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22nd Nov '17 11:14:24 AM creader
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* Although Disney's Pocahontas is hardly a MPDG, her song ''The Colors of the Wind'' could be the MPDG anthem.

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* Although Disney's Pocahontas ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' is hardly a MPDG, her song ''The Colors of the Wind'' could be the MPDG anthem.
19th Nov '17 9:43:12 AM Pichu-kun
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* ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' is about a [[LittleMissSnarker weary middle school girl]] named Nagisa Yamada, who plans on joining the army instead of going to high school. The weird NewTransferStudent, Mokuzu Umino, takes a liking to Nagisa and wants to be her friend. Mokuzu insists she [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent she is a mermaid]] and if she doesn't make friends before the next hurricane she will die; Nagisa obviously doesn't believe her but Mokuzu keeps tagging alongside her and that's the start of their friendship... [[spoiler:It turns out Mokuzu isn't in a very good situation herself though. She has a ''very'' DarkAndTroubledPast involving her [[AbusiveParents abusive father]] and [[ParentalAbandonment her mother leaving them]]. She needs saving herself for much more serious reasons.]] Nagisa and Mokuzu try to [[TheRunaway runaway]] but Mokuzu [[spoiler:ends up [[KillTheCutie killed]] by [[OffingTheOffspring her father]].]]

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* ''Manga/SatouKashiNoDanganWaUchinukenai'' is about a [[LittleMissSnarker weary middle school girl]] named Nagisa Yamada, who plans on joining the army instead of going to high school. The weird NewTransferStudent, Mokuzu Umino, takes a liking to Nagisa and wants to be her friend. Mokuzu insists she that [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent she is a mermaid]] and that if she doesn't make friends before the next hurricane she will die; Nagisa obviously doesn't believe her but Mokuzu keeps tagging alongside her and that's the start of their friendship... [[spoiler:It turns out Mokuzu isn't in a very good situation herself though. She has a ''very'' DarkAndTroubledPast involving her [[AbusiveParents abusive father]] and [[ParentalAbandonment her mother leaving them]]. She needs saving herself for much more serious reasons.]] Nagisa and Mokuzu try to [[TheRunaway runaway]] but Mokuzu [[spoiler:ends up [[KillTheCutie killed]] by [[OffingTheOffspring her father]].]]
19th Nov '17 9:42:53 AM Pichu-kun
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* Punpun from ''Manga/GoodnightPunpun'' tries to invoke this with the pretty NewTransferStudent Aiko. Emphasis on "''tries''". Aiko's [[BrokenBird just as miserable]] as him, if not worse, and being in each other's lives screws everything up even more. Punpun is LovingAShadow for much of the series and imagines Aiko in ways that she isn't. The manga ends up deconstructing the trope badly.



** Harley Quinn/Harleen Quinzel mistakenly believes herself to be this to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. She does mellow him out ''a bit'', to the point where he doesn't kill his own henchmen so often. Aww? She also seems to consider him one of these for her; she sometimes reminisces about how boring her life as a clinical psychologist was before her "puddin'" came into it and "made everything fun!"

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** Harley Quinn/Harleen ComicBook/HarleyQuinn/Harleen Quinzel mistakenly believes herself to be this to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker. She does mellow him out ''a bit'', to the point where he doesn't kill his own henchmen so often. Aww? She also seems to consider him one of these for her; she sometimes reminisces about how boring her life as a clinical psychologist was before her "puddin'" came into it and "made everything fun!"
16th Nov '17 1:20:32 AM Kickisund
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* Fran Fine from ''Series/TheNanny'' is a MagicalNanny version of the trope. She's a lively and exuberant Jewish working class woman, who suddenly is hired to take care of three motherless upper class children. But she also brings a new happiness to the life of their uptight British father, Maxwell Sheffield. (But it takes him nearly five years to finally propose marriage to Fran.
* In ''Series/{{Victoria}}'', there's an interesting [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this trope: It is the brooding and serious young man (Prince Albert), who changes the life of the lively and spirited young woman (Queen Victoria) and asks her to open up her eyes to the reality of how many of her subjects have to live.[[/folder]]

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* Fran Fine from ''Series/TheNanny'' is a MagicalNanny version of the trope. She's a lively and exuberant Jewish working class woman, who suddenly is hired to take care of three motherless upper class children. But she also brings a new happiness spirit to the life whole household of their her more uptight widowed British father, employer, Maxwell Sheffield. (But it takes him nearly almost five years to finally propose marriage to Fran.
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* In ''Series/{{Victoria}}'', there's an interesting [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this trope: It is the brooding and more serious young man (Prince Albert), who changes the life of the lively and spirited young woman (Queen Victoria) and asks her to open up her eyes to the reality of how many of her subjects have to live.Victoria).
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16th Nov '17 12:26:57 AM Kickisund
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* Fran Fine from ''Series/TheNanny'' is a MagicalNanny version of the trope. She's a lively and exuberant Jewish working class woman, who suddenly is hired to take care of three motherless upper class children. But she also brings a new happiness to the life of their uptight British father, Maxwell Sheffield. (But it takes him nearly five years to finally propose marriage to Fran.
* In ''Series/{{Victoria}}'', there's an interesting [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of this trope: It is the brooding and serious young man (Prince Albert), who changes the life of the lively and spirited young woman (Queen Victoria) and asks her to open up her eyes to the reality of how many of her subjects have to live.
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9th Nov '17 4:16:32 AM CarmenFool
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It's a long-standing trope, but the term was coined in 2007 by film critic Creator/NathanRabin, who found it grating, as he believed it to be the result of WishFulfillment from stir-crazy writers. He explicitly compared it to the MagicalNegro, in that a Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists to help the protagonist achieve happiness without ever seeking any independent goals herself. Unfortunately, the term ended up being misused to describe simply quirky female characters, with many who are actually well-rounded being given this label. [[http://www.salon.com/2014/07/15/im_sorry_for_coining_the_phrase_manic_pixie_dream_girl/ Rabin would later]] [[CreatorBacklash disown the term]], because instead of creating awareness of the "lack of independent goals in female characters", the concept instead accidentally ended up suggesting that ALL quirky and fun women automatically merited this trope, whether they actually fit in or not.

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It's a long-standing trope, but the term was coined in 2007 by film critic Creator/NathanRabin, who found it grating, as he believed it to be the result of WishFulfillment from stir-crazy writers. He explicitly compared it to the MagicalNegro, in that a Manic Pixie Dream Girl exists to help the protagonist achieve happiness without ever seeking any independent goals herself. Unfortunately, the term ended up being misused to describe simply quirky female characters, with many who are actually well-rounded being given this label. [[http://www.salon.com/2014/07/15/im_sorry_for_coining_the_phrase_manic_pixie_dream_girl/ Rabin would later]] [[CreatorBacklash disown the term]], because instead of creating awareness of the "lack of independent goals in female characters", the concept instead accidentally ended up suggesting that ALL quirky and fun women automatically merited this trope, whether they actually fit in or not. \n This should be remembered when adding examples below. Also note that a protagonist can rarely be a MPDG because as the main character, she is most likely to have independent story arc and depth of character.
9th Nov '17 4:14:37 AM CarmenFool
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* Rapunzel from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' was raised for the first eighteen years of her life under the gas lighting tub of Mother Gothel, having lived it entirely in a single tower. Because of this, she has little to NoSocialSkills, has various unorthodox interests and skills accumulated from her attempts to spend the time, and a cheery, optimistic sense of wonder that eventually gets through to Flynn's/Eugene's cynicism. This is cranked up more to eleven in the [[WesternAnimation/TangledTheSeries animated series]], like when she bear-hugs visiting dignitaries because they are technically family, [[Recap/TangledTheSeriesS1E04ChallengeOfTheBrave joins a warrior's contest]] for fun, [[Recap/TangledTheSeriesS1E09GreatExpotations invents a giant hair drying contraption for a science festival and invention expo]] (again, for fun), [[Recap/TangledTheSeriesS1E11OneAngryPrincess acting as lawyer and detective in a friend's criminal case]], and her [[Recap/TangledTheSeriesS1E10UnderRaps overly-prodding attempts at cheering up her friends]].
1st Nov '17 9:37:50 AM MoonPumpkin
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* Although Disney's [[Characters/Pocahontas]] is hardly a MPDG, her song ''The Colors of the Wind'' could be the MPDG anthem.

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* Although Disney's [[Characters/Pocahontas]] Pocahontas is hardly a MPDG, her song ''The Colors of the Wind'' could be the MPDG anthem.
1st Nov '17 9:37:08 AM MoonPumpkin
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* Although Disney's [[Characters/Pocahontas]] is hardly a MPDG, her song ''The Colors of the Wind'' could be the MPDG anthem.
31st Oct '17 11:40:11 AM Kickisund
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* ''PearlsBeforeSwine'' pretty much owes its existence to a Real Life example of one of these. Stephan Pastis says he knew a girl in college that opened him to life experiences he'd never seen before, and when his memory of her made him feel guilty for having given up his life's dream of being a cartoonist to become a lawyer instead, it drove him to send his strip out to syndicates - and the rest is history.

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* ''PearlsBeforeSwine'' pretty much owes its existence to a Real Life example of one of these. Stephan Pastis says he knew a girl in college that college, who opened him to life experiences he'd never seen before, and when his memory of her made him feel guilty for having given up his life's dream of being a cartoonist to become a lawyer instead, it drove him to send his strip out to syndicates - and the rest is history.
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