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Basic Trope: Typically a girl who is in a confined space, such as a box.

  • Straight: Alice sends herself around in a box.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice, Beth, and Carol all share one box.
    • Being sent in boxes is the main mode of transportation for women.
    • Alice is the box.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice rides in a small, but legitimate vehicle.
    • Alice partially hides in a box, making it difficult to tell her real height.
  • Justified:
    • Alice really is merchandise.
    • Alice is exploiting the legal system in order to travel around cheaper.
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    • Nobody expects to find Alice in a box, thus why she gets sent in one.
    • Alice's only available means of escape was hiding in a box.
    • The box is actually a life support system for Alice.
  • Inverted: Alice has a box stored inside her.
    • There is a man in the box.
  • Subverted: Bob is told to investigate a strange box perfectly shaped to contain a person, but just ends up having weird slime inside.
  • Double Subverted: ...Though as he turns to leave, the slime pulls together and Alice pops out of the box.
  • Parodied: Bob orders a Do-Anything Robot, and is delivered a box containing the dissembled Alice telling him that he has to put her together himself.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob meets Alice, who is a Robot Girl, who contains a compartment, in which there is a key to a Human Popsicle chamber, which when opened, reveals dust and bones, but also a catalog for the Charlie Corp Human Popsicle devices for interstellar travel. Bob investigates Charlie Corp, and wakes up from his induced dream inside one such device upon arrival at a new world.
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  • Averted: People simply do not travel in boxes, either because its impractical or too dangerous.
  • Enforced: "We don't have the budget to include an airplane scene, so let's just introduce Alice by having her come out of a box!"
  • Lampshaded: "Wait, so why was Alice in a box? You ordered from a shady company again didn't you Bob?"
  • Invoked: Alice, wanting to surprise her boyfriend Bob, mails herself in a box to his home.
  • Exploited: Drake redirects the delivery of Alice's box to Emperor Evulz, knowing she won't check until arriving at her destination.
  • Defied: Alice refuses to get into a box, noting the limited space, uncertainty of her direction, and inability to protect herself as reasons against it.
  • Discussed: “Airplane tickets' prices are too damn high, yo! ...Hey! What if I sent myself in a box instead?!” “In this day and age? You wouldn't get past the security check, my friend.”
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  • Conversed: “Why is there some kind of fixation with girls in boxes? Is it a commentary about the objectivation of women in our consumerist society?
  • Implied:
    • Alice has a curious box that she never throws out or uses, remarking fondly about how she acquired it.
    • Nobody ever sees where Alice sleeps, but they do know she has various boxes.
    • Alice is not present in the show per se, but we see talking box, which has high pitched voice.
  • Deconstructed: Alice's body, unable to move inside the box, ends up locking up and atrophying. Thus by the time she gets out, she's physically weaker than she started.
  • Reconstructed: Fortunately, Alice's box is equipped with an advanced life-support system designed to nullify or minimize muscular atrophy by stimulating her muscles even while lying dormant.
  • Played For Laughs:
  • Played For Drama: Alice gets forcefully shoved inside the box while she's still conscious and terrified. Even worse if the darn thing is air-tight, as that would mean Alice has little time to be extracted before dying from asphyxia.

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