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->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic:''' Who keeps piles of boxes around!? Honestly!\\
'''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd:''' Oh, don't you talk about my boxes! ''I like boxes!''

The two cars are chasing through a run down light industrial area. There is a large pile of empty cardboard boxes, usually at a corner. Either the first car misses them and the second careens into them, scattering the boxes over the set, or the first strikes a glancing blow, sufficient to scatter the boxes into the path of the second car.

In a foot chase, a variation of the latter case happens often; the one in front will deliberately knock down such a pile as he passes, in order to delay his pursuers.

Sometimes, the boxes are strictly for show; the first car will send half of them tumbling every which way, and the second car will take care of the rest.

In rare cases, can be used to [[Franchise/MetalGear hide from pursuers]].

Unrelated to KidsPreferBoxes. See also SheetOfGlass and FruitCart. Judging by the ratio of parodies to straight examples on this page, this appears to be a DeadUnicornTrope.
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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Deconstructively parodied in an issue of ''{{Spawn}}'', in which a cop car blasts through a pile of boxes...which had a homeless man sleeping under them.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* JackieChan film ''ArmourOfGod'' has a truckload of boxes conveniently placed for the car to land after a double highway overpass ramp jump.
* Spoofed by TheComicStripPresents in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfawNa1FVpk this scene]] in which "[[Series/TheProfessionals The Bullshitters]]" keep looking for cardboard boxes to drive through during their car chase.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' subject ''Film/FutureWar'' is infamous for its fight scenes with huge stacks of boxes as far as the eye can see, which are all clearly empty.
* ''{{Lolita}}'' (1997). When Humbert finds that Dolores has left the hospital with her 'Uncle Gustav', he [[VillainousBreakdown drives wildly to the hospital]], smashing into dustbins as his car weaves down a narrow street.
* ''Film/{{Quick}}'': During the chase through the marketplace, the bike slams through a pile of empty cardboard boxes.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Subverted in an episode of ''AshesToAshes''. Gene and Alex are on their way to a crime scene and come across an archway filled with stacked cardboard boxes. Alex quips "I know how this goes" and fully expects Gene to drive through them...and Gene simply sets the car in reverse and grumbles that he's gonna have to go around them.
* Parodied in ''FatherTed''. Dougal is forced to drive a milk float that [[Film/{{Speed}} will explode if it drops below 4 miles per hour]] and panics when he sees a stack of boxes at the end of the road. As he trundles slowly towards them, Ted re-stacks them on the opposite side of the road. After Dougal passes the boxes, Ted drives his car straight through the stack.
* Spoofed in ''FunkySquad'', an Australian parody of 70's cop shows.
* In ''PowerRangers,'' going through boxes can touch off minor explosions that send sparks everywhere. The whole ''world'' is MadeOfExplodium.
* ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'' itself was infamous enough for this to spawn the above examples.
** Levels in the ''Starsky and Hutch'' VideoGame would give you a secondary objective of destroying X cardboard boxes.
** In BillBailey's "Starsky And Hutch" segment, the duo are looking to make a getaway while pursued by the mob.
---> "How about that alley?"
---> "No, there's no boxes down that one. No, go down that one."
---> They go down another alley, no boxes. What are they going to do?
---> "Right, stop the car, get some boxes out of the boot, set them up, drive around the block..."
* Used in the ''TopGear'' second hand police cars challenge, where Hammond is awarded points for flamboyant driving by crashing through a pile of gratuitous cardboard boxes slightly off the edge of the track.
** An earlier newspaper article by Jeremy Clarkson codified the trope:
--> '''Clarkson:''' A car crashing through an explosion is great cinema. A car crashing through some cardboard boxes is great television. A car coasting to a stop for no reason means they've run out of budget on ''Series/TheBill''.
** Including as part of the title sequence created by ''TopGear'' for ''The Intercepters'', a non-existent Seventies cop show.
* Spoofed in ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'' when a chase scene ends with the MonsterOfTheWeek crashing into a huge mountain of cardboard boxes sitting in the middle of a forest for no apparent reason.
* ''TheProfessionals'' of course, and parodied in TheComicStripPresents ''Detectives on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown'' where 'Bonehead and Foyle' make a point of looking out for cardboard boxes to drive through during a chase scene so as to look more dramatic.

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* This trope can occasionally be seen being played straight on wrestling whenever there's a backstage brawl. One example is when Wrestling/TheUndertaker had Wrestling/HulkHogan tied to the back of his motorcycle and was dragging him around backstage only for Hogan to go crashing into a pile of empty cardboard boxes, while the announcers played up how painful that apparently would be.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* From an ''AngryBeavers'' episode which parodied ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'': "Quick, they're headed for the cardboard box district!". In fact, cardboard boxes were a running gag in the episode.
* Played straight in the ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' episode "Backfire". Also played straight with the FruitCart, as the car that Dexter [[ItMakesSenseInContext has accidentally started driving]] crashes through them both one after the other.
* Lampshaded in ''TheSimpsons'', when the cops are taking Bart for a day on the job. While they are explaining that it's not the action-oriented job Hollywood makes it out to be, they are interrupted by a heist and immediately start a high-speed chase through an alley full of cardboard boxes. As their car sends them scattering everywhere, one of the cops nonchalantly exclaims, "Damn boxes!"
* The ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Box Prince" features a kingdom of {{cute kitten}}s living in cardboard boxes.
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