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19th Aug '17 4:41:00 PM StarTropes
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* [[DiscussedTrope Referred to by name]] in ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', though not only is her behavior explained as AspergersSyndrome, it's a bit of a twist on the usual application of the trope in that the man whose life she inserted herself into is not her love interest but her [[DisappearedDad deadbeat dad]], following [[MissingMom the death of her mother]].

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* [[DiscussedTrope Referred to by name]] by Deeks in ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', the ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' episode "The Fifth Man", though not only is her behavior explained as AspergersSyndrome, it's a bit of a twist on the usual application of the trope in that the man whose life she inserted herself into is not her love interest but her [[DisappearedDad deadbeat dad]], following [[MissingMom the death of her mother]].
10th Aug '17 12:56:37 PM fdsa1234567890
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* A truly unusual example comes from Root in Person Of Interest, with much more depth and with two different relationships. She serves as a platonic version of this to Finch, trying to improve his relationship with [[BenevoloentAI TheMachine]], and willing to do anything to protect him. She also has this dynamic with [[LesYay her love interest]], Shaw, in which Root tries to bring Shaw out of her emotionless shell. Though unlike most love interest examples, Shaw is actually [[LackOfEmpathy something of a sociopath]], who has extreme difficulty having emotions for others. Root also has something of a ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend dynamic with both as well.

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* A truly unusual example comes from Root in Person Of Interest, with much more depth and with two different relationships. She serves as a platonic version of this to Finch, trying to improve his relationship with [[BenevoloentAI TheMachine]], [[BenevolentAI The Machine]], and willing to do anything to protect him. She also has this dynamic with [[LesYay her love interest]], Shaw, in which Root tries to bring Shaw out of her emotionless shell. Though unlike most love interest examples, Shaw is actually [[LackOfEmpathy something of a sociopath]], who has extreme difficulty having emotions for others. Root also has something of a ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend dynamic with both as well.
10th Aug '17 12:54:54 PM fdsa1234567890
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* A truly unusual example comes from Root in Person Of Interest, with much more depth and with two different relationships. She serves as a platonic version of this to Finch, trying to improve his relationship with [[BenevoloentAI TheMachine]], and willing to do anything to protect him. She also has this dynamic with [[LesYay her love interest]], Shaw, in which Root tries to bring Shaw out of her emotionless shell. Though unlike most love interest examples, Shaw is actually [[LackOfEmpathy something of a sociopath]], who has extreme difficulty having emotions for others. Root also has something of a ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend dynamic with both as well.
8th Aug '17 10:03:50 PM PaulA
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* The eponymous character of ''Film/TheGirlNextDoor'' gets the hero, Matthew Kidman, off of his overachieving ass to loosen up and have some fun for once in his life. She does at least have her own ambitions in life - namely to put her porn star roots behind her.

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* The eponymous character of ''Film/TheGirlNextDoor'' ''Film/{{The Girl Next Door|2004}}'' gets the hero, Matthew Kidman, off of his overachieving ass to loosen up and have some fun for once in his life. She does at least have her own ambitions in life - -- namely to put her porn star roots behind her.
21st Jul '17 5:21:12 AM spydre
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** Somewhat oddly, Creator/JeanPierreJeunet named Amelie after Creator/EmilyWatson, because he saw similarities between her and Watson's character Bess in ''Film/BreakingTheWaves''. To anyone who's seen that movie, that may seem... strange, but Bess certainly can be seen as a dark subversion of the MPDG archetype.
14th Jul '17 2:00:12 AM Flame
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* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': [[TheThingThatWouldNotLeave Nico Saiba]] is a rare negative example. Even though she is [[RefugeInAudacity cheerful]] and [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu immature]], it's not endearing and her real objective is goading [[DoctorJerk Taiga]] [[FallenHero Hanaya]] into antagonizing [[TheHero Emu]] [[TheHeart Hojo]].
** [[spoiler: She eventually outgrows this, starting with tonning down her obnoxious behavior, dropping most of her grudge against Emu and taking nicer approach towards Taiga. Her most important step out of MPDG territory comes in #27, when she becomes Rider Player Nico so she could complete Kamen Rider Chronicle and save the players who had Game Over. It doesn't not change her being a negative example. Her intentions have a good side to them and are somewhat justified, but they still cause some grand chaos. [[note]] 1) She further complicates things for CR by getting herself infected with Game Disease. 2) She endangers her life even more by fighting Busters on her own as Rider Player Nico. 3) This presses all Taiga's buttons at once, causing him to spend most of the episode behaving as if devoid of all common sense. [[/note]] Things get better after it's sorted out, though.]]
5th Jul '17 10:42:58 AM Kyrillion
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* [[GrandmasHouse Simon]] [[NeverMindTheBuzzcocks Amstell]] discusses and deconstructs the trope in all but name in his show ''Do Nothing'': "I was in Paris recently with a new group of people, one of whom was a sort of kooky interesting girl, though in hindsight not that interesting. I always get fooled, I always think, Oh she seems fascinating. Is she, Simon? Or does she just have short hair? She suggests at about three in the morning that we all run up the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Trimphe. And I guess telling you about that now, it sounds exciting and fun, but at the time I just thought, Why would we do that?"
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15th Jun '17 7:22:55 PM YasminPerry
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* Ramona Flowers from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''. She's not a ''[[PlayingWithATrope completely]]'' [[PPlayingWithATrope straight]], as her personality is rather [[MellowFellow mellow and low-key]], but she shakes up the main character's life, is desired by many ([[ReallyGetsAround to the point that she has seven exes]]), wears [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes very fashionable clothes,]] and [[DyeHard dyes her hair blinding neon colours]].

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* Ramona Flowers from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''. She's not a ''[[PlayingWithATrope completely]]'' [[PPlayingWithATrope straight]], [[PlayingWithATrope straight example]], as her personality is rather [[MellowFellow mellow and low-key]], but she shakes up the main character's life, is desired by many ([[ReallyGetsAround to the point that she has seven exes]]), wears [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes very fashionable clothes,]] and [[DyeHard dyes her hair blinding neon colours]].
15th Jun '17 7:22:00 PM YasminPerry
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* Ramona Flowers from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''. She's not a [[PlayingWithATrope ''completely'' straight example]], as her personality is rather [[MellowFellow mellow and low-key]], but she shakes up the main character's life, is desired by many ([[ReallyGetsAround to the point that she has seven exes]]), wears [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes very fashionable clothes,]] and [[DyeHard dyes her hair blinding neon colours]].

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* Ramona Flowers from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''. She's not a [[PlayingWithATrope ''completely'' straight example]], ''[[PlayingWithATrope completely]]'' [[PPlayingWithATrope straight]], as her personality is rather [[MellowFellow mellow and low-key]], but she shakes up the main character's life, is desired by many ([[ReallyGetsAround to the point that she has seven exes]]), wears [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes very fashionable clothes,]] and [[DyeHard dyes her hair blinding neon colours]].
15th Jun '17 7:19:56 PM YasminPerry
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* Ramona Flowers from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''. She's not a [[Playing with arrows ''completely'' straight example]], as her personality is rather [[Mellow fellow mellow and low-key]], but she shakes up the main character's life, is desired by many ([[ReallyGetsAround to the point that she has seven exes]]), wears [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes very fashionable clothes,]] and [[DyeHard dyes her hair blinding neon colours]].

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* Ramona Flowers from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''. She's not a [[Playing with arrows [[PlayingWithATrope ''completely'' straight example]], as her personality is rather [[Mellow fellow [[MellowFellow mellow and low-key]], but she shakes up the main character's life, is desired by many ([[ReallyGetsAround to the point that she has seven exes]]), wears [[ImpossiblyCoolClothes very fashionable clothes,]] and [[DyeHard dyes her hair blinding neon colours]].
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