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Basic Trope: A character is barred from ever returning to a certain business or governmental jurisdiction.

  • Straight: Bob gets banned from the local club for mouthing off at other members.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is never again allowed within 100 miles of the club.
    • Bob is not only banned for life, but none of his children, children's children, immediate family, distant relatives, close friends, and even his casual acquaintances will ever be allowed access as well.
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  • Downplayed:
    • Bob is only suspended.
    • Bob is only banned from a single activity of the club but is still welcomed for the most part.
  • Justified: Bob's behavior was really outrageous and utterly unforgivable by the club's standards.
  • Inverted: Bob is never allowed to LEAVE the club.
  • Subverted: Bob messes up badly and it seems like he will be banned, but the top club officials let him off with a fair warning.
  • Double Subverted: That is until Bob messes up again.
  • Parodied: Bob intentionally gets banned from the club just so he can prance around and brag about his persona-non-grata status.
  • Zig-Zagged: Bob gets banned, only for the club officials to have a change of heart and readmit him, only for Bob to mess up again.
  • Averted: Bob isn't banned from the club.
  • Enforced:
    • Bob's banning serves as an example of how strict some establishments' policies can be.
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    • The writers got tired of coming up with any new antics for Bob to do, so they have him banned to write him out of the story.
  • Lampshaded: "Looks like Bob is the club's latest persona non grata."
  • Invoked: Bob can't or won't just decline to go to the club, so he acts to make himself unwelcome there.
  • Exploited: Alice wants to avoid Bob, so she goes to the club from which he's banned.
  • Defied: Bob is on his best behavior wherever he goes and whatever he does, so nobody has a reason to ban him.
  • Discussed: "Did you get banned from the club, Bob?"
  • Conversed: "Wow, I thought the next Story Arc was going to involve Bob's attempt to take over the club. Clearly, I was mistaken."
  • Implied: Bob walks up to the club and the waiters and doorkeeper glare at him. He says, "Oh, right," and walks away.
  • Deconstructed: Bob gets himself banned from every club in town, depleting his social cachet.
  • Reconstructed:
    • So he forms his own club from which he can't be removed.
    • He is welcomed back into the various clubs as his transgressions are forgotten, forgiven, and other people leave the setting.
  • Played for Laughs: Bob incurs Amusing Injuries when he's kicked out of the club.
  • Played for Drama: Bob is Driven to Suicide after being kicked out of his favorite club.
  • Played for Horror:

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