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21st May '17 3:23:57 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheWasp Janet]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' tries to be this for her [[CanNotSpitItOut ''kinda'']] boyfriend [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank]].

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* [[TheWasp [[ComicBook/TheWasp Janet]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' tries to be this for her [[CanNotSpitItOut ''kinda'']] boyfriend [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank]].
18th May '17 2:47:41 PM HamburgerTime
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* Monsieur Gustave in ''Film/TheGrandBudapestHotel'' is an older, non-romantic, same-gender variation to Zero Moustafa. He's a quirky, charming hotel concierge who [[BornInTheWrongCentury acts like he just walked out from a wormhole to the Victorian era]], and has numerous eccentric habits including art theft and sleeping with [[LikesOlderWoman MUCH older women]]. He hires Zero to work at the eponymous Hotel, and quickly becomes his best friend and the closest thing he has to a family member after all his blood relatives were massacred in UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, all the while teaching Zero the hotel trade and ushering him into the best years of his life. He also fits the darker permutation of this character type as his eccentricities mask numerous insecurities, particularly the fact that he knows his time will soon come to an end with the impending specter of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, [[spoiler:and sure enough, as soon as he's finished teaching Zero everything he knows, he's promptly killed off, leaving Zero to impart what he's learned to the next generation in the form of the film's narrator]].


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* Grace in ''Literature/OurChemicalHearts'' initially seems like a straight example to Henry, so much that the trope is name-checked by his GayBestFriend Lola. She wears oversized boy's clothes, has a noticeable limp and walks with a crutch, and introduces Henry, who never thought he'd actually fall in love, to fun extracurricular pastimes such and breaking and entering. As the story progresses, however, it becomes clear she's actually a ''very'' dark {{Deconstruction}}, and a big part of Henry's character arc is realizing their relationship is actually utterly toxic on both their ends. For her, [[spoiler:it turns out she's still in love with her dead boyfriend, who she'd been with since age nine and who died in a car accident she inadvertently caused, and has inserted herself into his life to groom him into a ReplacementGoldfish (due to, we discover toward the end, the dead guy's middle name being "Henry")]]. For him, [[spoiler:he sees her as less of a person and more of a pet project that he hopes to turn into his ideal girlfriend, at one point comparing her to a kind of Japanese art made of pieces of broken ceramics, which offends her. The story ends with them deciding they're BetterAsFriends, and a ''lot'' more mentally healthy too]].
14th May '17 12:33:15 PM FuzzyBarbarian
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* Ramona Flowers from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''.

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* %%* Ramona Flowers from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''.''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''.
* Modern interpretations of Lois Lane have her fill this role for Clark Kent. Her energy and fiery personality instantly catches his eye, and he often drags him along for her stories.
* From ''ComicBook/TheFlash'':
** The modern interpretations of Iris West (former Lois Lane Expy) is this to Barry Allen (the Flash II), who is nerdy and awkward. She initially only uses him as her source within the CCPD, but does grow fond of him. In a realistic nod, she's also depicted as a caffeine addict.
** Wally West (the Flash III) is this to his wife, Linda Park. When they first met, he was a cocky idiot and she was an uptight news reporter. As time went on, she learned to have more fun with life and he became more mature and responsible.
13th May '17 3:45:19 AM UltimateJasper
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** Zoe Kazan, the film's writer and lead actress, [[WordOfGod has said]] that she strongly dislikes the term and sees it as a sexist way to unfairly pigeonhole women with eccentric personalities into a simplistic archetype.
13th May '17 3:27:51 AM UltimateJasper
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** ''Literature/AnAbundanceOfKatherines'': Colin [[MeaningfulName Single]][[FailMcSuckyName ton]] a boy who, out of insecurity and an ''inhuman'' level of [[TheAloner loneliness]] and neediness, idealizes all of the girls in his life, leading him to be dumped by no less than ''seventeen'' of them. At the end, [[spoiler: he ends up together with Lindsey Lee Wells after realizing that seeking authenticity was more important than trying to come up with a mathematical "theorem" to understanding and dating girls (as he had been trying to do for the majority of the story)]].

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** ''Literature/AnAbundanceOfKatherines'': Colin [[MeaningfulName Single]][[FailMcSuckyName Single]][[UnfortunateName ton]] is a boy who, out of insecurity and an ''inhuman'' level of [[TheAloner loneliness]] [[IJustWantToHaveFriends lonel]][[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation iness]] and neediness, idealizes all of the girls in his life, leading him to be dumped by no less than ''seventeen'' of them. At the end, [[spoiler: he ends up together with Lindsey Lee Wells after realizing that seeking authenticity was is more important than trying to come up with a complicated mathematical "theorem" to understanding and dating girls (as he had been trying to do for the majority of the story)]].
13th May '17 3:19:40 AM UltimateJasper
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* One of the main criticisms of Creator/JohnGreen's novels. [[WordOfGod Green himself]] [[http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/post/41719790516/ wholly considers them deconstructions]] and says he hates this trope played straight but, at the same time, recognizes that he [[IndecisiveDeconstruction may not have been fully successful]]. As such, reader interpretation is completely valid, because he believes that "[[DeathOfTheAuthor books belong to their readers]]". He wrote ''Literature/PaperTowns'' to hammer in what he felt he didn't make clear enough in ''Literature/LookingForAlaska'' (both of which explicitly set out to deconstruct this trope, but in different ways): that the people who are idealized are in fact just as vulnerable, selfish, flawed, and self-destructive as anyone else, if not ''more so''.
** ''Literature/LookingForAlaska'': Alaska is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl told through the lens of someone who sees her as such. Through Pudge's eyes , Alaska is a goddess, but during the Thanksgiving Break, she points out to him that he likes the fun-loving girl who gets alcohol, not the "crazy sullen bitch". Miles doesn't see her as a real person, but instead as this idealized, untouchable person who can do no wrong. On top of this, with [[spoiler:everything that happens in the "After" Section of the book, all of those things that Miles liked about her led to her death. The whole point of the novel could be seen to be that the MPDG is an unsustainable view of someone because it doesn't allow them to be a real person]].
** ''Literature/PaperTowns'': Margo, at first. Except she's a {{Deconstruction}}, [[spoiler:since a key point is Q's realization that "She was not an adventure. She was not a fine and precious thing. She was a girl." (pg 199, hardcover.) Her StepfordSmiler aspects come from the fact that she has to be this. Itís what people expect of her at this point and she feels if she doesn't behave in such a zany way, people will hurt her or grow bored of her]]. Still, even as a bit of a deconstruction, she did re-enter Q's life with the express purpose of making him more interesting and life-seizing. Though a big part of Q's journey is [[spoiler:realising that she's a real person who isn't responsible for him and has her own problems and fears. He then lets her, and the dream of her, go]].
** ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'': Subverted with Augustus Waters being mistaken for a Manic Pixie Dream ''Boy'' but later proving not to be one. He professes his love to Hazel through contrived, rehearsed outings, complete with memorized "soliloquies" (monologues) and "metaphorically-resonant" sandwiches, but the conviction of their love only feels "real" and "true" when the two of them see through the others' cracks during their trip to Amsterdam, mainly after [[spoiler:he reveals to her that he's terminally ill again]].

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* One of the main criticisms of Creator/JohnGreen's novels. [[WordOfGod Green himself]] Repeatedly [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] in [[{{Creator/JohnGreen}} John Green]]'s books. WordOfGod [[http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com/post/41719790516/ wholly considers them deconstructions]] confirms this]] and Green says he hates this trope played straight but, at the same time, recognizes that he [[IndecisiveDeconstruction may not have been fully successful]]. As such, reader interpretation is completely valid, because he believes that "[[DeathOfTheAuthor books belong to their readers]]". straight. He partly wrote ''Literature/PaperTowns'' to hammer in what he felt deconstruct this trope further out of concerns that he didn't make clear do a thorough enough in job of it with ''Literature/LookingForAlaska'' (both of which explicitly set out to (which ''does'' deconstruct this the trope, but in a different ways): and arguably more abstract manner, and is primarily focused on death and suffering and how we individually figure out how to deal with their inevitable reality): that the people who are idealized whom we idealize are in fact just as vulnerable, selfish, flawed, and self-destructive as anyone else, if not ''more so''.
** ''Literature/LookingForAlaska'': Alaska Young is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl told through the lens of someone who sees her as such. Through Pudge's eyes , Miles ("Pudge")'s eyes, Alaska is a goddess, but during she repeatedly shows warning signs of emotional instability and a DarkAndTroubledPast that he ignores due to it not fitting in with his idealized image of her. She calls him out on this, too, after an emotional meltdown at the end of Thanksgiving Break, she points pointing out to him that he likes the fun-loving girl who gets alcohol, sexy HardDrinkingPartyGirl side of her and not the "crazy sullen bitch". Miles doesn't see her as a real person, but instead as this idealized, untouchable person who can do no wrong. On top of this, with bitch" she sees herself as. The point's only driven in further by [[spoiler:everything that happens Pudge discovers in the "After" Section of the book, all of those things book - mainly that Miles the self-destructive behaviors that Pudge and the others liked about and encouraged in her led to her death. The whole death]]. A principal point of the novel could be seen to be is that the MPDG this trope is an unhealthy and unsustainable view of someone because it doesn't allow them to be a real person]].
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** ''Literature/PaperTowns'': Margo, Margo Roth Spiegelman embodies this trope, at first. Except first, having been Quentin's crush for all of his life and taking him on a pranking adventure at the beginning of the story. She's seen this way by most of the other kids at school as well, due to her frequent disappearances and similarly enigmatic behavior. Reliably, though, she's a {{Deconstruction}}, [[spoiler:since a [[HiddenDepths not all that she seems]]. [[spoiler:The key point of the novel is Q's realization that her endearing and mysterious behavior is a façade she puts up to hide the fact that she's essentially a lonely, confused, and arguably flawed person who doesn't really know how to act normally. She puts on a StepfordSmiler front because she feels she has to - itís what people expect of her at this point and she feels that if she doesn't act in such a zany way, people will hurt her or grow bored of her]]. The final part of Q's journey is [[spoiler:understanding that she's a real person who isn't responsible for him and has her own problems and fears. He then lets her, and the dream of her, go]].
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** ''Literature/AnAbundanceOfKatherines'': Colin [[MeaningfulName Single]][[FailMcSuckyName ton]] a boy who, out of insecurity and an ''inhuman'' level of [[TheAloner loneliness]] and neediness, idealizes all of
the fact that she has girls in his life, leading him to be this. Itís what people expect dumped by no less than ''seventeen'' of her at this point and she feels if she doesn't behave in such a zany way, people will hurt her or grow bored of her]]. Still, even as a bit of a deconstruction, she did re-enter Q's life them. At the end, [[spoiler: he ends up together with the express purpose of making him Lindsey Lee Wells after realizing that seeking authenticity was more interesting important than trying to come up with a mathematical "theorem" to understanding and life-seizing. Though a big part of Q's journey is [[spoiler:realising that she's a real person who isn't responsible dating girls (as he had been trying to do for him and has her own problems and fears. He then lets her, and the dream majority of her, go]].
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** ''Literature/TheFaultInOurStars'': Subverted with Augustus Waters being mistaken for Waters, who presents himself as a Manic Pixie Dream ''Boy'' but later proving proves not to be one. He professes his love to Hazel through contrived, rehearsed outings, complete with memorized "soliloquies" (monologues) and "metaphorically-resonant" "metaphorically resonant" sandwiches, but the conviction of their love only feels "real" and "true" when the two of them see through the others' cracks during their trip to Amsterdam, mainly especially after [[spoiler:he reveals [[TheReveal reveals]] to her that he's terminally ill again]].



** ''Literature/AnAbundanceOfKatherines'' can be read as the story of a boy who, out of insecurity and a inhuman level of neediness, is desperately trying to cast all the women in his life as [=MPDGs=]. This leads to him being dumped by no less than ''seventeen'' girls.
11th May '17 1:59:49 AM Spindriver
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* British Girl Group the Pipettes have this as their joint image, especially in their former incarnation as of their first album, ''We Are the Pipettes''; the track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxDN49gQoBY "ABC"]] is the song of a girl who clearly wishes to be the manic pixie dream for a book-smart but introverted {{nerd}}.

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* British Girl Group the Pipettes have Music/ThePipettes had this as their joint image, especially in their former incarnation as of their first album, ''We Are the The Pipettes''; the track [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxDN49gQoBY "ABC"]] is the song of a girl who clearly wishes to be the manic pixie dream for a book-smart but introverted {{nerd}}.
4th May '17 11:03:18 PM Celcey
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* Cynthia of ''Literature/TheDescendants'' is descirbed as this by WordofGod

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* Cynthia of ''Literature/TheDescendants'' is descirbed as this by WordofGod[[WordofGod Word of God]]
28th Apr '17 9:17:36 AM Golondrina
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* Subverted in ''[[{{Walkyverse}} Shortpacked!]]'', where Robin's attempts at this usually ''do'' just wind up annoying the hell out of Ethan, Amber, and whoever else she might decide to latch onto.

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* Subverted in ''[[{{Walkyverse}} Shortpacked!]]'', ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'', where Robin's attempts at this usually ''do'' just wind up annoying the hell out of Ethan, Amber, and whoever else she might decide to latch onto.
25th Apr '17 2:42:35 PM eroock
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** Parodied/deconstructed in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hyIlrfGR5g this]] video.

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** Parodied/deconstructed in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hyIlrfGR5g [[http://www.cracked.com/video_18574_the-awkward-moment-when-you-notice-quirky-girl-insane.html this]] video.
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