with their Chapter and their past; still others succumb to resentment or the flaws that got them cast out in the first place and become Chaos Marines, often taking the red cross of the Red Corsairs and swearing themselves to the service of Huron Blackheart.
      • In their backstory, the Sons of Medusa Chapter of Adeptus Astartes began their existence after a civil war within the Adeptus Mechanicus, known as the Moirae Schism, spread to the closely allied Iron Hands Chapter, resulting in several Clan Companies being exiled by the Chapter's ruling Iron Council. By the time the Schism ended, these divergent Companies had grown to Chapter strength and, after having their actions and loyalty strictly vetted, the High Lords of Terra recognised the exiled Iron Hands as a new Chapter. Although the Sons of Medusa have since fought alongside their parent Chapter without incident, the relationship between the two is still cold at best.
      • In the backstory for the Arch-Sorcerer Ahriman of the Thousand Sonsnote , the Daemon Primarch Magnus was convinced to spare Ahriman's life by the Changer of the Ways himself but, as punishment for his crime of turning the majority of the Legion into Animated Armour, gave his wayward son the Impossible Task of achieving full understanding of Tzeentch before being allowed to return to the Planet of Sorcerers. With the Legion's assault on the Space Wolves' homeworld of Fenris, Magnus has softened Ahriman's exile somewhat with the two working together once again for the greater glory of Tzeentch and the Thousand Sons, but their relationship remains strained and the Arch-Sorcerer has yet to be fully reintegrated into the Legion.

  • Romeo from Romeo and Juliet was banished from Verona for killing Tybalt.
    • Exile shows up as a common theme — especially in the historical plays — in Shakespeare's works, mostly because it was a common political tool throughout British history well into the 18th Century.
  • Elphaba in Wicked becomes one after faking her death, as she can never return to Oz.

    Video Games 
  • Prominent in the largely-irrelevant backstory to survival/city-building game Banished. You start with a certain number of families who've been thrown out of their home village, in circumstances which are left to the player's imagination, plus whatever useful supplies they could grab on their way out and must guide them in their quest to build a new home for themselves.
  • A non-punitive example in Carto. When someone comes of age on the Island, a ship appears for them at the north dock. They must take this ship, sail to a new island, and make their new home there, never returning. It later comes out that this is to help everyone's peace of mind - if the parents know that their child is never returning, they won't worry why they don't show up. Before this rule was put in place, there were cases where people shipwrecked while trying to visit home.
  • In Crusader Kings you can banish imprisoned vassals. Which is seen as less tyrannical than executing them and has the fringe benefit of confiscating their titles.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Dwarves who step onto the surface for any reason are declared "lost to the Stone," stripped of their caste and any ability to hold a legal job back in Orzammar. They still come back, and in fact the trade the surface dwarves bring is the only thing keeping the ancient city alive, but they're treated as criminals and complete non-citizens. It's perfectly legal to kill a casteless dwarf in public with no repercussions.
    • Most of the main characters in Dragon Age II fall into this category in one form of another. The Hawke family had to leave Ferelden after the destruction of Lothering, Aveline is the daughter of a exiled-in-disgrace Orlesian Chevalier, Varric's family was stripped of their Noble status and exiled from Orzammar for fixing Provings, Fenris is an escaped slave on the run from Tevinter Magisters, Anders is on the run after deserting the Grey Wardens, Merrill is a pariah amongst the Dalish and may end up exiled from her clan, while Prince Sebastian Vael was sent to the Chantry.
    • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, one of Bull's Chargers is surfacer dwarf called Rocky. He says he got exiled from Orzammar for "stupid noble crap"...before sheepishly admitting to blowing up a good chunk of the Shaperate. This can also be Iron Bull's fate should he choose to side with his men over the Qunari ambassadors during his Loyalty Mission.
  • In The Elder Scrolls backstory, most of the races of Mer (Elves) have split apart over religious differences. For most of Altmeri (High Elf) history, those who dissented with traditional Altmer beliefs simply left to resettle elsewhere and practice their unorthodox beliefs. The Dwemer, Chimer, and Ayleids are several prominent examples of this. This has left the Altmer, as a culture, rather unaccustomed to dealing with dissidents in their homeland. With most of Tamriel now claimed and populated, the number of dissidents in the Summerset Isles swelled in the 3rd and 4th Eras, leading to a rise in extremism and domestic terrorism.
  • In the Exile trilogy and its remake series Avernum, The Empire, which controls the entire surface, discovered a series of massive underground caverns, and they decided it would be a perfect spot for exiling all undesirables to for crimes both real and imagined. Enough people were sent down below to form a nation of their own. In the most of the games you play as the Exiles/Avernites and their allies except for the fifth game, where you play as the Imperials.
  • The Vault Dweller from Fallout is exiled from Vault 13 at the end of the game, since the Overseer believes he/she has been changed too much by the outside world.
    • In Fallout 3, the Lone Wanderer gets kicked out permanently because s/he's a bad influence. The reason Amata (Overseer Alphonse Almodovar's daughter and your only friend there) tells you that you can't stay is that your presence would tear apart the fragile peace made after you talk down (or kill) the current overseer (either Alphonse or fellow vault dweller Allen Mack). Seeing how the rest of the surviving populace see you as the reason for all the deaths that occurred despite the radroaches already swarming years before your father arrived and Alphonse rescinding the ok to let the doors open. Fellow vault kid Susie Mack is somewhat suprised to see you in the Capital Wasteland if you negotiate peace but states that you still can't come back because everyone still hates you.
  • Zig-zagged in Final Fantasy XIV — after the player and the Scions of the Seventh Dawn are accused of apparently murdering Nanamo ul Namo, they end up on the run, with only the player, Alphinaud and Tataru escaping and arriving in Ishgardian territory. It's zig-zagged because, in all honesty, the exile was never really enforced — the leaders of Gridania and Limsa Lominsa refused to say anything and forced those in Ul'dah not to, the citizens who did know of what you did aren't convinced of your guilt or are terrified to say anything and talking to some of the soldiers who are trying to get your head reveal that they're still loyal to you and your friends.
  • In Gems of War, Luther, the quest-giver for Broken Spire, is an exiled knight out to redeem himself by completing his original job. With your help, of course. He doesn't go home when it's done, instead joining you permanently.
  • The end of the first act of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, "The Green Sabre", has the leadership of the Grove Street Families decapitated via a coup/ambush combo orchestrated by Big Smoke and Ryder at the behest of Officer Tenpenny. CJ finds himself chased out of Los Santos, and while he isn't physically barred from returning to his house on Grove Street he will be shot at as all of the territory held by the GSF by that point will flip to Ballas control and he will be shot at without hesitation if he passes through. As head of the Varrios Los Aztecas and allied with the GSF via being the boyfriend of CJ's sister Kendl, Cesar will similarly find himself chased out for similar reasons around the same time. Most of the rest of the game's plot is CJ's journey to regroup, recuperate, and rebuild a network throughout the rest of San Andreas to get back into Los Santos.
  • Horizon Zero Dawn:
    • The Nora outcast anyone who breaks their laws. Interestingly, this works quite differently than any historical forms of exile. Outcasts stay close to Nora towns but are not allowed inside, and are not allowed to talk to anyone. The strange part is that this is temporary. With very rare exceptions, outcasts are allowed back in after a few weeks or months.
    • Rost and Aloy are unique among outcasts in that their exiles are permanent. Aloy was in fact outcast from birth, which frustrates her as she can't even ask anyone why. The early plot of the game is about Aloy training to take part in the Proving, the rite of passage for Nora warriors. If she succeeds, she will become a Brave and no longer be outcast. If she wins, she will be able to ask the Matriarchs about her past. As it turns out, she was found deep in the most sacred part of Nora lands as a baby, in front of the All-Mother but under the claw of the Metal Devil. The Matriarchs couldn't agree if she was the daughter of the All-Mother or the spawn of the Metal Devil, so they had her outcast so that they could keep an eye on her without her being close enough to be dangerous.
    • When Aloy complains that the whole outcast system is far too cruel to a child, it's pointed out that outcast children are very rare. Apparently the only example in living memory besides Aloy herself was a boy who murdered his mother. It's unclear if he was ever allowed back in the tribe.
    • The origins of the outcast system are implied to be time-outs. The first Nora were Raised by Robots in a Cradle facility, but due to a glitch they only received a kindergarten education. Outcasting comes off as a slightly more evolved form of punishments for children, where the child is made to sit in a corner not interacting with anyone for a while until they had served their penance.
    • In the "Frozen Wilds" DLC, we are introduced to the Banuk method of exile. Criminals are banished to the ice, naked. If they survive, they are considered absolved of their crime and welcomed back into the tribe. This is more in line with several historical types of exile.
    • Averted with the Oseram and the Carja, who prefer inflicting different flavors of Cruel and Unusual Death to their criminals. The Oseram are fond of Cold-Blooded Torture, while the Carja prefer "trials" where the condemned is staked out in the hot sun for days on end, with the condemned's mouth being stuffed with salt for good measure in some cases. If the condemned "only" loses their eyesight and/or sanity from this, the Carja consider it a "mercy". However, by the time the game is set, current Sun-King Avad is trying to establish a rehabilitation-through-prison system instead. Aloy can meet one Carja who went through the system, and while it did little to curb his Blood Knight tendencies, it at least got him to focus said tendencies on bandits and other murderous outlaws who he can kill without being condemned again.
  • The main character of Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords is even called 'The Exile' regardless of what name you pick for them. Getting to the bottom of why they were exiled from the Jedi Order makes up most of the game's story.
  • Light Fairytale: Kid, who got arrested for stealing something from a worker, is among many people exiled to the snowy deeplands outside of the pillar.
  • In Live A Live, Pogo and his friends are exiled from his tribe after Pogo tries to defend Beru because the Elder doesn't want the tribe to get into conflict with Kuu tribe. Fortunately they are able to return after Zaki becomes the new leader of Kuu tribe and makes peace with Pogo's tribe defeating Odo.
  • Manafinder:
    • Criminals in the Kingdom of Manahill are exiled to the monster-infested wilderness.
    • The Settlement is made up of those exiled from the kingdom, but they're willing to exile those who break the rules or cause conflict within the community, such as Azain.
    • The rare beast, the Exiled Ape, is in Allaror's Wrath rather than the Evergloom Rainforest because it was exiled by its fellow apes.
  • Mari And The Black Tower: Mari and Abbie were exiled from the nymph village because the latter blamed them for the miasma. In the ending, if Vera is revived, she'll see the error of her ways and lift the exile, though Mari and Abbie want to explore the world more in order to solve the mystery of the miasma.
  • Tali's sidequest in Mass Effect 2 has her accused of treason against the Migrant Fleet, and can end with her being convicted and exiled.
    • One of the quarians in the book, Mass Effect: Ascension was an exile. Though in his case, unlike Tali, there were very good reasons.
    • As the name suggests, the exiles in Mass Effect: Andromeda, who got kicked off the Nexus after rioting over how bad things had gotten. Some of them aren't too happy about what's happened since, but the acting director has it as standard policy that any exile trying to come back is executed.
  • In the backstory of MDK, Dr. Hawkins exiled himself from the Earth after his theory of "flange orbits" was dismissed by the scientific community. He built a Space Station, the Jim Dandy, and moved aboard it, vowing not to return to Earth until he acquired proof of the existence of flange orbits. One week after he moved onto the station, he realized flange orbits didn't actually exist, and decided to stay on the Jim Dandy rather than return to Earth in shame.
  • Hot Coldman, the villain of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, was removed from his position as head of the CIA and sent to the CIA's South American branch because of his role in the Virtuous Mission. It's less to do with it being a failure, and more to do with his sending America's greatest war heroes into the Soviet Union to steal a large amount of money and sending her needlessly to her death out of spite.
  • Every inhabitant of Path of Exile's Wraeclast that isn't a native or one of the Empire's Black Guard is one of these, including your player character.
  • Pokémon Legends: Arceus has the player character getting kicked out of the village by Kamado after he accuses them of causing the rift in the sky to grow bigger and turning the sky red, even though the player character does not have such power to cause those events and they also quelled all the frenzied noble Pokemon as he ordered them to do. The player character is forced to do a Perp Walk in front of the whole village where many of the villagers reveal that they never trusted the player character even after all they did for them. Not only is the player character forbidden from returning, but they also can't seek help from the Diamond and Pearl clans or said clans risk the Kamado's wrath. When the player character finds out that Kamado is seeking to attack the Pokemon that are behind the rift, they race to the mountain to stop him before he gets killed by battling him in a Pokemon battle to prove that they can handle the Pokemon behind the rift. Once the player character defeats Kamado and captures Dialga and Pilka (the Pokemon responsible for the whole mess), Kamado apoloigzes for his irrational behavior and allows the player character to return to the village.
  • Prayer of the Faithless: Amalie was exiled from Manna society, and they punished her by scarring half her face and removing her Miasma powers. This is because she caused a cave-in on their home in order to force them to escape the Asalan soldiers, since they wouldn't have budged otherwise.
  • General Azimuth in Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time. Ratchet looks for him upon hearing that he's a Lombax.
  • Re:Kuroi: In Act 4, Kaito is forced to use magic to defend himself from a bandit, but did so in public. While Marie manages to erase the witnesses' memories, the orphanage expels him as punishment for drawing unwanted attention to the local wizards.
  • Lloyd and Genis in Tales of Symphonia get exiled from their hometown, Iselia, after it gets burned down by the Desians because they went to the nearby Human Ranch, a forbidden act according to the non-agression pact made between Iselia and the Desians.
  • In The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, she's revealed to be a former member of the New Frontier, having been kicked out for stealing medication out of desperation to save AJ. In Season 4 Episode 2, she's also briefly exiled from Ericson's Boarding School with AJ since AJ shot and killed Marlon in cold blood.
  • In Wuppo, the protagonist is kicked out of Wum house after leaving a mess when carrying an ice cream. Their adventure revolves around finding a new home.

  • In the MS Paint Adventures story Homestuck, a major storyline revolves around four Exile characters who live After the End: Wayward Vagabond, Peregrine Mendicant, Aimless Renegade and Windswept Questant. The reasons for their exiles have been vaguely hinted towards in their storyline, but they've been revealed in the present day as "Warweary Villein", "Parcel Mistress", "Authority Regulator" and "White Queen".
    • Another Exile, the Writ Keeper, has been mentioned. Yeah, he's the "White King".
    • There's also Expatriate Darkleer, who was banished for taking pity on the Disciple and letting her escape, and Grandma English (also known as Alpha Jade), who ran an unsuccessful revolution against Betty Crocker.
  • In The Order of the Stick, Durkon Thundershield was ordered by his church to go to the human lands and not return until they send for him. They have no intention of ever doing so, due to a prophecy stating that Durkon will bring death and destruction with him when he returns. However, a separate prophecy states that he will eventually return home... posthumously. Both prophecies are fufilled when he returns to Dwarven Lands after being killed and raised as a vampire, with the death and destruction coming courtesy of the vampiric spirit puppeteering his body. He eventually gets better, though.
  • In Our Little Adventure, Stratus's Planeshift brought him to a place he is not leaving.
  • In Vattu, Seri is expelled from the tribe because one of her lies caused Hunter's death.

    Web Original 
  • Several characters in The Gungan Council have been exiled for several reasons:
    • Abigail Taylor was tried and exiled from the Chiss Ascendancy for no real reason other than no one could defend her against a hostile judge.
    • Ti'Cira, Je'gan, and Caleb were exiled by the Jedi Council for beginning a massive crusade that ended up killing everyone on Taris.
    • All Nightsisters from Dathomir.
  • Parodied in Kickassia, when The Nostalgia Critic dramatically exiles The Cinema Snob from Kickassia for treason, intending for him to walk in shame and solitude across the desert. Since the nation is question is not too far from a nearby town (complete with comfy hotel), the Snob has his phone to call for a cab and things in Kickassia are beginning to get a bit crazy thanks to the Nostalgia Critic going mad with power, the Snob isn't as bothered by this as the Critic would probably like. Not to mention the fact that the intended gravitas is lost when everyone's waving goodbye behind his back.
    • After the event is over, in his next video, the Critic sheepishly alludes to being forbidden from returning to Nevada.

    Western Animation 
  • Barrel from Amphibia was a legendary hero of the toads. However he was once a friend to Andrias before he was exiled by the bitter prince to the far reaches of Amphibia to protect it from wild beasts as punishemnt for not stopping Leif from stealing the music box.
  • Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, banished from the fire nation by his father the Fire Lord until he finds and defeats the Avatar. Also his mother, Ursa, was banished for killing the previous Fire Lord to save Zuko's life.
  • In Gargoyles, Puck wanted to delay his return to Avalon because he found the mortal world too amusing especially while working for Xanatos as Owen. After yet another act of defiance from Puck, Lord Oberon decided to grant Puck's wish by banishing him from Avalon forever. Puck's horrified reaction and pleas for reconsideration make it clear that he still saw Avalon as his home and did want to see it again someday.
  • Wonder Woman from the Justice League was exiled from Themyscira, because she had broken the law that forbade anyone from bringing men onto the island (which she did to save her mother and her fellow Amazons). It's implied that Queen Hippolyta lifted the banishment after Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl returned to Themyscira to save them all.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • A thousand years ago, Celestia banished Nightmare Moon to the moon as a Sealed Evil in a Can. In the first few seasons, Twilight acts like Celestia will banish her to the moon if she makes even the slightest mistake, even though Celestia never so much as implies such a thing.
    • The Everfree Forest is mentioned and imagined several times as a place of banishment.
    • During the episode "Magic Duel", Trixie banishes Twilight from Ponyville and conjures a giant dome around town to keep her out in a bit of Disproportionate Retribution for unintentionally humiliating her in her last visit.
  • Sofia the First:
    • In "The Tale of the Noble Knight", Sir Oliver ends up being exiled from Brazendell for provoking dragons into attacking the kingdom.
    • In "Day of the Sorcerers", as a condition for Cedric to keep his position as the Royal Sorcerer, King Roland demands him to remember it's because of Sofia he's not being exiled.
  • One episode of South Park involved Stan refusing to vote on the new school mascot (the choices were a giant douche and a turd sandwich) and being banished from the town in a ritual involving being tied to a donkey and spat upon. PETA finds him and complains about the mistreatment of the donkey.
  • In the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toon, part of Krang's backstory was that he had been exiled from Dimension X.
  • The Transformers: For the crime of holding his leader Galvatron at gunpoint to end a battle between Autobots and Decepticons, Triple-Changer Blitzwing's final fate in the cartoon is being exiled from the Decepticons forever, putting him on a fugitive bus in practice.

    Real Life 
  • In Ancient Athens politicians (and other prominent citizens, but usually politicians) could be "ostracized"note  by vote, or ordered to leave town for ten years. In this case it was not a punishment and did not necessarily imply social infamy. Nor did the victim have his property officially seized by the state (although if he didn't have friends or guards to keep an eye on it, it might be unofficially seized by his neighbors). It was usually simply a declaration that "Athens can't afford to have you in town right now and is frankly afraid that you will cause a bloody civil war. Leave for a few years and then come back and we'll see. Nothing Personal old chap."
    • That said, people could be ostracized for any reason; the procedure for ostracism was to ask the ekklesia (assembly of free male citizens) whether they wanted to ostracize someone, and if so, then vote on who. Famously, Aristides the Just once found a man with an ostrakon who asked him for help in writing Aristides' name (he was illiterate and also didn't know what Aristides looked like); Aristides (being just) wrote the name for him and asked him why he wanted to ostracize Aristides, and the man replied, "I'm just so tired of hearing people call him 'the Just'!"
    • In ancient Greece it was also quite common when one faction of the local oligarchy (aristocracy) overcame the other that the winners would drive the losers out of the country (polis). Sometimes exiled politicians would stir up trouble abroad, as happened during the Persian Wars with former Athenian tyrant Hippias and deposed Spartan king Demaratos and with the Athenian Alcibiades during the Peloponnesian War.
  • Several British Royal and Noble families who on the losing end of a power struggle, most famously the Stuarts and their "Jacobite" supporters.
    • Henry Bolingbroke, first cousin to Richard II, was exiled before participating in a duel (the other duellist was exiled as well) in 1398. When Henry's father died, Richard seized all of Henry's inherited properties. This drove Henry to return from exile with an army and overthrew the unpopular Richard, becoming Henry IV in the process.
    • Edward, the Duke of Windsor, was effectively exiled twice during his life. During World War II, he was sent to become the Governor of the Bahamas because Winston Churchill didn't want him undermining the Crown and the Government by running his mouth off about his fascist sympathies to the press. After the war, he spent most of his time outside of Britain after being ostracized by his family once and for all (while still receiving a generous allowance to live on), eventually settling in France, where he spent the rest of his life.
  • Juan Carlos I of Spain went into voluntary exile in 2020, after numerous scandals made it untenable to stay in Spain without causing trouble for the rein of his son, Felipe VI.
  • The Jewish People as a whole after the Jewish Revolts.
    • And before that in the Babylonian Exile (see several books of the Bible).
  • Napoléon Bonaparte had this happen to him twice. The first time, in 1814, he was given the isle of Elba to rule after being overthrown, which he was not allowed to leave. His response was to escape and take control of France again, thereby nullifying the peace treaty of 1814. After the Battle of Waterloo, his enemies sent him further away to St. Helena as a prisoner. This time, it stuck.
  • The company name of inXile Entertainment not-entirely-seriously-but-not-entirely-humorously refers to most of its core employees, including the CEO Brian Fargo, being exiled from Interplay Entertainment (which Fargo founded and headed until his resignation) by its new management.
  • United Empire Loyalists were those who had supported the crown during The American Revolution but had to leave following the Treaty of Paris in 1783. At least 45,000 from the hitherto Thirteen Colonies relocated, mostly to New Brunswick (which was carved out of Nova Scotia to accommodate them) and Upper Canada (now Ontario) - many freed slaves and native tribes such as the Iroquois also followed. The mass influx of non-French into Canada, as well as the general suspicion towards the rather violenty-established "mob rule" that took hold in the United States guided the organization of Canada in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
  • This happened to the House of Savoy as a consequence of Vittorio Emanuele III's support for Mussolini and dragging Italy in World War II on the losing side. Interestingly enough, this happened in two phases:
    • The first phase was when Vittorio Emanuele III had to abdicate and leave the country with his wife, as even monarchists considered him a hindrance and an actual danger to the monarchy in the impending referendum to choose between monarchy and republic.
    • After the referendum choose for the republic, king Umberto II pointed out various irregularities, ordered his supporters to support the republic for the good of Italy, and then left with wife and heir, preceding the constitutional exile for the "former kings, their consorts and male descendants". As the exile was always meant to end once the danger of civil war had expired, the constitution was amended in 2002 to allow the return of the exiles... At which point they proceeded to prove it may not have been such a good idea (and why Umberto II, even in exile, made sure to take down as many chances of the monarchy being restored as he could) when they sued the government for the exile (the lawsuit was since dropped).
  • Since The '60s Cubans that opposed Fidel Castro and the communist government following Castro's overthrow of the Batista regime in 1959 have fled and now live overseas: there are now over a million Cuban-Americans (Cuba's population in 2012 was 11.1 million) living in the United States alone, the vast majority in and around Miami and Tampa. The exile community's hostility to the Cuban government and their importance in elections (Florida is considered a swing state and has many electoral votes) is a major reason for the United States' continued embargo against Cuba (though that doesn't stop the US from being Cuba's 5th largest exporter). Castro himself was an exile before that, released from prison in 1955 and spending about 18 months in Mexico.
  • Similar to Cuba, most of the Vietnamese-American population come from refugees fleeing their homeland following the Fall of Saigon in 1975, fearing reprisals from the victorious communist government. Many still hold strong opposition to the communist Vietnamese government, frequently still flying the South Vietnamese flag during Tet parades and such.
    • Lots of Hmong (a specific people originating from mountainous areas of Vietnam, Laos, and South China) fled the Indochinese peninsula after the Vietnam Wars, because they sided with the French then the Americans. The most important Hmong diasporas are in French Guyana and in Minnesota.
  • Steve Yoo (Yoo Seung-Jin) was a popular K-pop singer in the late 1990s and into the early 2000s. He'd made many public statements saying he'd fuflill his mandatory military service but, instead, became a naturalized US citizen in 2002 just before he was supposed to be drafted. The South Korean government considered this an act of desertionand permanently banned him from re-entering the country since arrest at this point was legally impossible. He filed several lawsuits to have this ban overturned. South Korean courts upheld the ban until 2019, when the Supreme Court ruled in his favor. Even then, the government got back at Yoo by saying he's welcome to visit as a tourist instead of granting him any of the long-term visas available to ethnic Koreans.
  • An unofficial version exists in 21st Century America. In some locales, after a convicted sex offender has served their sentence, they're still forbidden from living within a certain distance of schools, playgrounds, and other areas frequented by children. Depending on how large that distance is, and how many areas are designated as off-limits, a sex offender may find that there is literally no place in a given city where they're legally allowed to reside.
    • The above can lead to very...shall we say unusual effects. A town in Iowa was shocked to find out how many sex offenders were living in and around their town and quickly passed laws that made it impossible for them to live there, so they packed up and went to the next town. The second town was then shocked to find out how many sex offenders were living in and around their town and quickly passed laws that made it impossible for them to live there, so they packed up and went to the next town. Then the third town down the road, and the fourth, and so forth and so on. The cumulative effect was a statewide east-to-west migration of those on the registry.
    • For years the underside of the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami was where an impromptu shantytown of those on the sex offender registry existed, as strict limits meant the nearest place where a sex offender could live wasn't even in Miami-Dade County (they would have to move to Broward County). The camp had at its height about 140 people, plumbing, and electricity from generators; it also became an unofficial part of the Miami prison system, as a parole officer was sent there every night to make sure everyone was accounted for at curfew. The camp was dismantled shortly after newspapers publicized its existence, though trying to find a residence for those on the registry remains a major problem because every community is opposed to taking them in, many of them vehemently.
  • In Scandinavia in the Iron Age and Early Medieval period, this was a standard punishment for more serious crimes. As states were weak or non-existent protection came mostly from one's family who would be bound by honor to avenge any harm against one of its members. Since this would lead to very destructive feuds the solution was that the offender would be put on trial at an assembly were the offender could be sentenced to be an outlaw - that is outside the law's protection for a certain period of time. This meant they could be killed with impunity and had to leave the land and the protection of their family.


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Lord Zedd Banishes Rita

Fed up with Rita's failure of defeating the Power Rangers, Lord Zedd resumes command. He takes away her powers and banishes her from the palace.

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