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10th Jan '18 3:53:47 AM Quill
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** Bodie also hides in the tunk in order to follow a shady politician to his meeting.
28th Dec '17 3:55:40 PM infernape612
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* During the GoldenEnding of ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', Junpei and his companions escape the facility to find that Zero has left them a fully fueled jeep with the EvilerThanThou GreaterScopeVillain [[spoiler:Gentarou "Ace" Hongou]] tied up and left in the trunk.
23rd Dec '17 3:56:14 AM JackG
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** In "Razgovor", a Russian mafia mook learns the importance of clearing out your trunk before doing this trope when Shaw wacks him in the face with a tyre iron.

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** In "Razgovor", a Russian mafia mook learns the importance of clearing out your trunk before doing this trope when Shaw wacks smacks him in the face with a tyre iron.
17th Dec '17 10:58:17 PM FruityOatyBars
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* The person in the trunk is alive and is being taken somewhere willingly, because the car is so completely crammed with other people that it's the only place they'll fit.
3rd Dec '17 8:11:27 AM BKelly95
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* Buster from ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' attempts to sneak into Mexico this way in the episode "Amigos". He passes out just as the journey begins and escapes from the trunk just after he wakes up. It turns out they're only six miles away from his home and is now at Lupe's (his mother's maid) house.
22nd Oct '17 8:11:27 AM BKelly95
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* PlayedForLaughs in a commercial for ESPN. We see a man driving to the office in a roadster with the [[UsefulNotes/IceHockey Stanley Cup]] in the passenger seat. When he reaches his destination, another man climbs out of the trunk.
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12th Oct '17 6:52:23 AM VicGeorge2011
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* In a 1998 ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' storyline where Superman is trapped in four different realities at the same time, Lois Lane in the 1970s Bronze Age reality smuggles herself in the trunk of a car used by the Prankster's henchmen in order to get herself as close to the criminal as possible to take him down, while Superman is on board the Prankster's ship trying to keep Lana Lang from dying of poison by needles placed in her corsage.
5th Oct '17 9:32:56 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'': In addition to occurring in several missions and side-missions, this is also a freeroam mechanic. Just grab the pedestrian of your choice, take them to the trunk of your choice, press the action button and you've got your very own unwilling passenger.

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* ''VideoGame/SleepingDogs'': In addition to occurring in several the numerous story missions and side-missions, this is side-missions that use this, it's also a freeroam mechanic. Just grab the pedestrian of your choice, take them to the trunk of your choice, press the action button and you've got your very own unwilling passenger.
2nd Oct '17 1:24:18 PM BKelly95
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* Puggy from ''Film/BigTrouble'' is forced into the trunk of a stolen police car when the two escaped criminals don't need him. At the start of the film, he says this is why he missed some of the action.



** When testing out the Renault Twingo, Jeremy has Ross Kemp get into the trunk to show how much space it has. Kemp stays there for the rest of the test, [[spoiler:even when Jeremy tries to jump it onto a ferry.]]



* ''Series/{{Psych}}'' had an episode where Shawn was shot and forced into the trunk of a car by the man he was tracking. Notably, he uses a tactic his father taught him about removing the taillight to see where he is.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' had a rather clever use of this. After his daughter is born, [[spoiler:Duncan Kane]] gets into a custody battle with the parents of the recently deceased mother. Deciding he can't win against them, he kidnaps his daughter and flees the country. Veronica tells Sheriff Lamb that he fled to Mexico and Lamb goes after him. After it turns out to be a false lead, Lamb goes home. Along the way, he discovers [[spoiler:he inadvertently helped Duncan sneak out of the country in his own patrol car's trunk.]]



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* A story in ''Reader's Digest'' told of a man who had been kidnapped and stuffed in the trunk of his own car which was then stolen by the assailants. He eventually survived, but was severely beaten in the meantime.
* A ''ComicStrip/HsuAndChan'' strip featured in ''Magazine/ElectronicGamingMonthly'' had the duo do some research into the criminal underworld for an upcoming game. The gangster they end up working with kills the one they initially met with and sticks him in the trunk of their car. They then go to meet someone who he says will help with the corpse in the trunk. He ends up killing that guy as well.
-->'''Chan''': I thought you said he'd be helping with the guy in the trunk?\\
'''Gangster''': Well, he will, kind of. He'll be keeping him company.
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** It's possible for a PunkInTheTrunk to invoke a similar MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot. If the car is an older model or the interior trunk release is disabled, it may be possible to pry off the lining to get at the cords leading to one of the tail lights. Disabling one increases the chance that the car will be noticed by the police.

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** It's possible for a PunkInTheTrunk Punk In The Trunk to invoke a similar MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot. If the car is an older model or the interior trunk release is disabled, it may be possible to pry off the lining to get at the cords leading to one of the tail lights. Disabling one increases the chance that the car will be noticed by the police.
10th Sep '17 11:33:39 AM GrammarNavi
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* Shane kidnaps JD in this way in ''HarpersIsland'', wrongly assuming that JD murdered Kelly.

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* Shane kidnaps JD in this way in ''HarpersIsland'', ''Series/HarpersIsland'', wrongly assuming that JD murdered Kelly.
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