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The heroes will occasionally discover a girl who, for whatever reason, has been placed in a box, usually in [[HumanPopsicle suspended animation]] (or failing that, a box with airholes). Most of the time, this is part of the introduction of a new major character. Sometimes she could simply [[RobotGirl come in a box]] in mint condition.

Notice the phrase itself in Japan means a rich/noble girl that is usually over protected and knows little of the world and may even have little freedom. Compare with "a bird in a gilded cage". So Japanese works sometimes gives this metaphor a more physical meaning. There's even a movie in 1935 with the exact name, ''Hakoirimusume'' (literally, "girl in a box").

Possibly related to PeopleJars, although usually more benign. If the girl is dead, it may be a case of StuffedIntoTheFridge or DeadMansChest. See also PunkInTheTrunk. Often, as in the page image, she'll have been [[FetalPositionRebirth stored in the fetal position]], possibly [[NakedOnArrival naked]].

Usually the female counterpart of a SealedBadassInACan but they can overlap. Another neutral version of SealedEvilInACan or SealedGoodInACan.

Not to be confused with Dick in a Box, a song by Music/TheLonelyIsland.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Generally speaking, rather common in Japanese media. It's fallen out of favor somewhat in recent times, however, largely due to [[DeadHorseTrope over-use]].
* Night, of ''AbsoluteBoyfriend'' is a [[RobotGirl robot boy]] in a box.
* Melfina from ''Manga/OutlawStar'', in what is probably [[TropeCodifier the example that most casual anime watchers will think of]] when you mention this trope.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** C.C. is a Girl in a Poison-Control Tank.
** Later on, [[AxeCrazy Mao]] tries to stick her in a suitcase... [[{{Squick}} with a few modifications]].
* ''Manga/RozenMaiden'', which [[JustifiedTrope works perfectly]]. Where do ''you'' store porcelain dolls when they're not on the shelf?
* May in ''Anime/HandMaidMay.''
* Nia from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.
** Male example: according to WordOfGod, Team Dai-Gurren found Attenborough in someone's luggage. No, really.
* Izumi from ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'', presented as a parody. "Where else? In the box."
** The dub version is funnier: "As Schrodinger would say, [[SchrodingersCat the answer is in the box.]]"
*** [[spoiler:Yurika]] becomes on of these too in TheMovie.
* Hyatt, Ropponmatsu I, and Ropponmatsu II are introduced to ACROSS members this way in ''Anime/ExcelSaga''.
** This only applies to the anime, not the original manga.
%%* Yakumo from ''Anime/{{Shinzo}}''.
* Lime, Cherry, and Bloodberry from ''Anime/SaberMarionetteJ'' are all introduced this way. They're also robot girls with their slavish devotion to the male protagonist preinstalled, so they hit this trope pretty hard.
* Yui from ''Koharu Biyori'', being a [[RobotGirl robot]] [[{{Meido}} maid]]. The OpeningTheme specifically mentions this.
* An early example: Fyana from ''Anime/ArmoredTrooperVotoms''.
* Mimi from ''Manga/IDreamOfMimi/Buttobi CPU''.
* Weird example. Princess Snow from ''Manga/{{MAR}}''. The first we see her, she's encased in ice, only to be freed (and accidentally kissed by) Ginta. This freaks him out since she looks, sounds and acts exactly like his childhood friend Koyuki. Oddly enough, [[spoiler: the second time she needs to be rescued, she's inside of an ACTUAL box in a fetal position. A Rubix Cube-like deathtrap to be precise, which will kill her if not solved correctly and even if it's solved correctly will kill whoever solved it instead. Putting a bit of a dark spin on this trope.]]
* Havoc in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack''.
** Also, in a later episode, the Doll that the Yakuza acquires and tries to sell as a sex slave.
* Ifurita in ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld''.
* Reverie in ''Manga/ElementalGelade''.
* In ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'', the boxed loli is found by the ''villain'', and becomes his [[ReplacementGoldfish replacement sister]] and MoralityPet. [[spoiler:She doesn't do such a good job of the latter, since, as it turns out, he was already crazy to begin with.]]
* Chii in ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' is a girl on a garbage can, [[FetishFuel all naked but for]] [[BandageBabe the bandages she's wrapped in]].
* Byakki/Shiro in ''LightNovel/WagayaNoOinariSama'', who was delivered in a box.
* ''Anime/ZoidsChaoticCentury'' starts like this.
* Given a GenderFlip in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', where [[TheDitz Italy]] is found hiding in a tomato crate.
* Another boy version happens in ''KimiWaPetto'' (or ''Tramps Like Us'' in the translation) with Momo
* Misty in ''{{Vandread}}'', she's rescued from an escape pod.
** Lacus Clyne in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' has the same thing happen to her, albeit she's rescued by an enemy ship.
*** And later in SEED, the same happens to [[spoiler: Flay]]
* [[spoiler: [[SuperPrototype Ginga Nakajima]]]] in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' was stored in a metal suitcase to be transported to the BigBad when she was defeated and captured.
* From ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'': Kyon's little sister hid in his duffel bag so he would take her on vacation with him. Spoofed in ''WebVideo/TheAbridgingOfHaruhiSuzumiya'':
-->'''Kyon:''' Why is my bag so... ''ohmygod'', a loli in a bag!
** Amusingly, RealityEnsues - Kyon immediately notices that his bag is a good 30 kilos heavier than it should be and catches her. In the anime he brings her along anyway, whereas in the {{light novel}}s he sends her back home.
* ''ChocottoSister'': While not a box (it's a bag), Choco comes delivered in a present by [[SantaClaus Santa]].
* [[spoiler: Lucille Lilliant]] from ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'' was a Lady in a Capsule. For worse, [[spoiler: she's been locked for ''15 years'' inside of it, and the enemy now wants to get to her to use her considerable PsychicPowers. Poor Lucille [[BarrierMaiden is physically indefense]], as her body is pretty much comatose, [[GrandTheftMe but her conscience finds a way around that]].]]
* Parodied in ''Manga/{{Colorful}}'' with Connie the Consolation Prize, a deliberately two-dimensional girl delivered in a box to a salivating recipient.
* Hako-chan (literally "Box-chan"), from ''SoraWoKakeruShoujo''. Her appearance is still mostly unknown due to [[spoiler:her not leaving the box yet]], though we do learn that [[spoiler:she has light skin. There was one point where she almost came out, but then [[TheDragon Aleida]] convinced her that staying in the box was better because "being in the outside world is worse than being in the box".]] Admittedly, it does seem to be a pretty nice box: it has some sort of camera system allowing view outside, though not from outside in, and [[TalkingWithSigns text can be displayed on the door]] of the box like it's a computer screen. Also, it apparently has some sort of hovering/movement device.
* Scary, scary version with Number 28 in ''Manga/ElfenLied''.
* Zia in ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'', in the "smuggled aboard a ship" variety.
* While not a girl, Ein of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' originally came packaged in a metal briefcase. Ed did this to herself in the episode Mushroom Samba, when she stowed away in the trunk of a bounty hunter's car, [[HilarityEnsues causing a lot of trouble for said bounty hunter when a cop pulled her over]].
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': Utena's coffin scene. [[spoiler:And the scene in the final battle.]]
* Male example: Ciel in a suitcase in the first episode of the second season of the ''Manga/BlackButler'' anime.
* In the Millennium World arc of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', we first meet Mana hiding in a large ceramic pot.
* In the third season of ''{{Robotech}}'', Marlene is found in an [[spoiler:alien egg]].
* Rose from ''LightNovel/DragonCrisis''.
* Chisaya from ''Onikirisama no Hakoirimusume''
** To be expected "Hakoiri musume" ("boxed daughter") is a Japanese term for a sheltered young lady.
* In ''LightNovel/CubeXCursedXCurious'' the girl doesn't so much come in a box, she IS the box.
* At least one [[{{Hentai}} erotic manga]] has a woman try smuggle herself into Japan by disguising herself as a sex doll. [[{{Squick}} Customs has a lot of fun with her]].
* Michiru from ''Kono Kanojo wa Fiction desu'' first appeared naked in a large bag instead of a box.
* The titular character from ''Ayako'' is a {{Deconstruction}} and an especially disturbing example since she spend more then [[BreakTheCutie twenty years locked up in a basement]] and now hides in a box whenever she gets scared. [[TheWoobie Which is often.]]
* During a dream sequence in ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', Anemone appears naked and in the fetal position in a refrigerator.
* The contents of the bag that Akatsuki was carrying throughout the first half of the first episode of ''LightNovel/AestheticaOfARogueHero'' was revealed to be Miu, fully naked.
* ''Manga/SgtFrog'' Keroro first met Angol Mois after finding her inside a closet that landed on Keron.
* ''Manga/TodaysCerberus'' begins with Chiaki receiving a box from his globe trotting father. Inside is Cerberus in a LittleBitBeastly human form declaring she'll be his guard dog.

* ''MsMarvel'' once featured a plot arc where The {{Puppetmaster}} was collecting superheroines, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy mind-controlling]] them and then selling them. He had teams out catching the women, and they would be shipped to his South American headquarters inside wooden crates.
* The first issue of JackKirby's ''{{OMAC}}'' has the title character learning to his horror that the girl he likes is actually an android, built as part of an evil conspiracy. He learns this by finding her disassembled in a box.
* Junior in ''SecretSix'', due to a severe aversion to being seen, runs a criminal empire from inside a wooden crate, and travels inside a burlap sack.
* In one of the ''Paperinik'' continuities, the android Lyla Lay is found deactivated in a box in an old factory. Luckily, the janitor who found her [[ItMakesSenseInContext happens to be versed in super-science]], and can "revive" her.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* in ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2683602/1/Walking_the_Line Walking the Line]]'' by Starving Lunatic, Shego finds Kim in a box and keeps her as a pet.
* Though the girl in question is a pony, the protagonist of ''Fanfic/MyLittleDashie'' finds [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Rainbow Dash]] in a box.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeavyMetal'', the villain of the "Den" sequence does this to Den's girlfriend to get him to cooperate.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the MeetCute of ''Just You and Me, Kid'', Creator/GeorgeBurns finds a naked BrookeShields hiding in the trunk on his car.
* ''Film/BloodsuckingFreaks'': In this low-budget gorefest, one of the villain's many bad habits is stuffing young, blond women into wooden boxes to be sold to men overseas.
* ''Film/BoxingHelena'': Jennifer Lynch [[note]]DavidLynch's daughter[[/note]] made a movie about a trauma surgeon who keeps his bitchy ex-girlfriend in a box... but only after he [[AnArmAndALeg trimmed her to fit.]]
* In ''Film/SweetMovie'', Miss Canada gets stuffed in a suitcase and shipped to Paris from North America.
* The [[spoiler: mermaid in the glass case]] in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides''
* Male version: in ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'', George ships himself back to Africa in a giant UPS carton.
-->'''George:''' Next time, George get bigger box.
* Another male example; at the climax of ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', Bond subdues [[TheDragon Nick-Nack]] by shutting him up inside a suitcase. (A ''normal'' suitcase; Nick-Nack is a midget and small enough to fit.)
* ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}'': Another male case, a young boy is kept in a suitcase (using space-warping technology).
* In ''Film/TheCell'', Carl Stargher puts his female victims in a glass box and leaves them there to be retrieved later, after they are dead.
* In ''Shuttle'' [[spoiler:after the protagonist is sold into sex slavery, she's trapped in a box and loaded onto a ship so she can be sent to her new owners abroad]].
* Liz in ''Live Animals'' is found in a small box, having apparently been kept for some time as a "toy" by the antagonists.
* ''Tri Couleurs Blanc'': A male example is used for comic and dramatic effect simultaneously.
* In ''Film/TheTransporter'', [[spoiler: this turns out to be what is being transported.]]
* Bianca in ''Film/LarsAndTheRealGirl'' quite literally comes in a box (although, despite the title, she's not a real girl).
* In the film version of ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia: The Dawn Treader'', Gael is discovered in a supply barrel after stowing away aboard the Dawn Treader.
* ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': The first time that Django's wife Broomhilda is seen outside of flashbacks and fantasy sequences, she's naked in the "hot box" as punishment for trying to run away from Candieland, however the circumstances make it very much FanDisservice.
* ''Film/{{Oblivion 2013}}'': Julia Rusakova [[spoiler: later Harper]] kicks things off when her escape capsule lands on Earth and Jack investigates.
* ''Film/DerWixxer'' sees [[spoiler:the Earl of Cockwood]] smuggling entire girl ''bands'' in suitably large wooden crates (at least judging by the one example revealed on screen).

* ''The Girl in the Box'': Jackie, the protagonist of the teen novel. In this case, the "box" in question is a cramped basement, where she's being held after being kidnapped for unknown reasons.
* ''WheelOfTime'': A male example; [[spoiler: Rand is captured by Aes Sedai, forced into a trunk and tortured on his way to the White Tower. He's rescued at Dumai Well's.]]
* E.Veltistov wrote a series of books about the adventures of Electronic, a RidiculouslyHumanRobot in shape of a boy. The first book is titled "Electronic - a boy from the box"
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': A scene late in ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'' evokes the Cleopatra legend below.
* ''Literature/EvaLuna'': A bunch of girls who were about to be sold to a prostitution ring are kept in a locked crate with limited air inside. Their ship got stuck due to bureaucracy and the girls suffocate to death.
* ''Literature/AcrossTheUniverse'': Amy and the other passengers from old Earth are frozen into compartments, resembling boxes. Well, Amy is until [[spoiler: Elder unplugs her.]]
* ''Literature/TheLongShips'': viking Toke smuggles a girl on a longship in a large chest.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'', TropeNamer:
** River Tam. The phrase "girl in a box" was used in the [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil trailer]].
** Saffron, though it was less of an introduction and more of 'getting her on the ship without the other characters noticing'. Or possibly [[spoiler: keeping her away from everyone long enough for them to work up a plan how to out-con her.]]
*** They get rid of her the same way, when [[spoiler: Inara traps her in a ''dumpster'']].
** A male variant, Tracey was introduced to the show in a coffin. [[spoiler:Too bad the episode has BookEnds.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** In the episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Perfect_Mate The Perfect Mate]] had Picard meet, [[StatusQuoIsGod and have to give up]], a woman initially being transported as "cargo" possessed of the power to become ''anyone's'' MagicalGirlfriend.
** Later on in the episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Emissary_%28Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation%29 The Emissary]], K'Ehleyr, Worf's LoveInterest, arrives at ''Enterprise'' in what is essentially a torpedo casing. (Getting there ''fast'' was imperative, so they ''really'' had to improvise.)
** And in ''Enterprise,'' Trip meets a cargo girl from the same planet as the Next Generation example above, only to find out she's a WellExcuseMePrincess. (Naturally, they [[SlapSlapKiss make out a lot]] eventually after the [[HilarityEnsues hilarity starts ensuing]].)
* ''TheManShow'' had a skit where a midget woman in her early twenties was carried around in a suitcase, as a portable stripper.
* Jeannie from ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'' was a Girl in a Bottle, but close enough.
* In ''PushingDaisies'', Chuck is in a coffin when Ned revives her.
* One ''Series/{{CSI}}'' episode dealt with a body found in a desert where the death pose was in an unusual position; turns out the girl had been attempting to smuggle herself into the country in a suitcase and died in it.
** Another episode dealt with deaths at a circus, including one man who could contort his body into many shapes who was found in an extremely small box.
** Yet a third dealt with "claustrophila," a confined-space fetish: a female practitioner (played by [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0604507/ a real-life contortionist]]) allowed herself to be folded up in a large packing crate and mailed cross-town. Because the [[FictionalCounterpart UPS delivery man]] didn't "handle with care," she was knocked out, asphyxiated, and arrived DOA.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' has a male version when [[spoiler: Bryce is found to be still alive... and in a box]].
** Used by the protagonists several times, as well. Notably, Chuck hiding from an assassin in a coffin being transported by air, Casey and Sarah smuggling themselves aboard a train in coffins and subsequently imprisoning the BigBad in one, (temporarily) and Sarah stowing away aboard an airplane having squeezed herself into a dufflebag.
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' had a gruesome twist on this trope in one episode, where the killer was avenging the deaths of three girls in a box. A group of officers, when they learned they were being sent home, arranged to ship their Asian girlfriends back to the States in a locked crate in the storage hold. But when their orders were changed at the last minute, none of them ended up on the same ship with the girls, who starved to death. [[spoiler: The killer was the fourth girl, the only one who survived.]]
* At the end of season three of ''Series/AlloAllo'' Maria ships herself in a box and [[PutOnABus gets lost]].
* The series five opening of ''Series/ICarly'' includes Sam in a suitcase.
* ''Series/{{Blindspot}}'' opens with the main amnesiac character, named Jane Doe until her identity can be found, discovered naked in a duffle bag in the middle of Times Square. The CCT cameras for Times Square can see the duffle bag being dropped off, but not who did it.

* In ''Manhwa/TheBreaker'', the protagonist finds a girl in the trunk of a car.
* In ''{{Manhwa/Redrum327}}'', [[spoiler:Gahui was locked in a safe in the middle of a forest by the rest of the cast (minus Gihu) as a child and left to die. She's rescued six days later, after tearing her own finger nails off trying to escape and nearly freezing to death during the raining days]].

* Another possible TropeNamer candidate is the Blake Babies' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiYa1Zl__jw song of the same name]]. It came out in 1990, long before ''Firefly''.
* Music/{{Gorillaz}}
** Noodle is mailed to in a [=FedEx=] box. Talk about your {{Noodle Incident}}s....
** Male variation: 2D got shipped to Plastic Beach in a suitcase.
* Male example with a macabre twist: Music/VelvetUnderground's "The Gift".
* Music/{{Slipknot}}'s song Purity
** The live version starts with "This song... Is about a girl in a box."

* From Myth/GreekMythology, Princess Danae and her newborn son Perseus were shut into a box and thrown into the sea by Danae's dad Acrisios, who has been told that Danae's child would kill and overthrow him. With some help of Perseus's biological father, the god Zeus, they were eventually found by the fisherman Dictys in a beach and he took both of them in.
** The scene was reenacted in ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'', but without the prophecy, Acrisios doing it simply out of jealousy; Zeus punishes Acrisios dearly for his act, killing him by crushing the clay model that contains his life force, and ordering Poseidon to release the Kraken to unleash its rage upon Argos, destroying it. However, he instructs the sea god to ensure that Danae and her child are taken by the currents to a safe place, the island of Seriphos, where Perseus grows to adulthood.
* According to Jewish tradition, this happened to Sarah from Literature/TheBible, because her husband was afraid she'd be taken by the Egyptians on account of her beauty.
** The (male) baby Moses escapes Pharoah's order to throw every male child in the Nile when his mother makes him a basket covered in water-repellent pitch before sending him down the river. He's also promptly found by the Pharoah's daughter and raised as her own child.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Azel from (Azel:) ''PanzerDragoonSaga''.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Parodius}} Sexy Parodius]]'': Players who successfully complete mission 3 face a mission filled with girls in boxes.
* In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', the Borginian singer Lamiroir [[spoiler: hides in a contrabass case after being very nearly killed by someone who wants her silenced.]]
** Parodied in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', where [[SchoolNewspaperNewshound Myriam Scuttlebutt]] literally walks around wearing a cardboard box over her head to conceal her identity.
* This is how the Dragonborn first meets Serana in the Dawnguard expansion of [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': A male example is Vincent Valentine. Granted, you're replacing "box" with "coffin", but still.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'': The female character is first seen (er, heard) trapped in a bag.
* In ''ToHeart2: Another Days'' Silfa / HMX-17c makes her appearance being shipped in a box to Takaaki's house. She also uses the box as her hiding place.
* One of the fighters in ''VideoGame/{{Cyberbots}}'' is a girl in a jar, who hijacked a robot to escape from the government facility where she was stored. She beats up everyone she comes across due to fear and extreme misunderstandings.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'': Ooccoo, the odd bird-like female, keeps getting herself stuck in crockery inside the various dungeons, and is only seen if Link finds and breaks the particular pot in which she's trapped.
* Sera from ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga''.
* GaiaOnline has the Sentinel, a demigoddess who accidentally cursed herself into a box to be tortured by demons for a thousand years... and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero was released by Gaians looking for rare items]], [[AxCrazy crazier than ever]]. By the same token, we have her counterpart the Overseer, Boy in a Clam.
* Octavia in ''TearsToTiara'' is found inside a box, tied up and helpless. Arawn decides he has enough women hanging around annoying him about how they're his wife or just being ditzy elves, so he decides to seal her back in and pretend he never saw her. Sadly, Arthur catches him and you recruit her instead.
* In ''VideoGame/KillerIsDead'', this is how Juliet (the heroine from ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'') makes a {{cameo}}. In Episode 51, a DLC chapter, if the player breaks open a barrel on a ledge that's shaking, Juliet leaps out and jumps away to the sound made in her own game when she uses her Big Jump move.
* The bad ending for ''VideoGame/HauntingGround'' has the main heroine trapped in a box at the end.
* Suzy in ''VideoGame/{{killer7}}''. Granted, she's just a head...
* Rief in ''GoldenSunDarkDawn'', a male example, is kidnapped, trapped in a crate, and abandoned near Harapa in order to force the heroes to rescue him instead of following their original mission to Morgal.
* ''[[FatalFrame Fatal Frame 2]]'' had a ghost woman in a kimono box. [[spoiler: She hid in the box to escape the Repentence, but died there.]]
* In one ''WarriorsOrochi 3'' side mission, [[SamuraiWarriors Gracia]] gets trapped inside a box that is sealed shut by Zhang Jiao's magic, leading Sima Yi and Masamune Date to fight Jiao and his brothers in order to break the spell to free her.
* [[spoiler: The Dolls (save for Cammy, Juni and Juli)]] are seen stashed inside capsules in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'''s Juri OAV. This is because [[spoiler: their BrainWashing process has damaged their bodies and minds almost beyond recognition, and their capsules either keep them frozen until they can be restored or are part of their medical treatment]]
** In the UpdatedReRelease ''Ultra Street Fighter IV'', [[spoiler: Decapre is shown breaking her capsule [[DarkActionGirl before joining the cast]].]] And [[spoiler: in her ending, both she ''and'' Cammy are now capsuled, after Cammy [[FaceHeelTurn returns to Shadaloo]] [[SadisticChoice after Bison tells her it's the only way to save the dying Decapre]].]]
* This is how Ibuki meets his first CatGirl, Mikan, in ''Let's Meow Meow''. She is curled up, naked, and sleeping in a cardboard box on the street which he happens to stumble upon on the way home. His response? "I was expecting to see a kitten. [[IgnoreTheFanservice How disappointing]]." Let me remind you that this guy specifically wished on the Cat God to have his own catgirl and he has a catgirl fetish.
** To be fair, he initially assumes that was a dream and she a crazy homeless girl in a cosplay outfit.
* [[spoiler: In Suguri you meet the final boss [[PhysicalGod Hime]] sealed in a glass chamber in the final stage. [[BigBad Shifu]] awakens her and blackmails her to fight you.]]
* Sarah, the protagonist in ''VideoGame/TheWhiteChamber'', awakens in a boxy coffin and is seen hiding in one on the page image.
* NekoPara: TWO catgirls in two boxes! They're the protagonist's stepsisters.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' quest "The Tourist Trap", you rescue a kidnapped girl from slavery by smuggling her away in a barrel. [[HilarityEnsues She's not happy about it]].

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* During the rescue operation in ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoRakuen'' the Thanatos system's autonomous behavior is finally noticed by Ichigaya, who begin shutting out its systems. In response, it fights back as well as it can as well as sending JB to [[spoiler:remove its core: Kazuki Kazami]], who has been in a tube for years. [[spoiler:When she gets out, she's so weak she can barely even stand, let alone walk, requiring JB to carry her out.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TimesLikeThis'': Although not real girls, [[http://timeslikethis.com/?id=351 this]] is how RobotGirl Nicki and a human-like stunt dummy are shipped to France as part of a JoanOfArc rescue effort.
* ''Webcomic/AllenTheAlien'' has a rare male example; Allen is put in a box after an AlienAbduction.
* ''Webcomic/PlushAndBlood'': Katt.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Aelita of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'': Jérémie finds his virtual MagicalGirlfriend in suspended animation in {{Cyberspace}}.
* In the {{DCAU}}, Franchise/{{Superman}} first finds Supergirl as the last frozen survivor of her homeworld.
* In an episode of ''TheBotsmaster'', a few of hero Zid Zoolander's RidiculouslyHumanRobots note their creator's crush on villainess Lady Frenzy. So they kidnap her and present her unconscious body in a box to ZZ on his birthday.
* Lampshaded in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' where Marge is eavesdropping on a cellphone conversation between Moe and Carl. According to Moe, Groundskeeper Willie ordered a mail-order bride from some other country, but refused to pay a shipping fee, resulting in the girl stuck in the crate at the post office. (We have to take Moe's word on this here, but weirder things have happened on this show...)

[[folder:Real Life]]
* This is supposedly how Julius Caesar and Cleopatra met for the first time (she was hidden in a rolled-up carpet, rather than a box, though).
* Hugo de Groot, a Dutch writer in the 17th century was imprisoned in castle Loevestein. Every month the guards would replace his bookcase. Guess how he escaped.
* In the pre-Civil War United States, some slaves managed to escape bondage by ''mailing'' themselves northward. The most famous of these was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Box_Brown Henry "Box" Brown]] (not to be confused with [[NamesTheSame a different]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Brown_%28inventor%29 Henry Brown]], inventor of the safe [[labelnote:*]]Amusingly enough.[[/labelnote]]).
* Many refugees have tried to smuggle themselves in ship containers with various degrees of success.
* In 1961 a woman was smuggled from East to West Berlin in two suitcases. They were placed next to each other in the luggage rack with false sides making them one space, with her top half in one suitcase and legs in the other. [[http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/16/escape-from-east-berlin She made it through.]]
* A rare male example: in 1957 an abandoned basinnet box was found off a footpath in rural Pennsylvania. [[http://americasunknownchild.net/default.htm inside was the body of a little boy, somewhere between the ages of four and six.]] That boy has never been identified even today.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itaa8Hm81ng This soldier]], who happened to be coming home from Afghanistan on his daughter's third birthday. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Sorry, there's just something in my eye...]] (Sadly, the video is no longer accessible, as of 20150930.)
* The true-crime story of [[http://truecrimediscussions.blogspot.ca/2014/02/the-colleen-stan-case.html Colleen Stan]].