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Breakfast Princess: Whatever, freeloader. If you were invited to Princess Day, it must have been a mistake or as a joke. Am I right, girls?
Strudel Princess: Ohh!
Lumpy Space Princess: The joke's on you because I wasn't invited. I'm crashing! And I already ate a bunch of your food! What you gonna do about it, Princess Egg Breath?

Parties are fun. Whether it's a gathering of friends, a Wild Teen Party thrown by the Big Man on Campus, or a formal dance, people enjoy getting to cut loose and have fun. There's also an aspect of social-status; being invited means you're well-liked enough to be wanted. And if you're not invited, well...

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Unfortunately for many characters, they're stuck on the sidelines, uninvited while everyone else gets to enjoy themselves. There are a few reasons why they may be left out, the most common ones being:

  • They're generally considered unpopular, and thus not wanted at a popular person's party. This is most common for school scenarios.
  • Something happened that made them hated by people if they weren't hated already. This means that people they used to be close with now despise them, underscored by them being left out of events they would've gone to before.
  • They were meant to be invited, but were left out by mistake or neglect. This makes the party's host less of an asshole, but still guilty of forgetting about people, even if those people are their own friends.

Oh, and they're never going to just brush off their lack of an invite due to being uninterested in the party because if they did, there'd be no drama. No, they'll care deeply about this, more so than would often be expected, especially if a so-called "friend" is the host. This is where the real meat of the trope comes in. This character is left feeling hurt or angry by their lack of an invite, and may even try to crash- but crashing often ends in tragedy, as they're often humiliated into leaving. Of course, that's assuming they didn't crash the party to get revenge, in which case it's the other party-goers being made miserable.

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Compare It's a Costume Party, I Swear!, where a character does get invited to a party, but as a way to humiliate them, and Forgotten Birthday, where people don't care about someone's big day. See also Not on the List, where an uninvitation is physically enforced by bouncers.

Supertrope of RevengeSVP, where the uninvited party crashes to cause trouble.


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    Films — Animation 
  • In The LEGO Batman Movie, Batman pops in at Superman's place only to discover that Superman is hosting a party for all the superheroes... except Batman wasn't invited.
  • In Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph's journey to become a hero is brought on by the fact that the citizens of Niceland are throwing an anniversary party for their game, which he, despite being one of the game's two major characters, wasn't invited to. He sees the party happening from his home in the dump and goes to confront the Nicelanders. Nice Guy Felix lets him in, but unwillingly, and it ends in disaster as Ralph is humiliated and challenged to go and bring back a medal, after which he'd be treated respectfully by the others.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Cat in the Hat: Halfway through a chase scene in the film, Control Freak Sally and her brother Conrad, with the titular Cat, passes through a classmate's house where a birthday party is being held. Sally briefly looks into the living room and is surprised to see that her whole class is invited... except her.
  • Fred The Movie: Fred spends half the movie on a quest to find Judy's new house, thinking she's either miserable or in danger. By the time he gets there, he finds her having a party he wasn't invited to, meaning he accidentally crashes. After being humiliated by his bully Kevin at said party with the footage posted online to boot, Fred seeks revenge by throwing his own party and making it clear to everyone that they are not invited to his party. However, when it comes to his friend Bertha, he decided to invite her as she was the only person who didn't think the video was funny, and the two of them throw such a great fake party that it makes the rest of the school feel jealous and desperate to get back on Fred's good side.
  • Minutemen: As a result of rebuilding his friendship with Derek and Stephanie, Virgil ends up back in the popular crowd and a party is thrown at his house. He neglects to invite his best friend Charlie, who unfortunately lives next door. Charlie spent the whole night listening to the party in anger and calls Virgil out on this the next morning.
  • In Sky High (2005), after Will becomes popular in the Hero Course and starts to abandon his friends from Hero Support, he throws a party at his house and forgets to invite his friends- specifically, his Childhood Friend and next-door neighbor Layla. Layla sees the party going on next door and walks inside to try and find Will, but gets told by the Alpha Bitch that Will doesn't want her there. Humiliated and heartbroken, Layla goes home. This is the incident that starts to snap Will out of his Acquired Situational Narcissism.
  • In Bridesmaids, when Lillian announces that Helen will be the maid of honor, Annie, the movie's Loser Protagonist, throws a tantrum in the middle of the rehearsal dinner because Lilian chose the newcomer of their groups of friends instead of her despite being friends for years. Having had enough of Annie's recent clingy-ness, and the damage she caused during her tantrum, Lilian says she's forbidden from attending the wedding, and Annie storms out of the house.
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    Literature 
  • Carpe Jugulum: Granny Weatherwax isn't invited to the christening of Verence and Magrat's daughter, which hurts her far more than she cares to let on. In fact, she had been invited, but the gold-framed invitation was stolen by a magpie belonging to a vampire. The fact that the baby is named after her helps soften the blow once things are settled and the vampires banished.
  • In The Dr. Seuss book Hooper Humperdink? Not Him!, a boy invites heaps of people to his party except for Hooper Humperdink, except later he changes his mind and invites Hooper anyway.
  • In the opening pages of My Best Friends Exorcism, Margaret does a particularly extreme example when she invites everyone except Abby to a party she's having the same day as Abby's birthday...so that Abby will not only be left out of Margaret's party (it's implied) but also so that Abby will be left out of her own birthday celebration. (However, Gretchen still shows up on the grounds that Abby invited her first, which results in them being Fire-Forged Friends and Platonic Life-Partners from that moment on.)
  • In The Sneetches and Other Stories, the star-bellied Sneetches are prejudiced against the plain-bellied ones, so they never invite them to their parties.
  • In The Player of Games, the main character, tries to describe The Culture's definition of justice to an alien. He explains that a murderer is given a slap drone that follows them around to make sure they don't kill anybody else. When the alien doesn't think this is much of a punishment, he explains it's social death and you won't be invited to many parties. (Sure you could gatecrash but nobody would talk to you)

    Live-Action TV 
  • There's a Castle where Alexis has to deal with an ex-friend who invites their whole class to her birthday party except for Alexis, including Alexis' boyfriend. The girl plans to break up Alexis and her boyfriend by kissing him at the party and putting the photos up on social media, but fortunately, Alexis doesn't fall for it. Unfortunately, Castle escalates the situation by getting Ryan to take the photos down, resulting in a Bathroom Brawl. Turns out the girl felt abandoned by Alexis and chose the stupidest way of dealing with it possible.
    Castle: Did you at least kick her ass?
    Alexis: Kinda.
    Castle: That's my girl.
  • In the "Eye of the Tiger" episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation after Spinner's role in Jimmy's shooting is revealed, he ends up hated by the students and univited to an intimate homecoming party that the latter was throwing. Upon getting together with Jay (whose fault it was that Jimmy ended up getting shot in the first place as they bullied Rick, then blamed Jimmy for the prank they did of having paint and feather dumped on him, leading to his shooting), he crashes the party at Jimmy's drunk and begging for forgiveness. He refuses and after eventually admitting to the principal his and Jay's role in the shooting, she expels them both.
  • Drake & Josh:
    • In one episode, their friend Thorton is having a massive birthday party, complete with gift bags that have cellphones in them, and Drake and Josh are invited...until Thorton catches Drake making out with his girlfriend unknowingly. Drake and Josh are officially uninvited, and in desperation, they give him Drake's autographed Abbey Road record as a present...and he still doesn't let them into the party. So they pull off an elaborate scheme to crash it...just to get the record back and ditch.
    • One episode sees Josh becoming a teacher for Megan's 5th-grade class. He's so tough on the kids that they all turn on Megan as a result. She attempts to go to a friend's birthday party at The Premier but is rudely told she's no longer invited, and uses this as her motivation to sabotage Josh's class the next day.
  • Friends:
    • Monica learns she wasn't invited to a cousin's wedding when Ross asks if she wants to carpool to the reception. She forces Ross to ditch his date and bring her instead. When she confronts the bride at the reception she discovers she wasn't invited because the groom is one of her ex-boyfriends.
    • Monica is on the other side of this when she throws a baby shower for Rachel but forgets to invite Rachel's mother. She tries to claim the party was a last minute idea but Mrs. Green had already heard about it from Rachel's sisters (who aren't going). Despite Monica's repeated attempts to apologize Mrs. Green remains cold towards her throughout the party.
  • Inverted in Kaamelott, where Merlin is repeatedly invited to druidic conclaves but doesn't want to go for multiple reasons: there's no booze, he can't turn into an animal like most other druids, and most important of all he Cannot Tell a Joke to save his life. Arthur tries to coach him through telling a joke but in the end, agrees Merlin shouldn't go.
  • In one episode of Lizzie McGuire, Miranda is throwing a party at her house and wants it to be perfect. This means she invites everyone...except for the geeky Larry, who she fears will ruin her party. Larry is heartbroken to not get an invite while everyone else is excitedly preparing for the party, and Lizzie decides to sneak him inside. He's disguised as a cool and mysterious student named "Lawrence", who Miranda starts flirting with, claiming she'd have invited him if she saw him at school. Hurt, Larry breaks the disguise, and Miranda feels guilty enough to let him stay at the party.
  • Veronica Mars:
    • In the backstory, Veronica crashing a party she wasn't invited to ends in tragedy. She was uninvited in the first place because her popularity spiraled downward due to the circumstances surrounding the Lilly Kane murder investigation. Everyone hated her so much that, when she crashed the party to try and make a point, she ended up being drugged and raped, traumatizing her for the rest of the series and emphasizing just how unpopular she is, as well as how much she wants to have her normal life back.
    • In Season 2, in a parallel to Veronica's own situation pre-series, Jackie Cooke is unofficially "uninvited" to the winter carnival by Alpha Bitch Madison Sinclair, over the mistaken belief that Jackie's father, Terence, had something to do with the school bus crash. Jackie shows up anyway, which results in her being so hated and reviled by the rest of the school that she's forced to sit in the dump tank and being forced into freezing water, while wearing a bikini, in the middle of December.

    Theatre 
  • In 13, Evan wants to make his Bar Mitzvah the best party ever, and in the process, wants to invite the kids who will help him be popular. This means inviting everyone but the unpopular Patrice, who happened to be the only person who tried to befriend him in the first place. To add insult to injury, he outright pretends Patrice isn't standing next to him and destroys her invitation to make a good impression for the popular kids. Then, when he does end up inviting her to a movie party, he still ends up ignoring her and she leaves without being noticed.
  • In Twisted!, Maleficent "only wished to feel included" by being invited to the party, among other Disney villains shown to be Not Evil, Just Misunderstood.

    Web Video 
  • On 7-Second Riddles, two Alpha Bitchs don't get invited to a girl's party while everyone else does, so they decide to swipe invitations and crash it in the chances of ruining it.

    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time: "Princess Day" has the titular event being celebrated at the Breakfast Kingdom with Lumpy Space Princess interrupting saying she is bored from the whole thing. Breakfast Princess tells her to be quiet and asks why she was even invited, only for LSP to reply that she actually wasn't and ate a ton of the food being served. LSP then later teams up with Marceline to prank BP out of revenge for being humiliated by her.
  • In It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown is invited to Violet's annual Halloween party, much to his surprise. Lucy promptly tells him that there were two lists for the party - one of the people to invite, and one of the people not to invite and that he must have been put on the wrong list.
  • The Fairly OddParents: Trixie deliberately passes out birthday-party tickets to her entire class... except Timmy, Chester, and AJ. She actually had three tickets reserved for them, solely for her bodyguard to dramatically tear up.
  • Hey Arnold!: Rhonda holds a party for all the cool kids including her best friend, Nadine, and Arnold. She didn't invite her classmates particularly Gerald due to a grudge she had against him. Later on, Arnold dislikes how Rhonda labels Gerald and their friends as "geeks" which causes him to leave her party and hold his own party with the "geeks" on the roof of his boarding house.
  • League of Super Evil: The episode "Party Pooper" has all the members of L. O. S. E. being invited to their neighbor's birthday party except Voltar, whose attempts to get in fail each time. He then decides to ruin the party instead, only for all his plans to make the party even more fun for all the guests.
  • The Loud House episode "The Waiting Game" focuses on Lincoln and Clyde being uninvited to their classmate Chandler's birthday party and trying to butter him up so he'll invite them.
  • In an episode of My Friends Tigger & Pooh, Tigger is in a funk because he wasn't invited to a birthday party, but then it turns out that his friends just forgot to invite him.
  • In one episode of OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes, Lord Boxman crashes a yacht party held by a bunch of his fellow supervillains, most of whom consider him an obnoxious idiot. He doesn't go because he actually wants to; he hates his fellow villains as much as they hate him, and he goes purely to ruin their fun by making an ass of himself.
  • South Park:
    • "Casa Bonita" revolves around Kyle having his birthday at the titular restaurant and refuses to invite Cartman. Cartman then tries to become nicer so Kyle will invite him, and when that fails he manipulates Butters into going missing so he can take his place.
    • "Stupid Spoiled Whore Video Playset" has the girls invite several boys over for a party. Cartman, who wasn't invited, later tries to get in only to be turned away each time.

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