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27th Feb '17 10:14:45 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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* In ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' and ''Webcomic/{{QUILTBAG}}'', this is Lisa's primary character trait… [[[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype so much so that when being one doesn't or can't work, she falls into a (brief) funk.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'' and ''Webcomic/{{QUILTBAG}}'', this is Lisa's primary character trait… [[[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype [[DeconstructedCharacterArchetype so much so that when being one doesn't or can't work, she falls into a (brief) funk.]]
21st Feb '17 11:43:46 AM MiinU
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** The series goes deper by exploring Haruhi's psyche, revealing that her eccentricity stems from her perpetual boredom. Complicated further when Koizumi explains that Haruhi unknowingly possesses the ability to [[RealityWarper reshape reality as they know it, according to her desires.]] And is convinced she may be the God of their universe. Despite Kyon's initial skepticism, this revelation sheds new light on his perception of Haruhi, and he eventually accepts that Koizumi may be right. He also comes to realize that he actually likes the weirdness that surrounds her and ultimately admits he prefers life ''with'' Haruhi than without[[note]]near the end of ''"The Disappearance of Suzumiya"''[[/note]].

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** The series goes deper by exploring Haruhi's psyche, revealing that her eccentricity stems from her perpetual boredom. Complicated further when Koizumi explains that Haruhi unknowingly possesses the ability to [[RealityWarper reshape reality as they know it, according to her desires.]] And is convinced she may be the God god of their universe. Despite Kyon's initial skepticism, this revelation sheds new light on his perception of Haruhi, and he eventually accepts that Koizumi may be right. He also comes to realize that he actually likes the weirdness that surrounds her and ultimately admits he prefers life ''with'' Haruhi than without[[note]]near the end of ''"The Disappearance of Suzumiya"''[[/note]].
21st Feb '17 11:41:46 AM MiinU
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** The series goes deper by exploring Haruhi's psyche, revealing that her eccentricity stems from her perpetual boredom. Complicated further when Koizumi explains that Haruhi unknowingly possesses the ability to [[RealityWarper reshape reality as they know it, according to her desires.]] And is convinced she may be the God of their universe. Despite Kyon's initial skepticism, this revelation sheds new light on his perception of Haruhi, and he eventually accepts that Koizumi may be right. He also comes to realize that he actually likes the weirdness that surrounds her and ultimately admits her prefers life ''with'' Haruhi than without[[note]]near the end of ''"The Disappearance of Suzumiya"''[[/note]].

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** The series goes deper by exploring Haruhi's psyche, revealing that her eccentricity stems from her perpetual boredom. Complicated further when Koizumi explains that Haruhi unknowingly possesses the ability to [[RealityWarper reshape reality as they know it, according to her desires.]] And is convinced she may be the God of their universe. Despite Kyon's initial skepticism, this revelation sheds new light on his perception of Haruhi, and he eventually accepts that Koizumi may be right. He also comes to realize that he actually likes the weirdness that surrounds her and ultimately admits her he prefers life ''with'' Haruhi than without[[note]]near the end of ''"The Disappearance of Suzumiya"''[[/note]].
21st Feb '17 11:39:22 AM MiinU
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* ''Anime/TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya'' subverts and deconstructs this trope. The eponymous character is a seemingly textbook example of the manic pixie dream girl: her infamous first words to her new class are asking whether there are any 'aliens, time travellers or espers' amongst them, she then drags boring protagonist [[TheEveryman Kyon]] into starting a club searching for the aforementioned supernatural beings, eventually unknowingly introduces him to them and just makes his life wackier and more exciting in general. Only problem is that Haruhi is seemingly terrified of living a regular, unremarkable life, and is on a quest to make sure that doesn't happen. She also might be [[RealityWarper God.]] She goes between [[GenkiGirl relentlessly perky and hyper,]] vaguely [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] and having an existential crisis throughout the first arc (thus the ArtifactTitle 'The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya'.) Kyon finds her behaviour to be irritating and obnoxious and wishes she had left him alone to be an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. The subversion comes in Kyon being the one to inspire Haruhi to begin the SOS club and draw the [[TitleDrop melancholy]] out of her by making her subconsciously realise living a regular life might not be so bad. Via [[BigDamnKiss a kiss.]] In a way, dull, [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] Kyon was ''Haruhi’s'' MPDG.
** [[spoiler: Then played straight in the BigDamnMovie, where when presented with the choice between a world without Haruhi and one with, he does everything he can for the latter, realising that he really quite likes being a part of Haruhi's crazy life. This revelation is topped with tons of ShipTease to boot.]] Despite this, Haruhi is far more complex than your typical dream girl, so she still dodges the trope slightly.

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* ''Anime/TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya'' subverts ''Anime/TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya'': {{Zigzagged}}.
**Kyon was fine with his life as it was, or at least thought so until the day he decided to strike up a conversation with Haruhi, not knowing (at the time) what he was getting himself into. Their meeting gave her the impetus to create the SOS Brigade. Rather than wait around for extraterrestrials, espers,
and deconstructs this trope. The eponymous character is a seemingly textbook example of the manic pixie dream girl: her infamous first words to her new class are asking whether there are any 'aliens, time travellers or espers' amongst them, to show up, she then drags boring protagonist [[TheEveryman decided they'd investigate strange happenings around their neighborhood in hopes of finding them herself, and she volunteered [[UnluckyEverydude Kyon]] into starting a club searching for the aforementioned supernatural beings, eventually as her first inductee.
**The series goes deper by exploring Haruhi's psyche, revealing that her eccentricity stems from her perpetual boredom. Complicated further when Koizumi explains that Haruhi
unknowingly introduces him possesses the ability to them and just makes his life wackier and more exciting in general. Only problem is that Haruhi is seemingly terrified of living a regular, unremarkable life, and is on a quest to make sure that doesn't happen. She also might be [[RealityWarper God.reshape reality as they know it, according to her desires.]] She goes between [[GenkiGirl relentlessly perky and hyper,]] vaguely [[TheSociopath sociopathic]] and having an existential crisis throughout And is convinced she may be the first arc (thus the ArtifactTitle 'The Melancholy God of Haruhi Suzumiya'.) Kyon finds her behaviour to be irritating and obnoxious and wishes she had left him alone to be an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent. The subversion comes in Kyon being the one to inspire Haruhi to begin the SOS club and draw the [[TitleDrop melancholy]] out of her by making her subconsciously realise living a regular life might not be so bad. Via [[BigDamnKiss a kiss.]] In a way, dull, [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] Kyon was ''Haruhi’s'' MPDG.
** [[spoiler: Then played straight in the BigDamnMovie, where when presented with the choice between a world without Haruhi and one with, he does everything he can for the latter, realising that he really quite likes being a part of Haruhi's crazy life. This
their universe. Despite Kyon's initial skepticism, this revelation is topped with tons sheds new light on his perception of ShipTease Haruhi, and he eventually accepts that Koizumi may be right. He also comes to boot.]] Despite this, realize that he actually likes the weirdness that surrounds her and ultimately admits her prefers life ''with'' Haruhi is far more complex than your typical dream girl, so she still dodges without[[note]]near the trope slightly.end of ''"The Disappearance of Suzumiya"''[[/note]].
17th Feb '17 7:06:39 AM jailag
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**Subverted, because while she is instrumental in motivating Chiaki to take his musical career further, she is very much a well-rounded character of her own. Her development later on in the series shows this very clearly.
17th Feb '17 4:14:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* Ciel starts out looking like one for Shiki in ''Tsukihime''. [[spoiler: It's an act; she's TheHunter, and is trying to get close to him because she thinks he's [[DemonicPossession Roa's latest host.]] While she [[BecomingTheMask actually falls for him]] over the course of the story, her 'real self' is [[DeathSeeker somewhat less cheery.]]]]

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* Ciel starts out looking like one for Shiki in ''Tsukihime''. [[spoiler: It's an act; she's TheHunter, a HunterOfMonsters, and is trying to get close to him because she thinks he's [[DemonicPossession Roa's latest host.]] While she [[BecomingTheMask actually falls for him]] over the course of the story, her 'real self' is [[DeathSeeker somewhat less cheery.]]]]
15th Feb '17 3:43:26 PM nogard8910
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* The Hallmark Channel movie ''Love at First Glance'' has a male version. It's explained that he learned to love life after encountering his own MPDG. After her tragic accident, he became a MPDB for other people.
8th Feb '17 11:44:59 AM Monolaf317
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30th Jan '17 1:13:45 PM Gosicrystal
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Compare {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, GenkiGirl, PerkyGoth, UptightLovesWild, SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl, PomPomGirl for similar personality roles. Sometimes the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a SidekickExMachina. Contrast NerdNanny and YamatoNadeshiko for examples of calmer and more mature ladies. The ScrewballComedy is a genre driven entirely by this character type.

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Compare {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, GenkiGirl, PerkyGoth, UptightLovesWild, SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl, PomPomGirl for similar personality roles. Sometimes the Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a SidekickExMachina.HypercompetentSidekick. Contrast NerdNanny and YamatoNadeshiko for examples of calmer and more mature ladies. The ScrewballComedy is a genre driven entirely by this character type.
29th Jan '17 11:15:46 AM Pandattacks
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* {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' with Danny, trying to motivate Sawyer to go after her dreams.

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* {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} in ''WesternAnimation/CatsDontDance'' with Danny, Danny trying to motivate Sawyer to go after her dreams.
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