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[[caption-width-right:350:Packed with peanuts.]]
Let's say you wanted to get somewhere really fast, or need to get someone out of your hair. Just send them through the mail! This is what human mail is - someone getting mailed (intentionally or accidentally) somewhere in a package.

Naturally, it would be nearly impossible for someone to actually get sent through the mail service in RealLife. While packages take time to deliver (several days to a week, at best), the package can be sent through in as short as a few hours or even minutes in fiction. This trope only applies if they are sent in a package or delivered as one.

Not to be confused with [[BulletproofHumanShield armor made out of humans]].

See also GirlInABox.


[[folder: Advertising ]]

* A British TV ad for Tennants lager had a man attempt to stow away in a shipping crate to get deported back to the country he supposedly came from.
* A Brazilian Mail ad had a mother trying to mail her son to another city so he could attend his school's field trip without having to hang out with his "nutcase" friends (much to the boy's chagrin). The attendant finds it pretty weird, and even more so when she (who, at this point, we can see is pretty loopy) requests him be sent in a SEDEX (express delivery) box ("What, you wanna travel in an ''envelope''?!") - and we're not talking about a container here, but a ''handheld package''.


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Niche from the manga/anime ''TegamiBachi'' started off as this, although she's actually NotQuiteHuman.
** Also how Lag Seeing was introduced: he was being mailed to his aunt's house.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', annoying midget pervert Happosai gets stuffed into a box to be mailed somewhere a couple of times in both Manga and Anime. It never sticks.
* After America, France, and England got sick of caring for him, Italy in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' was sent back to Germany in a beat-up cardboard box that one would use for mailing off packages that said "FUCK" on it.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* One MickeyMouse comic had gangsters rob museums using a fax machine that could fax people (and their booty). It sounds like teleportation at first, until you consider that people were digitalised and appeared in cyberspace, where anthropomorphic programs in the form of mailmen literally carried them across the data highway. The mailman could even lose their cargo, and (in case someone was faxed against his will) some could be reasoned with to bring you to other destinations, [[LawfulStupid or others wouldn't listen]].
* Scrooge [=McDuck=] has done this in a bid to save money while traveling. It's stated that all he saves is 'a few cents', but you know what a miser he is.
* Fozzie Bear mails himself to the Muppet Theatre in ''Comicbook/TheMuppetShowComicBook'' #3. Unfortunately, he addressed the box to ''himself'', so Kermit won't let anyone else open it...


[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* Jokey in the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "The No Hug Zone" tried to slip through Tapper and Empath's defenses in order to give Grouchy a hug by shipping himself through the mail to Tapper's Tavern.


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Disney/TheAristocats'' had the butler Edgar, attempt to mail the kittens and cats away to Timbuktu at the end of film. In the end, he himself gets thrown into the chest, and is mailed off.
* The Chipettes in ''[[Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel]]'' mailed themselves to Jett Records in a [=FEDex=] package. They weren't aware that Ian Hawke was out of a job now since the events of the first movie.
* The ''Film/GeorgeOfTheJungle'' movie has George ship himself from UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco to the jungle via [=UPS=].
--> "Next time, George get bigger box."
* In ''HudsonHawk'', Eddie wakes up in a packing material shipping crate in another country after being rendered unconscious.
* The Real Life example (see below) about the East German prisoner (imprisoned for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republikflucht Republikflucht]]) was depicted in the movie ''Fuehrer Ex''.
* He's not techincally a human, but [[Film/ShortCircuit Johnny 5]] mailed himself to Benjamin in [[CityWithNoName the city,]] (with the help of Newton and Stephanie), after being rejected as an airplane passenger.
* Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo are shipped to England this way in ''TheGreatMuppetCaper''. And in the end, they and the rest of the Muppets are shipped back to America this way too...and both times they're tossed out of the plane!
* In ''Film/MouseHunt'' the closest the brothers came to getting rid of that mouse was mailing him to Fidel Castro. It got sent back due to insufficient postage.
* Done several times in ''WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar'':
** The North Wind sends the penguins to a safe house in Madagascar via cardboard box.
** The penguins travel from Shanghai, China to Shanghai, China (ItMakesSenseInContext) by piling into a box and shipping themselves.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* Literature/{{Discworld}}
** In the novel ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'', the [[MadScientist mad clockmaker]] [[TheIgor has a mad scientist's assistant]] (named Igor, of course) mailed to him in a crate.
** Subverted by Miss Tick in ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'', who insists that the two stamps on her lapel mean that the mail coach has to carry her, but travels as a passenger.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Stanley Flat Stanley]] was transported cheaply this way.
* In the ''VorkosiganSaga'' novel ''Mirror Dance'', one of the mercenaries hides the [[HumanPopsicle cryochamber]] containing Miles by sending it through the mail. Unfortunately, he was unable to tell anyone where he mailed it.
* In the first book of the ''Literature/OutlanderLeander'' series Leander sneaks into another country by mailing himself.
* In John Varley’s ''Steel Beach'', this seems to be the standard way to deal with drunks at the end of the evening.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In ''TheMuppetShow'' episode with Paul Williams, Jim played a travel agent and a monster asks for the cheapest travel package he has. Paul flattens the monster with a weight, sticks a stamp on him and mails him.
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' had an episode where a former independence solider who served with Mal and Zoe mailed his body to them after he gets over his head with some smugglers (who happen to be corrupt Alliance police officers) with a request that they get him back to his family home. [[spoiler: Turns out he was faking his death with a drug that left him OnlyMostlyDead]]
* Part of Number Six's escape attempt an episode of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' includes being shipped in a wooden box from Poland to London.
* Subverted in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' when Reese wants Dewey to mail him somewhere. Dewey packages him up and pretends to mail Reese by simulating movement and sounds. [[TooDumbToLive Reese falls for it.]]
* The ''TrailerParkBoys'' had an episode where Cory and Trevor are mailed to a SnoopDogg concert...along with lots of marijuana.
* One of the girls in ''Series/AlloAllo'' left the show this way, accidentally mailed to Switzerland. She was replaced by Mimi in the next episode.
* In ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'', Catalina arrived in the US in a crate. Upon starting the journey, she was given a newspaper, but she said it would be too dark in the crate to read. The response? [[{{Squick}} It's not for reading.]]
* According to ''Series/PopUpVideo'' when they "popped" Music/{{Madonna}}'s "Express Yourself", "It's illegal to [[{{Pun}} Federal Express yourself."]]
* ''Series/{{Oz}}''. Augustus Hill asks Verne Schillinger (whose Aryan Brotherhood run the prison mailroom) if he can escape prison this way, but he's just laughed at. The end of the episode shows Hill ducking into a box, but he's still there the next week, so his attempt was obviously unsuccessful.
* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', Varys has a holed wooden crate delivered to him which contains [[spoiler:the warlock who cut out his genitals long ago.]] Later he uses a similar crate to [[spoiler:smuggle Tyrion out of King's Landing.]]
* In an episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}'', this was the cause of one of the few deaths that ''wasn't'' [[AlwaysMurder murder]]. A woman who ran a Russian mail-order bride agency couldn't get a visa for one of the women, so the woman tried to ship herself to the U.S. inside a suitcase. Unfortunately she died in transit and her death was covered up.


[[folder: Music ]]

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZIV9GWD34U "Mail Myself to You"]] by Woody Guthrie
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6DUAsHFVPo "Mail Myself to Elvis"]]
* There is a very twisted Music/VelvetUnderground story/song, "The Gift", that explores this.
* A music video called "If I Only Had a Brain" Has the rapper M.C. 900 Ft. Jesus mail himself to a magazine advertisement.
* The Music/{{Gorillaz}} guitarist, Noodle, arrived at Kong Studios in a crate once, and traveled back to Japan by mail another time.
* In one video, Len Kagamine sends his master to Hokkaido in a box.


[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* Calvin of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' sometimes attempts to run away by sitting in a box by the mailbox with a vague address written on it (for example, "To Australia"). It...doesn't work.
* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}} occasionally tries to mail Nermal, his kitten rival, to Abu Dhabi.
** Once he tried to mail himself to a lasagna factory.
* This is how {{Popeye}} found Swee' Pea. The baby's mother mailed him to Popeye in a package.
* Mac Manc [=McManx=] from ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' tries to mail himself back to England, with Rob telling him that they already bought a plane ticket for him.
* Bernie of ''ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}'' shipped his then-girlfriend Didi back home from Vietnam by sending her through the mail.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', you can hide in the cardboard box on a truck to rapidly travel between areas.
* Not exactly mail, but in ''GrimFandango'' one of the "cheaper" ways of travelling the [[CelestialBureaucracy Department of Death]] offers basically involves being put into a coffin full of padding foam and transported to the Gate by the company trucks. Manny actually refers to this as "parcel post" at one point. Of course, all of the subjects are DeadToBeginWith, so neither suffocation nor starvation are an issue. On the other hand, spending ''several years'' as a package isn't much fun - as you'll discover when you arrive at the destination yourself and meet a shipped client who pops out of his box ''incandescent with rage''.
* The obscure stealth game ''RogueOps'' has some missions begin with the protagonist being shipped in a box to infiltrate the enemy base.
* In ''Videogame/{{Dishonored}}'', specifically the DLC ''Knife of Dunwall'', a [[TechnicalPacifist nonlethal]] option for neutralising a target is knocking him unconscious, dumping him in a crate, nailing it shut, and shipping him to Tyvia, the most remote corner of the Empire. This is apparently a common enough means of getting people places that there's a special routine and method of preparation to ensure the crate's occupant survives the trip.
* In ''VideoGame/DisgaeaDimension2'', Angel Scicily mailed herself from Celestia to the Netherworld in a box. She claims to have done this to avoid getting lost, which everyone except Flonne thinks is stupid.


[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'', Charlotte after one too many [[TheMillstone millstone moments]] is [[http://yafgc.net/?id=995 packed into a wooden crate and shipped off as a slave.]]


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon [[http://joshreads.com/?p=1555 interprets]] a silly ''HiAndLois'' strip that way.
* An episode of''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou" shows why you don't try this in [[RealityEnsues real life]] when a [[http://now.msn.com/hu-seng-a-chinese-man-nearly-suffocates-trying-to-mail-himself-to-his-girlfriend Chinese man]] tried to mail himself to his girlfriend and ended up getting lost in the mail for three hours and ended up suffocating. The channel points out he forgot [[TheLonelyIsland step one, cut a whole in a box]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* One episode of WesternAnimation/CampLazlo revolved around Edward attempting this, but lacking the postage to do so. He spends the episode talking the others into giving him stamps with a sob story, but then they want to go with him, requiring more postage. By the end, all the campers are shipped off, but end up at the location next door, as they was as far as the postage would get them.
* A ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode had Tommy Pickles sneak into the mailman's bag and explores the post office to find a "baby" (really a toy his dad ordered to compare with his own handmade doll) that will be delivered to his family. Tommy gets mistaken for a piece of mail and is sent through the system of mail sorting machines and chutes, almost gets stuck in the dead letter office, and finds the package, climbing into it and going home this way.
* Attempted in ''CaptainFlamingo'', where he and Lizbeth mail Rutger as a package to get him away from a babysitter who keeps tabs on him. It backfires.
* ''WesternAnimation/HiHiPuffyAmiYumi'' had Kaz attempt this to get back into the tour bus when their cats, Jeng Kang and Tekirai lock him out. Kaz gets mailed to a bunch of other places courtesy of the cats until the package eventually returns.
* A ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' episode had the pair attempting to mail themselves.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Episode "Bart on the Road" had Bart and his friends travel home in a shipment crate.
** Episode "In the Name of the Grandfather" had Moe traveling to Ireland in one.
-->'''Grampa:''' Moe?! You shipped yourself here?
-->'''Moe:''' No, it's how you fly coach on Delta now.
* In two ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' cartoons, Porky Pig tries to get rid of Charlie Dog this way. [[TheCatCameBack Charlie always gets sent back]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', Bloo tries to send Cheese away through the mail. Cheese gets sent back due to [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments insufficient postage to tolerate smell]].
* BugsBunny once mailed himself to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC.
* Garfield mailing Nermal to Abu Dhabi, or threatening to do so, was something of a Running Gag in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''.
** In one episode, "Monday Misery", Garfield mails himself to Samoa, hoping to escape a bad Monday. It doesn't work.
--> [[RunningGag *SPLUT!*]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Adyson of the Fireside Girls gets caught in the mail system while looking for Isabella's letter that's being sent to Phineas.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Kracked Krabs", Mr Krabs and Spongebob travel to an awards ceremony for Cheapest Krab. In order to travel as cheaply as possible they mail themselves there at the price of a 1 cent stamp.
* In the ''TotalDramaWorldTour'' episode "Aftermath Aftermayhem" Blainley is jealous of the attention Bridgette is getting for her talkshow, in order to upstage and replace her she captures her in a sack and after a few failed attempts mails her off to Siberia.
* On ''RockosModernLife'', Rocko tries to get a love letter back after Heffer dropped it in his mailbag, thinking its intended recipient had a boyfriend, and literally goes through the post office to do so. [[spoiler: He eventually does get the letter back...and finds that the big tough guy he was so worried about is his crush's KnightTemplarBigBrother, not her boyfriend.]]


[[folder: Real Life ]]

* ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20504_the-5-most-badass-ways-people-escaped-from-slavery.html The 5 Most Badass Ways People Escaped from Slavery]] relates the story of Henry "Box" Brown, an African-American slave in Virginia successfully escaped to Philadelphia inside a crate and later bragged about how he did it. Slavery opponent Frederick Douglass was infuriated because he wanted this escape method to be kept secret so that other slaves could use it.
* A German prisoner once snuck into the mail room and climbed into a box that was picked up by the courier.
* A man named Charles [=McKinley=] shipped himself in a box from New York to Dallas to visit his parents, and saved on air fares by charging the shipping fees to his former employer. He took the rest of the journey by riding on a plane normally, though. His stunt backfired, however; he was ordered to pay a $1500 fine for being a stowaway, which was much more than what a regular plane ticket would have cost.
* Since the US Parcel Post Service began in 1913, rural communities can receive goods at a low price. This occurred to small children as well because they can be sent by mail for less than the cost of a train ticket. Famously, four-year-old May Pierstroff was mailed across Idaho to her grandparents as a baby chicken and was just short of the 50 pound limit. Of course years later, [[ObviousRulePatch regulations were issued against sending children by mail]].
* EasternBloc countries and especially USSR ''did'' have this trope as a habit: sending defectors, diplomats declared as ''personae non grata'' or otherwise difficult people back home as diplomat mail.