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- One of Blackletter's first victims in Doc Sidhe lives a refrigerator box. A paragraph or so is devoted to how comfortable it is and he considers himself lucky to have secured it.
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- Multiple episodes of Law & Order deal with the homeless, some of who live in the "traditional" cardboard box.
- One episode of Scrubs saw JD on a date trying to impress a girl. First he ran over an opossum and took it to the vet. As they pulled out of their parking spot at the animal hospital, he ran over a homeless man in a cardboard box. It got worse from there.
- A recurring In Living Color! sketch, "This Old Box" (a parody of the DIY series This Old House), featured Damon Wayans as a homeless man showing viewers how to renovate one's cardboard box.
- Parodied in an Indonesian sketch show. it shows a homeless person who lives in a mansion, made out of cardboards.
- This is parodied by The Austin Lounge Lizards in the song "Love In a Refrigerator Box".
- As part of the Hilariously Abusive Childhood "Weird Al" Yankovic describes in "When I Was Your Age", he claims that "There were seventy three of us living in a cardboard box" when he was a kid. And he had apparently needed to sell his internal organs just to pay the rent on it!
- One artifact of particular power in Unknown Armies is the Cardboard Palace, a pocket dimension based out of a series of boxes. It expands and contracts as boxes are linked and destroyed.
- If you fail to meet a payment deadline in Recettear, you will be shown a scene where Recette gets kicked out of her home, and the next screen shows a cardboard box labeled "Recette's House". Then she wakes up and realizes it was All Just a Dream, and you can try again.
- Your spaceship hub of LittleBigPlanet is made of cardboard.
- Nana's Everyday Life has Nana living in a cardboard box.
- SCP Foundation: SCP-647 is a living cardboard box that invokes this trope to lure vagrants inside, after which it closes itself and digests them. If it's gone long enough without eating, it will add blankets, food, and liquor to the disguise to make itself even more attractive to them.
- Used by Cleolinda Jones in her Mary Sue meme fill, when creating a Sue that parodies as many Harry Potter Mary Sues as possible. "Cleo Sue", as she's known, is introduced as a poor orphan who is living in a cardboard box until "some weird guy with a long beard" stops by to tell her she's a witch.
- In There Will Be Brawl, Solid Snake of Metal Gear, Canon Immigrant, is an insane hobo living in a cardboard box. This is a Mythology Gag, in reference to both the games (where a silly mechanic allows you to hide in a box) and Escape from New York.
- Chester A. Bum of Bum Reviews lives in a box, and once sued someone for a better box.
- One episode of Tiny Toon Adventures is a parody of Citizen Kane, which has a scene where Montana Max is shown to live in a cardboard box until his family wins the lottery.
- Furrball lives inside a cardboard box whenever he's not an unfortunate pet of Elmyra Duff.
- In the Mission Hill episode "Happy Birthday, Kevin (or Happy Birthday, Douchebag)", Kevin accidentally bumps into a cardboard box on the sidewalk and a homeless man jumps out of it.
Homeless Man: Hey! You smashed my porch! That is a fine, expensive porch! Pay me! Hey, pay me, yuppie man! Hey hey, I'm talkin' to you!
- In the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Can You Spare A Dime?", a homeless Squidward is living in a cardboard box. That is, until the repo man comes to repossess it.
- Taken up to eleven in Frisky Dingo, where Xander Crews runs a *homeless outreach centre* out of a couple of cardboard boxes in one episode...until he shoots his employee of the month with a flare gun and almost kills her. ("How's THAT for snacktime?!")
- On Futurama, Fry asks if fridges still come in cardboard boxes (after being thrown out of the Planet Express office, where he'd been living since being unfrozen). Bender says yes, "but the rents are outrageous."
- An Imagine Spot that happens during an episode of DuckTales ("Down and Out in Duckburg") where, long story short, Uncle Scrooge was broke, he imagines a parody of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous which focused on him living on the street and his cardboard house, which his butler tried to maintain spick-span (and an Overly Long Gag of him continuously answering to the reporter, in a somewhat-exasperated tone, that there was nothing else but cardboard involved in the house's construction).
- The kids' two-story, multi-room fort in Bob's Burgers episode "Fort Night".