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24th Jun '16 7:41:20 PM Monolaf317
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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 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 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.
19th Jun '16 8:57:52 AM RyzeGuy
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* A DeconstructedCharacterArchetype features on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' with Meredith, Castle's first wife and Alexis's mother. While Castle and Alexis are clearly fond of Meredith, they both find her exhausting to be around for a longer period of time, and she's especially shown to not be a very responsible parent to Alexis. Castle describes her as a "deep-fried twinkie" - tastes great, but really bad for you. In the earlier seasons, Castle himself comes across as something of a Manic Pixie Dream Boy to Kate Beckett. This is interesting considering the fact that Beckett herself serves as the related trope of TheMuse to Castle.

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* A DeconstructedCharacterArchetype features on ''Series/{{Castle}}'' with Meredith, Castle's first wife and Alexis's mother. While Castle and Alexis are clearly fond of Meredith, they both find her exhausting to be around for a longer period of time, and she's especially shown to not be a very responsible parent to Alexis. Castle describes her as a "deep-fried twinkie" - tastes great, but really bad for you. In the earlier seasons,
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Castle himself comes across as something of begins the show claiming to be a Manic Pixie Dream Boy to Kate Beckett. This (This is interesting considering the fact that Beckett herself serves as the related trope of TheMuse to Castle. Castle.) Like most MPDBs he gets plenty of CharacterDevelopment over time, and it's more that than his "fun" that wins Kate over. Though even before that, his jokes often amuse Kate just enough for her to banter back for a moment, and she usually gives better than she gets.
13th Jun '16 9:02:37 AM Monolaf317
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' Ms. Frizzle fits the platonic version of this trope as much as possible in order to give her students excitement in learning, and in the episode "[[Recap/TheMagicSchoolBusS1E11GoesToSeed Goes To Seed]]", [[ShipTease she acts like the literal example of this trope in regards to Mr. Seedplot.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'', Ms. Frizzle fits the platonic version of this trope as much as possible in order to give her students excitement in learning, and in the episode "[[Recap/TheMagicSchoolBusS1E11GoesToSeed Goes To Seed]]", [[ShipTease she acts like the literal example of this trope in regards to towards Mr. Seedplot.]]
13th Jun '16 9:02:00 AM Monolaf317
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' episode "[[Recap/TheMagicSchoolBusS1E11GoesToSeed Goes To Seed]]", [[ShipTease Ms. Frizzle acts like one in regards to Mr. Seedplot.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' Ms. Frizzle fits the platonic version of this trope as much as possible in order to give her students excitement in learning, and in the episode "[[Recap/TheMagicSchoolBusS1E11GoesToSeed Goes To Seed]]", [[ShipTease Ms. Frizzle she acts like one the literal example of this trope in regards to Mr. Seedplot.]]



30th May '16 10:39:28 PM Aiguille
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoAoLjEXffo Miss Impossible]] by Music/PoetsOfTheFall appears to describe such a woman.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoAoLjEXffo "[[https://youtu.be/bncQ49Z4y5c?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWU8BGL5afu1ynDxAMPX2rH Miss Impossible]] Impossible]]" by Music/PoetsOfTheFall appears to describe such a woman.woman, and {{lampshades}} her paradoxical nature:
24th May '16 7:23:10 AM ProfessorDetective
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* Chloe from ''VideoGame/LifeIsStange'' is a pretty straight-forward embodiment of this trope.

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* Chloe from ''VideoGame/LifeIsStange'' ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' is a pretty straight-forward embodiment of this trope.
24th May '16 7:00:57 AM ProfessorDetective
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* The main purpose of Penny Peterson in ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'', and promoted as such [[note]][[PlayingWithATrope although that doesn't stop her from being an]] AcademicalAlphaBitch at first[[/note]]: A BlitheSpirit taking a 360 turn on boy genius Sherman's life, leading him to do things by himself for the first time, like flying Da Vinci's prototype and falling in love. While Mr. Peabody is quite annoyed by the presence of a MPDG turning his son "into a hooligan" (which leads Sherman to call him out), this ends up being rather helpful [[spoiler:as she helps him to come to terms with his relations with Mr. Peabody, who ends up asking their help to fix a paradox]].

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* The main purpose of Penny Peterson in ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'', and promoted as such [[note]][[PlayingWithATrope although that doesn't stop her from being an]] AcademicalAlphaBitch AcademicAlphaBitch at first[[/note]]: A BlitheSpirit taking a 360 turn on boy genius Sherman's life, leading him to do things by himself for the first time, like flying Da Vinci's prototype and falling in love. While Mr. Peabody is quite annoyed by the presence of a MPDG turning his son "into a hooligan" (which leads Sherman to call him out), this ends up being rather helpful [[spoiler:as she helps him to come to terms with his relations with Mr. Peabody, who ends up asking their help to fix a paradox]].
20th May '16 12:53:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* Clarisse in Ray Bradbury's ''{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' fills this role for a short time for Guy Montag. She basically tells him so, saying "I'm seventeen and I'm crazy," and then she asks him all the questions and tells him all the random thoughts necessary to make him rethink everything about his life. [[spoiler: And then she gets run over by a car, pointlessly.]]

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* Clarisse in Ray Bradbury's ''{{Fahrenheit 451}}'' ''Literature/Fahrenheit451'' fills this role for a short time for Guy Montag. She basically tells him so, saying "I'm seventeen and I'm crazy," and then she asks him all the questions and tells him all the random thoughts necessary to make him rethink everything about his life. [[spoiler: And then she gets run over by a car, pointlessly.]]
16th May '16 1:24:32 PM GranChi
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* "Kate" by BenFolds seems to describe one of these.
11th May '16 9:00:16 PM HamburgerTime
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** ''Literature/WillGraysonWillGrayson'': Tiny Cooper is this for Will Grayson (half written by Creator/JohnGreen).

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** ''Literature/WillGraysonWillGrayson'': Tiny "Tiny" Cooper is this for a [[IronicNickname huge]], FlamboyantGay football player who tries to become a Manic Pixie Dream Guy to [[{{Goth}} Will Grayson (half written by Creator/JohnGreen).#2]]. [[spoiler: It doesn't work out]].


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** "Try It And See" by Rita Pavone is sung from the perspective of a woman trying to convince a man to let her be a Manic Pixie for him. It was written by Creator/AndrewLloydWebber, who later re-used the melody in ''Music/JesusChristSuperstar'' for, of all things, [[VillainSong King Herod's gloating number]].
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